2019 QRIS National Meeting

Program Agenda

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Monday, June 24
2:00 – 6:00 PM Conference Registration Desk Opens

Tuesday, June 25
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM  Pre-Conference Sessions (Pre-registration required)
    To see a full listing of pre-conferences sessions, please CLICK HERE.
12:00 – 1:00 PM  Box lunches available for purchase
12:00 – 5:15 PM  Sponsors’ Exhibition
1:00 – 3:15 PM  Welcome and Opening Plenary Session - Cracking the Critical Nut: ECE Workforce Pipeline and Pathways (see below for details)
3:15 – 3:30 PM  Break
3:30 – 5:00 PM  Breakout Sessions
5:15 – 7:30 PM  Sponsors’ Reception

Wednesday, June 26
7:00 – 8:00 AM  Continental Breakfast
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sponsors’ Exhibition
8:00 – 10:00 AM  Breakout Sessions
10:00 – 10:30 AM  Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM  Breakout Sessions
12:00 – 1:30 PM  Lunch and Role Alike/Hot Topic Discussions
1:30 – 3:00 PM  Plenary Session - Nikole Hannah-Jones (see below for details)
3:00 – 3:15 PM  Break
3:15 – 4:15 PM  Hot Topic Sessions
4:30 – 5:30 PM  State Meeting Time

Thursday, June 27
7:00 – 8:30 AM  Continental Breakfast
7:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Sponsors’ Exhibition
8:30 – 10:00 AM  Breakout Sessions
10:00 – 10:30 AM  Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM  Plenary Session - Town Hall (see below for details)
12:00 PM  Meeting concludes

Plenary Information

Tuesday, June 25

Cracking the Critical Nut: ECE Workforce Pipeline and Pathways

The adults that care for and educate our youngest children are the heart of quality in any early childhood setting. Yet, workforce challenges – low and widely varied qualifications, inadequate compensation, high turnover – threaten to undermine the field and the important work these educators do. Panelists in this session will share strategies and lessons learned about how we increase professional qualifications while maintaining the diversity of our workforce, one of our most valuable strengths. Growing and sustaining a diverse and highly qualified workforce requires intentional, multi-faceted strategies, or pathways, that meet the existing educators where they are and support them in attaining additional qualifications and specializations and attracting new members into the workforce to meet the growing demands in ECE settings. These pathways together can be thought of as a highway with different on and off ramps targeted to different populations. Our dynamic panel will describe multiple partnership models between community-based ECE programs, institutions of higher education, unions, and others that target specific populations to enhance their qualifications and examine the key principles and components of these partnerships that make them successful.

Joya Chavarin, YMCA of the East Bay
Marica Cox Mitchell, Bainum Foundation (Moderator)
Catherine Main, University of Illinois
Sonia Pruneda-Hernandez, Montgomery College

Wednesday, June 26

A Conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones

“I see my work as forcing us to confront our hypocrisy, forcing us to confront the truth we would rather ignore.”  An award-winning investigative reporter for the New York Times Magazine, Nikole Hannah-Jones investigates the way racial segregation in housing and education is maintained through official policy and action. Named a MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow (one of only 24 chosen globally) for “reshaping national conversations around education reform,” she has compiled a long list of awards including a Peabody, a Polk, and a National Magazine Award. In a conversation with BUILD’s Sherri Killins Stewart, Hannah-Jones will share the lessons she has learned about the impact of racial inequities on children, families, and communities and their implications for our work in early childhood.

Nikole Hannah-Jones
Sherri Killins Stewart

Thursday, June 27

QRIS 2019 Town Hall

At BUILD, we take your feedback on the annual QRIS meeting to heart. We learned from QRIS 2018 participant surveys that attendees wanted a more QRIS-focused plenary, with a chance to talk about the current state of QRIS, the changes to these systems, and the future of QRIS.

We listened to that feedback.  

At this year's meeting, BUILD will host its first-ever Town Hall. The Town Hall will provide an open forum for raising and discussing big topics related to QRIS. The Town Hall provides us with an opportunity to have a large-scale, generative discussion as a rousing conclusion to our time together in New Orleans. Our goal is to provide a space for people to talk, to make connections, and to leave the QRIS meeting feeling empowered! 

Shannon Christian, HHS’ Administration for Children and Families
Ola Friday, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
Debi Mathias, QRIS NLN/BUILD Initiative
BB Otero, Otero Strategy Group
Cristina Pacione-Zayas, Erikson Institute
Marie St. Fleur, St. Fleur Communications (Moderator)
Cynthia Tate, Illinois Governor's Office of Early Childhood Development