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Nashville, Tennessee Wednesday, April 24, 2013 – Friday, April 26, 2013

2013 29th Annual National Conference

How Successful Directors Lead!

Formerly National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP)


2013 29th Annual National Conference

How Successful Directors Lead! Nashville, Tennessee Wednesday, April 24, 2013 – Friday, April 26, 2013 Join fellow leaders at the only national conference devoted to serving owners, directors, and administrators dedicated to the early childhood field. Sessions by experts focus on leadership, administration, business practices, legal issues and program quality!

JON GORDON

Opening Keynote—What Great Leaders Do Differently! Entertaining motivational speaker and best-selling author of The Energy Bus, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, The Shark and The Goldfish, Soup, The Seed, and The Positive Dog.

DIANE TRISTER DODGE

Gala Luncheon Keynote—Achieving Excellence in Early Learning: How Leaders Can Make a Difference Founder and president of Teaching Strategies, Inc., Diane is the lead author of The Creative Curriculum® and many other Teaching Strategies resources.

SARTURA SHUMAN SMITH

Closing Keynote— Accept the Challenge—Dare to Change! With over 25 years in early childhood education, training, and community outreach, Sartura Smith is the owner of JAS Consulting and is a dynamic presenter/facilitator.

2013 Director of the Year Award Gala Luncheon – Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Director of the Year recognizes child care program directors who reflect the dedication, managerial acumen, innovative spirit and commitment to professionalism and the child care profession that is critical to achieving program excellence. Presented by Donna Thornton-Roberts and the Association Ambassadors.

Thank you to our 2013 Director of the Year Award Sponsors:

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The 29th Annual How Successful Directors Lead National Conference

April 24 – 26, 2013

Nashville, TN


WANT TO BRING YOUR PROGRAM TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF QUALITY? The National Accreditation Commission offers early care and education programs the opportunity to demonstrate and document quality performance using research-based criteria. The system recognizes the diversity of programs and promotes the uniqueness of each through the self-study and award process.  Developed for early care and education professionals by early care and education professionals.  Promotes professionalism and program quality.  Comprehensive performance standards and evaluation for all program components: Administration, Curriculum, Interactions between Staff and Children, Parent Communication Family Engagement, and Health and Safety.  Fully operational in early care and education programs across the nation.  Aligned with state early learning outcomes and quality improvement initiatives.  Respects individual program autonomy and philosophy.  Included in government-funded quality enhancement initiatives.

CONFERENCE-AT-A-GLANCE TUESDAY, APRIL 23: PRE-CONFERENCE EVENTS 7:30am – 5:30pm Registration/Conference Services Open 8:30am – 12:00pm Optional Tour Child Care Center Tour 8:30am – 11:30am P1 All Aboard and Moving Forward—Rice 12:30pm – 4:30pm P2 Coaching in the EC Classroom—Rice 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Optional Tour Tour Nashville with Tommy’s Tours

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Opening Reception and Exhibitor Expo

6:00pm – 10:00pm Grand Ole Opry WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24: CONFERENCE BEGINS 7:30am – 5:30pm Registration/Conference Services Open 7:30am – 5:30pm Exhibits Open 8:30am – 10:00am SESSION ONE 101 Opening Keynote: What Great Leaders Do Differently!—Gordon

10:00am – 10:15am Break 10:15am – 12:00pm SESSION TWO 102 Managing Cash Flow—Thornton-Roberts 103 Compassion Fatigue (FB)—Bozeman/Rivers 104 Workplace Coaching & Staff Development— Abel/Manning 105 How to Maximize the Value of Your Business—Ligon 106 Leading with the Big Picture in Mind—Breittfeller 107 Positive and Professional Leaders—Thompson 12:00pm – 1:30pm Munch and Mingle Luncheon with Exhibitors 1:30pm – 3:15pm SESSION THREE 109 The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth—Buxton 110 Improving Assessment and Curriculum Through Technology—Babcock 111 Improving Quality of Teacher Instruction in the Classroom—Trapp 112 Introduction to the National Accreditation Commission (Accreditation)—Haddad 113 Social Networking and Maintaining Professionalism—Martini 114 Never Enough Time: How to Build Management Techniques into Your Day—Boe 3:15pm – 3:30pm

