We will also witness P. For more information, contact John Surr at jvsurr gmail. Join us at the Children of Incarcerated Parents Interest Forum annual meeting to discuss how the early childhood community and others in your area and nationwide responded to and supported children who were separated from their parents at the U. For more information, contact Fran Roznowski at froznowski cpsd.
Men in Education M. Network Interest Forum invites men and women to its annual meeting to learn and share information on a variety of activities for men, fathers, and others who have an impact on the lives of young children. Find out how to recruit more men to your program and how to support and retain the men you already have. Help set the future agenda for the interest forum, have fun, and make new friends!
For more information, contact Bryan Nelson, bgnelson menteach. Join leaders of Defending the Early Years DEY , an organization which works to support and nurture the rights and needs of young children, and members of the Community Collaboration Interest Forum, to learn more about how you can work in your educational community and beyond to advocate for developmentally appropriate practices, curriculum, standards, and assessments for young children. Light refreshments and cash bar will be provided.
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You Make a Difference: An exciting paired training opportunity for those new to project approach and for those wanting advance project skills. Engaging, Practical and Scientifically Substantiated. To bring them to you go to bestpracticesinc. Developing and motivating an effective team is a critical part of the success of any early education program. This workshop will provide an overview of the differences between managing and leading a team, introduce the theory of collaborative leadership, and teach the progressive stages of team development.
Featured Session 2 Strategies for eliminating the achievement gap in early childhood education As a means of elevating the academic engagement of Black and Latino children, diverse scholars and practitioners have written about the cultural capital that children of color bring to educational settings. It matters not only what is taught, Barbara Bowman Kirsten Cole but how it is taught. This interactive session will bring to life the May Special Issue of Young Children on the achievement gap by examining several of the recommendations made. Awareness, after all, must be followed by informed action if the very real issue of the achievement gap that starts early and has steadfastly persisted is to be overcome.
Advance registration is required through the Affiliate Relations Department. For more information, please contact the Affiliate Relations team at affiliate naeyc. Early childhood professionals as agents of change Inspired by the use of design thinking principles and shaped by the collective wisdom of the participants involved, we will generate a shared vision for our workforce and use a creative process to design creative solutions for addressing the issues in early childhood education that impact our everyday lives. Washington Convention Center, Room A This interactive workshop will share findings from an Art as a Way of Learning AWL initiative that examined how a growth mindset is activated and developed through teacher—artist collaborations in four early childhood classrooms ages 2 through 5.
This inquiry expands our understanding of the collaboration process and reveals the challenges ECE teachers and community artists address, both personally and with children, in promoting a growth mindset through artistic learning. Classroom teachers and visiting artists will share their stories and engage participants in meaningful visual and theater artmaking experiences that highlight a growth mindset. Cognitive Development 6 Building cognitive capacity to support school readiness 8: Washington Convention Center, Room A This interactive session for advanced teachers will explore the recent research as it relates not only to school readiness but positively impacts executive functioning and self-regulation skills.
During the presentation, teachers will be asked to examine their current practice and decide if their strategies are effective. Teachers will also identify,. In addition, there will be small group discussions around how increasing cognitive capacity can reduce stress in both teachers and children.
Standards, assessment, examples, and more 8: Washington Convention Center, Room A The all-day kindergarten offers unique opportunities to devote time to projects, and in this session you will learn about the essential steps in conducting projects, how to integrate early learning standards into projects, and how to conduct assessment for learning in the context of projects.
Presenters will showcase multiple real-life kindergarten projects, with themes of joyful learning, engagement, and creativity. Presenters will also share strategies for integrating learning standards, conducting assessments, and completing a project cycle, as well as modifying the daily schedule to accommodate projects. Washington Convention Center, Room A This session will explore how to understand and develop curricula for infants and toddlers.
It will distinguish between planning the facilitation and expansion of infant- and toddler-initiated learning experiences and the development of lesson plans. Presenters will identify and explore learning themes upon which infants and toddlers gradually grow their knowledge, as well as ways to integrate learning across developmental domains as part of curriculum planning. Living and learning the democratic ideal in early childhood settings The essential components Washington Convention Center, Room AB The ability to think well is the foundation of a successful, happy, and healthy adulthood.
