2021 A.S.K. CONFERENCE (Advancing Skills and Knowledge)




A week of virtual professional development for early care and school-age education professionals







Registration open through 2/12/2021 11:30 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)


We invite you to join hundreds of early childhood professionals from across North Carolina at the 47th Annual Advancing Skills and Knowledge (A.S.K.) Conference. We have designated all workshops as one of the nine subject areas required by NC licensing standards. All workshops impacting teacher classroom practice are aligned with the North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning Development Standards (NC FELD).


This year, our conference will be held from Saturday, February 20 thru Thursday, February 25, 2021. We have more than 40 workshops, including 3 special Lunch and Learn sessions being offered during the daytime.



A computer, internet access and video camera are required for participation in each virtual session. You will receive the ZOOM links to your workshops twice before the day of the conference. Please save these emails in order to join each workshop.




We are excited to host Ron Mohl, celebrated educator, as our keynote speaker and Erica Berry, noted musician and educator, as our featured presenter. We believe this year's conference will meet the professional development needs of all who attend!





RON MOHL, Lead Educational Presenter, Lakeshore

Keynote--Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 12:30-1:30pm
Foundations for Life: Being Emotionally Responsive for Young Children

Being a Partner in Play--Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 - 8:30pm



ERICA BERRY, noted musician and educator

Featured Presentation:
How To Crack A Walnut


Saturday, February 20 at 8:30am - 10:00am








KIM HUGHES, an award winning educator, Loving Guidance Associate, Conscious Discipline® Certified Instructor

Featured Presentation:
I Can See It So I Can Do It: Using Visuals to Promote School Success

Monday, February 22 at 7:00 - 8:00pm




RHODUS RIGGINS, JR, trainer, coordinator, and adjunct faculty member at UNC-Greensboro

Featured Presentation:

Implicit Bias: What Educators Need to Know


Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 - 8:30pm





Reggio Emilia Learning Thread

For the third year, we are glad to be working with the NC REGGIO EMILIA COLLABORATIVE. They are hosting a series of sessions examining how to implement the key principles of the Reggio approach to early childhood learning in North Carolina. The NC Reggio Emilia Collaborative reflects the importance of a shared vision for education as well as creates energy, conversation, and action around how we as a community wish to cultivate the strong potential of all children.


Durham PreK Thread
CCSA is also sponsoring a learning thread for Durham PreK educators at the ASK Conference. These workshops are designed to support high quality teaching and learning for public classrooms for 4-year-old children.










We are pleased to announce that we will have a representative from our Platinum Sponsor, Lakeshore, and our Gold Sponsor, Kaplan, available on Saturday, February 20 to speak with you about their materials. A Zoom link will be provided to you for each sponsor. Visiting each sponsor on Saturday, February 20 will enter you into a drawing to win a gift card for that sponsor. Gift cards will range from $100 to $25.




The Professional Development and Training staff are available to assist you and respond to your questions as needed. Please call 919-403-6950 or email professionaldevelopment @childcareservices.org

Training Hours

Saturday, February 20: possible 4.0 in-service credit hours.


Monday, February 22 - 25: possible 8.0 in-service credit hours.


Total conference hours possible: 12.0 in-service credit hours.

Event Cost

Early Bird Registration is $35.00 until January 5, 2021



Regular Registration is $35 from January 6 - February 1, 2021


Virtual/Real Time

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