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February 10, 2022

Rapid Response Team: Reducing Expulsions and Suspensions in Early Childhood Education

Join Trying Together for an upcoming professional development session, “Rapid Response Team: Reducing Expulsions and Suspensions in Early Childhood Education”.

This session will discuss the ongoing and growing issue surrounding expulsion and suspension in early childhood education that have been linked to staff implicit bias, challenging behaviors, and staffing issues. The presentation will guide parents, caregivers, directors and staff working with children ages 0-5 on how to prevent expulsion and suspension in early childhood education. The session will discuss ways to implement evidence-based strategies to promote positive behavior support, self-regulation, and positive mental health. We will share community resources and programs for children and families in Allegheny County.

UnConference: Creating a Safe Place with Trauma-Informed Care

This session is a part of Trying Together’s upcoming UnConference. Between February 8-18, expert-led workshops will share content related to trauma-informed care. We begin the UnConference with keynote speaker Dr. Veirdre Jackson and dive into how we can create an environment of healing through equity and trust. Following the keynote, workshop sessions include how to identify family stressors, how to provide responsive care-giving for children experiencing trauma, and an overview of the recently launched Rapid Response Team from Trying Together.

Individuals can learn more and register on Trying Together’s website.

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January 14, 2022

Early Learning Summit (HiMama)

Join HiMama for a free virtual Early Learning Summit. The event will be held virtually on Saturday, January 15, 2022 with a full day of educational sessions, including specific breakout sessions for educators, directors, and owners. A special kickoff event Friday, January 14 for networking opportunities, extended learning, and some special giveaways.

Conference Agenda

  • 11:00 – 11:45 | The Power of Reflection for Personal and Professional Development
  • 11:45 – 12:45 | Sneak Peek: Your Plan for Professional Growth This Year
  • 1:00 – 1:45 | Power of Play: How to Assess and Document Social-Emotional Development
  • 1:45 – 2:15 | Booth Exploration & HiMama Tours
  • 12:15 – 3:00 p.m. | Session A: Roundtable – Activity and Lesson Planning for Your Classroom
  • 12:15 – 3:00 p.m. | Session B: Roundtable – Staff Motivation and Retention at Your Center
  • 3:00 – 3:45 | All about Parent Engagement
  • 4:00 – 4:45 | Strategies to Manage Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom
  • 4:45 – 5:00 | Wrap-up
  • 5:00 – 6:00 | Power Hour! Booth Exploration & HiMama Tours

Featured Speakers

  • Constant Hine | Specialized Coach in transformational learning, and Founder of Horizons In Learning.
  • Beth Cannon | International Speaker and Author on Early Childhood Education.
  • Ron Grady | Early Childhood Educator and founder of online curriculum resource, Childology.
  • Prerna Richards | Founder of Together We Grow, providing professional development, coaching, and consulting for educators.

Registration

To claim your free ticket, complete the online registration form.

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December 8, 2021

New Pittsburgh Public Schools Board Members and President

On December 7, 2021, after new school board members Jamie Piotrowski, Tracey Reed, and Eugene Walker were sworn in, Sala Udin (School Board District 3) was elected President of the Board. Devon Taliaferro (District 2) was named 1st Vice-President and Pam Harbin (District 4) was named 2nd Vice-President.

One of the first major actions the board will need to take will be to approve the 2022 budget of $690.3 million. Since 2017, spending in Pittsburgh Public Schools (district and charter) has grown by $99.3 million while revenues have grown by $45.6 million. The board will also need to approve a plan to spend $100 million in American Rescue Plan dollars by the end of the year as well (which called for money for tutors, out of school partnerships, operational excellence, and more).

The biggest challenge facing this board is that overall K-12  enrollment in Pittsburgh’s public schools has declined by 2,916 students since 2017 (District: -4,041; Charter: +1,125).

A+ Schools will host a lunch and learn conversation on Wednesday, December 15 at noon to discuss the budget proposals. Registration for this virtual event may be completed online.

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October 19, 2021

Teachable Moments Webinar

Join WQED for their third Teachable Moments Webinar on October 19, 2021. Participants may register online.

Additional Information

This is a short engaging workshop surrounding our mini-series, Teachable Moments. Engage in activities and have a chance to ask educators questions. This event will be hosted by veteran educators and longtime WQED Education partners, Denice Pazuchanics and Elaine Volpe.

The first 100 registrants receive a Gardening Herb Activity Toolkit. To receive your activity kit before the webinar, please register by 10/11. Participants will still receive one after this date, but delivery is not guaranteed in time for the webinar.

