Friday

 

Opening General Session - Session I - Session II - Session III - Session IV - Session V

Opening General Session (Salon A, B & C)
8:30am - 9:45am


Keynote Address by Dr. Rebecca Isbell
Putting the Pieces Back Together - Inspiring the Whole Child for Today's World

Session I (Choices 1-5) or Lunch I/Exhibits
10:00am - 11:30am
1. Goal Setting: A Parallel Process
Laura Krueger
In this interactive presentation, participants will learn how setting and achieving their personal and professional goals can positively impact their work with families. Internalizing the process of goal setting helps parent educators and supervisors focus their intent and create motivation and momentum for family goal achievement. This, in turn, creates positive outcomes for the child.
CR, PAT, SHCP, FC, PDL, LIT, S & E, I, T, PRE


2. Designing Amazing Early Childhood Environments: Makeovers that Work!
Dr. Rebecca Isbell
Are young children in your space distracted, unable to make choices, wandering around the room, dumping materials in the floor, or just not engaged? Perhaps it is not the children, or your teaching, but rather the classroom environment. The environment is a very powerful force that impacts children’s behaviors and learning every day. Discover how to design a learning environment, make simple changes, rearrange the space, select/display materials, and include enriching opportunities that will actively engage young children. See visuals of “real” early childhood classrooms, investigate the happenings, and hear about the results from children and their teachers. Leave with easy and low cost ways to improve your classroom for you and your children!

3. Funding Opportunities for Preschool
Brenda Horstman and DESE Early Learning Staff
The Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and Economic Development will share 3 separate funding options for programs interested in expanding capacity or program enhancements. Participants will gain an overview of these 3 programs and the timelines for application.
A, CC, PPD, PRE


4. From Chaos to Calm: Discipline for Your Most Challenging Children (Repeat of 9.)
Jill Molli
Most classrooms today contain children with extreme behavior issues and diagnosed or undiagnosed special needs. Behaviorally challenging children are also relationship-resistant children. Instead of spending precious time seeking to get challenging children under control, we can instead create a compassionate school culture that employs the natural power of connection between all members as a means of co-regulating behavior and teaching them to self-regulate. Participants will learn to “meet children where they are,” including specific strategies to reach out to challenging children in a way that builds trust and connection. Participants will also explore how being in relationships with others directly increases the ability to self-regulate, and how self-regulation will help even the most challenging children transform their behavior from chaotic to calm.


5. Building Your S.T.E.A.M. Team (Repeat of 10.)
Ron Mohl
During this interactive journey, we will discuss developmentally appropriate activities for S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics), while including extension ideas to engage families. We will also look at the learning environment through the natural curiosity of a child as we explore these topics: growing things, air, weather, and bubbles.

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Session II (Choices 6-10) or Lunch II/Exhibits
12:00pm - 1:30pm

6. Looking in the Mirror: The Art of Reflecting with Families and Parent Educators
Allison LaMont
Reflecting is one of the three roles of the parent educator. Reflective supervision is a Parents as Teachers essential requirement. But what does "reflective practice" really mean? Join other parent educators and supervisors in an interactive workshop designed to build reflection skills.
PAT, FC, PDL, S & E, I, T, PRE

7. Science on a Dime
Jennifer Thomas and Chris Sparkes
Science on a Dime! Join us and learn many science experiments you can do with children that will not break the bank! Hands on examples will be provided for a fun and purposeful parent meeting or PAT Group Connection that will stimulate and excite young scientists! There will also be time to learn from fellow teachers, as well as collaboration with others sharing techniques and ideas. A handout will be provided describing many of the experiments presented and suggestions of literature books to use to enhance the science experience.
CR, PAT, COA, IC, T, PRE, K


8. The First Three Years; Building the Brain’s Foundation for Lifelong Learning
(Repeat of 24.)
Dr. Brad Mears
Over the last 15 years we have learned more about how the brain develops and learns than we have throughout the rest of human history. Over the last 7 years we discovered the importance of the first 5 years of life. Even more recently, with advancements in technology we have been able to gain a better understanding of how specific interactions and experiences children have between birth and 3 either prepare them for a life of learning or limit their potential. This session will focus on those first three years and will reinforce the perceived importance of some experiences while expelling other myths.


