Ann Hentschel

Strengthening Our Early Childhood Professional Development Community - One Stepping Stone at a Time

Together we will create our own professional learning community. Using a peer learning team model, we will work collaboratively in an intentional and systematic way to deepen our individual and group learning about professional development. Our goal will be to foster a shared vision in answering the question, “How can we collectively provide better early childhood professional development in the future?” This Opening Session will include several breakout learning team sessions, along with whole group debrief opportunities.

Creating a Peer Learning Team

  • What is a peer learning team? What are the benefits?
  • The role of the facilitator.
  • The elements of a successful peer learning team.
  • Protocols to support meaningful professional development.

Ann Hentschel, MEd.


Ann Hentschel is the Quality Research and Program Development Manager at Branagh Information Group (BIG). Ann has been in the field of early childhood education for more than 35 years in a variety of roles including preschool teacher and child care director of programs at Stanford University. Most recently, Ann was the Director of Quality Assessment at the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University. In that role, she oversaw the implementation of quality assessments and training of technical assistance specialists for the QRIS initiative in Illinois. Ann is coauthor of two books: A Great Place to Work and Inspiring Peak Performance with her colleagues Paula Jorde Bloom and Jill Bella. She received her master’s degree in early childhood administration from National Louis University. Her passion is in developing innovative ways to support teachers and program leaders in providing high-quality, early learning experiences for young children.