Break

3:30pm – 5:15pm SESSION FOUR 116 It Takes a Village to Define a Leader: Effectively Delegating and Motivating Others—Bess 117 Staff Motivation and Morale Boosters in Challenging Economic Times—Galante 118 Motivation Magic—DeWeerd/Moya 119 Do’s and Don’ts Along the Accreditation Journey (Accreditation)—Banda/Lee 120 Taking Good Care of You!—Hornbeck 121 Marketing for Enrollment Success—Dressler 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Member Reception

7:30pm – 10:30pm Diamonds to Denim Line Dance and Karaoke THURSDAY, APRIL 25: CONFERENCE EVENTS 7:30am – 5:00pm Registration/Conference Services Open 8:30am – 10:15am SESSION FIVE 201 Interview Success: The Right and Wrong Questions—Franks 202 Creating an Environment for Smarter, Healthier Children—Stroebel 203 Eliminating Teachers’ Barriers to Professional Development—Waite 204 First Aid for the Challenging Classroom—Dressler 205 Respectful, Effective, and Positive Communication— Bess 206 Personalities in the Workplace—Hendricks 207 Bore-ientation: How to Keep Orientation from Being a Real Snooze—Bella

10:15am – 11:00am Break and Last Chance for Exhibits 11:00am – 1:15pm

SESSION SIX Gala Luncheon Keynote: Achieving Excellence in Early Learning—Trister Dodge

1:30pm – 3:15pm SESSION SEVEN 208 The Way We Work—Buxton 209 Child Care Accidents and Antidotes—Swain 210 Building Your Program’s Enrollment—Dickerson 211 Strategies for Making Today’s Connected Lifestyle Work for You—Collins 212 Introduction to Strength-Based Reflective Supervision—Mikelson 213 Leading Your Program Toward Excellence (Accreditation)—Johnson 214 In Pursuit of Program Excellence: The Role of Curriculum—Trister Dodge 3:15pm – 3:30pm

Break

3:30pm – 5:15pm SESSION EIGHT 215 Staff Motivation Emergency—Bartkus 216 Using Interactive Technology to Support Parent Involvement—Olds 217 Leadership: “Joy Tank” for Administrators—Shaffer 218 Leadership Styles That Manage Your Staff—Harris 219 Promoting Play Beyond the Classroom—Poppendorf 220 Mission Possible: Staying the Course—Shuman Smith 221 Marketing and Enrollment Building—Smith 222 Lessons in Financial Management—Siegel 5:30pm – 6:15pm Ambassador Informational Meeting 7:00pm – 10:00pm Downtown Nashville Drop Off FRIDAY, APRIL 26: CONFERENCE EVENTS 7:30am – 9:00am

Resource Fair

7:30am – 11:00am Registration/Conference Services Open 8:00am – 10:45am SESSION NINE 301 Ask a Lawyer, Ask a Provider—McGuckin/Galante 302 Winning Ways for Supervisors: The Influence and Power of a Positive Director—Schweikert 9:00am – 10:45am SESSION TEN 303 Successful Fundraising Practices—Parker 304 The Path Does Not End Here: After Your Award of Accreditation (Accreditation)—Schmidt 305 Dealing with Problem Employees... Successfully— Siegel 10:45am – 11:00am Break 11:00am – 12:45pm

SESSION ELEVEN Closing Keynote: Accept the Challenge – Dare to Change!— Shuman Smith

For additional details and updated information, please visit www.earlylearningleaders.org/conference.

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PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

How do we get everyone onboard the quality train? This session reminds us of why we came to the conference in the first place—to find and learn new ways to reach and maintain the high standards of quality we all aspire to each day in our centers. Ideas and humorous anecdotes will be shared from Marilyn Rice’s 29 years of working in early childhood education. Presented by Marilyn Rice, MEd, Early Childhood Specialist for Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Education. (3 training hours/.3 CEUs.)