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October 9, 2021

Seismic Shifts in Education: An Education Symposium and Conference

Join Carlow University on October 9 for “Sister Mary Paul Education Symposium: Seismic Shifts in Education“. This symposium will focus on strengthening relationships with faculty and staff, learning from them, investing in their development, and connecting with them on a personal level.

Additional Information

This event can be attended in person or virtually. Act 48 hours are available, and lunch will be provided. Break-out sessions will include: Technology Classroom Supports; Personalized Educational Models; Culturally Responsive Classroom; Connecting with Students; Educator Self-Care; and more.

Registration is available online.

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January 29, 2021

Centering Women in Economic Recovery Efforts

Join The Salon from January 25 – 29, 2021 for “Centering Women in Economic Recovery” to learn about the regional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the workforce.

About

Centering Women in Economic Recovery is a free five-day lunchtime series with regional female thought leaders from organizations with deep expertise in policy, business, community, public sector, and education. Each day at noon, panelists will explore the regional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the workforce and discuss the policies and actions needed to build a more female-forward infrastructure that supports equity for working women.

Featured Sessions

State & Federal Policy Response

Monday, January 25, 2021  |  12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Heather Arnet, Women and Girls Foundation

Panelists include:

    • Megan Nestor, Fourth Economy
    • Carol Joyner, Family Values@Work
    • Claire Ewing-Nelson, National Women’s Law Center
    • Rochelle Jackson, Black Women’s Policy Agenda
    • Rosamaria Cristello, Latina Community Center

Private & Business Response

Tuesday, January 26, 2021  |  12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Jessica Brooks, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health

Panelists include:

    • Sabrina Saunders, Vibrant Pittsburgh
    • Katherine Kellaman, Port Authority of Allegheny County
    • Carrie Riggle, First Commonwealth Bank
    • Anne Gargas, Torchlight

Government & Public Sector Response

Wednesday, January 27, 2021  |  12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Anne Sekula, The Salon

Panelists include:

    • Anu Jain, City of Pittsburgh GEC / Workforce Equity Initiative
    • Moriah Hathaway, Pennsylvania Governor’s Commission on Women

Community & Nonprofit Response

Thursday, January 28, 2021  |  12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Michelle Pagano Heck, Nonprofit Talent

Panelists include:

    • Angela Reynolds, YWCA
    • Bobbi Watt Greer, The United Way of Southwest PA
    • Tanya Volkes Mallory, Dress for Success
    • Michelle McMurray, The Pittsburgh Foundation

Child Care & K-12 Public Education Response

Friday, January 29, 2021  |  12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Cara Cimminilo, Trying Together

Panelists include:

    • Heather Hopson, Single Mom Defined
    • Muffy Mendoza Brown, Brown Mommas
    • Megan Rose, Center for Women Pittsburgh

Registration

To register, complete the online registration form. Share this flyer with your network.

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January 28, 2021

Virtual Conference: Finding Joy through Playful Learning

Finding Joy through Playful Learning aims to bring together educators, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners who have a variety of experiences related to education, play, and learning. The conference will take place via Zoom over the course of several days covering six topics related to playful learning. The goal is to generate dialogue among different stakeholders and share best practices to support children and families in learning through play.

About

Join Playful Learning Landscapes Action NetworkPlayful Pittsburgh Collaborative, and Trying Together in February for a virtual conference bringing together educators, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to discuss and share best practices to support children and families in learning through play.

Act 48 and PQAS credits are available. PPID and PD Registry numbers will be collected during the sessions. The following discount code is available for early educators who wish to participate in individual sessions or the entire series:

  • EDU-ALL for $25 price for all six workshops

  • EDU-CHOOSE for $5/per workshop

Available Sessions

  • Rethinking Education During and Post COVID-19
    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 | 3 – 5 p.m.

    Join featured speakers Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Dr. Scott Miller, and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for discussions of how playful learning can change education during and after COVID-19. Featured Speakers: Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek (Temple University, Brookings Institution), Scott Miller (Avonworth Primary Center), and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

  • How Play Can Improve Mental Health and Wellbeing
    Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 9 – 11 a.m.

    Hear from Sarah Grubb, Cindy Eggleton, and Sheba Gittens about play’s role in mental health and wellbeing. Featured Speakers: Cindy Eggleton (Brilliant Detroit), Sarah Grubb (ELRC Region 5), and Sheba Gittens (University of Pittsburgh).

