10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | SESSION 4


Health and Wellness Policy Creation and Development
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 that your center is taking a holistic approach to their children’s development and education. Explore components of a policy to improve overall health and wellness outcomes.

Wil Ayala | Early Learning Coalition


Prepping for the Kindergarten Transition
This presentation is a review of best practices in transitioning children from early childhood education programs into kindergarten. By providing a summary of best practices to decision makers, early childhood program leaders, and school district administrators, the goal is to strengthen the bridge between early childhood education and elementary education.

Christine Nicpon | Latino Policy Forum


Inclusion Works!
There are wide-reaching benefits of inclusive preschool environments. Typically developing children and children with disabilities benefit, their respective families, and the larger community benefit as well. Explore how to experience more success with inclusion, multiple levels of adaptations for children with special needs, and strategies for effective communication with families.

Lidia Clarke | Early Learning Coalition


Appreciative Leadership: Focusing on what’s right!
Positive strength-based energy is the key to transforming the quality of early childhood programs. The stress of new initiatives can drain the energy of educators, creating a school community where low levels of engagement become the norm. Focused, intentional and appreciative leadership will support the development of a vibrant learning community where children, teachers, and adults can thrive!

Susan MacDonald | Inspiring New Perspectives


Understanding the Stress Mess and Being Your Best (Part 2)
With pressure to do more and achieve higher standards, stress is inevitable. With greater demands, less time, and increased scrutiny, we find ourselves heading down the path to burnout, with a toll on our health and effectiveness. Learn new strategies to unwind your own stress mess, better meet the tremendous needs of children and families, and be your best!

Marie Masterson | Dominican University


Viewing Family Engagement through a Relationship-Based Lens
Family and teacher relationships are an important indicator of quality care for children. Research has indicated a correlation between strong, genuine, and supportive relationships between teachers and families and the social, emotional, and cognitive well-being of children. Administrators play an important role in assuring positive relationships with families in their program are developed and valued.

Barbara Volpe | McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership


Sustainable Professional Development
Join us for this interactive session where we will explore how to build and sustain communities of practice that work! Building on the work of Costa and Kallick’s “Critical Friend” role, we will offer hands-on experiences in modeling, creating, and supporting communities of practice. We also will utilize Harvest Resources’ Thinking Lens™ to scaffold participants’ conversations and skills.

Kelly Matthews & Ijumaa Jordan | Harvest Resources Associates


Teaching Number Sense with Tablets
Mathematics knowledge in preschool, specifically number sense, is the best predictor of a child’s future academic achievement. What skills make up number sense? What are the best methods to teach these skills? Will tablets help or hurt? This session teaches how to organize classrooms to maximize mathematics learning by using tablets as tools to supplement instruction.

John Schacter | San Jose State University