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2017 Summer Leadership Institute

Summer Leadership Institute

(Re)Imagine the Power of You: Inspiring Experienced and Emerging Leaders
Thursday, July 20, 2017
7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Normandale Community College
9700 France Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN 55431


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What is the Summer Leadership Institute?

The Summer Leadership Institute is a full day of engaging professional development designed specifically for early childhood and school-age care professionals that currently hold a leadership position (director, program supervisor, manager, assistant director) and those that aspire to a leadership position (teachers, site coordinators and other professionals), to examine and deepen their knowledge, skills and abilities in topics relevant to leadership.

What is this year's theme?

This year's theme is (Re)Imagine the Power of You - Inspiring Experienced and Emerging Leaders. The average person spends over 100,000 hours of their life working, so it's important to have passion or purpose in the work we do. Whether you are currently in a leadership position or desire to be in one, imagining or reimagining your power is central to achieving more. This institute is designed to re-inspire those that need it, to help leaders find inspiration and to support the skills needed to inspire others.

*6 inservice hours will be awarded for attending this event. The Summer Leadership Institute is pending approval in Develop under the Professional Development and Leadership core competency area. An Event ID will be provided for you to add to your learning record as necessary.

Conference Fees

Member: $95
Non-Member: $125

Lunch is included in the fee.

Interested in attending the Summer Leadership Institute as a group? Learn more about your registration options.

Payment must be received prior to your participation at the Summer Leadership Institute. If payment is not received by close of business on July 19, a $35 late fee per registrant will be assessed.

Schedule at a Glance

7:45 - 8:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, Visit Exhibitors
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Sessions
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Visit Exhibitors
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Welcome & Keynote
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch, Networking, Visit Exhibitors
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Sessions
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Snack & Visit Exhibitors
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Sessions


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Keynote Speaker: Tracy Wiese

True You: Authentic Leadership in a Complex World

Research has shown that leaders who are able to be their authentic selves in the workplace are not only more successful, they help develop those working (and learning) with them, too. But what does that mean - to be authentic? Especially in a world filled with messages about who we should (and shouldn't) be? This fun and interactive session will help you put words to your own authenticity, and give you ideas on what to do with your True Self at work and at home.

Tracy Wiese, Partner at 3.2.1 LLC

Tracy is drawn to the challenging intersections leaders often face: decisions at the crossroads of old and new, present and future, tradition and invention.

As a partner at 3.2.1, Tracy jumps in as an "executive partner in residence" with clients, helping teams clarify identity and purpose; refine goals, priorities and plans; and implement initiatives.

As a facilitator, strategist and communicator, Tracy rolls up her sleeves to assist with such diverse initiatives as strategic planning, brand development, research, sales/marketing, organizational communications, culture-building and leadership development.

Throughout her career, Tracy has served on leadership teams in retail, food and health care involved with ownership transitions, and has led efforts related to transition planning, positioning, employee engagement, business development and strategy. Her collaborative approach, including an insistence on customer focus, has helped organizations fill spaces of opportunity between company and customer.


Session Descriptions

When you register, you will be asked to choose your sessions.

Session A: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

A1: What Does it Mean to Be an Early Childhood Educator

Compensation, professional preparation, entry qualifications, and performance expectations for early childhood educators vary significantly across settings and states. Addressing these gaps will require more than a quick fix. MnAEYC-MnSACA staff will provide an overview of the Power to the Profession, a profession-led, national collaboration to define the early childhood profession by establishing a unifying framework. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in the conversation.  

MnAEYC-MnSACA Staff 

A2: Roundabout Leadership: Leading in All Directions

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A roundabout is a type of circular intersection in which traffic flows almost continuously in one direction around a central island, able to flow out of (and into) various directions seamlessly without stopping. Many people populate the intersections of our programs, including supervisors, support staff, children and families. To make the most of this journey toward quality environments and experiences, every traveler must serve as a model of leadership. Through conversations, videos, and activities, this session will help each participant to identify his or her own leadership potential, and gain insight and inspiration about how to lead in all directions to positively impact students and families.