Neuroscience provides insights into how thinking develops and how to create a thinking person. To learn to think, children must do the thinking!
In this session, participants will learn how children develop thinking skills, and they will be able to identify three essential components of a thinking classroom— physical environment, curriculum experiences, and teacher-child interactions—which support development of the ability to think. Multiracial children are seen as bridges between races and proof that negative attitudes about interracial relationships are declining.
That may be true, but many multiracial children struggle with forming healthy racial identities. This interactive workshop will explore how children develop racial and multiracial identity and how adults can support healthy racial development. Participants will learn and practice research-based strategies that can limit the effect of internal and external racial messages through selfreflection and large- and small-group activities. Participants will leave with an action plan and resources to continue their work in supporting the development of all children.
An asset-based approach to supporting dual language learners in early care and education programs 8: Washington Convention Center, Room B This interactive session introduces participants to the Can Do Philosophy, a mindset that highlights the linguistic and cultural assets that children, teachers, and families bring to early care and education settings. Participants will explore tools designed to support language development and have opportunities to share and interact with each other, synthesize their learning, and plan for application within pre-K settings.
Stories and strategies for resistance 8: Washington Convention Center, Room AB During this interactive session, participants will have an opportunity to develop their activism skills. We will learn from seasoned early childhood educators and activists who will share their powerful stories of taking action for social justice.
Participants will learn to identify and define relevant social problems and issues that are impacting early childhood communities, children, and families, and to develop their ability to join with others to plan and carry out collective action against exclusion, prejudice, and discrimination in early childhood contexts. Participants will leave the session inspired and equipped with concrete strategies to make a difference in their classrooms, workplaces, and communities. Learn about the Code and how to use it to guide your actions and responses to ethical dilemmas.
Washington Convention Center, Room AB Join us for an important conversation about race and young children as we share information about P. Children as young as 6 months recognize skin color differences. By 3 years, the majority of children, regardless of their race, demonstrate a White preference. Members of the P. The focus of the session will be the significance of race in early education, including the recent literature on implicit bias.
The session will offer practitioners opportunities to explore their own racial journeys, engage in stimulating dialogue about ways to introduce conversations about race, and participate in hands-on activities designed to generate peer-to-peer exchange. Discussion about and formation of safe spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender educators and straight allies Washington Convention Center, Room C In this workshop, the facilitators will lead participants through discussions and scenarios to discuss how LGBT early childhood members and their straight allies are supported in their schools, centers, and communities.
Through interactive discussions, the presenters will assist in problem-solving issues that have arisen for the attendees. Washington Convention Center, Room A Presenters will discuss successes and challenges of diverse programs and implementation of culturally appropriate education for Native students. Participants will learn how to support children in tribal communities with developmental delays who either do not qualify for early.
Supporting the dreams and possibilities of Latino children and families Washington Convention Center, Room B This annual session presented by the Latino Interest Forum brings together an analysis of current research, innovative practices, policy ramifications, and the collective commitment for quality care and learning opportunities for all children.
Speakers will provide overviews of current research, trends, and practices being implemented in various corners of the country. They will highlight programs that positively impact Latino families and children in rural and urban America and that authentically make a difference in the lives of children. PITC's approach to infantand toddler-initiated learning experiences. Best practices in early childhood teacher preparation 8: They also will learn to identify best practices in early childhood education and incorporate the latest information into early childhood teacher preparation. Leading the way and advocating for quality through early childhood teacher education 8: Poster and roundtable presentations will provide opportunities for attendees to participate in discussions with presenters related to the various presentation topics connected to the conference theme: In addition, the keynote speaker will invite participants to reflect upon their own professional practice in the field of early childhood teacher education.
Participants will create their own natural playscape designs and discuss curriculum ideas and implementations strategies in small and large groups. We will discuss the basic elements of playscape design—changing topography, creating pathways, and adding boulders, sand, and water. Rusty Keeler, Just Play Project.
