Exceptional Care with a Team Approach to Inclusion

Important Update

Due to the presence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Allegheny County and many other Pennsylvania communities, Trying Together has decided to postpone the UnConference: Exceptional Care with a Team Approach to Inclusion, originally scheduled for March 28, 2020.

We are actively working with our co-host, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, to reschedule this UnConference to a later date. Please know that this is a postponement, not a cancellation. Trying Together will provide further information in April when more concrete information is available. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.

For more information about COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health. For questions regarding this postponement, contact Trying Together at info@tryingtogether.org.

UnConference Details

Young children thrive and grow in their natural learning environments, including children with developmental differences. Educators play a critical role in creating an inclusive and diverse environment for children to feel a sense of belonging, to feel valued as a member of the classroom, and to feel empowered to learn to their full ability. UnConference: Exceptional Care with a Team Approach to Inclusion dives into the importance of working together – with a collaboration between teachers, intervention specialists and parents/caregivers – to provide this environment for children to learn and grow in differentiated ways yet feel included in the group.


Trying Together and The Children’s Institute will present UnConference: Exceptional Care with a Team Approach to Inclusion at The Children’s Institute at 1405 Shady Avenue on a future date in 2020. The keynote features Wendy Pardee, President and CEO of The Children’s Institute who will share how they have created a collaborative environment that provides a positive view on early intervention in an effort to bring different parties together in the best interest of the child. Her presentation is followed by a panel discussion featuring an educator, parent, and intervention specialist. Other workshops include: developing an understanding on what is early intervention, how to work with families, what you need to know during early intervention strategies, how to adapt lessons for different learning abilities and more.

A light breakfast and lunch are included and 5.5 hours of professional development credit will be offered.

What Do I Receive?

  • 5.5 hours of PQAS/DHS credits and/or Act 48.
  • Light breakfast and lunch.
  • Networking with colleagues.
  • Hands-on, interactive workshop sessions.
  • Refreshed or refined thinking about our work with young children.


Please contact event planner Yu-Ling Cheng at conference@tryingtogether.org. For bus information, please visit www.portauthority.org for specific route information. If you need assistance with transportation to the UnConference location, please email us and we will do our best to help.

About Wendy Pardee

Wendy Pardee, UnConference Keynote and President & CEO, The Children's Institute

Wendy Pardee, President & CEO, The Children’s Institute

Dr. Wendy Pardee joined The Children’s Institute as President and CEO in August 2017. She has led the 118-year-old nonprofit organization through transformational change in a short period of time thanks to her leadership, vision, and advocacy for our community’s youngest residents. Wendy has more than two decades of management experience in the healthcare, human services, and financial services sectors. Previously, she served as President and CEO of Skills of Central Pennsylvania, an organization with sites in 18 counties serving those with intellectual disabilities. She also served as CFO of the Community Guidance Center and began her career at First Commonwealth Financial Corporation.

Wendy has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and Management of Information Systems, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and a Doctorate in Administration and Leadership Studies. She has served on community child care boards, community health councils, local YMCA boards, the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association board, the Center Area Transportation Authority Board, and the American Association of University Women.

Thank You To Our Sponsors and Partners

A huge thank you to our: series sponsor PNC Grow Up Great and sponsor Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 5 , to our co-host The Children’s Institute, and to our workshop partners.



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About Trying Together

Trying Together supports high-quality care and education for young children by providing advocacy, community resources, and professional growth opportunities for the needs and rights of children, their families, and the individuals who interact with them. Trying Together works regionally (in Southwestern Pennsylvania) and takes its expertise and models to statewide and national audiences.

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