Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Staff Bio

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Margaret Gillis, Ph.D. SRI International

ECTA Work Teams

Margaret C. Gillis, Ph.D., is an Early Childhood Researcher and Technical Assistance Specialist in SRI International's Center for Learning and Development. She brings experience in early childhood workforce development, coaching and supervision, early intervention and early childhood special education, home visiting, infant-toddler development and learning, family-professional partnerships, inclusive teaching practices, and evaluation of personnel preparation programs. She uses mixed qualitative and quantitative methods in her research, which has focused primarily on developing the early childhood workforce to provide high quality care, education, and intervention to young children with and without disabilities and their families. She has experience leading and evaluating projects aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of early childhood professionals prepared to work with young children with disabilities in inclusive settings, increasing the knowledge and skills of early childhood program administrators, and implementing early childhood mental health competencies within personnel preparation programs. Her current projects include serving as a Technical Assistance Specialist for the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy) and Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA), working directly with states to evaluate their State Systemic Improvement Plans and analyze child outcome data for quality and usability.

Before joining SRI, Gillis was Assistant Professor and co-director of early childhood education programs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Prior to her career in higher education, Gillis was a direct service provider for children from birth through kindergarten-age with and without disabilities in a variety of settings, including as a lead teacher of infants and toddlers. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Child Development: Birth-Kindergarten, a Master's of Education in Risk and Prevention: Childhood from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in Education with a focus on Early Childhood, Special Education, and Literacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

  • CB 8040
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040
  • phone: 919.962.2001
  • fax: 919.966.7463
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The ECTA Center is a program of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded through cooperative agreement number H326P120002 from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the Department of Education's position or policy.

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