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2016 Spokane Conference Program At A Glance

8:30 am – 4:30 pm Full Day Workshop
Helping Young Children Prepare For Reading and Writing Through Developmental Sequential Drawings
Myron Thurber, PhD, Co-Owner & Clinical Director, Neurotherapy Northwest, WA; Kimberly P. Weber, PhD, Professor & Chair, Special Education Department, Gonzaga University, WA
As we look into the development of young children we understand the physical stages and patterns that take place, beginning with infancy and beyond.  Do we, however, consider what is needed in the body to allow these growth patterns to occur or what might occur that limits this growth? The field of neuroscience provides guidance through research in helping practitioners understand that “knowledge is a concrete thing” (Wasserman & Zambo, 2013 p. 37) and that developing strong neuropathways is foundational to future learning. This interactive workshop will provide related background, research, practice, and links with neuroscience in the area of drawing, writing and physical movement through the use of developmental sequential relational and repetitive drawings.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Pre-Conference Half Day Workshop
The Science of Early Childhood and The Brain Architecture Game
Shanna Davis, PhD, Assistant Professor; Allison Wilson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Eastern Washington University, WA
Following an introduction to key concepts relating to risk and protective factors, participants will build their own brain using game materials, a roll of the die and life experience cards. The goal of the game is to build a brain that is tall, which represents functional brain ability, but is also as strong as possible so that it won’t collapse in later years under the burden of stress. Presenters will facilitate a post discussion on the critical period of brain development in the first five to eight years of life, and our role as professionals to support young children, families, and our community.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm CANCELLED – Pre-Conference Half Day Workshop
The Core Vocabulary Exchange System (™): A Low-Tech Communication System
Renee Bourke, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist; Megan Brazas, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Speech and Language Pathways, IL
Currently, low-tech alternative and augmentative communication systems frequently do not align with typical language development. Existing low-tech AAC systems are generally not flexible enough to meet most communication needs, allow for continued growth and language development and/or allow for optimum aided language stimulation. The Core Vocabulary Exchange System is a low-tech exchange-based communication system which contains a combination of core vocabulary and fringe vocabulary words maintained in a consistent icon location, which facilitates spontaneous novel utterance generation at the user’s language level. Participants will be introduced to a new low-tech exchange based communication system (the Core Vocabulary Exchange System() and will understand how it aligns with typical language development. The training will highlight case studies of its use, as well as targeting therapy in early intervention and early childhood.
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm  Pre-Conference Half Day Workshop
Strategies and Supports for Addressing Challenging Behaviors
Reagan Henry, Early Achievers Coach; Danyll Van Lierop, Early Achiever Supervisor, Community Minded Enterprises, WA
During this training, participants will recognize and gain practical knowledge of positive behavior strategies to develop appropriate social behavior with children. Learn how to set realistic expectations while distinguishing what is age and stage appropriate, and determine the meaning behind behavior. Ensure that the classroom environment is as effective as possible. Understand how attitudes and beliefs about children’s behavior influence the way children respond to a child’s challenging behavior.
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Pre-Conference Half Day Workshop
Screen, Screen, Screen, Everywhere A Screen: The Importance of Media Mentorship
Stacey Landberg, MS, CCC-SLP, Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist, American Speech-Language Pathology and Hearing Association (ASHA), CA

Infants today typically start screen-time before solids. Many caregivers associate the term “tag” with social-media photos, forgetting that it is also a gross-motor game they adored in toddlerhood. Since research cannot keep pace with technology, we don’t know the long-term effects that may be associated with early screen behaviors. Most of us working with young children and their families are challenged by today’s digital landscape. Come discover screen-science facts related specifically to infants and toddlers. Leave with a toolbox full of resources and evidence-based strategies for assessing and addressing the media diets of today’s youngest and most vulnerable screen users.
8:30 am – 9:20 am Keynote
How to Help Our Sons and Daughters Do Their Best in Early Childhood and in Life
Michael Gurian, Author, The Gurian Institute, LLC, WA
In this inspirational, practical, and humorous presentation, renowned educator and New York Times bestselling author Michael Gurian (Boys and Girls Learn Differently, It’s a Baby Boy!, and It’s a Baby Girl!) explores various ways in which the young minds of boys and girls develop distinctly and provides best practices for caregivers, parents, educators and concerned citizens who support the behavioral, academic, and emotional needs of children across the gender spectrum.  Based on thirty years of research in brain science, education, and practical parenting, this keynote brings to life the developmental science of gender in the brain, from early childhood into adulthood. Dr. Gurian also focuses on learning and life difficulties that our boys and girls suffer as distinct groups. Dr. Gurian has been called “the people’s philosopher” for his ability to dynamically combine cutting edge science with stories from people’s everyday lives.
