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Every session time slot has an equal number of early childhood and school-age sessions. There are also adult development sessions to choose from. These sessions are appropriate for all participants, regardless of age group. 


All trainers have received the following message about our audience: Trainers, please remember that if your session is not specific to a target audience that your audience will represent professionals who work with youth from infant to 18 years old. Please be prepared to make sure all are welcomed and covered in the training.


Infants and Toddlers | Preschool Age ChildrenSchool Age 


To save space, we’ve abbreviated these competencies using the key below. You will find these competency acronyms listed beneath each session description.

Friday Session Descriptions:

Find Saturday's sessions here.

Friday Table Talks: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

FTT1. A Time to Talk about Kindergarten Issues
An informal discussion with other professionals about issues you are dealing with around kindergarten. Share concerns and ideas.  
Marie Kielty, NAEYC Forum Facilitator, Chicago
Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: P

FTT2. Roundtable Discussion on Risk. Adventure and Courage
We want to encourage children's curiosity and sense of adventure, but we also want to keep children safe. How do we balance these two needs? Join a round table discussion to gain new perspectives on risk, adventure and courage.
Tom Bedard, St. Paul Public Schools/Retired
Age Group: Adult Development
Competency: DAFL / LEC

FTT3. Calm Challenging Behaviors: Learn 8 Core Strategies
Do you feel stressed out from the "hard" child in your classroom? Discover why children with ADHD and Autism try to control everything and how you can gain calm and cooperation with practical neuroscience techniques. Transform your classroom into an enjoyable space and reclaim your joy of teaching.
Samantha Moe, Mad2Glad
Age Group: Adult Development

FTT4. The Power of Belonging to a Professional Association
Take charge of your career, enhance your network, build your knowledge, become a leader and mentor, and stay inspired by making a commitment to your own personal and professional needs. Professional associations are formed to support that commitment, and to unite & inform those who share a common mission, purpose or intent. There is nothing so powerful as a sense of belonging, and there is nothing we cannot accomplish when we "create connections" and "cultivate communities" by joining a professional association.
Lara Richardson, MnAEYC-MnSACA
Age Group: Adult Development
Competency: P / APN

FTT5. Updates to the Parent Aware Best Practices and Rating Process
The Parent Aware best practices and rating process were updated in July 2017. Participants will learn how Parent Aware works, what changes were made, and get your questions answered about how they will impact your program.
Michelle Lenhart, MN Department of Human Services
Candace Yates, ACCAP
Kristen Wheeler Highland, MnAEYC-MnSACA

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: AEI

FTT6. Career Pathways for Emerging Professionals Round Table Discussion
Come and learn about the different pathways for professionals working in the ECE field.
Hannah Riddle, Semilitas Training
Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: P

FTT7. Public Policy "Office Hours"
Let's chat about what's happening at the federal and state level that impact early childhood and school-age care, what support you need and how you can get involved.
Sara Benzkofer, MnAEYC-MnSACA
Age Group: Adult Development
Competency: P


Friday Session A: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

A01. The Importance of Social Emotional Development in the Daily Life of a Toddler   
During the toddler years, young children experience a rapid sense of growth in all developmental areas. In this session, participants will explore ways to discover how to lay a strong foundation for positive social-emotional growth throughout the daily routines in the toddler classroom.
Jan Merrell, Center for Inclusive Child Care
Age Group: Infant /Toddler
Competencies: CDL / DAEL

A02. Dialogue with Water: Children's Scientific Inquiry at the Water Table.
Children tell the story of scientific inquiry with water through video, photos and anecdotes as they explore easy-to-build constructions in and around the water table. Children's explorations include experiments with water in different states such as a liquid and a solid.  As children author their own experiments, they gain foundational experience  in scientific concepts like creating a vacuum and increasing hydraulic flow and hydraulic pressure.
Tom Bedard, St. Paul Public Schools/Retired
Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: CDL / DAEL

A03. Policies and Practices for Child Care Business Management
Learn how to effectively implement policies, procedures, and systems that support stable program operations. Identify and examine how to organize and create a standard program policies and procedures manual.
Jeff Andrews, First Children's Finance
Age Group: Early Childhood