  • Addressing Equity Issues Through Playful Learning
    Thursday, February 4, 2021 | 3 – 5 p.m.

    Dr. Nikole Hollins-Sims and Dr. Mandy McGuire will present their work on using play and playful learning to address inequity. Featured Speakers: Dr. Nikole Hollins-Sims (PaTTAN) and Dr. Mandy McGuire (University of Texas at Dallas).

  • Activating Communities Around Playful Learning
    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | 3 – 5 p.m.

    Ariana Brazier, Justin Forzano, Shari Hersh, Gamar Markarian, and Sarah Siplak, will discuss what it means to activate communities and how their communities inform the work they do. Featured Speakers: Ariana Brazier (ATL Parent Like a Boss), Justin Forzano (Open Field), Shari Hersh (Mural Arts), Gamar Markarian (New School), and Sarah Siplak (Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative).

  • Using Technology to Strengthen the Way We Learn and Play
    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Learn about technologies and applications from Katie Gullone, Megan Rooney, Javier Maisonet, and Project Rangeet. Featured Speakers: Elias Blinkoff (Temple Infant & Child Lab), Katie Gullone (Trying Together), Javier Maisonet (Math Talk), Simran Mulchandani (Project Rangeet), and Megan Rooney (La Escuelita Arcoiris).

  • Replicable and Low-Cost Ideas for Playful Learning
    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 3 – 5 p.m.

    Explore low-cost and replicable ways to encourage playful learning from Shannon Merenstein, Amy Kronenberg, Rebecca Fabiano, and Aishwarya Narayana. Featured Speakers: Rebecca Fabiano (Fab Youth Philly), Amy Kronenberg (Learn to Earn Dayton), Shannon Merenstein (HATCH Art Studio), and Aishwarya Narayana (HUME).

Registration

To register, visit the online registration page. General Admission tickets cost $55 and include admission to all sessions. Single session registration is also available for $10 per session. Attendees will receive the Zoom link for each day’s session prior to the start of the event.

More Information

For questions, contact admin@playfullearninglandscapes.fun or 267.468.8610.

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Centering Women in Economic Recovery Efforts

Join The Salon from January 25 – 29, 2021 for “Centering Women in Economic Recovery” to learn about the regional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the workforce.

About

Centering Women in Economic Recovery is a free five-day lunchtime series with regional female thought leaders from organizations with deep expertise in policy, business, community, public sector, and education. Each day at noon, panelists will explore the regional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the workforce and discuss the policies and actions needed to build a more female-forward infrastructure that supports equity for working women.

Featured Sessions

State & Federal Policy Response

Monday, January 25, 2021  |  12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Heather Arnet, Women and Girls Foundation

Panelists include:

    • Megan Nestor, Fourth Economy
    • Carol Joyner, Family Values@Work
    • Claire Ewing-Nelson, National Women’s Law Center
    • Rochelle Jackson, Black Women’s Policy Agenda
    • Rosamaria Cristello, Latina Community Center

Private & Business Response

Tuesday, January 26, 2021  |  12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Jessica Brooks, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health

Panelists include:

    • Sabrina Saunders, Vibrant Pittsburgh
    • Katherine Kellaman, Port Authority of Allegheny County
    • Carrie Riggle, First Commonwealth Bank
    • Anne Gargas, Torchlight

Government & Public Sector Response

Wednesday, January 27, 2021  |  12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Anne Sekula, The Salon

Panelists include:

    • Anu Jain, City of Pittsburgh GEC / Workforce Equity Initiative
    • Moriah Hathaway, Pennsylvania Governor’s Commission on Women

Community & Nonprofit Response

Thursday, January 28, 2021  |  12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Michelle Pagano Heck, Nonprofit Talent

Panelists include:

    • Angela Reynolds, YWCA
    • Bobbi Watt Greer, The United Way of Southwest PA
    • Tanya Volkes Mallory, Dress for Success
    • Michelle McMurray, The Pittsburgh Foundation

Child Care & K-12 Public Education Response

Friday, January 29, 2021  |  12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Cara Cimminilo, Trying Together

Panelists include:

    • Heather Hopson, Single Mom Defined
    • Muffy Mendoza Brown, Brown Mommas
    • Megan Rose, Center for Women Pittsburgh

Registration

To register, complete the online registration form. Share this flyer with your network.

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January 27, 2021

Centering Women in Economic Recovery Efforts

Join The Salon from January 25 – 29, 2021 for “Centering Women in Economic Recovery” to learn about the regional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the workforce.

