OUR 2019 EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Review Workshop A & B choices below before you register. Para registrar en español, por favor vaya al fondo.
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*Please note that if you intend to register multiple people, you must fill out this digital form once for each attendee or call the office to process orders for multiple people at 203-439-2096.
Workshop A : 9:15 - 10:45
When working with families of diverse children, our level of understanding and bias will impact relationships with students and families. Participants will reflect on beliefs and how increasing self-awareness can deepen the ability to engage with all families and communities. This session will be hands on and interactive. Participants will walk away with information and suggestions that can be immediately useful.
presented by Maria Campanario,
National Consultant for Equity and Leadership
WA-1: OPENING THE DOOR FOR DIVERSE COMMUNITIES
Audience: Preschool / K / FCC / Admin / Adult / Special Needs
Preschool students view themselves as readers and writers long before they are able to read and write conventionally. This workshop will support early childhood educators in connecting science experiences with early literacy learning. Participants will learn to do science in morning meeting, to use interactive read-aloud to support emergent readers, and to use mentors texts to help children draw and write.
presented by Amee Borys, Director, Earthplace Preschool
WA-3: CONNECTING SCIENCE WITH EARLY LITERACY LEARNING
WA-5: EVALUATING OUTDOOR
PLAY: LESSONS FROM A FINNISH FOREST SCHOOL
presented by Kellyn Jeremy, M.ED. Housatonic Community College
What are the benefits of outdoor play? I found several after visiting a Finnish Forest School. This workshop will provide inspiration, tools, and strategies for teachers and parents to evaluate the importance of outdoor play. Discussions will focus on implementing developmentally appropriate experiences that will enhance child development and learning. Come join me and learn more about Finnish Sisu.
Audience: Toddler / Preschool / Parents
Audience: I / T / Preschool / K / FCC / Birth-3
Countless children grow up in homes with family members battling addiction. What exactly is addiction? How are these children affected? What can we do to support these children? These questions will be answered in this workshop.
presented by Jessica S. McLawhon, Assistant Professor, Gateway Community College
WA-7: GROWING UP WITH ADDICTION
Audience: I / T / Preschool / Special Needs
UConn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities is pleased to present the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Learn the Signs. Act Early. This training aims to provide early childhood programs with strategies to implement Developmental Screening and Monitoring and procedures to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities, so children and families can get the services and support they need.
presented by Bethanne Vergean, Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistant, UCONN UCEDD
WA-9: IMPLEMENTING MONITORING AND SCREENING IN ECE SETTINGS
WA-2: EDUCATORS LEFT BEHIND:
PROMOTING EDUCATORS’ MINDSETS, SKILLS, AND WELLBEING AS PART OF SYSTEMATIC APPROACHES TO SEL
presented by Craig Bailey, Director of Early Childhood, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Do educators have what they need to implement high-
quality Social Emotional Learning (SEL)? This
presentation will (1) provide educators with an early
childhood application of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning's (CASEL) definition of SEL & (2) use activities to demonstrate how addressing educator's mindsets and skills are essential.
WA-4: LEARNING EXPERIENCE PLANS: HOW TO INCORPORATE DATA COLLECTION AND FAMILY INPUT!
presented by Meg Formica, Education Coordinator, LEARN
As teachers we can feel pulled in different directions. The more we can integrate data collection and other requirements/ideas such as family input into our learning experience plans, hopefully we will continue to have time to enjoy the children and respond to their needs!
Audience: I/T / Preschool / Special Needs
Audience: Preschool / K / Parents
New Haven is mobilizing to defend what they believe to be an essential right of childhood: Play. Learn what a determined group of parents and educators accomplished and the research used to advocate for a more play-based, child-centered approach to early education. We'll share our story of advocacy, implementation of a summer Play Institute, and outline challenges in moving toward ensuring all NH youth have a developmentally appropriate early learning experience.
presented by Helena Sweet, Early Childhood Specialist, Gesell Program in Early Childhood at the Yale Child Study Center
WA-6: PLAY!: NEW HAVEN
WA-8: REGGIO-INSPIRED LEARNING IN THE PRESCHOOL CLASSROOM
presented by Rebekah Seaton, Preschool Teacher, School for Young Children at the University of
Space, light, color, and natural objects are foundational elements at the heart of the project-based approach of Reggio Emilia. In this workshop, you will see ways these Reggio elements are integrated into preschool classrooms and examples of project-based learning and documentation that meet Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (ST ELDS).
WA-10: FCC Track: POR QUE CARE 4 KIDS ME ESTRESA?
presented by Lizavetta Novoa Galindo, Owner, Licacetta's Daycare
Mi meta es crear estrategias para que las proveedoras no se frustren a la hora de explicar este proceso a sus clientes o futuros clientes y al mismo tiempo se den cuenta del impacto que causan al proveer este programa en su negocio.
WHY IS CARE 4 KIDS STRESSFUL?
My goal is to create strategies so that providers won't be afraid to explain this process to the customers and realize the important role they play when it comes to care 4 kids and their business.
Please note: this workshop will be presented in Spanish and will have English translation.
