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Available virtually beginning Thursday, July 30, 2020

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We invite you to share your insights and knowledge with colleagues as a presenter of an educational session at our Summer Leadership Institute.

Submit your session below!

What is Summer Leadership Institute?

In response to the current situation, and the desire of leaders in our field to continue their professional connections and development, the Summer Leadership Institute will be taking place virtually this year.

This professional development event is designed especially for those that currently hold a leadership position (directors, supervisors, managers, assistant directors), those that aspire to a leadership position (teachers and other professionals), and those that support leaders and leadership (coaches, trainers and consultants) to examine and deepen their knowledge, skills and abilities in topics relevant to leadership.

Sessions will be 1.5 hours in length. All sessions will be prerecorded. 

Participants appreciate topics that are practical, relevant and timely, including strategies and tips that can be implemented right away.

What is this year's theme?

This year's theme is The Importance of Connecting . Before the pandemic, directors, managers, supervisors and administrators carried a heavy load of work and responsibility and were faced with many critical decisions every day. The pandemic has exacerbated this heavy load. Many are trying to keep their program doors open, counseling their staff, keeping children and families engaged, working from home and supporting their own families. This is a lot. This is hard because it's hard. But it's made easier when we connect with others.

Topics of interest include:

  • Those relevant to the work of direct service staff
  • Those relevant to directors, managers, supervisors and administrators
  • Those relevant to trainers, coaches and consultants
  • Those related to growth, quality assurance and program administration
  • Those related to self-care (health & wellness)
  • Other

When choosing a topic/session to submit, please consider how it would play out in a prerecorded fashion.

We are committed to creating a diverse, safe and welcoming space for participants to learn and share. We want to make sure we receive session proposals from the widest audience possible, including from you! All proposals are welcome and will be considered. We will give special attention to those that incorporate the theme of the event.

What are the benefits of presenting?
  • Presenter honorarium
  • Opportunity to present at a well-known event with leaders in the field of early childhood and afterschool
  • Enhance your credibility and stature in the field
  • Contribute to your community's expertise
  • Challenge yourself in a new way
  • Free registration to the event (Regular Summer Leadership Institute Experience only)

The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, June 5, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Accepted sessions will be notified by Friday, June 12, 2020.


For questions or more information, please contact Kristen Wheeler Highland at or 651-789-3587.

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