A free forum taking place Monday, January 9 will showcase success stories that exemplify how community engagement, collaboration, and innovation can be harnessed to develop our youngest children into our strongest students.
The forum will focus on practices that are working well and new strategies to address the unmet needs of families with young children. Breakout sessions will focus on strategies to address early learning, early reading success, 21st century community schools, implicit bias, positive student behavior development, and other critical topics.
Special guest Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig will give the lunchtime “Ed Talk,” Successes in Community Collaboration. Vasquez Heilig is a Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program at California State University, Sacramento. He also serves as the California NAACP Education Chair. Vasquez Heilig writes at CloakingInequity.com and has authored numerous academic publications. His work has been cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, Education Week, and other print media outlets.
Sponsors and presenters include: Yale’s Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy; CT Voices for Children; CT Early Childhood Alliance; CT Parent Power; CT Family Resource Center Alliance; Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors; CT Center for the New Economy; Teachers Policy Institute; and others.
This free forum is open to the public and will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Hartford South in Rocky Hill.