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Please join us on September 8, 2018 for the 3rd Annual Heart Centered Teaching Institute presented by the Excellence Academy. 


Conference Details

Don't miss the 3rd Annual Heart Centered Teaching Institute! Connect with other early childhood professionals in your community for a day of discussion, learning, and reflection. Keynote speaker Sandra Duncan will lead us through a discussion on the power of the environment. As she states in her book, Rethinking the Classroom Landscape, 'Space speaks. Even though we cannot hear the classroom's walls or floors talking, the equipment is conversing, or the learning materials are chattering, they are, indeed, speaking to us. They are telling us how to behave, act, react, engage, and even think. The space is whispering 'run' or 'pause and linger for a while.'' At the Heart Centered Teaching Institute, we will explore how the environment is influencing our behaviors and the messages it sends to our children. How can we redesign and strengthen our classroom environment to reflect our community? Join us to examine your classroom landscape and discover how you can create meaningful places from ordinary spaces for children.

Level 2

Core Content: 1,4

CDA Areas: 1, 3, 4

IECE Teacher Standards: 2, 6, 8


Keynote Speaker

Sandra Duncan


Dr. Duncan has extensive experience in working with young children and parents, teaching at the university level (doctorate students and early childhood students), designing and writing professional development programs for practitioners, and authoring several teacher resource books including Rethinking the Classroom Landscape, Bringing the Outside In, Inspiring Spaces for Young Children, Rating Observation Scale for Inspiring Environments (ROSIE), and soon to be published “Through a Child's Eyes: How Classroom Design Impacts Children's Wonder and Learning.


As the former owner of eleven early childhood programs (i.e., well baby clinic, reading diagnostic clinic, park and recreation, programs for special rights children, preschool, and child care) and current owner of eleven before- and after-school programs serving over 1,300 school agers for four public school systems, Dr. Duncan has a wide and varied background in early care and education. Most importantly, she is the proud grandma of Sierra Elizabeth.



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

Register Now!

Registration closes 9/7/2018 12:00 PM EST or when all seats have been filled!

Don't delay. Space is limited!

Seats Remaining: 0


There is a maximum of 20 registrations per center!


Registration is $20.00 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

There is a maximum of 20 registrations per center!

Important Details

Registration and breakfast will begin at 8:00 AM. Program begins promptly at 8:30 AM.



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

email -

phone - 502-618-5675.


Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd,
Louisville, KY 40203

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Free parking will be available.