Thanks to Those Who Joined Us!

The Building Collective Resilience: A Virtual Mini-Conference for VT's Early Childhood Workforce was an energizing success! 

On April 27 - 29, 2020, 570 people joined us from across the state, across the country, and in Canada!

Individually we are one drop. Together we are an ocean.

- Ryunosuke Satoro

Building Collective Resilience

3 Days. 6 Sessions. Up to 6 Hours of Professional Development.

This 3-day, 6-hour mini conference will address the immediate needs of the early childhood workforce as its members continue to navigate the complexity of the impact that current events have had on their capacity to work with children and families. With a focus on the collective strengths and contributions of the workforce threaded throughout the conference, each presentation will meet the Vermont Northern Lights criteria for real-time live professional development trainings and be designed to rebuild workforce morale, support participants with moving through change, and explore our collective role and responsibility to support quality child development and to lead our communities both now and into the future. 

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Conference Sessions and Presenters

Monday, April 27 6pm - 7pm

Feeling Your Feelings: Your Guide for Adult Emotion Processing

Participants will learn one of the key components of emotional intelligence, self-regulation. They’ll dive into how and when different parts of the brain are active or shut down. The training will outline how to maintain a baseline, regulated central nervous system and ways to hold space for emotions in order to enter into self-regulation. These tools are essential for co-regulating with children and families.

About Alyssa Blask Campbell

Monday, April 27 7pm-8pm

Personal Boundary Setting: Being the Calm During the Storm to Remain Flexible

Boundary setting to create an atmosphere of calm for ourselves, the children, and families in our programs has never been more important than right now. During this presentation I will go over the steps for setting personal boundaries, give you the tools to create personal boundaries, and ask you to come up with an action plan to set personal boundaries.

Sherry Boudro

Tuesday, April 28 6pm - 7pm

Powerful Tools for Community Care

For years we have heard about the importance of self care and this continues to be important, but through the last few weeks we have seen the powerful influence and collective impact of a “Community of Care”. This session will be packed with practical “Community Care” strategies we can use to support one another (both in person and through digital spaces). Topics will include: story circles, peer support chats, collaborative process art, professional reflective partner work, and finding your tribe.

About April Zajko

Tuesday, April 28 7pm - 8pm

Encouraging Play During a Pandemic

In times of crisis, nature experiences and child-friendly spaces are even more important than usual in bringing normalcy to an unpredictable world and enabling children to build resilience and process the events around them through play. Learn now to identify ways nature supports healthy child development; explain how to create child-friendly spaces both indoors and outdoors; design and implement experiences that encourage play, and utilize play experiences as a means for documenting learning at home and in the classroom.


About Colleen Christman

Wednesday, April 29 6pm-7pm

Creating Positive Change, A Curious, Growth Mindset, and An Appreciative Culture

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a positive change management approach that focuses on identifying what is working well, analyzing why it is working, and then doing more of it. It is a process for facilitating positive change in human systems.

We all are navigating our households and the eventual return to our programs. What mindset are we bringing back with us? Where are we focusing our attention?  What questions are we asking?  Join me as we take a look at AI principles that can guide you in your work and personal life toward creating a more appreciative and refreshing stance.


About Ellen Drolette

Wednesday, April 29 7pm-8pm

From Inspiration to Action

In this final session, Lisa G. will invite participants to reflect on what they have learned about themselves and their communities as a result of navigating the complexity of the current reality. Focus will be on 10 concrete steps they can take to carry their wisdom into the future and to come out on the other end of this pandemic open to possibilities and with a renewed commitment to making a difference in the lives of children and families.

About Lisa Guerrero


We are a team. We have what it takes to develop the collective resilience needed to join together in building a stronger tomorrow for Vermont's early childhood workforce and for the children and families it serves.


Frequently Asked Questions

Members of the Vermont Early Childhood Workforce are welcome to attend the conference free of charge. 

This conference is being Sponsored by Positive Spin VT, LLC and meets the Vermont Northern Lights criteria for real-time live professional development trainings. Participants have an opportunity to earn up to 6 hours of professional development. Participants need to provide the information required for the Northern Lights Attendance Agreement during the registration process and complete an end of session evaluation after each attended session in order to receive their DPD forms. Attendance will be tracked and verified.

When you register, you will be emailed a link that will give you access to the entire conference. You can decide which sessions to attend based on your interest and availability. Just click on the link a few minutes prior to your session's start time and you will be good to go. Attendance will be tracked and verified at each individual session.

There is no limit to how many people can attend each session. 

The conference is being hosted on a platform called Crowdcast and it works best with Chrome and Firefox.  


Android: The conference is supported on the latest Android devices right in the browser, no downloads required.

Apple iOS Devices (iPhone & iPad): You can download the iOS app to attend the conference. 

The hosting platform, Crowdcast, has an Attendee Quick Reference Guide that will help familiarize you with the conference site. You can find that HERE.

The sessions will be recorded. 

Yes. Definitely. Putting this conference together required a lot of learning and a lot of coordination. While our goal is to bring you the finest of conference experiences, there are sure to be some trouble spots. Please be patient and know that we are doing our best behind the scenes and that we have YOU in mind every step of the way.

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