Friday

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

Opening General Session (Salon A, B & C)
8:45am - 10:15am


Keynote Address by Mark Anthony Garrett
You Are a Lifesaver - Making a Difference One Life at a Time

Session I (Choices 1-11) or Lunch I/Exhibits
10:30am - 11:30am

1. Advocacy: It's Easier Than You Think
Alison Gee
Advocacy is really not rocket science; you do it everyday! At the end of this presentation participants will be able to: identify strategies for engaging with policymakers and influencers; identify key strategies for effective advocacy; and recognize how to apply the power of personal stories.
A, PAT, SHCP


2. ASQ and ASQ-3: A Snapshot Overview
Paula Harvey and Mary Ann Sander
Are you using the ASQ or ASQ-3? Do you have questions about this screening tool? Have you been trained but never used it? Did you find it on a shelf and want to know more about it? Do you need a screening tool for your program and want to learn about the ASQ before you purchase? This interactive presentation will explore the ASQ and ASQ-3, help you understand when to make a referral, and give tips for administration, scoring and discussing the results with parents.
A, CR, PAT, LIT, MAT, S&E, I, T

3. Why Won't They Change?
Joy Humbarger
Change isn’t easy. Learn about conditions that lead adults to change, and discuss how to apply that information in your work as a leader. Come ready to think in a new way about effectively supporting others through change. You will try out a practical, strengths-based strategy you can use tomorrow!
A, CC, PAT, SHCP

4. Inclusion 101
Jami Swindell and Lisa Eberle-Mayse
What is inclusion? What are early childhood educators required to do in inclusive classrooms? How do we get started providing an inclusive environment? How can we support ALL learners in the early childhood classroom? Bring your curiosity and interest in meeting the needs of all children - we will work together to answer these questions - and more!
A, CC, CD, PAT, H&P, S&E, I, T, PRE, K, PRI

5. It's All in the Trunk: Digital Portfolios for ECSE/Preschool Using Evernote
Robin Jackson and Becky Douglas
Evernote is our digital trunk for making portfolios for the children we work with. Let me show you how we can use this free app to take observational notes, video, audio, and even store work samples for each child without having to carry home a trunk load of paper every night.
A, CC, CD, PAT, LIT, MAT, H&P, S&E, T, PRE, K

6. It's Not Magic, It's Science!
Jennifer Thomas and Chris Sparkes
Science or Magic? If you ever catch yourself saying to your children "It's Magic!", then this presentation is for you! We will present hands on experiments to enhance all five senses that you can afford to do in the classroom or at a 3-K group connection. Expose the myth of magic as we reveal the mind-boggling truth of science. Handouts will be provided in addition to examples of science journaling from a preschool classroom.
CC, CR, PAT, PRE, K

7. Meeting the MELS with Pinterest
Diane Miesner and Fred Miesner
PINPOINT the Missouri Early Learning Goals in your classroom using ideas found on Pinterest. Get web addresses for boards with ideas for each of the five standard areas in your handout. Come and see classroom learning items made from Pinterest posts. You will leave filled with PINS and NEEDLES of excitement!
CR, LIT, MAT, H&P, SCI, S&E, PRE

8. Sight Word Savvy
Tracy James and Amy Lewis
We all know the best way for kids to learn their sight words is by using them. In this presentation we will explore ways your students can work with sight words tactically, kinesthetically, and visually trying to make sure that all students have a chance to learn based on their style of learning.
CD, CR, PC, LIT, K

9. Uno, Dos, Tres! Teaching Basic Spanish Vocabulary in the Early Education Classroom
Cynthia Lewis and Tricia Shepherd
Early childhood exposure to non-native languages brings lifelong benefits. These range from increased cultural and linguistic awareness to marked improvement in native language abilities. Last year, the Independence School District Early Education Program began teaching basic Spanish in each of their early education classrooms. Come hear our story of what we are learning as we go, and play fun games that build practical skills which you'll be able to use right away!
A, CD, CR, PAT, LIT, MAT, S&E, I, T, PRE


