Virtual UnConference: Re-Opening to Our ‘New Normal’

05/26/2020 01:00 PM - 04:30 PM ET


Join us for our first virtual UnConference as we dive into topics that are relevant to child care centers as they begin to re-open to a 'new normal' due to the effects of COVID-19. This UnConference will be hosted via Zoom. It begins with a "rapid fire" keynote by four speakers, featuring Michelle Figlar of The Heinz Endowments, LaTrenda Leonard Sherrill of LaTrenda Consulting (and Board Member of Trying Together), Muffy Mendoza of Brown Mamas, and mental health expert Diana Schwab. The keynote is followed by two workshops diving into topics like: (1) how to create a healthy and safe environment for both the educators and the kids, (2) how to build connections with families and the community through digital tools, and (3) how "everyday interactions" are the foundation of learning and growing. 



Course Objectives

Through successful participation and completion of the UnConference, participants will:

  • Become familiar with regional, state, and national resources to support child card programs in response to COVID-19
  • Gain appropriate strategies recommended for caring for young children and families in response to COVID-19, including health and safety practices and innovative ECE practices (social emotional learning)
  • Discuss appropriate strategies for supporting the early education workforce in response to COVID-19
  • Learn how to create authentic connections with families and community members using digital tools


UnConference Schedule

Here is the UnConference schedule. Each session will have its own Zoom link which will be provided to you upon registration. Upon completion of the UnConference, 3 hours of accredited professional development will be given.

1:00-1:30pm: "Rapid Fire" Keynote featuring Michelle Figlar, LaTrenda Leonard Sherrill, Muffy Mendoza, and Diana Schwab

1:45-3:00pm:  Workshop #1 (choose between two options)

3:15-4:30pm: Workshop #2 (choose between two options)


UnConference Workshops

There are 4 workshops provided for this UnConference. Two options are available between 1:45-3:00pm and two other options are available between 3:15-4:30pm. Please click on this link for the list of workshops for the Virtual UnConference: Re-Opening to Our ‘New Normal’

How Do I Register?

This virtual UnConference is FREE. Participants must pre-register for the UnConference in order to receive links to each session via email. Please register by 3pm on Monday, May 25.


How Do I Attend this UnConference Virtually?

The sessions will be hosted using the web-based video conferencing platform Zoom. Please download Zoom prior to the UnConference to your device of choice. We will send you a Zoom link for the keynote as well as a Zoom link for each workshop based on what you select.


How Do I Receive Credit?

Participants must attend the UnConference and complete the survey at the end of each session (keynote and two workshops) in order to receive credit. Once completed, Jasmine Davis, Professional Learning Program Manager at Trying Together, will process your credit. If you have questions specific to receiving credit for coursework, please email Jasmine at



At anytime you may have questions, please reach out to UnConference Director, Yu-Ling Cheng, at 

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