• Early Education in Quarantine:

    What Happens Now?

    Online Symposium

    May 21, 2020

  • Exploring the Future of Equity, Inclusion and Differentiated Learning

    The long-term impacts of school closures on millions of children are yet to be known, but one thing has become glaringly obvious to educators: our most vulnerable children are at risk. Join us for an inspirational and interactive day to explore:

    • Supporting children’s basic needs, including social-emotional and mental health
    • Adapting to the lasting impacts of COVID-19 on early education
    • Bridging the achievement gap
    • Preparing for the transition back to school

    COVID-19 is not an equal-opportunity offender. Our already marginalized children – those living in low-income families, those with disabilities, those who are of racial or cultural minorities, or anyone else already facing systemic oppression – are the most susceptible to the impacts of the virus, which extend well beyond just physical health. Early educators play a vital role in supporting all children and addressing these inequities.



    Join us for an amazing day of inspiration, collaboration and new ideas!


    Certificates of attendance for five credit hours will be provided at the conclusion of the event.

  • Agenda

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

    All times Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)


    Opening Remarks [not available in recorded version]

    10:00 am to 10:30 am

    Dr. Jeanette Betancourt with Holly Delgado and Anna Marrs

    Dr. Betancourt is the Senior Vice President for U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street. She directs the development and implementation of community and family engagement initiatives making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and their families. These research-based initiatives are designed to impact children’s early learning, health and well-being, and provide strategies and resources to counteract the effects of trauma while fostering the critical connections that adults have on children’s lives.

    The State of Early Education

    Panel - 10:30 am to 11:30 am

    Dr. Benjamin Edmondson, Michelle Salcedo, Damaris Boone, Kenneth Sherman, Amanda Goodwin
    Coronavirus and the response to it looks different all over the country. Our opening expert panel will discuss the state of Early Childhood, the impacts of the virus on teachers, children, and families, and ways different types of early childhood programs have adapted to mandated school closures and these challenges. Panelists will also share how they are preparing to support children and families in the transitions back to school.

    Planning for Equity in the Context of COVID-19

    Session - 11:45 am to 12:45 pm

    Michelle Molitor, Caroline Hill

    COVID-19 has brought inequities to the forefront of the minds of educators across the country. This session will explore the implications of CV19 on the educational experiences of those most marginalized by this pandemic. In small group discussion and personal reflection, educators will be asked to create future early childhood learning experiences through the lens of equity by design.

    Tara Westover [not available in recorded version]

    Featured Speaker - 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

    Conversation with Krista Shambleau

    Tara Westover is an American author. Born in Idaho to a father opposed to public education, she never attended school. An older brother taught her to read, and after that her education was erratic and haphazard, with most of her days spent working in her father’s junkyard or stewing herbs for her mother. She was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Currently, she is a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center, working on projects related to media and political polarization.

    Beyond ACEs: Strategies for Working with Children Who Experienced Trauma​

    Session - 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

    Gloria Sherman
    We have all heard about how ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) can have a long-term impact on brain development, mental health, and physical health issues. Trauma is an experience that overloads the sensory system. COVID-19 has added a layer of additional worry, concern, and stress for children and families. Learn strategies to provide the emotional, social, and cognitive supports necessary to promote resilience. One or two caring adults can impact a child's life. It could be YOU!

    Geoffrey Canada [not available in recorded version]

    Featured Speaker - 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Fireside Chat with Christine Snyder

    Mr. Canada grew up in the South Bronx in a poor, sometimes violent neighborhood. Despite his troubled surroundings, he achieved great academic success, receiving a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After graduating, Mr. Canada began his life’s work helping children who, like himself, grew up in poor, distressed neighborhoods.

  • Presenters & Moderators



    Michelle Salcedo

    Chief Academic Officer

    Dr. Benjamin Edmondson

    Chief Executive Officer

    Kenneth Sherman

    Chief Academic Officer

    Erica Hill

    Early Childhood Consultant

    Michelle Molitor

    Executive Director

    Krista Shambleau

    Early Childhood Consultant

    Caroline Hill


    Gloria Sherman

    Chief Executive Officer

    Damaris Boone

    ECE Outcomes Specialist

    Amanda Goodwin

    Director, Marketing & Communications

    Holly Delgado

    Early Childhood Specialist

    Anna Marrs

    Director of School Partnerships

  • Additional Information

    Continuing Education Units

    Certificates of attendance for five credit hours (3 credit hours for recorded version) will be provided at the conclusion of the event.

    Recorded Access

    All participants will have access to recordings from the event for future reference and review.*

    Special Considerations

    We intend for this event to be available and accessible for every early childhood professional. If you need financial assistance or special accommodations for your staff, please reach out!

    Michigan SCECH Participation

    To receive SCECHs from MDE, please fill out the following form. Be sure the name and email that you use matches the name and email that you are using the attend the event so that we can verify your attendance.

  • * All sessions and materials will be available online for registrants at the conclusion of the event. Presentations by the featured speakers may or may not be available in accordance with their unique policies.

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