10. Brain Boosting Music & Movement
Don Monopoli
Energize and rejuvenate your entire classroom with dynamic, brain boosting music activities! This new dimension in teaching will spice-up your planning and add zing to your entire program. Everyone will gain an understanding of how movement activities can support optimal brain development and integration. Children naturally love music and movement so why not offer interactive music that is designed to boost learning, improve attention span, disengage the stress response and enhance impulse control. Even greater, these diverse exercises will help develop the beginning foundation necessary for children to comprehend reading, science, and math skills. Creative movements, songs and dances shared will help develop processes formed in the brain that are the basis for advanced intellectual and cognitive tasks — leading to less frustration, better comprehension, and academic success. This NEW presentation includes songs from The Learning Station's multi award-winning release "Brain Boogie Boosters".
CC, PAT, S&E, I, T, PRE, PRI


11. Hot Topic!! Braiding Early Childhood Funds
Angie Nickell and Julie Cowell
Individuals within the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education have developed a guidance document outlining how Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), Title 1, and Missouri Preschool Program (MPP) funds may be braided. The panel will present a short overview of these individual programs and then discuss the possibility of braiding program funds as well as some challenges in doing so. The session will allow time for discussion from participants.
A, PRE

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Session II (Choices 12-22) or Lunch II/Exhibits
11:45am - 12:45pm

12. "Playing Around" with Math Standards
Christie Diederich and Tina Bailey
Starting with the Math Missouri Learning Standards, we will present activities and ideas that can be used as math centers in the classroom setting. We will narrow in to kindergarten standards but show how these activities and ideas can be used in other grades. We will present a power point; have anchor charts and handouts as well as hands on manipulatives.
CR, MAT, K

13. Creating Respectful Infant/Toddler Environments
Shannon Carr
During this presentation you will take a step back and look at your infant/toddler programs through a different lens. One that provides a safe and supportive environment based on respecting children where they are. Based on the RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) Approach.
CC, S&E, I, T

14. From Chicken Rings to Chef Salad: One Center's Journey to Healthier Eating
Laura Ross and Janelle Meyers
This presentation will share the journey that one center embarked on to improve children's eating habits and educate children and their families about nutrition. Examples of classroom cooking activities, gardening, mealtime strategies, and family education will be shared.
A, CC, CD, CR, PC, H&P, SCI, PRE

15. Healthy Employees = Happy Kids
Patricia Simmons
Taking care of your employees is just as important as taking care of the kids. Come learn about how having healthy employees could improve your program, how to start a wellness program, and some fun and simple wellness activities you can do now.
A, CC, H&P, I, T, PRE, K, PRI


16. How to Prepare and Maintain Accreditation
Pamela L. Speer
If your program is currently accredited by Missouri Accreditation or considering accreditation, this presentation is for you. This presentation will help programs prepare and maintain accreditation with new modifications.
A, CC, CR, LIT, MAT, H&P, SCI, S&E, I, T, PRE

17. Let's Focus on Parenting Behaviors
Carla Godfrey
There is an emphasis on Parenting Behaviors in the Parents as Teachers Foundational Curriculum. Take a closer look at each of the 5 behaviors and how to develop them in parents. Tips on how to expand your role as a parent educator.
PAT, S&E, I, T, PRE

18. More Than Just "Dramatic" Play!
Glori Siebert and Marsha Thornton
We know that play is the way our children learn best, so let's set that up for them in a fun, yet educational manner. We'll go through my dramatic play tubs and brainstorm other ideas to make your dramatic play center the best ever.
CC, CD, CR, PAT, S&E, PRE

19. The Power of Documentation Panels: Effective Authentic Assessment
Meghan Sheil and Chadwick Boyles
Join us to learn how creating documentation panels with photos, work samples and verbatim conversations of children during play have helped us communicate with families, the value of a play-based curriculum; document children's learning in a concrete and meaningful manner; and enhance our own reflective skills as teachers to promote the intentional delivery of an emergent curriculum. Come and explore how to effectively document the Missouri Early Learning Goals and the play process through which they are achieved.
CR, PRE