9. From Chaos to Calm: Discipline for Your Most Challenging Children (Repeat of 4.)
Jill Molli
Most classrooms today contain children with extreme behavior issues and diagnosed or undiagnosed special needs. Behaviorally challenging children are also relationship-resistant children. Instead of spending precious time seeking to get challenging children under control, we can instead create a compassionate school culture that employs the natural power of connection between all members as a means of co-regulating behavior and teaching them to self-regulate. Participants will learn to “meet children where they are,” including specific strategies to reach out to challenging children in a way that builds trust and connection. Participants will also explore how being in relationships with others directly increases the ability to self-regulate, and how self-regulation will help even the most challenging children transform their behavior from chaotic to calm.


10. Building Your S.T.E.A.M. Team (Repeat of 5.)
Ron Mohl
During this interactive journey, we will discuss developmentally appropriate activities for S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics), while including extension ideas to engage families. We will also look at the learning environment through the natural curiosity of a child as we explore these topics: growing things, air, weather, and bubbles.

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Session III (Choices 11-24)
1:45pm - 3:15pm

11. Teens: Connecting and Staying Connected
Cindy Wills and Debbie Lakin
Back by popular demand, this presentation is for new and experienced parent educators looking for strategies to connect with teen parents. This session will share ways to recruit, engage, and retain teen parents in Parents as Teachers.
PAT, TP, IC, FC, HSN, LEC, S & E, I, T, PRE

12. Principles of Fearless Leadership
Joseph Gulino
Principals, bosses, etc. are not the only leaders in your organization. All individuals who work with others to achieve goals can be leaders. Therefore we all need to be aware of, understand, and practice principles of leadership. At this presentation, attendees will be exposed to important leadership principles and have the opportunity to share their personal experiences.
A, CC, CD, CR, PAT, PC , SHCP, TP, IC, FC, PDL, PPD, S & E, T, PRE, K, PRI

13. Marvelous Math Moments with Preschoolers
Nikki Tappana and Julie Vandine
Many of us have different feelings about math. Marvelous Math Moments with Preschoolers focuses on making math a positive experience. You will create fun math activities to take back to your classroom and start developing positive feelings about math in any subject area. These feelings then encourage the children to continue their exploration into the wonderful world of math.
CC, CR, IC, LEC, MAT, S & E, PRE

14. Creativity and the Early Childhood Classroom
Karin Gardner-Brown
This session will ask participants to think about the role creativity plays in their classrooms. This presentation will cover the importance of creativity in the classroom and how teachers can nurture it in their classrooms and in themselves.
A, CC, CD, CR, CGD, COA, IC, LEC, PDL, SCI, S & E, PRE

15. Beyond Food Groups: How Parental Behaviors Affect What Kids Eat
Kim Hessler, MS, RD, LD and Barb Ehlen
Picky toddlers, grumpy preschoolers, busy school-aged kids, and exhausted parents all add up to make meal times challenging. Families are bombarded with "do's" and "dont's" when trying to make healthful choices. Eating "right" can seem impossible. Why are so many families falling short? Ever wonder how to help take the stress off for families? You are guaranteed to learn something new in this presentation which offers a fresh, realistic approach to family feeding challenges.
CC, PAT, CGD, COA, IC, FC, HSN, H & P, S & E, T, PRE, K, PRI

16. Supporting Young Children with Autism
Lisa Eberle-Mayse
With more and more young children being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it is imperative that early childhood educators become familiar with this disorder and learn ways they can support children with autism in inclusive settings. This presentation will explore some of the primary characteristics of autism and what these may "look like" in young children. We will dispel some common myths about autism and discuss current knowledge about its causes along with the range of treatments that are available. Teachers will learn strategies and techniques for assuring a successful, inclusive environment and will be given helpful resources for learning more about autism and sharing with families.
CC, CD, CGD, LEC, S & E, I, T, PRE

