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2020 Annual State Conference: Friday Sessions
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ATTENTION CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS

Every session time slot has an equal number of early childhood and school-age sessions. Some sessions are appropriate for both age groups and are indicated as such. 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.

Find Winter Leadership Institute's sessions here.

Find Saturday's sessions here.

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

A01. Be a Scientist! Inquiry-Based 4-H Curriculum for Grades K-5

Age Group: School-Age
Competency:
LEC

Explore new (free) curriculum designed to engage children in K-2 and grades 3-5 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. This 4-H curriculum for each level includes six modules offering eight or more hours of hands-on engagement.

Anne Stevenson, University of MN Center for Youth Development

A02. Don't Be Afraid! Using Accreditation as a Quality Improvement Tool for Your School-Age Program

Age Group: School-Age
Competency:
ICY/PPE/CYGD/LEC/F&C/APN

Did you know that your professional association, the Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA), owns and operates its own accreditation program? The state-approved Minnesota Afterschool Accreditation Program (MAAP) offers a structure for programs serving school-age youth to assess and reflect upon their quality and set goals for continuous improvement. Accreditation is not just about receiving a certificate. It is a journey involving staff, families, youth and the community, a process and cycle that celebrates program strengths and guides all those invested toward benchmarks of research-based best practice. Learn how going through MAAP will positively impact your program, what it really takes to go through, and how MnSACA is here to support you along the way. We will debunk some common misconceptions, and share updates to MAAP that were launched in the fall of 2019, including the alignment of DHS Licensure and Certification requirements. This session is appropriate for those brand-new to MAAP who want to learn more, and those who are contemplating beginning the process.

Lara Richardson, MnAEYC-MnSACA
Kristen Wheeler Highland, MnAEYC-MnSACA

A03. Nature Play 101

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

Recent studies have shown that spending time outside has many benefits for children. Nature play increases a child's ability to self-regulate, helps them gain confidence, provides lots of opportunities for creativity and social skills to grow, and so much more. Find out how to enhance what you're already doing with developmentally appropriate nature play for school-age children. Brainstorm topical sensory experiences with natural materials, identify nature-based ways to enhance academic exercises, and learn to facilitate outdoor time that encourages social-emotional learning.

Monica Rauchwarter, Richardson Nature Center - Three Rivers Parks

A04. Rethinking the Classroom Environment

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
DAEL

Examine your preschool classroom from the perspective of the children's needs. Evaluating the learning environment helps you be a more effective educator and create an inclusive setting. Identify the seven principles of design and transform ordinary classrooms into creative, beautiful learning spaces that support the physical, emotional and social needs of all the children in your care. Explore examples of inspiring spaces and practical ideas.

Gloria Deziel, WOW! Training & Consulting

A05. Creating a Calm Toddler Classroom

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: 
DAEL/AEI

Toddler classrooms can sometimes feel chaotic. 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 Teaching Strategies, Objectives for Development and Learning, and Minnesota's Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (ECIPs).

 Miriam Malamud, Temple Israel Early Childhood Center

A06. Preschool Development Grant Findings: Minnesota's Early Childhood Strategic Plan

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
CDL/RWF

Minnesota's Preschool Development Birth through 5 Grant focuses on supporting families with young children who are experiencing racial, geographic and economic inequities so they can be born healthy and thrive within their families and community. The grant is supported through a collaboration of the Minnesota Departments of Health, Human Services, and Education, the Minnesota Children's Cabinet, and 10 community-based organizations throughout the state. This session will share the findings from a year-long, co-created community-based needs assessment and strategic planning process.

Amanda Varley, MN Department of Education
Tracy Roloff, MN Department of Human Services

A07. Teachable Safety Skills

Age Group: Both
Competency:
CDL/P/ICY/LEC

How do I talk to children about personal safety without scaring them? This session will provide current information about various safety concerns children are facing today, both in-person and online, and how to educate youth on those concerns in a positive way. Parents, teachers, child-care providers and all caregivers need the right information to share with children. Jacob Wetterling Resource Center has informed thousands of adults and children of tools and strategies for staying safe and feel it is imperative to empower children.

Jane Straub, Jacob Wetterling Resource Center - a program of Zero Abuse Project

A08. Latinx Who?