20. Using Nature to Reveal and Unfold STEM Skills
Briedi Scott and Kevin Lohraff
Jump into the Missouri Department of Conservation's Discover Nature Schools (DNS) science curriculum and discover how young learners can develop STEM skills through active, experiential learning. Discover how these hands-on learning experiences engage children's natural sense of wonder. Participant in activities from two DNS units, Nature Revealed (Pre-K) and Nature Unfolds (K-2).
CC, CR, PC, LIT, MAT, SCI, S&E, PRE, K


21. What Children Need to Succeed - Building Self-esteem From the Inside Out
(Repeat of 35.)

Mark Anthony Garrett
This workshop was developed with several goals in mind. The first of these was to give participants a basic understanding as to what children really need to succeed.  This session will explore internal and external factors that are critical in a child’s success and overall self-esteem.  The trainer will address aspects of self-fulfilling prophecies, mentoring, praise, goal setting, vision, family support and a plethora of other techniques and strategies designed to aid children in empowering themselves.
A, CC, CD, PAT, SHCP, S&E, I, T, PRE, K, PRI


22. Atypical Development in Infants/Toddlers: Making a Referral to First Steps
Sarah Camp
This presentation provides an overview of atypical development in infants/toddlers age birth to three and how to make a referral for further testing in Missouri First Steps Early Intervention program.
A, CD, PAT, S&E, I, T

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Session III (Choices 22-36) or Lunch III/Exhibits
1:00pm - 2:00pm

23. Serving Preschool Children Through Title I
Julia Cowell and Theresa Villmer
Non-Regulatory Guidance on Title I Preschools was updated by the US Department of Education in October of 2012. We will discuss the updated guidance and how Title I funds can be used to provide pre-school services to eligible pre-school students.
A, CC, PRE

24. A Journey of Project Work
Jessica Taylor Law and Mary Ann Fleming, Freda Markley
We will describe our learning journey through projects in the context of the Project Approach as outlined by Lillian Katz and Sylvia Chard. We will touch on how Project Approach fits in with Project Construct and is compatible with brain based learning as described by Judith Harris Helm.
CD, CR, PC, LIT, MAT, H&P, SCI, S&E, PRE

25. Bucket Filler 101
Paula Goade and Mandy Daniels
"Have You Filled A Bucket Today?" Is a program to encourage kindness in the classroom. You will be given websites to encourage positive behavior and visual ideas to make this part of your everyday classroom environment. So let's go fill a bucket!
A, CC, CD, CR, SHCP, LIT, H&P, S&E, I, T, PRE

26. Creating a Culture of Reflective Dialog for Early Childhood Practitioners
Cindy Scarbrough and Pradnya Patet
Come and explore a systematic approach of creating an atmosphere of reflective inquiry for your staff and/or colleagues. Currently embedded in our weekly staff meetings, this approach has been an empowering experience for our staff and facilitators. We will share the structured protocol that we use to help our staff to come up with their own solution for a dilemma in their practice that they are seeking help with. This protocol has helped us develop a culture of reflective dialog and to form a community of teachers that engage in evidence based practice to sustain the quality of the program.
A, I, T, PRE, K, PRI

27. Getting the Right Answers to Your Essential Questions
Beth Ann Lang
Are you asking the right questions about your career? 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, , T, PRE, K

28. Literacy Throughout the Classroom
Susan Forte and Amanda DeLong
Embed literacy within already established areas of your classroom.  Add literacy to almost any lesson, activity, or transition you plan.  We will have examples of charting, documenting, and applying literacy activities to books in your classroom.  Learn to use your literacy experiences for observing and assessing.  Providing literacy experiences is easy and really does not take a lot of time!
CC, CR, PAT, PC, SHCP, LIT, MAT, SCI, S&E, T, PRE, K