Applying an attachment framework and reflective practice to increase parent engagement, improve child safety and developmental outcomes, and enhance professional development 8: Washington Convention Center, Room AB This session will highlight the challenging impact of trauma for children, caregivers, families, and professionals in a therapeutic preschool program with parent support services. Central to the workshop will be the demonstration of how to apply an attachment framework and reflective practices for the benefit of all. A balance of theory, real-world classroom scenes, and staff-support activities will be presented.
Video recordings of classroom scenes will also help illustrate core concepts of attachment theory, particularly drawing on the Circle of Security developmental paradigm. Presenters will offer key ingredients in supporting quality classroom staff through a variety of reflective practice activities delivered on an individual and team basis. Designing outdoor play environments for the soul Washington Convention Center, Room C This presenters will a introduce participants to the importance of connecting children with nature, b explore natural playscape design, history, and theory, c inspire hands-on design and drawing, d incorporate nature-based curriculum development and delivery, and c lead the group through project implementation and planning of yard transformations at their own facilities.
The session will cover what a natural playscape is and why it is important, share the latest relevant data and research,. Young children as present-day citizens 8: Washington Convention Center, Room AB In this session, four DC public school teachers will discuss how they engaged the youngest learners to be citizens in the here-and-now. The Children are Citizens CAC project is premised on the belief that young children are not just future citizens but present-day citizens, with the right to express their opinions and engage in the cultural and civic activities of their city.
Washington Convention Center, Room This session will provide a brief picture of Chinese early child education with the intent of bridging the international gap in terms of ECE between China, the US, and other countries. Presenters hope to inspire US and global professionals by sharing Chinese kindergarten perspectives, including strategy, training, collaboration, technology, and standards by using video, music, internet, and case studies.
Washington Convention Center, Room AB Joan Lombardi will facilitate a discussion with multilateral funders and members of civil society on global priorities in early childhood development. Learn about the growing movement to invest in young children as the best way to support thriving societies.
Following the panel presentation, NAEYC will provide an overview of our technical assistance with the Saudi Ministry of Education and its connection to their large scale societal reforms. This session will be presented in English and supported with Mandarin.
Washington Convention Center, Room Este taller ayudara a equipar educadores a desarrollar diferentes estrategias dentro del aula en su rutina diaria. What we say is more than the words we speak 8: Washington Convention Center, West Salon I This workshop will highlight the importance of the focus we choose and the words we use in communicating with children. Much attention has been paid to nonverbal communication, and with good reason.
Our intent, tone, and body language contribute to our messages. The goal of this workshop is for participants to understand the reasoning behind word choices and to experience the power of words through activities and examples. The session will be structured so that participants are able to experience the information on a personal level, give feedback to each other, and rehearse each new skill set as it is shared. Washington Convention Center, Room AB This session will address a number of different challenging behaviors that can be observed in the classroom and cause a disruption in the delivery of curriculum.
Participants will learn a variety of simple strategies to implement with all students. Classroom management techniques will be shown and discussed. An overview of behaviors displayed by children with autism and ADHD will be shared, along with strategies in how to best serve children with special needs and behavior issues.
Spit happens— Managing infectious diseases and chronic health needs of young children Washington Convention Center, Room B In this interactive session, we will discuss the latest research and findings regarding health and safety in early education and child care settings. Participants will learn how to identify best practices for policies, training staff, and resources to address the management of infectious diseases and chronic health conditions, including exclusion and inclusion criteria. Washington Convention Center, Room A A panel of seven award-winning authors and illustrators and a literacy consultant will share their unique styles and perspectives and the ways they have chosen to engage and captivate young readers.
They will discuss the impact of words and visuals, and the powerful synergy they create in presenting fun-to-read stories, in introducing and developing fascinating characters, and in introducing engaging fiction, nonfiction, and interactive books. Building oral language and critical thinking skills in our youngest readers and writers 8: Washington Convention Center, West Salon G This session examines key developmental principles and researchsupported instructional practices for prekindergarten and kindergarten teachers that engage young learners in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Participants will practice several instructional strategies that engage young children in high-quality literature experiences and explore ways to link oral language, critical thinking, and literacy learning in preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Promoting positive school climate and teacher retention by creating a staff family. Washington Convention Center, Room AB This session supports administrators in creating a compassionate, connected staff family as the foundation for positive school climate. Each classroom environment is embedded within the context of the entire school environment, so we must start at the top when creating positive learning environments.