9:30 am – 10:30 am Presentation
Me Too! Effective Practices for Including Young Children with Special Needs in Preschool
Gail Joseph, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Washington, WA
Inclusion refers to the full and active participation of children with special needs in everyday activities. The success of inclusion depends on everyone realizing that it involves much more than children “just being there”. This session is designed to provide teachers with easy-to-implement, evidence-based, modification and adaptation strategies for young children with special needs to help them access, participate and thrive in early care and education settings.
9:30 am – 10:30 am Presentation
Transition Techniques: Access the Power of Transitions to Refocus, Instruct & Engage Your Students
Monica Levy, Director, LeapSmart, NY
Transitions are powerful tools. They guide children gently through the day, provide special attention to individuals, and help children move from one area of the room to another smoothly. In this session, teachers will practice and share transition ideas to maintain a smooth learning environment, reduce the number of interruptions, keep children on task, limit wait time and encourage activities to flow from one to another with ease. Teachers will reflect on how they incorporate transitions in the classroom, how effective it is and also have the opportunity to try new transitional techniques.
9:30 am – 10:30 am Presentation
Theory to Practice: Applying Andragogical Principles During Early Intervention Home Visits
Kelly Hantak, MEd, Instructor; Rebecca Panagos, PhD, Professor, Lindenwood University, MO
Collaborative partnerships and team teaching are key components applicable to social work, nursing, nutritionists and all who work in early learning centers, as well as special educators conducting home visits. This interactive session discusses original research results and andragogical factors for building and maintaining trust among all team members and stakeholders as well as developing effective strategies to strengthen positive relationships with young children and families during home visits. Conflict resolution approaches for restoring trust among professionals and families, is integral to maintaining successful teams, are discussed. Participants can identify their application level of andragogical factors by completing a self-evaluation tool.
9:30 am – 10:30 am Presentation
Maximizing Education Resources for Chronically Ill Children:  The Rypien Foundation Hospital-Based School at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital
Maggie Rowe, LICSW, CCLS, Clinical Social Worker & Child Life Specialist, Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, WA

Children with chronic illnesses face severe barriers to success in the education setting, ranging from high absenteeism, to a lack of accessible tutoring, to social anxiety and high school avoidance.  Research has shown that children with special healthcare needs are more likely to drop out from high school, and less likely to achieve success in the academic environment and in the professional workforce in adulthood.  Both hospitals and schools are equally taxed by high caseloads and complex needs, and oftentimes the burden of coordinating academic services is placed on the parent.  The Rypien Foundation Hospital-Based School at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital will support families in coordinating all possible academic resources, and will host a full-time teacher and paraprofessional to offer direct bedside instruction.
10:45 am – 11:45 am Presentation
Teaching Social Communication in the Home
Jamie Chavez, MEd, Autism Preschool Teacher; Jeni Duvall, MA, Birth through Two Teacher; Lisa Upton, MSEd, Autism Behavior Specialist, Pasco School District, WA
Professionals can support parents of young children with Autism or like disabilities through the use of a  comprehensive parent training curriculum. Through participation in parent trainings, families learn to use naturalistic intervention strategies with embedded applied behavior analysis strategies to enhance social engagement, language, imitation, play skills, and routines. The program increases hours of intervention, is cost-effective, and supports generalization of skills in the home. As a result, the quality of life for a family is impacted by reducing parental stress and increasing leisure time.
10:45 am – 11:45 am Presentation
How to Recruit, Hire, Train, and Retain the Right Person for The Job
Thomasa Bond, EdD, Child Care Licensing Consultant, State of Michigan, MI
The best leaders in early childhood and any other field are individuals that utilize their power with understanding. Participants will gain information needed to recruit, hire, train, and retain the right person for their positions in early childhood. Recruiting techniques will be discussed to outline ways to attract the most qualified applicants to work with children. The importance of training staff to reduce mistakes and to provide quality care for the children will also be overviewed. Retaining the right person for the job will reduce staff turnover and provide continuity and consistency for the children.
