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This year's Oregon Early Learning Conference was a resounding success, due entirely to the dedication and enthusiasm of our attendees and presenters. The event was held April 18-19, 2023, at the Embassy Suites Conference Center at the Portland Airport. See you at the next conference!
Workshop by keynoter Dr. Rosemarie Allen
Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Talking to Children About Race: Children are never too young to discuss race and racism, and ongoing dialogue is crucial to their learning and understanding of racial equity. This session will provide strategies and the language necessary to have age-appropriate conversations about race with young children. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of implicit bias and will gain the language necessary to begin and continue ongoing dialogues about race and racism with children.
PHILLIP STRAIN, PH.D., will deliver the morning keynote, titled “The State of Early Childhood Services: It's Not All About Social Development, But Always About Social Development.” He is the James C. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Education at the Morgridge College of Education and Director of the Positive Early Learning Experiences Center at the University of Denver.
DR. ROSEMARIE ALLEN will address participants during lunch with a keynote titled “Challenging Behavior is Not So Challenging When You Have the Right Tools.” She is an associate professor in the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She also serves as the President and CEO for the Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence.
TOPICS INCLUDE: Coordinated Support and Collaboration Across Agencies • Foundations of Dual Language Education • Change Moves At The Speed of Trust • From Surviving to Thriving: A Workshop Supporting Educator Wellbeing • Mindful Games and Activities • Leadership in Early Learning: A Panel Discussion • Core Prevention Practices In Early Childhood • Autism in Early Childhood: Essential Concepts and Practical Strategies • Practical Behavior Supports for Early Learners • The ABCs of Services for Little Ones: Understanding the IFSP • What is a Parent Training and Information Center (PTI)? • Kindergarten Innovation & Playful Learning in PPS • Family Engagement and Parent Leadership with P-3 Programming • Early Learning Transition Check-In: A Collaborative Engagement with Community • Building Sturdy Bridges from Early Learning to Kindergarten• Connect to K: Engaging families to set the foundation to Kinder • Connect to K: Engaging families to set the foundation to Kinder • State Policy & Practice: Implications for Early Childhood
The goal of our conference is to serve PreK-2 programs in Oregon with presentations on cutting-edge research and best practices from educators throughout the state. Join teachers, coordinators, principals and other early learning professionals who have a common interest in developing effective early learning programs, inclusive curriculum, learning environments,and teaching strategies .