One of the many reasons teachers leave schools is lack of motivation and support from administrators and coworkers, and turnover affects quality of care, child outcomes, and family engagement. Participants in this session will learn about several ideas and methods for increasing the socialemotional health of their entire school family and will be able to create a plan for implementing intentional strategies and practices to motivate, encourage, and develop positive connections between administrators and teachers and extend these connections to individual classrooms.
If you have, then this workshop is for you. We will assess whether too much caution is creating children who are unable to calculate risk perception and develop other crucial skills such as problem solving, developing friendships, and learning their own strengths and limitations.
From incorporating skills of kindness and empathy to establishing rituals and traditions that build a strong community 8: Washington Convention Center, Room B In this session, participants will a examine and discuss what goes into creating a caring, connected community that embraces diversity for all; b identify and share ideas that create a culture of kindness and empathy from classroom to center level that includes children, families, and staff; and c examine and develop tangible ideas for creating rituals and traditions that facilitate a diverse community of caring.
Mathematics 39 If you build it, they will come: Purposeful integration of mathematics within STEAM science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics 8: Washington Convention Center, West Salon H While research confirms that young children will intuitively use materials such as blocks or LEGOs to engineer elaborate structures, this informal activity benefits from the intentional planning of teachers to encourage a deeper understanding of formal mathematical concepts.
The presenter will focus on the mathematical content and specific skills that young children encounter during developmentally appropriate, meaningful, and playful STEAM-related projects and explorations. Using differentiated math games as a teaching strategy in pre-K through grade 2 Washington Convention Center, Room B Come prepared to play math games using easily found manipulatives such as cards, dice, and dominoes that teach the following early numeracy concepts: Participants will learn how to a create effective math stations and to differentiate for small group instruction, b incorporate math journal and math talk extensions into their math games, and c use game response for formative assessments.
Game boards will be provided for participants to take back to their classrooms. Ideas for follow-up differentiation will be shown for each game so that participants leave the workshop with a wide variety of strategies to implement in order to meet the needs of all learners in their classrooms. Washington Convention Center, Room B In this workshop, teachers, librarians, and other educators will identify and examine powerful characteristics of picture books that promote mathematical discourse and discovery. Through video analysis and hands-on activities, participants will explore the connections between stories, play, life experiences, and big ideas in early math.
They will participate in a story-time session, followed by a reflective discussion of the experience, with a focus on language and visual supports that provide math learning opportunities for all children. Music 42 Music learning supports all learning! Presenters will break down the connections between music-making and early learning domains, present recent research in the field, and explore music-andmovement activity ideas and techniques that participants can use right away in their work with children.
Play 43 Story dictation and dramatization: A power play across the early childhood curriculum 8: A Guide for Partnering with Early Childhood Teachers Filled with information, guidance, reflections, and insight about using Powerful Interactions to coach teachers Item First and foremost, they learn through their bodies. In fact, some learning cannot even happen until children have mastered sophisticated movements with their bodies. For example, by developing their core strength, they will be able to sit and draw. Through videos of children moving both inside the classroom and in the outdoor environment, participants will be asked to examine their own assumptions about rough-and-tumble play, including such things as risk taking and aggression.
Washington Convention Center, Room AB Play has served as an essential component for whole child development in the lives of children for generations. Engaging in daily episodes of play transpose home and school allows for stimulation of the sensory spectrum that invigorates the spirit and enlivens the soul. In this session, prominent play scholars from across the country will present current empirical research across multiple disciplines, examining various aspects and complexities associated with current play policies and practices and offering research-based practical strategies for including play as an essential component of whole child development.
Communicating the importance of play Marriott Marquis, Chinatown Play is important to humans because it supports all of the domains in every stage of development, yet educators often face the challenge of defending play. In this session, each presenter will provide information designed to empower participants to serve as advocates for play.
