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Ernest Mendes, Ph.D.

March 21st - 12:00-1:00 PM PT

Being our best self in the Classroom & Managing Disruptive behavior

Dr. Ernie Mendes is an organizational psychologist and a licensed marriage and family therapist. He has been providing training, coaching, and consulting for more than 30 years. He had a private counseling practice for 11 years counseling families, couples, and individuals. He has consulted and presented to Early Education Programs for more than 15 years. He has taught at the high school, college, and university levels. He currently consults to school districts, government agencies and corporations, providing trainings, keynotes, and executive coaching. Dr. Mendes is a top rated Executive Trainer at UCSD’s Rady School of Management. For more info visit

Chip Donohue, PhD

March 22nd - 12:00-1:00 PM PT

What changed? What won’t change? What is the role of technology beyond the pandemic? A call to action for seekers in the next new normal

Chip Donohue, PhD, is Founding Director of the Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center at Erikson Institute. As a Senior Fellow of the Fred Rogers Center, he co-chaired the working group that revised the 2012 NAEYC & Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8. In 2019, Chip edited Exploring Key Issues in Early Childhood and Technology: Evolving Perspectives and Innovative Approaches. He is also the editor of Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors (2017) and Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning (2015).

Wendy Ward Hoffer

March 23rd - 12:00-1:00 PM PT

Cultivating STEM Identities

A former math and science teacher, Wendy Ward Hoffer designs and presents professional learning for educators at all levels. She is the author of four books on teaching math and science for understanding: Science as Thinking (Heinemann, 2009), Minds on Mathematics (Heinemann, 2012), Developing Literate Mathematicians (NCTM, 2016) and Cultivating STEM Identities (Heinemann 2016). Wendy attended Dartmouth College and earned her MA in Education at Stanford University. When not writing or teaching, she enjoys time with her teen children, walks her dog, plays Scrabble, and experiments with baking.

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