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July 28, 2020

Culturally Responsive Parent Engagement

Are you interested in learning how to create a more culturally and linguistically responsive early learning environment? Join the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) on July 28 for their webinar, “Culturally Responsive Parent Engagement.”

About

In this webinar, participants will explore tools, resources, and ideas they can use to create a more culturally and linguistically responsive environment. Join fellow educators to learn how it can help families engage in their child’s early learning and hear from programs that have successfully engaged families from diverse backgrounds as leaders and advocates.

This webinar is best suited for Head Start and Early Head Start directors, managers, family services staff, and parent leaders; T/TA providers; and early childhood leaders who support children and their families.

Registration

To register and learn more, visit the event webpage. Participants will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the webinar.

More Information

For questions, contact NCPFCE at pfcewebinars@ecetta.info or 855.208.0909.

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January 30, 2020

Registration Now Open for UnConference: Exceptional Care

Are you interested in learning about the role collaboration plays in creating inclusive environments for young children? Join Trying Together and The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh on March 28 at The Children’s Institute (1405 Shady Avenue) for “UnConference: Exceptional Care with a Team Approach to Inclusion.”

About

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. This UnConference dives into the importance of working together – 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.

Our 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. The keynote is followed by a panel discussion featuring an educator, parent, and intervention specialist. Other workshops include: developing an understanding of what early intervention is, how to work with families, what you need to know during early intervention strategies, how to adapt lessons for different learning abilities, and more.

Conference Details

UnConference: Exceptional Care with a Team Approach to Inclusion
Saturday, March 28, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh
1405 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

What’s Included

By attending the UnConference, professionals will:

    • enjoy a light breakfast and lunch,
    • participate in hands-on, interactive workshops,
    • network with professional colleagues,
    • be eligible to receive 5.5 PQAS/DHS credits and/or Act 28 hours;
    • and experience refreshed or refined thinking about our work with young children.

Registration

Registrations to attend must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020. For individuals or groups with less than six people, please register using the form below. For groups of more than six people, contact Yu-Ling at conference@tryingtogether.org to learn more about receiving a 10% discount.

When workshops are finalized, participants will receive an email from Yu-Ling to select their preferred workshops. Due to limited space in each workshop, Trying Together recommends registering early as placement is dependent on the date of your registration. UnConference staff will do their best to match participants with their requested workshops, but placement is not guaranteed.

More Information

For more information, visit Trying Together’s UnConference page.

This event is sponsored by PNC Grow Up Great and co-hosed by The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh.

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October 16, 2019

Diversity in Context: Stretching the Idea of Building Diverse Collections

Join Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, on October 16 for her webinar, “Diversity in Context: Stretching the Idea of Building Diverse Collections.”

About

For this webinar, Michelle Luhtala invites you for a lively discussion on building diverse literary collections in honor of Teen Read Week 2019. As young readers often relate to characters who share some of their own characteristics, it’s important to build collections that celebrate not only diverse characters but also a diverse range of experiences. In addition, this webinar will discuss how to encourage young readers to empathize with characters who may seem unfamiliar to them.

Time for questions will be provided.

Registration

To register and learn more, visit the edWeb website.

*Information provided by edWeb

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May 22, 2019

2019 PA Community Alliance Summit

The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council invites you to a day of networking, discovering alliances and collaboration building among diverse organizations throughout Pennsylvania led by and/or supporting underserved/unserved populations who experience marginalization and oppression.

About the Summit

Oppression affects many of us, for different socially constructed reasons: racism, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual identity and orientation, disability, economics, rural/urban location, religion, and so much more. Although our discrimination experiences may be different, we can be a valuable support and resource to each other in our struggles for equality, inclusion, and social justice.

Join the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council on May 21 and 22 to participate in the discussion. This year, the Summit will focus on the goal of meeting and engaging new potential allies, stimulating learning from one another, and exploring opportunities for partnerships and collaboration.

Download the Summit agenda.

Registration

Registration is free and may be accessed via the event page. Availability is on a first come first serve basis.

More information on the event, hotel accommodations, travel, and more can be found on the event page.

Questions

For questions, contact Dana Thompson at 717.214.8103 or danathomps@pa.gov.

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May 21, 2019

2019 PA Community Alliance Summit

The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council invites you to a day of networking, discovering alliances and collaboration building among diverse organizations throughout Pennsylvania led by and/or supporting underserved/unserved populations who experience marginalization and oppression.

About the Summit

Oppression affects many of us, for different socially constructed reasons: racism, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual identity and orientation, disability, economics, rural/urban location, religion, and so much more. Although our discrimination experiences may be different, we can be a valuable support and resource to each other in our struggles for equality, inclusion, and social justice.

Join the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council on May 21 and 22 to participate in the discussion. This year, the Summit will focus on the goal of meeting and engaging new potential allies, stimulating learning from one another, and exploring opportunities for partnerships and collaboration.

Download the Summit agenda.

Registration

Registration is free and may be accessed via the event page. Availability is on a first come first serve basis.

More information on the event, hotel accommodations, travel, and more can be found on the event page.

Questions

For questions, contact Dana Thompson at 717.214.8103 or danathomps@pa.gov.

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April 11, 2019

9th Annual Student Affiliate Dinner

About

This event celebrates local early childhood education students and the community as we explore the power and necessity of equity in education. A panel of students from diverse backgrounds will share their stories of the educators who have impacted their educational journeys. Dr. Melissa Sherfinski, a scholar in the field of early childhood education, will invite guests to share in the conversation and explore how educators can empower students.

Details

Tickets are $20 per person. Guests may access Commissioners Hall through one entrance where a registration table will be located. The event will take place in: Rooms 2303 and 2304; and the Laurel, Vidmer, and Mon Valley Dining Rooms. The buffet dinner will include gluten-free and vegetarian options. In keeping with tradition, attendees are asked to bring a basket donation for the event.

Registration for this event is closed. 

Questions

Vicki Hricik, Education/Pre-K-Grade Program Support
724-925-4013
hricikv@westmoreland.edu