Join us virtually: Oct 26-27, 2020 

IT is about the whole child and IT is going to be better than ever!

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As the COVID-19 Pandemic Continues, Children Need Us More than Ever

Child-serving professionals, educators and parents across America have had to confront the challenges of shifting from traditional classrooms to online learning. Mental health professionals deliver services online while many community services are limited or unavailable. Residential and juvenile justice facilities continue to focus on the health and well-being of the children, families, and youth they serve while implementing new state restrictions and guidelines around COVID-19.

Traditional methods for serving and educating children aren’t working to meet the needs of students. School leaders grapple with tough issues about how to deliver education in a COVID-19 world. The current situation demands transformation and innovation. 

The inaugural 2020 Virtual Kids First National Conference will provide attendees with innovative strategies that are working for our most vulnerable children.

We’re Going Virtual

This national event conference will offer both live and on-demand sessions. If your schedule does not permit you to participate on October 26 and 27, you will be able to join sessions when it is convenient for youThis conference will also be unique in that it will be a co-created event as workshops will become collaborative think tanks for the creation of thought provoking, innovative and applicable distant learning sessions

Let’s Innovate & Transform

The Virtual Kids First National Conference will equip educational, juvenile justice, administrators, mental health, and child-serving leaders and professionals to Innovate & Transform to ensure children thrive. Additionally, the conference help parents and caregivers tackle the challenges facing children and families during this unprecedented time. The conference will broaden your knowledge as you learn from a cadre of exciting speakers committed to putting “Kids First” as we explore transformation, innovation, technology, and mental health taddress needs of the whole child as education and delivery models continue to adapt and embrace technology in the COVID-19 environment

Certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees plus Category I Social Work CEUs will be awarded for all sessions.

Our History

For the last two decades, the NAREN TranZed National Conference has had a rich history of providing resources addressing at-risk, disadvantaged, and marginalized students. We are excited to announce that the legacy of NAREN will continue and expand in 2020 to reach even more professionals serving children and youth, with an interactive online delivery model, through the Virtual Kids First National Conference.

Our keynote and featured speakers are Innovating & Transforming education and leadership!

Robert Jackson

Author of “Becoming the Educator They Need: Strategies, Mindsets, and Beliefs for Supporting Male Black and Latino Students”

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

Co-author of “Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love”

Frank J. Kros, MSW, JD

Frank Kros, MSW, JD, Adverse Childhood Experiences Master Trainer

Dr. Liz Berquist

Liz Berquist, Designs & Delivers Professional Learning for District Leaders

Dr. Jim Ewing

Jim Ewing, Author of “Math for ELLs. As Easy as Uno, Dos, Tres.”

How can IT help you?

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The 2020 Virtual Kids First National Conference is presented by The Children’s Guild Alliance in collaboration with the Towson University Department of Special Education.