102, Managing Cash Flow—Regardless of your center’s tax structure, managing cash flow is essential to its viability. Directors need tools to manage cash more effectively and understand fiscal ratios, as well as practical ways of overcoming cash-flow problems that affect quality. This session is packed with proven methods for tackling these and other budget challenges. Presented by Donna Thornton-Roberts, MBA. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs)

P1: All Aboard and Moving Forward

Tuesday, April 23—8:30am – 11:30am P1 only: $59 Members, $89 Nonmembers P1 and P2: $99 Members, $139 Nonmembers

P2: Coaching in the EC Classroom Coaching in the early childhood classroom is interactive, individualized, and intentional! How do we support our teachers when we are not in the classroom with them each day? How are we building the capacity for teachers to implement quality interactions and developmentally appropriate instruction with young children? This session presents a predictable framework for directors to use in coaching the teaching staff in their programs. Specific strategies for developing a joint plan for the individual teachers, modeling good practices, and supporting teachers in their development will be stressed. A model for asking specific types of questions to assist teachers in being more reflective will be shared. Presented by Marilyn Rice, MEd, Early Childhood Specialist for Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Education. (3 training hours/.3 CEUs.) Tuesday, April 23—12:30pm – 4:30pm P2 only: $59 Members, $89 Nonmembers P1 and P2: $99 Members, $139 Nonmembers

MARILYN R. RICE, MEd is an Early Childhood Specialist for Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Education. She serves as a NAC Validator and is a Master Star Quality Rater for the Virginia Quality Rating Improvement System and trains on local, state, and national levels. IACET CEUs offered for every conference session through Smart Horizons. No additional fees.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013

(2 training hours/.2 CEUs)

103, Compassion Fatigue (Faith-Based)—Those experiencing the stress of constant demands of caring for others may experience “compassion fatigue”. This session provides opportunities to assess current levels of compassion fatigue and to consider recommendations for reducing and relieving this condition. Presented by Jeanine Bozeman, PhD and Loretta Rivers, Associate Professor of Social Work, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs)

111, Improving the Quality of Teacher Instruction in the Classroom—Though teacher effectiveness is the single most important factor in student achievement for preschool programs, it can be difficult to evaluate on a day-today basis. This session introduces Honeybee Apps’ innovative approach to teacher performance evaluation and student assessment, and shows how it can help you to determine the quality of your preschool program. Presented by Marnie Trapp, CEO of Honeybee Apps. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs)

104, Workplace Coaching & Staff Development— Coaching is about creating a vision of how you want things to be and systematically achieving that vision by creating new goals. It facilitates a shift in attitude and perspective, and even enhances emotional intelligence. This session shows you how to make coaching a positive part of your organization’s culture. Presented by Diana Abel, EdD and Rene Manning, MEd, Rio Salado College. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs)

112, Introduction to the National Accreditation Commission (Accreditation)—This session is for directors who are exploring the National Accreditation Commission as their accreditation vehicle. This session includes tips for using the Accreditation Manual for program improvement, an overview of the self-study procedures, and a participant Q&A panel discussion. Presented by Colleen Tracy Haddad, MS, Executive Director, Association for Early Learning Leaders.

105, How to Maximize the Value of Your Educational Business—Much time, energy, and care goes in to developing and managing your business, and the financial rewards should reflect that. This session will provide insights that are critical to maximizing the long-term value of your educational business. Presented by Kathy Ligon, Strategic Solutions Group Advisors. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 106, Leading with the Big Picture in Mind—In this session, you’ll gain executive insight into making leadership decisions based on your ultimate goals. Get tools you need to move from being a bricklayer to a cathedral builder! Presented by John Breitfeller, MBA, Educational First Steps. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 107, Positive and Professional Leaders—Directing a program is difficult. In addition to tours, staff schedules, payroll, and bills to pay, you must be the role model for your staff. Do you lead with a positive, professional presence? Are you mentoring your staff to be positive professionals too? This session explores myriad ways to affect the atmosphere and attitudes in our schools and classrooms. Presented by Bobette Thompson, BBA. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 109, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth—We invest thousands of hours and money promoting growth in our teams, but precious little on ourselves. Based on the best-selling book by John Maxwell, this session challenges us not to settle for “good enough,” but instead to press on and realize our full potential as leaders. Presented by Lori Buxton, Executive Director of Kidz World Academy and Association Board Member. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs)