17. Braiding Funds for Early Learning Programs
Jen Meyer and Mary Jo Jensen
What is braided funding and how can it help support preschool services for all children in my district? DESE has been working on a braided early childhood model and is piloting it in 4 districts. Come see how these pilot programs are maximizing state and federal funds to provide preschool services to children. This presentation is specific to programs within public schools.
A, PPD, PRE

18. Missouri Accreditation: Raising the Bar of Quality
Pamela Speer
If you are an accredited program or wanting to become an accredited program, this presentation is for you. There will be a discussion on the new criteria requirements for accreditation and how to use the NEW on-line MARIT system.
A, CC, LEC, PPD, LIT, MAT, H & P, SCI, S & E, I, T, PRE, K, PRI

19. The Home Visiting Playbook: Coaching Families to the Championship Game!
Tammie Benton
Participants will explore how the practice-based coaching model works effectively with families in the home. As we place strong emphasis on family engagement, coaching is an effective way to support parent/child interactions. Families as lifelong educators vs. watching the game from the stands; that is our goal!! Join us as we explore a shift in thinking from teaching the child to coaching the family!
A, PAT, SHCP, TP, IC, FC, LEC, PDL, S & E, I, T, PRE

20. SMARTBoards in the Early Childhood Classroom
Sheena Roup and Jennifer Vogler
A SMARTBoard in Pre-K? This presentation shares how to effectively create and use a SMARTBoard with pre-k children. We will also give great websites to use.
CR, PC, LIT, MAT, S & E, PRE, K

21. Nature Revealed – Revealing to Young Children the Connections Between Plants, Animals, and People
Regina Knauer and Kevin Lohraff
Get your hands on seed pods, seeds, live plants, puzzles, picture books, and storyboard characters as you explore Nature Revealed, the hands-on Pre-K unit of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Discover Nature Schools conservation education program. Come ready to explore the intricacies of seeds and leave with sample activities, puzzles, storyboard characters, and a picture book-all designed to encourage the natural curiosity young children have with the outdoor world all around them.
A, CC, CD, CR, PAT, PC, SHCP, TP, IC, LEC, PPD, LIT, MAT, SCI, S & E, I, T, PRE, K, PRI


22. Journeys
Eileen Chistelow
With humorous animated slides, Eileen Christelow will describe her journey through thirty years of creating picture books. Meet her characters. Find out how their stories evolved. Ms. Christelow will also explore how new technology has changed the way she works as well as the way stories are presented to young readers.


23. Music and Art as 21st Century Skills: Creating, Communicating, and Collaborating
Dr. Rebecca Isbell
Many experts have identified the three C’s as the abilities that are needed to be successful in today’s rapidly changing world. It is vital that early childhood classrooms provide many, meaningful opportunities to identify, use, and nurture young children’s abilities to create, communicate, and collaborate with others. Music and art provide the perfect avenue for inspiring experiences that will encourage children’s development in the C’s. Investigate the thinking that occurs in these areas, how music and art can provide unique activities, and how working together can expand the learning possibilities. Observe and document the work of young children that provides evidence of their growing capabilities.


24. The First Three Years; Building the Brain’s Foundation for Lifelong Learning
(Repeat of 8.) Dr. Brad Mears
Over the last 15 years we have learned more about how the brain develops and learns than we have throughout the rest of human history. Over the last 7 years we discovered the importance of the first 5 years of life. Even more recently, with advancements in technology we have been able to gain a better understanding of how specific interactions and experiences children have between birth and 3 either prepare them for a life of learning or limit their potential. This session will focus on those first three years and will reinforce the perceived importance of some experiences while expelling other myths.