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

This session will provide information about the difference between Latinx, Chicano/a, and Hispanic. It is important for people to be able to feel comfortable in using the right term when approaching someone that may be from Central America but born in the USA, and in being able to identify a Latinx as a person who comes from a Spanish speaking family but is not necessarily born in Central America. Information will also be provided about how the Latinx community works within the family structure and how they approach educating their children. Participants will learn how we, as educators, can make our programs more welcoming and inclusive for the bilingual families in our care, especially when the parents only speak one language. 

Mariana Espinosa, Temple Israel Early Childhood Center 

A09. Licensing and Certification

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency: P/PPE

The Department of Human Services (DHS) staff will present on licensing and certification. This session will include sharing information for license and certification holders, including DHS's development of new resources, website improvements, and licensors' use of the electronic monitoring tool. There will be plenty of time to ask questions.

Michelle MacGregor, MN Department of Human Services, Licensing Division

A10. Taking Care of Ourselves: Stress Reduction
SPONSOR SHOWCASE

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
P/ICY

As early childhood educators, our personal and professional wellness is important for supporting relationships, development and well-being in the children and families we serve. This session will provide a brief overview of the brain/body stress system, while providing participants with opportunities to explore personal stressors. With a heavy focus on demonstration and active group practice of self-care strategies, participants can expect to take away reflection tools, activities and ideas to manage day-to-day stress in a way that nurtures personal and professional wellness.

Amanda Mason, New Horizon Academy
Kate Wessinger, New Horizon Academy



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

B01. Structure and Clear Limits

Age Group: School-Age
Competency: CYGD/LEC
 

How do you prevent choas in a youth environment without stifling the positive energy of youth? Youth need structure and clear limits in order to feel safe. This interactive session will help participants analyze the level of structure in their programs and practice identifying and maintaining clear limits.

Carol Farren, Adventures Plus ISD 11

B02. The Power of Play

Age Group: School-Age
Competency: CYGD

"The Power of Play" is a documentary that explores why we play and why it matters. The film features scientists from Canada, Europe and the U.S., many of them pioneers in the field. These scholars discuss the science behind play and the research that links play deprivation to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. After watching the film we'll reflect on possible applications and implications for our work with children.

Emily Holder, St. Paul Public Schools

B03. Supporting Minnesota's Early Childhood Workforce

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: 
P

Learn about how Transforming Minnesota’s Early Childhood Workforce project and Power to the Profession are working to support workforce well-being. Workforce well-being includes everything from having access to professional development, higher education, bathroom breaks, equitable pay and more. We will share an update on our strategies, provide a preview of legislative proposals for the 2020 session, talk about calls to action, and include plenty of opportunities for you to share feedback and advice.

Sara Benzkofer, MnAEYC-MnSACA
Hope Doerner, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Ann McCully, Child Care Aware of MN

B04. More Alike than Different

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
CDL/DAEL

Dive deeper into the idea that our attitudes and values about disability influence how we treat people with disabilities. Explore how to establish an atmosphere of acceptance for all children and families and make a positive impact during the critical early years.

Samantha Baker, Especially for Children

B05. Girls Can't Play Here! Boys Can't Use that Color! Addressing Gender Stereotyping and Straitjacketing in Pre-K

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: 
CDL

Four and five year olds crave categorizing everything and figuring out what "the rules" are. This often leads to stereotyping and over generalizing. It's not unusual for Pre-Kindergarten learners to try to impose what they see as gender "rules" onto each other. Discuss ways to address these challenges in a classroom.  

Sharon Rosenberg-Scholl, Temple Israel Early Childhood Center 

B06. Playing at Home and Work: Finding a Playful Mindset    

Age Group: Both
Competency:
ICY/CYGD

Why not take a playful approach at home and at work? By maintaining a playful mindset, it is going to benefit you, your family, your colleagues, and the kiddos you work with. Participants will discuss and discover their own way to be more playful, find ways to praise children effectively, and be mindful in their personal and professional life.

Heather Von Bank, Minnesota State University-Mankato & Keynote Speaker

B07. Promoting Self-Control Skills

Age Group: Both
Competency:
CDL/DAEL/ICY/CYGD

Gain deeper insight into the development of self-control and the critical higher-level thinking skills known as Executive Function. Collect numerous strategies and fun activities you can implement in your environment to build the brain pathways needed to improve self-discipline, manage strong emotions, control intense impulses, and behave well.