Tosca Grimm, St. Peter's Early Childhood Education Center

Tosca wears multiple hats in the education world, currently as the director of St. Peter's Early Childhood Education Center, adjunct faculty member at Rasmussen College, and adjunct faculty member at Concordia University-St. Paul, where she earned her M.A.Ed in Early Childhood Education. She has taught infants through school-age, though toddlers are her favorite! She is currently working on her Doctorate of Education at Concordia University-Portland, and enjoys supporting others in the field as a CDA professional development specialist and trainer. 

A3: Training, Coaching & Consulting

Interested in learning more about being a trainer in Minnesota? Examine the components of the training system and the partners that work together to support and develop Minnesota-approved trainers. Identify professional expectations of trainers in Minnesota. (Bring your laptop!) Look at the roles of Achieve (MNCPD), Develop, and Child Care Aware as the trainer and RBPD support system. Navigate through the systems in this hands-on session, and discover what professionalism means in regards to becoming a trainer.

Cory Woosley, Child Care Aware of MN

Cory is the Professional Development Director at Child Care Aware of MN, where she manages an interactive, online learning program and oversees statewide early childhood professional development. In addition, she has been a faculty member at MCTC and DCTC in early care and education since 1996. Her undergraduate work is in Early Childhood and in 2009, she received an Online Instructional Graduate Degree from Concordia University-St. Paul. Cory has participated in creating the Minnesota Knowledge and Competency Framework for Infant/Toddlers, the Relationship Based Professional Development Credential, Adult Education trainings, and the state advisory for creation of the Minnesota Child Care Credential, state curricula and an Infant/Toddler CDA. In 2015 she was selected as Child Care Exchange Master Leader.

Elsa Carlson, Child Care Aware of MN

Elsa is the Trainer and RBPD Outreach Coordinator at Child Care Aware of Minnesota. She oversees and coordinates the TARSS contract work. Elsa graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2003 with a dual BA in Global Studies and Spanish. She worked in various elementary schools within the the Minneapolis Public School district, working with English language learners and with families. After seven years as a stay-at-home mom to her four children, and birth doula, she returned to work outside the home, joining Child Care Aware to support the early childhood field's trainers and RBPD specialists.

Matt Evans, Child Care Aware of MN

Matt is the Trainer and RBPD Support Specialist at Child Care Aware of MN, where he supports all trainers approved in Minnesota with Achieve (MNCPD) or anyone in the process of becoming a trainer. He also coordinates Training of Trainers to give trainers new curriculum to deliver to child care providers. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2010 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Mathematics. From there, he started working at Think Small in 2010 as a Professional Development Coordinator, working with trainers in the Metro district, setting up learning communities, and coordinating training for child care providers in the Metro. He was on a committee for DHS to advise the new trainer leveling system with Achieve (MNCPD). Since February 2017, he has been working with Child Care Aware of MN supporting trainers on a statewide level.

A4: Race: Let's Talk About It

This session will be a facilitated conversation about how early childhood and afterschool staff can begin interrupting institutional racism in their spheres of influence. We will discuss the vital need for early childhood and afterschool staff to be "fluent" and intentional in conversations involving race. We will begin from the understanding that racial bias and institutional racism exist and are flourishing in Minnesota in 2017. We will not explore the basic concept of race nor will we have a lesson on the history of race and racial bias in America. Both of those topics are critical for study, but for the purpose of this conversation, we will assume a common level of understanding. A bibliography for further self-study will be provided, as well as takeaway suggestions to put into practice immediately.

Jane Tierney, Edina Public Schools

Jane is an OST Program Manager for the Edina Public Schools with more than 25 years of experience. She has been an active member of the EPS Racial Equity team for the last seven years, including as a member of the districts Racial Equity training team, training new employees. Jane has a degree in American History from the University of Minnesota. Originally from St. Paul, Jane has lived in San Diego, and now resides in Minneapolis with her family.

