Today's successful public schools are more than the traditional K-12 model. The path to higher student achievement starts in the early childhood years. For many districts, ensuring that their students come to kindergarten ready to learn is an important priority. This one-day workshop focuses on strategies for successful funding, implementation and curriculum crucial to the overall success of an early childhood learning initiative.


8:30 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
8:50 a.m.
9 a.m.
Laying the groundwork for Ohio's early childhood system
Shannon Jones, executive director, Groundwork Ohio
Hear an overview of Ohio’s early childhood system, what it is and what it isn’t. Learn about the data behind it and how we should think differently about connecting the early childhood education that actually exists into the K-12 system.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
Enhancing support for special needs preschool students
Brian Hart, preschool building principal, and Julie Pollard, Carrie Racs, Emily French, teachers, Hilliard City Schools
The ability to work with children and their educational needs before they enter kindergarten is critical for long-term success, especially among at-risk students. Hilliard City is making great strides with special needs preschool-aged students through its innovative peer-mentoring program. The Hilliard team will share how it implemented its socioemotional curriculum and district cultural initiatives at the preschool level.
12 p.m.
Lunch (provided)
12:45 p.m.
Strategies for leveraging community partnerships
Vera Brooks, interim director of preschool, Cincinnati City
Cincinnati City has become the gold standard for effective community engagement. Learn about the impressive ways the district has used its local communities to grow its districtwide early childhood learning program.
2:15 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
Lockland Local's grassroots approach to community learning
Ted Jebens, superintendent, Lockland Local
What do you do when you are the smallest and one of the poorest urban school districts in the state of Ohio? If you are Lockland Local (Hamilton), you don’t wait for a saving grace to swoop in and save you, you take your district’s rejuvenation into your own hands. Lockland Local will share its Herculean efforts to create an integrated community school and expand its educational offerings to early childhood learning.
3:45 p.m.