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110, Improving Assessment and Your Child Care Curriculum Through Technology—Using technology in a child care setting can feel overwhelming, not to mention costly. In this session, you’ll learn more about the importance of technology in youe center, including the use of digital cameras, video recorders, and Skype in improving curriculum and assessment of children. Presented by Rachelle Babcock, Director of Community Preschool and Nursery, and doctoral student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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113, Social Networking and Maintaining Professionalism—Social networking allows people to recreate themselves in what seems to be a consequence-free medium. Many have not considered the downside. This session addresses what to include in a personnel policy and staff training, as well as potential liability for the program and employees. Presented by Dawn Martini, Childcare Specialist, Ronald V. McGuckin & Associates. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 114, Never Enough Time: How to Build Time Management Techniques Into Your Day—Managing a center can be overwhelming, resulting in chaotic days. This session presents techniques for working smarter, rather than harder. By planning how to take control of your time, you will experience more productive days and better outcomes for everyone, including staff, families, and you! Presented by Kathie Boe, Sr. Director, Quality and Accreditation, Knowledge Universe. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 116, It Takes a Village to Define a Leader: Effectively Delegating and Motivating Others— Every ECE setting needs effective leaders who are strong role models, self-aware, and who know how to motivate people to work well together and achieve larger prosocial goals that benefit all. This session shows how observation for constructive feedback, accepting coaching so skills can be enhanced, and receiving positive input from mentors strengthens leaders and builds strong classrooms. Presented by Cynthia Rzasa Bess, PhD, Owner of The Bess Choice! Consulting Services. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs)

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117, Staff Motivation and Morale Boosters in Challenging Economic Times—Rewarding your staff is difficult when the bottom line is stretched so thin. This session provides meaningful and practical methods that can motivate staff and reinforce morale without breaking the bank. Presented by Lynette Galante, Executive Director, Future Generation Early Learning Centers. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 118, Motivation Magic—You don’t need to be a magician to motivate staff! In this session, you’ll learn simple, effective tips and techniques for recognizing your staff and keeping them motivated. Presented by Christie DeWeerd, MA, Early Childhood Specialist and Samantha Moya, Program Manager, Educational First Steps. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs)

119, Do’s and Don’ts Along the Accreditation Journey (Accreditation)—This session explains the National Accreditation Commission validation process and describes how to avoid common pitfalls. Attendees will be given tips to help decode “The Box,” how to organize their materials, and travel smoothly along the National Accreditation Commission track to accreditation. Presented by Maria Banda and La’Kitsha Lee, Program Specialists at Educational First Steps. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 120, Taking Good Care of You!—As ECE leaders, we often find ourselves last on the list of people to care for. You’ll leave this interactive session with a personal plan to help reduce stress and burnout, and to begin a wellness journey that will have an immediate and positive impact both personally and professionally. Presented by Mary Hornbeck, Owner/Executive Director of Special Beginnings Early Learning Centers and President-Elect of the Association for Early Learning Leaders. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 121, Marketing for Enrollment Success—Summer is coming, followed quickly by back-to-school, and your enrollment goals are staring you in the face! How are you going to get those families in the door? This practical session on marketing and advertising shows you how to increase enrollment and retention in your program and develop a marketing plan. Presented by Miriam Dressler, Founder/ Owner of Bloom Consulting & Training. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs)

