Opening Session Speaker

Ann Hentschel, MEd

Ann Hentschel, Med

Ann Hentschel, MED 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.

Forum Presentation

Strengthening Our ECE Community – One Stepping Stone at a Time

Opening Session
We will launch this year’s gathering with an emphasis on fostering our own professional learning community. Using a peer learning team model, we will work collaboratively in an intentional and systematic way to deepen our relationships across sectors and build opportunities for shared learning related to professional development. Our aim is to develop a shared vision by answering the question, “How can we collectively strengthen early childhood professional development in California?”
Closing Session
In the closing session we will reflect on key highlights and common themes from the various learning community workshops. Ann will help facilitate the dialogue with a focus on next steps in our collective effort to strengthen early childhood professional development across the state. We will wrap-up our time together with a sharing of our communities stepping stones.

Palms Springs
November 8-10, 2018


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The Forum offers numerous values. From the high level of presenters on the cutting edge in their fields, to the opportunity to pause and reflect on our work. The Forum has offered clarity and will help us in our work with early childhood educators. Everyone would benefit from attending the Forum, and I can't wait to attend again next year!"

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