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We had a fabulous day of learning and networking at the 9th annual Childhood Conversations this past March 20 & 21, 2015!

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Agenda at a Glance

Friday, March 20, 2015


11:30 a.m. – Registration & Vendors


12:15 p.m. – Lunch, Networking, Vendors
Ron Fairchild, CEO Smarter Learning Group: Holistic Connections Needed for Learning


1:30 – 3:00 p.m.  – A Workshops

Saturday, March 21, 2015


8:00 a.m. – Registration, Breakfast, Vendors

8:30 a.m. – Introduction / Morning Plenary Building Collaborative Capacity

Ralph Smith, Annie E. Casey Foundation

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. –  B Workshops


12:00 p.m. – Lunch, Networking, Vendors


12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – C Workshops

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Afternoon Keynote

Speaker Lineup
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Ralph Smith

Managing Director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

With the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Ralph Smith pursues a mission that has been a personal passion throughout his many-faceted career: improving academic outcomes, and with them the life chances, of children from low-income homes. Senior Vice President of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Ralph has served on the senior leadership team of the Foundation since 1994….

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Ronald Fairchild

President & Chief Executive Officer, Smarter Learning Group

Ron serves as the president and CEO of the Smarter Learning Group, a national education consulting firm. Ron helps cities and communities identify proven solutions and strategies to improve public education. Prior to starting the firm, Ron served as the founding CEO of the National Summer Learning Association. He was also executive director of its predecessor organization, the National Center…

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Marcia A. B. Delcourt, Ph.D.

Professor - Western Connecticut State University

Dr. Marcia Delcourt, PhD, a Professor in the Department of Education and Educational Psychology at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) in Danbury, CT, where she received WCSU’s Teaching Excellence Award.  She is the Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Instructional Leadership and teaches courses in leadership, measurement, research and cognition, as well as curriculum and…

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Amanda Amtmanis

Physical Education teacher

Amanda Amtmanis is a physical education teacher in the Middletown Public Schools and a frequent presenter for CTAHPERD and the CT After School Network.  She presents workshops on a wide variety of topics designed to get children moving, thinking and working together.  She recently had the honor of being name CTAHPERD Elementary Physical Education Teacher…

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  • CT Parent Power
  • AllianceBloomfield
  • UofH
  • First Congregational Church Nursery School
  • The Village for Families and Children
  • Family Resource Center
  • The State Education Resource Center of CT
  • CT Parent Information and Resource Center
  • Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance
  • Windsor Social Services
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  • Connecticut Parents as Teachers
  • Family Resource Centers of Windsor
  • Windsor Early Childhood Council
  • CT After School Network
  • The SEEDS Network, LLC