Building Teams for Success in Reducing Preschool Expulsion

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Date(s) - January 31
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Walter Gilliam, PhD and Kandace Thomas, PhD
Bring your friends and register as a group for a special rate!
Note that Psychology CE hours are available in addition to SW, MFT, CASAC* & MHC.
Approved for 6 CEU’s for Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychology (& Education at school discretion), and *submitted for 5.5 hours for CASAC renewal.
Friday, January 31, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Angello Alumni House
Adelphi University
154 Cambridge Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
Regular Registration (after January 3, 2020): $115
Early Registration (before or on January 3, 2020): $105
Group Rates:
Agencies sending 6 or more staff to a single full-day workshop are eligible for a Group Rate.
*Please inquire for large groups
About the Program
Studies show that expulsion of children from early care and education programs is occurring at an alarming rate, especially among black and brown boys. This has been true for at least 15 years, and is particularly troubling as research suggests that preschool expulsion and suspension practices are associated with negative educational and life outcomes. Join us in this day of learning to understand how we can reduce preschool expulsion using both the Consultative Stance and the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families, a promising practice toward realizing an equitable early care and education system for young children.
Participants will be able to:
  1. Gain knowledge of local and national data on the rates of preschool expulsion for all children
  2. Expand their understanding of the research showing the correlation between preschool expulsion and implicit bias
  3. Become more able to discuss the Consultative Stance and Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families as forming a promising practice to build center and school teams equipped to reduce expulsion
  4. Name one practice they will share with their colleagues in their workplace
Program Outline:
  1. Preschool Expulsions on Long Island, 2019
  2. Researching the Problem, Walter Gilliam, PhD
  3. Introducing the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families, Kandace Thomas, PhD
  4. The Consultative Stance and Promising Practices
  5. Teamwork
About the Presenters
Kandace Thomas works to help individuals, programs and our society experience transformation by learning, doing and being. Dr. Thomas is a Senior Program Officer at the Irving Harris Foundation, where she leads the Foundation’s efforts to build developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed equitable systems of care for young children and their families. She manages grants and projects in the areas of infant and early childhood mental health, child trauma, domestic violence, and reproductive health and justice. She also provides vision and strategic direction for the Harris Professional Development Network, a collaborative impact network of national and international grantees working with or on behalf of young children and their families. A leader in the creation of the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families, a framework and approach for integrating diversity, equity and inclusion in programs, organizations and systems that work with children and their families, Kandace is a member of and manages its expert Advisory Council. Kandace sits on local and national advisory groups related to children’s social-emotional development and well-being.
Walter S. Gilliam is the Elizabeth Mears & House Jameson Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center and Director of Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. He is the current board president of Child Care Aware of America; a member of the board of directors for ZERO TO THREE, the Irving Harris Foundation, First Children’s Finance, and All Our Kin; a research fellow of the National Institute for Early Education Research; and former Senior Advisor to the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Dr. Gilliam is co-recipient of the prestigious 2008 Grawemeyer Award in Education for the coauthored book, A Vision for Universal Preschool Education. His scholarly writing addresses early childhood care and education programs, school readiness, and developmental assessment of young children. His work frequently has been covered in major national and international news outlets, and he actively provides consultation to state and federal decision-makers in the U.S. and other countries.

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