Priya Rao, Edina Public Schools

Priya is a parent educator for the Edina Public Schools. She has been an active member of the EPS Racial equity team for the last seven years, including as a member of the districts Racial Equity training team, training new employees. Priya holds degrees in Education and Administration. Originally from Mumbai, India, Priya has been in the U.S. for more than 20 years. She has a B.A. in Spanish and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Hyderabad, India, as well as an M.Ed in Family Education from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Edina with her family.


Session B: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

B1: Assisting Early Childhood & Afterschool Professionals to Move Beyond
Discipline to Guidance

A Five-Step Process to Conflict Mediation

Comprehensive Guidance

From Rules to Guidelines - Moving to the Positive

Nine Leadership Guidelines

Discuss key vocabulary and concepts in the use of guidance. When we distinguish "guidance" from traditional "discipline" and reject the term "misbehavior," replacing it with "conflict" or "mistaken behavior," our focus is shifted from punishing to teaching when children experience conflicts. Professionals can remain firm while still being friendly, not harsh. Vital in practicing guidance is building a developmentally appropriate learning setting that is encouraging of every child. Friendly humor and anecdotes will highlight this interactive session on advancing the use of guidance - teaching for healthy emotional and social development.

Daniel Gartrell, Emeritus Professor, Early Childhood Education

Dan Gartrell is a former Head Start teacher for the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota. During the 1970s, Dan completed his Masters degree at Bemidji State University where he was a CDA trainer for the Child Development Training Program. He received his doctoral degree from the University of North Dakota in 1977. For nearly 40 years, Dan was director of CDTP and professor of Early Childhood Education at Bemidji State University. He is currently an Emeritus Professor there.

Dan has written many pieces that have appeared in NAEYC's Young Children publication, including a long-running column titled "Guidance Matters," as well as three recent articles in Childhood Exchange magazine. Dan is the author of three books, as well as six editions of a textbook, "A Guidance Approach for the Encouraging Classroom." Two of his books have been Comprehensive Membership Benefit selections by NAEYC. His fifth book, Guidance for Every Child/Teaching Young Children Conflict Management, is to be released by Redleaf Press this June.

Dan has presented over 300 workshops, keynotes, and trainings in many states, Germany, and Mexico. He is a member of a blended family that includes his wife, Dr. Julie Jochum, five children, and eleven grandchildren. 

B2: Understanding the Intersection of Identity and Leadership

What type of leader am I? What is driving my leadership style? What are the different ways I may identify and how might it impact my leadership style? Oftentimes asking questions is not enough. Understanding our individual leadership styles and the lens we are working through when leading others is important. Identify the seven common types of leadership style and your primary leadership style. Participants will gain an understanding of the 13 most common ways individuals may identify according to the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and through an interactive activity, participants will experience how identity may be influenced by circumstance.

Dr. Arnoldo Curiel, YWCA Minneapolis

Arnoldo provides leadership and vision, and represents YWCA Minneapolis on racial equity and public policy related issues, both locally and nationally. He has provided countless multicultural trainings for organizations. He is an Intercultural Development Inventory® Qualified Administrator for YWCA Minneapolis.

Prior to joining YWCA Minneapolis, Arnoldo worked in higher education for almost ten years, most recently at College of St. Scholastica, where he was an assistant professor and continues to adjunct for the Graduate Teaching Licensure program.

Arnoldo is a graduate of Metropolitan State University. He holds a Master's degree in Public Affairs from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and an Educational Doctorate from Hamline University.

Leah Eby, YWCA Minneapolis

Leah uses her years of experience in community organizing and advocacy to engage members of the YWCA Minneapolis community in advocating for early childhood education, youth development and racial equity. Leah's knowledge and experience with municipal, state and federal policies and procedures supports the team's work and goals in governmental settings.

Leah is motivated and inspired by the power of individuals' stories to influence change. She is an Intercultural Development Inventory® Qualified Administrator for YWCA Minneapolis. Leah holds a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Carleton College. 

B3: Training and Professional Development Approval Process: Fostering a Diverse and Equitable Learning Culture for the ECE Workforce

Explore approaches to offer inclusive and equitable learning opportunities for a diverse audience. Identify strategies to design and deliver training content that will enhance practitioners' knowledge and guide them to improve upon their caring and teaching practices in culturally relevant and meaningful ways. Discuss how to successfully foster a transformative professional learning culture for the ECE workforce. Recognize the need for equitable adult learning practices and approaches to better serve a diverse audience. Identify teaching strategies for embracing the diversity of learners, their experiences and needs.

