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Welcome to the Kentucky Head Start Association’s Spring 2021 Live Virtual Event! We are so glad that you are able to join us for what we know will be a useful and timely online experience.

Please review the schedule below and choose those sessions that you are most interested in attending. While they are labeled by topic and type, you are free to attend any session(s) that you prefer. And don’t worry if you miss a session - they are all being recorded and will be made available at a later date.

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Wednesday, April 14
 

10:00am EDT

Opening Session - "Creating a Culture of C.R.A.P."
Check out Jeff's introduction and overview of Creating a Culture of CRAP with Jeff Kortes

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Kortes

Jeff Kortes

Human Asset Management LLc
Jeff Kortes didn’t become an employee retention and recruitment speaker, author and expert by accident. His early career spanned 25 years as a human resources professional, trainer, and consultant. He has held leadership roles in companies such as ConAgra, Midas International, SPX... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
Approved for ECE-TRIS Credit

12:00pm EDT

Science Inquiry in the Classroom
How do children learn about science? They learn it best by living it every day! In this session, participants will acquire strategies for creating an environment that encourages children to learn science through exploration of their world. Join KET to learn how the science inquiry process will incorporate fun, hands-on science into the daily schedule. These activities are built on children's natural sense of curiosity, wonder, and discovery; creating an interest in science that will build a foundation for school success. Online resources and activities for science will be highlighted.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Wright

Amanda Wright

Kentucky Educational Television (KET)
Amanda Wright directs the Early Childhood Education department at Kentucky Educational Television (KET), a leader in digital education resources. She is dedicated to improving the lives of young children by implementing high-quality professional development that boosts family engagement... Read More →
avatar for Holly Ackerman

Holly Ackerman

Kentucky Educational Television (KET)
My name is Holly Ackerman and I live in Lexington, KY.  I have been in the Early Care and Education field for about 20 years.  In that time I have taught in school-age, preschool and infant/toddler classrooms.  I have also worked at the state level with the All-STARS program and... Read More →
avatar for Brittany Strube

Brittany Strube

Kentucky Educational Television (KET)
My name is Brittany Strube. I am originally from Connecticut, but have called Kentucky my home for the past 7 years. Before joining KET in October of last year, I worked in both a preschool and elementary school in Fayette county. Currently, I am working towards my masters in Instructional... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Approved for ECE-TRIS Credit

12:00pm EDT

Supporting Fatherhood and Family Engagement
This workshop will provide program staff with tools and strategies that will allow programs to effectively engage fathers/male significant others to be engaged in program activities, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Speakers
avatar for Jerome Thompson

Jerome Thompson

SHARE Head Start
Graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and currently employed with SHARE Head Start in Greenville, SC. Mr. Thompson serves as the Transportation Specialist and the program’s Fatherhood/Male Involvement Coordinator.Mr. Thompson organized the then Male Involvement Program... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Approved for ECE-TRIS Credit

1:45pm EDT

Growing the Early Childhood Workforce: Youth Apprenticeships
Hiring qualified staff in the early care and education sector has become increasingly difficult. The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, in collaboration the TRACK program and Family and Consumer Sciences, created the Kentucky Youth Apprenticeship in Early Childhood Education to meet current workforce recruitment and retention issues. Apprenticeships offer a new pathway for workforce development that combines on-site experience and learning with educational preparation, all without incurring post-secondary loan debt. During this sessions, attendees will learn the details of the Kentucky Youth Apprenticeship program, hear about the Family and Consumer Sciences programming from FCS teachers, and learn about the process for implementing an apprenticeship program at a Head Start facility.

