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ATTENTION CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS

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.

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

A01. Preserving the Child's Spirit

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
CDL/RWF/CYGD

How do we develop curious children who remain eager to learn? Emerging research points to the importance of positive neural networking. Dr. Gina Odermann, chiropractor and early childhood educator, will teach the importance of positive brain circuitry and provide you with strategies that inspire children's curiosity while maintaining connection. 

Gina Odermann, LifeForce Chiropractic

A02. DHS, Achieve and Develop, Oh My!

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
P/APN

Understand how DHS, Achieve and Develop all work together to provide quality improvement tools for early childhood and school-age care. Learn how to register for an account, apply for membership and search for training.

Rebekah Dunnette, DHS
Lynne Pond, Develop Helpdesk at Achieve
Amanda Smithson, Achieve

A03. Trauma in Childhood: Its Effects and New Healing Approaches

Age Group: Both
Competency:
CDL/RWF/ICY/CYGD/F&C

For all those who work with children, and want to know more about ways to address trauma in their lives, this session will highlight the physiological effects of trauma and specific ways to help children thrive. Trauma affects learning, growth, and development, and is found in all socioeconomic groups.

 Tina Feigal, Anu Family Services

A04. How STEM Badging Benefits You and Your Program

Age Group: School-Age
Competency:
LEC

Participants will get an overview of STEM Badging, including the different types of badges, how long it takes to earn them, and the benefits to programs.

 Sue Kinneberg, MnAEYC-MnSACA

A05. Student Voices: Our Cry for Change and Emotionally Healthy Leadership

Age Group: School-Age
Competency: 
CYGD/F&C

Do you feel too overwhelmed to enjoy life, unable to sort out the demands on your time? Are you doing your best work as a leader yet not making an impact? Have you ever felt stuck, powerless to change your world? Have you ever felt emotionally unhealthy and you wish you could just scream? In this session, you will hear personal stories from Roseville Area High School multi-ethnic student community who have experienced set-backs, pain, and hardships and how they have used those experiences to grow and start the journey of emotionally healthy leadership. See what this multi-ethnic student community did to start developing a deep, inner life of self-care. Learn the roles educators and community leaders played in creating the Leadership in Training Program (LIT).

 Jamey Johnson, Roseville Distict 623
Talia McWright, Rosville District 623

A06. Leadership Strategies for Teacher Engagement: Reducing Burnout and Promoting Teacher Retention in Early Childhood Education

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
P

The Early Childhood field faces a startlingly high rate of teacher turnover. One of the culprits of high turnover is teacher burnout. This interactive session will offer supervisors, administrators, and other early childhood leaders several research-based strategies to promote teachers' job satisfaction, increase engagement, and prevent burnout.

Erin Bergevin, Minneapolis Nature Preschool

A07. The Work of the Educator in Dismantling Systemic Inequity in Education

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
DAEL/RWF/ICY/LEC/F&C

Our presentation initiates and deepens conversations about race and equity throughout an organization and is paired with a strategic framework which supports leaders in identifying clear and actionable next steps. We believe that the amalgamation of our mindset-changing workshops and intentional strategy design are in alignment with and help to meet the goals of educators in embracing equity.

Christine Han, Wildflower Schools
Darnisa Amante, DEEP: Disruptive Equity Education Project

A08. Sensory 101: What is Sensory Processing/Sensory Integration and Why Does it Matter?

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
CDL/APN

We all process sensory information all the time. Some of us are better at this than others. What happens when a student is unable to tolerate or make sense of input from one or more of their senses? How do we all use sensation to maintain attention and how can we support our students to get the sensation they need in order to thrive? This session will introduce the language of the sensory/neuro systems and how they work together, giving us a better idea of how to understand student's sensory needs/behaviors and what these behaviors are telling us about how they process sensory input.

Naomi Siegal, Success in Motion Therapy  

A09. What Do the 2018 Election Results Mean for Early Childhood and Afterschool?

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency: P/F&C

Hear from a panel of early childhood and afterschool policy experts on what the impacts of the elections mean for our work in increasing access to high quality experiences for the children, youth and families in Minnesota.

Sara Benzkofer, MnAEYC-MnSACA

A10. Communication: The Problem and the Solution

Sponsor Showcase
Age Group:
Adult Development
Competency:
P

Communication can be the cause of a problem, the reason for the problem itself, and it always is part of the solution. In this session, we will discuss planning for difficult conversations, being aware of nonverbal communication and being thoughtful with your communication.

