On June 10, the VCU School of Education held its third annual Evelyn Reed Symposium. The Greater Richmond community came together with VCU researchers to discuss improving outcomes for children. The theme of this year’s symposium was Professional Pathways and Partnerships in Early Childhood: Making Connections to Improve Outcomes.
The event kicked off with opening remarks from SOE professor Dr. Yaoying Xu, Dr. Cathy Howard, Dr. Andrew Daire and Dr. Evelyn Reed. They addressed the dedication of the teachers and researchers to learning how to make connections and make the most of the resources in their communities. They also addressed the importance of continuing to work towards improving education during early childhood years in urban areas.
The event featured panel presentations from groups such as the Parents of Young Children with Disabilities, Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond, Chesterfield Infant Program, Richmond Public Library and Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond.
It also offered concurrent sessions allowing attendants to connect with area agencies. Topics included capitalizing on strong partnerships and positive experiences in early childhood special education and engaging families in collaborative verbal communication instruction for young children with autism.
The symposium was a great opportunity for VCU students and faculty to come together with early childhood practitioners. Together, they explored local partnerships and resources for supporting positive outcomes for young children with and without disabilities and their families.