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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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Saturday Session D: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

D01. NAEYC's Streamlined Accreditation Model: What's Up?

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
AEI/P

In January 2018 programs seeking to become NAEYC Accredited or those that are renewing their accreditation began participating in a new, streamlined accreditation model. This session will present an overview of the new model, discuss changes from the previous model and highlight new tools and resources. Bring your questions, join us!  

Kristen Wheeler Highland, MnAEYC-MnSACA

D02. Fostering Sensory Play

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
DAEL

Explore how sensory play can be fostered for the children in your care through hands on activities.  Investigate sensory materials first hand, learn how to create a sensory bin and discover what sensory play looks like for children using natural, everyday and low cost items.

Tiffany Bredeson, Eagles Preschool - New Ulm Public Schools

D03. Play is the Way to Support Children's Development

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

Educators working with infants to school-age youth will re-discover the power of play to support children's development. Discussions will focus on ways to support children's social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development through play as participants create their own working definition of play in their profession.

Heather Von Bank, MN State University-Mankato

D04. Growing up on the Autism Spectrum

Age Group: Both
Competency:
CDL/CYGD

In this session, I will share my experience growing up on the Autism Spectrum, covering the different symptoms of autism, ways those symptoms may present themselves, and ways that teachers can help children with Autism succeed.

Nemeh Al-Sarraj, Disability Inclusion Project

D05. Getting Physical or Physical on the Cheap 

Age Group: School-Age
Competency:
CDL/LEC

Physical Science can be a blast,...literally. Come test...or maybe just work out some frustration...or have some plane (yes, pun intended) fun with objects in motion. We'll have toothpick and disc tops, peppermint wheel cars, PVC rockets, simple boomerangs, and the classic paper airplanes. 

Dan Gruhlke, Eastview Education Center, MN ISD#882, Monticello Public Schools

D06. Do Not Be Afraid: The Accreditation Journey as a Celebration of Quality

Age Group: School-Age
Competency:
PPE

MAAP is the ultimate indicator of quality for afterschool programs. It provides afterschool professionals with performance indicators to guide in program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Whether you are a school-age or afterschool program or an early childhood program with a school-age room, this system of quality is for you! This session will provide an overview of the accreditation process and the many benefits for the staff and children and families. 

Sue Kinneberg, MnAEYC-MnSACA
Lara Richardson, MnAEYC-MnSACA

D07. Rethinking Challenging Kids: Building the Skills for Success

Age Group: School-Age
Competency:
CDL/RWF/AEI/ICY/PPE/CYGD/F&C/APIN

In this engaging session, we'll explore the foundations of Collaborative Problem Solving, an evidence-based approach to challenging behavior that helps kids build the skills for success. Through lecture, participants will leave with a foundational understanding of the approach and a template to respond to challenging behavior in their homes or schools. Appropriate for individuals working with ages 3-Adult.

Ed Morales, Socorro Consulting

D08. A Case for Belonging: An Anti-Bias Education Approach to Creating Belonging and Equity in the Center/Classroom

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
CDL/DAEL/ICY/LEC

A child will walk into a room and assess: I BELONG here? Will I be SEEN? This session will explore how educators can create belonging and equity for children by focusing on anti-bias education. This is an interactive session that includes exercises and discussion to link theory and practice. 

Rebecca Slaby, AMAZE  

D09. Amplify Your Voice

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

Sharing your personal story is the most effective way to advocate for the issues you care about. Your story can only be told by you and it’s worthy of sharing. Storytelling connects us to each other and reminds us of our humanness. In this session, you’ll learn how to write your story to use with policymakers and hear ideas on how to share your story for maximize impact.

Sara Benzkofer, MnAEYC-MnSACA


Saturday Session E: 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

E01. Let's Get Moving     

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
CDL/DAEL/CYGD/LEC

Learn 20 Different Yoga, Dance and Movement Activities for your classroom! These activities will encourage self expression, problem solving, and creative thinking while working on balance, coordination, listening skills, concentration, breathing techniques, spatial awareness, basic science, math and early literacy skills! We'll also talk about mindfulness and emotional regulation methods.

Jamaica Stevens, JAMaROO Kids 

E02. The Image of the Infant: Respectful Teaching Practices with Infants

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
CDY/DAEL

This session will draw material from Magda Gerber's philosophy. It will include philosophical teachings from Reggio Emilia in how the caregiver/teacher sees the image of the infant. The session will focus on both the teacher's physical presence as well as his/her language-use with infants.  

Lindsey Smith, Redleaf Press

E03. Nature Play Your Way: Incorporating Nature-Based Learning into Your Program

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
CDL

If you are interested in adding more nature-based experiences for the children in your preschool program, please join us. We will explore the benefits of nature-based learning and develop strategies to offer developmentally, culturally, and environmentally appropriate experiences for young children in your program.

Sheila Williams Ridge, Lab School U of M

E04. The Joy of Attitude!

Age Group: School-Age
Competency:
ICY/LEC

This session will outline simple and effective ways to communicate with older school aged youth. The goal of this session is to share tools that show respect to older school aged youth and get respect with  older school aged youth.  The presenter will support varying professional levels. Learn to appreciate and work with the attitude.  

Rhea O'Shion, Keystone Community Services youth

E05. Addressing Unconscious Gender Bias in Afterschool STEM Education 

Age Group: School-Age
Competency:
CDL/ICY/CYGD/LEC

This session will help school-age care professionals recognize the unconscious biases that lead to gender inequity in STEM education. Participants will be encouraged to have courageous conversations to stop the cycle of oppression and give young female students the grit and strength to feel like they belong!

