Upcoming ACDS Events

“None of us are to be found in sets of tasks or lists of attributes; we can be known only in the unfolding of our unique stories within the context of everyday events.”
-Vivian Gussin Paley, the boy who would be a helicopter: the uses of storytelling in the classroom

Please join The Association of Child Development Specialists for a presentation on

LEARNING STORIES: Building Learner Identity

Presented by Leslie Voss

Sunday, May 20, 2018

 9:30am – 12:00pm

 Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services

Please see below for driving directions & information about requesting Certificates of Attendance

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A ‘Learning Story’ is a formative assessment framework that moves far beyond the traditional assessment method, affirming and empowering individuals as they build their personal identities as powerful learners. Studied and adapted internationally, this narrative assessment format, first developed in New Zealand, moves the educational focus from the successful acquisition of skills and abilities to ‘learning about learning’ and how to become our best ‘learning selves’.

Learning Stories have been exciting educators world-wide as they create an avenue for families, practitioners and children to contribute -and expand- their expertise and knowledge in the process of building strong learners and learning communities. Please join us for this introduction.

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 Lesli Voss

Leslie Voss has worked in the field of early care and education for over 30 years- caring for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children, and working for more than 25 years in early education at the University of California Santa Barbara, including 12 years as Director of the UCSB Early Care and Education Services. She has taught community college and university teacher education courses and serves as a member of Santa Barbara County Child Care Planning Council and related advisory committees where she advocates for and promotes supportive workforce practices. Now in private practice, she works as a consultant providing professional learning opportunities, family education, and program administration support in early childhood care and education. Leslie is passionate about embedding values-based practices into early care and education programs and is especially excited about introducing the New Zealand ‘Learning Story’ model to the United States and guiding programs in adapting this valuable framework. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University and M.A. in Early Childhood Education from UCSB.

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Vista Del Mar is located at 3200 Motor Avenue.  It is bounded by the 10 (Santa Monica) Freeway and Manning Avenue and close to National Boulevard.  It is in the Cheviot Hills area of Century City.


Take the 10 (Santa Monica) freeway to the National Boulevard off ramp.  Proceed straight ahead up Manning Avenue.  Turn left on Motor Avenue and go approximately one-half block to the entrance of Vista Del Mar on the east (left) side of Motor.


Take the 405 (San Diego) freeway to the 10 East (Santa Monica) freeway.  Exit the first off ramp, which is Overland/National, and turn left onto National and left again where the street makes a left turn.  Continue straight one block to Motor and turn left.  Go approximately 100 yards to the Vista Del Mar entrance on right (east) side of Motor.

NOTE:  WHEN GOING EAST ON NATIONAL TO MOTOR, IT IS ILLEGAL TO TURN LEFT (NORTH) ONTO MOTOR AVENUE DURING THE HOURS OF 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM.   Rather, go one block past Motor to Vinton Street, turn right and go one block to Woodbine and turn right.  Go one block to Motor and turn right again.  Proceed north past National and look for Vista Del Mar entrance on the right (east) side of Motor.

WHEN GOING WEST ON NATIONAL TO MOTOR AVENUE, IT IS ILLEGAL TO TURN RIGHT BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM. Rather, where National & Manning Avenues meet – go west onto Manning Avenue to Motor Avenue.  Turn left (south) onto Motor Avenue and proceed approximately one-half block to the Vista Del Mar entrance on the left (east) side of Motor & turn left.


After you enter and pass the guard booth, you will come to a stop sign.  At that stop sign, turn left and continue up that driveway to the end where there will be a parking lot.  We will be meeting in the SHUKEN Building.

CERTIFICATES OF ATTENDANCE are available for this event and are free for ACDS members and

$5 for non-members.  This fee is payable via PAYPAL. (Complete instructions for payment via PAYPAL are below.)  

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July 15, 2018 – Topic TBA

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November 18, 2018 – Topic TBA

(ACDS will not meet in June or August)