Betzaida Vera Heredia, Achieve MN Center for Professional Development

With over 15 years of professional experience in the field, Betzaida considers herself to be a Cultural Broker. She has presented on issues related to culture, gender, race and social issues in the Early Care and Education field at both national and international levels. She is passionate about implementing innovative ideas and strategies to better support the workforce in accessing high-quality learning and professional development resources and tools for empowerment. She is committed to practitioners and trainers, and supports them to “navigate the system” in culturally relevant and meaningful ways. As the Director of Operations for a state-wide Registry, she has been successful by developing and improving current policies - policies that enhance the quality of learning and professional development opportunities available to practitioners, especially those from under-served communities. 

Tara Hudson, Achieve MN Center for Professional Development

As the Lead Professional Development Specialist for a state-wide Registry, Tara supports practitioners and trainers by offering personalized individual support. She has been instrumental in developing training and professional development approval policies and procedures to ensure the availability of quality learning opportunities for practitioners. She takes pride in carefully reviewing content proposals. Prior to her role in Professional Development, she was an Early Childhood Provider for over ten years. Her love of children and devotion to their learning environments guides her. 

B4: How Race and Implicit Bias Shapes Our Work

Participate in an overview and discussion on how the systems of race and implicit bias play out in our society and ultimately trickle into our education system. There will be focus on examples of institutional, interpersonal and internalized racism and how children begin to interpret race. We will provide a respectful space for professionals who are coming to the work of anti-bias education for the first time, as well as those who are continuing the work and looking for ways to strengthen the work in their programs. The goal of this session is to provide educators and professionals with knowledge and understanding around race and implicit bias and how they can begin to address both in programming. Ideas and tools will also be provided for addressing these critical issues in education. 

Ashley Saupp, Way to Grow

Ashley Saupp is a New York transplant, early childhood educator, and parent educator in south Minneapolis for a nonprofit organization, Way to Grow. Her work focuses on providing high-quality education to low-income students with a focus on family partnership. She is a community advocate for anti-bias education and equity in early childhood education. 


Session C: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

C1: Assisting Early Childhood & Afterschool Professionals to Move Beyond
Discipline to Guidance

A Five-Step Process to Conflict Mediation

Comprehensive Guidance

From Rules to Guidelines - Moving to the Positive

Nine Leadership Guidelines

Discuss key vocabulary and concepts in the use of guidance. When we distinguish "guidance" from traditional "discipline" and reject the term "misbehavior," replacing it with "conflict" or "mistaken behavior," our focus is shifted from punishing to teaching when children experience conflicts. Professionals can remain firm while still being friendly, not harsh. Vital in practicing guidance is building a developmentally appropriate learning setting that is encouraging of every child. Friendly humor and anecdotes will highlight this interactive session on advancing the use of guidance - teaching for healthy emotional and social development.

Daniel Gartrell, Emeritus Professor, Early Childhood Education

Dan Gartrell is a former Head Start teacher for the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota. During the 1970s, Dan completed his Masters degree at Bemidji State University where he was a CDA trainer for the Child Development Training Program. He received his doctoral degree from the University of North Dakota in 1977. For nearly 40 years, Dan was director of CDTP and professor of Early Childhood Education at Bemidji State University. He is currently an Emeritus Professor there.

Dan has written many pieces that have appeared in NAEYC's Young Children publication, including a long-running column titled "Guidance Matters," as well as three recent articles in Childhood Exchange magazine. Dan is the author of three books, as well as six editions of a textbook, "A Guidance Approach for the Encouraging Classroom." Two of his books have been Comprehensive Membership Benefit selections by NAEYC. His fifth book, Guidance for Every Child/Teaching Young Children Conflict Management, is to be released by Redleaf Press this June.

