Virtual Forums

September 24, 2020
Time: 8:00am – 3:30pm PDT (Time converter found here)
Cost: $77/person early bird pricing (through Sept. 1), $97 after Sept. 1

A Zoom Event

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The Early Childhood Forum is a unique opportunity to learn and share experiences using systems thinking in early childhood education. Participants will hear the perspectives of early childhood educators, policy makers and leaders. They will walk away with connections to others in the field and concrete ways to implement systems thinking concepts into their organization, classroom or community in order to break down silos and create the best possible learning opportunities and environments for young children. Each participant will be mailed a Forum toolkit full of resources and supplies to support learning during the event.

Who Should Attend?

  • Early Childhood Advocates
  • Early Childhood Leaders
  • Community Leaders
  • Educators
  • Higher Education Community
  • Parents
  • Policy Makers
  • State Department Officials
  • Anyone interested in learning more!


8:00 – Action Plan: Introducing the Habits of a Systems Thinker
8:30 – A Call to Action : A Provocation by Aaliyah Samuel, EdD

Dr. Aaliyah Samuel, a Fellow at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, is the Executive Vice President of Government Affairs & Partnerships at NWEA. Aaliyah is a bilingual executive leader with expertise from early childhood through higher education. Her experience includes program evaluation and evidence-based programs; data collection and disaggregation; family and community engagement support strategies; and policy development and implementation at the local, state, and national level. Aaliyah has informed state policy agendas, assisted with developing cross systems approaches to develop policy solutions to support children and families and leading systems-level change. In her current role at NWEA, she leads a team working on driving a state and federal education agenda. Prior to NWEA, Dr. Samuel was the Director of Education at the National Governors Association (NGA). While at NGA, Aaliyah’s work included business development, strategic planning, and supporting high-ranking state officials on the development of policies that impacted health, education, and workforce. Aaliyah has worked with diverse constituents, philanthropies, and national partners. Aaliyah holds an undergraduate degree from Tuskegee University, a Masters from University of South Florida, and a Specialist and Doctorate Degree from NOVA Southeastern.

9:00 – Forum Dialogue
9:20 – Large Group Debrief and Q&A with Dr. Samuel
9:50 – Seeing the Big Picture:  Using the Iceberg to Gain a View of the System
10:30 – Break
10:45 – Building Systems Thinking Capital Among All ECE Stakeholders
11:30 – Lunch & Learn
12:30 – “Framing the ECE System”  A Gallery View: Panel Presentation
1:00 – Panelist-Led Breakout Sessions
1:45 – Break
2:00 – Individual Capacity Building: Creating Personal Systems Thinking Capital
3:00 – Final Large Group Session: Continuing on Your Learning Pathway
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Virtual Forums Cancellation, Substitutions & Refund Policy

  • Payment is required in full prior to the start of the Virtual Forum.
  • Full refund will be given if cancellation is received at least 14 days prior to the start of the Virtual Forum.
  • No refund given if cancellation is received less than 14 days prior to the Virtual Forum, but you will receive a credit toward a future Studio Series or you may send a substitute in your place in lieu of a credit.