Managing Student Behavior in a Data-driven Environment
Discover how to link processes within your program to child outcomes. Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) and Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) principles offer proactive and preventative strategies and interventions to support positive behavioral outcomes for children. Receive practical resources to assess, model, and implement behavioral interventions.

Linda Flowers and Diane Garrett-Kings | SIU Head Start
Thursday | 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Supporting Classroom Transformations: You can do it!
This session will help program leaders and teachers create quality learning environments in their classrooms using the Environment Rating Scales. Come see pictures of classroom transformations going from good to great! Presenter will share visuals of appropriate learning environments from the field that support the language and literacy development of all children.

Tricia Sifford | Branagh Information Group, Inc.
Thursday | 3:30 p.m. — 5:30 p.m.

Five Essentials-Early Ed: An Organizational Framework and Surveys for CQI
Learn about the Five Essentials-Early Ed, a set of surveys designed to collect teacher and parent perspectives on organizational conditions essential to continuous quality improvement (CQI) in early education settings. In the near future, leaders will be able to use these data to inform how they conceptualize, plan, and generate continuous quality improvements.

Debra Pacchiano and Amanda Stein | Ounce of Prevention Fund
Stacy Ehrlich | University of Chicago
Friday | 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

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
Friday | 10:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

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 and Julie Sarama | University of Denver
Nell Kristine Duke | University of Michigan
Friday | 2:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.

The Basics of Giving Feedback
What is the culture and process of feedback in your program? This session explores how to give positive and constructive feedback with the ultimate goal of improving overall program quality. We will explore emotional connection, personal impact, trust, and believability of feedback to maximize its effectiveness in leading others.

Dawn Ellis | Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Saturday | 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Through the Hearts of Teachers, Build the Minds of Children
Today’s teachers run the risk of becoming technicians and managers. This presentation will address and reflect on challenges that teachers face today and explore strategies that will keep their focus on children. This presentation will address core values, leadership models, and interactions that will keep teachers engaged in building the minds of children.

Steven Erwin | Kaplan Early Learning Company
Saturday | 10:15 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.