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013 201, Interview Success: The Right and Wrong Questions—This session covers questions to ask and to avoid and questions while interviewing potential employees. Get information you need in order to minimize discriminationrelated liability discrimination and maximize consistency and results. Presented by Veronica Franks, COO of Midsouth Consulting Group. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 202, Creating an Environment for Smarter, Healthier Children—In this session, you’ll learn how children’s behavior and developing systems make them more vulnerable to harm and how to find practical and free or low-cost solutions for addressing harmful chemicals that are commonly found in child care centers. Presented by Carol Stroebel, Director of Training & Policy, Children’s Environmental Health Network. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs)

203, Eliminating Teachers’ Barriers to Professional Development—When administrators invest in professional development for their staff, what is learned does not always make it back into the classroom. Exploring barriers to implementation can help programs to formulate their strategy for professional development activities and training. This session demonstrates how to do this successfully, promoting buy-in from teachers. Presented by Danielle Waite, EdD, Director of the UC Merced Early Childhood Education Center. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 204, First Aid for the Challenging Classroom— As a director, you have probably seen top classrooms sink into chaos in the blink of an eye, or perhaps you have one classroom that is never quite right. This session looks at causes and symptoms of under-performance, diagnosing the problem and successful action plan for improvement, and maintaining long-term and high-quality accreditation standards. Presented by Miriam Dressler, Founder/Owner of Bloom Consulting & Training. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 205, Respectful, Effective and Positive Communication—Communication is vital to education and to life. There are many ways to communicate, and each has advantages and disadvantages, but the worst type of communication is no communication! This workshop examines communication as a whole, sharing strategies to create prosocial and positive interpersonal interactions between people of all ages. Presented by Cynthia Rzasa Bess, PhD, Owner of The Bess Choice! Consulting Services. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs)

206, Personalities in the Workplace—In this session, you’ll learn how to identify and capitalize on the variety of personalities on your team. Discover ways to set the stage for success! Presented by Shannon Hendricks, Program Director at Educational First Steps. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 207, Bore-ientation: How to Keep Your Orientation From Being a Real Snooze—This session provides practical tips and strategies for making the most of the first few months of employment, providing new staff members with the necessary information and support to be successful. Learn about the Program Administration Scale (PAS), a tool that can measure current practices and help to improve program quality. Presented by Jill Bella, MS, Director of Special Projects, McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 208, The Way We Work—What you know about working styles can increase your efficiency, productivity, and job satisfaction! The key to success in the workplace is understanding the work habits of those around you. Discover how to identify areas of frustration and conflict that can be directly attributed to a mismatch of learning styles. Then find positive ways of building on natural strengths to reach your desired outcome. Based on the book by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias. Presented by Lori Buxton, Executive Director of Kidz World Academy and Association Board Member. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs)

209, Child Care Accidents and Antidotes—This session identifies root causes of accidents in early education environments and shows how to develop proactive strategies to support safety and risk-management programs. You’ll be introduced to a research-proven, innovative, and fun approach to stress relief and relaxation. Presented by Michael Swain, Sr. Loss Control Specialist for THOMCO, a Markel Company, and Association Board Member. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 210, Building Your Program’s Enrollment—Due to the economy, enrollments in child care centers have decreased. This session offers the latest secrets and techniques for converting more inquiries into enrollments, creating a step-by-step follow-up process, and identifying your target market. Presented by Lisa Dickerson, Daycare Management Solutions. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 211, Strategies for Making Today’s Connected Lifestyle Work for You—This interactive session for providers and administrators gives insight into the habits of highly successful child care providers. Learn what today’s parents want in a child care partnership, and explore ways to boost your connection with parents and improve the effectiveness of your program. Presented by Bill Collins, COO, Child Care Daily App. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 212, Introduction to Strength-Based Reflective Supervision—This session focuses on one aspect of supervisory practice: providing reflective, strength-based supervision. Attendees will learn about reflective supervision, assess differences between traditional and reflective supervision models, and practice strength-based supervisory interventions. Presented by Bonnie Mikelson, LISW, Associate Training Director of National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice, University of Iowa School of Social Work. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 213, Leading Your Program Toward Excellence (Accreditation)—In this session, you’ll learn to prepare for and lead your team on the journey to excellence. Plan for success and prepare for road bumps and potholes that will appear while you stay on your path! Presented by Nancy Johnson, MEd, Program Specialist with the Association for Early Learning Leaders. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 214, In Pursuit of Program Excellence: The Role of Curriculum—A high-quality, comprehensive curriculum should explain the what, why, and how of excellent teaching, and empower teachers to be responsive, flexible, and creative in their work with children. This session explores how a curriculum can help teachers at all levels to create a program that ensures positive outcomes for all children and their families. Presented by Diane Trister Dodge, MS, Founder/ President of Teaching Strategies, Inc. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 215, Staff Motivation Emergency—Turn your worst employee into your model employee! In this session, you will discover five simple steps to help you manage, motivate, and retain great staff! Learn how to turn your clients and staff into your raving fans, and to make team members part of your marketing strategy. Presented by Julie Bartkus, President of Motivate Teachers. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs)

