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Early Childhood Conference

June 15, 2016

The annual Early Childhood Conference is a professional development opportunity for those who serve young children, ages birth through second grade.

 
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  • Faith Development
  • Social/Emotional Development
  • Challenging Behaviors
  • Music,Art,Literacy
  • School Climate
  • Leadership
Schedule for June 15, 2016 
8:00am Registration,Thom Leadership Education Center (TLEC) lobby
8:30am Welcome and introduction of keynote speakers, Janzow Cattle Conference Room
8:45am Morning Keynote speaker, Janzow Campus Center 
10:00am Break
10:15am Sectional I, (TLEC)
11:45am Lunch, Luncheon speaker - Janzow Campus Center
1:15pm Sectional II, (TLEC)
2:15pm Break
2:30pm Afternoon Keynote speaker, Janzow Campus Center

Conference Speakers

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Anne Meeker

Keynote Speaker

SING. PLAY. LOVE. Developing Language and Literacy the Young Child's Way through Music and Play

Anne will show you how to create a meaningful and engaging context for language and literacy learning through music and play-filled activities. Anne will show you how easy and enjoyable supporting early language and a love of reading can be included in the daily routines of young children. Her interactive session will include lots of practical tips and techniques for helping children understand and express with signs and spoken words. Anne’s song stories and print materials will inspire expanded vocabulary, phonological awareness, recall of story events and a love of books.

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Terry Groth

Luncheon Speaker

A Little Child Shall Lead Them: What Children Teach Us About Faith

This address will explore attributes of saving faith as they are demonstrated in the lives of children in the Biblical narratives.

Sectionals Information

Sectional I (10:15 to 11:30 a.m.)
  1. The Power of Prevention
    This session focuses on addressing pervasive and persistent challenging behavior through prevention. Why is it that a child’s problem behaviors continue, or even escalate, regardless of how we respond or what we do? It’s a trap we fall into all too often, and a hamster wheel we get stuck on; Problem – Punish – Forgive – Problem – Punish – Forgive, over and over again. Come learn new strategies for escaping the hamster wheel and addressing problem behaviors from a different angle.

  2. Teaching the Whole Child and Reaching Every Child through Formative Assessment
    Attachment and emotional supports are critical to the development of young children. In this session, participants will explore how the use of formative and observational assessment can be used to effectively inform classroom practice and support the development of culturally and linguistically diverse children.

  3. Emotion Coaching for Providers and Families
    Participants will walk away with knowledge of how to recognize and value emotions beginning at birth. Every child feels emotions in unique ways. Helping a child learn about feelings is an important role for a parents and caregivers. When you share emotional moments with children you grow closer together. We will also be discussing the four different parenting styles and the effects they have on children.

  4. Cooking Fun with the Young Chef
    The pantry offers limitless possibilities to engage young learners in basic science, math, language, art and reading concepts. This interactive session will walk you through the art and science of cooking with 3- to 8-year-olds. Each participant will receive a list of tools helpful in teaching their mini-chefs, as well as lesson plans teachers can take home.

  5. Wonderous Wonderings about our Wonderful World
    As standards change and students become more curious about the world around them, it’s essential to include non-fiction texts in different areas of your classroom. Discover ways you can effectively use and maximize non-fiction texts as read aloud, in centers, as units, in projects, as independent reading and more, all while engaging a sense of wonder and amazement in the pre-primary and primary classroom.

Sectional II (1:15 to 2:15 p.m.)
  1. The Power of Prevention
    This session focuses on addressing pervasive and persistent challenging behavior through prevention. Why is it that a child’s problem behaviors continue, or even escalate, regardless of how we respond or what we do? It’s a trap we fall into all too often, and a hamster wheel we get stuck on; Problem – Punish – Forgive – Problem – Punish – Forgive, over and over again. Come learn new strategies for escaping the hamster wheel and addressing problem behaviors from a different angle.

  2. Playing it Safe: Partnering with Parents to Keep Our Children Safe and Developing Appropriately in a Social Media World
    Apps, chats, tweets, messages, Internet—children (and parents) are spending more time interacting through digital devices. What’s your role as a teacher and partner with parents in this ever-changing online environment? How do we keep children safe? Learn strategies to share with parents that can help them and their children develop a healthy relationship and utilize technology in a positive way.

  3. “Put Me in Coach!”—But HOW do I Coach the Game?
    Enhance your ability as a coach/director to confidently communicate, connect and engage with your team to maximize your organizational outcomes. This session will lead you toward developing effective communication skills, and we’ll practice a coaching model for enhancing performance!

  4. Science Inquiry and Writing: The STEMs of Wonderment
    This hands-on, minds-on will provide examples of integrating writing and STEM during developmentally-driven science investigations. The experiences and discussion will integrate current theory and research in primary science teaching and learning.

  5. What’s up Michelangelo?
    This series is designed to give children a hands-on introduction to the artwork of famous artists. They will paint like Van Gogh, make collages like Matisse, explore VanO’s still life, make their own picture into a Warhol, plus many more.

Event Dates

  • Wednesday, June 15, 20168:00 am - 3:30 pm