South QEC Meetings / Mt.  Vernon


All QECs will meet from 10:00am - 3:00pm


November 6, 2018

January 15, 2019

May 7, 2019

Family & Community Engagement:

November 7, 2018

January 16, 2019

May 8, 2019

Mental Health & Disabilities

November 8, 2018

January 17, 2019

May 9, 2019

Health & Nutrition:

November 9, 2018

January 18, 2019

May 10, 2019


October 16, 2018

January 29, 2019

April 30, 2019

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Fairfield Inn and Suites
217 Potomac Blvd
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

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Michelle Iocca
Illinois Head Start Association


Member Rate: 296.00 per person

Non Member Rate: $446.00 per person

Five or more registration from the same Agency - $271.00 per person (*Agency must be an IHSA member for discounted rate)

QECs: A Unique Learning Experience- Special For YOU! 

Quality Enrichment Circles (QEC’s) are a group of your peers/colleagues who share ideas and insights, help each other solve problems and develop a common practice or approach to your content area. QEC’s are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and want to learn how to do it better.  Most professionals, like you, learn about new tools and developments in their field not by reading journals, but by consulting their colleagues.  Colleagues are not only sources of information.  They are also sources of judgement about how valid and useful information will be.  Each QEC helps "pull" insights from each participant when they need it, rather than "pushing" it out to them.  Most of us have had the experience of sitting through long discussions that were not immediately relevant. Even when there are gems of insights in these discussions, they are hard to pull out and remember. Most of us learn best when faced with a problem and need ideas to solve it, when we "pull" information currently relevant.  Your Quality Enrichment Circle is designed to respond to pull rather than push information out to people.


Your QEC!
Participants engage in joint activities and discussions, help each other, and share information. They build relationships that enable them to learn from each other.  They develop a shared repertoire of resources: experiences, stories, tools, ways of addressing recurring problems—in short a shared practice that includes:  Problem solving, Requests for information, Seeking experience, Reusing assets, Coordination and synergy, Discussing developments, Documentation projects, Visits, Mapping knowledge and Identifying gaps.
Content Area Experts: Each Quality Enrichment Circle will be facilitated by a Content Area Expert, a respected peer who has the on the ground experience, extensive knowledge and skill in their content area. Special feature this year will include an opportunity for each QEC to interact with each other in a dedicated online community. In this network, users share their knowledge, ask questions, converse, and collaborate outside of  their meeting dates. It is a perfect resource for staying connected and providing and receiving useful information!


Potential Themes!

Education QEC:

School Readiness Planning—Systems Approach, Data Analysis / Planning for Program Improvements, CLASS / Implementation Planning, Professional development to improve CLASS scores, Practice Based Coaching—Supporting Change in Teacher’s Practices, QRIS , Intentional Teaching—Planning for CLASS, Gateways (Credentials/Registry) State Systems, Continuous Quality Improvement, Serving Dual Language Learners-Policy and Practices, Engaging Families, Successful Transitions, Dealing With Challenging Behaviors, RTI, Autistic Children, Revised Child Outcomes Framework

Content Will Be Driven By YOU!

Family Services/Family Engagement QEC:
Framework, Measuring family outcomes, Self assessment of current family and community engagement strategies
Family outcomes and school readiness, Data analysis and planning program improvements, Community resources to support family outcomes, Relationship based competencies for staff, Financial Literacy, Support strategies for Family Service Staff, Dealing with stress, Using technology to work smarter not harder, Two-Generation Approach
Content Will Be Driven By YOU!

 Disability/Mental Health QEC:
School Readiness goals related to disabiities and mental health, Dealing With Challenging Behaviors, RTI, Autistic Children, documentation and record-keeping system(s), accessibility, disability services plans, health and safety, screenings, identifying children with disabilties, individualization, transitions, engaging families of children with disabilities, disability laws and policies, social-emotional development, mental health consultation tool, motivational interviewing, challenging child mental health concerns, trauma, adult mental health, Center on the  Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL)
Content Will Be Driven By YOU!

Health & Nutrition QEC:
School Readiness goals relating to health and nutrition, Family outcomes relating to health and nutrition, program planning, health tracking and recordkeeping, PIR, communication, Healthy nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention , Oral Health and dental homes, Health Literacy , Cooking Matters
Health Care Act, healthy active living, growing healthy, active play, nutrition assessment, food and nutrition assistance, nutrition education, nutrtion policies and procedures
Content Will Be Driven By YOU!

Coaching QEC:
resources for coaches, managing teacher fatigue/stress, communication systems, supervision and coaching, case loads, alignment with other professional development activities, support around CLASS, coaching companion, TLC (Together, Learning & Collaborating), Online coach training, Collaborative Coaching Partnerships, Planning Goals and Action Steps, Engaging in Focused Observations, Refecting on and Sharing Feedback about Teaching Practices