For additional details and updated information, please visit www.earlylearningleaders.org/conference.

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216, Using Interactive Technology to Support Parent Involvement—Families are an untapped resource to assist in a child’s education. Involved parents gain first-hand understanding of their child’s daily activities and educational experiences by engaging with their child in a fun and familiar setting at home. This session shows how to build family learning partnerships that support children’s learning at home. Presented by Lisa Olds, VP Education and Program Development, Kid Orange Tech. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs)

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013

217, Leadership: “Joy Tank” for Administrators—This inspirational session explores the how, why, when, where, and what of the “joy tank”. Participants will receive hands-on tools that can help them avoid burn-out in the Early Childhood field. Presented by Pattijo Shaffer, Sr. Executive Director for Program Development, Lakeview Child Center @ Hamilton.

(2 training hours/.2 CEUs)

(2 training hours/.2 CEUs)

218, Leadership Styles That Manage Your Staff—Understanding who your staff is and how they hear your messages is very important to understanding who is running your center! This session helps you identify your leadership style and shows how to lead others by reaching out to their leadership styles. Presented by Sally Harris, President of Circle C Ranch Academy and Association Board Member. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 219, Promoting Play Beyond the Classroom— This session provides ideas you can use to promote play within your center, as well as with the community and families you serve. Learn about resources that can help you to educate staff, parents, and community on the importance of play. Presented by Chris Poppendorf, VP of Operations for Active Learning Centers and 2012 Director of the Year. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs)

220, Mission Possible: Staying the Course— Staying focused on the original mission and vision of one’s organization can be challenging—especially when you’ve been charged with leading the way. In this session, you’ll gain insight on how to keep your staff (and yourself!) mission-focused. You’ll also learn how to rethink that vision when change is really what’s needed. Presented by Sartura Shuman Smith, MEd, JAS Consulting. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 221, Marketing and Enrollment Building—This session provides proven techniques for short-term results, building your unique brand, secrets to converting telephone calls to enrollees, retention methods that create long-term customers and lifetime referrals, and how to turn your staff and parents into marketing partners. Presented by Tym Smith, Early Care & Education Consulting. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs)

301, Ask a Lawyer, Ask a Provider—Focused on issues common to child care agencies, this session offers practical techniques for dealing effectively with a variety of problems encountered in the successful operation of a quality program. Join this interactive session and ask those important questions. Presented by Ron McGuckin, Attorney, Ronald V. McGuckin & Associates and Lynette Galante, Executive Director, Future Generation Early Learning Centers. 302, Winning Ways for Supervisors: The Influence and Power of a Positive Director—As supervisors, we set the tone in our programs and at times feel overwhelmed and unappreciated. In this session, you’ll learn how to renew your spirit and commitment, develop strong and professional relationships with your staff, and create a work culture that demands performance excellence and exceptional customer service. Presented by author Gigi Schweikert, GigiSchweikert.com. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 303, Successful Fundraising Practices—Today’s nonprofit-based early learning centers are managed very similarly to their for-profit counterparts—with one major exception—their continual reliance on private support. The session guides leaders toward fundraising success by providing strategies, tips, and examples in the areas of database management, grantwriting, donor prospecting, annual giving, special events, online giving, networking, social media, and capital campaigns. Presented by Pete Parker, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, NPcatalyst. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 304, The Path Does Not End Here: After Your Award of Accreditation (Accreditation)—Receiving Accreditation is an extremely exciting and rewarding time for a program. After celebrating your hard work, it’s important to recognize the steps your program will continue to take along your pathway to excellence. This session provides an informative and detailed overview of the process of accreditation compliance. Presented by Erin Schmidt, MA, Administrative Coordinator for the National Accreditation Commission, Association for Early Learning Leaders. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs)