29. Making Going to Kindergarten Easy and Fun
Rissa Gray and Julie Hampton
Great ideas to make your incoming parents and kindergarteners make a smooth groove into school. How to introduce the school building, bus, PBS standards, lunch room details, meet the people who will be in their everyday kindergarten life.
CD, PAT, SHCP, S&E, PRE, K

30. Really KNOWING Authors and Illustrators!
Connie Wilkinson and Karli Abbey
Really 'knowing' authors and illustrators requires children to have access to information about these individuals, who by their written word and characters, can be so VERY influential on young children's lives. Come explore how one preschool classroom has chosen to study specific authors and illustrators with young children in a purposeful, mindful way. We will show, through the use of children's books, using various forms of technology including iPads and Smart boards, and through meaningful exposures, how young children can come to 'know' authors and illustrators. Soon journal entries and art projects in your classroom will be emulating the works of Mo Willems, Jan Brett, Lois Ehlert and more!
CR, PC, LIT, S&E, PRE, K

31. Scratch Cooking - Better Nutrition and Better for Your Bottom Line
Tawna Harvey and Terri Blachford
Cooking food from scratch can save you money and increase the quality of the food that you serve. Scratch cooking also allows you to better meet the diverse dietary needs (allergies, vegetarian, etc.) of your children. Come and hear recipes, shopping, cooking and menu tips from a real live scratch cook.
A, CC, CD, CR, PC, H&P, S&E, I, T, PRE, K, PRI

32. Engaging Families in Change: Making Resource Connections
Allison LaMont
Explore effective strategies for linking families to resources in your community and learn approaches that support positive outcomes for families. Become familiar with empowerment techniques that encourage effective communication and support families as they overcome barriers to change. Build skills that help you become more comfortable and confident in connecting families with resources.
CD, PAT, SHCP, TP, H&P, S&E, I, T, PRE

33. Using the Missouri Learning Standards to Build a Bridge
Elaine Strawn
Explore activities preschool teachers can use to help prepare children for kindergarten. Specifically, I will look at the kindergarten Missouri Learning Standards in math, language, writing, speaking and listening.
A, CC, CD, CR, LIT, MAT, S&E, PRE, K

34. Using the Parent Educator Core Competencies to Promote Professional Development
Ann Young and Kathy Hall
Become more familiar with the 5 Core Competencies (family support and parenting education; child and family development; human diversity within family systems; health, safety and nutrition; and relationships between families and communities) and how they can be used to create professional development for PAT Affiliates and staff.
A, PAT


35. What Children Need to Succeed - Building Self-esteem From the Inside Out
(Repeat of 21.)

Mark Anthony Garrett
Energize and rejuvenate your entire classroom with dynamic, brain boosting music activities! This workshop was developed with several goals in mind. The first of these was to give participants a basic understanding as to what children really need to succeed. This session will explore internal and external factors that are critical in a child’s success and overall self-esteem. The trainer will address aspects of self-fulfilling prophesies, mentoring, praise, goal setting, vision, family support and a plethora of other techniques and strategies designed to aid children in empowering themselves.
A, CC, CD, PAT, SHCP, C&E, I , T, PRE, K, PRI


36. S/he Hit Me First": Dealing with Personal Loss and Healing the Need to Get Even

Jill Molli
Take daily conflicts with children and between children (hitting, tattling, name calling) and turn these moments into opportunities to teach missing social and emotional skills. Teachers and caregivers report encountering more and more children with lowered abilities to self-regulate, tolerate frustration and interact well with others. The amount of aggression ending in retaliation and revenge in many programs and homes is on the rise, both in quantity and intensity. This workshop will explore the relationship between personal loss and aggression/violence/revenge in the classroom and home, and offer proactive solutions for teachers and parents to start implementing immediately.
A, CC, PAT, SHCP, S&E, I, T, PRE, K, PRI

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Session IV (Choices 37-50)
2:15pm – 3:15pm

