Relationships, Resilience, Intentionality and Celebration
This school year has presented changes and challenges that we could have never predicted or prepared for, but we are persevering! PEC 2021 will celebrate the lessons learned and adaptations created and implemented to support our youngest learners and their families. These changes will make the world of education a better and more equitable space. The conference will focus on what brought us to the education field - inspiring children, having a front-row seat to watch all students grow, supporting families, and empowering our colleagues. Together, we will explore what early education might look like as we move forward. The future is bright for our students! Let's keep our eyes on the light!
Conference Welcome and Opening
Tabatha Rosproy, 2020 National Teacher of the Year
Council of Chief State School Officers
Credit: Ashlee Mayo/Amay Photo
Dana Winters, Ph.D.
Dana Winters, Ph. D., is the faculty and academic director of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, and the co-creator of the Simple Interactions approach to support children, families, and their helpers. She frequently delivers keynote presentations and workshops across states and countries to describe and affirm the essential, relational practices of professionals who serve children, youth, and their families. She has led numerous federal, state, and foundation grants in early childhood education, family engagement, and statewide training and technical assistance. In addition, she studies and advances the legacy of Fred Rogers by directing the Center’s partnerships with educators and communities. Dr. Winters received her Ph.D. in administrative and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh.
Passionate about bridging the gap between what we know and what we do. Amanda Morgan writes, speaks, and trains on the topic of intentional, whole child development and is the creator of the website, Not Just Cute. For over a decade, she has been sharing resources and presentations that promote conversations in educational communities, so that together, we can improve the quality of early education while also respecting and protecting childhood. Amanda Morgan holds a BA in both elementary and early childhood education and an MS in family and human development. Her past experience includes teaching in public, private, and migrant school settings as well as teaching preschoolers, grade-schoolers, college students, teachers, and parents. In her free time, she can usually be found exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband and four boys, or procuring copious amounts of chocolate.