305, Dealing with Problem Employees… Successfully—This interactive session explores different types of “challenging” employees. Learn how to help them start to succeed, and conversely, to recognize when to let go. Walk away and back to work with fewer ulcers and headaches, remembering our programs are only as good as the weakest (classroom) link. Presented by Bob Siegel, President, Partners in Professional Development, and Association Board Member. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs)

222, Lessons in Financial Management—Many of us were teachers before becoming directors and haven’t really been trained in aspects of running the center’s business; this session helps to fill that gap. The information provided is tangible and can be used by each director upon returning to work Monday morning. Presented by Bob Siegel, President, Partners in Professional Development, and Association Board Member. (2 training hours/.2 CEUs) 6

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SPECIAL EVENTS IN AND AROUND NASHVILLE Child Care Center Tour, Tommy’s Tours, and Downtown Drop Off: Space is limited, so reserve your spot early! Tours and events will leave precisely at the departure times indicated below.

TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013

Child Care Center Tour—8:30am – 12:00pm Board the bus for our popular child care center tour. Tour participants will visit local, nationally accredited programs that exemplify excellence in the care and education of young children. These tours sell out quickly, so make your reservation today! Cost (includes transportation): $35 Members, $50 Nonmembers Tour Nashville with Tommy’s Tours— 1:00pm – 4:00pm Join Tommy for an afternoon ride exploring downtown Nashville and celebrities’ homes. Charmin’ Tommy will wow you with his knowledge of the city while keeping you laughing. Bus will pick you up and drop you off at the lobby of the Embassy Suites. Cost (includes transportation): $45 Opening Reception and Exhibitor Expo— 5:00pm – 7:00pm Join Association Members, Guests, and Exhibitors to kick off the Conference with this Expo. Enjoy this opportunity to visit conference exhibits, network with new friends, and catch up with old ones. Light snacks and a cash bar will be available. Business attire is appropriate for this event. Cost: FREE for conference registrants, $10 per guest. Grand Ole Opry—6:00pm – 10:00pm Join your friends on the bus to visit country music’s rich history and dynamic present, the Grand Ole Opry. Showcasing a mix of country legends and the contemporary chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps, the Opry is an American icon and Nashville’s number-one attraction. Cost (includes transportation): $60 per person.

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013

Downtown Nashville Drop Off— 7:00pm – 10:00pm Take a walk, stand in front of a storefront and get a picture with Elvis, or relax in a carriage ride around the district at night! Nashville’s downtown area is convenient to the music world that Nashville is known for. Attractions include the Country Music Hall of Fame, Cumberland River, Wild Horse Saloon, BB King’s, and Ryman Auditorium. Cost (includes transportation): $20 per person.

A special thank you to Carpenter Bus Sales for providing transportation to our tours!

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Nashville, TN


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*Members only: Register early and you can pay in two payments: $179 nonrefundable/transferable before March 15 and $200 by April 12. Renew your membership or become a member at registration—get entered in a drawing to attend a private meet-and-greet with Jon Gordon and receive a signed copy of his book Soup. Already a dedicated member? You’ll receive one entry for every conference registration or new member referral.

3. SPECIAL EVENT SELECTIONS Please support the Association’s effort to “go green” by marking all events/meal functions you plan to attend. This will ensure we have an accurate attendance count at each event and do not over order food and beverage. Many events are included in the conference registration cost, however, if you do not mark an event or meal function, you will not be registered for it.