Speakers
avatar for Brenda Hagan

Brenda Hagan

Governor's Office of Early Childhood
Brenda began working in childcare in 1992 in a variety of roles.  In 2003, she opened Crocus Learning Centers, and in 2015 through the Kentucky Department of Education, Tech-Ready Apprenticeships and Careers, designed and developed the first Youth Apprenticeship in Early Childhood... Read More →
avatar for Mary Taylor

Mary Taylor

Kentucky Department of Education
Mary Taylor is a Training and Development Specialist for the Kentucky Department of Education’s Office of Career and Technical Education. One of Mary’s primary responsibilities is to manage the Tech Ready Apprentices for Careers in Kentucky (TRACK) Youth Apprenticeship program... Read More →
avatar for Kayla Godbey

Kayla Godbey

Kentucky Department of Education
Kayla Godbey graduated in 2006 from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Education. In 2010, she graduated with Master of Science in Career, Technical and Leadership Education. She taught Family and Consumer Sciences Education... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Slaven

Lisa Slaven

Hardin County Schools
Lisa Slaven spent 10 years as a Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher building up her schools Early Childhood Pathway and introducing the Fundamentals of Teaching Pathway to her district. She piloted the Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship for the state of Kentucky. She served... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 1:45pm - 3:15pm EDT

1:45pm EDT

Head Start from A to Z: Foundations 1- Core Values, Regulations and Decision Making
This session provides an opportunity for leaders to learn about Head Start’s underlying tenets, practice decision-making based on the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), explore Head Start's core values, the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), the Head Start Act, and the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) - the process that explains how federal regulations are developed. The section concludes with an overview of the entire HSPPS.


Speakers
avatar for Jason Flowers

Jason Flowers

ICF - Region IV
Mr. Flowers is a Grantee Specialist with ICF. He has over 18 years of Environmental Health, Safety and Healthcare related experience. He possesses a strong knowledge and the proven expertise to provide training and technical assistance to grantees in the areas of quality early childhood... Read More →
avatar for Etheria McFarland-Dalton

Etheria McFarland-Dalton

ICF- Region IV
Mrs. McFarland Dalton has 8 years of Program and Design experience working with HS/EHS and 30 years of substantial Human Service/Management experience working with nonprofit, local and state organizations. Currently, she provides program design, TTA and follow-up to more than 14 grantees... Read More →
avatar for Carol Coffie

Carol Coffie

ICF - Region IV
Carol Love-Coffie has 20 years of experience in the Head Start arena.  Fourteen of the 20 years were in administration and supervision at the grantee level in Florida based Head Start programs. Her previous roles include Deputy Director of Program Services, Education Services Program... Read More →
avatar for Tammy Miller

Tammy Miller

ICF - Region IV
Tammy Miller currently serves as an Early Childhood Specialist with Region IV Training and Technical Assistance. In this role, she provides training and support to grantees on school readiness, parent family and community engagement, practice-based coaching and other targeted needs... Read More →
avatar for Maria Allaire

Maria Allaire

ICF - Region IV
Maria Allaire has been in the field of education for 16 years and has dedicated that last 9 to Early Childhood and Head Start. She has been working as an Early Childhood Specialist for Region IV T/TA Network for two years. She works alongside grantees in support of OHS providing quality... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 1:45pm - 3:15pm EDT
Approved for ECE-TRIS Credit

3:30pm EDT

Using Social Media to Promote Family Engagement
Are flyers and posters no longer getting families’ attention?  Is the constant change in parent’s contact information proving to be a barrier to connecting with families.  Have you considered using social media? In the session, Using Social Media to Engage Families, participants will take their level of virtual family engagement to the next level as we:
  • Examine developing and managing a social media plan
  • Identify your audience and connect your social media efforts to your program's mission
  • Choose the best sites and times to post based on your audience and objectives
  • Take into consideration such issues as technical requirements, promotion, and quality assurance
  • Create posts that are strengths-based, easy for readers to understand, and culturally and linguistically responsive including 15 positive social media messages you can send to parents to let them know you are thinking of and supporting them
  • Learn to respond thoughtfully to comments and questions from families on social media

Speakers
avatar for Nikki Apple

Nikki Apple

ICF - Region IV
Nikki Apple joined the Region IV Training and Technical Assistance Network in early 2020 and currently serves as an Early Childhood Specialist. She provides T/TA in the areas of school readiness, family engagement, professional development, and Classroom Assessment Scoring System... Read More →
avatar for La Quinta Broyles

La Quinta Broyles

ICF - Region IV
LaQuinta began her journey with Head Start in the early 80s as a participant of the Southern KY Community Action Head Start program.  After finishing her Master’s Degree in 2011, Mrs. Broyles rejoined the Head Start world working at the grantee level in Nashville, TN.  She has... Read More →
avatar for Clarissa Zimmerman

