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Pre-conference Workshop Speakers


 

  Dr. Jill Bella
  Director of Professional Learning and Assistant Professor,
  McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University

Session Title: Inspiring Peak Performance: Competence, Commitment, and Collaboration
Session Date and Time: April 27, 2021 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Reflect deeply about your role as a leader how you create a climate that inspires peak performance by:

  • Establishing a professional learning community
  • Utilizing developmental supervision
  • Implementing an individualized model for staff development
  • Cultivating shared leadership through peer learning teams

 

  Dr. Melissa Casteel
  Director of Assessment,
  McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University

Session Title: Inspiring Peak Performance: Competence, Commitment, and Collaboration
Session Date and Time: April 27, 2021 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Reflect deeply about your role as a leader how you create a climate that inspires peak performance by:

  • Establishing a professional learning community
  • Utilizing developmental supervision
  • Implementing an individualized model for staff development
  • Cultivating shared leadership through peer learning teams

 

  Dr. Marie Masterson
  Director of Quality Assessment,
  McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University

Session Title: Thinking, Asking, Saying, Doing: Revitalizing Leadership and Communication for Positive Impact in Your Early Childhood Program
Session Date and Time: April 27, 2021 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Explore the ways cultures, values, beliefs, and assumptions can impact your leadership influence and affect the quality of program relationships, staff commitment, and effectiveness by:

  • Rebalancing leadership priorities and managing stress
  • Solving communication challenges with staff
  • Strengthening family engagement
  • Empowering high-quality teaching through continuous quality improvement

 

  Patrick Small
  eLearning & Technology Manager,
  McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University

Session Title: Using Microsoft Word and Excel: Working Smarter, not Harder
Session Date and Time: April 27, 2021 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Explore key features of Microsoft Word and Excel to best utilize the appropriate technology to support program administration by:

  • Creating documents and spreadsheets that meet your needs
  • Using key formatting features to create professional and consistent documentation
  • Utilizing each software’s key tools and features to produce deliverables
  • Establishing templates to maximize efficiency

Keynote Speakers


 

  Alex Kotlowitz
  Author, Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker,
  Lyceum Agency

Session Title: Keynote Address: A Conversation with Alex Kotlowitz
Session Date and Time: April 28, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Kotlowitz will talk about the impact of our nation's profound racial and economic divide on children. Drawing on over 35 years of reporting on children, families, and neighborhoods left behind, Kotlowitz helps audiences understand the forces bearing down on those who are struggling to get by and struggling to be heard.


 

  Dr. Iheoma U. Iruka
  Research Professor, Department of Public Policy and Founding Director,
  Equity Research Action Coalition at FPG,
  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Session Title: Public Policy Forum | Strengthening our Villages: Role of Transformative Leadership in the Journey towards Racial Equity
Session Date and Time: April 29, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Poverty, race, culture, religion, or zip code should not determine a child’s trajectory, opportunity, and eventual life success. Addressing the opportunity gaps and the education debt that leads to disparities through a racial equity lens must go beyond gap-gazing at third grade test scores and blaming children and families, and many times schools. A sole focus on disparities without consideration of the root causes and the transformative leadership needed will continue to ensure the permanency of disparities due to the legacy of racism. This keynote will focus on the key strategies and policies for early childhood leaders, and the mindset of transformation that is needed, to delivers on the promise of equity for all young children and their families. Participants will reflect on their roles in providing space for Black leaders and other leaders of color to ensure children are provided with equitable opportunities to meet their potential in the early years.


 

  Dr. Teri Talan
  Michael W. Louis Chair and Senior Policy Advisor,
  McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University

Session Title: Public Policy Forum | Strengthening our Villages: Role of Transformative Leadership in the Journey towards Racial Equity
Session Date and Time: April 29, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Poverty, race, culture, religion, or zip code should not determine a child’s trajectory, opportunity, and eventual life success. Addressing the opportunity gaps and the education debt that leads to disparities through a racial equity lens must go beyond gap-gazing at third grade test scores and blaming children and families, and many times schools. A sole focus on disparities without consideration of the root causes and the transformative leadership needed will continue to ensure the permanency of disparities due to the legacy of racism. This keynote will focus on the key strategies and policies for early childhood leaders, and the mindset of transformation that is needed, to delivers on the promise of equity for all young children and their families. Participants will reflect on their roles in providing space for Black leaders and other leaders of color to ensure children are provided with equitable opportunities to meet their potential in the early years.


 

  Dr. Aisha Ray
  Professor Emerita of Child Development and Distinguised Fellow for the Build
  Initiative,
  Erikson Institute

Session Title: Paula Jorde Bloom Leadership Colloquium
Session Date and Time: April 30, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Leadership Colloquium was developed to honor the McCormick Center founder, Paula Jorde Bloom, and her work as a visionary leader for early childhood administration. Each year a new visionary leader is selected by the McCormick Center Advisory Council and Leadership Team based on the criteria above. The Colloquium is a unique and intimate experience for conference participants. The event allows participants to hear an often “untold” story of the visionary’s journey to becoming a leader in the field. The experience is one-of-a-kind and leaves participants inspired. The Colloquium also provides a forum for considering, deliberating, and debating leadership issues of importance to the early childhood education (ECE) field. The intent is to be provocative and identify visionary leaders who challenge the field’s thinking.


 

  Dr. Jill Bella
  Director of Professional Learning and Assistant Professor
  McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University

Session Title: Paula Jorde Bloom Leadership Colloquium
Session Date and Time: April 30, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Leadership Colloquium was developed to honor the McCormick Center founder, Paula Jorde Bloom, and her work as a visionary leader for early childhood administration. Each year a new visionary leader is selected by the McCormick Center Advisory Council and Leadership Team based on the criteria above. The Colloquium is a unique and intimate experience for conference participants. The event allows participants to hear an often “untold” story of the visionary’s journey to becoming a leader in the field. The experience is one-of-a-kind and leaves participants inspired. The Colloquium also provides a forum for considering, deliberating, and debating leadership issues of importance to the early childhood education (ECE) field. The intent is to be provocative and identify visionary leaders who challenge the field’s thinking.


 

  Tom Layman
  QRIS (ExceleRate Illinois®) Policy Director
  Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development

Session Title: Paula Jorde Bloom Leadership Colloquium
Session Date and Time: April 30, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Leadership Colloquium was developed to honor the McCormick Center founder, Paula Jorde Bloom, and her work as a visionary leader for early childhood administration. Each year a new visionary leader is selected by the McCormick Center Advisory Council and Leadership Team based on the criteria above. The Colloquium is a unique and intimate experience for conference participants. The event allows participants to hear an often “untold” story of the visionary’s journey to becoming a leader in the field. The experience is one-of-a-kind and leaves participants inspired. The Colloquium also provides a forum for considering, deliberating, and debating leadership issues of importance to the early childhood education (ECE) field. The intent is to be provocative and identify visionary leaders who challenge the field’s thinking.


 

  Jahmal Cole
  Founder and CEO
  My Block My Hood My City

Session Title: Closing Session I'm Going to the League
Session Date and Time: April 30, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Jahmal Cole, founder and CEO of Chicago’s fastest growing social impact organization, My Block My Hood My City, will share how he is living his life mission to build a more interconnected Chicago on the pillars of service and education. Hear about his exposure-based education program that is changing lives. Be inspired and encouraged about the work you are doing in Early Childhood and how you can take the energy from Leadership Connections with you to live out your mission serving children.


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