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December 1 - 4, 2015
2015 Parent and Family Engagement Conference
"The Next Generation of Partnership"


10 AM - 5 PM, December 1st, 2015. Full schedule below.

Who Should Attend?

Do you create in-service trainings, build coaching or support other similar activities for your program? If so, you should attend the inaugural Professional Development Institute!

How to Participate

Registrations can be made separate from or in addition to full conference attendance

Building Within: How organizations move forward in preparing children for success in school.

Register for this one-day event only or add this as a pre-conference session to your registration

This one day Institute is dedicated to the development of individuals who are charged with the responsibility of creating staff in-service trainings, building coaching and other support programs at local agencies, or collaborate with staff training sources such as colleges and consultants. This is NHSA inaugural effort to build a learning community for staff development personnel. In addition to this institute, individuals will be invited to join virtual learning community and take an active role in future PDI activities. The focus of this first gathering will be a training day for trainers. Attendees will be encouraged to bring agency T/TA plans as well as tools that support professional development activities. The PDI lead, Dr. Norman Lorenz will offer direct instruction on the topic of adult learning as well as facilitate peer lead discussions and planning sessions. This day is guaranteed to be informative, educational and inspirational.


Preliminary Schedule

10 – 10:30 am​

Welcome and Introductions

10:30 - 11 am​

Keynote – Building Success from Within

Ms. Kai-leé Berke

​11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Science of Adult Learning Across the Organization

Dr. Norman Lorenz

12:00 – 1:00 pm


1:00 – 4:00 pm

20/20/20 Sessions: Learn/Pratice/Reflect

Session 1 – Establishing Strategies Based Your Training Goals
Marianne Bouthilette, Director of Child and Family Support Services

Session 2 – Maximizing Community Resources for Staff Development
Dr. Alfonso Rodriguez, Director of Training and Staff Development

Session 3 – Balancing Individualized Staff Development Plans and Agency Goals
Gretchen Jurgens, Professional Development Coordinator, Two Rivers Head Start Agency

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Creating the PDI Learning Community – Next Steps



Norman Lorenz, Ed.D. is a professor of Human Development at Sacramento City College (SCC). In addition to his classroom responsibilities, Dr. Lorenz is the Coordinator of Faculty Development and Student Equity at SCC. Previously, Dr. Lorenz was a consultant for the State of California, Child Development Division supporting agencies offering State Preschool Services and those who blended State and Federal Head Start funding.

A Montessori trained teacher and teacher trainer; Birth through Elementary Level, Norman owned and operated a group of Montessori Schools in Sacramento County for 18 years, along with co-founding California Montessori Project Charter School. Dr. Lorenz is a graduate of the University of California, Davis with a degree in Educational Leadership. He is currently the chair of the River Montessori Charter School in Petaluma, CA.


Kai-leé Berke is the Chief Academic Officer at Teaching Strategies, LLC. Kai-leé has dedicated her entire career to supporting children, families, and teachers in the early childhood community. She has taught and cared for for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners in public, private, and Department of Defense programs. She was as a program administrator for a multisite preschool organization, and most recently, she's taken the lead in developing many of Teaching Strategies' most impactful resources, including the GOLD™ by Teaching Strategies assessment system, The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool, and the newly-expanded The Creative Curriculum® for Infants, Toddlers & Twos.

Kai-leé’s leadership in helping to build high-quality early childhood programs is unparalleled, and programs all over the country are benefiting from her vision and many contributions.