Clarissa Zimmerman

ICF - Region IV
Clarissa Zimmerman is an experienced trainer, educator, and ECE consultant with 15 years of ECE and infant/toddler, ECE/birth-to-five, and TTA experience, and HS. Since 2018, she has been an ECE Specialist with Region IV, providing TTA to 10 grantees in Region IV and serving as the... Read More →
avatar for Alexis Tarbin

Alexis Tarbin

ICF - Region IV
Alexis Tarbin, an experienced educator and Family engagement specialist consultant with 4.5 years TTA experience, including 14 years with HS/EHS. She has a master’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in Special Education. She is a Certified Pre-K CLASS observer and a... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT

3:30pm EDT

Head Start from A to Z: Foundation 2- Leadership and Systems Thinking
This session provides an opportunity for leaders to learn about the key leadership role of Head Start and Early Head Start directors and managers and explore leadership models, organizational change models and systems thinking.


Speakers
avatar for Jason Flowers

Jason Flowers

ICF - Region IV
Mr. Flowers is a Grantee Specialist with ICF. He has over 18 years of Environmental Health, Safety and Healthcare related experience. He possesses a strong knowledge and the proven expertise to provide training and technical assistance to grantees in the areas of quality early childhood... Read More →
avatar for Etheria McFarland-Dalton

Etheria McFarland-Dalton

ICF- Region IV
Mrs. McFarland Dalton has 8 years of Program and Design experience working with HS/EHS and 30 years of substantial Human Service/Management experience working with nonprofit, local and state organizations. Currently, she provides program design, TTA and follow-up to more than 14 grantees... Read More →
avatar for Carol Coffie

Carol Coffie

ICF - Region IV
Carol Love-Coffie has 20 years of experience in the Head Start arena.  Fourteen of the 20 years were in administration and supervision at the grantee level in Florida based Head Start programs. Her previous roles include Deputy Director of Program Services, Education Services Program... Read More →
avatar for Tammy Miller

Tammy Miller

ICF - Region IV
Tammy Miller currently serves as an Early Childhood Specialist with Region IV Training and Technical Assistance. In this role, she provides training and support to grantees on school readiness, parent family and community engagement, practice-based coaching and other targeted needs... Read More →
avatar for Maria Allaire

Maria Allaire

ICF - Region IV
Maria Allaire has been in the field of education for 16 years and has dedicated that last 9 to Early Childhood and Head Start. She has been working as an Early Childhood Specialist for Region IV T/TA Network for two years. She works alongside grantees in support of OHS providing quality... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Approved for ECE-TRIS Credit
 
Thursday, April 15
 

9:00am EDT

Full STEAM Ahead: How to Integrate STEAM into Your Instruction
There is a push to examine how we engage our young learners in the classroom. This has led many to discover a need for STEAM learning. Engaging children in the skills and disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, (Creative) Arts, and Math through an integrated approach can create a joyful teaching and learning experience that fully engages little ones—both inside and outside the classroom. Teachers have the privilege to work with children who are filled with imagination, hope, whimsy, wonder and delight in the world around them. Because of this, teachers have a big responsibility to sustain this sense of enthusiasm. The hands-on ideas in this training for creating nature-based experiences in the classroom will help to inspire young children’s sense of wonder about the natural world around them and incorporate STEM concepts and skills. Join us for an understanding of the Four C’s that make STEAM instruction effective and engaging.



Speakers
avatar for Brandie Long

Brandie Long

Frog Street
Brandie Long is an enthusiastic educator with great passion for learners of all ages. She currently serves as aProfessional Learning Consultant for Frog Street Press, Inc.She received her undergraduate degree in Family and Child Studies from Tennessee State University.Prior to Frog... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am EDT

9:00am EDT

Supporting Fatherhood and Family Engagement
This workshop will provide program staff with tools and strategies that will allow programs to effectively engage fathers/male significant others to be engaged in program activities, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speakers
avatar for Jerome Thompson

Jerome Thompson

SHARE Head Start
Graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and currently employed with SHARE Head Start in Greenville, SC. Mr. Thompson serves as the Transportation Specialist and the program’s Fatherhood/Male Involvement Coordinator.Mr. Thompson organized the then Male Involvement Program... Read More →



