Professional Development For All

Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan
2019-20 Professional Development for All Series

Executive Function and Self-Regulation, Third Institute

Join early childhood experts to explore ways to foster executive function and social-emotional skills in young children, birth through age 8.

Registration is now open for the third institute in the 2019-20 Professional Development for All (PD for All) series, set for Saturday, March 14, in Omaha.

This institute, like those held in November and January, will focus on executive function and self-regulation, and will be held at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. This date was added after the institute scheduled for January 18 was canceled due to inclement weather. This Saturday institute provides another learning opportunity for early childhood professionals.

Social-emotional well-being and executive functioning skills, which include initiative, problem-solving, and self-control, are critical features of early childhood development that contribute to later success in school. In this institute, the keynote and featured breakout sessions will focus on tools and strategies to support children in developing effective cognitive regulation skills. The essential role of collaboration and communication between professional colleagues and families will also be explored. When caring adults work together to focus on skills such as working memory and the ability to follow directions, children become better able to manage their behavior and emotions, and negotiate the transitions necessary in school and in life.

PD for All is a groundbreaking series of free professional development experiences open to all early childhood professionals who serve young children, birth through Grade 3, in the Omaha metro area. The series is made possible by the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties and introduces leading-edge research and innovative practices that can make a difference in the lives of young children and families.

Keynote Presenter

Dr. Jolene Johnson is an assistant professor and the associate director of education at the Interdisciplinary Center of Program Evaluation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She leads the Mindfulness and Mastery project across 13 Educare sites in Nebraska and seven other states. Her research focuses on how interventions and processes affect student outcomes, as well as the impact of executive functioning on other areas of development.

Breakout Sessions
  • Creating a Strong Foundation for Executive Function (birth through age 3)
  • Building Brains and Strengthening Relationships Using Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga (birth through age 5)
  • Building the Brain: Supporting Improved Executive Function Skills (ages 3-8)

Date & Location

Saturday, March 14, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Salvation Army Kroc Center
2825 Y Street
Omaha, NE 68107

Registration closes Friday, March 6.

Register now

Contact Lisa Caudle at the Buffett Early Childhood Institute,

Previous Institutes

Presentations, videos, and resources from past PD for All institutes are available for download. Visit

About the Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan
The Superintendents' Early Childhood Plan is a groundbreaking initiative that represents one of the nation's most innovative, comprehensive approaches to reducing achievement gaps for children from birth through Grade 3. It is built around intensive, continuous, and evidence-based services for children living in high concentrations of poverty in the Omaha metro area. The plan was developed by the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska in partnership with the 11 school districts of the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties. The Buffett Institute continues to facilitate implementation of the plan, which is largely funded by the Learning Community.

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The Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. The Buffett Institute is an AA/EEO/ADA institution. For questions, accommodations, or assistance, please call/contact the University of Nebraska Chief Compliance Officer (phone: 402.472.8404).