A04. Natural Community: Partnering with Community and Family to Offer Enriching Outdoor Play in Any Setting
This session will include photos, videos, and clips of families, children, and community members who participated in a Playground Garden project to add a sensory garden to an urban preschool center.  Descriptions of the proposal and how the project was completed within a $100 budget will be shared. Participants will learn ways in which nature exploration offers unique experiences that, with intentional guidance, explicitly lead to children's cognitive, physical, social and language development.
Ellen Ogara, Temple Israel Early Childhood Center
Sami Martin, Temple Israel Early Childhood Center 
Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: CDL / RWF / HSN

A05. Believe It Build It: Use This Book!
Participants will learn about Believe It Build It (BiBi), Minnesota's afterschool practices guide as a tool for high-quality programming. BiBi is a guide to strengthen programs and make a positive difference for youth.
Brandon Bagaason, Ignite Afterschool
Age Group: School-Age
Competencies: PFE

A06. Be A Scientist!  New Physical Science Curriculum to Engage K-2 Scientists 
Explore new (free) curriculum designed to engage K-2 children in the practices of scientists and engineers. Activities use guided-inquiry to explore  properties of materials, uses and problems of plastics, renewable and nonrenewable resources, and what scientists and engineers do.  In six modules offering eight or more hours of hands-on engagement,children practice skills of observing, asking questions, sorting/classifying, and designing solutions.
Anne Stevenson, University of MN Extension Center for Youth Development / MN 4-H
Jennifer HendersonU of M Center for Sustainable Polymers, Dept of Chemistry

Age Group: School-Age
Competency: LEC

A07. Gender Identity/Trans Training
The goal of this session is to allow participants to work with trans-inclusive language and the take-away is a real and urgent intention to do trans-inclusive work in afterschool program settings.
Nicky Cotta, Roseville Community Education
Jane Dixon, Roseville Community Education
Age Group: School Age
Competency: CYGD / ICY

A08. OST: The Vision – What Can it Look Like? What Do You Want it to Be?
What is OST and why would we consider this type of model? In this session we will share our journey from SAC to Out-of-School Time (OST). Why did we make this shift? What has it done for the youth in our community? Come share your story too.
Lisa Walker, Hopkins Public Schools
D'Lisa Campbell, Hopkins Public Schools Kids & Company
Age Group: School Age
Competency: PPE

A09. Defining the Early Childhood Profession Together
Compensation, professional preparation, entry qualifications, and performance expectations for early childhood educators vary significantly across settings and states. Addressing these gaps will require more than a quick fix. This panel presentation will provide an overview of the Power to the Profession initiative, as well as other state led conversations and how you can get involved. 
Sara Benzkofer, MnAEYC-MnSACA
Age Group: Adult Development, All Ages
Competencies: P

A10. Strategies, NOT Solutions: What Educators Need to Know about FASD
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders (FASD) is a range of birth defects caused by prenatal alcohol exposure.  Research suggests that approximately 60% of students with an FASD experience a disruptive school experience ranging from bullying, expulsion, suspension, and more.  This presentation will provide a brief overview of the FASD basics, challenges experienced by early childhood educators, children and families affected by FASD. This session will offer practical strategies for working with students with a FASD and families to provide educators the skills and knowledge to promote successful educational outcomes for this population.
Ruth Richardson, MN Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Organization
Age Group: Adult Development, All Ages
Competency: CDL / DAEL / LEC / APN

A11. Mindset and Behavior Guidance: Do We Have a Growth Mindset About Kids' Behavior?
In this interactive session, participants will reflect on their professional practice within the frame of modeling a growth mindset for behavior guidance. Do we practice what we teach? Using the research of Carol Dweck, The Harvard Center on the Developing Child, Dan Gartrell, and the practical approaches of authors Christine Hertz and Kristine Mraz, participants will workshop research-based best practices for optimum child development AND self-development.
Molly Breen, St. Anthony Park Community Nursey School
Age Group: Adult Development, All Ages
Competency: CDL / P

A12. Sponsor Showcase: Active Learning: We Learn by Doing
Active learning means students have direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. Children's interests and choices are at the heart of HighScope programs. They construct their own knowledge through interactions with the world and the people around them.
Lance Reed, HighScope Educational Research Foundation
Age Group: Adult Development, All Ages
Competency: CDL / AEI

Friday Session B: 12:45 to 2:15 p.m.

