*TR-DONE--Early Childhood Collaborative Leadership Forum

Madison, Wisconsin
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
*TR-DONE--Early Childhood Collaborative Leadership Forum
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:00 AM -
Thursday, March 02, 2017 4:00 PM (Central Time)

The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 West Dayton St.
Madison, Wisconsin 53703
United States

Map and Directions
See the Draft Agenda
See the Save the Date Flyer-11-28-16 for more session details.

Who should attend?

  • Early childhood leaders from schools, child care, Head Start, home visiting, and other related programs and services including, but not limited to: principals, 4K coordinators, special education directors, program support teachers, school board members, child care directors, Head Start directors and coordinators, professional development trainers, and community teams. 
  • Programs, personnel, and community organizations interested in screening and assessment.
  • Teachers, providers, and trainers in environmental education and place based learning.
  • Early Childhood faculty at two- and four-year colleges.
  • Dual Language Learning Cadre and those who want to learn more about Wisconsin’s new professional development efforts for professionals serving children who are dual language learner.
  • Training and technical assistance providers and especially those wanting to complete the 7-hour Training and Technical Assistance Course.
Our goals are to:
  • Collaborate among different conferences with emphasis on past goals and new goals from Intersecting Interests and Race to The Top screening and assessment efforts.
  • Building relationships and networks among schools and community partners related to 4K and special education.
  • Support leadership across the many sectors involved in 4K and community approaches.
  • Develop and support a cadre of leaders and change agents who understand the importance of partnerships and early childhood.
  • Provide tools to support quality improvement within communities and local programs.
  • Honor the diversity of the community “stakeholders.”
  • Provide resources to support community teams.
  • Connect two and four year faculty with current initiatives and resources and with colleagues in Wisconsin.                                             
Tuesday, February 28 Features:
Explore Children's Learning with Nature

This session will take place at Olbrich Botanical Gardens and will be a hands on interaction with nature and the domains of early learning.

Intersecting Interests: Screening and Assessment in Wisconsin; Connecting Community, Technical Assistance, Preservice and Inservice Providers

 “Topical Tapas” of food and informal table talk on a variety of topics will end the day for participants of both preconference sessions. Travelers arriving for the Wednesday and Thursday conference between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. can stop in to preregister and network while sharing dessert.

Wednesday, March 1 Features:
Keynote Presentation: Dr. Wendy L. Ostroff, author of the book Understanding How Young Children Learn: Bringing the Science of Child Development to the Classroom.
Special networking opportunities and topical sessions throughout the rest of the day.
A night owl session will feature technology for young children.

Thursday, March 2 Features:

General Session: Learn about upcoming changes in federal Head Start, Child Care, and education regulations and implications for early childhood programs and communities in the state. Follow-up sessions for communities using community approaches to service delivery, supporting dual language learners, and other collaborative efforts.

Special Feature, March 1 & 2:

Training and Technical Assistance providers can participate in the 7 hours of training to become Registry Certified as a Training and Technical Assistance mentor and coach.

Other Highlights
  • Conversations, networking, and interactive sessions offering partnership strategies and community sharing with a variety of Wisconsin community leaders
  • WECA's Courage to Explore Display: You can view resources on culture, peace, and anti-bias classroom strategies.

$50 for Preconference only. $150 per person for two days.  $175 for three days. Register as a team of 3 and receive $20 off each person's registration. (Must be same registrant type)
Registration costs include: Tuesday evening dessert, Wednesday lunch and evening buffet, and Thursday breakfast and lunch, conference materials etc. 

Registration deadline: Monday, February 13, 2017

Graduate Credit Option
1 graduate or undergraduate credit from UW La Crosse will be offered for an additional cost of $110. Registration materials will be available at the conference and payment will be due at that time. Cash, check or credit cards accepted.  PEC17UWLCourseSyllabus.pdf

Registry Credits Option Registry Credits will be available for sessions attended.

Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • Purchase Orders are not necessary.

    No Refunds will be issued; however, substitutions will be accepted.

    If you are submitting payment by check, please submit your check made out to: Department of Public Instruction with a copy of the registration confirmation to: Debra Anklam, Department of Public Instruction - Business Office, P.O. Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707-7841.
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