2020 Educare Learning Network Meeting
March 24-27, 2020 New Orleans, LA
Given ongoing developments around COVID-19, and in accordance with CDC recommendations, the Educare Learning Network has cancelled our in-person annual Network Meeting. We will host select meeting sessions virtually, scheduled at a later date to allow for participation of school staff who would be challenged to join remotely during current school closures. We will be in contact with previously registered participants regarding future virtual sessions as information becomes available.
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Rosemarie Allen, Ph.D.
Rosemarie Allen has served as a leader in early childhood education for nearly 40 years. Her life’s work is
centered on ensuring children have access to high quality early childhood programs that are
developmentally and culturally appropriate. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of
Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her classes are focused on ensuring teachers are
aware of how issues of equity, privilege, and power impact teaching practices. Rosemarie has served in
directorship roles with the Colorado Department of Human Services where she was responsible for the
State’s child care licensing program, the federal child care assistance program, the redesign of the State’s
quality rating and improvement system, the implementation of the State’s professional development
plan, and assisted in the creation of Colorado’s early learning guidelines. Rosemarie is a respected
keynote speaker, and has the distinct honor of being appointed as a “Global Leader” to represent the
United States at World Conferences across the globe.
Dr. Allen’s non-profit Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence (IREE) serves as the lead agency for
ensuring equity in educational practices throughout the nation. IREE monitors and licenses child care
centers using a model she created, “Culturally Responsive Community Based Licensing”. Rosemarie also
served on President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” (MBK) initiative, Early Childhood Task Force. In that
role, she was the national expert on implicit bias and culturally responsive practices, speaking at
conferences across the country. She also serves as contractor for the National Center for Pyramid Model
Innovations focusing on equity, implicit bias and culturally responsive practices in the Pyramid Model
for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children.
Rosemarie earned her B. A. from California State University, Master’s of Education from Lesley University
and Doctorate Degree in Leadership for Equity in Education from the University of Colorado, Denver.
Howard Stevenson, Ph.D.
Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, in the Human Development & Quantitative Methods Division of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Executive Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative at Penn, designed to promote racial literacy in education, health, community and justice institutions.
He is a nationally recognized clinical psychologist and researcher on negotiating racial conflicts using racial literacy for independent and public K-12 schooling, community mental health centers, teachers, police and parents. Two mental health research projects he leads are funded by National Institutes of Health examine the benefits of racial literacy. The PLAAY (Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth) Project uses basketball and racial socialization to help youth and parents cope with stress from violence and social rejection. Dr. Stevenson also co-leads with Drs. Lorretta and John Jemmott, the SHAPE-UP: Barbers Building Better Brothers Project which trains Black barbers as health educators to teach Black 18-24 year old males to reduce their risk of — HIV/STDS and retaliation violence — while they are cutting hair.
Backed by a 12 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and based at REC, Howard also co-directs Forward Promise, a national philanthropic office that promotes a culture of health for boys and young men of color, to help them heal from the trauma of historical and present-day dehumanization, discrimination and colonization.
Dr. Stevenson is the recipient of the 2020 Gittler Prize, by Brandeis University, for outstanding and lasting scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic, and/or religious relations. Also, recently, he was listed in the RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings of the top university-based scholars in the U.S. who did the most last year to shape educational practice and policy.
His recent best-seller book, Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference, is designed to reduce racial threat reactions in face-to-face encounters. Howard’s research and clinical work have been funded by W.T. Grant Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, and the National Institutes of Mental Health and Child Health and Human Development. He is the father of two sons, Bryan and Julian.