Tuesday  Child Care Center Tour ($35 Member, $50 Nonmember)....................................................$__________ April 23  Tour Nashville with Tommy’s Tours ($45/ticket)...............................................................$__________  Opening Celebration and Exhibitor Expo (Free for conference registrants, $10/guest).............$__________  Grand Ole Opry ($60/ticket).........................................................................................$__________ Wednesday  Munch and Mingle Luncheon with Exhibitors (Free for conference registrants, $35/guest)......$__________ April 24  Diamonds to Denim Line Dance and Karaoke (Free for conference registrants, $25/guest)......$__________ Thursday  Gala Luncheon (Free for conference registrants, $45/guest)...............................................$__________ April 25  Downtown Nashville Drop Off ($20/ticket)......................................................................$__________ REGISTRATION TOTAL $__________ List the names of any guests who will attend special events with you______________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Instructions: Register online at www.earlylearningleaders.org/conference, or complete this form and email, fax, or mail. Email: events@earlylearningleaders.org, Fax: 512-301-5080 Mail: Association for Early Learning Leaders, 8000 Centre Park Dr., Ste. 170, Austin, TX 78754.

All cancellations must be made in writing. Cancellations received on or before March 1, 2013 are refundable less a $40 processing fee. Cancellations received March 2 – 31, 2013 are refundable less a $125 processing fee. Cancellations received April 1 – 15, 2013 are refundable less a $175 processing fee. No refunds for cancellations after April 15, 2013.

4. SESSION SELECTIONS

(Indicate an “X” for each preference and “A” for alternate. You may attend only one session per session group per day. Please mark the box to the left of the session you are selecting.) Note: Applications without indicated alternates will not be processed!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013

SESSION ONE  101: Opening Keynote SESSION TWO  102: Managing Cash Flow  103: Compassion Fatigue  104: Workplace Coaching and Staff Development  105: How to Maximize the Value…  106: Leading with the Big Picture in Mind  107: Positive and Professional Leaders SESSION THREE  109: The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth  110: Improving Assessment and Your Child Care Curriculum…  111: Improving the Quality of Teacher Instruction…  112: Introduction to the National Accreditation Commission  113: Social Networking and Maintaining Professionalism  114: Never Enough Time: How to Build Time Management… SESSION FOUR  116: It Takes a Village to Define a Leader  117: Staff Motivation and Morale Boosters…  118: Motivation Magic  119: Do’s and Don’ts Along the Accreditation Journey  120: Taking Good Care of You!  121: Marketing for Enrollment Success

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013

SESSION FIVE  201: Interview Success: The Right and Wrong Questions  202: Creating an Environment for Smarter, Healthier Children  203: Eliminating Teachers’ Barriers to Professional Development  204: First Aid for the Challenging Classroom  205: Respectful, Effective and Positive Communication  206: Personalities in the Workplace  207: Bore-ientation: How to Keep Your Orientation… SESSION SIX  Gala Luncheon Keynote SESSION SEVEN  208: The Way We Work  209: Child Care Accidents and Antidotes  210: Building Your Program’s Enrollment  211: Strategies for Making Today’s Connected…  212: Introduction to Strength-Based Reflective Supervision  213: Leading Your Program Toward Excellence  214: In Pursuit of Program Excellence: The Role of Curriculum SESSION EIGHT  215: Staff Motivation Emergency  216: Using Interactive Technology to Support…  217: Leadership: “Joy Tank” for Administrators  218: Leadership Styles That Manage Your Staff  219: Promoting Play Beyond the Classroom  220: Mission Possible: Staying the Course  221: Marketing and Enrollment Building  222: Lessons in Financial Management Continuing

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013

Education

SESSION NINE Units (CEUs)  301: Ask a Lawyer, Ask a Provider Granted!  302: Winning Ways for Supervisors… SESSION TEN  303: Successful Fundraising Practices  304: The Path Does Not End Here…  305: Dealing with Problem Employees...Successfully SESSION ELEVEN  Closing Keynote

For additional details and updated information, please visit www.earlylearningleaders.org/conference.

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