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Schedule-at-a-Glance

Day 1, Tuesday, May 11th

12:30 – 1:00 pm ET Opening Session Welcome to ERS Conference 2021 & tribute to Cody Carlton
1:00 – 2:45 pm ET Learning Community #1 Everything You Want to Know About ERS but Were Afraid to Ask
Description Come join us to get those burning ECERS/ITERS/FCCERS questions answered! We will generate a list of our most important questions related to items and indicators in the Scales. Together with the panelists we will identify the answers to everything we wanted to know but were afraid to ask about the ERS.
Panelists: Debby Cryer, Cathy Riley, and Tracy Link
Facilitator: Tricia Sifford
1:00 – 2:45 pm ET Town Hall Gathering Focus on State Administration Systems
For those of you in state leadership roles, we invite you to join this town hall conversation to discuss current successes and challenges.
Facilitator: Ann Hentschel
1:00 – 2:45 pm ET ERS Exploratorium Network on hot topics, post on the conference wall, take your selfie in the photo booth, or hang in the sponsor lounge.
2:45 – 3:00 pm ET Break
3:00 – 4:30 pm ET Workshops
A. Using ERS Insights to Establish and Maintain Responsive Adult-Child Interactions
Ami Russell and Candi Scott
B. From Pandemic Obstacles to Opportunities: ERS Data System Enhancements
Tricia Sifford
C. Implementation and Adaptation of ITERS-3 in Israel
Efi Stolarski, Dina Cohen, Karen Ziv, Dalia Raz, and Avi Sagi-Schwartz
D. Enhancing Classroom Quality for Equitable Child Learning Experiences and Outcomes
Dr. Laura Bailet and Marieca Anthony

Day 2, Wednesday, May 12th

12:30 – 2:15 pm ET Learning Community Session A Conversation with the ERS Authors
Description Did you know the ECERS is over 40 years old? We invite you to this special session to engage in dialogue with the authors. Together we will reflect on lessons learned and visions for the future of the Environment Rating Scales.
Panelists: Debby Cryer, Dick Clifford, and Noreen Yazejian
Facilitator: Ann Hentschel
12:30 – 2:15 pm ET Town Hall Gathering Focus on Coaching
Description If you are a coach or technical assistance specialist, you are invited to this town hall to share ideas on effective coaching strategies.
Facilitator: Tarah Kadzielawski
12:30 – 2:15 pm ET ERS Exploratorium Network on hot topics, post on the conference wall, take your selfie in the photo booth, or hang in a sponsor lounge.
2:15 – 2:30 pm ET Break
2:30 – 4:00 pm ET Workshops
A. What’s New at ERS Institute
Tracy Link and Cathy Riley
B. Innovative Solutions to Barriers for Conducting Assessments in the Pandemic
Lauren Busko, Denise Jenson, Candi Scott, and Stephanie Ferreira
C. Untold Data Stories: Utilizing ERS Data to Promote Equity
Arrealia Gavins
D. Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and its Impact on Quality
Brandy Fox and Jill Kortright
E. One State’s Approach: E3 Professional Development Supports for Math and Literacy
Susie Norys and Deborah Dow
4:00 – 4:30 pm ET ERS Trivia Quiz Show
4:00 – 4:30 pm ET ERS Exploratorium Network on hot topics, post on the conference wall, take your selfie in the photo booth, or hang in the sponsor lounge

Day 3, Thursday, May 13th

12:30 – 2:15 pm ET Learning Community CQI & Virtual Coaching with LearnERS
Description Have you heard the buzz about LearnERS: CQI Coaching Framework? As one coach explained, “Thanks to LearnERS the providers are getting a deeper meaning of ERS quality indicators and why they matter. This leads them to be very eager to set goals and make changes for the better.” Come hear how this virtual CQI Coaching Framework is being used in state systems around the country to support sustainable quality improvement.
Panelists: Janice Carter, Pilla Parker, Jennifer Prince, and Kim Owens
Facilitator: Ann Hentschel
12:30 – 2:15 pm ET Town Hall Gathering Focus on Assessment
Description This past year has made it challenging to conduct ERS assessments. If you are an assessor, join us to discuss how you’ve been doing your work and plans for moving forward.
Facilitator: Tricia Sifford
12:30 – 2:15 pm ET ERS Exploratorium Network on hot topics, post on the conference wall, take your selfie in the photo booth, or hang in the sponsor lounge.
2:15 – 2:30 pm ET Break
2:30 – 4:00 pm ET Workshops
A. Why Won’t They Just Do What I tell them to Do? Coaching with ECERS to Improve Practice
Dr. Holly Seplocha
B. From Temporary Pivot to a New Perspective: A Program-Led Partnership Approach to Q(r)IS
Judy Fry and Megan Showalter
C. Understanding Montessori within the Context of ERS
Melanie Thiesse
D. Weaving Success: Common Threads in LearnERS, Creative Curriculum® and Conscious Discipline®
Joy Mazur and Tiffany Outlaw
4:00 – 4:30 pm ET ERS Trivia Quiz Show
4:00 – 4:30 pm ET ERS Exploratorium Network on hot topics, post on the conference wall, take your selfie in the photo booth, or hang in the sponsor lounge.

Day 4, Friday, May 14th

12:30 – 2:15 pm ET Learning Community Session Engaging and Empowering Family Child Care Providers
Description Why is it so challenging to engage family child care providers in the use of FCCERS for quality improvement? Our panelists from Arkansas, DC, and North Carolina will share ideas to promote meaningful participation with the family child care community.
Panelists: Arrealia Gavins, Debbie Mays and Megan Porter
Facilitator: TBD
12:30 – 2:15 pm ET Town Hall Gathering Moving Forward with ERS
Description What have been the big “aha” moments from this year’s ERS Conference? Join us to identify the next steps in strengthening the use of the Environment Rating Scales.
Facilitator: Ann Hentschel
12:30 – 2:15 pm ET ERS Exploratorium Network on hot topics, post on the conference wall, take your selfie in the photo booth, or hang in the sponsor lounge.
2:15 – 2:30 pm ET Break
2:30 – 4:00 pm ET Workshops
A. Linking ERS with Curriculum
Debby Cryer and Aurelia Mangum-Brown
B. Changing from Within: Self-awareness to Grow and Sustain Equitable and Antibias programs
Dr. Anita Kumar
C. Supporting the Implementation of Inclusive Practices with the Inclusive Classroom Profile (ICP)
Elena Soukakou, Ann Gula, Michael Brink, Ann Kremer, and Emily Ropars
D. Coaching Techniques for Feedback and Follow-up Support
Renee Whelan
4:00 – 4:30 pm ET Conference Wrap-Up and ERS Ultimate Game Winners