2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | SESSION 5


Developing a Trauma-Informed Organizational Protocol
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 principles and 10 implementation domains.

Tom Bradach and Cherie Estrada | IL Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics


Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and its Impact on ECE
This session will explore the recent enactment of the ESSA which reauthorizes the major federal law governing K-12 public education. Several provisions in the ESSA create opportunities to improve ECE for low-income children. Participants will discuss the grant program to support a mixed delivery system and its implications for children, families, providers, teachers, leaders, states, and local school districts.

Celia Sims | KinderCare


Connect4Learning—Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning
Early childhood is riddled with debates: child-centered vs. subject-matter-centered; social emotional vs. pre-academic skills. In response to these concerns, we are developing an interdisciplinary approach to math-science-literacy-social-emotional learning, working with pre-K educators. Explore the synergies and how these areas can be combined in a mutually beneficial way.

Douglas Clements & Julie Sarama | University of Denver
Nell Kristine Duke | University of Michigan


Leadership and Growing Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs
An anti-bias perspective requires thoughtful, strategic, and long-term leadership, which addresses all components of an early childhood program. Presenters will share a conceptual framework and strategies for establishing a shared vision and mission, reading the context of your program, supporting staff and families, and creating a “third space” where conflict situations transform into new learning.

Debbie LeeKeenan | Lesley University
Louise Derman-Sparks | Pacific Oaks College
John Nimmo | Wheelock College


Building Bounce in Adults: We ALL need resilience
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!

Karen Cairone | Education Development Center


What THEY See Is What YOU Get: Modeling positive behaviors
In this session, we will explore various means for developing positive behaviors in young children, focusing especially on how to provide models of the social and emotional skills that we want our students to demonstrate. We will discuss the use of illustrated stories as an effective strategy for reaching these goals and review current thinking and research in the field of behavior modeling.

Stuart Murphy | Author
Susan Fahey | Children’s Care and Development Center


Maintaining Quality and Morale in Your Program
We all agree that quality counts! We will explore how you can keep your staff motivated, invested, and engaged through creating a strengths-based, positive work environment. Discussion will include how to facilitate, foster, and support collaboration, teamwork and joy among staff so that they can develop and achieve goals for themselves and children.

Nancy Toso | Imagine That


Engage and Empower Communities of Practice
A child’s well-being is the fundamental goal of early care and education. Engaging families is a critical part of achieving this goal, but often providers are not well prepared to work effectively with families. High-quality training delivered on-line can meet the diverse needs of providers needing to increase their knowledge, especially when combined with an intentional community of practice.

Nikki Darling-Kuria | ZERO TO THREE
Sonja Crum-Knight | McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership