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2016 Summer Leadership Institute

Thursday, July 21, 2016
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN

Expanding the Circle: Inspiring Leadership in Ourselves and Others

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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.

In our professional lives, there are often people who inspire us to be better and to do better. We all understand the difference that positive inspiration can make in our lives. Research has shown that it is not what leaders do, as much as it is who they are, that inspires those around them. This year’s 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 has been approved 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.


Schedule at a Glance


7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.  Registration & Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  Sessions

9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  Announcements & Keynote Speaker

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Lunch & Networking

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Sessions

2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.  Sessions

3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Ice Cream Social


Thank you to our Supporting Sponsors





Keynote Speaker: Liz Uram

The Power of Personal Leadership: Smart Leaders Know Success Is an Inside Job

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All leadership starts with self-leadership. What we say, what we do, and what we believe about ourselves and others has a direct impact on our leadership potential and of those around us. Without even realizing it, we can create our own glass ceilings that stop us from achieving the success we desire and leave us wondering why we aren’t progressing. Every step on the ladder of success requires improved personal leadership skills. Failure to develop those skills can leave us feeling stuck or worse, sliding backwards.

In this thought-provoking presentation, we will discover the 5 principles of personal leadership and learn:

  • How to develop self-awareness and why it matters
  • How attitude can either hold you back or propel you forward
  • Methods for figuring out your best work/life balance and how to overcome obstacles that get in the way
  • The impacts of stress and how to develop resilience
  • How to improve communication and challenge assumptions about other people


Liz Uram, The Coach & Mentor Group


Liz Uram runs a speaking and training company. As a speaker, she teaches leaders, teams, and individuals how to bridge the gap between strategy and execution. She also works one-on-one with people who need help putting their plans into action. As a result of her work, people say they have more focus and direction and know what steps they need to take to get the results they want. Her newest book, The Power of Personal Leadership: Smart Leaders Know Success Is an Inside Job, addresses 5 principles for taking control of your career and life. She has over 15 years of experience practicing, studying, and teaching leadership principles and she has a degree in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University.

Session Descriptions

8:00-9:30 a.m.

Session 1: Developing a Minnesota Credential for Relationship Based Professional Development Practitioners

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Join us to learn about a statewide project to develop a credential for Relationship Based Professional Development (RBPD) practitioners (coaches, mentors and consultants). Contribute to the conversation by offering your suggestions on a draft of competencies for those who deliver RBPD – what should they know and do? Explore potential content for the 45 hours of training covered by the credential.


Beth Menninga, Center for Early Education and Development (CEED)

Beth Menninga works on professional development efforts as a Project Coordinator at CEED. These include the design and delivery of training, along with the promotion of coaching, mentoring, and reflective practice in the content areas of early mathematics, infant/toddler development and early literacy. Her prior experiences include coordinating professional development initiatives in early math, early literacy and infant/toddler caregiving, as well as directing and teaching in child care programs.


Session 2: Thinking about Relationships

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All of us live, work and teach in relationships every day. Let’s use executive thinking skills to analyze relationships in ways that are productive. Together we can explore change catalysts by discussing relationships and the effects of positive and negative thinking.


Sharon Kaniess, St. Paul Public Schools ECFE

Sharon H. Kaniess M.Ed. is an educator, trainer and co-author of the book Top 20 Parents: Raising Happy, Responsible and Emotionally Healthy Children. She has worked with early childhood, elementary, and high school students for over 30 years. Kaniess received her Master’s of Education in 2000 from Concordia University.


Session 3: Generational Differences and Leadership Transitions

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In this session we will compare generational differences between Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials in both the early care and education & afterschool workplaces. A history of early care and education & afterschool will be revisited and we will also reflect on the need for change that is necessary for our field to remain vital. 


Cory Woosley, Child Care Aware of Minnesota

Cory Woosley is a baby boomer who may opt to never retire, because boomers transition but never quite stop! Cory has been in the field of early care and education for 33 years with job titles ranging from toddler teacher, center director, trainer, mentor and professor. She currently is the Professional Development Director at Child Care Aware of Minnesota where she leads a team of millennials. Her BA is in Early Childhood Education and her graduate work is in Adult Ed with an endorsement in online education. In 2015 Cory was selected at Child Care Exchange as a Master Leader in the field of early care and education.


Session 4: Showing Up for Ourselves So We Can Show Up for Others

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In order to advocate for children and families, we must first advocate for ourselves. This session will include guided self-reflection and provide you with tools to create a self-care plan. Participants will engage in games designed to help them renew their excitement for the field and in turn inspire others.


Jamie Bonczyk, PICA Head Start

Jamie Bonczyk obtained a M.A. in Early Childhood Education Professions, with a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. She is currently the Director of Health and Nutrition for PICA Head Start where she ensures compliance with the health and nutrition Head Start Performance Standards, MN Rule 3, and CACFP requirements for nearly 3,000 children. In 2015, Exchange Magazine named her an Exceptional Emerging Leader in the field of early childhood.


