Build Up! Conference: Focus on the Fundamentals
March 2nd & March 3rd
Special Add-On Pre-Conference Workshop on March 1st
New to 2021, First3Years will hold the first annual Build Up! Conference. To build up someone or something means to bring together parts and to strengthen. That is the essence of the Build Up! Conference, to support early childhood professionals by bringing together their current skill set with new applied research, ideas, and perspectives to strengthen their practice to positively impact the infants, toddlers, and families they serve. Each year this conference will focus on different ways to reinforce and solidify a strengths based perspective to support early childhood professionals in their skills and how to care for themselves as a provider.
In March of 2021, the Build Up! Conference will be held virtually over 3 days.
The opening keynote will be jointly presented by the co-creators of the “Simple Interactions” approach – Dr. Junlei Li, Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Dr. Dana Winters, faculty director of the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College. Dr. Li and Winters will present on a strengths-based perspective as they dive into how providers are essential in creating “deep and simple” interactions and how interpersonal relationships are key to promoting resilience, and supporting families in difficult times, even across distances. They will also focus on how relationships and interactions impact all aspects of our Early Childhood Education system work. Additionally, they will host an interactive workshop to support the creation of a common language and understanding of “simple” and developmental interactions that links knowledge to practice.
The closing keynote will be presented by Dr. Yvonne Ator, Certified Daring Way Facilitator Coach, Facilitator, and Advocate Founder, Thriving Idealist. Dr. Ator will present a lecture with additional Q&A time; her presentation will explore Rumbling with Vulnerability – How to Answer Your Call to Courage. Attendees will discuss and learn skills such as the myths of vulnerability and how to dispel them, how to rumble with hard conversations, how to enter the cave we fear, how shame shows up at work, the components of courage, the armor that keeps us from being seen at work, and how empathy and self-compassion help us enter the arena where we desire to show up and be seen and lead.
Special to this conference, we will host a pre-conference workshop on day one, March 1st. This pre-session workshop will allow for an interactive time together learning about brain development and playing the Brain Architecture Game! Attendees will learn how early experiences impact young brains and the importance of protective factors.
Pre-Conference Workshop space is limited, register to secure your space today: https://first3yearstx.org/build-up-pre-conference-workshop/
First 100 registrants will receive a special gift!
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Bundle (Membership + Entry): $90
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Earn 5 CEUs
Our Keynote Speakers:
March 2nd Agenda
9:00 AM | Opening Keynote with Dr. Li and Dr. Winters: Being More Than Just One Thing – Maintaining Connections and Building Communities Across Distances
10:00 AM | BREAK
10:30 AM | Workshop
12:00 PM | Conference Concludes
Opening Keynote Summary:
We are early childhood professionals, and we are here to meet the call of our time. How do we remain connected to children and families, and to each other, during physical distancing? How do we confront the even larger social distances – marked by race, economic status, and many forms of systemic inequalities – that educators and advocates face in every community? To meet these challenges, we need the collective experiences and voices of the entire community of early childhood educators and leaders.
“What’s been important in my understanding of myself and others,” Fred Rogers said, “is the fact that each one of us is so much more than any one thing.” As helpers who serve children, families, and other helpers, what we do for the human beings around us – young or old – is often so much more than just our job descriptions and titles. When the conditions around us limit what we are accustomed to doing, we can all find our resilient and creative ways to be helpful.
Opening Keynote Learning Objectives:
- Re-affirm the centrality of human relationships in supporting families in difficult times.
- Understand relationships as consisting of everyday interactions, through whatever medium or channel.
- Consider how relationships and interactions impact all aspects of our ECE system work.
March 3rd Agenda
12:00 PM | Closing Keynote with Dr. Ator: Rumbling with Vulnerability –How to Answer Your Call to Courage
1:30 PM | Break
1:45 PM | Q&A Session
2:30 PM | Conference Concludes
Closing Keynote Summary:
In a world that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, chaotic and ambiguous, the call to courage has never been greater. Rumbling with vulnerability is the foundational skill of Daring Leadership. Today, we need daring leaders who are able to navigate the uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure of vulnerability required to step up, get out there and make a difference. In this talk, we will discuss and learn skills such as the myths of vulnerability and how to dispel them, how to rumble with hard conversations, how to enter the cave we fear, how shame shows up at work, the components of courage, the armor that keeps us from being seen at work and how empathy and self-compassion help us enter the arena where we desire to show up and be seen and lead. By developing this foundational skill-set, you will be well positioned to begin the process of creating courage cultures and daring leadership wherever you are.
Closing Keynote Learning Objectives:
- Determine Your Call to Courage and Leadership
- Define Vulnerability as Uncertainty, Risk and Emotional Exposure
- Understand the Role of Courage and Vulnerability in Daring Leadership
- Challenge Old Definitions and Dispel the Myths surrounding the concept of Vulnerability.
- Understand and begin to Utilize the Metaphor of the Arena to Examine the Challenges associated with feeling vulnerable or with engaging in behaviors that lead to uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.
infant/young child & family-centered practice, relationship-based, therapeutic practice, life skills, observation & listening, building & maintaining relationships, empathy & compassion, listening, speaking, analyzing information, exercising sound judgment, contemplation, self-awareness, curiosity, professional/personal development, emotional response