Thursday April 15, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
Approved for ECE-TRIS Credit

10:45am EDT

Parent Cafes
Speakers
avatar for La Donna Butler

La Donna Butler

Provider Enrichment Services
LaDonna Butler is a Technical Assistant Specialist with Child Care Aware and the founder of Provider Enrichment Services, a non-profit organization in Western Kentucky. The work of Provider Enrichment Services is rooted in the Strengthening Families™ and Youth Thrive™ frameworks... Read More →



Thursday April 15, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm EDT
Approved for ECE-TRIS Credit

10:45am EDT

Using Visual Supports for Students with Autism
Back by popular demand! Visual supports help students make sense of the world around them. They can reduce problem behaviors, increase effective communication interactions, and improve the understanding of complex social-emotional skills. Come learn how you can incorporate visual supports in your classroom!



Speakers
avatar for Michelle Antle

Michelle Antle

2020 Kentucky School Psychologist of the Year
Michelle Antle completed her undergraduate degree at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky. While at Kentucky Wesleyan, Michelle discovered her passion for working with children on the autism spectrum. She pursued training in Applied Behavior Analysis and became a home... Read More →



Thursday April 15, 2021 10:45am - 12:15pm EDT
Approved for ECE-TRIS Credit

12:30pm EDT

Learning in the Home during COVID-19
Learning at Home During the COVID Pandemic session will include identifying strategies to build relationships with families so more families will become engaged. Participants will explore the home environment and how to utilize the materials in the home to support school readiness. Discover connections with the Head Start Early Learning Outcome Framework (ELOF) and the resources on the Early Childhood & Learning Knowledge Center (ECLKC) to support families and children while learning in the home. Whether your program is providing services in the classroom or virtually, Head Start families are depending on you. Building a successful goal-oriented relationship contributes to a positive outcome for all involved. Learn how to support learning in the home during COVID, with the wealth of resources from ECLKC.

Speakers
avatar for Sonja Cole

Sonja Cole

ICF - Region IV
Sonja Cole is an Early Childhood Specialist for ICF, Region IV Head Start Training &Technical Assistance. She provides training and technical assistance (TTA) to grantees to establish school readiness goals, focusing on the use of child and program data for program planning. Sonja... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Hernandez

Ruth Hernandez

ICF - Region IV
Ms. Hernandez completed an AA from Kean University in Early Childhood Education in 1998, in 2009 graduated with a BA in Elementary Education. Ms. Hernandez completed a master’s degree in Guidance and Counselling in 2015 and a second master’s degree in 2017 in School Leadership... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Cureton

Andrea Cureton

ICF - Region IV
Andrea Cureton is an Early Childhood Specialist for ICF, Region IV Head Start Training &Technical Assistance. She provides training and technical assistance (TTA) to grantees to establish school readiness goals, focusing on the use of child and program data for program planning. Andrea... Read More →



Thursday April 15, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT

12:30pm EDT

FirstDay Learning; Proactive and Reactive Solutions to Challenging Behavior
Designed with a focus on mental and emotional health, Applied Behavior Analysis and trauma-informed practices, FirstDay Learning’s proactive and reactive solutions support teachers in understanding the diverse behavioral and learning needs of children. FirstDay Learning training modules and coaching services help teachers promote pro-social behaviors as well as understand, document, and replace persistently challenging ones. Teachers will appreciate FirstDay Learning’s commitment to providing dedicated planning time in each course and providing educators with actionable method cards to be used in the classroom.

   

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca List Freedman

Rebecca List Freedman

FirstDay Learning
Rebecca Freedman is an experienced educator and consultant.  As Sr. Vice President of Professional Development at FirstDay Learning, Ms. Freedman oversees all content development designed to support educators and families in evidenced based mental health and Applied Behavior Analysis... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Approved for ECE-TRIS Credit

2:15pm EDT

Sesame Street in Communities
Join KET to explore Sesame Street in Communities, resources from Sesame Street created to address kids’ developmental, physical, and emotional needs. Organizations like yours unite communities, foster families’ and kids’ resilience, nurture their physical and mental health, and provide critical early learning opportunities. You’re an important part of the “circle of care” that surrounds the families and kids who need it most. This session will help support you in this critical work using resources from Sesame Street in Communities.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Wright

