2019 STEM – Pre-Institute Sessions



Coaching Conversations

In this six-hour session, participants will engage in coaching conversations where techniques for effective listening and for asking effective questions will intentionally transform how we relate to each other every day in our most significant and meaningful work. This highly interactive workshop will propel you forward with achieving your goals and objectives by aligning the outcomes you desire with your greatest natural talents and strengths. Discover what the organization called Gallup has done with decades of research and critical thinking to support us in learning to tap into who we already are to maximize our productivity! Be willing to practice some basic coaching skills with colleagues in this session, and if you are experiencing a transition in your life (professionally or personally), leave this session inspired to take your next steps–moving into action toward making that significant difference you desire to make in the lives of people we serve!”

Presented by Christine Mattos – Masterful Strategies

Christine is an energetic  and highly motivating coach and leader and is the founder of the Coaching Leadership Institute–Masterful Strategies, a leadership coaching, facilitation and management consulting practice. Additionally, Christine teaches at two institutions of higher learning. She continues to provide leadership development support within a variety of organizations throughout the United States. 


Young Investigators: Introduction to the Project Approach

Why do projects and investigations in the early years? How do you identify young children’s interest in a real-world topic? How do you help children formulate questions for investigation? How do you support children’s representations? The Young Investigators workshop focuses on facilitation of the Project Approach (as defined by Katz, Chard and Helm) with young children. Join us for this full-day, deep dive in to the Project Approach.


  • Participants will learn the structure of the Project Approach along with strategies for facilitating children’s investigations of real-world topics.
  • Participants will recognize how STEM experiences fit naturally into project work.

Presented by Carol Bolz, MA – Young Investigators

Carol is the Education Manager for MARC Head Start in Kansas City, Missouri. When she was a teacher in a Head Start classroom in 1995, Carol was introduced to the Project Approach and has never looked back! She facilitated numerous projects with young investigators as a preschool teacher. Since her time in the classroom, she has supported many teachers in facilitation of projects through training and coaching. Carol has also coordinated research on the Project Approach and presented on the topic at national conferences.

The Vision

All children, regardless of their circumstance at birth, deserve a full and prosperous life.

The Mission

  • Support high-impact Head Start programs for children and adults by creating opportunities for collaboration, networking and information sharing.
  • Unite with state and national Head Start organizations to ensure regulatory and budget outcomes that support our work.
  • Champion the message that every child and family who succeeds makes their community a better place.

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