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Leading with Grace
A Conference for Directors and Administrators
Boston Marriott Burlington
One Mall Road
Burlington, MA 01803
Friday, January 30, 2015
8:00 A.M.—4:00 P.M.
CELEBRATING OUR 24th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
19 St. Joseph Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
PERMIT NO. 421
Boston Association for the Education of Young Children (www.BAEYC.org)
Reverend Liz Walker
“Most of the top business experts point to women’s extraordinary communications skills as the reason we are such effective
leaders. I agree. We like to talk. But one of the most fascinating commonalities I have discovered in women around the world is
our grace, not simply our willingness to forgive, but our willingness to support each other, hold each other’s babies, cry each
other’s tears. That empathy, a compassionate way of seeing a situation from another person’s viewpoint is what I believe will
ultimately save the world.”
Liz Walker is an ordained minister, community activist, award-winning documentary :ilm producer and co-founder of a
humanitarian organization in Sudan called “My Sister’s Keeper”. With a focus on economic and educational initiatives for
Sudanese women and girls, this organization built a Girls’ school in 2007 which despite con:lict and political upheaval continues
to operate today. Reverend Walker comes to this work after 21 years as Boston’s :irst African American Television News Anchor
on WBZ TV.
A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Reverend Walker has long been actively involved in many community service
organizations and projects. She has a special interest in the victims and survivors of domestic violence, and helped found the Jane Doe Safety Fund, a
multi-million dollar statewide anti-violence initiative that works on policy and supports domestic abuse shelters and safe houses around the
Currently the Pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church, Reverend Walker also serves on many boards and has been awarded honorary degrees from
RegistrationclosesonJanuary9,2015. Register early, this conference sells out!
1. Online at www.baeyc.org
• Conference fee includes continental breakfast and lunch (choice of entré e, salad, and dessert).
• Scholarships available for NAEYC members only. Contact the BAEYC of:ice at 617-522-0881 or
Refunds for cancellation will be made up to January 9, 2015.
Registrations postmarked after January 9 will be considered walk-in and will not be processed
until your arrival.
Walk-ins: if the conference sells out, walk-ins will not be accepted.
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WORKSHOPCHOICES: Please indicate your workshop preferences by number (note that incomplete or illegible information will delay
A-1 Avoiding the Pitfalls: Successful Leadership for New
Directors. Mary Ann Anthony, Director of the Child Care
The role of director involves being someone’s “boss”. For the new
director, this often requires a shift in perspective from being a coworker and peer. Participants will share the highs and lows of
their new status, and learn ways to navigate the dif:icult but
rewarding waters of program management.
A-2 The Basics of Budgeting. Bess Emmanuel, Instructor,
When you become a director, chances are your training has
focused on child development and family issues—not on
managing numbers! This workshop will target what you need to
know about your budget and discuss useful tools for monitoring
the money. We will demystify the jargon, discuss common issues,
and practice analyzing budgets.
A-3 The Art of Communicating with Parents. Betsy Abrams,
Parents are our natural allies and partners and yet,
communication can sometimes be challenging. This workshop
will be an opportunity to: identify the existing strengths and
challenges within your program; focus on communication and
con:lict resolution skills; increase awareness and skill in bridging
differences between staff and parents.
A-4 Employee Handbooks—Recent Changes in the Law, Drafting
There is increased scrutiny of employee handbooks as federal
agencies like the NLRB have become more aggressive in their
review of employer policies. Once common language is now
routinely found unlawful. Join us to learn all the information you
need to draft or update your own handbook.
A-5 Creating a Welcoming Environment. Jeanine Fitzgerald,
CertiBied Human Behavior Consultant and Specialist, Master
You step into this space and are :illed with warmth, calm, and
wonder. As you walk your excitement grows - you have entered a
dynamic world :illed with images that inspire and experiences
that inform. It is a world focused on you, the child—a place where
your talents are nurtured, laughter abounds, and you feel visible,
valued, and supported. Join us to explore ways to transform your
program into a “community with conscience”.