B01. Connecting With Infants, Toddlers and Two: How the Environment Impacts Learning and Behavior
How we design our classrooms and early childhood spaces can have a profound impact on how children interact with each other, behave and gain developmental skills. This session will share a variety of strategies to help you reflect on your current space and help identify some new opportunities to promote a positive space for both teachers and children.
Barb Wagner, Barbara Wagner Training and Consulting
Age Group: Infant / Toddler
Competencies: CDL / AEI

B02. Going to Great Lengths: Investigating Measurement
Size, speed, capacity, temperature, distance: children are fascinated with the many aspects of measurement. In this session, participants will examine the learning trajectories and measurement strategies of young children; identify links to research and Minnesota's revised early childhood indicators of progress; and sample related learning experiences for young children and their families.
Beth Menninga, Center for Early Education and Development, UMN
Janet Jerve, Community Action Head Start

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: CDL / DAEL / AEI / HSN

B03. Supporting Executive Function Skills in an Outdoor Environment
Learn about the latest research on the importance of executive functioning skill development during early childhood, and the role executive functioning plays in children's success in kindergarten and beyond. This session will provide examples on how the development of executive functioning can be naturally fostered through outdoor learning experiences.
Anna Dutke, Prior Lake Savage Area Schools
Marie Lister, Prior Lake Savage Area Schools
Age Group: Early Childhoood
Competencies: CDL | DAEL

B04. Relationship Based Professional Development:  Supporting Growth and Change
The Center for Inclusive Child provides Relationship Based Professional Development (RBPD) support to child care throughout the state of Minnesota.  Join us as we share the development and implementation of our three RBPD projects, Health and Safety, Infant Toddler, and Inclusion. Our team will share an overview of each model, the referral process and access, and examples of the RBPD supports from the field.
Priscilla Weigel, Center for Inclusive Child Care
Becky Gillard, Center for Inclusive Child Care
Age Group: Early Childhoood
Competencies: P

B05. Conduct Performance Management for Supervisors/Managers
Have you walked into a supervisory role where staff performance issues are long standing but not documented? Or do you have new staff who have specific growth areas that need to be addressed? This session will outline steps for coaching, and differentiate approaches for conduct  and performance management. These approaches will work in either a union or non-union setting, and will set managers and supervisors up for success in dealing with staff performance concerns proactively.
Steve Egbert, St. Paul Public Schools
Age Group: School-Age
Competencies: PPE

B06. Growing Up, Without Growing Out
As educators, we help them on the journey to adulthood.  However, are we also helping them grow "out" of many of their best attributes - hope, wonder, play, and dreaming?   Explore how to change your thinking and practice to help children grow "up" without growing "out."
Andrew Weins, Roseville Area Schools ISD 623
Age Group: School-Age
Competencies: CYGD

B07. Staff Social Emotional Learning Skills and Cultural Values
Staff need to know themselves and to hone their own social emotional learning (SEL) competencies before than are ready to help support SEL with young people. In this session, participants will build their understanding of SEL, find opportunities to support SEL in everyday interactions, dig into how their cultural values and preferences come into play, and practice their own SEL skills like empathy.
Katie Walker, UMN Extension
Age Group: School-Age
Competencies: P

B08. Creating A Culture of Excellence
Like cultivating gardens, from planting to harvesting, one must carefully cultivate relationships within communities. How? By providing consistently exceptional service.  Through engaging approaches, multimedia and delightful exercises, participants are captivated with ideas to provide phenomenal experiences.
Annie Olson, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
Iris Pahlberg Peterson, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
Age Group: Adult Development and All Ages
Competency: P

B09. Developing Your Personal Leadership
Whether you are consciously aware of it or not, you are leading yourself and others. You don't have to be in a position that is labeled as leadership to be considered a leader or possess (or develop) effective leadership skills.
Kristen Wheeler Highland, MnAEYC-MnSACA
Age Group: Adult Development and All Ages
Competencies: P