The presentations will portray topics such as playground literacy, the wisdom of theorists, data from recent research projects, and personal reflections about utilizing tools for advocacy. We will advocate for play in a persuasive way. Definitions, functions, and benefits Participants will engage in four types of play—math games, guided inquiry, imaginative words, and technological gadgets—and experience the various benefits of these play forms to teaching and learning process. Participants will also compare and contrast different types of play with regard to their uses—such as building new vocabulary, engaging in new discoveries, and deepening concept understanding.
Presenters will discuss strategies to implement various play forms throughout the daily routines to promote the intellectual and social-emotional development of young children. How to support play and learning through risk, exclusion, and trauma. Yet these play experiences can be the context in which children learn and develop physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. The presenters in this session will offer educators a reflective process to understand the learning potential and to guide children through such encounters positively.
Washington Convention Center, Room A In this interactive, hands-on session, participants will engage in a series of unique and enjoyable play experiences using a variety of open-ended, reusable resources. Attendees will gain an awareness of how the practice of self-active play aids in a focusing the mind, b stimulating the imagination, c promoting problem solving, d strengthening reasoning with higher levels of cognitive complexity, and e developing a deeper appreciation for the power of selfactive play as a creative, meaning-making activity.
Learn how to transform your professional practice to incorporate self-active play in your classroom. Discover how to use it as a tool to develop more effective and enjoyable adult learning and in the teaching of mathematics, science, literacy, art, and social studies, while also improving social emotional well-being. Door injuries happen everyday and there IS something you can do to prevent them.
Contact us today for more information! Interactive, participant-centered professional development strategies 8: Do you wonder why you are standing in front of a room full of grownups when you are far more comfortable leading 4-year-olds at circle time? If so, this session is for you! Becoming an Effective Early Childhood Professional Development Provider is a train-the-trainer curriculum created to increase the skills of early childhood leaders who have content knowledge but little background in designing and delivering professional development. You will leave this handson, minds-on session with tons of great ideas to incorporate into your future professional development sessions—including openers, closers, refreshers, and rechargers—whether you are teaching early childhood practitioners about developmentally appropriate practice, sharing behavior strategies with family members at a parents workshop, or planning to present at an upcoming conference.
Being an effective consultant in early childhood education 8: Washington Convention Center, Room C In this session, a panel of experienced consultants will share their insights and the strategies they have used to build their consulting practices for supporting early childhood educators. New and experienced consultants will be able to learn techniques for setting up their business and for providing professional development to early childhood providers in a variety of settings.
Other topics will include goal setting, planning, and developing a consulting implementation plan. With the growing number of consultant roles in the field, a greater knowledge of diverse requirements—for both content and funding compliance—is necessary. Washington Convention Center, Room AB The focus of this workshop is to share key strategies for school leaders to inspire educators to be fully committed to their own professional growth and development.
The session will be centered around the fundamental issues that school leaders face, including a how to motivate and inspire teachers to continually grow and develop, b how to infuse positive energy into all aspects of the school culture, c how to take meaningful actions to improve the school culture, and d how to embrace change.
Creating trainings that stick Washington Convention Center, Room C Creating a research- and evidence-based training requires thought and adequate preparation. This session will provide those who train adults with hands-on practice in developing training sessions. Trainers will leave with resources and new ideas to use in developing their next training. Participants will identify and discuss the six principles of adult learning, the components of effective training sessions, and training methods and presentation techniques.
Leading with compassion, celebrating with passion, and connecting with collaboration! Washington Convention Center, Room C This interactive workshop is designed to discover the compassionate leader in you, investigate your passions and leadership dispositions for teaching, and identify the power of teamwork and communication skills for effective collaboration. Explore effective ways to mold your personal leadership style by discovering the power of flow and investigating attributes that create flow and passion into the heartbeat of teaching. Educators will envision themselves as leaders in early childhood and examine their leadership strengths as well.
Identifying essential personnel policies and procedures that are legally sound and reflect current law 8: These lawsuits cost employers a great deal of time and money, but many of these legal actions can be avoided by simply having effective and well-written policies and procedures in place. Participants will be provided with a sample table of contents that outlines important personnel policies particular to the needs of child care agencies.
