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For Both Early Childhood & School-Age

Every Voice Matters: The Importance of Advocacy

Appropriate for: direct service staff, directors, managers, supervisors, administrators, trainers, coaches, consultants
Level:
Introductory

We often underestimate our ability to impact policymaking at all levels of government. Yet, individual and collective action can be a powerful force for improving our community. Advocacy is about changing the conversation and defining the debate. Participants will learn how to use their voice and share their story to impact change.

Sara Benzkofer, MnAEYC-MnSACA

Removing Barriers: Become Your Best Self

Appropriate for: direct service staff, directors, managers, supervisors, administrators, trainers, coaches, consultants
Level:
Introductory

Why does it matter if we're not at our best? We can't give what we don't have...to students, employees, colleagues or industry partners. Compassion fatigue is characterized by a gradual lessening of compassion over time. In turn, barriers can be built, direct and indirect/intentional and unintentional. In order to build authentic relationships and remove barriers, one must be open, patient, compassionate and honest, aka, their best self. What self-care barriers are in the way? Self care = best self.

Dawn Easley, Dakota County Technical College

Self-Care: Staying Positive in Your Environment

Appropriate for: direct service staff, directors, managers, supervisors, administrators, trainers, coaches, consultants
Level:
Introductory

Complete a self-care plan activity checklist to recognize the presence of stress. This activity will identify general and specific stressors. List ways to cope with healthy vs. unhealthy stressors. Create a self-care plan and replace unhealthy options with healthy options. Develop self-awareness and take care of yourself first. Early childhood and afterschool professionals need high emotional intelligence to cope with on-the-job stressors and to serve as positive role models for those in their care. Self-care and mindfulness can accomplish this. Emotions are an integral part of a teacher's job as they impact teacher effectiveness, behavior, cognition and motivation.

Mary Smith, Real Results

Moving Through the Roles of Adversity to Connection

Appropriate for: direct service staff, directors, managers, supervisors, administrators, trainers, coaches, consultants
Level:
Intermediate

I have developed the concept of three different mindsets of adversity: victim, victor, vessel. Each is not sequential, meaning every situation and person is different. However, in adversity we have the opportunity to learn, grow and help others grow. Discuss how the different mindsets manifested themselves in my own life, using relevant stories to bring the mindsets to life. Discuss the impact my selected mindset had on my connection with others. I will apply the mindsets to the audience and challenge them to acknowledge what mindset they may have currently, as well as to reflect on how it could change for the better going forward - for themselves, their relationships, and those they work for.

Gaelin Elmore, Gaelin Speaks

Connecting with Families During Uncertain Times

Appropriate for: direct service staff, directors, managers, supervisors, administrators, trainers, coaches, consultants
Level:
Intermediate

Building strong relationships and connections with families is a challenge even in the best of times. When changes or adverse events happen in a community or within a program, connections with families may be stressed or even break. Employing reflective practice, participants will begin by examining individual connections they have with the families in their program and how those connections may have changed in recent months. Then participants will explore possible strategies for mending the connections with families and set a roadmap for moving forward - even if those connections are stressed again.

Mary Muhs, Rasmussen College

Leaning in and Doing the Hard Work: The Work of Anti-Bias Leaders

Appropriate for: directors, managers, supervisors, administrators, trainers, coaches, consultants
Level:
Intermediate

What does it mean to be an anti-bias leader? How can leaders create an organizational culture that centers anti-bias education and fosters healthy identity development, respect across differences, and the naming and rejecting of biases for children and adults? Unpack key issues and insights to consider as leaders develop and foster an anti-bias mindset for yourself and your staff, including climate and culture, resources, family communication and support, and teacher readiness.

Robin Starch, AMAZEworks

Creating a Commodity of Trust Through Relational Leadership

Appropriate for: directors, managers, supervisors, administrators
Level:
Advanced

In today's times where artificial intelligence is the new normal and one crisis after the other is thrust upon us, teams and employees no longer trust their leaders. They believe that it's all about the bottom line and they expect to be thrown under the bus and replaced by some new technological or biological terror. By forming a partnership between employers and leaders (people) and embracing the change, we can converge the elements in the commodity of trust into more effective and high-performing, engaged teams. To be more effective as a leader you need to develop relationships and re-instill your team's trust in you. Gain powerful tips and tools you can use to develop those relationships and trust that proves to your team you have their backs!

Dr. Rowan van Dyk , DNL Training


For School-Age

Mastering Your Calendar Toward Connection

Appropriate for: direct service staff, directors, managers, supervisors, administrators, trainers, coaches, consultants
Level: Intermediate

When stress comes calling, relational connection usually falls through the cracks because it fails to show up on a practical to-do list. This session is designed to give you a framework for connection which will not only make, but headline your active to-do list. The COVID-19 pandemic can actually help us this summer by pausing the craziness of field trips and forcing small groups. Receive the calendar commanding tools every leader needs to create the staff teams and student groups where people feel like they belong and find meaning. These include tips for better staff meetings, inventories and interviews to foster connection with staff and students, and the essential elements, which make for successful small groups.

Andrew Wiens, A Trinity Family


For Early Childhood
Coming Together to Support Program Leaders

Appropriate for: directors, managers, supervisors, administrators
Level: Introductory

Some call it a radio show, some call it a podcast. Whatever your flavor, we invite you to join us for a lively conversation on supports available for early childhood program leaders. Engaging in this conversation will be a panel including staff from MnAEYC-MnSACA, Child Care Aware of MN and the Center for Inclusive Child Care. Learn how we are here to support YOU! Identify what supports center directors need to ensure that their staff is well-equipped to care for children.

Cory Woosley, Child Care Aware of MN
Christy Berg,
Child Care Aware of MN
Nikki Lepowsky,
Child Care Aware of MN
Panelists:
Kristen Wheeler Highland (MnAEYC-MnSACA), Elsa Carlson (Child Care Aware of MN), Becky Gillard (Center for Inclusive Child Care)

Keep Your Early Childhood Program Financially Strong - More Important Now than Ever!

Appropriate for: directors, managers, supervisors, administrators, trainers, coaches, consultants
Level:
Advanced

Strong finances are the foundations for quality early childhood programs. Early childhood business directors and owners need the knowledge, information and financial tools to develop their revenue and manage their expenses to support an effective professional staff and an enriched experience for children and families. Explore the new operational and financial realities in a post COVID-19 business world and develop strategies to sustain your business through the current challenges and on to future success. Strategies will include ways to plan for the unique strengths and circumstances of each business, designing policies to enhance revenue, and managing enrollment to best serve children and families.

Karen Foster-Jorgensen, Optimire Consulting and Training, Inc.





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