Dan has presented over 300 workshops, keynotes, and trainings in many states, Germany, and Mexico. He is a member of a blended family that includes his wife, Dr. Julie Jochum, five children, and eleven grandchildren. 

C2: Surprise and Satisfy Your #1 Stakeholder - The Customer

In our jobs, we are in a unique position to embrace working with diverse families. However, we’re in a competitive market. Parents have many choices. Do we acknowledge this in our daily interactions with children, youth and parents? We must provide exceptional experiences to our participants. Every time. Every day. Everywhere. This energetic and interactive session will challenge afterschool professionals to identify their own leadership opportunities in the area of service delivery. Participants will be energized and engaged through exercises that illustrate key points. 

Annie Olson, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Annie Olson, CPRP, Director of Customer Service at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, has a degree in Speech Communications and a Professional Trainer Certificate, both from the University of Minnesota. Annie has trained thousands of park staff throughout her 17 years with the parks and is an active member of state and national professional associations. Her training programs have been featured and well received at the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Conference (2013 and 2016), the National Recreation and Park Association Conference (2014, 2015 and 2016), the 2015 Parks and Recreation Ontario Educational Forum, the Michigan Recreation and Park Association Conference (2017), Illinois Park and Recreation Association (2017) and the Minnesota and National Community Education Conference (2015 and 2016). 

Iris Pahlberg Peterson, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Iris Pahlberg Peterson, Customer Service Lead, has a degree in World Language and Education. Her diverse professional background includes work in education, private sector, and eight years in parks and recreation. Iris is a member of the National Recreation & Park Association and has completed numerous workshops about diversity, cultural competency and leadership. She has developed and delivered trainings to thousands of park, community education and childcare staff. Her training programs have been well received at the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Conference (2013 and 2016), the National Recreation and Park Association Conference (2014, 2015 and 2016), the 2015 Parks and Recreation Ontario Educational Forum, the Michigan Recreation and Park Association Conference (2017), Illinois Park and Recreation Association (2107) and the Minnesota and National Community Education Conference (2015 and 2016).  

C3: Personal Dispositions: What Are They and Why Are They so Important When Coaching Others?

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You may or may not have a job title that includes "coaching" or "mentoring," but it is part of the work that you do. Did you know that Minnesota has outlined and documented a Knowledge and Competency Framework for Relationship-Based Professional Development Specialists? In this session we will be using the core concepts from this framework to engage in activities to help you coach, mentor and lead professionals in the field. Topics covered will include: creating and maintaining meaningful purpose and vision, reviewing our approaches to working with others, and reflecting on how we view ourselves as coaches, mentors and leaders.

Jamie Bonczyk

Exchange Magazine named Jamie Bonczyk M.A. an Exceptional Emerging leader in the field of early childhood in 2015. She has nearly 20 years of professional experience capturing the imaginations of both children and adults. She has presented nationally for the National Head Start Association and National Association for the Education of Young Children. Locally, Jamie is a Master level trainer in the Minnesota Quality Rating System and regularly conducts workshops about the importance of physical activity and nutrition.

Heather Roman, Minneapolis Public Schools

Heather is a School-Age Program Assistant at Minneapolis Public School's School-Age Care. Previously, Heather worked at MnAEYC-MnSACA as a School-Age Specialist and at South Washington County Schools as a School-Age Program Coordinator. She is passionate about coaching school-age professionals and inspiring the hearts of emerging leaders.

C4: What Do Recent Legislative Changes Mean for Me and My Program?

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2017 Child Care Legislative Session Summary Handout

Certification for License-Exempt Child Care Centers Handout

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The Minnesota Department of Human Services will share what policies changed and what investments were made to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) in the recent state legislative session that affect early childhood and afterschool programs. Topics will include changes to protect the health and safety of children in child care, including a new certification for license-exempt programs, promote continuity of access to subsidy for low-income families, better inform parents and the general public about child care choices, and improve the overall quality of early care and education and afterschool.

Minnesota Department of Human Services

 

Questions?

For questions or more information please contact Kristen Wheeler Highland at 651-789-3587 or kristenw@mnaeyc-mnsaca.org.

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