Network Meeting Steering Committee
The Network Meeting Steering Committee was formed in September of this year and has worked collaboratively to design an engaging and inclusive annual meeting that is representative of the diverse expertise and needs of the Network. We would like to thank the following individuals who volunteered:
Quentin Brown, Executive Director, Educare Lincoln
Mike Burke, Vice President, Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Amie Coomes, School Director, Educare Omaha at Indian Hill
Gisele Crawford, Research Specialist, FPG Child Development Institute UNC
Drew Giles, Director of Educare Programs, Educare California at Silicon Valley
Maria Harris, Principal, Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach
Jenna Heinen, Site Director, Educare Milwaukee
Iheoma Iruka, Chief Research Innovation Officer & Director, HighScope Educational Research Foundation
Aeryn King, Site Director, Educare Seattle
Nicole Kirkland, Director of Program Leadership, Tulsa Educare
Monique Lopez, Assistant School Director, Educare West DuPage
Giselle Scott, Master Teacher, Educare New Orleans
Lashonda Taylor, Teacher’s Assistant, Educare New Orleans
Valerie Wheatley, Chief Operating Officer, Kingsley House
|8-9:30am||IFE Targeted Supports School Breakfast|
|8-9:30am||Governance Council Breakfast|
|8:30am-4pm||Local Evaluation Partner Learning Group|
|10am-12pm||Interdisciplinary Learning Group|
|10am-12pm||Executive Leaders Group|
|12-1:15pm||New Leader & Mentor Lunch|
|1:30-3:30pm||School Director Learning Group|
|1:30-3:30pm||Master Teacher Learning Group|
|1:30-3:30pm||Parent Learning Group|
|1:30-3:30pm||Teacher Learning Group|
|1:30-3:30pm||Family Support Learning Group|
|1:30-4pm||Executive Leadership Session|
|4-5pm||Informal Team Time|
|5-6:30pm||Tomorrow's Hope Screening|
|7:30-9am||Dual Language Learning Breakfast Discussion|
|8-9:15am||First Time Attendee Breakfast|
|9:30am-12pm||Plenary Session 1|
|12-2pm||Lunch on Your Own|
|2-3:15pm||Data Dialogue: Health Disparities and Children Enrolled in Educare|
|2-3:15pm||Data Dialogue: Racial Equity in Educare Schools: What Happened after our Network Meeting Conversation Last Year?|
|2-3:15pm||Data Dialogue: Staff Turnover in Educare|
|3:30-4:45pm||Data Dialogue: Health Disparities and Children Enrolled in Educare|
|3:30-4:45pm||Data Dialogue: Racial Equity in Educare Schools: What Happened after our Network Meeting Conversation Last Year?|
|3:30-4:45pm||Data Dialogue: Staff Turnover in Educare|
|9:30-10:45am||Learn Shop: Creating a School Family Through Professional Learning Communities and Conscious Discipline Skills|
|9:30-10:45am||Learn Shop: Taking Parent Advocacy to the Next Level|
|9:30-10:45am||Learn Shop: Generating Social Justice in the Early Childhood Classroom|
|11:15am-12:30pm||Learn Shop: I Love Data: Creating a School Data Culture|
|11:15am-12:30pm||Learn Shop: Many Languages, One Classroom|
|11:15am-12:30pm||Learn Shop: Elevating OUr Voices and Values: A Policy Agenda for the Educare Learning Network|
|2-3:15pm||Learn Shop: Supporting Health and Wellness in Early Childhood Site Staff to Mitigate Secondary Stress|
|2-3:15pm||Learn Shop: Reflective Practice and Improvement: What Have We Learned from a Decade of Educare Research|
|2-3:15pm||Learn Shop: Count Me In: Educare Learning Network 2020 Census Engagement and Advocacy|
|4:30-6:30pm||Educare New Orleans Open House|
|9-11am||Plenary Session 2|
|11am-12pm||Steering Committee Lunch|
Airfare and Travel
The Network will reimburse eligible Educare staff for airfare expenses. We will also cover the cost for one baggage fee per person each way. Airfare arrangements must be completed at least 21 days prior to the travel date. All flights must be booked in economy class. Airfares greater than $500 must be approved before purchase by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. For participants driving to New Orleans, there will be a mileage reimbursement of $0.58 per mile, up to $500. The Educare Learning Network will not cover any additional ground transportation.
The Educare Learning Network will cover the following expenses for eligible staff:
- Hotel accommodations (four nights)
- Tuesday: Breakfast, Lunch
- Wednesday: Breakfast, Dinner (please note that lunch is on your own and is not a reimbursable expense by the Network)
- Thursday: Breakfast, Lunch, Refreshments at Educare Open House
- Friday: Breakfast, Lunch
Taxi Services & Ride Share
Taxi and ride share fares to or from the New Orleans Airport costs about $36. Below are some phone numbers for local taxi services.
- Five Stars Taxicab Services: 504.939.6157
- New Orleans Airport Cab: 504.377.4774
- Metairie Taxi Cab: 504.835.4242
Sheraton New Orleans Parking
Please contact the hotel at 504.525.2500 for more information about parking. Below is the address of the hotel:
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
The Educare Learning Network will reserve rooms on behalf of all Educare staff. For attendees covering their own stay, reservations will need to be made online or by calling the hotel at 504.525.2500 to request a room in the Educare Learning Network room block. Accommodations at the meeting location are limited; Educare schools interested in sending additional staff will be responsible for the cost of travel and hotel accomodations. Schools must email the Network at email@example.com to confirm availability.
To access the group rate of $229 plus tax per night at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel online, click here to book. Please book by Friday, February 28.
Sheraton New Orleans Parking: Please contact the hotel at 504.525.2500 for more information.
- Cancellations must be made 72 hours prior to date of arrival by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Be advised that cancellation of individual reservations made up to 72 hours prior to arrival will be accepted and the deposit refunded for those rooms for the full night’s stay. Failure to cancel reservation will result in a no-show fee billed to the Educare Learning Network.
What to do in New Orleans, Louisiana
Thank you to our hosts at Educare New Orleans for putting together a list of the top things to do while you are in New Orleans!