Annual Community Dialogue

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Join us May 24, 2016

Wheelock's 10th Annual Community Dialogue

Children as the Focus: Promoting Quality in Early Education and Care

Wheelock College began hosting the Annual Community Dialogue on Early Education and Care in 2005. This free event brings together state administrators, providers, policymakers, educators, and many others seeking to improve the quality and effectiveness of early childhood education.

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8:30 a.m. - Doors open for registration and a light breakfast

9:30 a.m. - Annual Community Dialogue begins

  • Welcome
  • Presentation by Winifred M. Hagan, Ed.D., Associate Commissioner for Academic Affairs and Student Success, MA Department of Higher Education

10:05 a.m. - Interactive Dialogues

10:05 - 10:50 a.m.

  • Approaches to Play and Learning
  • Cognitive Development and General Knowledge
  • Language and Communication Development
  • Workforce Development and Compensation

11:00 - 11:50 a.m.

  • Physical Development and Well-Being
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Family Engagement
  • Policy Buzz

11:50 a.m. - Lunch

  • Presentation by Sunindiya Bhalla, Senior Director, Community Impact, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley; Kaori Hattori de Panepinto, Educational Leadership and Management Consultant; Cellissa Hoyt, Project Director, State Early Learning Alliance of New Hampshire; and Lauren Wool, Senior Director Community Impact, United Way of the Greater Seacoast
  • Remarks by Marie St. Fleur, Esq., President and CEO, Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children

1:00 p.m. - Afternoon Activity/Reporting Back

1:30 p.m. - Afternoon Panel

  • Jim Peyser, Secretary, Massachusetts Department of Education
  • Thomas L. Weber, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
  • Carlos E. Santiago, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

2:30 p.m. - Closing Remarks

  • Jeri Robinson, Vice-President, Early Childhood Initiatives, Boston Children's Museum

3 p.m. - Annual Community Dialogue concludes

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