37. Blogging 101 (Repeat of 52.)
Autumn Gill
Blogging 101: Learn how to set up a simple blog and use it to connect with families and other educators. With basic internet and computer knowledge, you can do this too!
A, CC, CD, CR, PAT, PC, SHCP, LIT, MAT, H&P, SCI, S&E, I, T, PRE, K, PRI

38. Early Numeracy Inventory
Cardinal Preschool
Early Numeracy Inventory is a preschool mathematical assessment correlated with the Common Core Standards that consists of 3 sections: Section 1-Simpler counting/Counting tasks/More or less/Conservation; Section 2-Location/Patterning/Ordinal Numbers; Section 3-Subitising/Matching numerals to quantities/Ordering/1:1 Correspondance. In this workshop you will learn the assessment by modeling and guided practice.
A, CC, CD, CR, MAT, PRE

***CANCELLED*** 39. Child Abuse Prevention Strategies for Mandated Reporters
Jennifer Bernstein and Kathleen Hawkins
The Child Abuse Prevention Strategies for Mandated Reporters training gives professionals the skills necessary to help prevent abuse of those in their care. This presentation will cover such topics as identifying the signs of child abuse, handling disclosures of abuse from children, mandated reporting laws and what educators can do in order to protect themselves. Each participant will receive a 38-page handbook to use as a resource.
CC, SHCP, H&P, PRE, K, PRI

40. Engaging Early Childhood Environments
Laurie Ruckman, OTC and Melanie Miller
Are you tired of your classroom design and want to look at the environment in a new way? Would you like to learn how to evaluate your classroom and then create a new and engaging environment that is developmentally appropriate? Join us to share and gather ideas, in order to construct an environment that will excite your learners.
A, CC, CD, CR, LIT, MAT, H&P, SCI, S&E, T, PRE, K

41. Interactive Literacy Charts
Trina Schindler
With ever increasing demands of literacy development, teachers are constantly searching for practical yet functional ways to teach pre-reading skills. Interactive charts are inexpensive, hands-on manipulatives that can be designed to teach a multitude of skills and concepts while at the same time building literacy awareness. Over 50 charts will be displayed and included in the handouts!
CD, CR, PC, ,LIT, T, PRE, K, PRI

42. Introduction to Integrating iPads Into Your Classroom (Repeat of 57.)
Karen Mazzocchio and Megan Manning
Participants will walk away with a basic knowledge of iPad use and an extensive list of effective apps. This presentation is geared towards preschool through first grade educators.
CC, CD, CR, PAT, SHCP, TP, LIT, S&E, I, T, PRE

43. Is it Art or Math?
Janis M. Turner and Elizabeth Quiggins
Come and take a look at math concepts found in expressive art experiences. We will also explore ways that our curriculum and the Missouri Early Learning Goals can be incorporated and extended.
CC, CR, PAT, PC, LIT, MAT, S&E, PRE

44. Nature Revealed to the Youngest Learners
Kathi Moore and Karen Armstrong
Nature Revealed is the newest Missouri Department of Conservation Discover Nature Schools Curriculum. Specifically designed for preschool learners, Nature Revealed is a comprehensive collection of learning experiences to help parents and teachers connect conservation to everyday living.
CR, PAT, PC, LIT, MAT, SCI, S&E, PRE

45. Technology for Young Children
Carol Bunch and Jill Arnold
Children are growing up in a technological world. Join us as we explore apps and websites that are meaningful and educational for young children. Participants will be introduced to technology that should enhance a young child's learning.
CD, CR, LIT, MAT, SCI, PRE, K, PRI


46. The Magic of Music & Movement (Repeat of 63.)

Stephen Fite
This hands-on, participatory presentation will bring to teachers a new perspective on using music with children. They will see the connection between music and movement and the active nature of the child, as well as how music can effectively be used to meet the cognitive, emotional, social and physical needs of young children. Stephen will give the participants activities they can take with them and use immediately in their classroom.
A, CC, CR, LIT, MAT, H&P, S&E, PRE, K, PRI


