Virtual Forums

September 24, 2020
Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm PDT (Time converter found here)
Cost: $77/person early bird pricing (through Sept. 4), $97 after Sept. 4

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.

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 – Welcome
8:30 – Breaking Systemic Barriers: Race and Equity in Education

A Provocation by Aaliyah Samuel, EdD

It is no secret that the U.S. education system was designed for a population that it no longer exclusively serves. Today, our classrooms are increasingly diverse, the workforce is steadily changing and so are the needs of our students and their families. Worse, the systemic and institutional barriers that have long plagued education are exacerbated by the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis across systems of health, education, housing and transportation. During this session, Dr. Samuel will shine a light on how assessments have been used to both empower and suppress students of color throughout history. She will also discuss how this practice of assessments feeds directly into the systems we know as the “preschool to prison pipeline,” and how becoming a systems thinker can help break the systems that have perpetuated this cycle.

9:00 – Forum Dialogue
9:20 – Large Group Debrief and Q&A with Dr. Samuel
10:00 – Break
10:15 – Seeing the Big Picture: Using the Iceberg
11:30 – THINK! Break
12:30 – Framing the EC System: Panel Presentation
1:00 – Panelist-Led Breakout Sessions
1:45 – Break
2:00 – Connecting with Stories from the Field: Breakout Sessions
3:00 – Final Large Group Session: Continuing on Your Learning Pathway
4:00 – End of Forum
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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.