VIRTUAL LEARNING LABS

By harnessing the power of technology, our virtual learning labs offers leaders and practitioners another opportunity for shared learning and networking.

 

Join us for virtual learning labs featuring expert speakers, promising practices, and success stories focusing on NOW’s key levers of change, including:

  • Equity Frameworks and Tools to Advance Child Wellbeing

  • Coalition Development: Structure and Shared Governance Models to Maximize Collective Impact

  • Fostering Community Engagement and Leadership: Centering Parents and Families

  • Data Storytelling: Utilizing Data to Tell Stories of Impact and Engage Policymakers

  • Sustaining and Strengthening Momentum: “Big S” and “Little S” Sustainability

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UPCOMING WEBINAR

Strategies for Centering Equity in Early Care and Education

Thursday, November 7, 2019 @ 10-11 am PT / 1-2 pm ET

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Research and practice continue to points to the powerful impacts of racial, economic, and social inequities that start early in life and persist across the life course. Across the country, communities are seeking to address these challenges through innovative solutions and collaborative strategies that seek to undo systemic and structural racism within early care and education systems, policies and practices. This webinar will provide an opportunity to learn from Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing (NOW) peer mentor coalitions around challenges, successes, and lessons learned as they work to address equity for children and families in their communities. The California Consortium for Equity in Early Care and Education will discuss their efforts to build pathways for emerging and current leaders of color in early care and education who have directly experienced inequity, trauma, and social injustice. In Connecticut, the Opportunity Knocks for Middletown's Young Children Community Collaborative, will share their ongoing efforts to center parent voices and promote aligned policies and programs that ensure all children enter kindergarten physically and emotionally healthy and ready for school success.

Featured speakers include:

  • Neva Bandelow, Early Learning Program Manager, Alameda County Office of Education

  • Dr. LaWanda Wesley, Director, Quality Enhancement & Professional Development of Early Learning, Oakland Unified School District

  • Monica Belyea, Program Planner, Opportunity Knocks for Middletown's Young Children, Middlesex Hospital

  • Beverly Lawrence, Steering Committee, Opportunity Knocks for Middletown's Young Children

  • Susan Macary, Steering Committee, Opportunity Knocks for Middletown's Young Children

  • Moderator: Ronda Alexander, Director of Operations, Vital Village Network at Boston Medical Center

PLEASE NOTE: A Spanish language line is available for participants who would like to listen to live interpretation during the webinar. This audio line will be recorded and also posted on the Forum. To access this feature, after logging in and launching the webinar, dial into this Spanish language audio line: Dial In: +1 (646) 749-3112 / Access Code: 386-877-165

WEBINAR ARCHIVES

Culturally Relevant and Affirming Approaches to Engaging Families:

Reflections from the Brazelton Tribal Touchpoints Initiative

Thursday, September 5, 2019 @ 10-11 am PT / 1-2 pm ET

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Grounding practice in a community’s indigenous knowledge, expertise, and cultural traditions is critical for strengthening early childhood education initiatives. For nearly 20 years, Brazelton Touchpoints Center has worked in partnership with tribal communities to support American Indian/Alaska Native community goals for all children to thrive. This webinar will provide an opportunity to learn from tribal partners and staff with the Tribal Touchpoints Initiative as they reflect on strategies for strengthening collaborations between providers and tribal communities, centering indigenous identity, language, and practice in early learning and healthy development, as well as fostering sustainable peer learning among and between participating communities.

 

Featured speakers include:

  • Joshua Sparrow, MD, Executive Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Boston Children’s Hospital

  • Jeanne Christopher, Director of Early Childhood Services, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

  • Andrea Adams, Touchpoints Site Coordinator, Education Manager with Early Childhood Services, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

  • Joelfré Grant, Project Director, Tribal Touchpoints Initiative at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center

  • Moderator: Ronda Alexander, Director of Operations, Vital Village Network at Boston Medical Center

PLEASE NOTE: A Spanish language line is available for participants who would like to listen to live interpretation during the webinar. This audio line will be recorded and also posted on the Forum. To access this feature, after logging in and launching the webinar, dial into this Spanish language audio line: Dial In: +1 (312) 757-3121; Access Code: 297-839-645

Data Storytelling: Utilizing Data to Tell Stories of Impact and Engage Policymakers

Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 10-11 am PT / 1-2 pm ET

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Data storytelling can serve as a powerful tool for system transformation, from conveying a community’s vision for health and equity, to translating information into a compelling narrative, to engaging decision makers in championing health-promoting policies and investments. This session will discuss why narrative change strategies are critical to advancing efforts that support the wellbeing of young children and families, and share tools, resources, and examples of designing effective framing and messaging strategies to support your work. Building on the experience of Children’s HealthWatch, speakers will present tools and promising strategies from a new data storytelling toolkit, including how to develop effective frames, design message maps, and plan for dissemination. The session will also lift up examples of applying these narrative strategies, including best practices for communicating the impact of housing on children’s health and wellbeing.