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Session IV (Choices 25-38)
3:30pm – 4:30pm


25. Expressing Personal Rhythm in the Classroom (Repeat of 53.)
Jim Cosgrove a.k.a. Mr. Stinky Feet
Music is a part of being human. It’s part of our nature and fabric of being. And there’s not one of us who doesn’t have rhythm. It starts with our heart beats and travels everywhere with us. It may take some time to find our rhythm in life, and once we do, we must honor it and honor the rhythm of others. In an interactive, musical workshop, Cosgrove uses his own songs and anecdotes to emphasize the importance of music in early childhood education. Cosgrove encourages parents and teachers to use music as an integral part of nurturing a child's social, cognitive, emotional, and physical development. Much like his school assemblies for students, Jim delivers inspirational messages for adults in the areas of respect, motivation, self-expression, self-discipline and healthy choices. Participants will learn songs and activities that apply not only to the classroom, but to their everyday lives.


26.Teaching the Skills of Assertiveness and Effective Communication: The Ultimate in Bully Prevention
Jill Molli
Bullying can cause an enormous amount of stress, fear, and anxiety in young kids. This behavior not only affects the victims, but research shows that childhood bullies are more likely to have negative peer relationships and significant issues later in life. Consequently, children must learn that they teach others how to treat them. Teachers should support children in learning how to assertively deal with the intrusive behaviors of others. Conflicts that arise in classrooms offer a rich opportunity to teach children life skills. This presentation will transform adult perception of conflict from seeing misbehavior to seeing a call for help. Conferees will be empowered to reframe their negative perceptions about peer to peer struggles and classroom disruptions and use daily classroom conflict as an opportunity to teach students life skills. Accordingly, teachers will be equipped to focus on assertive solutions by teaching both victims to use a self-assured voice and aggressors to use effective verbal communication strategies in times of conflict. Conferees will leave this presentation with new skills and resources of how to turn classroom conflicts into shared cooperation by using conflicts as an opportunity to teach missing social emotional skills.


27. Science Safari (Repeat of 39.)
Ron Mohl
We will explore various areas of science as we take a look at developmentally appropriate activities for young learners. We will use hands-on strategies for small groups and whole groups, and discuss the topics of senses, weather, cause and effect, and our body.

28. Creating the Perfect Environment - Not the Perfect Student
Scott Salmons and Chris Schmitz
Students are bringing challenging behavior to the classroom. Is it the student we need to change or the environment that is supporting that student? The environment and relationships we create can make a significant difference. Learn those critical pieces that need to be in place as a foundation and what to do when that is not enough.
IC, LEC, S & E, K, PRI

29. Web Tools (Repeat of 48.)
Lisa Garro
The web tools presentation provides organizational tools to help you manage your classroom ideas using the web. These web tools promote organization and collaboration while integrating technology into your classroom.
A, CD, CR, PAT, SHCP, TP, IC, FC, LEC, PDL, PPD, LIT, MAT, S & E, PRE, K, PRI

30. Music Mania
Tammy Hodges-Edwards and Connie Sue Novotny
Add pizzazz to the music you use every day! Participants will partake in a lively, interactive hands-on demonstration on how to incorporate music in home visits, play groups, group connections, classrooms and home childcare settings.
CC, CR, PAT, PC, IC, LEC, LIT, MAT, H & P, SCI, S & E, I, T, PRE

31. The Infant Toddler Relationship
Kim Roam
Responsibility for a group of infants and toddlers is a big task and lots of work, but having the opportunity to engage young minds in playful learning experiences is full of rewards. This presentation explores temperament styles and ways of interacting with infants and toddlers to make working with them a positive experience for them and you!
CC, CR, CGD, COA, IC, S & E, I, T

32. Making an Advisory Board Work for You
Karen Berding and Melanie Stoelting
Explore how to build a balanced and effective Advisory Committee for a Parents as Teachers Program that reflects the community. Gain tips on looking for committee members and how to identify the right individuals that reflect the community. Ideas, suggestions on agendas, and the overall purpose for the board will be shared.
PAT, PDL, PPD, I, T, PRE