B10. The Ripple Effect of  Grief and Loss on Children 
Understand the needs of children around grief and loss at various developmental stages continues to be under-recognized and poorly catered to. Children experience many losses in their early years that can impact development into adulthood. This presentation offers information and guidance to help teachers support parents and their children.
Joann O'Leary, Independant Consultant/Educator
Age Group: Adult Development and All Ages
Competency: CDL / RWF / ICY / CYGD / F&C

B11. From Chaos to Calm: Mind Body Interventions to Create Peace
Participants will learn strategies for creating peace using mind-body strategies for regulation. In this interactive session,  participants will learn about the mind-body connection and how simple tools such as breathing, yoga-based movement and relaxation techniques can turn chaos into calm. 
Chrissy Mignogna, Yoga Calm Trainer, RYT
Age Group: Adult Development and All Ages
Competency: CDL / CYGD

B12. Sponsor Showcase: How Tuning-In Can Reduce Challenging Behaviors
Do you have a child in your care that seems to disrupt the classroom or leaves you baffled about how to help? Using the understanding "when little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it's our job to share our calm, not join their chaos" (L.R. Knost), this workshop will present a framework for tuning-in and understanding our own needs as providers in conjunction with the needs of the children in your care. As a participant you will also learn tips to support your teaching practice and tips to support those with whom you work in creating a culture of attunement to reduce challenging behaviors in the classroom.
Kate Doman, New Horizon Academy
Amanda Mason, New Horizon Academy
Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: DAEL

Friday Session C: 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

C01. How to Intentionally Teach while Keeping Play at the Center
Play matters! But, is it possible to embrace this value while also using curriculum and assessment? You bet it is. This panel presentation will show, using videos, photos and story-telling, how three programs use their curriculum or assessment to carry out their educational philosophy in a way that makes play the centerpiece of their approach to early childhood instruction.
Michelle Lenhart, MN Department of Human Services
Anna Dutke, Circle of Friends Preschool at Jeffer's Pond Elementary
Marie Lister, Shirley G. Moore Lab School and the University of Minnesota

Deedee Stevens-Neal, Fraser School
Age Group: Early Childhood
Competencies: DAEL

C02. Sit Still? What Children Are Telling Us When They Just Won't Sit Still
Most children need to move in order to stay engaged in the classroom, but teachers often ask them to sit down. Children learn more when they are moving, but teachers worry about losing control. Learn some strategies for encouraging children to use their whole bodies while maintaining a positive classroom environment.
Mike Huber, Seward Childcare Center
Age Group: Early Childhood
Competencies: CDL

C03. Being Sensitive and Responsive in Your Early Childhood Practice: Understanding the Implications of Attachment, ACES, Executive Function and Infant Mental Health
This session will provide a overview of each of the concepts and the research behind them. Participants will identify how they may already be applying these concepts  and will learn ways to enhance their practice.
Jolene Pearson, Bethel University
Age Group: Early Childhood
Competencies: CDL / DAEL

C04. The Teacher and Assistant(s):  Developing Essential Partnerships 
Participants will examine ways to strengthen the teacher/assistant partnership by exploring the varying roles of teacher and assistant, learning techniques to develop a strong communication plan, and discovering ways to align their approaches to common challenges in the classroom. 
Teresa Ripple, St. Kate's
Age Group:  Early Childhood
Competency: P

C05. Behavior Management Stumbling Blocks - How to Get Back Up and Out of the Danger Zone
Each of us has that one student that keeps us up at night, that student whose attitude or behavior is a constant challenge. If we assume that all behavior is purposeful, we often find there is a basic need that is not being met. This session will help participants understand basic needs, identify the purpose behind behaviors, and learn strategies for collapsing conflict and changing attitudes.
Robin Starch, AMAZE
Age Group:  Early Childhood
Competency: P

C06. How to Build and Sustain Quality in Your Afterschool Program
This session will share how the Minnesota Afterschool Accreditation Program (MAAP) process will guide programs in their quest for quality programming for youth.
Sue Kinneberg, MnAEYC-MnSACA
Heidi Gordan, Stillwater Area Schools

Age Group: School-Age
Competency: PPE

C07Gender Identity/Trans Training
The goal of this session is to allow participants to work with trans-inclusive language and the take-away is a real and urgent intention to do trans-inclusive work in afterschool program settings. 
Nicky Cotta, Roseville Community Education
Jane Dixon, Roseville Community Education

