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About the ECLI

UPDATE: News about the ECLI for 2019

The ECLI is taking a break in 2019.  We (the planning committee) are busy working on bringing you a new, different ECLI in 2020.  Stay tuned for more information!


The Early Childhood Leadership Institute (ECLI) is an annual conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, hosted by the ECEI and many local partners.  We typically bring in national researchers and thought leaders on different topics in early childhood, and focus on research to practice for those working in all areas of early childhood. 

Since 2007, the ECLI has addressed a variety of topics including Dual Language Learners, Outdoor Learning Environments, Assessing Young Children, and Math & Science, ACES, Trauma and Resilience.  

Listed below are the topics and keynotes for each of the past ECLIs. 

2018 - Working Together: Supporting Young Children with Challenging Behaviors

2017 - Strategies for Building Resilience in Early Childhood

2016 - The Building Blocks of Resilience in a Trauma-Filled World

2015 - Exploring and Learning in a Digital World - Chip Donohue, Ph.D.

2014 - Solving the Puzzle of Executive Functioning - Deborah Leong, Ph.D.

2013 - Meaningful Assessment and Making Meaning - Ellen Frede, Ph.D.

2012 - Ehthusiastic Engaged Early Learners - Marilou Hyson, Ph.D.

2011 - Active Teaching and Learning for Children - Doug Clements, Ph.D.

2010 - Take Those Kids Outside - Rusty Keeler

2009 - Dual Language Learners, Continued - Linda Espinosa, Ph.D. 

2008 - Dual Language Learners - Linda Espinosa, Ph.D. 

2007 - Tulsa's Universal Pre-K - William Gormley, Ph.D.  


Co-Sponsors for the ECLI include:  Professional Development & Leadership Academy (OU-Tulsa), Community Service Council, Tulsa Tech, OSU Human Development and Family Science, Tulsa Educare, Inc., CAP-Tulsa, Birth to Eight Strategy for Tulsa, Tulsa Early Childhood Association, and the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education.