Kat Butler, New Horizon Academy
Lisa Larson, New Horizon Academy


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

B01. Math On­-A-­Stick: What We Have Learned from Four Years of Math Fun at the Minnesota State Fair    

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
CDL/F&C

This session engages participants in activities from Math On-A-­Stick, shares examples of children's creations there, and connects the event's features to important mathematical milestones for young children. We will discuss adaptations for a variety of contexts, such as family math nights, classrooms, homeschooling, etc.

Christopher Danielson, Desmos and Talking Math with Your Kids

B02. Do You Want A Hug? The Concept of Consent in Early Childhood Settings

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
HCD/HSN

When adults don't gain consent before touching someone else, the consequences can be grave for all. Learning consent can start in our schools and child care settings, even before children have language. We will share ideas for staff training, policies and educating parents to make this a reality.

Sharon Rosenberg-Scholl, Temple Israel Early Childhood Center

B03. Child Care Coaching within Minnesota - CANCELLED

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

The Minnesota Department of Human Services funded development of two coaching networks: an Infant Toddler Specialist Network and a Health and Safety Pilot Project. The intent of these programs is to provide relationship-based coaching, technical assistance, and consultation to licensed childcare providers. The programs and evaluation will be described.

Cindy Croft, Center for Inclusive Child Care

B03. Calm Challenging Behavior: Skills to Connect with Children, Parents and Your Purpose

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
CDL/RWF/ICY/F&C

Is there a "difficult" child who drains your energy and nothing seems to work? Do you need proven tools to create a peaceful environment so that you love your work again?  The brain research tells us that the "fight or flight" stress response is responsible for intense behavior but misses a critical piece-- specifically, professional skills to more effectively calm challenging behavior and regain control.  During this interactive session, participants will learn practical solutions, rooted in neuroscience, to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and families, and wake up eager to start the day. 

Samantha Moe, Mad2Glad

B04. Supporting Our Queer and Trans Youth: Best Practices for Educators 

Age Group: School-Age
Competency:
ICY/LEC

In this session, participants will learn basic terminology and concepts related to gender and sexuality before exploring concrete strategies for supporting queer and trans youth in school settings.

Grey Doolin, greyspace

B05. How to Talk So Children Can Learn

Age Group: School-Age
Competency:
P/ICY

Sometimes our well-trained-best-practice selves succumb to emotional overload. In these moments the words we choose and the tone we use can make a challenging situation worse instead of better. Bring your hot buttons, short-fuses and triggers (and the communication roadblocks they bring about) to this session. We’ll use scenarios and stories to generate replacement language--encouraging phrases that will support children in their efforts to manage themselves.

Emily Holder, SPPS, Discovery Club

B06. Professional Conversation about Professionalism

Age Group: School-Age
Competency:
P

Every educator needs a little break, and a chance to refuel. In this session, you will have a professional conversation about professionalism, confirming the good things you're doing, and getting new tools, too. 

Angele Passe

B07. Professional Development Supports Offered through Child Care Aware of MN

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
P/ PPE

Discover a plethora of services available to you on your journey to enhance your professional development. Review the services, support and resources that can help you to be the best possible member of our workforce.

Cory Woosley, Child Care Aware of MN

B08. Advocacy 101: What Do We Know, and What Do We Do with It?

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
CDL/P/F&C

We know so much about why investing in high quality early childhood and afterschool programs is important, but we lag behind many other nations in how we provide for them.  This session is for those who are new to the brain development and economic research behind our work, but interested in learning more about it and how to use it to effect positive change for our fields and those it serves.

Clare Sanford, New Horizon Academy

B09. Playing in the Same Sandbox

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
RWF/P

Remember the last time you spent an hour in a meeting and left thinking, "That was a waste of time." Have you ever wondered why you were even put on a team? Even worse, have you ever looked up when a team member entered the group and thought, "Oh boy, there goes the meeting?" Too many hours are wasted because working groups don't follow simple steps to keep on track and stay productive (and happy). Stevie Ray will take you through a hands-on, interactive session that will get you thinking and reacting together. You will learn the Eight Elements of an Effective Team and the most common mistakes groups make when trying to achieve a goal. Stevie will share the process of idea generation and problem solving so that everyone's unique talents can be utilized, not butted against. This is not a formulaic approach to the workplace, but a set of guidelines that every group can use in their own way to stay focused and working together. If you want to change how you look at working in groups, and actually look forward to them, come ready to take notes and bring new energy back to your team.

