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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.
We are seeking applicants to share about the B-3 advancements they have made in their communities at the upcoming B-3 Continuity Conference. In response, to feedback from last year’s conference to hear more from peer communities about work happening and drive included content, we are soliciting proposals for presentations at this year’s conference. Proposals will be considered for breakout sessions – these sessions will be approximately 60 minutes long. Additionally, based on topics of interest, applicants may be asked to help facilitate a round table during networking sessions. Applicants will be notified by April 1, 2018 if their proposal was accepted.
Presentation Proposals should be submitted online no later than March 2, 2018 .
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.
The intent is that everyone applying to attend will receive a space; however, if space becomes limited then communities Preschool Expansion Grants and Preschool for All Expansion communities will be given priority.
Accepted communities will receive notification in early April with a link for full registration to be completed by May 1, 2018.
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 "B3 Conference". Rooms are available at a discounted rate of $70/night plus tax – rooms should be booked by 5/23/18. After 5/23/18 room rates increase to $149/night plus tax. Participants will need to book and pay for room on their own; however, for existing Expansion Communities hotel costs are eligible for reimbursement after receipts and appropriate, provided forms are handed in. Depending on levels of registration, reimbursement may also be available to all general attendees.
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.
A tentative Agenda for the conference will be posted in May 2018.
All conference materials will also be posted to this website.
Please direct questions to Ashley Long, B-3 Continuity Project Director, email@example.com.