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2018 HIPPY USA
National Leadership Conference Schedule

View the 2018 National Leadership Conference program booklet here.

Sunday, April 8

  • Registration - Noon to 6 p.m.
  • National Board of Trustees Meeting - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • HIPPY USA Leadership Summit - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • HUSA State Directors, HUSA Assistant State Directors and HUSA State Contacts will meet from 8 a.m. to noon.
    • HUSA National Trainers will join at noon.
  • Home Visitor Institute Kick-off  - 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Designed specifically and especially for home visitors
  • Avima Gala - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Reception, book signing and poster signing begin at 6 p.m.
      • Stay tuned for more details about the 30th Anniversary Book and Poster!
    • Dinner and program begin at 7 p.m.

Monday, April 9

  • New Coordinator Breakfast (by invitation only) - 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
  • Opening Session - 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. 
    • Continental breakfast - 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. (Courtesy of HIPPY USA)
    • Keynote Speaker, Dr. Mike Longoria
  • Concurrent Workshops - 10:30 a.m. to Noon
    • What Would You Do If You Knew You Couldn’t Fail, Facing Your Fears and Barriers To Successful Goal Outcomes - Gwen Welch, HIPPY USA National Trainer
    • Stress: Understanding and Managing Ours While Helping Families with Theirs - Felicia Loring, Arkansas Home Visiting Network Trainer
    • Insights into Making Children's Books - Ethan Long, award-winning and best-selling author and illustrator
    • IDRA Education Cafe - Hector Bojorquez, Director of Operations, Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA)
    • Perinatal Depression: What is it? What can we do? - Francesca Scheiber, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Iowa and HIPPY USA Board Member
    • Telling Your HIPPY Story with Data? - Dr. Jennifer Henk, HIPPY USA Director of Education and Research
  • HIPPY International Lunch - 12:15p.m. to 1:15 p.m. (Courtesy of HIPPY USA)
    • Keynote speaker, Dr. Miriam Westheimer and Gbima Bahtokpah - HIPPY International
  • Concurrent Workshops - 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    • How to Increase Family Engagement - Tawana Hunter and Courtney Scott, HIPPY Coordinators, Houston Independent School District
    • HIPPY Program PR and Advocacy Part 1 - Kathleen Havey, Senior Policy Advisor, Linchpin Strategies
    • Insights into Making Children's Books - Ethan Long, award-winning and best-selling author and illustrator
    • Reflective Supervision - Gweneth Welch, HIPPY USA National Trainer
    • The Demography of Children in the United States - Dr. Rogelio Sáenz, Dean of the College of Public Policy, University of Texas at San Antonio
    • Turning Jeans into Dreams: How Partnering with Your Local Goodwill is Good for Families - Elisabeth Reise, Director of Mission Advancement, Goodwill San Antonio and Staci Croom-Raley, HIPPY USA Executive Director
  • State & Regional Meetings - 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Consulting Cafe Appointments 
    • Go here to schedule appointments with HUSA staff/experts for one-on-one discussions specific to your program/agency.

Tuesday, April 10

  • Caring Conversations Cafe Plenary Session - 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    • Presenter, Jamie Ward, Curricula Concepts
  • Concurrent Workshops - 10:30 a.m. to Noon
    • Building Effective Communication Skills for Home Visitors - Felicia Loring, Arkansas Home Visiting Network Trainer
    • Reflective Supervision - Sonya Thorn, Director, The Family Nurturing Center of Texas
    • Working with Twos: Making it Work, Making it Fun - Mardi Crandall, University of Arkansas Instructor Emerita
    • Sing and Sign" / "Cantar y hacer Señas": Developing strong brains and language in young children - Dr. Mike Longoria
    • An Overview of the Family Support and Strengthening Field and the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support - Andrew Russo, Co-founder and Director of the National Family Support Network
    • Assessing Children in a Home Setting - You Can Do It! - Dena Roberts, Director of Professional Development, Early Learning Labs, Inc.
  • Insights to Autism Lunch - 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. (Courtesy of HIPPY USA) 
    • Join the Texas HIPPY and Florida HIPPY staff and their collaborators as they share their experiences with providing HIPPY to children with autism.
      • Special guest speakers: Dr. Kevin Callahan, Kristen Farmer Autism Center & Dr. Karen Berkman, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida
  • Concurrent Workshops - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • Strategies for Home Visitor Safety - Felicia Loring, Arkansas Home Visiting Network Trainer
    • A Deep Dive into the Caring Conversations Cafe Model - Jamie Ward, Curricula Concepts
    • HIPPY Program PR and Advocacy Part 2 - Ghidotti Communications Team
    • Sing and Sign" / "Cantar y hacer Señas": Developing strong brains and language in young children - Dr. Mike Longoria
    • Sending the Right Message:  Advocating Support for Your HIPPY Program - Mary Reed, Florida HIPPY Training Coordinator
    • Data That Supports a Brighter Future: Children with ASD Succeed with HIPPY - Dr. Karen Berkman, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida and Brenda Brinson, Florida HIPPY; Dr. Kevin Callahan and Ashlyn Moore, Kristen Farmer Autism Center at the University of North Texas

Wednesday, April 11

  • Plenary Session - 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    • This session will provide important updates, including:
      • ​​​​​​​CPAL Project (Age 2 Curriculum and Caregiver Curriculum)
      • ProLADR Assessment Pilot Results
      • WGBH Collaboration
        • ​​​​​​​Bringing Science Home with PEEP:  Engaging Parents and Preschool Children in Science Exploration, with special guest speaker Gay Morbacher
      • HIPPY USA's new Public Relations Firm (Ghidotti Communications)
      • Scholarship Opportunities
        • Curriculum
        • CDA Credential
        • The Nonprofit Leadership Lab
      • ​​​​​​​Much more!
  • Closing Lunch Session - 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Courtesy of HIPPY USA)
    • ​​​​​​​Keynote Speaker, Vicki Clark, Building the Capacity of Organizations

For questions or more information about the conference sessions, please email us or call 501.537.7726.