Raelene Ostberg, Thriving Together, LLC

B08. Creating a Practice of Connection

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency: 
P/ICY

Participants will engage in group conversations around self-care using a guided reflection tool. They will then be introduced to a resource for tracking the joy in their daily work. Participants will also create a personal mission statement to help them define themselves and the leaders they want to be(come).

Jamie Bonczyk, Hopkins Early Learning Center

B09. Coaching 101

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency: 
P/PPE

Do you ever put off uncomfortable conversations with your staff? Has anyone told you how to coach your team? The improvement of your team rests on your shoulders and we invite you to learn how to be a better coach. In this session, we will discuss your fears and learn new skills that empower you to have coaching conversations that will ultimately help your team grow.

Hilary Disch, Wayzata Schools
Kathy Kuklok, Wayzata Schools



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

C01. Nature-Based Afterschool Programming

Age Group: School-Age
Competency:
ICY/PPE/CYGD/LEC/F&C

This interactive session will address how to meet ECIPS  through nature-based afterschool programming for children in kindergarten through third grade. We will look at the research that makes the case for outdoor learning, and participants will leave with concrete starting points for launching nature-based afterschool programming in all afterschool settings, regardless of access to green space.

Anna Sharratt, Free Forest School

C02. Building Self-Esteem through Storytelling, Journaling and Even Rapping

Age Group: School-Age
Competency: LEC, CYGD

This lively, interactive session will explore the use of creativity and storytelling as tools to build young people's self-esteem. Encouraging students to find and use their unique, creative voices fosters an equitable learning environment where everyone's perspective is welcome. Participants will engage in a series of hands-on activities, including journaling to a prompt, using word frame cards to interpret an image, and collaborating in groups to write and perform rap songs. Each of these activities is designed to empower young people to speak their minds without fear of judgement and to connect with one another, and can easily be replicated in a classroom or afterschool environment.

Meredith Scott Lynn, WRiTE BRAiN WORLD

C03. Play in School-Age Childhood: Evolution, Devolution, Revolution

Age Group: School-Age
Competency: ICY/CYGD

How did we arrive at this place in our society? In an effort to keep children safe we limit their play, and in this world of limited play we've exposed them to risk. Explore the evolution of childhood in the United States, the devolution of children's experiences and mental health as they relate to play, and the revolution we need to ensure that keeping kids safe doesn't come at developmental costs.

Emily Holder, St. Paul Public Schools

C04. Data-Driven Coaching: Using Child Assessment to Inform Professional Learning

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
P

Do you ever feel as if your teachers are simply collecting child assessment data because it's a requirement, and then promptly forgetting about it until family conferences? This session will explore coaching strategies, techniques, and support systems to be implemented at the classroom level in order to assist teachers in using child assessment to drive instruction. Join us as we uncover ways to demystify data for our teachers and develop coaching plans that are individualized to be the "right-fit" based on each teacher's own knowledge and motivation to change. With the goal of increasing child outcomes, this session will focus on how coaches can build capacity within their educators as they partner together to explore best practices within the field of early childhood education.

Holly Delgado, HighScope Educational Research Foundation

C05. Utilizing Social-Emotional Development to Foster the Skills Needed for Academic Success and Readiness by Using Literacy and Books

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: 
CDL/DAEL

It is important that children develop the behaviors and traits that will enable them to function productively and collaboratively in school and society. Developing the ability to control emotions and behavior and solve problems is a strong predictor of school success. In this session participants will explore opportunities to engage children in meaningful activities that promote executive function, social awareness and social competence while using literacy and books in the classroom.

Ernesto Rodriguez, Scholastic Inc.

C06. Utilizing the Principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach to Impact Learning

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
CDL/DAEL

Learn principles from the Reggio Emilia Approach that will enhance the beauty of your classroom and the depth of learning that takes place in it. We will focus on the environment as the third teacher, how to launch projects, plan with intention, explore the hundred languages of children, and how to make learning visible through documentation.

Marty Watson, Dodge Nature Preschool

C07. Overindulgence: Building Resiliency in the Face of the New Normal

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

Since overindulgence comes from a good heart and is the "new normal," it is easy to miss. Unfortunately, it can present unexpected risks for adult life and major discomforts in young families. Participants will explore overindulgence and ways to help yourselves and your families create resilience instead of helplessness and irresponsibility.

