Friday, October 22 Sessions

7:30 – 8:00 Registration and Check-In
8:00 – 8:30 Welcome
8:30 - 9:00 Break/Transition to Session 1
9:00 - 12:00 Session One
12:00 - 1:00 Networking Lunch (Must Register for Box Lunch Provided)
1:00 - 4:00 Session Two
4:15 - 5:15 Lavonne Plambeck Child Development Center Tours


 

Session 1: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Option 1

Getting Ready, Set, Collaborate

Presenter(s): Lisa Knoche, Tamara Hechtner-Galvin, Katie Zabel, and Cynthia Kritenbrink
Child Age Focus: Birth to Five

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." -Helen Keller
As early childhood professional we often have questions surrounding how to develop partnerships and communicate with parents and families: How do I let parents know that I value them as a teacher of their child?, How do you work together to support children's learning and development?, How do you approach difficult conversations with confidence by supporting and collaborating with parents? Together we will tackle these questions and more as you learn to intentionally use the Getting Ready Approach Strategies during daily interactions with parents and families. 

Option 2

Behavioral Strategies (Repeated Friday PM & Saturday)

Presenter(s): Jean Anderson
Child Age Focus: Ages Three to Five and Grades K-3

This session will focus on small changes adults can make to bring big   changes in children's behavior. Brain development and the impact of trauma on the developing brain will be covered. Developing executive functioning skills will be practiced. Positive behavioral strategies will be the focus of this training.

Option 3

Equity in Practice

Presenter(s): Lisa Roy and Amy Schmidtke
Child Age Focus: Ages Birth to Five and Grades K-3

Equity in Practice will focus on the practical implications of providing equitable learning opportunities so that all children can be engaged learners in achieving their full potential.  This interactive session will discuss the importance of providing a sense of belonging in classrooms, how to accomplish building that sense of belonging, and how to partner with families and the community at large to promote diversity and inclusion as assets and strengths.

Option 4

Essential Practices for Communicating with Children

Presenter(s): Chance Bell
Child Age Focus: Grades K-3

Communicating effectively with children demonstrates how we value them. The methods of effective communication with children remain simple in principle yet challenging in practice. Come learn and practice seven (or more) effective ways to communicate with children. Go forth to further develop and implement these strategies with children in your care.

Session 2: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Option 1

What Is Coaching and Is It for Me?

Presenter(s): Gina DeFreece, Becky Dunlap-Morton, Amy Sjoholm
Child Age Focus: Birth – Five

What is coaching?  Come discover how coaching is different than consulting, mentoring, or other technical assistance models. Learn more about the foundations of coaching, including adult learning theory, relationships, and approaches to coaching. We will also share 5 key coaching strategies that support ongoing learning when working with providers, teachers, directors, and parents. 

Option 2

Building Relationships through Conversations to Support Children and Families

Presenter(s): Mikki Bohling and LaRae Flood
Child Age Focus: Birth to Five

Participants will gain knowledge related to different types of conversational; strategies when communicating with families. As a result, participants will be able to identify strategies to support child development through natural opportunities and positive relationships with parents. 

Option 3

Choosing the Right Early Childhood Curriculum for Your Program

Presenter(s): Kathie Sweet, Molly Mohrmann and Chelsea Bartling
Child Age Focus: Ages Three to Five

This session will take an in-depth look at three Early Childhood curriculums: Creative Curriculum, High Scope, and Montessori. Presenters will provide an overview of the philosophy of each curriculum and discuss similarities/differences related to learning environments, materials and developmental targets. Participants will have an opportunity to create materials to be used with young children in their own learning environments.

Option 4

Behavioral Strategies (Repeated from Friday AM & Saturday)

Presenter(s): Jean Anderson
Child Age Focus: Ages Three to Five and Grades K-3

This session will focus on small changes adults can make to bring big changes in children's behavior. Brain development and the impact of trauma on the developing brain will be covered. Developing executive functioning skills will be practiced. Positive behavioral strategies will be the focus of this training.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch (Boxed Lunch in Ponderosa Room)

During the networking session participants will have opportunities to share ideas and ask questions of both peers and presenters. Tables will be organized with conversational prompts, with participant choosing their topic of interest. Due to space and food/refreshment ordering, participants must reserve a spot for the networking lunch.