Birth to Third Grade Continuity Innovative Strategies

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

12–1 p.m.

Erikson Institute

451 N. LaSalle Street

Polk Bros Lecture Hall, Room 201-202

Chicago, IL 60654

Please bring your lunch.

Research has shown that high-quality care and education is critical for social-emotional and academic success in the early years and later in a child’s life. Ensuring alignment from birth to third grade is essential in creating systems and structures that support the educational experiences of children from birth to age eight.

Join us for an engaging discussion with two innovate community school partnerships as they share their work around birth-third grade alignment within the state of Illinois.

Register today!



Join ACT Now for our upcoming Social Emotional Learning (SEL) webinar series! In this webinar series, ACT Now will breakdown the CASEL SEL competencies and host speakers to share concrete examples of how to implement SEL into your program.

The first webinar will cover self-awareness; the ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior (CASEL). This webinar will be held on November 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with guest speakers from Skokie D-69 and the Center for Community Academic Success Partnerships. In addition to the webinar, ACT Now will be launching our Social Emotional Learning in Afterschool guidebook!

Additional Upcoming SEL Webinars

  • Social Awareness & Relationship Skills (January 22, 2020 — 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)

Self-Management & Responsible Decision Making (March 10, 2020 — 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)


Webinar: Integrating Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning: Lessons for Educators and School Leaders

Hosted by the Learning Policy Institute and Transforming Education

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

During this webinar, participants will learn about the benefits and challenges of integrating social, emotional, and academic learning in the classroom and explore concrete strategies to inform practice.

Expert educators and scholars will describe a comprehensive, flexible approach for integrating SEL in the classroom and share research findings on effective approaches for preparing teachers to integrate social, emotional, and academic learning in schools. A panel of practitioners from across the country—including an instructional coach, a manager of teaching and learning, and a teacher leader—will provide concrete examples of how they are supporting teachers to create socially, emotionally, and academically rich learning environments.


  • Jennifer Concepcion, Teacher, Lakewood Tech EQ, Sunnyvale School District, California
  • Sara Krachman, Founder and Executive Director, Transforming Education
  • Colleen Galvin Labbe, Social Emotional Learning Instructional Coach, Office of SELWell, Boston Public Schools
  • Hanna Melnick, Research Analyst and Policy Advisor, Learning Policy Institute
  • Kayla Morse, Manager of Teaching and Learning, EdVestors



Revisiting Our Rural Roots: Supporting Students, Preparing Teachers, and Collaborating with Communities to Influence Excellence in Rural Education

The Center for Rural Education was founded to encourage post-secondary goals for rural Tennessee students, support pre-service teaching candidates from rural areas, enhance the professional opportunities for rural teachers, and contribute to the profession with rural research. This inaugural conference is the next step in the journey to accomplish those goals. Please join them on March 24, 2020, as they explore the theme, Revisiting Our Rural Roots: Supporting Students, Preparing Teachers, and Collaborating with Communities to Influence Excellence in Rural Education.” This one-day conference intends to foster collaboration as they pool ideas, share information, and provide tools and resources to support our rural counties.


Third Annual Mastering Kids Summit

The third annual Mastering KIDS Summit welcomes all Illinois kindergarten teachers and school and district administrators for a day of learning and sharing best practices around using the KIDS tool. we encourage you to pass the invitation onto your peers and other KIDS stakeholders. To get the most out of your KIDS Summit experience, bring your favorite KIDS partner with you! This year’s Summit will focus on utilizing fall data to inspire classroom instructional practices and motivating ways to make KIDS data even more useful at the local level. The summit will feature experts from early education and play-based instruction, and will include awards and classroom giveaways!