Start Early. Start well.

June 03, 2016

Buffett Institute and Metro-Area School Officials Making Presentations at NAEYC Conference

The Buffett Early Childhood Institute and Omaha-area school districts will be well represented at the 2016 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development: “Early Learning at the Top of the Ticket,” in Baltimore, Md.

The annual event, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), will draw early childhood education professionals from across the country to downtown Baltimore June 5 through 8.

Samuel Meisels, founding executive director of the Buffett Institute, is leading a featured session Sunday titled “School as hub for birth through Grade 3: Innovative leadership to re-envision the school role in early learning systems.”

Joining him in the presentation from the Buffett Institute are Christine Maxwell, Cama Charlet, and Molly Colling, as well as Kim Bodensteiner, executive director for teaching and learning at Bellevue Public Schools, and Brian Ferguson, principal at Mockingbird Elementary in Ralston Public Schools.

The Buffett Institute/metro-area school contingent is making two presentations Monday.

Maxwell, who is director of program development at the Institute, will lead one session, “School as a hub for birth through Grade 3: Collaborative professional learning for teachers, caregivers, and educational leaders as an essential starting place.”

Joining her from the Buffett Institute will be Mary Beth Pistillo, Darcy Heath, and Dalhia Lloyd, as well as Duane Krusemark, principal at DC West Elementary, and Tyler Hottovy, administrative intern at Sandoz Elementary in Millard Public Schools.

Meisels will lead one session with Judy Jablon, a nationally recognized education consultant, titled, “Intentional decision making: Using assessment to increase knowledge of child development and enhance program quality.”