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Carla Bryant, director of education strategy and ventures at The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, will serve as the keynote speaker this year. With extensive experience, Bryant began
leading the foundation’s education investments in September 2017. Her work focuses on increasing the number of Oakland children who are ready for kindergarten and reading at grade level by third grade. She directs funding initiatives to help teachers use effective teaching practices, support families with young children, and build early learning leadership and systems in Oakland.
Bryant has a M.Ed. in early childhood education from Georgia State University. She will complete a Ph.D. in special education at the University of Washington in spring 2018.
Sustained and aligned early childhood programs, birth through third grade (B-3), have the potential to be an educational game-changer. To support this work, the Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (OECD), the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and the Center for the Study of Education Policy (CSEP), is pleased to announce an opportunity for community and school leaders to participate in the Illinois Birth Through Third Grade (B-3) Continuity Conference.
The Illinois Birth-to-Third (B-3) Continuity Project is hosting its fourth annual conference. The B-3 Conference is open to school districts and community leaders working towards birth-to-third grade alignment strategies in their community. Communities are encouraged to come as teams with representatives from early childhood, K-12 schools, and the broader community. As the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has placed emphasis on the importance of an aligned B-3 system within Preschool for All Communities, entities holding Preschool Expansion Grants and Preschool for All Expansion Grants should be included within applying communities.
Conference Themes: This conference is collaboratively planned by CSEP, ISBE and OECD to build the capacity of early childhood and elementary education staff to provide informed leadership about research-based practices to develop an effective system of supports and services for children birth through third grade.
The B-3 Continuity Conference is open to school districts and community leaders working towards birth-to-third grade alignment strategies in their community. Communities are encouraged to come as teams with representatives from early-childhood, K-12 schools, and the broader community. As the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has placed emphasis on the importance of an aligned B-3 system within Preschool for All Communities, entities holding Preschool Expansion Grants and Preschool for All Expansion Grants should be included within applying communities. A lead organization should collaborate with partners to submit an application with all attendees from their community.
We have currently reached capacity for the conference but are taking inquires for a wait-list. We do anticipate that additional slots may be opened up. If you would like to be added to the wait-list please contact Ashley Long at email@example.com - you should include information about your community partnership and information about the team members you would like to bring.
There are no fees for attending the conference, but participants are responsible for their own up-front travel costs and meals (no meals are provided by the conference). A block of rooms at discounted rates has been reserved at the Double Tree Hotel in Bloomington, IL. The room block is under the "Birth through Third Grade Conference". Rooms are available at a discounted rate of $70/night plus tax – rooms should be booked by 5/23/18. Participants will need to book and pay for room on their own; however, those participants that are from Preschool Expansion Grant communities are eligible to submit reimbursement for their hotel the night of 6/13/18 (forms will be provided at the conference for this). Please note that after 5/23/18 room rates increase to $149/night plus tax and we are only able to reimburse at the $70 rate. Participants are responsible for all other travel costs.
Districts or communities are encouraged to bring a team of 2-5 stakeholders to the Conference. Communities that are working with multiple districts may bring a team composed of educators and community members representing the community work as a whole. Examples of appropriate team members include: superintendent/assistant superintendent, school board member, elementary principal, kindergarten and PreK-teachers, child care center directors, Head Start director, Early Childhood coordinator, Community Schools Resource Coordinator, Innovation Zone Coordinator, Before/After School partners, community-based partner(s), municipal staff, United Way staff.
All conference materials will also be posted to this website.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
|9:00 - 10:00 am||Registration|
|11:30 am||B-3 Continuity Project Overview|
|11:45 am||Guided Community Collaborative Time|
|12:15 pm||Lunch (Own your own) - Continuation of Community Conversations|
|3:45 pm||Networking Session - Hot Topic Discussions|
|5:00 pm||Happy Hour (cash bar) - dinner on own|
Thursday, June 14, 2018
|8:30 am||Welcome - Illinois Kindergarten Transition Advisory Committee|
|1:30 pm||Community Debrief Session|
|2:00 pm||General Session: Proactive Alignment of Systems Prevents Preschool Fade-out|
|3:15 pm||Closing Remarks|
Please direct questions to Ashley Long, B-3 Continuity Project Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.