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Promoting Early Childhood Conference



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PEC 2023-March 8 & 9, 2023 (Virtual)

REGISTRATION IS OPEN  (Closes on March 3, 2023)


Cultivate Thriving Communities

Sharing strategies, positive practices, and innovative ideas where early learning communities connect and collaborate to grow and thrive.

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Juliana Urtubey, National Board-Certified Teacher

 2021 National Teacher of the Year

Council of Chief State School Officers 


Juliana UrtubeyJuliana Urtubey (Who-lee-ana Er-two-bay) is a National Board-Certified Teacher and holds a bachelor’s degree in bilingual elementary education and a master’s degree in special bilingual education from the University of Arizona. In September 2022, President Biden appointed Ms. Urtubey to the President's Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics. She is a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Board of Directors member and Teacher Fellow. Ms. Urtubey has been featured on the cover of People Magazine representing educators as the 2021 People of Year and on Telemundo’s 2022 Hispanic Heritage Celebration.

Juliana has used her platform as 2021 National Teacher of the Year to advocate for a “joyous and just” education for all students, one that is inclusive and celebratory of all students’ identities, families, and communities. A bilingual, first-generation immigrant, Juliana has worked throughout her teaching career to serve as a mirror for her school community, helping students to be proud of their identities and families, and to acknowledge their strengths and contributions to the community.

Judy Jablon

Founder and Executive Director

Leading for Children (LFC)


Judy JablonJudy Jablon is the founder and Executive Director of Leading for Children (LFC). After over 40 years in the field of early learning, Judy has developed a groundbreaking model of early education that focuses on community and the collective wisdom of its members. Her work centers around the great passion and determination of all the different individuals who dedicate their lives to leading for children.

Judy is the author of many publications and videos including 11 Simple Rules to Create Thriving Communities for Children, The Five Commitments of Optimistic Leaders for Children, Powerful Interactions, and Coaching with Powerful Interactions. Judy encourages all the adults in the young child’s ecosystem to draw on their wisdom and experience to have more meaningful interactions and opportunities for learning with each other and children.




2023 Above and Beyond Awards

The Wisconsin Division for Early Childhood (WDEC), a subdivision of the national Division for Early Childhood (DEC), honors individuals and teams who are making a difference in the lives of young children with special needs and their families through our “Above and Beyond Awards”.

Do you know an ECSE Teacher, EC Team, or individual that goes above and beyond in the field of early childhood special education? If so, take 5 minutes to nominate that person and/or team now for a WDEC Above and Beyond Award with this easy online FORM.


For questions about this information, contact Sherry Kimball (608) 267-9625