We will discuss each topic, why the particular policy is important to the agency, and the legally correct language related to each policy. Areas such as at-will employment, hiring, termination, and disciplinary policies will be discussed. We will also look at the recent updates in the Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave and how to write policies that adequately address the updates. Discussion will also focus on new trends in policies, particularly social networking and cell phone policies. Ronald McGuckin, Ronald V. McGuckin and Associates Adults. There is no avoiding it: This interactive session is filled with practical tips and technologies to help you lead more engaging and productive meetings.
Research 57 Exploring the preschool expulsion phenomenon through the lenses of research, practice, and policy Washington Convention Center, Room AB This presentation provides a rich account of preschool expulsion and exclusionary discipline in New York City preschools and its impact on children and their families.
Preschool expulsions have become a growing national problem. Although several states have begun restricting or banning the use of expulsions in preschool, this has not deterred preschools from resorting to expulsions. Participants will learn how to a articulate how exclusionary discipline practices negatively impact both children and their families, b reflect on how implicit biases and job stress impact the decisions they make in their classrooms, and c develop a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, their role as change-makers in the field.
Science 58 To pin or not to pin: Choosing, using, and sharing science resources online 8: The presenters of this session created a tool to help teachers evaluate the quality of online STEM activities. This presentation will provide and describe a set of guiding questions that teachers can use to reflect on STEM resources and ensure they are choosing high-quality activities that reflect research and best practices in science education.
Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the tool, use it to evaluate an online activity of their choice, and revise and expand on the activity to enrich its STEM quality. Haynes Public Charter School Preschoolers. Washington Convention Center, Room B Engineering happens every day in early learning environments. In this hands-on, interactive session, we will demystify engineering by clarifying what engineering is and identifying ways engineering is naturally incorporated in the work and play of children.
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We will examine how providing intriguing loose parts and facilitating problem solving using the design process are the heart of engineering. Participants will learn how to foster an engineering mindset in children by focusing on process, not just outcomes, when facilitating their play and investigations. Come tinker with materials and experience engineering firsthand! A fun integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics Washington Convention Center, Room A Ramps and Pathways is a physical science and engineering activity involving inclined planes and the movement of objects that is both developmentally appropriate and intellectually rigorous.
In this hands-on session, participants will use marbles, objects that roll and do not roll, and various materials that can be used as ramps to build ramp structures and investigate the movement of marbles and other objects on inclined planes. During this workshop, we will discuss gender identity with specific attention to young children who are gender fluid or transgender.
We will discuss language to use, some statistics, and share some stories of children. We will also share how we can change our language, curriculum, materials in the environment, songs we sing, and books we share with children to develop an inclusive environment for children whose gender is fluid.
Finally, we will offer participants a number of scenarios related to children who are transgender and discuss how to work with other families and teachers on these issues. Washington Convention Center, Room C In this session, presenters will discuss the elements of a peaceable classroom, with suggestions for implementation and curriculum.
The attendees will develop an understanding of teacher dispositions, routines, and characteristics of the essential social and emotional life skills for children, and be able to identify strategies and resources to build and sustain a peaceable program. Participants will also learn how to identify caring dispositions for nurturing, cultural competence, empathy, and resilience, while teaching negotiation skills and creating a safe classroom community. Explore how teachers can use classroom practices, routines, and lessons to nurture healthy social and emotional development.
Find inspiration to develop and implement meaningful, developmentally appropriate observation and assessment practices that result in responsive, joyful classrooms. Nurturing resilience in children living with substance use disorder through fairytales, storytelling, and play 8: Washington Convention Center, Room AB One in four children live in homes impacted by substance use disorder or addiction. Most professional development and prevention efforts are targeted to middle- and high school teachers and students. Recent research on both the disease and its impact on young children shows that these efforts should also be targeted toward early childhood as well.
