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Mark your calendars for the 2021 Leadership Connections™ National Virtual Conference, Re-Focusing Our Vision!

Our virtual conference not only offers you content during the live three-day conference, but all keynote and break-out sessions will be recorded and available to registered attendees for 12-months after the conference ends. Plan to set aside the days of the conference to engage with others, attend live sessions, and connect with sponsors. After the conference, you may view the sessions you were unable to attend, so you won’t miss any of the valuable sessions!

We are thrilled to have you join us for our 20th annual conference. The vision of the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership is to empower leaders and advance the field to promote excellence in early childhood education is embedded in Leadership Connections. We strive to be an important catalyst for change as we implement initiatives that strengthen the leadership capacity of early childhood educators. The conference provides you with opportunities to attend workshop sessions relevant to your complex role, network with professionals who relate to your trials and triumphs, and be inspired by powerful specialists in our field.

 

Registration Information

PRE-CONFERENCE:

April 27, 2021 (Tuesday)
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT
4 hours of content/60 minutes of breaks

 
$125 | Pre-conference fee
 
CONFERENCE:
April 28, 2021 – April 30, 2021
(Wednesday through Friday)
10:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. CT
 
$275 | Full-Conference Early Bird
(through February 28, 2021)
 
$300 | Full-Conference
(March 1, 2021 and after)
 
$250 | Two-Day Registration
(any two of the three days)
 
$125 | Single-Day Registration
(any one of the three days)

 

REFUND POLICY
Full refunds, minus a $50 processing fee per registration, will be granted through March 29, 2021, after which time refunds will not be granted. You may submit a substitute for your registration at any time.
 
REGISTRATION ASSISTANCE/QUESTIONS
LeadershipConnections@nl.edu
or 847-947-5267
 
REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

  • Four (4) Live General Sessions
  • Thirty (30) Live Break-out Sessions
  • Recordings of all sessions for 12 months*   (* access to recordings is based on your registration. You will have access to the recordings for the specific days included in your registration).
  • Access to Sponsors and Exhibitors
  • Networking with other professionals

 
GROUP DISCOUNT
Groups of 10 or more full-conference registrations receive a $50 discount per registration.
 
PAYMENT OPTIONS
Credit Card, Check, or Purchase Order
 
Checks: To be made payable to National Louis University and sent to:
Attn: Kathleen Wildman
McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University
1000 Capitol Drive
Wheeling, IL 60090
 
Purchase Orders: Send a copy of the PO with invoicing instructions to: Kathleen.Wildman@nl.edu
or call Kathy at: 847-947-5148

Our Sponsors

Messages from McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership

 

Schedule at a Glance

Note: Schedule subject to change

 

TUESDAY (Pre-conference) | April 27, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  | Two Full-Day workshops | 4 hours of content/60 minutes of breaks

OPTION ONE:
Title: Thinking, Asking, Saying, Doing: Revitalizing Leadership and Communication for Positive Impact in Your Early Childhood Program
Presenter: Maria Masterson, Ph.D, Director of Quality Assessment at the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership

OPTION TWO:
Title:  Inspiring Peak Performance: Competence, Commitment, and Collaboration
Presenters: Jill Bella, Ed.D, Director of Professional Learning and Assistant Professor at the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and Melissa Casteel, Ed.D, Director of Assessment at the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership

90-minute Session available for all 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm:
Title:  Using Microsoft Word and Excel: Working Smarter, not Harder
Presenter: Patrick Small, eLearning & Technology Manager at the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership

WEDNESDAY | April 28, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Opening General Session | Keynote address by Alex Kotlowitz
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions | 6 options
12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.   | Break
1:15 p.m. –   2:45 p.m.   | Concurrent Sessions | 6 options
3:00 p.m. –   4:30 p.m.   | Leader-to-Leader Connections | An After-Hours Networking Event

THURSDAY | April 29, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Public Policy Forum | General Session | Featuring Iheoma Iruka
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions | 6 options
12:45 p.m. –   1:15 p.m. | Break
1:15 p.m. –   2:45 p.m.   | Concurrent Sessions | 6 options
3:00 p.m. –   4:30 p.m.   | Celebrating 20 Years of Connections

FRIDAY | April 30, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Leadership Colloquium | Aisha Ray, Visionary Leadership Award Recipient
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions | 6 options
12:45 p.m. –   1:00 p.m. | Break
1:00 p.m. –   2:00 p.m.   | Closing General Session | Keynote address by Jahmal Cole

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