10:45 am – 11:45 am Presentation
Identifying Social Emotional Objectives and Interventions in Early Childhood Settings
Shanna Davis, PhD, Assistant Professor; Allison Wilson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Eastern Washington University, WA
This session will discuss a framework for identifying social emotional goals and objectives in a linked system including screening, assessment and plan development. Participants will learn how to identify practitioner and caregiver knowledge and behaviors that will help to develop optimal social emotional outcomes in children. A specific model to assist practitioners and families to identify strength and focus areas will be presented and a case study will be used as an example. This session is applicable to professionals with infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
10:45 am – 11:45 am Presentation
Interested in Expanding or Building a New Center? Learn How to Navigate the Entire Process
Melissa McFadgen, MARch, Principal Architect, American Institute of Architects (AIA), WA; Barbara Sattler, MA, Director, Central Valley Early Learning Center, WA
Are you thinking about renovating a building to create additional classrooms for preschool programs? Perhaps building a brand new Early Learning Center? Join us to hear about the joys and challenges of designing, licensing, constructing, and outfitting preschool classrooms, and discover strategies for understanding and satisfying all stakeholders. You will learn how to develop a communication plan to deliver the project on time and budget, along with a proactive approach to the licensure process from design through opening day.
11:45 am – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 1:50 pm Keynote
Curriculum Connections: Active Music Making To Help Children Learn and Grow
Bob McGrath, Original Cast Member & Music Teacher of Sesame Street, Author, Recording Artist, and Concert Performer, NYC
Bob McGrath shares his warmth and wisdom gained from over 45 years of experience as an original host of Sesame Street.  Bob provides his insight from working with children on Sesame Street, performing in hundreds of concerts for young audiences and presenting interactive workshops and keynotes for early childhood educators throughout the country. Discover how active music-making for young children – infants to school age – is vital not only for stimulating imaginations, but also for developing important early literacy skills.  Through active participation, video demonstrations and current brain research, you will come to appreciate Bob’s passion for integrating music in early childhood classes. Brain research has demonstrated that people learn and retain concepts when combined with multiple senses. By integrating music, movement and literacy concepts, children learn and retain information. Join Bob to learn how you can use music to reinforce literacy, language and math skills to help:
-promote listening, understanding and following directions
-develop phonemic awareness skills
-promote alphabet knowledge
-understand sequencing in the telling of a story
-develop an understanding of numbers
Appropriate practices in early childhood encourage an integrated curriculum using content from various disciplines (Bredekamp & Copple). By integrating music with literacy and language skills, early childhood educators address the “whole child”.
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Presentation
Let’s Make The Connections… Music, Learning, You and Your Kids
Bob McGrath, Original Cast Member & Music Teacher of Sesame Street, Author, Recording Artist, and Concert Performer, NYC
Join Bob McGrath (yes the beloved music teacher on the public television’s “Sesame Street”) in a fun and interactive session, to see how you can use music to help your students increase both their musical and literacy skills at the same time.  Bob will demonstrate from a variety of projects he has helped develop over the years, including “Curriculum Connections”. Get ready to clap, sing, dance and do a Samba with “Big Bird’s best buddy, Bob”!
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Presentation
Teach Me What to Do Instead! Practical Strategies to Prevent and Address Challenging Behavior
Gail Joseph, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Washington, WA
Learn strategies designed to support young children’s mental health by decreasing problem behaviors and increasing children’s social and emotional competence. Strategies presented will include developing positive relationships with children, families, and colleagues; teaching children to identify and respond to feelings; teaching children to manage anger and control impulse; and how to resolve conflict peacefully. Extensive materials will be provided including handouts, self-assessment checklists, resource lists, and some special door prizes.
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Presentation
Don’t Praise Me: The Problem with Praise and What We Should Say Instead
Jennifer Slack, Owner & Director, Our Neighborhood Child Development Center, VA
You’ve heard the buzz about praise. Join us to talk specifically about the research behind praise and its negative effects. We won’t leave you hanging with what not to do. Working with your colleagues you will practice a new language model that will better support the children in your classroom.
