Using Data in a Strengths-based Organization
This session focuses on ways to use data in day-to-day interactions to impact improvement. We will discuss three strengths-based strategies to increase performance: sharing best practices by identifying and understanding those individuals and programs that exceed expectations; increasing motivation by celebrating milestones and recognizing those who excel; and building communities of practice through reflection on data trends.

Sedra Spano | Teachstone
Thursday | 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Strength-Based Coaching Techniques
Experience a rich interactive overview of coaching frameworks and reflective practices that facilitate increased engagement with staff. Techniques and strategies will be shared that support leaders in successfully facilitating the professional growth of teachers. A variety of coaching activities, scripts, and lists of empowering questions designed to help school leaders develop coaching skills will be shared.

Susan MacDonald | Inspiring New Perspectives
Thursday | 3:30 p.m. — 5:30 p.m. 

Leadership Excellence: Inspiring, motivating, and empowering
Leaders play a key role in influencing the workforce. By understanding what fosters motivation, leaders have the ability to reinforce positive behavior, satisfy needs, provide rewards, and empower and engage employees in goal achievement. With a compelling vision, strong values, and sincere compassion, leaders can inspire action, motivate behavior, and empower greatness.

Susan Neustrom | National Louis University
Friday | 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

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
Friday | 10:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

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
Friday | 2:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Make It Sticky! Training with purpose and behavior change
Have you ever spent time training on a topic but the next day, your team was doing the same old, same old? It’s frustrating, isn’t it! In this session, we will explore effective ways to ensure your training has purpose and the end result is positive behavior change. Adult learning principles are used to create the framework for action-oriented results. Let’s work together to Make It Stick!

Kelly Hansinger | Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Saturday | 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Promoting Inclusion: Strategies for ECE Mentors
Participants will explore ways to mentor early childhood professionals’ use and perceptions of reasonable accommodations. Walk away with a variety of practical strategies to address inclusion practices and introduce meaningful, low-cost modifications for children with diverse abilities.

Rebecca McKeehan & Shea Fairley-Wallace | Early Years Network
Saturday | 10:15 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.