This professional development experience will allow you to choose your own adventure through individualized learning in collaboration with your team. 

These breakout sessions can serve as a pathway for you to explore 

  • Reaching Back: Implementing the foundational pieces of ECFE in new ways 
  • Reaching Forward: Meaningful data guides our steps to the future. If we know where we’ve been, we can see where we are going!
  • Reaching Out: Stretching ourselves across the age groups we serve and including all our communities, propels us to new ways of strengthening families

THREE experiences are included in your registration. As a result, you will bring home new tools to use immediately with your team and families.


12:00-1:20    Workshop 1
1:30-2:40      Workshop 2 
2:50-4:00      Workshop 3

12:00-1:20pm     Workshop 1
  • Focus Session with Betty Cooke, Nancy Wallace, and Shannon Rader
    • Goal for the workshop is to renew and refresh the work of Early Childhood Educators  and Parent Educators
    • We Will:
      • Capture the history and philosophy including the core principles and components of ECFE 
      • Reflect on how to move forward in our current context
      • Plan how to reach out to various populations of families
    • Introducing REVISED AND UPDATED Parent Education Core Curriculum Framework (in process)
      • Aligned with updated MDE ECIPS 
      • Revised Reflection Process
      • Updated Scope and Sequence/Curriculum Mapping Ideas

        - Shannon Rader, Ph.D., MA. Parent and Family Education Program Director and Lecturer, University of Minnesota;
        - Nancy Wallace, retired Family Services and Education Supervisor, St. Francis Area Schools;
        - Betty Cooke, Retired U of MN Family Education Faculty and Early Childhood and Family Initiatives Specialist at MDE. 
1:30-2:40pm     Workshop 2     (Attend either session)
  • Data Fundamentals for Early Childhood Leaders, How do we collect, analyze, and understand data? What can we learn from data, and how can it help us enhance the quality of our programs and services? Join us for a discussion on how early childhood leaders can use data to deepen understanding, assist with making decisions, and guide planning and operations. 

    Presenters: Mike Brown & Avisia Whiteman, Minnesota Department of Education

  • Integrated Planning Panel: Early Childhood Teachers & Parent Educator teams from three districts will share how they create integrated class experiences for families in a manageable streamlined team approach.
         -  How to get started
         -  Lessons learned
         -  Next steps

    Panelists:  Sara Lorbiecki & Christina Nelson, St. Louis County Schools ECFE; Nicki Murphy & Brenda Landwehr, Robbinsdale Area Schools ECFE, Marian Munn & Rebecca Wong, Osseo Area Schools ECFE, Facilitator: Lisa Helgestad
2:50-4:00pm     Workshop 3     (Attend either session)
  • ECFE Programming for Newborns 0-3 months: Rice County has provided ECFE for parents with newborns for 20+ years in collaboration with Public Health & local hospitals. We’d love to share our practices and strategies and answer your questions to help your program reach this group of parents in a vulnerable time period. 

    Presenter: Ellen Haefner, Northfield ECFE Parent Educator

  • Family Engagement and Parent Education in PreK to 3rd Grade Panel: The pre-natal to third grade alignment initiative has spurred many districts to consider how to support families and teachers in serving this population. Teachers from various sized districts will share their collaboration experiences on the pathway to planning and implementation.  

    Panelists: Mi Yang, Minneapolis Public Schools ECFE, Diane Tich & Nicole Michels - Anoka-Hennepin Schools ECFE, Deb Barry & Linda Saari, Brandon-Evansville ECFE, Facilitator Kristi Hanson  

Continuing Education Available.  Join us November 4!

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