Faculty Expert Profile

R. Christopher Swanson

  • Director of the IDEALS Institute


  • IDEALS Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Education
  • School of Education

Chris Swanson is the Director of the IDEALS Institute in the School of Education, and creator of the International Teaching and Global Learning master's cohort program. He leads a team of experts focused on improving the quality of care and education globally, with emphasis on improving cross-sector collaboration around health, social services, care and teaching for young children and vulnerable adults.

Swanson's key projects and publications are in the area of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems, including the Maryland EXCELS model, and how those systems can be leveraged to promote access to high-quality child care and preschool programming for all children regardless of their developmental ability, and how these initiatives can be parlayed into increased competency of the workforce and applied to other sectors.

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