33. Teaching Without Worksheets
Janelle Meyers
We all want to meet curriculum goals and lay the foundation for learning academic skills, but we do not need to rely on worksheets to provide goal-focused learning experiences. During this presentation, we will develop goal-focused, hands-on, child-centered learning activities that are a more intrinsically motivating alternative to the use of worksheets. Real classroom examples and teacher-made games will be shared, and there will be opportunities to brainstorm in small groups with other participants.
CC, CR, PC, LEC, LIT, MAT, H & P, SCI, S & E, PRE

34. Surefire Read-aloud Hits: The MO Building Block Picture Book Award
Jerilyn Hahn and Amy Held
Learn about the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, voted on annually by preschool and kindergarten children for the best read-aloud picture book of the year. Familiarize yourself with the ten books nominated for this year and learn some ways to use them in the classroom.
CC, CR, PAT, IC, LEC, LIT, PRE, K

35. Are Your Teaching Skills 21st Century Ready?
Beth Ann Lang
Are you asking the right questions to keep your career on track in the 21st century? Do you want to gain control of your professional development? Learn to navigate the professional landscape from clock hour training to credit hours to earning a degree. You will leave this presentation with a better understanding of what you want for your future and what resources are available to help you make it your reality.
A, CC, PDL, I, T, PRE, K

36. "It's All Good" Integrating Math and Literature in the Preschool Classroom (Repeat of 47.)
Laura Cortner and Kierstin Bueter
Re-energize your teaching and instruction. This presentation will provide your students with a fun way to explore and discover math and literature concepts through fun, interactive hands-on centers based on Eric Carle and Eric Litwin books. No need to head to Pinterest when you return home; all of the materials will be waiting for you to make and take for immediate use in your classroom.
CR, LEC, LIT, MAT, PRE

37. Rage to Reason: Behavior Intervention for the Treatment of Explosive Behaviors in Children with ED
Amy Buie, Med, BCBA, LBA and Jessica Pitford
Rage to Reason is a specific training curriculum to teach young children with emotional disorders to follow directions, listen to their teacher, and do their work. Many visual strategies will be presented as well as an understanding of why kids with ED have meltdowns and refusals. Strategies for coping skills and social skills will be addressed as well.
CD, IC, S & E, PRE, K, PRI

38. Am I As Safe As I Can Be?
Roni Burnham and Sharon Wisdom
Providing services to all children means that Parents as Teachers educators and those that work with families travel to all kinds of neighborhoods, centers, and homes. We will look at various scenarios and discuss possible solutions. Learn ways to take care of yourself and to ensure your personal safety both in the field and when using social media.
PAT, SHCP, FC, PPD, I, T, PRE

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Session V (Choices 39-51)
4:45pm – 5:45pm


39. Science Safari (Repeat of 27.)
Ron Mohl
We will explore various areas of science as we take a look at developmentally appropriate activities for young learners. We will use hands-on strategies for small groups and whole groups, and discuss the topics of senses, weather, cause and effect, and our body.


40. Dialogic Reading
Ann Young and Kristen Mandrell
In dialogic reading, the adult helps the child become the teller of the story. The adult becomes the listener, the questioner, and the audience for the child. This presentation will not only define dialogic reading, but will help the participants gain an understanding of how it promotes early literacy.
CC, CR, PAT, CGD, IC, LEC, PPD, LIT, I, T, PRE

41. Square Peg Round Hole
Trina Schindler and Melinda Griesbaum
Working with children can be stressful enough with today's demands. When we have children in our care that are more difficult to handle, it puts extra strain on our day. This presentation will give simple ideas that could make your day run more smoothly. Ideas range from working with a very active child to children with disabilities. These ideas are easy enough to take back and use on Monday!
A, CC, CD, CR, PAT, PC, TP, CGD, COA, IC, LEC, PPD, H & P, S & E, T, PRE, K

