Saturday, September 21 Sessions

7:30 – 8:00 Registration and Check-In
8:00 – 8:15 Welcome/Introduction
8:15 – 9:30 Keynote Speaker - Dr. Beth Van Meeteren

Growing STEM in the Heartland: Preparing Fertile Ground for a New Crop of Innovators
Dr. Beth Van Meeteren

Industry is calling for a more STEM-literate workforce to meet the diverse and changing needs of our society. This session will examine STEM from the perspective of the young child, and explore how high quality early childcare and education can provide a rich physical, socio-emotional , and intellectual environment that is foundational for joyful STEM learning.

Session One 9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Chutes and Silos: Force and Motion in the World of Infants and Toddlers
Beth Van Meeteren

Chutes & Silos is a physical science activity involving clear acrylic tubes and a variety of objects such as balls, cylinders, natural materials, and found objects. Participants in this session will explore materials and ponder how infants and toddlers can engage with these open-ended materials to investigate what happens when they use them to fill, empty, tip, roll, bounce, toss, and move.  

Development of Foundational Skills in Montessori
Kathie Sweet

This session will explain the direct aims of the Practical Life area in the Montessori primary (ages 3-6) classroom.  In addition, we will discuss implementation of these practices in any environment, including the home.  At the conclusion of this presentation, the audience will have a better understanding of the purpose and application of this unique aspect of Montessori education. 

Current Topics in Autism Research: The Effects of the Anti-Vaccine Movement and the Current State of Medical Marijuana as a Treatment for Severe Symptoms of Autism.
Philip Lai

Two current event topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) will be presented. The first is the recent outbreaks of mumps, measles, and rubella and how Autism played a role that has led to this worldwide situation. Second, in 2018, the United States’ FDA and DEA allowed for the research of compounds derived from marijuana (cannabidiol). Currently, seven states have added Autism to the list of debilitating conditions that can qualify patients – including children – for medical marijuana.

Cultivating Regulated Children: How to help Traumatized and Stressed Children in a Care Provider Setting
Jody Trejo

Objectives: 1) overview of the impact of stress/trauma on the developing child, 2) behavioral and relational functioning, 3) relational shifts that support child regulation, 4) importance of predictable routine, and 5) breaks and behavior modification: Do they help or hurt progression?

Language Disorder or Language Proficiency? The Case of the Bilingual Children
Ladan Ghazi Saidi

This presentation will discuss the following: 1) describe bilingual language development, 2) present normal milestones of language development in bilingual children as compared to their monolingual peers, 3) describe some normal behavior that might be confused with pathological or abnormal development and 4) describe language impairment and name some red flags to guide educators when and which child to refer for speech and language pathology assessment.

ACEs: Lifelong Impacts of Childhood Trauma
Monica Mueller

You might know that trauma impacts children, but what types of trauma cause these impacts?  What are the long-term impacts?  What can people who work with children do to help build resiliency? Come learn about and talk through the most pressing points of this important topic.

11:15 – 11:30 Break and Exhibits

Closing Speaker 11:30 – 12:45 

Music, Movement and Media for Active Learners (SATURDAY)
Patty Shukla

This interactive session will get you moving to new curriculum based music by international YouTube sensation children's musician Patty Shukla. Not only will she share how to make participatory songs exciting and developmentally appropriate, you will leave with internet expertise to find new music on your smart devices. Energetic songs and tech savvy applications for today's  classrooms with cutting edge information to support learning.

12:45 – 1:00   Door Prizes and Evaluations