Liv Augusta Anderson, Liv Augusta Consulting

Liv is an experienced school leader, educator, researcher, and improv comedy performer. She believes in the power of data and storytelling. In all her work she seeks to amplify the voices of marginalized populations and bring a sense of joy. She earned a master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she served on the board of the Humphrey Students of Color Association. She also received a bachelor’s degree in History and Russian from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

12:30-2:00 p.m.

Session 1: Using Reflective Practice to Facilitate Professional Growth

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Reflective practice is a method of coaching and mentoring that has been demonstrated to be highly effective in promoting professional growth. In this interactive session, participants will learn the basics of this method, and get practice crafting questions and facilitating reflective conversations.


Ann Ruhl Carlson, University of Minnesota Twin Cities


Ann Ruhl Carlson has been involved in early childhood education for over 30 years. She has been a classroom teacher, director of a large childcare center, and for the past 24 years has worked at the University of Minnesota in the Early Childhood Licensure program. At the University, she has been a teacher in the laboratory school, supervised student teachers, taught college courses, and is currently the Coordinator of the Early Childhood Programs.


Session 2: Social Media: An Intersection of Collaboration, Communication, and Technology

Social media isn't just for fun! Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are tools that can enhance and motivate communication and collaboration with colleagues and parents. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a Twitter chat and an Instagram group. Be ready to collaborate and communicate with your mobile device!


Teri Langlie, Concordia College


After completing 23 years teaching kindergarten, second and third grades, the last seven years at Concordia College in Moorhead have provided Teri with the opportunity to share her passion for teaching with preservice teachers. It is her privilege to teach kindergarten methods, elementary math methods, advanced reading methods, and a new assessment course. She also has the pleasure of supervising elementary student teachers and methods students during their clinical experiences. Teri and her husband are blessed with three daughters, a son-in-law, and three (soon to be four) grandchildren.


Session 3: What's Your Cause?

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A lot of celebrities have causes they support and talk about. What cause would you get behind if you had the resources of a celebrity? Having a cause is not just for the rich and famous. Let’s discover how you can support a cause without unlimited time and money.


Heidi Gordon, Stillwater Area Schools


Heidi Gordon has worked in school-age care for over 13 years. She is a coordinator in the Stillwater Adventure Club program where she works to support many students and staff on a daily basis. Heidi has developed and taught several trainings for school-age care professionals, and enjoys learning from participants just as much as she enjoys teaching.

2:15-3:45 p.m.

Session 1: Rediscovering Your Purpose

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At times, we all need to reconnect with the essential heartbeat of our chosen profession. Why are we doing what we are doing? What might help us feel invigorated, refreshed, and renewed again in our work? You'll leave this workshop with the genesis of a professional growth plan that includes reasonable goals and concrete steps for improvement.


Teresa Ripple, St. Catherine University


Teresa Ripple, M. Ed., is in her second year as a doctoral student in Higher Education Leadership at Bethel University. She is currently an assistant professor for the Advanced Montessori Programs at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN and has a M. Ed. She teaches courses for the Montessori Master’s Degree program in research and professional growth and the Undergraduate Elementary Education department in early childhood and music, as well as presenting workshops and consulting. She has presented at national conferences for the American Montessori Society (AMS), and has also developed webinars for AMS. She wrote an article on early childhood science in the fall 2015 edition of Montessori Life. Previously Teresa worked as an early childhood teacher for over 10 years and then as a head of school for birth-6. She has also served on the boards of both private and public charter Montessori schools. In her spare time, Teresa enjoys traveling, singing, gardening, and spending time with her husband Steve and their three children.


Session 2: Creating an Inclusive and Respectful Culture

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In this session we will practice strategies that help us become culturally responsive leaders. Through application of these strategies you’ll be able to create a space which encourages inclusivity and respect in your work environment.


Hannah Riddle, Semillitas


Hannah Riddle de Rojas has a B.A. in Spanish Studies and a B.S. in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota and is finishing her master’s in Adult ESL at Hamline University. She has worked as a teacher, director and curriculum designer. Currently, she works as a trainer, providing classes in both English and Spanish. Hannah is a member of the MnAEYC-MnSACA Annual State Conference Committee and Policy & Advocacy Advisory Group.


Session 3: Shining Brighter than Burnout

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While educator burnout seems common, leaders can avoid the “burnout destiny” through understanding both what fills and what empties their personal and professional “cups.” This active session will guide educators in rediscovering their strengths and sustaining their passions, so they can keep shining as educators – and stay polished! 


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 ECE. 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.


Amy Solie, St. Peter’s Early Childhood Education Center


Amy’s passion for early childhood education shines in her role as assistant director at St. Peter’s Early Childhood Education Center in Edina. She has worked in multiple classrooms across age groups and provides support to the ECE faculty team as the program’s curriculum specialist. She also mentors others toward getting their CDA credential. She was selected to represent the School of Education for the Rasmussen College Leadership Academy, and is completing her degree in Early Childhood Education.


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