Age Group: School-Age
Competencies: CYGD / ICY

C08Culturally Responsive Youth Work Matters 
This session examines the creation of inclusive youth programs. Participants will explore cultural identities and examine how they affect interactions with youth. Culturally responsive practice creates a sense of belonging and empowerment in young people.  
Tammy Lorch, U of M Extension
Betsy Olson, U of M Extension
Age Group: School-Age
Competency: ICY / CYGD

C09. Policy Changes in Child Care Licensing and Child Care Assistance 
Staff from the Minnesota Department of Human Services will provide an update on new policies for child care licensing and child care assistance impacted by new state and federal legislation related to the reauthorization of the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant.
Scott Parker, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Michelle MacGregor, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Age Group: Adult Development and All Ages
Competency: P / PPE

C10. Ethical Thinking and Practice for Family Professionals
Participants will learn and discuss ethical perspectives and principles. Participants will learn and practice a case study problem-solving process for addressing challenging situations. Participants will leave with a new understanding and approach to ethical dilemmas.
Ada Alden, St. Cloud State University
Age Group: Adult Development and All Ages

C11. Unpacking White Privilege: Working to Be Better Allies
Join us for a discussion about white privilege, including what it is and how it affects the fields of early education and school age care. We’ll discuss behaviors that perpetuate white privilege and talk about how we can change to become better allies for social change. 
Hannah Riddle de Rojas, Semillitas Training
Age Group: Adult Development and All Ages
Competency: HCD / F&C

C12. Sponsor Showcase: Creatively Accountable - Let’s Simplify Assessment!
Implementing appropriate assessment in an early childhood classroom can be a daunting task. Learn to enhance high quality teaching with proven, simple ways to collect, analyze, and display children’s work. Simplified documentation can be a powerful tool to benefit children, parents, and teachers!
Cora Miller, Funshine Express
Age Group: Adult Development and All Ages
Competency: HCD / F&C

Friday Action Sessions: 4:15 to 5:00 p.m.

FAS1. In Light of Children: The Importance of our Image of the Child
The Reggio Inspired concept of the Image of the Child is explained through the lens of the unconscious mind. During the imprint years (0-7), children are learning unconsciously from their environment. This session will break down the different facets in which we "see" children. Through learning styles, communication and relationships.
Blair Okey, Westwood Early Childhood Center
Age Group:  Early Childhood
Competency: CDL / DAEL / RWF / AEI / HCD

FAS2. Maximizing Public Funding to Support Access to Quality Learning Programs
This session will focus on maximizing two public funding streams: the Child Care Assistance Program and Early Learning Scholarships. Both funding streams help income-eligible families access early childhood programs. The Child Care Assistance Program can also help families access school-age care programs.
Stacia Ross, MN Department of Human Services
Amanda Varley, MN Department of Human Services

Age Group:   Early Childhood, School-Age
Competency: CDL

FAS3. Introduction to COR Advantage
Join us for an overview of COR Advantage. We will share the categories, items, and levels. Learn how to connect to the key developmental indicators (KDIs) and take a peek at the online platform.
Lance Reed, HighScope Educational Research Foundation
Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: CDL / AEI

FAS4. Dipping Your Toe in the Water: Training with School-Age Staff and Settings
Are you currently a trainer? Have you thought about becoming a trainer? Do you have expertise, knowledge and/or skill in the school-age field? Join us for a discussion and look at the world of professional development and school-age care. We will be exploring the unique needs of staff who work in school-age settings. Training topics, titles, descriptions and design will be discussed.
Heidi Gordon, Stillwater Area Schools
Kristen Wheeler Highland, MnAEYC-MnSACA
Age Group: Adult Development
Competency: None

FAS5. Incorporating Roots and Shoots into Your Program  
This session will be an overview of a wonderful program created by Jane Goodall, called Roots & Shoots. We will discuss how this program fits across so many educational domains as well as connecting programs and students with organizations and other students from around the world.
Sue Kinneberg, MnAEYC-MnSACA
Age Group: School Aget
Competencies: CDL / DAEL



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