Please join us

September 9, 2017 at 8:00 AM for the 2nd Annual Excellence Academy Community Conference 


Conference Details



Join us to discover a different way of working and being with children. Learn from local teachers and coaches who practice heart centered teaching. Be inspired to embrace the whole child and rediscover your own joy of learning.

Credit Hours: 7

Learner Level: 3

CDA: 2, 3

Target Audience: Directors, Infant, Toddler, Preschool




The Heart Centered Teaching Institute presented by the Excellence Academy is an opportunity to examine teaching through connection and relationship and to learn how to really see children as they are through observation, documentation and reflective practice. What is the process of planning child-led experiences? How do you teach with open-ended materials, honor the interests of the child and still prepare them for school? How can we transform our thinking from traditional ways of viewing children and their families? How do we teach from both our hearts and our heads?


Keynote Speaker

Julianne P. Wurm

Ms. Wurm holds a bachelor's degree in political science from California State University, Chico. She earned her MA in curriculum design and EdM in early childhood education from Teachers College at Columbia University, where she also completed her EdD.


Julianne P. Wurm is the best-selling author of Working in the Reggio Way: A Beginner's Guide for American Teachers, based on the original research she conducted while living in Italy and studying the famous schools of Reggio Emilia as well as its follow up, More Working in the Reggio Way.



Julianne has over 20 years of experience in education, specifically curriculum and instruction. Her research has been featured on the Katie Couric Show, and published by CNN, the Harvard Business Review, and educational journals.



Julianne is an experienced qualitative and quantitative researcher and loves to ask and answer questions, drilling down on data for unique insights, Julianne has led global initiatives that spanned across 60 countries and conducted large-scale international research projects.




Workshop Presenters: Jennifer Pruitt; Lisa Branstetter; Marcy O'Shea

Register Now!

Registration closes 9/2/2017 12:00 PM EST or when all seats have been filled!


Don't delay, space is limited!

Seats Remaining: 0



Registration is $5.00 and includes the following:
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Free Parking
  • Conference gifts
  • Opportunity to win lots of door prizes
  • 7 hours of training credit for each registrant


No partial credit will be issued

Important Details

Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:00 AM.



After the conference ends at 4:30 PM attendees have the option to explore the Kentucky Science Center until 9:00 PM.



If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tammi Hudgins:

email -

phone - 502-618-5675.


Kentucky Science Center


4th Floor Riverview Room

727 W Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Click here for directions


Free parking will be available at the Kentucky Science Center parking lot located at the intersection of River Rd. and 8th St., under I-64 .


Free parking details will be included in your registration confirmation.