Betsy Clifton Ayankoya

Betsy Clifton Ayankoya
Betsy Clifton Ayankoya
Advanced Technical Assistance Specialist
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer
Sheryl-Mar North, Room 267
Campus Box 8040
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040

Betsy Ayankoya, M.Ed., currently serves as an Associate Director of the Early Childhood TA (ECTA) Center and is a Technical Assistance Specialist for the Center for Early Childhood IDEA Data Systems (DaSy). She also co-chairs FPG's Race, Culture, and Ethnicity Committee.

Betsy specializes in the areas of personnel/workforce development and quality assurance. Betsy has worked with states to evaluate their current personnel and general supervision systems, helping them to identify potential areas for improvement and develop more effective and streamlined processes for ensuring positive outcomes for children and families. Betsy has directed several large national early childhood conferences, working with planners, the Office of Special Education Programs and other stakeholders to develop opportunities for participants to learn from experts in the field, to learn about evidence-based practices and to share experiences with colleagues.

As part of ECTA, Betsy works directly with the DEC Recommended Practices (RP) Commission supporting the RP revisions, dissemination and identification of research and evidence. She recently co-authored with Pat Snyder a monograph article: Revising the Division for Early Childhood Recommended Practices: When, Who and How. Betsy is a member of DEC and previously served on the DEC Executive Board; she has worked internationally and provides TA throughout the United States. She co-authored the book The New Voices ~ Nuevas Voces and she is currently a reviewer for the DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series.

Areas of Expertise:
Early Intervention Programs and Services
Systems Change
Race, Culture, and Ethnicity
Program Evaluation
Professional Development
• MEd, Special Education, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
• BS, Speech Language Pathology, University of the District of Columbia