About

Centering Women in Economic Recovery is a free five-day lunchtime series with regional female thought leaders from organizations with deep expertise in policy, business, community, public sector, and education. Each day at noon, panelists will explore the regional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the workforce and discuss the policies and actions needed to build a more female-forward infrastructure that supports equity for working women.

Featured Sessions

State & Federal Policy Response

Monday, January 25, 2021  |  12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Heather Arnet, Women and Girls Foundation

Panelists include:

    • Megan Nestor, Fourth Economy
    • Carol Joyner, Family Values@Work
    • Claire Ewing-Nelson, National Women’s Law Center
    • Rochelle Jackson, Black Women’s Policy Agenda
    • Rosamaria Cristello, Latina Community Center

Private & Business Response

Tuesday, January 26, 2021  |  12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Jessica Brooks, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health

Panelists include:

    • Sabrina Saunders, Vibrant Pittsburgh
    • Katherine Kellaman, Port Authority of Allegheny County
    • Carrie Riggle, First Commonwealth Bank
    • Anne Gargas, Torchlight

Government & Public Sector Response

Wednesday, January 27, 2021  |  12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Anne Sekula, The Salon

Panelists include:

    • Anu Jain, City of Pittsburgh GEC / Workforce Equity Initiative
    • Moriah Hathaway, Pennsylvania Governor’s Commission on Women

Community & Nonprofit Response

Thursday, January 28, 2021  |  12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Michelle Pagano Heck, Nonprofit Talent

Panelists include:

    • Angela Reynolds, YWCA
    • Bobbi Watt Greer, The United Way of Southwest PA
    • Tanya Volkes Mallory, Dress for Success
    • Michelle McMurray, The Pittsburgh Foundation

Child Care & K-12 Public Education Response

Friday, January 29, 2021  |  12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Cara Cimminilo, Trying Together

Panelists include:

    • Heather Hopson, Single Mom Defined
    • Muffy Mendoza Brown, Brown Mommas
    • Megan Rose, Center for Women Pittsburgh

Registration

To register, complete the online registration form. Share this flyer with your network.

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January 26, 2021

Centering Women in Economic Recovery Efforts

Join The Salon from January 25 – 29, 2021 for “Centering Women in Economic Recovery” to learn about the regional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the workforce.

About

Centering Women in Economic Recovery is a free five-day lunchtime series with regional female thought leaders from organizations with deep expertise in policy, business, community, public sector, and education. Each day at noon, panelists will explore the regional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the workforce and discuss the policies and actions needed to build a more female-forward infrastructure that supports equity for working women.

Featured Sessions

State & Federal Policy Response

Monday, January 25, 2021  |  12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Heather Arnet, Women and Girls Foundation

Panelists include:

    • Megan Nestor, Fourth Economy
    • Carol Joyner, Family Values@Work
    • Claire Ewing-Nelson, National Women’s Law Center
    • Rochelle Jackson, Black Women’s Policy Agenda
    • Rosamaria Cristello, Latina Community Center

Private & Business Response

Tuesday, January 26, 2021  |  12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Jessica Brooks, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health

Panelists include:

    • Sabrina Saunders, Vibrant Pittsburgh
    • Katherine Kellaman, Port Authority of Allegheny County
    • Carrie Riggle, First Commonwealth Bank
    • Anne Gargas, Torchlight

Government & Public Sector Response

Wednesday, January 27, 2021  |  12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Anne Sekula, The Salon

Panelists include:

    • Anu Jain, City of Pittsburgh GEC / Workforce Equity Initiative
    • Moriah Hathaway, Pennsylvania Governor’s Commission on Women

Community & Nonprofit Response

Thursday, January 28, 2021  |  12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Michelle Pagano Heck, Nonprofit Talent

Panelists include:

    • Angela Reynolds, YWCA
    • Bobbi Watt Greer, The United Way of Southwest PA
    • Tanya Volkes Mallory, Dress for Success
    • Michelle McMurray, The Pittsburgh Foundation

Child Care & K-12 Public Education Response

Friday, January 29, 2021  |  12:00 p.m.
Moderator: Cara Cimminilo, Trying Together

Panelists include:

    • Heather Hopson, Single Mom Defined
    • Muffy Mendoza Brown, Brown Mommas
    • Megan Rose, Center for Women Pittsburgh

Registration

To register, complete the online registration form. Share this flyer with your network.