47. Toddler Topics Using the Foundational Curriculum
Barb Ehlen and Cindy Willis
What are realistic expectations for toddlers in the areas of sleep, toileting, eating and discipline? Discover how using the Foundational approach can help parents become more confident in their developmental-centered parenting skills. Positive parenting behaviors can help parents survive toddler issues and help children be successful in these areas.
PAT, H&P, S&E, T

48. Who You Gonna Call?
Laura Thomas and Jessica Kirchofer
ALL FAMILIES NEED RESOURCES! Where to go? Who to call? This interactive presentation will address finding resources for various family needs and compiling a resource file. There will be time for group discussion and brain storming to solve various problems educators might encounter while working with families. Participants will leave the presentation with ideas and resources to begin their own file or to add to their existing resource collection.
CC, CD, PAT, SHCP, TP, H&P, S&E, I, T, PRE


49. Sit Still, Pay Attention, Look at Me: Understanding and Developing Attention Skills in All Children

Jill Molli
Educators increasingly report children with limited abilities to attend, self-regulate, tolerate frustration and delay gratification. An estimated 10.4 million children take medication for attention disorders. The economic cost of this is 36 billion dollars. We must address this growing problem. Often both adults and children struggle with the skill of conscious, mindful attention. We frequently resort to demanding a child’s attention (sit still and look at me!) or fall into the belief that if we get children to sit still and pay attention in circle time for ten minutes when they are two years old, they will be prepared for a 20 minute circle time at age four. Attention is a complex skill that does not develop through stamina training. This session will show you how attention develops in our social brain, interventions for those fidgeting, impulsive, “I can’t wait” children, and fun activities and games that optimize the development of attention.
A, CC, PAT, SHCP, S&E, I, T, PRE, K, PRI


50. DRDP Overview
Pam Raffurty and Trish Buchanan
Join us for a glimpse into the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP). Certified Coach Trainers will provide information about the instrument and share some examples of items from the DRDP.
A, CC, CD, CR, LIT, MAT, H&P, SCI, S&E, PRE

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Session V (Choices 51-65)
3:30pm – 4:30pm

51. "There is No Place Like Home" for Learning
Johanna Rice and Billie Williams
Show, teach and play, Oh My! Follow the yellow brick road on the path of school readiness in Early Head Start. Learn more about utilizing the home environment as a teaching environment and parents becoming assessor's of their own child's development.
A, CC, CR, PAT, LIT, MAT, H&P, SCI, S&E, I, T

52. Blogging 101 (Repeat of 37.)
Autumn Gill
Blogging 101: Learn how to set up a simple blog and use it to connect with families and other educators. With basic internet and computer knowledge, you can do this too!
A, CC, CD, CR, PAT, PC, SHCP, LIT, MAT, H&P, SCI, S&E, I, T, PRE, K, PRI

53. Early Literacy: Going Beyond the Classroom to Get All Children Ready to Read
Stephanie Smallwood
Early literacy experiences are vital to the lifelong success of all children, but they have to go beyond the classroom. By sharing early literacy activity ideas and information with families, teachers will ensure that all children are prepared for reading. This presentation will provide teachers with information about early literacy, sample tips and activity ideas to share with families, and inform educators about ways their local public library may be able to assist them and the families they work with.
CC, CR, SHCP, LIT, I, T, PRE

54. Thriving Mathematicians in a Multi-Age Setting
Pradnya Patet and Crystal Boyt
Join us to discuss and participate in a wide range of activities that focus on enhancing mathematical thinking in a mixed age and ability classroom. As we explore the benefits of a mixed age/ability group in the context of mathematical thinking we will also emphasize the importance of intentionally setting up such groups and zoom in on specific interaction strategies that facilitate peer scaffolding. The discussion will focus on the Missouri Early Learning Math Goals and implications for transition into the Missouri Learning Standards as children step into kindergarten.
CR, MAT, PRE

55. Fine Motor Fun
Tracy James and Jill Sederburg
Come join us as we explore different ways to develop fine motor skills in young children. Take home ideas and activities to use as soon as you get back to your classroom.
CC, CD, CR, PC, TP, H&P, T, PRE, K, PRI