Amanda Wright

Kentucky Educational Television (KET)
Amanda Wright directs the Early Childhood Education department at Kentucky Educational Television (KET), a leader in digital education resources. She is dedicated to improving the lives of young children by implementing high-quality professional development that boosts family engagement... Read More →
avatar for Holly Ackerman

Holly Ackerman

Kentucky Educational Television (KET)
My name is Holly Ackerman and I live in Lexington, KY.  I have been in the Early Care and Education field for about 20 years.  In that time I have taught in school-age, preschool and infant/toddler classrooms.  I have also worked at the state level with the All-STARS program and... Read More →
avatar for Brittany Strube

Brittany Strube

Kentucky Educational Television (KET)
My name is Brittany Strube. I am originally from Connecticut, but have called Kentucky my home for the past 7 years. Before joining KET in October of last year, I worked in both a preschool and elementary school in Fayette county. Currently, I am working towards my masters in Instructional... Read More →



Thursday April 15, 2021 2:15pm - 3:45pm EDT
Approved for ECE-TRIS Credit

2:15pm EDT

Hidden Messages in Good Intentions
During this introductory session, participants will focus on the implicit/unconscious attitudes that we all live with, that shape how we interact with others, and shape how we make decisions. This session will help participants understand how bias is formed in our unconscious and how these biases manifest themselves in our everyday lives. Participants will leave with ways for disrupting and reducing unconscious bias.
   

Speakers
avatar for LaManda Moore Rodriguez

LaManda Moore Rodriguez

Department of Equity and Poverty Programs
LaManda Moore Rodriguez is a Specialist of Antiracist Curriculum for the Department of Equity and Poverty Programs in Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from Bellarmine University and continued her education at Spalding... Read More →



Thursday April 15, 2021 2:15pm - 3:45pm EDT
Approved for ECE-TRIS Credit

4:00pm EDT

Finding Our Way Out of Chaos (Temporarily)
The year 2020 will always be marked as one of the most chaotic, unsettling, upside down periods in modern history.  A global pandemic; racial and social unrest within our nation and communities; as well as a divisive political election were events that made us re-examine our beliefs, experiences, and hopes. During this closing session, you will be asked to reclaim time to think about your role in creating change in Head Start.  We will explore urgent and nagging challenges and opportunities that may alter your personally and professionally direction during what seems to be never-ending chaos. Be prepared to “come to the table” and reflect on questions, such as: How can I alter fear into welcoming energy? What conversations need to be in place for me to persevere—to be ready to meet the next challenge confronting my personal and organizational existence?  And, finally, in what ways can I become and remain fearless during chaotic times? Take a Seat. Settle In. You’re Welcome at this Table.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Marilyn Hosea

Dr. Marilyn Hosea

OrgLearning2, LLC
Dr. Marilyn Hosea is an accomplished senior executive, consultant and educator with over thirty years of organizational management and leadership experience in the educational public and nonprofit sectors. For nearly thirty years, Dr. Hosea has been directing, designing and conducting... Read More →



Thursday April 15, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT

4:00pm EDT

Improving the Quality of Teacher-Child Interactions (CLASS) and Child Outcomes Through Effective Teaching Practices
During this session we will explore improving the quality of teacher-child interactions (CLASS) and child outcomes through effective teaching practices. We will review the DRS Final Rule and the CLASS® Condition (Quality Thresholds and Competitive Thresholds).


Speakers
avatar for Denise Levine

Denise Levine

ICF - Region IV
Denise Levine is an Early Childhood Specialist for ICF, Region IV Head Start Training &Technical Assistance.  She started her career as a program Director in New York, where she worked for 10 years before her family moved to Wake Forest, North Carolina. For the past 9 years, she... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Grimes

Victoria Grimes

ICF - Region IV
Ms. Grimes has over 30 years of experience in the field of Early Care & Education. She has worked in federally funded (Head Start & Early Head Start) grantees, as well as supported state-funded Pre-K Initiatives and with for-profit childcare programs. In her current position as an... Read More →



Thursday April 15, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Approved for ECE-TRIS Credit