Lisa Krause, Concordia University

C08. Working across Bias: How Identity and Belief Shape Our Work

Age Group: Both
Competency:
P/ICY

Who are you? Do you look like the kids you teach? Do you live in the same community as the kids you teach? Does it even matter? In this session, we'll address these questions and more as we explore the intersection of identity and work, and confront how implicit bias impacts our work in the classroom and community. Participants will be invited to explore their own biases and will be offered tools to confront these biases in the classroom and beyond.

Ed Morales, Socorro Consulting

C09. Developing Our Reflective Practice: The Effect of Practitioner Mindset on Student Outcomes and Class Culture

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
CDL/HCD/P/ICY/LEC

The heart and soul of teaching is a continuum of reflection and growth, a process of learning through experience. In this session, we will learn a framework for reflective practice which can flex and adapt to work in your setting. We will take a look at the research in support of mindset and reflective practice and we will workshop the recommended best practices. You will leave this session equipped to better ensure the very best outcomes for your own longevity as an early childhood stakeholder AND for the children and families whom you serve.

Molly Breen, SAP Community Nursery School


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

Table Talks

FTT1. Your Early Childhood Career Begins at Community College

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
P

Are you thinking about starting or continuing your college education? Community colleges can be the right step for you! Learn about a variety of options for career pathways in Early Childhood Education. This isn't a sales pitch - it's an opportunity for you to meet the faculty that are dedicated to educating and supporting you in your journey to get a degree.  

Cory Woosley, Child Care Aware of MN
Hope Doerner, Minneapolis Community and Technical College

FTT2. Shaping Young Hearts and Minds: What Values are We Teaching?

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
CDL/DAEL

Values are understood as desirable principles that guide human actions. As part of an international research project, Bethel students and their professor completed an analysis of values found in the MN Early Childhood Indicators of Progress. This session will share findings and make comparisons to values from Iceland and Norway.

Jolene Pearson, Bethel University
Taylor Larson, Bethel University Student
Alexis Peloquin, Bethel University Student
Maija Overlie, Bethel University Student
Stephanie Sederlund, Bethel University Student

FTT3. Seizure Smart Childcare Personnel Training

Age Group: Both
Competency:
CDL/HSN/CYGD/APN

1 in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime. Do you know how to respond? Seizure training for childcare personnel is an opportunity to learn about epilepsy and seizures right in your own community. Hear from experts on varying topics and learn seizure basics. EFMN's Seizure Training is a resource that helps participants identify seizures, learn seizure first aid and overcome the myths surrounding epilepsy.

Jamila Pickett, Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota

FTT4. Three Simple Ways to Exercise, Eat Healthy, and Get Motivated for Life

Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
P

Do you want to feel more confident and have more energy immediately? Do you lack the motivation to exercise consistently? Are you busy and need a simple exercise and nutrition plan that will get results? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this session is for you. We will talk about the best way to move your body for weight loss and tone, and simple ways to eat for health, energy, and tone in your body. You will learn how to get into the right mindset to care for yourself without the guilt or shame of taking time away from those you love and care for. Learn how to quickly prioritize your health and fitness so that you can be that caregiver with passion and energy that you always wanted to be. Stop going through the motions and get inspired today!

Andreya Tornes, Tone 2 Day

Poster Sessions

FPS1. Preparing for and Responding to DHS Licensing Reviews, Correction Orders and Background Study Findings

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency:
P

Learn how to minimize the disruption of an onsite DHS licensing review and how to effectively interact with DHS licensing staff. Safeguard your center's reputation and integrity by understanding your options when faced with a Correction Order or other licensing action. Understand how to navigate the background study process, including who is required to be studied, and when and what to do if a study subject is disqualified.

Christianna Finnern, Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. 

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

FPS3. Level of Agreement on the 36-Month ASQ-3 Between Parents, Child Care Providers, and Health Care Professionals

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: CDL/AEI

Key members in a child's early life may be ideally situated to recognize delay by using standardized developmental screening tools like the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, 3rd ed. (ASQ-3). We investigated the level of agreement in the 36-month ASQ-3 between parents, childcare providers (CCPs), and student physical therapists (SPTs). 

Kathleen Zenker, Concordia University
Madeline Swain, Concordia University

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