Jodie Bray, Hudson School District

E06. Branching out Budding Scientists Leaf It to Me 

Age Group: School-Age
Competency:
CDL/LEC

Have you observed the oaks' mast this year? What causes the hole in an acorn? Do pine cones really demonstrate the Fibonacci sequence? Trees surround us year round , and they provide an excellent avenue for inquiry, sorting, patterning, classification, and computation-thinking. Discover or test your knowledge of some familiar friends of Minnesota. 

Dan Gruhlke

E07. Feedback Follow Through

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

Giving feedback to staff about their performance is critical for professional development, receiving feedback is how we improve! We know that most staff members want feedback (they want to be successful in their positions). Even knowing this, it can be difficult to engage staff in meaningful reflection. In this session we’ll create “coaching conversation scripts” and lay the groundwork for feedback follow through. 

Emily Holder, SPPS: Discovery Club

E08. Creating Calm out of Chaos - Behavior Management Strategies that Create Connections and Self-Regulation

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
CDL/DAEL/ICY/CYGD

When children feel the proper balance of structure and freedom is reached in a classroom, more time is spent learning and less time is spent de-escalating and re-focusing. We will examine our behavior management practices and understand the basic needs for learning to ensure our children feel valued and successful.

Robin Starch, AMAZE

E09. Shining Brighter than Burnout!

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency: 
P/PPE

While educator burnout seems common, leaders can avoid the "burnout destiny" through understanding both what fills and what empties their personal and professional "cups." This active session will guide educators in rediscovering their strengths and sustaining their passions, so they can keep shining as educators and stay polished! 

Tosca Grimm, St. Peter's ECEC



Saturday Session F: 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

F01. After Disaster or Trauma: The Social-Emotional Support Children Need

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
HSN/APIN

Explore the link between social-emotional competence and resilience by exploring three focus areas for providing support to children who have experienced trauma or disaster, and review strategies for teaching five core skills that build resilience and reinforce coping skills for a lifetime.

Melissa Donovan, Helping Hands Childcare

F02. The Many Languages of Boys

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
CDL

There are many ways to be a boy: dressing up, painting, reading books and playing rough. Explore the diversity of boys.  Discover ways implicit bias shows up in the classroom and strategies to address this bias and build authentic relationships with all children. 

Mike Huber, St. David's Center

F03. I'm Tired of Saying "No": Creating Invitations for Boisterous and Adventurous Play in the Classroom

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
CDL

Children learn through moving their bodies. However, so often we teach children to disconnect from their bodies by asking them to sit still. By providing a broad range of active opportunities in the classroom, children choose their own physical challenges through play that lay the foundation for all learning.

Tom Bedard, MEd, Early Childhood Educator

F04. 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

F05. Nurtured Heart Approach

Age Group: School-Age
Competency:
CDL/ICY

Participants of this sesssion will increase their understanding on where behaviors originate, how to conduct themselves in the face of emotional and behavioral challenges, and a skillset of utilizing nurturing recognitions to utilize with children to develop, strengthen and maximize relationships, and help children develop a more accurate understanding of who they are and the greatness they posses. 

Tate Schoeberlein, Stillwater Area Public Schools

F06. Ultimate Outdoor Adventure

Age Group: School-Age
Competency:
LEC

Scared to take 54 kids camping overnight?  No need to be. Learn how we make this huge adventure a possibility. The days and nights will fly by, with many tried and true activities that focus on STEM and SEL.

Dawn Hanson, Kids & Company/Hopkins Public Schools
D'Lisa Campbell, Kids & Company/Hopkins Public Schools

F07. What It Means to Lead for Equity 

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
P

In this session participants engage in conversation to create shared understanding of what equity means, as well as discuss ways that we can open up dialogue that creates more equitable and just systems for the children and families we serve. 

Hannah Riddle, Semillitas Training 

F08. Helping Young Children Develop Life Skills for Understanding and Advocating for Fairness, Equity and Equality

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
CDL/DAEL/CYGD/LEC

Preschool and school aged children understand the seeds of fairness from the moment they first argue about who has more crackers.  These seeds can be cultivated into a lifelong passion for equity by caring adults. Join us for a lively discussion of best practices for nurturing children's desire for fairness.  

Meg Thomas, African American Registry/  Shirley G Moore Lab School
Ben Mchie, African American Registry  

F09. Shining Brighter than Burnout!

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency: 
P/PPE

While educator burnout seems common, leaders can avoid the "burnout destiny" through understanding both what fills and what empties their personal and professional "cups." This active session will guide educators in rediscovering their strengths and sustaining their passions, so they can keep shining as educators and stay polished! 

Tosca Grimm, St. Peter's ECEC


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

Table Talks

STT1. 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

STT2. 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

STT3. 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.

Hannah Riddle de Rojas, SolBe Learning

STT4. "How To" for the Accelerated Pathway of Parent Aware

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
P

Are you an accredited licensed program pursuing a Parent Aware Rating or Re-Rating? Did you know there are dedicated individuals to support your program? Participate in a "how to" session for the Accelerated Pathway. Using the streamlined approach online in Develop we will review the steps to complete this process and the identify the people/partners to support you. 

Nikki Lepowsky, Child Care Aware of Minnesota
Nicolette Graf, Child Care Aware of Minnesota

STT5. Developing the Next Generation of Early Childhood Teachers: How High-Quality Placements Inspire Teacher Candidates

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
HCD/P

This session will provide insights from 'the new kids on the block' - students who are studying early childhood education and applying for their state early childhood teaching licenses. What has inspired them? What are they seeing in the field? How can you help provide high quality placements and student teaching opportunities and support the next generation of early childhood educators?

Jolene Pearson, Bethel University 
Leah Buss, Early Childhood Teacher Candidate 

Poster Sessions

SPS1. 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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