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Presentation
What’s Up With Mindfulness? Does It Actually Promote Well-Being, Reduce Stress, Improve Relationships, Etc.?
Nancy L. Worsham, PhD, Professor, Gonzaga University, WA
Recently, mindfulness has gained considerable attention in both popular culture and psychological science. In this presentation we will briefly review the psychological science exploring mindfulness-based interventions targeting children, parents, teachers, and other professionals. Additionally we will introduce two key aspects of mindfulness that can be easily adopted and applied in professional and personal interactions with children.
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Presentation
Racist Tendencies in School Discipline Systems and How to Best Rectify the Problem
Jonas Cox, PhD, Associate Professor; John Traynor, PhD, Associate Professor, Gonzaga University, WA
Suspensions and other high stakes discipline consequences are nonrepresentational. Students of color and students of lower SES are disproportionately represented in the data.  This session shares data related to this issue  from both national and local sources and presents best practices to overcome bias in the process. Participants will be asked to develop a rubric and score video tape of behavior incidents to help make them aware of problems and to sharpen their skills in overcoming bias. Awareness and skills will be helpful as they support students in k-3 but also to advocate for these students as they move through the system.
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Presentation
Turn Disruptive Moments into Learning Moments
Rita Molino, MEd, National Trainer, Center for Teacher Effectiveness, NY
Imagine a classroom where the non-compliant student learns to self-correct inappropriate behavior. A classroom where you could spend more time doing what you love… teaching. Eliminate the repeated warnings and requests without using trendy gimmicks or paying a student to behave. The techniques provided will increase the time you spend on academics while at the same time empowering your students to take responsibility for their actions and achieve success. Time to Teach is an evidence based, highly successful set of classroom management strategies that tens of thousands of teachers are using and have been using for over four decades.
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Presentation
Activate Your Curriculum- Bring Kinesthetic Learning into Your School
Monica Levy, Director, LeapSmart, NY
Participants will experience how easy and effective it is to bring Kinesthetic learning into the classroom. Kinesthetic learning can improve communication in the classroom as well as instill in your students a love of learning, creativity, teamwork and mutual respect. This presentation covers the following topics: How to use classroom space creatively, how to group children in ways that emphasize teamwork and cooperation, promoting successful communication, how to create an in-class educational workout for any age and classroom configuration, how to effectively use simple props, music and imagination to create memorable activities that are educational and fun.
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Presentation
Family Engagement Action Plan: It Takes a Village, so Build One!
Kisha Edwards-Gandsy, Co-Founder, NY City Explorers Academy, NY
This presentation will offer the participants the ability to create solid parent and community engagement plans for their classrooms or larger school community through the case study of a successful preschool community. Participants will create an achievable vision for parent and community engagement in their own early learning environments and create the basis for their program’s EAP (Engagement Action Plan).
8:30 am – 9:20 am Keynote
Finding Coherence in the Human Condition
Kent Hoffman, RelD, Co-Founder & Co-Director, Circle of Security International, WA
At the heart of understanding the nature of secure attachment is the capacity to make sense of the world in a coherent way. Because security in relationships is at the heart of emotional health it becomes essential to find simple, clear, and memorable ways to understand how relationship works. This talk will address the foundations of secure attachment and the central tenants of a coherent worldview. These themes become a valuable roadmap for all relationships, personal and professional.
9:30 am – 10:30 am Presentation
Taking the Challenge Out of Challenging Behaviors
Tamar Andrews, EdD, Doctor of Education, Saddleback College, CA
Every challenging behavior meets a child’s need. It is often difficult to know what that need is or how to make accommodations to either eliminate or minimize the behaviors. Sometimes, challenging behaviors are just that, challenging… and the child is simply high maintenance. This presentation will provide an overview of some of the most common challenging behaviors as well as easy-to-implement techniques to create successful learning environments for young children. Examples will be provided in video and picture format in settings that have successfully implemented these strategies. Appropriate for providers working with 0-6 year olds.