Stevie Ray, Stevie Ray's Improv Company



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

C01. Learning in a New Land: Meeting Behavior Needs Cross Culturally

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
DAEL/LEC

Explore how children develop skills and learning tools through their home enviroment and country of origin. Discuss ways to recognize and build on that learning in early childhood programs. What can we do to infuse the daily routine and setting with learning opportunities that helps all children experience success?

Priscilla Weigel, Center for Inclusive Child Care
Beth Menninga, Center for Inclusive Child Care

C02. Creating a Calm Toddler Classroom

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
DAEL/AEI

Toddler classrooms can sometimes feel chaotic. Come learn techniques to create your calm toddler classroom.  We will focus on transitions, choice time, circle time, and clean-up time. We will connect each approach to the Teaching Strategies, Objectives for Development and Learning and Minnesota's Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (ECIPs).

Miriam Malamud, Temple Israel Early Childhood Center

C03. Art Therapy with Preschoolers

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
CDL/AEI

This presentation will provide an overview of Art Therapy and will highlight the differences between art therapy and art education.  Additionally, the presenters will highlight how Art Therapy can benefit young children.  Participants will learn more about Art Therapy as an intervention for preschoolers who exhibit challenging behaviors or social emotional concerns.

Maggie Evans, Creative Arts Therapy Collaborative
Briana Colton, Fraser

C04. No One Likes a Bully: Bullies and Bullying in School-Age Settings

Age Group: Both
Competency:
ICY/PPE

Bullying often goes undetected in school-age settings. In fact, adults typically identify less than 10 percent of bullying incidents - partly because bullying tends to occur in unsupervised areas and partly because many adults simply do not understand the dynamics of bullying. In this workshop, the concept of bullying is explored on many levels, including, how to spot bullying, what the word bullying means, interrupting bullying behaviors, strategies for supporting targets, victims, bullies and bystanders. Tips, strategies and resources are included in this workshop session.

Kristen Wheeler Highland, MnAEYC-MnSACA

C05. Trauma in Childhood: Its Effects and New Healing Approaches

Age Group: Both
Competency:
CDL/RWF/ICY/CYGD/F&C

For all those who work with children, and want to know more about ways to address trauma in their lives, this session will highlight the physiological effects of trauma and specific ways to help children thrive.  Trauma affects learning, growth, and development, and is found in all socioeconomic groups.

Tina Feigal, Anu Family Services

C06. People, Resources and the Environment: It's Elementary!

Age Group: School-Age
Competency:
LEC

Introduce elementary students to concepts of carrying capacity, human geography, sustainability and environmental stewardship in this interdisciplinary hands-on session. Presenter will engage participants in memorable games and simulations for use in indoor and outdoor settings. Receive activities and background materials in an electronic format.

Leah Bulver, Gustavus Adolphus College

C07. Child Care Center Certification

Age Group: School-Age
Competency:
P/PPE

Department of Human Services (DHS) staff will present on Certification.  During the 2017 legislative session, the legislature enacted MN Statutes, Chapter 245H requiring license-exempt child care centers who participate in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to become certified. DHS staff will share updates on certification as well as general information about the application process, requirements for certified centers, and monitoring and inspections of certified centers.

Michelle MacGregor, Department of Human Services, Licensing Division

C08. Using Reflective Practices to Facilitate Professional Growth

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
P/PPE

Research has demonstrated that coaching through reflective practice is one of the most effective ways to promote professional growth. Learn the basic principles of reflective practice coaching, and how it can be used by supervisors or mentors to facilitate professional growth. Attendees will be able to practice basic techniques in a small group setting.

Ann Ruhl Carlson, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota

C09. Theory to Practice: Inspire the Desire to Continuously Improve

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
P/ICY/CYGD

It’s important that we communicate with staff why we do things the way we do things. Just as children benefit from knowing why a rule matters, adults benefit from knowing what makes a desired behavior a “best practice.” Conveying the purpose behind performance expectations can strengthen our leadership and be a source of motivation for staff. How will we bridge the gap from "the why" to "the work"? This session will offer a user-friendly framework to use when coaching teams and staff members toward theory-informed professional practice.

 Emily Holder, SPPS: Discovery Club


Friday Table Talks & Poster Sessions: 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Table Talks

FTT1. How Can the Reggio Emilia Approach Impact My Classroom?