42. We ALL Want to Play: Creating Adaptive Materials for Children with Special Needs on a Budget
Jami Swindell
In this presentation, you will learn some specific approaches to assist children who have autism, severe disabilities, emotional disorders, and language delays PLAY in the classroom. Ideas for working with occupational therapists, physical therapists, and developmental therapists will be shared. You will also learn how to empower ALL children by adapting the environment, activities, and other daily experiences to support PLAY and LEARNING.
CC, CD, CR, PAT, CGD, LEC, S & E, I, T, PRE, K

43. Using Sign Language - Day to Day
Dana Bivens
Sign language can be a fun way to supplement your current curriculum for all of your students, struggling to gifted! Come and learn how to incorporate it into instruction and behavior management.
CC, CD, PAT, CGD, IC, S & E, I, T, PRE, K, PRI

44. Direct Instruction vs. Exploratory Play with Homemade Infant/Toddler Activities
Celeste Tarrant and Ranelle Cole
Infants and toddlers gravitate towards playing with everyday objects they see adults use. In this presentation, we will create and explore homemade infant/toddler activities. We will discuss the differences and similarities of direct instruction and exploratory play. We will look at ways to conduct individual observations and curriculum-driven assessment strategies.
CC, CD, CR, COA, IC, LEC, S & E, I, T

45. Ramps and Pathways: Our Journey into S.T.E.M.
Liz Quiggins and Katie Mawer
Physics and mathematics in preschool? Yes. How about infants and toddlers? Definitely. This presentation will share our journey as we prepared and implemented a Ramps and Pathways S.T.E.M. focus.
CC, PC, CGD, COA, IC, LIT, MAT, SCI, I, T, PRE

46. The Important Role of Fathers in the Lives of Young Children
William Scott
This presentation will provide insight into how children benefit developmentally from their father’s interaction and involvement. Educators and home visitors will walk away from this presentation with a better understanding of unique and specific ways that fathers impact the lives of their children.
A, CC, CD, CR, PAT, SHCP, TP, CGD, IC, FC, HSN, LEC, PPD, LIT, H & P, S & E, I, T, PRE, K, PRI

47. "It's All Good" Integrating Math and Literature in the Preschool Classroom (Repeat of 36.)
Laura Cortner and Kierstin Bueter
Re-energize your teaching and instruction. This presentation will provide your students with a fun way to explore and discover math and literature concepts through fun, interactive hands-on centers based on Eric Carle and Eric Litwin books. No need to head to Pinterest when you return home; all of the materials will be waiting for you to make and take for immediate use in your classroom.
CR, LEC, LIT, MAT, PRE

48. Web Tools (Repeat of 29.)
Lisa Garro
The web tools presentation provides organizational tools to help you manage your classroom ideas using the web. These web tools promote organization, collaboration, and integrate technology into your classroom.
A, CD, CR, PAT, SHCP, TP, IC, FC, LEC, PDL, PPD, LIT, MAT, S & E, PRE, K, PRI

49. DRDP & the iPad App: Discovering Relevant Documentation Procedures
Sarah Key and JoWanda Johnson
We will demonstrate observation and documentation methods that we utilized before DRDP and show how we are transitioning to using DRDP. By utilizing both planned/intentional activities, as well as spontaneous observations, we are able to use the DRDP iPad app to show evidence of children's development and progress, making this new assessment tool work for us!
CR, PAT, SHCP, FC, PDL, LIT, S & E, I, T, PRE

50. Quality in Early Childhood: What is it and How to Get It
Janet Rinehart and Debbie Wood
Research shows that all children benefit from attending a quality early childhood program and that these benefits continue through-out their lives. Quality programs offer more than just ABC’s and 123’s. Quality programs are safe, clean, and engaging places where children develop intellectually, emotionally, and physically. Come and join Debbie and Janet as they explore what quality looks like and how to get it.
A, CR, PC, LEC, PPD, LIT, MAT, H & P, SCI, S & E, PRE


51. Telling Stories with Pictures
Eileen Christelow
With animated slides we will explore how pictures tell stories. Remember trying to read before you actually could read the words? Did you ‘read’ the pictures? Christelow will talk about some of her own childhood favorites as well as some of her own books and a few by other author/ illustrators.

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