2022 VIRTUAL SPRING CONFERENCE - Working Together: Supporting Children and Responding to Challenging Behaviors

Saturday, April 30, 2022 The registration period has closed for this event. 8:30am - 1:00pm


Registration open through 4/29/2022 3:00 PM EST


Working Together: Supporting Children and Responding to Challenging Behaviors


When: Saturday, April 30, 2022, 8:30am - 1:00pm


Certificate of attendance will be awarded for 4 hours



8:30am - 8:45am - Login to Waiting Room

8:45am - 9:00am - Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00am - 10:45am - Keynote Address

11:00am - 1:00pm - Breakout sessions (Choose ONE breakout session)



Expulsion, Suspension, and Mental Health in Early Childhood

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Walter Gilliam, PhD.

This session will focus on the mental health impacts of both implicit bias and racial trauma on children and early childhood professionals and how this relates to early childhood suspensions and expulsions. Participants will learn about some of the recent research in this area, how the COVID-19 pandemic has increased stress and what early childhood professionals can do to address these issues.

OCFS: 3, 4, 10 CBK: 2, 6



11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Breakout sessions. Please register for one workshop.


Session A: Essential Conversations about Expulsion and Suspensions: “My Son Was Expelled from Preschool for Failing Handwashing!”

Presenter: Pamela Hollingsworth, M.Ed.

Suspension or expulsion is a notch on the belt of far too many preschool children, especially males and children of color. Let's meet for an essential conversation to examine the impact of underfunded systems, implicit bias, overburdened educators and families to unpack the phenomenon of denying children access to high quality early learning experiences. Together, we will create a roadmap for change and identify concrete action steps that each of us can take-beginning today.

OCFS: 3, 4, 10 CBK: 2, 6


Session B: “The More We Get Together, the Happier We'll Be”

Presenter: Dr. Tunette Powell, PhD.

Dr. Tunette Powell will challenge us to “get together” to focus on the experiences of Black families whose children have been suspended and/or expelled in early childhood. She will look at ways unrealistic expectations and harsh disciplinary practices have and continue to be harmful for Black children and families. Stories and strategies will be shared to support educators to become more intentional with redefining positive discipline practices.

OCFS: 3, 4, 10 CBK: 2, 6

Registration Fees & Payments

Registration Fee: $15 CCCW Members/$20 Non-Members, $10 Students w/Valid ID

IMPORTANT!!! *Zoom Log in information will be emailed to you when you register. Keep this Log in information to use on the day of the conference.*

This conference is eligible for CSEA & EIP scholarship funds.

Sorry! No refunds will be given.



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