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
CDL/DAEL/ICY

Learn the principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach and identify how they can be used in a classroom to bring about more authentic work with children. Discuss how to utilize the child's ideas, enthusiasm and joy of discovery to launch projects that develop a depth of knowledge. Explore ways for the teacher to plan with intention versus outcome.

Marty Watson, Dodge Nature Preschool

FTT2. Making Your Curriculum and Assessment Your Own

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
DAEL/AEI

This session will help early educators strengthen their approach to guiding and monitoring children's learning by selecting or creating a curriculum or assessment tool or bundle that meets Parent Aware best practices. In this session, early educators will be inspired to build programming that fits their unique educational philosophies; receive tips for packaging their creative ideas into curricula and assessment instructions and forms; learn about the Parent Aware curriculum and assessment review process, and how to prepare their materials to be submitted for review. This session will also include an opportunity to meet key members of the team that reviews curricula and assessments for Parent Aware, hands-on examples of ways to design and bundle curricula and assessment materials, and a chance to share ideas with colleagues.

Michelle Lenhart, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Jon Vaupel, Minnesota Department of Education

FTT3. Using Technology to Develop Multiple Literacies: Approaches, Successes, and Barriers

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
DAEL/LEC

This session, which follows the table talk format, is meant to generate conversation about the meaningful integration of technology in ways that support the development of multiple literacies. Conversation will be grounded in issues related to specific digital tools and platforms, barriers to technology integration with ideas about overcoming those barriers, and will encourage discussion of successful technology integration that develops the use and creation of multimodal texts.

Beth Beschorner, Minnesota State University, Mankato

FTT4. How Does the Parent Aware Rating Process Support Individualized Teaching and Learning?

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
P

Children do better when providers and teachers individualize instruction. Participants will learn how Parent Aware supports providers and teachers in planning routines and lessons, increasing knowledge of each child's development based on assessment information, and making curriculum adjustments to meet the interests and needs of children in their program. 

Jennifer Barshack, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Katie Hoffman, Child Care Aware of Minnesota

FTT5. Rural Perspectives

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
RWF/HCD/P/F&C

Discussions will revolve around rural programs to determine what their collective needs are, how they can work together to meet those needs, and how to develop connections to other rural programs. Discussion topics will be challenges of hiring, leading rural programs, boundaries, and providing/attending in person training.

Ida Gatfield, Cardinal Kids Club - Redwood Public School District
Jenn Kuehn, Cardinal Kids Club - Redwood Public School District

FTT6. The Power of Belonging to a Professional Association

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
P

Professional associations are formed to support individuals in a certain field, and to unite & inform those who share a common mission, purpose or intent. Hear how becoming a member of an early childhood or afterschool professional association can help you 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. Ask questions and hear from current members about their journeys and how their membership has influenced their careers and lives.

Karen DeVos, Little Learners Early Childhood Center

FTT7. Recognizing Quality Improvement - Parent Aware and NAEYC Accreditation Working Together

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
P

Do you want to learn how your hardwork for national accreditation is recognized by Parent Aware? You are accredited, now what?  Join us for a conversation of how these two systems work together and how we can make this partnership even better for providers!

Kristen Wheeler Highland, MnAEYC-MnSACA
Nikki Lepowsky, Child Care Aware of Minnesota

Poster Sessions

FPS1. Farm to Early Care: Healthy Kids, Happy Farmers and Connected Communities!

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
HSN

Farm to Early Care initiatives benefit kids, farmers and communities! In this poster session, learn the steps to start your own Farm to Early Care program that will enhance children's willingness to try (and like!) a variety of healthy, local foods.

Katie Costello, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy 
Erin McKee, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

FPS2. HELLO! An Online Community for Early Childhood Educators

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
AEI/CDL/DAEL/HSN/P/RWF/APN/CYGD/F&C/ICY/LEC/PPE

Do you ever feel alone in your position working with young children? Do you get stuck in a rut implementing the same ideas over and over? Not quite sure where to turn for answers to the everyday obstacles you face? Are you eager to branch out and try new things or meet new people? HELLO is a platform available to MnAEYC/NAEYC members that creates an accessible online space to have conversations and create connections with peers around important early learning issues. Through Interest Forums, chat boards, and resource sharing, you are sure to find a community that fits you, makes you feel connected, and can help you grow in your career.

Lara Richardson, MnAEYC-MnSACA


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