Audience: FCC / Administration / Parents
Workshop B : 11:00 - 12:30
WB-1: EXPLORE THE ADVOCATE WITHIN
presented by Kevin Booker, Jr. Keynote Speaker
In this workshop you will develop skills and tools that will help you become a better advocate for your children and families. Participants will engage in activities that aid in the exploration of their own biases and how these biases may affect the way they educate and advocate for their children and families. This workshop will strengthen the advocate within each educator.
Audience: I / T / Preschool / Admin / Adult / Parents
This workshop will explore how early childhood educators can engage families and spread the skills of emotional intelligence by utilizing Parent Ambassadors. We will discuss how parents and caregivers can be selected, and share example resources of learning opportunities that can be co-designed and led by
presented by Kathryn Lee, Director of RULER for Families and Elisa Laudati, Program Manager for Families and Partner Schools at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
WB-3: BUILDING EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITIES TO ENGAGE FAMILIES AND SPREAD EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
WB-5: GLOBAL EXPERIENCES IN ECE
presented by Laurie Noe, Ed.D., Trainer of Trainers, ECE Professor, Faculty Group Leader for International Study Tours, Housatonic Community College
Explore differing perspectives about children and early childhood education while participating in focused, international travel. Through images and stories this presenter will explore lessons learned while visiting South Africa, Peru, Scandinavia, and China. The presenter will also preview a June 2020 Study Tour of China.
About 1 in 4 children witness or experience a traumatic event before the age of four. In this interactive lecture you will learn what trauma is, how trauma impacts young children, and how to begin addressing these symptoms when working with young children in an early learning center setting.
presented by Dr. Viana Turcios-Cotto, Clinical Psychologist, Viana Behavioral Health & Wellness, LLC
WB-7: CREATING TRAUMA-SENSITIVE SPACES IN EARLY LEARNING CENTERS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
WB-9: BEYOND THE NUT-FREE TABLE: FOOD ALLERGY MANAGEMENT IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD SETTING
presented by Colleen Brunetti, M. Ed., C.H.C
There's more to food allergy management than a nut-free table. We will learn: where food allergies lurk in classrooms, practical tips for accommodating worried families, and hands-on activities for supporting the social/emotional growth of all children - no matter how they need to eat "just right" for their bodies.
Audience: K / FCC / Admin / Special Needs
Audience: Toddler / Preschool / K
Early educators will be introduced to the topic of digital storytelling, explore a selection of digital tools, and create a customized digital storytelling lesson plan activity. Bring your phones, tablets, and devices and be ready to share and learn!
presented by Tressa Giordano and Laura Eldredge, Co-Founders, The SEEDS Network, LLC
WB-2: DIGITAL STORYTELLING IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSROOM
WB-4: THE RHYTYM AND VOICES OF SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING
presented by Daphnee Nicolas, Program Manager for Early Childhood, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Come hear Daphnee Nicolas share her own story about growing up in Haiti during a coup d'etat. She will illustrate how music and movement was the vessel for her own Social Emotional Learning (SEL). As an educator, she used music and movement in her classroom to help her and her students express their emotions and connect with others.
WB-6: CONFERENCING WITH
presented by Sue O'Donnell, Director and Phyllis Winer, Teacher, School for Young Children at the University of Saint Joseph
How do you share the essence of a child's development and their activity within your classroom with families? This workshop will discuss essential components involved in creating conference reports. Group activities will allow participants to gain a better understanding of how teachers create a "snapshot" of a child's day and developmental growth in your classroom. Participants will explore the progression of information teachers share with families during the course of one or two years.
Audience: I / T / Preschool / Admin / Adult Learner
Audience: I / T
We will be defining milestones for children 0-3 and how they affect the process of acquiring language and literacy skills. We will be exploring the power of classroom arrangement and how this influences the acquisition of language and literacy.
presented by Patti Jo Wilson, Professional Development Specialist, Lakeshore Learning
WB-8: LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION IN THE INFANT AND TODDLER CLASSROOM
WB-10: FCC TRACK: PLANIFICANDO LOS DIAS DE APRENDIAZAJE CENTRADO EN EL INTERES DE LOS NINOS Y EL JUEGO
presented by Marina Rodriguez, Early Childhood / Family Child Care Mentor Coach, All Our Kin
El aprendizaje a traves del juego. No tan solo es una frase que esta de moda. Sabemos que los niños aprenden a través de juego, pero que quiere decir eso en realidad? En el tiempo que pasaremos juntos vamos a explorar esto. Discutiremos y pesarmos juntos todas las maneras de como utilizar el interés de los niños y el entorno para informar y fomentar experiencias de aprendizaje a través del juego.
Nota: Este taller se presentara en español y tenra traduccion al ingles.
PLANNING CHILD CENTERED PLAY BASED LEARNING DAYS
Play-based learning, it's not just a buzz word. Children learn through play, yes, we know that. And what does that mean exactly? During our time together we will explore this. We will think about the many ways to use children's interest and the environment to inform and foment play-based learning experiences.
Please note: This workshop will be presented in Spanish and will have English translation.