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Michael Able | McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership

Whole Leadership: Building a Framework EARLY CHILDHOOD POLICY  Saturday | 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. In this interactive session utilizing a “World Café” style conversation, participants will engage with one another to deeply explore aspects of the 2016 Leadership Connections conference theme – Whole Leadership. The topics of leadership essentials, administrative leadership, and pedagogical leadership will be […]

Wil Ayala | Early Learning Coalition

Health and Wellness Policy Creation and Development ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERSHIP Friday | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Do you have a health and wellness policy in your program? Habits are learned early in life, so having a sound policy not only creates lifelong health and wellness habits in children, but serves as an indicator to parents […]

Lynette Aytch | ZERO TO THREE

Adaptive Leadership: Thriving in the face of challenge LEADERSHIP ESSENTIALS Thursday, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Early childhood organizations and systems are increasingly complex. Leadership on the front lines is as important as leadership in the front office. This session explores the concept of Adaptive Leadership – the capacity to mobilize people to tackle tough challenges and thrive […]

Laura Bornfreund | Early Education Initiative

Early Childhood Education Doesn’t End with Pre-K EARLY CHILDHOOD POLICY Thursday, 3:30-5:30 p.m. This session will explore what it would take to have a true birth-3rd grade education continuum of learning. Using the findings from focus groups with elementary school principals in five cities, we will discuss principals’ understanding of and perspectives on early childhood […]

Tom Bradach | IL Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

Developing a Trauma-Informed Organizational Protocol ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERSHIP Friday | 2-4 p.m. Providing trauma-informed care requires a multi-pronged approach inclusive of public education and awareness, prevention and early identification, and trauma-specific assessment and treatment. This workshop will enable participants to evaluate their own organizations and strategize ways to develop a trauma-informed organizational protocol, utilizing 6 key […]

Monica Brinkerhoff | Child Parent Centers

Collective Leadership: A pathway to sustainability LEADERSHIP ESSENTIALS Thursday | 8-10 a.m. Are you worried about what would happen to your organization if you or another key staff person left? Most organizations rely on knowledge and information that lives within individual staff, rather than in the collective intelligence of their teams. Learn about a way […]

Nancy Bruski | Wise Choice Guidance

Positive Staff and Parent Interactions through Reflection LEADERSHIP ESSENTIALS Saturday | 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Reflective educators are effective educators! Explore how to develop effective, cooperative, and strategic methods of communication with staff and parents through using a reflective lens and incorporating basic elements of emotional intelligence. Specific suggestions and strategies will be included […]

Karen Cairone | Education Development Center

Building Bounce in Adults: We ALL need resilience PROFESSIONAL WELL-BEING Friday | 2-4 p.m. How full is your pitcher? Are you able to pour into the little cups and still have enough left to take care of yourself? Learn about the importance of resilience in adults, as well as strategies to build your bounce!

Michelle Campbell-Gaylord | Consultant

Holding Our Stories: Trauma informed practice in ECE PROFESSIONAL WELL-BEING Thursday, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Trauma-informed early care and education programs should include a focus on staff. This session will provide administrators with a deeper understanding of providing stewardship to staff during a crisis as well as strategies for daily practice that promote overall well-being by acknowledging […]

Sherry Cleary | New York Early Childhood Institute

Leadership at Every Level – Bringing Excellence to Scale Early Childhood Policy Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Creating and sustaining systemic change requires dramatic elevation of the workforce. To bring excellence to scale, strong and effective leadership at every level is critical. Learn about leadership models from New York City and State to inspire […]

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