Learn how the latest research can help foster strong early learning environments and inform the strategies and supports that effective leaders can provide for adults and children throughout the pandemic recovery period.
The decisions and actions of leaders are the linchpin of the early learning environment, especially during times of challenge, uncertainty, or change. Each day, these leaders design and drive the policies, processes, and interactions that shape teaching and learning that impacts young children’s lives. Participants in The Science of Early Learning and Adversity will return to their settings with enhanced knowledge and strategies that support the design and implementation of strong early learning environments—those that buffer stress, increase resiliency, and boost development. Offered as part of the Saul Zaentz Professional Learning Academy, this program is squarely aligned with the Academy’s mission to equip leaders with the cutting-edge knowledge, strategic tactics, and collaborative networks they need to improve early learning environments.
Participants in this online institute will work with renowned thought leaders, who will share the latest science that sits at the intersection of child development, education policy, and early intervention for children experiencing adversity. Participants will learn how this science can inform the supports they provide for adults and children throughout the pandemic recovery period.
Live sessions will take place on Wednesday, June 16 and Thursday, June 17 from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. each day. Each live session will be a combination of a group plenary session, which is recorded, followed by a facilitated reflection and discussion portion, which is not recorded. Please note that we strongly encourage live participation, as these sessions will be a good opportunity to engage with your colleagues and faculty in the program.
Specific activities include:
- Plenary sessions
- Small-group discussions and reflections
- Facilitated question-and-answer discussions
Hear from the following speakers:
- Patricia (Tish) Jennings, PhD--Professor of Education, School of Education and Human Development, University of Virginia. Learn more about Tish here.
- Samantha Fletcher, Equity Practitioner and Racial Dialogue Facilitator; Saul Zaentz Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Education. Learn more about Samantha here.
- Danila Crespin Zidovsky, Doctoral Resident and Special Assistant to the Secretary, New Mexico Public Education Department; Senior Policy & Leadership Specialist, Zaentz Early Education Initiative.
- Understand the latest science describing the relationship between adverse experiences and early learning and development
- Identify the adult competencies necessary for cultivating learning environments that buffer stress, and learn how to develop and support those competencies among early educators
- Explore first steps in addressing a problem of leadership related to stress and resilience in the early learning environment
- Build a collaborative community among a national network of early childhood education leaders engaged around common challenges
Who Should Attend
- Directors of early education centers or programs
- Leaders of early education service organizations across the mixed delivery system
- Principals, directors, administrators, and coaches in public school pre-K programs
- Teachers who take on leadership roles, and aspiring leaders
- State early education leaders
- Grantmakers and advocates