Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Featured Keynote: Sarah Neville-Morgan
Topic: Supporting Your Essential Work - Updates from CDE

Deputy Superintendent for the Teaching and Learning Support Branch, California Department of Education
Sarah Neville-Morgan was appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond to serve as the Deputy Superintendent for the Teaching and Learning Support Branch. Previously, Sarah served as the Director of the Early Learning and Care Division at the CDE. There, Sarah oversaw a division that provides leadership and support to the early learning and care community, providers, and contractors statewide, ensuring high-quality early education programs for young children and their families.


Plenary Speaker: Catherine Goins
Topic: Discussing Implicit Bias and
Anti-bias Education

Assistant Superintendent, Placer County Office of Education
Catherine M. Goins is assistant superintendent of Early Childhood Education for the Placer County Office of Education and adjunct faculty member at Sierra Joint Community College. She has more than 30 years of experience administering private, nonprofit, and publicly funded early education programs and speaking, coaching, and training on diversity, anti-bias education, and equity issues.



Plenary Speaker: Kristin Schumacher
Topic: The Economic State 
of ECE

Senior Policy Analyst, California Budget and Policy Center
Kristin Schumacher joined the Budget Center as a policy analyst in 2013 and has been a senior policy analyst since November 2017. Prior to joining the Budget Center, she taught public policy and public administration courses in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver and held research positions with the University and the Feminist Majority Foundation. She also worked in fundraising and development with the Colorado AIDS Project in Denver. She received a Ph.D. in public affairs from the University of Colorado Denver and a master’s degree in social work with an emphasis in policy and administration from the University of Texas, Austin.


Thursday, October 29, 2020


Featured Keynote: Tommaso Lana
Topic: "Closing Something" Means "Opening Something New" - Five Transforming Skills We'll Learn Before the Pandemic Ends

Creator, Embodied Learning
Tommaso is an award-winning performance and consulting artist. He is also creator of Embodied Learning, a multidisciplinary experiential training program that transforms educators communication and collaboration through sensory play, movement, and imagination. Tommaso has been serving administrators, educators and children's librarian at Caltech Children's Center, Google Children Centers, Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, Los Angeles Public Library, and much more.



Friday, October 30, 2020

Featured Keynote: Kim Johnson
Topic: Promoting a Unified Child Care System - Updates from DSS

Director, California Department of Social Services
Kim Johnson was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom as the Director of the California Department of Social Services in July of 2019.  Ms. Johnson had previously been appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve as the Deputy Director of the Family Engagement and Empowerment Division and was responsible for the planning, policy direction, and oversight of services to over 4 million individuals, children, families, and experiencing poverty through safety net resources, employment opportunities, addressing inequities, and additional engagement strategies.