Events

Join us to improve the quality of early childhood education. As the premier national early childhood leadership organization, our faculty and staff are entrenched in the field nationwide. Through frequent presentations at national and local conferences, memberships on key boards, participation on panels, and other activities, we share the unique and vital perspective of early childhood education leaders. We also offer a variety of traveling professional learning opportunities related to the knowledge and skills encompassed in whole leadership. Explore our events below.

Upcoming Events

Feb
03
Webinar
Knowing where to begin and what steps to follow when helping administrators improve their leadership and management practices can be challenging. This session will provide an introduction to technical assistance roles, explain the importance of focusing TA on the administrator, provide an overview of the whole leadership framework, identify the components of transformational TA, and explore the six steps in the coaching process. In addition, participants will learn about the developmental stages of administrators and specific strategies and tools that will help them in their work.

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Feb
04
Webinar
Well-trained and experienced staff are the key to early childhood program quality and healthy child development. Skills in recruitment, interviewing, screening, selecting, and orienting new teachers are ones that every director needs. This session breaks down the recruitment, selection, and orientation process into manageable components and suggests practical and effective techniques to help directors find competent and capable teachers for their program.

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Feb
04
Webinar
Understanding how to conduct a formal PAS assessment and knowing how to use the PAS for technical assistance require different skill sets. This session will provide a brief overview of the PAS and will focus on key concepts for those in technical assistance roles. Strategies for addressing administrator concerns, explaining indicators of quality and research design aspects, and supporting administrators in decision-making will be highlighted. This session will set the tone for providing a deep dive into the following PAS topic areas: building partnerships and engaging families, conflict resolution, and creating a shared vision.

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Feb
17
Webinar
Administrators of early care and education programs understand the importance of building relationships with families. However, they may not be aware the messages they communicate do not convey the message that family engagement is valued and encouraged. Administrators may also have challenges getting staff on board with building partnerships with families. Some administrators and staff may feel competent and have experience working with adults, others may be unsure where to begin. What families see, hear, and read from the time they first walk through the door to enroll their child, will set the tone for whether this will truly become an authentic partnership. This session explores strategies for helping administrators examine their role in building family partnerships.

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Feb
18
Webinar
Administrators of early care and education programs understand the importance of building relationships with families. However, they may not be aware the messages they communicate do not convey the message that family engagement is valued and encouraged. Administrators may also have challenges getting staff on board with building partnerships with families. Some administrators and staff may feel competent and have experience working with adults, others may be unsure where to begin. What families see, hear, and read from the time they first walk through the door to enroll their child, will set the tone for whether this will truly become an authentic partnership. This session explores strategies for helping administrators examine their role in building family partnerships.

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Feb
26
Webinar | This event is not open to the public
The frenetic pace that characterizes the professional lives of most early childhood directors leaves little time for reflection. Yet it is through reflection that educators often gain insight into the issues and problems that confront them. This session provides a passport for self-discovery. Through thought-provoking questions and engaging exercises you will have an opportunity to reflect on where you are in your journey through adulthood, determine the gap between your current and ideal work environment, and become a self-mentor for envisioning new possibilities for the years ahead.

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Mar
03
Webinar
Are administrators prepared when conflict arises? Consider ways to help them create work environments conducive to successful conflict resolution by building strong learning communities and good working relationships. These working relationships are the foundation for effective conflict resolution.

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Mar
04
Webinar
Leaders are visionaries. How can you help them define and clearly articulate their own values, discover the values held by their staff and families, and develop a plan to build a shared vision? This session will provide strategies for helping administrators work with staff and families to create and focus on the mission and vision of their centers. You will also have time to reflect on your own values and generate a vision for your work as a coach.

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Mar
12
Webinar | This event is not open to the public
This webinar is designed for certified Business Administration Scale (BAS) Assessors looking to renew their certification. The training includes updates to the BAS and Additional Notes. Assessors must participate in the BAS Assessor Recertification webinar within four months prior to their certification expiration date. In addition, participants complete an assessment of learning to determine recertification status.

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Mar
12
Webinar | This event is not open to the public
This webinar is designed for certified Program Administration Scale (PAS) Assessors looking to renew their certification. The training includes updates to the PAS and Additional Notes. Assessors must participate in the PAS Assessor Recertification webinar within four months prior to their certification expiration date. In addition, participants complete an assessment of learning to determine recertification status.

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Apr
23
Webinar | This event is not open to the public
True leaders come in all shapes and sizes. Some are outgoing and charismatic; others are quietly influential. This session explores the concept of leadership in the context of early childhood education. It looks at the multifaceted role of the center director and the skills and competencies needed to nurture leadership at all levels of an organization.

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Jun
11
Webinar | This event is not open to the public
Directors often have a global impression that things are going well or not so well at their centers, but they lack specific information on just what areas of the program’s operation contribute to these impressions. This session provides an overview of the dimensions of organizational climate and how directors can improve the quality of work life at their centers.

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Jun
11
Webinar | This event is not open to the public
This webinar is designed for certified Business Administration Scale (BAS) Assessors looking to renew their certification. The training includes updates to the BAS and Additional Notes. Assessors must participate in the BAS Assessor Recertification webinar within four months prior to their certification expiration date. In addition, participants complete an assessment of learning to determine recertification status.

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Jun
11
Webinar | This event is not open to the public
This webinar is designed for certified Program Administration Scale (PAS) Assessors looking to renew their certification. The training includes updates to the PAS and Additional Notes. Assessors must participate in the PAS Assessor Recertification webinar within four months prior to their certification expiration date. In addition, participants complete an assessment of learning to determine recertification status.

