2018 Institute: Featured Sessions
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2018 Featured Sessions
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Opening Session: Dr. Sonia Nieto
Dr. Nieto has devoted her professional life to questions of diversity, equity, and social justice in education. She began her teaching career in 1966 in an intermediate school in Brooklyn, New York, later moving to P.S. 25, the first fully bilingual school in the Northeast. Click here to read Dr. Sonia Nieto's full bio and don't miss her at the Opening Session!
Closing Session: Looking back to leap forward—A dialogue across generations
Presenters: Hanan Osman, Ralph Smith, Naomi Karp, Michelle Jackson, Adam Alvarez, Amy O'Leary
This is a famous quote: “Those who cannot remember history are doomed to repeat it.” And this, too, is a famous quote: “Those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” Both of these quotes speak to the truth – and to the importance of finding balance between learning lessons from the past, and imagining a new vision for the future. Let this special conversation, led by educators and leaders from across generations, send you home with new understanding, perspective, and inspiration.
Do you want to coach like a neuroscientist? This session will reveal secrets about how the brain works that promote true partnerships in coaching, mentoring, and professional development so you can build trust in the moment and over time
Presenters: Cassandra O’Neill, Monica Brinkerhoff
Do you think trust is something that takes a long time to build or repair? This session will highlight recent neuroscience research on the brain and trust—so you can instantly break through distrust and start building trust. Participants will leave with several tools and strategies they can begin to use immediately to transform coaching, mentoring, and professional development.
Embracing authentic assessment through Learning Stories
Presenters: Isauro Escamilla Calan, Lygia Stebbing, Annie White, Albert Chu, Kristen Stahmer
How can institutions of higher education help early childhood educators to develop strong reflective teaching and documentation practices, while ensuring their success in state-funded programs? This presentation describes how practitioners at San Francisco State University and California State University Channel Islands are supported to explore, apply, and refine the use of Learning Stories in EC classrooms. The workshop will explore the paradigm shift that has occurred among California teachers and early education programs through the use of Learning Stories.
From non-racist to anti-racist: Proactively advancing racial equity in early childhood policy
Presenters: Megan Madison, Ijumaa Jordan
In the words of the late historian Howard Zinn: "You can't be neutral on a moving train." During this session, we will learn tools to shift from being passively non-racist to being actively anti-racist. Let’s get to work building early childhood programs and systems that are as diverse, inclusive, and equitable as they are high quality!
Powerhouse positive guidance: Turning around behavior struggles and empowering your most rambunctious, challenging, sensitive, and vulnerable toddlers with competence for success
Presenters: Marie Masterson
Revitalize coaching, teaching, and family partnerships with research-based, development-fostering strategies that boost toddlers' language skills, strengthen social-emotional competence, and scaffold self-directed behavior regulation. Meet the unique needs of toddlers within a framework of resilience-promoting, child-centered guidance that will reorient your practice and radically change outcomes for children.
Strengthening early learning programs and systems: The principles of optimistic leadership and a coherent path to quality
Presenters: Judy Jablon, Diana Courson, April May
Examine a more expansive understanding of leadership such that early learning practitioners at every level embrace responsibility for achieving a coherent path to high-quality programs. Explore how to use the five commitments of optimistic leadership to increase leadership capacity within and across programs to support continual quality improvement. Analyze how a high-quality program and a stronger early learning system require that children, families, and all staff members thrive.
Voices of practitioners: Powerful school–university partnerships supporting teacher research and an inquiry stance in early childhood education
Presenters: Debra Murphy, Ben Mardell, Frances Rust, Karen Capo, Debra Paz, Jordan Khadam-Hir
Teachers and teacher educators will explore and discuss strategies to develop and support teacher inquiry networks. Using documentation of program activities, we will examine three ongoing teacher research inquiry projects around the topics of early literacy, classroom storytelling and story-acting, and dual language learning that promote effective teaching through professional educational initiatives that emphasize reading, writing, culture, child development, and research.
Taking quality systems to the next level: What ECE leaders and policymakers should know about the newly streamlined NAEYC accreditation
Presenters: Marica Cox Mitchell, Kim Bleakley-Sias, Deborah Mathias, Marinel Russo
Creating a sustainable system to assess, support, and incentivize quality requires strategic decisions about how resources are distributed particularly given the ever evolving state and local landscape. NAEYC has intentionally revamped its early learning program accreditation model so that it can bolster quality systems like QRIS and PreK. In doing so, quality systems can increase the focus on what matters most - the supports and meaningful incentives that drive quality. Come and learn more about this streamlined accreditation system and the benefits of integrating accreditation in quality systems.
The next generation of standards and competencies for early childhood educators
Presenters: Valora Washington, Sarah LeMoine
What do effective early childhood educators need to know and be able to do? What will it take to unify ECE workforce systems within and across states with these standards and competencies? Come and learn about critical revisions being made to both the content and structure of the 2009 NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards so that it can better influence the quality of professional preparation, ensure that early childhood educators are prepared to be effective with all children 0-8, address the gaps identified in the Transforming the Workforce report, and align with the Power to the Profession initiative. This is an opportunity as early childhood educators, higher education faculty and workforce systems representatives to learn about and inform the revisions of these standards and competencies.
Preventing preschool expulsion: Classroom practices, mental health consultation, and new state policies
Presenters: Peggy Pizzo, Scott Moore, Andrea Garcia, Ed Greene
This session will (1) present research about why children are expelled from preschool three times more often than primary school children, (2) problem-solve ways that mental health consultation, coaching, anti-bias training, and other professional development can enhance teacher–child and teacher–parent interaction to prevent and respond to challenging behaviors, and (3) discuss real-life examples of successful advocacy for new laws prohibiting expulsion and funding mental health consultation.