Tuesday, October 17th 

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Holly Elissa Bruno, MA, JD, is a best-selling author, international keynote speaker, ground-breaking radio host and seasoned team builder.

She served as Assistant Attorney General for the state of Maine and Assistant Dean at the University of Maine School of Law. While working as Associate Professor and Dean of Faculty at the University of Maine-Augusta, Holly Elissa was selected “Outstanding Professor”.

An alumna of Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management, she teaches leadership courses for The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and Wheelock College.

Holly Elissa’s books include the best-selling, What You Need to Lead an Early Childhood Program: Emotional Intelligence in Practice (NAEYC, 2012), Managing Legal Risks in Early Childhood Programs (Columbia University’s Teachers College Press, November 2012) and Learning from the Bumps in the Road (Redleaf Press, 2013). Her first book, Leading on Purpose was published by McGraw-Hill in 2008. The Comfort of Little Things: An Educator’s Guide to Second Chances, was released in June to rave reviews from both within and outside the early childhood field.

iTunes has ranked Holly Elissa’s radio programs in its top 200 k-12 podcasts. Tune in to Holly Elissa’s online radio program, Heart to heart Conversations on Leadership: Your guide to making a difference at BAMRadioNetwork.com.

You can also listen to Holly Elissa being interviewed on NAEYC Radio, National Head Start Association Radio, and National Association of School Principals Radio.

Holly Elissa’s keynotes receive stellar audience reviews internationally and across America. To “recovering attorney” Holly Elissa, life is too short to anything but enjoy it daily.


Partnering with change: We have to do what!

When you share a new idea to change things for the better, how thrilled are the people around you about making a change? Resistance, in any form, undermines constructive change. Find out how courage and savvy usage of change strategies can turn nay-sayers into hooray-sayers. Are you ready?

Follow-up Session:

If you see crazy coming down the street, what do you do? Research on the adult brain can help you stay cool (and even happy) in difficult situations

Negative forces can push an educator’s buttons as we aim to stay upbeat: whining, gossip, disrespect, dishonesty, condescension or demands that feel overwhelmingly. What if you could prevent your buttons from being pushed, or at least quickly regain professional perspective when they do? Good news: Your brain has the capacity to help you step away from drama, face conflict with confidence, and find underlying solutions to difficult problems. By practicing bounce-back strategies one step at a time, you can triumph over negativity. Work is a joy again when you know how to use your brain to stay cool under pressure.


Wednesday, October 18th 

Dr. Rosemarie Allendrrosemarieallen

Dr. Rosemarie Allen has served as a leader in early childhood education for nearly 40 years. Her life’s work is centered on ensuring children have access to high quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate.  She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver.  Her classes are focused on ensuring teachers are aware of how issues of equity, privilege, and power impact teaching practices.  From 2007-2012 Rosemarie served as the Director of the Division of Child Care.  In that role, she oversaw the State’s child care licensing program, the federal child care assistance program, the redesign of the State’s quality rating and improvement system, the implementation of the State’s professional development plan, and assisted in the creation of Colorado’s early learning guidelines.  She recently served on President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, Early Childhood Task Force.  Dr. Allen also launched the Institute for Racial Equity and Excellence that will serve as the lead agency for ensuring equity in educational practices throughout the nation.

Rosemarie is a respected keynote speaker and has the distinct honor of being appointed as a “Global Leader” to represent the United States at World Conferences across the globe.  Rosemarie earned her B. A. from California State University, Master’s of Education from Lesley University and Doctorate in Equity and Leadership in Education at the University of Colorado, Denver.


Education Denied: An Overview of Early Childhood Suspensions and Expulsions

This Keynote will provide an overview of the research findings related to the negative impacts of preschool suspensions.  The role of implicit bias on decision making will be discussed as well and de-biasing strategies to reduce implicit bias.


Challenging Behavior, Who’s Being Challenged?

When children act out in the classroom, it changes the tone of the environment.  Most times we blame the child.  Imagine what might happen if we looked within, at OUR responses to the child’s behavior.  This interactive workshop included activities for implementing the 7 principles of culturally responsive practices, recognizing and identifying implicit bias, and using the values of the family and community to inform teaching and learning