Friday, October 19 Sessions

Session One 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

YOUR JOURNEY TOGETHER. BUILDING RESILIENCE IN CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Nefertiti Poyner

Building resilience is essential to support children and families who confront risk and adversity. This session will introduce strategies designed to promote the resilience of both children and families. Participants will leave with a strong understanding of how to support children and families using everyday routines, activities, and interactions as ideal opportunities to strengthen resilience.

PROMOTING THE WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN THROUGH BILINGUALISM
Laden Ghazi Saidi

In this session, participants will learn about the many life-long well-being advantages of raising bilingual children. Common myths about raising a bilingual child and ways to distinguish between language disorders and normal language development patterns in bilingual children will be discussed.

QUALITY OF COMMUNICATION IN YOUNG CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
Phillip Lai

Children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) use a variety of channels to communicate. Patterns that are observed when children are verbal or nonverbal will be discussed.

BUDDING SCIENTISTS: USING STEM WITH PK-3 LEARNERS
Dena Harshbarger

This hands-on session is intended to “plant the seed” for educators/participants so they may grow in their understanding of STEM instruction. Participants will partake in various hands-on STEM activities that can be used with PK-3 learners.

BUILDING GROUPS: FROM STUDENT TO EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONAL
Toni Hill, Shaylee Nelson, Griselda Ramirez, & Sharon Obasi 

Using Buffett Early Childhood Workforce information, this presentation will explore the connection between collegiate organizations and ongoing issues in the recruitment and retention of a qualified and competent early childhood workforce in the state.

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

CALMER CLASSROOMS: WORKING WITH TRAUMATIZED STUDENTS
Whitney Kaminski & Chloe Younger

Collaborative relationships between general education teachers and special education providers play a vital role in every child’s success. This teaching team will share their collaborative efforts and strategies they have found to be successful when supporting children and their families.

AQUAPONICS GROWING SYSTEMS: AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO HEALTH AND SCIENCE
Katelyn Unvert, Paula Zakrzewski, Jourdan Ringenberg, James Ball, Nate Bickford, Angela Hollman, Richard Meyer & Mathew R. Bice

An aquaponics growing system is one innovative tool that can be used to teach healthy lifestyle habits and nutrition to elementary school students while also stimulating interest in science education. By demonstrating activities that can be conducted using the aquaponics growing systems, teachers will leave with a better understanding of how they can incorporate this tool in their classrooms.

LET’S TALK
Jill Wilson & Denise Wolf

The purpose of this presentation is to share quality interactions that promote speech and language development in children birth to five. Ideas of how to provide engaging and hands on activities, purposeful play interactions, and quality-enriched environments will be included.

EARLY CHILDHOOD WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Sheryl Feinstein & Carol Renner

In this session participants will learn about The Early Childhood Workforce Development Program, which is an initiative of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute. Hear how the Institute is promoting evidence–based research and how it is addressing Nebraska’s early childhood worker’s shortfall and is searching funding sources to serve Nebraska’s ECE needs.

SELF-CARE AND RESILIENCY
Jennifer Auman

This presentation takes on the complex emotional state of Compassion Fatigue in early childhood home visitors, teachers and caregivers. Activities to build resilience through relationships, internal beliefs, initiative and self-control are exemplified.

Repeated Saturday 11:15 – 12:45

 

Session Three 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

PRACTICING MINDFULNESS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN
Laura Mar & Amy Schmidtke

Through the practice of mindfulness, we learn to practice gratitude, empathy and kindness in the classroom community; critical to academic success for both students and educators. The participants will identify benefits of mindfulness training for students and educators and develop strategies for practicing mindfulness with young children.

FOSTERING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH PLAY AND CREATIVITY
Jennifer Joy & Marissa Frye

Children learn and grow through play. This presentation will teach educators and parents strategies that help facilitate positive relationships in the classroom and at home through strategies for fostering positive relationships with the children in their lives, and hopefully a renewed excitement for play!

Repeated Saturday 11:15 – 12:45

THE TEMPERAMENT TOOLBOX
Katie Miller

Helping children understand their own emotions and interact well with others can benefit children, parents, and teachers alike. In this session you will learn some basics about temperament theories and how to use that knowledge to help children build emotional, prosocial, and empathy/compassion skills.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING IN CHINA
Kathleen Gallagher, Matthew Mims, Toni Hill & Chinese Educators

This presentation will focus on the preliminary research by Buffett and UNK researchers to explore social emotional learning (SEL) in China from several diverse perspectives. Programmatic developments and issues will be examined related to SEL in the classroom. And, the role of the family will be explored related to SEL in Chinese early childhood programs.