 

Featured speakers include:

  • Moderator: Ronda Alexander, Director of Operations, Vital Village Network at Boston Medical Center

  • Megan Sandel, Principal Investigator, Children’s HealthWatch; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health

  • Allison Bovell-Ammon, Deputy Director of Policy Strategy, Children’s HealthWatch

NOTE: A Spanish language line participants is available who would like to listen to live interpretation during the webinar. This audio line will be recorded and also posted on the Forum. To access this feature, after logging in and launching the webinar, dial into this phone conference line:

Dial in: +1 (646) 749-3122 / Access Code: 144-196-181

Community Engagement and Leadership: Centering Parents and Families

Thursday, May 2, 2019 @ 10-11 am PT / 1-2 pm ET

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Parents and families play pivotal roles in advancing equitable early childhood, education, and health systems change efforts that promote child wellbeing and prevent early life adversity. Sustainable solutions emerge when driven and led by the wisdom, voices, and experiences of those who are directly impacted by health inequities. Authentic, inclusive community engagement is an ongoing, long-term process that ensures meaningful leadership and co-design roles for community stakeholders and members at every stage of the process — from visioning, assessment, and planning, to decision making, leadership, and advocacy, to implementation and monitoring. In this webinar, speakers from Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere and The Praxis Project will share their models and framework for community engagement and leadership. Speakers will lift up promising practices, reflections, and lessons learned as they engage in these strategies in partnership with communities across the country.

Featured speakers include:

  • Moderator: Ronda Alexander, Director of Operations, Vital Village Network at Boston Medical Center

  • Andrea Serrano, Program Director, Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE)

  • Xavier Morales, Executive Director, The Praxis Project

Fostering Thriving Cities: City and Community Partnerships for Early Childhood Success

Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 10-11 am PT / 1-2 pm ET

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An aligned and equitable system of early care and education is critical for ensuring that all children grow up healthy and thriving.  Historically, a patchwork quilt of programs that serve young children and their families have developed independently from each other and the resulting fragmentation frequently impedes and limits their effectiveness. Aligning early care and education systems for young children can take a variety of forms and functions.  What is essential is that city leaders and their community partners come together collaboratively to determine what early childhood alignment may look like in their community and how to achieve it.

In this webinar hosted by the Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing (NOW), the National League of Cities will share best practices and key elements from communities across the country on how community partners, elected officials and families came to partner for early childhood success.

Featured speakers include:

  • Moderator: Ronda Alexander, Director of Operations, Vital Village Network at Boston Medical Center

  • Nancy Lim, Program Manager, Early Childhood Success, National League of Cities

  • Tonja Rucker, Program Director, Early Childhood Success, National League of Cities

What's Underneath the Iceberg: Unpacking ACEs and Addressing Structural Inequities

Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 10-11 am PT / 1-2 pm ET

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Across the country, ongoing research and growing attention continues to shed light on the critical role that experiences of trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) -- and the community structures, systems, and policies that drive them -- play in shaping the long term health and wellbeing of children and their families across the life course. Building upon a multi-systems “iceberg” model and Dignity framework, this webinar will explore the multiple layers and systems that contribute to inequities in community experiences and outcomes shaped by early life adversities. Speakers will share how they are unpacking these layers and lift up examples of efforts underway to address these critical issues.

Featured speakers include:

  • Moderator: Ronda Alexander, Director of Operations, Vital Village Network at Boston Medical Center

  • Dr. Renee Boynton-Jarrett, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine; Founding Director, Vital Village Network at Boston Medical Center

  • Nikotris Perkins, Senior Strategist, Ubuntu Research and Evaluation

Designing Thinking for Community Change

December 6, 2018 @ 10-11 am PT / 1-2 pm ET

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Design Thinking has emerged as a powerful approach to centering communities in designing solutions and programs focused on preventing childhood adversities and eliminating health inequities. This webinar will provide an introduction to the Design Thinking framework and discuss how this tool can be used to strengthen health equity and community change initiatives that seek to ensure that all children and families thrive in healthy communities. Featured speakers will share innovative examples of how they are utilizing Design Thinking across a range of areas, including education equity, public health, and community engagement.

Featured speakers include:

  • Moderator: Ronda Alexander, Director of Operations, Vital Village Network at Boston Medical Center

  • Candace Brooks, Senior Design Researcher, Agncy

  • Patricia Bowie, Senior Fellow, UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities

  • Shelley Danner, Co-Founder and Project Director, Challenge Detroit

NOW Innovation Forum Virtual Tour

October 17, 2018 @ 10-11 am PT / 1-2 pm ET

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Join us on October 17 for a virtual tour of the NOW Innovation Forum! During this webinar, speakers will provide an interactive walk through of key features and resources, as well as new tools to connect with other members of the NOW community.

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