9:30 am – 10:30 am Presentation
Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships through Attachment-Based Play
Jessica Weidel, MEd, LMHC, LCPC (IL), NCC, Certified Theraplay Therapist & Supervisor, WA
Theraplay is a short-term, therapist-guided play therapy that focuses on fostering positive parent-child relationships through healthy attachment. Theraplay is based on the natural patterns of healthy interaction between parent and child, focusing on four essential dimensions of attachment: structure, nurture, engagement and challenge. In this presentation, participants will learn about the history and basic assumptions of Theraplay. Participants will practice several Theraplay techniques as part of role plays used to demonstrate the four dimensions of Theraplay and will learn how these techniques can be used to address the characteristic behavior problems of children with attachment issues.
9:30 am – 11:30 am Presentation
Math Throughout the Daily Schedule
Kimberly Early, MA, Early Education Specialist Senior; Michael William Figueroa, MA, Early Education Specialist Senior, City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning, WA
Come and join us at this hands-on presentation where participants will learn why mathematics is important in the early childhood setting and how to incorporate it as part of the daily routine (from greeting time to large-group time). Participants will leave armed with several effective strategies that will help them integrate math throughout the day.
9:30 am – 10:30 am Presentation
Ready! Set, Go! Implementing a Collaborative Week-Long Kindergarten Preparedness Camp
Beth Meyerson, MPA, Director; Darlene Thomas, MA, HIPPY Senior Program Coordinator, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, TX
Children entering kindergarten are expected to know how to hold a pencil, recognize the letters in their first name and basic colors, count from 1-10, sit for 5-10 minutes, dress themselves, share with others and much more. Research showed that 47% of the country’s children were not prepared for kindergarten, especially in social and emotional skills. This session will explain how the collaboration among the school district, home visiting programs, Head Start, and the Education Foundation put their resources together to create a kindergarten preparedness summer camp that acquainted children and families with skills, procedures and routines expected in school.
9:30 am – 10:30 am Presentation
What Infancy Does For The Rest of A Child’s Life
Carol Imbrie, Founder/Instructor, Inspiring Connections, ID
From newborn to walking the first year lays down the foundation for neurological, sensory and motor processing. What can we learn by paying attention to a baby’s early motor development? Why does crawling, creeping, and sensory stimulation matter? Does how we carry, transfer, place and hold our babies matter? What is the down side of sitting up too soon? Container care? Screen time? What role might this be playing in the tidal wave of sensory motor issues in young children? Discover how early motor patterns organize the sensory motor loop between the brain and body. Learn what you can do to support whole body, whole brain development starting in infancy.
10:45 am – 11:45 am Presentation
Power of Play: A Parent-Toddler Interdisciplinary Developmental Play Group
Danai Fannin, PhD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor; Priyanka Ghosh Roy, PhD, RDN, Assistant Professor; Christina Odeh, PT, DHSc, Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University, IL
There is evidence to support a family-centered, interdisciplinary approach to the treatment of children with special needs. In early intervention, this is typically done individually. In the fall of 2015 and spring of 2016, Northern Illinois University developed and implemented an 8-week collaborative interdisciplinary developmental play group (DPG) for toddlers (18 months to 4 years) with developmental delays and their parents/caregivers. The pilot project was developed and led by faculty and students from the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Speech Language Pathology (SLP), and Nutrition and Dietetic (RDN) programs.
10:45 am – 11:45 am Making Common Sense of Common Core
Christopher Watson, MA, Professor, Loyola Marymount University, CA
This presentation will give pre-school teachers a very good understanding of the expectations, standards, and rigor that will be expected as their students move from pre-school and into the world of k-12 education. This presentation will demystify the current political and educational worlds so that it is more understandable to pre-k teachers in an effort to allow them to be as informed as possible.  Specific time will be spent on the current trends/shifts in k-12 education and standards based instruction.
10:45 am – 11:45 am Presentation
Something to Sleep On: Impact and Identification of Sleep-Disordered Breathing (SDB) in Childhood
Nicole Archambault Besson, EdS, MS, CCC-SLP, CLEC, ASHA Board Certified Speech-Language, Minds In Motion, CA
Many researchers contend that sleep is the foundation for optimal development and function. The prevalence of sleep problems in childhood is considerable. In preschoolers alone, the prevalence is reported to be 25-50%, with the height of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) occurring between 2-8 years of age. Research across disciplines illuminates the devastating impact of SDB on childhood functions, such as: academics & learning, attention, self-regulation and behavior, socialization, speaking, chewing, and swallowing. Fortunately, the path for these children can be changed, while development and learning optimized, with proper identification, diagnosis, and treatment by members of the interdisciplinary team. The critical role of parents, educators, and healthcare professionals teaming together to screen for potential SDB is presented, and an interdisciplinary framework explored.
