Pennsylvania 2021 Early Intervention and Family Support Program Virtual Event
When you register for the conference, you will have the ability to register for both Keynote Sessions and Breakout Sessions. The conference will feature three Keynote Presentations. Keynotes will enable you to learn from some of the best voices in the field of Early Intervention and Family Support. We encourage you to join all of the Keynote Sessions. Of particular interest to families will be Bethany Van Delft, a parent advocate, comedian and storyteller who will be sharing her story.
Over the two-day conference there will be four opportunities to for you to choose from a variety of sessions. When you register they will be labeled as “Breakout” Sessions. So, you may be wondering what are the best sessions to choose? That is an excellent question! The best way to address this question is to first say all of the breakout sessions were carefully chosen to support the overall goals of the conference and all will be great sessions! As you think about choosing sessions here are some things you may want to consider:
We will be using a conference platform called Chime. Registered conference participants will receive log in information about a week prior to the conference. Keynotes will be streamed live in this platform. It is also where you will find the conference agenda, session materials, networking opportunities, social media feed as well as links to all of the breakout sessions. Breakout sessions will use the Zoom platform.
To assist families in navigating the conference platform, a Virtual Pre-Conference Orientation session for families will be held on Thursday April 22nd from 1-2. Families that have registered as parents in the PaTTAN registration system were emailed an invitation and link to this meeting. If you did not receive the link by email please email Sarah Holland email@example.com.
Throughout the conference a help desk will be available to assist participants.
If you are typically able to view videos on your device you should be able to access the conference platform and view the keynote presentations. Breakout sessions will be using Zoom as their platform. To test your device and connection to Zoom you can join a zoom test meeting. If you have not joined a Zoom meeting before it may be helpful to review this tutorial.
The conference platform has numerous built in features to assist you connect with others. After you receive your login access the conference platform (about a week before the conference), we encourage you to start to become familiar with the platform features. A key feature to allow you to network and connect with others is the eBusiness card feature. You will be able to edit your profile, including adding a picture, add a biography and add to your eBusiness Card. From this networking section of the conference platform you can use tools to search for other attendees, read their biographies, start chat conversations and exchange eBusiness Cards.
In addition to these networking features, we encourage you to join our twitter feed for the conference, which you will be able to do directly from the conference platform. We encourage you to share you’re a-ha moments, what you are learning, what is connecting with you. Throughout the conference there will also be some prompts to help you participate in some fun ways to connect with each other!
There will also be two opportunities to families to connect with other families at special events for this conference.