Welcome to the 2019 PDS Symposium at the Early Educators Leadership Conference. We’re delighted
you have joined us for this year’s day of learning, fellowship and fun.
They say, “A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” It’s this sentiment that will “tie” the sessions
together today. In this case, the three strands are the Candidates, the PD Specialists and the Council.
Each strand stands on its own, but when combined, strengthens the others. But if one strand is weak
or fraying, so is the cord. That is why it’s imperative that we ensure the strength of our strand, the PDS.
Today’s sessions are constructed to do just that; to reinforce your knowledge, teach new skills and
make sure your voices are heard throughout.
Today’s agenda is packed to the brim. We have a lot planned and know we’re asking much of you. But
we do truly hope you’ll leave inspired and ready to use these skills in your everyday practices and
spread the word. The beginning of the day is about learning, but the second half will be all about hearing
what you have to say. There will be a session to voice your concerns, thoughts and opinions to help
formulate PDS-driven decisions and then you’ll take part in our National Thought-Leader Focus Group.
We are so excited to really drill down and get your thoughts about various issues concerning the PDS
community. We look forward to using this data to help improve our processes in the future.
Then tonight you’ll get to unwind at the welcome reception featuring food, music and lively conversation.
While there, keep an eye out for Chonda and Larissa towards the back of the room. They’ll be recording
an episode of our new podcast, The Reflective Dialogue Podcast, live from the event and would love
to include interviews with you. Swing on by their table for a brief chat and you may hear yourself on a
We realize that your position can often feel like a solo endeavor. Throughout the week