56. How to ImPACT Your Preschool Families
Joy Budine and Ronda Chesney
Come on in to our presentation to get ideas on how to involve your preschool families in their child's learning. We will be sharing parent and children activities that we use during our PACT (Parents and Children Together) activities. These easily implemented PACT ideas can be used with families to help them understand developmental learning of their preschool child.
A, CC, CD, CR, PAT, PC, SHCP, TP, LIT, MAT, H&P, SCI, S&E, PRE

57. Introduction to Integrating iPads Into Your Classroom (Repeat of 42.)
Karen Mazzocchio and Megan Manning
Participants will walk away with a basic knowledge of iPad use and an extensive list of effective apps. This presentation is geared towards preschool through first grade educators.
CC, CD, CR, PAT, SHCP, TP, LIT, S&E, I, T, PRE

58. Is the T.E.A.C.H. MISSOURI Scholarship Right for You?
Penny Mosher
Do you need a scholarship to earn college credits towards a CDA, AA or BA degree? Do you work at least 30 hours a week in a licensed child care program in Missouri? If you answered yes to these questions, this presentation is for you. Come find out how the T.E.A.C.H. MISSOURI Scholarship can help you reach your career development goals through attending college. Financial resources and scholarship handouts will be available.
A, CC, I, T, PRE, K

59. Putting Early Learning Goals to Work for You
Jovanna Rohs, PhD.
Early Learning Goals are a classroom teacher's best friend! Goals provide both guidance and support during the curriculum planning process. This presentation will discuss how to make early learning goals work for you.
CR, MAT, H&P, SCI, S&E, PRE

60. Refining Health, Hearing & Vision Screening Skills
Abby Susman and Brenda Koval
Parent educators will have the opportunity to refine their Health, Hearing and Vision screening skills. Functional hearing and vision including acuity will be reviewed. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and get updated screening information. Please bring your Health, Hearing and Vision screening bag, if possible.
PAT, I, T, PRE

61. Stress Busters
Laurie Ruckman and Melanie Miller
Feel like you're herding chickens? Nailing Jell-o to the wall? Who are you going to call? Stress Busters! Join us for stress management techniques and strategies you can begin using as soon as you walk out the door.
A, CC, CD, TP, E, I, T, PRE, K, PRI

62. Surefire Read-Aloud Hits: The MO Building Block Picture Book Award
Amy Held and Julie Schwartz
Learn about the MO Building Block Picture Book Award, awarded annually by preschool and kindergarten children to the best read-aloud picture book of the year. Discover the ten 2014 nominee books and get ideas for using the books with kids in your classroom.
CC, CR, PAT, SHCP, LIT, PRE, K


63. The Magic of Music & Movement (Repeat of 46.)

Stephen Fite
This hands-on, participatory presentation will bring to teachers a new perspective on using music with children. They will see the connection between music and movement and the active nature of the child, as well as how music can effectively be used to meet the cognitive, emotional, social and physical needs of young children. Stephen will give the participants activities they can take with them and use immediately in their classroom.
A, CC, CR, LIT, MAT, H&P, S&E, PRE, K, PRI


64. Understanding Why Vision Development is Critical for Learning
Dr. David R. Coleman, OD, and Dr. Jeffrey D. Coleman, OD
Approximately 25% - 30% of children who enter school have undetected vision problems which will interfere with learning. Many of these problems are a result of poor vision development between the ages of 0 - 5 years. Come and learn why vision development is critical for learning and how to identify children who are at risk of/or have poor visual development.
A, CC, CD, CR, PAT, PC, SHCP, TP, I, T, PRE, K, PRI

65. Conducting Teacher Evaluations: May the Circle be Unbroken
Paula Berry
This presentation will focus on connecting your program’s vision to teachers’ performance and their individual goals for professional growth. Using the evaluation process, directors can create an environment where teachers love their work, take ownership for their work with children and continue to grow professionally.

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