10:45 am – 11:45 am Presentation
Terrific Tuesday: A Collaborative Approach to Deliver Services Across All Discipline Areas
Becca Anderson, MSEd, Special Education Coordinator; Wendy Brown, PT, Physical Therapist; Dawnelle Davis, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist; Kelly Dean, MEd, Special Education Teacher, Kennewick School District, WA
Terrific Tuesday began in the self-contained preschool setting with a multidisciplinary approach to deliver services. Teams meet weekly to plan and deliver engaging integrated learning experiences. Special education teachers along with SLPs and OT/PTs develop theme based activities that focus on all developmental areas. These hour long interventions occur on a weekly basis and have quickly spread throughout our district as an ideal way to provide related services in the self-contained special education classroom setting. This session will provide an overview of lesson plans, communication with families, successes, and obstacles for implementation.
11:45 am – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 1:50 pm Keynote

Changing the World One Child at a Time: Strategies for the Classroom, Home, and Community
Brenda Leger, MSEd, Chief Strategy Officer, HighScope Educational Research Foundation, MI
The Future is bright! Early childhood education is the ultimate opportunity to change the world. The strengths we build in the classroom are magnified in our communities. At HighScope, we believe the mission of early childhood educators and advocates is big, but it is clear: to change the trajectory of the world, one child at a time. How do we do it? We engage. We play. We encourage.  The active learning model is a proven approach to early childhood education that brings together the practical insights of preschool teachers with the latest theory and research on how young children learn. Decades of practice and research have shown us that all children — regardless of ability — are best prepared to succeed and have an impact on their world when they have opportunities to make and talk about their choices, and when they have direct, hands-on experiences with the objects, people, ideas, and events in the world around them. To make the most of these experiences, children need passionate adults who are ready to roll up their sleeves. They need driven educators who truly want to make a difference. And they need visionary leaders, dedicated to the long view: a future where all children can succeed. Join us as we explore different strategies to support children in their classroom, home, and community. Join us as we build a better world!

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Presentation
Early Childhood Anxiety: Signs and Management at Home and at School
Tamar Andrews, EdD, Doctor of Education, Saddleback College, CA
Jacob has an outburst in school. Upset by something a classmate says, he pushes the other boy, goes ballistic and when he is finally contained, he kicks the preschool director. The teachers call his mother and he is sent home. Jacob looks like a boy with serious anger issues. It turns out that he is off the charts for social anxiety. Jacob is terrified of being embarrassed. This presentation will address the childhood anxiety and how we can best help these children in school and at home.
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Presentation
Diverse and Successful Early Literacy Program with Amazing Success
Colleen Hourigan, MEd, Teacher; Deborah Luporini, MEd, Principal, Gibsons Elementary School, Canada
Come and learn about our comprehensive, successful K-3 literacy program! You will come away with a wealth of exciting, new ideas for promoting a love of literacy and books, mastering letter names and sounds, effective and innovative guided reading practices, strategies for successful differentiation of instruction, and proven student assessment practices.
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Presentation
Strengthening the Partnership between Parents and Childcare Providers: Improving Sleep Together
Teresa Stewart, MS, MPH, Sleep Consultant, Family Solutions, MA
There’s often miscommunication between childcare providers and parents in understanding and meeting infant and toddler sleep needs. By establishing a collaborative model of partnership, together they can fulfill the goal of adequate sleep for children, and also support children’s development and learning. The session will review the biological, developmental, emotional, and behavioral aspects of infant and toddler sleep. Strategies will be discussed that childcare providers can implement at the center. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of how nutrition and play impact sleep.
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Presentation
Thriving Through Grief, Fullness of Life After Death… For Kids
Donna Williams, CEO, Founder of DonnaJanel Inc, DE
Presentation will consist of strategies for parents, guardians and teachers to use to empower children of all ages to overcome challenges from grief and trauma. Focusing on the importance of making the best out of what seems to be a bad situation, this presentation consists of practical strategies to help kids thrive while still in the grieving process. Using the strategy of empowering kids through developing their purpose, you will learn the effectiveness of strategically using purpose to overcome and champion over grief and trauma.