On Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 6 – 9 p.m., Michele Block Gan Yeladim will hold its annual Early Childhood Professional Development Conference with keynote speaker Nicole Mercer at the JCA. This event is free and open to the early childhood educator community thanks to the generosity of The Chartrand Family Fund, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and CSX. For information, contact Theresa Levy at 730-2100 ext. 237 or email@example.com.
About the Keynote Speaker
Nicole Mercer has been integrating and practicing the approach of Conscious Discipline® in her personal and work life since 2003. She was an early childhood teacher for 15 years and has worked with elementary age children through summer camps and substitute teaching. Her passion for positive learning environments for children led to the opening of her preschool in 2006 where she incorporated Conscious Discipline® into her curriculum. After four successful years using this approach, Nicole became a Conscious Discipline® Certified Instructor in 2009. She provides Conscious Discipline® workshops for parents, educators, schools and early childhood institutions. She holds an M.S. in Child Development from Florida State University and has presented at state and local conferences, provided workshops for private organizations and schools, conducted webinars for Florida’s Office of Early Learning, was an instructor for “Mind in the Making” course at Tallahassee Community College and was selected as a member of Florida’s Panel of Experts collaborative meeting for creating one set of four-year-old learning standards. Her professional roles include preschool teacher, administrator, early childhood specialist and developmental screening coordinator.
Nicole Mercer will deliver a keynote discussion on Building the School Family. This Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool and Kindergarten Annual Early Childhood Education Conference provides an important and accessible opportunity for educators throughout Northeast Florida to come together for a unique professional development opportunity. Participants engage in an inspiring educational evening that includes a stimulating keynote address, delicious dinner, continuing educational units (CEUs) and focused breakout sessions.
In 2018, Michele Block Gan Yeladim introduced the Educator Support Network (ESN). This program brings Duval County early childhood education professionals together for a year of focused study with Mercer to elevate their everyday instructional practices and increase the opportunities for success in the classroom.Applications for the 2019-20 cohort are open now. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
About Michele Block Gan Yeladim
Michele Block Gan Yeladim (MBGY) Preschool and Kindergarten at the Jewish Community Alliance provides unparalleled excellence in early childhood education. Since our school opened in 1974, we nurture and facilitate each child’s experiences and learning opportunities through play, exploration and creativity. Children achieve success, gain independence and self-confidence while their individual abilities, learning styles, and developmental pace is respected and valued.
MBGY has been accredited by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) since 1991 which means the program meets criteria in close to 400 different areas of best practices for young children. Enrollment in school is open to all children regardless of race, religious affiliation or ethnic origin. JCA membership is not required to participate.