Professional Learning Institute

The 2021 Professional Learning Institute offers a maximum of 10 training hours available through MiRegistry; SCECHs available for eligible attendees registered in MOECS. A live keynote and four live one-hour sessions are offered Friday, February 26, 2021. The remaining sessions are available for on-demand viewing February 26 – March 12 2021.

The Michigan Professional Learning Institute (MI PLI) is designed for established professionals and emergent leaders in the early childhood community including:

  • Coaches and Mentors
  • Early Childhood Consultants
  • Early Childhood Contacts
  • Early Childhood Specialists
  • Educational Specialists
  • Great Start to Quality Staff
  • Higher Education Faculty
  • Professional Development Providers
  • Program Administrators/Directors
  • Resource and Referral Staff
  • Trainers
  • Teachers
  • Anyone who supports and/or trains early education and care providers

Keynote Speaker Highlight: Lisa Ryan, CSP

As a Certified Speaking Professional, an award-winning speaker and author of ten books, Lisa works with clients to develop employee engagement initiatives and strategies that keep their top talent from becoming someone else’s. Lisa’s participants enjoy her high energy, enthusiastic delivery and quick wit and they leave the session with ideas they are committed to acting on immediately to make positive workplace culture changes.

Friday, February 26, 2021 Keynote: Gratitude Strategies to Boost Your Business and Lift Your Life

During this pandemic, it’s more important than ever to look for the good in difficult circumstances. In this fun and engaging virtual program, you’ll have the opportunity to learn and be reminded of principles that make a difference- personally and professionally. Using research anecdotes, personal stories and experiences, Lisa give you simple tools to create a happier, less stressed-out life. Give yourself the give of a little self-care today for a better tomorrow.

In her entertaining, interactive and FUN program, Lisa Ryan will S.H.O.W. you the immense power of gratitude in four areas.

You’ll discover how gratitude changes your SELF- your perspective, the way you look at what happens to you. Current gratitude research will be presented to show WHY this is such a powerful practice.

You’ll realize that there are abundant HEALTH benefits from gratefulness including your heart, immune system, and ability to have sounder sleep.

You’ll understand how gratitude improves relationships with OTHERS and will have a few strategies to try during and after the session.

Finally, you’ll find out the influence of gratitude on WEALTH/WORKPLACE to see how you can bring these principles into the workplace.

By attending this keynote, you will:

  • Experience a simple daily practice that positively impacts every area of life
  • Explore ways to strengthen your immune system in just five minutes a day
  • Learn gratitude strategies (Grategies) that strengthen your relationships
  • Explore simple strategies to create a workplace culture that ROCKS!

You will leave this program with specific ideas that produce dramatic and positive results in your perspective health, wealth and happiness.

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