Friday, September 20 Sessions

7:30 – 8:30 Registration and Check-In
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome/Introduction
8:45 – 9:45 Keynote Speaker - Dr. Rosemarie Allen

Implicit Bias: The Invisible Barrier to Addressing Challenging Behavior in the Classroom
Rosemarie Allen

When children are engaged in persistent behaviors that are difficult to manage, adults frequently experience powerlessness, especially when working with young children they describe as defiant or oppositional. This workshop presents information regarding the relationship between children’s behavior and the adult’s responses to undesired behavior.  The role of implicit bias on behavioral expectations will be discussed and strategies will be will provide for aligning practitioner expectations with those of children and families.

Session One 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Family Engagement That is Inclusive and Culturally Responsive
Rosemarie Allen

This workshop will provide information based on current literature that underscores the impact of culturally responsive parent engagement on children’s overall success. This workshop will address the question: What can I do to ensure that culturally responsive engagement takes place? Participants will learn effective and proven strategies to fully engage diverse families.

Montessori 101
Natalie Danner

This introductory-level session will focus on the key tenets of Montessori education for those new to Montessori: multi-age/multi-ability, hands on materials, focus on independence, and individualization.  Each tenet will be described in depth with examples from the field, photographs to display, and research to back it up.

Coaching & Progress Monitoring in Early Childhood Settings for Children with Autism
Johanna Taylor

This presentation will focus on coaching caregivers, childcare providers and early childhood teachers on strategies for young children with autism. Monitoring the use of the strategies through data collection will be discussed.

 “Could You Say That Again?” Speech-Language Pathologists’ Input Regarding Children’s Communication Development.
Whitney Schneider-Cline, Jill Wilson, Denise Wolfe & Laura Moody

A panel presentation outlined as follows: 1) disseminate information regarding typical communication milestones, 2) provide input regarding typical versus atypical development, 3) demonstrate strategies for implementation to provide support in developing children’s communication skills, and 4) offer professional referral sources, as needed, for related services.

Making your Early Childhood Classroom a Mindful Space
Jennifer Joy & Marissa Fye

Come learn about how you can increase the mindfulness in your classroom through simple environmental adaptations. Then, walk away with a bag of activities that you can easily incorporate into your current classroom and curriculum. Finally, learn about some fantastic mindfulness-based books to add to your classroom library.

Intergenerational and Intercultural Opportunities in Early Childhood Programs
Maria Diaz, Shalee Nelson, Toni Hill, Griselda De Anda-Ramirez & Sharon Obasi

This presentation will focus on the multiple opportunities for intergenerational and intercultural engagement in early childhood programing.  Issues related to intergenerational care will be explored including dual serving centers for elders and young children and dual care incorporating foster grandparents.

11:30 – 12:45 Lunch Break
Nebraskan Student Union Dining Hall

Session Two 12:45 - 2:15 p.m.

Ramps and Pathways: Integrative STEM Investigations in Force and Motion
Beth Van Meeteren

Young children engage in reasoning about physics when they try to figure out how to achieve an exciting result by building structures with pathways for marbles and other objects. This session will provide participants the opportunity to experience a physical science activity that is appealing from ages 3 to 83!

Designing Quality Early Care and Education Environments
Edward Buglewicz & JoAnna Cordova

An interactive workshop to explore purposeful connections between Quality Environments and

Quality Programs, reflecting on the fundamentals of architectural design and how the design is an intentional result of the early childhood program and operations. The discussion will apply to a range of settings and will identify special considerations for infants, toddlers, and preschool age children, including mixed age groupings.

Facilitating Parent-Child Interaction to Further Healthy Child Development
Sara Halvorsen, Tiffany Weiss & Chelsie Palu

This session will be provided by three early childhood professionals who work for Kearney Public Schools in the Sixpence grants. These are specialists in the field of parent-child interaction who will share their knowledge and teach applicable skills for other professionals working with parents and children.

Strategies to Support Preschoolers with Disabilities
Emily Dorsey & Natalie Danner

Participants will learn a variety of practical curriculum modification strategies that can be quickly and easily implemented by preschool teachers and other classroom staff.  Participants will also learn about and explore a variety of trusted resources, including Building Blocks, Cara’s Kit, and the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning.

Intentional Connections: A Practical Guide to Parent Engagement in Early Childhood
Dorthy Harman

This presentation will explore the importance and impact of the conscious development of parent-teacher-child relationships.  Parent-child activities will be shared including parent-child dialogue about classroom activities; scripts to communicate academic and developmental progress; methods of parent education; strengthening communication between home and school and many others.

2:15 – 2:30     Break and Exhibits

Closing Speaker 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Jump, Wiggle, & Hop in the Classroom 
Patty Shukla

This interactive session will get you moving to new curriculum based music by international YouTube sensation children's musician Patty Shukla. She will demonstrate specific classroom transition songs, gross motor songs and literacy songs. Review lesson plans by topic and have the opportunity for Q & A.

3:45 – 4:00     Door Prizes and Evaluations