Sessions & Keynote

Day 1 – Thursday, June 15

7:45-8:15 — Registration and Networking

8:00-8:50 — Opening Session

Rewriting the Narrative: Leadership, Advocacy, & Practice

  • Dr. Ashley Brailsford Vaughns, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, College of Charleston

9:00-10:15 — Special Interest Session 1

Effective teaching and learning experiences for young children

  • Dr. Candace Jaruszewicz, Director of N. E. Miles Early Childhood Development Center
  • Kim Foxworth, Director of Early Learning, Charleston County School District
  • Ryan Stone, Kindergarten Teacher, N.E. Miles Early Childhood Development Center.

Supporting culturally and linguistically diverse learners

  • Noelle McInerney, Policy Lead- Division of Early Care and Education, SC Department of Social Services
  • Dena Davis, Director of Head Start, Charleston County Schools
  • Dr. Gisela Rentas, Education Manager, Charleston County Schools

Family engagement strategies

  • Dr. Michelle Myers, Clinical Assistant Professor, USC Columbia
  • Nicole Myles, Executive Director, Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry.
  • Abbey Mills, Program Supervisor, Parents as Teachers Berkley County First Steps

10:30-11:45 — Special Interest Session 2

Building relationships: Preventing challenging behavior

  • Dick Latham, Academic Coordinator, Child and Youth Studies, Trident Tech
  • Dr. Abby Woods, Principal, Memminger Elementary
  • Diane Ford, Preschool Teacher, Charleston County School District Head Start

Coaching and Mentoring

  • Dr. Kim Archung, Local Partnership Technical Assistant, South Carolina First Steps
  • Jamie Cunningham, Director or Special Education, Meeting Street Academy-Brentwood
  • Erin Snow, Kindergarten Teacher, Meeting Street Academy-Charleston

The importance of developmentally appropriate practice

  • Dr. Reginald Williams, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, South Carolina State University
  • Quenetta White, Principal, James Simons Elementary
  • Heather Roller, Kindergarten Teacher, Mt. Pleasant Academy

12:00-1:15 — Keynote

Forward thinking: The role of leadership in the changing landscape of early childhood

  • Dr. Jill Bella, Director of Quality Supports and Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, McCormick Center National Louis.

1:30-3:30 — Visits of Exemplary Practices Across the US

  • Boston Countdown to Kindergarten, Josette Williams & Sonia Gómez-Banrey, Boston Public Schools

  • Omaha School as Hub Model, Molly Colling, Buffet Early Childhood Institute

  • Greenville Memorial Child Care Center, Rebecca Bowie, Bright Horizons

Day 2 – Friday, June 16

7:45-8:15 — Registration and Networking

8:15-9:15 — Policy Forum

Using Your Voice for South Carolina’s Children 

  • Whitney Tucker, Policy & Research Associate, South Carolina Children’s Trust.
  • Noelle McInerney, Policy Lead- Division of Early Care and Education, SC Department of Social Services

9:30-10:45 — Advocacy Issues/Innovative Practices Rountables

Workgroup Session

  • Facilitated by Tri-County Cradle to Career

11:00-12:00 — Closing Session

Staying Connected & Staying Informed

  • Mendi Benigni, Instructional Technologist, College of Charleston – Instructions for accessing the SLACK groups :
  • Fred Jones, Founder, Colleton Consulting Group


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updated: 2/19/17