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Aug
20
Webinar | This event is not open to the public
Well-trained and experienced staff are the key to early childhood program quality and healthy child development. Skills in recruitment, interviewing, screening, selecting, and orienting new teachers are ones that every director needs. This session breaks down the recruitment, selection, and orientation process into manageable components and suggests practical and effective techniques to help directors find competent and capable teachers for their program.

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Oct
15
Webinar | This event is not open to the public
This session looks at the importance of staff meetings as the primary vehicle for staff development and community building. Topics include an analysis of social interaction in groups and how interpersonal orientation among group members affects group functioning. A key focus is applying methods for managing meetings that achieve maximum participant satisfaction and productivity in a minimum amount of time.

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Dec
10
Webinar | This event is not open to the public
Building trust and a spirit of collaboration in early childhood programs is central to achieving high-performing work teams. Meaningful involvement in decision making is one way that trust and commitment to organizational goals can be achieved. This session presents a framework for analyzing different types of decisions in program management and how directors can move to a more participatory process in achieving organizational goals.

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Online Events

Jan
01
Online
This brief and insightful online module covers a variety of topics related to coaching. You will discover foundational and practical information to guide your journey as a coach in early childhood education. This module is part 3 of the Continuous Quality Improvement module series.

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Jan
01
Online
This module will introduce how change influences people and processes. You will explore many aspects of continuous quality improvement, see what it looks like in action, and investigate the four steps in the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Cycle. This module is part 1 of the Continuous Quality Improvement module series.

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Jan
01
Online
This module will introduce you to the benefits of collaborative adult learning, as well as the foundational elements required to design collaborative learning experiences. It will explore the differences between two types of collaborative learning: communities of practice and cohorts. In the end, you will become more effective at guiding adult learners and influencing positive change. This module is part 2 of the Continuous Quality Improvement module series.

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Jan
01
Online
This package consists of three Continuous Quality Improvement modules, totaling nine professional development clock hours upon completion.

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Apr
02
Online
This online module is designed to provide you with an overview of the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS). Learn how formal assessment of your business and professional practices can help you identify program strengths and target areas for improvement. You’ll spend time exploring what each item of the BAS measures, have the opportunity […]

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Apr
06
Online
This online module looks at leadership as a way of thinking about your role and the important work you do on behalf of children and families. You’ll learn about the importance of self-awareness and understanding your core values as you identify your unique leadership style. You’ll be introduced to a model of facilitative leadership as […]

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Apr
15
Online
This online module is designed to provide Illinois family child care providers with an overview of the Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS). Learn how formal assessment of your business and professional practices can help you identify program strengths and target areas for improvement. You’ll spend time exploring what each item of the BAS measures, […]

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Apr
18
Online
This online module is designed to provide you with an overview of the Program Administration Scale (PAS). Learn how formal assessment can help you identify strengths and target areas for improvement. You’ll spend time exploring what each item of the PAS measures, have the opportunity to practice scoring, prep for a formal assessment, and learn […]

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Jun
05
Online
Successful employment practices are a critical component of administering high-quality early care and education programs. This online module provides a framework for effective recruitment, selection, and orientation practices. You will experience a shift in paradigm from thinking of recruitment as a dreaded event to a continuous process of community outreach. You’ll learn about “right fit” […]

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Jun
12
Online
This online module is designed to provide Illinois early childhood leaders with an overview of the Program Administration Scale (PAS). Learn how formal assessment can help you identify strengths and target areas for improvement. You’ll spend time exploring what each item of the PAS measures, have the opportunity to practice scoring, prep for a formal assessment, […]

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Jul
05
Online
The heart of effective staff relations is recognizing and appreciating individual differences. This online module provides a comprehensive model for supervising staff, promoting their ongoing professional development, and creating a strengths-based team. You’ll learn about the importance of tailoring your supervisory style and professional development strategies to the individualized needs of each staff member, how […]

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Aug
02
Online
This online module introduces you to operations management and looks at the director’s critical role in managing the day-to-day operations of the program. You’ll learn about the necessary components of effective operations management including: systems and the importance of systems thinking; stakeholder analysis and management; the strategic planning process; how systems, policies, and procedures are […]

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Sep
05
Online
This online module examines the key issues pertinent to managing a fiscally responsible early childhood business. You’ll study the legal requirements and tax implications that relate to the operation of programs with differing ownership status. You’ll be introduced to the language of accounting and work with budgets, calculations, and financial reports to practice making informed […]

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Oct
04
Online
This online module considers the importance of the physical environment in early childhood programs. It begins with an overview of the essential elements of environments and how to design and equip indoor and outdoor environments to support children’s development and learning. You’ll then learn how to ensure that the environment welcomes all children and adults, […]

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Nov
06
Online
Supporting children’s development and learning is at the heart of why early childhood programs exist. In this online module, you’ll learn about the interactive environment, how to ensure continuity of care, and the advantages and disadvantages of different grouping and staffing patterns. You’ll then examine the many facets of developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) and the […]

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Dec
05
Online
This online module will help you work with families in ways that empower them to partner fully with your program and become skilled, effective first educators of their children. It begins with an overview of the essential components of family-centered early childhood programming. You’ll explore the director’s role in planning and implementing family involvement programs, […]

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Dec
26
Online
Program evaluation plays an important role in the administration of high-quality early care and education programs. This online module provides a framework for understanding and implementing effective evaluation practices. You’ll learn how to select appropriate evaluation tools to achieve your program goals. You’ll learn how to implement continuous quality improvement, the leadership practice of assessing […]

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Apr
18
Oak Park, IL | This event is not open to the public
Session 7 | April | Implementing and Documenting Quality Improvement | Advocacy Communication Tools

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