Save the Date for the 2019 B-3 Continuity Conference
June 12-13, 2019 at the Double Tree Hotel in Bloomington, Illinois
The Birth-to-Third Grade (B-3) Continuity Project is seeking applicants to share about the B-3 advancements they have made in their communities at the upcoming 2019 B-3 Continuity Conference. Proposals from all eight B-3 strategies are welcome. Sessions should be developed so that a dialogue about B-3 topics is created. Presenters should consider themselves facilitators of participants’ learning.
What is the B-3 Continuity Conference?
Sustained and aligned early childhood programs, birth through third grade (B-3), have the potential to be an educational game-changer. To support this work, the Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (OECD), the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and the Center for the Study of Education Policy (CSEP), is pleased to announce an opportunity for community and school leaders to participate in the Illinois Birth Through Third Grade (B-3) Continuity Conference.
The B-3 Continuity Conference welcomes school districts and community leaders working towards birth-to-third grade alignment strategies in their community. The conference provides an opportunity for community teams to come together to learn and explore best practices for birth-to-third grade alignment strategies. General sessions focus on systems alignment work and particular focus on strengthening preschool programs. Multiple breakout sessions will be provided to target key strategies for those serving children across the zero-to-age-eight continuum (check out the forthcoming agenda to see sessions geared toward different stakeholders). Additionally, communities are given structured time to connect within their local teams to think critically about work happening locally.
The conference provides a great opportunity to connect with others across the state also focused on the birth-to-third grade continuum. Communities that have participated in the past can testify that the conference has created a community of B-3 practice that supports their everyday work.
Break-Out Session RFP
We are seeking applicants to share about the B-3 advancements they have made in their communities at the upcoming B-3 Continuity Conference. Breakout sessions will be approximately 60 minutes long. Additionally, based on topics of interest, applicants may also be asked to help facilitate a round table during networking sessions. Applicants will be notified by the end of March, 2019 if their proposal was accepted.
Proposals from all eight B-3 strategies (listed below) are welcome. Sessions should be developed so that a dialogue about B-3 topics is created. Presenters should consider themselves facilitators of participants’ learning.
Additional information can be found on the RFP Application website. Applications should be submitted online no later than March 1, 2019.
Conference Information and Registration
Additional information about the conference and registration is available on the 2019 B-3 Continuity Conference website.
Please direct questions to Ashley Long, B-3 Continuity Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.