P-1 Handling Employee Terminations. Peter J. Moser,Attorney.
Employment terminations raise a number of legal issues, from
wage and hour, to unemployment, to anti-discrimination, and
more. A dif:icult termination presents added risks, perhaps even
workplace violence. Join us to learn about the key legal
requirements and best practices.
P-2 Leadership Styles & Emotional Intelligence: Managing
People. Mary Ann Anthony, Director of the Child Care
Leadership style is not a function of personality—it is a strategic
choice. The more styles a leader exhibits, the better. Participants
will learn about 6 leadership styles and how each makes use of
the key components of emotional intelligence.
ReBlective Supervision—New Ideas for Staff Supervision.
Barbara Davis, Director of Early Education Temple Beth
Directors wear many hats. We are coaches, mentors, and
supervisors. How do these roles differ? Explore ways to help staff
develop self-awareness, identify their own strengths and work
on setting personal goals. Examine what makes these
conversations dif:icult and discuss strategies to positively frame
P-4 What’s the Buzz in Early Education and Care? Amy O’Leary,
Early Education for All Campaign Director & Laura Healy,
This workshop will provide you with information on Early
Education Policy in Massachusetts and the tools needed to
become an effective advocate for children and families that you
serve. Participants will engage in interactive discussions and will
learn about how to connect with local media, legislators, and
other key decision makers. Current early childhood policy and
initiatives on the national, state and local level will be discussed.
P-5 We Are in This Together. Jeanine Fitzgerald, CertiBied
Human Behavior Consultant and Specialist, Master Trainer,
Author. Effective approaches to resolving problems that fuel challenging
behavior need coordination, collaboration, and partnerships!
Learn to achieve this through collaborative teaming with parents
and other professionals. Examine ways to create successful
partnerships and achieve this important and signi:icant goal.
In our ever changing workforce climate the interview process can
be time-consuming and intimidating. Learn to identify “good
people” by changing your interview questions. We will review
legal vs. illegal questions and generate a list of behavioral based
questions that will help you identify candidates with a positive
attitude and the optimal skill set for your organization.
P-6 Marketing on a Budget. Bess Emmanuel, Instructor,
Good marketing involves providing useful information to
potential customers and presenting a positive impression of your
services. Early childhood programs don’t have vast resources for
this. What are ways to maximize resources while still attracting
business? What about social media? This workshop will help you
analyze your program from a marketing perspective.
A-7 The Mindful Director—Focused Strategies for Enhancing
Leadership. Susan MacDonald, Professional Speaker and
This workshop will introduce key strategies and discuss basic
practices to help you cultivate mindful leadership in your early
childhood program. A resource list will be provided.
P-7 Empowering Women Leaders! Susan MacDonald,
This workshop will guide women in developing strength-based
leadership practices that will help them to inspire and guide
others in achieving result oriented actions to improve program
8:00 - 8:45 A.M.
10:15 - 12:15 P.M.
12:30 - 1:45 P.M.
2:00 - 4:00 P.M.
FROM THE SOUTH
Take I-95 North to Exit 33B (Burlington). Take left at light. Hotel is on the left.
Take I-93 North to Exit 37B to I-95 South. Take Exit 33B (Burlington) straight through the lights. Hotel is on the left.
FROM THE NORTH
Take I-93 South toward Boston. Take Exit 37B onto I-95/128 South. Travel about 3 miles and take Exit 33B straight
through the lights. Hotel is on the left.
FROM THE WEST
Take Mass Pike I-90 East to Exit 14 to I-95/128 North to Exit 33B (Burlington). Take left at lights. Hotel is on the left.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FROM BOSTON
Red Line to Alewife (end of line). Take Bus 350 (check bus schedule) to the Marriott Hotel.
Free parking at the hotel.
Rooms are available
for $140 per room/
but must be reserved
through the hotel.
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Small Children’s Toys
$25 Gift Cards (Target, Walmart, Visa)