The good news is that resilience is a key protective factor, and many early childhood practices can be used to promote resilience! A neurodevelopmental model of resilience will be explored. Participants will actively participate in identifying current classroom practices that nurture resilience and learn the brain-based reasons why. Specific strategies involving fairytales, storytelling both teacher and child , and play will be shared and experienced, with connections made to the protective factors for resilience.
Teachers will leave the workshop with classroom-ready ideas for promoting resilience in the context of a developmentally appropriate, literacy-rich curriculum that meets the needs of all young children. Washington Convention Center, Room B This hands-on, interactive session will use activities to stimulate awareness of the need for all children to feel a sense of belonging. We will brainstorm many ideas and have participants choose ones that they feel will work in their own classrooms. Social and emotional learning that builds community and connection What else is there?
Positive Discipline Class Meetings teach important social and emotional life skills so students learn self-control and problemsolving skills. Through daily experiential lessons, children learn effective communication and problem-solving skills for self-control and working together to find solutions. Research suggests that integrated daily practice is necessary for effective social and emotional learning. Recognize what you are already doing, and discover what your next steps can be Washington Convention Center, Room AB Young children are the population most vulnerable to maltreatment, stress, and trauma.
Exposure to abuse, neglect, and other forms of toxic stress can impact development and may lead to a disability or delay. Supporting young children and their families requires a multitiered approach, with a strong foundation in proactive, preventative practices that nurture resilience. This interactive session will deepen your understanding of the need for intentional, trauma-informed practices to support vulnerable children and families.
You will engage in a hands-on activity to reflect on current practices, learn the research base that supports trauma-informed practices, and discuss how early childhood practitioners can partner with families to find a customized implementation in the home environment. Learning what makes us tick emotionally when young children need our attention Self-reflection about what makes adults tick emotionally is critical in helping children manage their own feelings. Tamar Jacobson, Rider University Adults. Washington Convention Center, Room C Parents are never prepared for a perinatal loss, and thus are never prepared to know how to help their children.
Children lose not only the sibling they were expecting but also the parents they knew before the loss. By the end of this presentation, participants will gain skills in understanding the impact of perinatal loss on families and knowledge of ways to support both parents and their children. Ready to take your training organization to the highest standard? An in-depth look into building a statewide framework for early childhood educators 8: Participants will have opportunities to ask questions and bring up related issues for dialogue and collective problem solving.
Through this platform, presenters hope to connect with and support other states that may be in the early stages of program development, as well as states that may be in the later stages of development and can offer guidance in continual improvement. How to integrate makerspace and tinkering activities into any classroom 8: Washington Convention Center, Room AB Come see how to create a tinkering space in your own classroom and how to integrate content standards into the activities.
Learn about how tinkering addresses 21st century skills, the increase in engagement when tinkering is added to the classroom, what a makerspace truly is an opportunity! Participants will engage in small-group tinkering activities to experience the strength of tinkering as a learning tool. In the past, some programs claiming to prepare students for CDA certification have failed them. We want to assure CDA students' success with training that encompasses all of their needs.
CDA Gold Standard is a recognition of excellence in early childhood education training. The role of the teacher 8: Washington Convention Center, Room B Block play offers all children including dual language learners and those with disabilities three-dimensional, sensory experiences that improve hand-eye coordination, spatial abilities, and cognitive development in science, engineering, and math. In this interactive, hands-on workshop, participants will engage in open-ended and focused explorations with blocks to experience firsthand the joy of block play, the three-dimensional, sensory qualities of the blocks, and the unlimited potential for learning through block play.
Teachers will return to their classrooms excited to try out new ideas and strategies. Washington Convention Center, West Salon I Join us on a STEM exploration as we transform ordinary environments into learning laboratories that nurture curiosity and encourage children to develop inquiry skills, create and test hypotheses, and learn STEM concepts through play.
We will use interactive games, experiments, and group discussion to extend our knowledge of STEM and explore ways to help teachers and children enhance their knowledge and strengthen connections in all learning domains. We will share research that describes the benefits of STEM for helping children develop skills in all domains, especially language and literacy. Exploring STEM lab activities will help us practice methods for encouraging children to use the scientific method. Administrators will gain strategies for professional development opportunities that encourage the use of STEM for intentional teaching.
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