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Wed, May 08


Crowne Plaza Hotel

Head Start / Early Head Start Directors and Program Leaders Training Conference

The Indiana Head Start Association will be hosting the Head Start/Early Head Start Directors and Program Leaders Training conference on May 8 – 9, 2019. Please review the registration form to learn about the workshops that will be offered. The keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Tim Nolan.

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Time & Location

May 08, 2019, 8:30 AM – May 09, 2019, 3:00 PM

Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2501 South High School Road, Indianapolis, IN 46241, USA

About the Event

Wednesday, May 8th:

8:30 a.m. Exhibits open

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Registration

10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Opening Session – Featuring Dr. Tim Nolan


Lunch 11:45 to 1:00 p.m. included in registration!

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions

A: RECHARGE Your Personal Batteries

B: Using the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct

C: Challenges of Kids in Indiana

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

A: How IHDH is Using Mobile Technology and

Community Partners

B: Driving with Data! Steering Employee Development

Program – Management – Planning

C: Staff Guidance and Empowerment: Information and Guidance on Common Legal Issues

Facing Parents and Children

5:30 p.m. Exhibits close

Thursday, May 9th:

8:00 a.m. Exhibits open

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Director Networking

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions

A: Everyone’s An Asset Builder

B: Self Care Brings Magic to Your Life…..Like Unicorns!

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

A: Leading the Way Tobacco Free

B: Coaching for Greatness: Professionally Developing

Your Staff with the Personal Touch

Lunch 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. included with registration!

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions

A: Children’s Public Policy in Indiana

B: Lead Free Learning

C: INDOE Early Foundations Guidance

2:55 p.m. Exhibits close

3:00 p.m. Closing

Door Prizes


Draw Winner of 50/50 Pot

Leadership Excellence 2020: Keynote Address by Dr. Tim Nolan.

Exploring what it takes to achieve excellence in these challenging, rapidly changing times. Examine your own skills and develop action thinking to move you forward as a leader. Examine the role of leaders in achieving excellence in a Head Start organization. Explore the role of vision in achieving excellence in your work.

Breakout Sessions to Be Offered:

RECHARGE Your Personal Batteries. Just as your smart phone and iPad lose their ability to perform if you fail to charge your batteries, your ability to succeed in your work with children, families and colleagues goes away if you don’t regularly recharge your batteries! We strongly believe that “You need to be healthy to be helpful!” Come spend a FUN workshop exploring how you might better keep your emotional, physical and spiritual batteries charged. While some solutions require support from your organization or your colleagues, other solutions are fully yours to activate. Leave with rich resources to support yourself. Develop your action plan and apply it while you are with us, on the way home and each day of the rest of your life!! Presenter: Dr. Tim Nolan; Innovative Outcomes, Inc.

How ISDH is Using Mobile Technology and Community Partners to Ensure More Babies Reach Their 1st Birthday! Indiana is in the bottom 1- of infant mortality rates in the country. To combat this, ISDH is using mobile technology. Liv is a mobile app for all Hoosiers that are planning, pregnant and parenting. This workshop will go through the decision process of Liv, current infant mortality data and how the engagement of community partners have played an integral part in lowering the rate. Presenter: Nolan Mikowski; Indiana State Department of Health

Leading the Way to Tobacco Free Kids. Learn how you can lead the way to tobacco free kids by partnering with Indiana’s tobacco control advocates. Explore data that reveals how Head Start families are disproportionately affected by tobacco and the negative consequences. Review the elements of a strong partnership and how to access free tobacco training and brand new resources for your Head Start staff to help support healthy children and families. (Each attendee will receive $650 in in-kind for the resources and training.) Presenter: Tanya Shelburne; Health Ed Pros

Children’s Public Policy in Indiana. The Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana studies issues pertaining to vulnerable youth and promotes best practices, policies, and information-sharing. Participants will learn about state initiatives that impact vulnerable children, provide input for the Commissioner’s next strategic plan, and learn about a free tool that helps professionals legally share information about the children in their care with other professionals to benefit the child. Presenter: Julie L. Whitman; Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana.

Everyone’s an Asset Builder. This workshop is designed to highlight the 50 Developmental Assets that are a set of 40 research-based strengths and supports that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults. Everyone’s an Asset Builder is a highly motivating, interactive workshop to explore the positive paths anyone can take to increase the number of assets in the lives of children. Presenter: Kelly Growden; Prevail

Self-Care Brings Magic to Your Life…Like Unicorns. Life is busy and sometimes we are

juggling a lot of plates. Those plates would be better if they had desserts on them. There is a reason stressed spelled backwards is desserts! We want to teach you tips and tricks on self-care while you enjoy a sweet treat. If you want to laugh and gain new tools for support then this is the session for you! Presenters: Mrs. Kerri Wortinger and Ms. Jody Fry; Marion Community Schools – Little Giants Head Start.

Challenges for Kids in Indiana. What are the top challenges for kids in Indiana – and

what do we do about them? Join us for a short discussion on the well-being of Hoosier youth in areas such as family and community, economics, education and health. The session will provide the latest data from the 2019 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book and best practice research on successful approaches to key issues. Participants will gain information they need to begin making change at the community level. Presenter: Corey Sims and Sarah Mihich; Indiana Youth Institute

Coaching for Greatness: Professionally Developing Your Staff With the Personal Touch. The greatest asset of any organization is the staff who provide care each day. Quality professional development can cut down on staff turnover, reduce wasted instructional time and ultimately supports quality outcomes. Leadership participants will leave knowing how to customize professional learning so that every staff member operates at their peak performance. Presenter: Calvalyn Day; CGDay Services, LLC

Using the NAEYC Cold of Ethical Conduct. In this workshop, we will explore the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct through real-life “ethical dilemmas”. Participants will learn about the NAEYC Code as a practical tool for problem solving, building staff morale and enhancing family engagement. Presenter: Kara J. Ketter; Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children

Driving with Data! Steering Employee Development – Program Management – Planning. Data can only make an impact if it is actually incorporated in the decision making process. How can you pull it all together into efficient and effective insights? Gain understanding of the importance of analysis, explore data and how to leverage it to improve staff development, program management and planning. Presenter: Tanya Bezy; PACE Community Action Agency

Staff Guidance and Empowerment: Information & Guidance on Common Legal Issues Facing Parents and Children. Guardianships, Power of Attorney, Expungements, Driver’s License Issues, Paternity, Employment, Incarceration and Relationships. All of these issues affect the families that are served by Head Start, and all can be complex to navigate and understand. In this session, a brief overview of process and procedure for each will be provided, along with suggested avenues for families and staff to pursue when needs arise. Presenter: Carrie Hagan; Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School or Law

Lead Free Learning. The CDC warns that even low levels of lead in children can seriously inhibit academic success. In this interactive workshop you will learn more about lead risk indicators, hazards, effects on young children, and early interventions that may help children reach their fullest potential following exposure. Participants are encouraged to bring an item (dish, toy, etc.) to be tested for lead during the workshop. Presenter: Megan McGregor; Marion County Public Health Department

Early Learning Foundations Guidance. This session will be an overview of the new Foundations Guidance resources and new PK-12 Social Emotional Competencies available from the Indiana Department of Education. We will discuss how directors/program administrators can use these documents to support teachers in their daily practice and family engagement efforts. Presenter: Krystal Robinson; Indiana Department of Education





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