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Pre-Conference Sessions, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

The Special Tracks are full-day sessions. These sessions require a registration fee in addition to the conference registrations fee. View the fee schedule.

The Training Seminars are part day, free sessions. These sessions are included in the conference registration fee.

 

Special Tracks

May be selected during registration

FAMILY DEVELOPMENT CREDENTIAL

amily Development Credential Instructors Training Institute, by the National Family Development Credential® Program

Sunday, December 7 to Wednesday, December 10

This is a train-the trainer institute for those who wish to become certified instructors to offer and facilitate the Empowerment Skills for Family Workers course from the National Family Development Credential Program (FDC, a professional training and credential for front line family workers, administered by the University of Connecticut. Using a research-based curriculum, participants practice and learn the skills and competencies of strength-based family support. 

Requires pre-approval.

SELF-DEVELOPMENT & AWARENESS BUILDING

The Leadership Challenge for Head Start Parents

Pre-Conference Special Track (One Full-Day)

Presenter:
Robin Bozek, Michigan Head Start Association

Whether you aspire to make a difference in your agency or community, or are just seeking an opportunity for personal growth, this workshop is for you! Join us to explore “The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership,” James Kouzes & Barry Posner's evidence-based experiential model that starts with the premise that "leadership is everyone's business." Guiding principles include the belief that leadership development is self-development, that it takes practice.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT & CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR

Aggressive and Non-compliant Behavior in Young Children

Pre-Conference Special Track (One Full-Day)

Presenter:
Kevin Wright, Binghamton University

Head Start programs are experiencing increasing numbers of difficult to manage and highly aggressive children. This workshop will explore why some children lack appropriate behavior skills and frequently act out aggressively. It will examine strategies for managing the behavior of these children while in the program and will review strategies for working with the parents and families. The session will be highly interactive and will examine specific examples of difficult to manage children.

HEALTH, NUTRITION, & SAFETY

Being Prepared for Disaster Events

Pre-Conference Special Track (One Full-Day)

Presenter:
Charlotte Hendricks, Healthy Childcare Consultants, Inc.

Participants will discuss various types of disaster situations that could affect their programs, including disaster during transportation. Participants will explore appropriate responses to situations which may require evacuation, shelter, or lockdown, and specifics of protecting young children. Basics of disaster preparation include written procedures, warning system, communication, and facility/vehicle criteria. Presenters will also discuss steps for recovery after an event.

ASSESSMENTS, PLANNING, & MANAGEMENT

Program Governance: “ Being a Partner in the Decision-Making Process"

Pre-Conference Special Track (One Full-Day)

Presenter:
Mable M Jones, The Jones Connection

This full-day training session will cover all key issues associated to governance in Head Start programs. Developed around the principle that well informed and enlightened parents lead to highly motivated and engaged organizations. This engagement enhances learning in both the children and parents that will result to an enlightened community. The presenter will facilitate thoughts and ideas among participants to ensure a rich discussion. This training will draw content from Head Start Policy Council Training Manual, V 7.0. A copy of the manual is included with the course fee.

PARENT/COMMUNITY/FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

Moving your PFCE Action Plan from paper to actual work!

Pre-Conference Special Track (One Full-Day)

Presenter:
Edward Tucker, Children's Home + Aid

Need help implementing your PFCE action plan? This workshop will provide examples of current practices, strategies and approaches that will support program staff, parents and management to fully implement your agencies PFCE action plan. The training will consist of reviewing a current PFCE Action Plan, discussion of current strategies, support with your current PFCE action plan and much more.

PARENT/COMMUNITY/FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

Compassionate Partnering: Achieving Excellence Through Relationships

Pre-Conference Special Track (One Full-Day)

Presenter:
Tim Nolan, Center for Leadership Excellence, Inc.

Compassionate Partnering™ is in use in Head Start programs from Alaska to Florida. Come spend time with the creator of this concept and learn how to apply it to your work with parents. Then, examine how it applies to work with colleagues. Finally, learn what it takes to integrate it into your organizational culture. Come have FUN!

SELF-DEVELOPMENT & AWARENESS BUILDING

Circles of Life: Lifestyle Management 101

Pre-Conference Special Track (One Full-Day)

Presenter:
Ezra Holland, The Holland Group

Our lives are constructed of roles, which are represented as circles, and success is created and based on how we prioritize and manage these circles. This fun and engaging workshop will share this easily duplicated technique that will demonstrate; prioritizing, setting personal and professional goals and developing an action plan based. Our purpose is to give participants a tool to help staff reduce organizational stress by building relationships and getting the job done in a hectic world.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT & CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR

Supporting Children In Being Emotionally Ready for School

Pre-Conference Special Track (One Full-Day)

Presenter:
Ann Stadtler, Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Emotional attachment is the foundation to children’s basic trust, self-esteem, ability to sustain healthy relationships, and readiness for school. This session offers participants an interactive discussion with videos to guide the participants in discovering how and why a young child’s emotional competence is the foundation of all other domains of development. We will examine how development is not simply a maturational process but is interwoven with early relationships.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT & CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR

Building Your Bounce: Effective Resilience-building strategies

Pre-Conference Special Track (One Full-Day)

Presenter:
Ms. Nefertiti Bruce, Early Childhood Specialist and Trainer, Devereux Center for Resilient Children

In a style uniquely her own, join National Trainer and Author Nefertiti Bruce in this practical, hands-on training designed to provide parents and early care and education professionals with energy, enthusiasm and the skill to effectively support the social-emotional health and resilience of children, teachers and families. This workshop will inspire participants to reflect on how their own health and wellness impacts their ability to provide high-quality care to children.

Leading Strategic Early Childhood Partnerships

Pre-Conference Special Track (One Full-Day)

Presenters:
Seth M. Finestack, Shelly Schwane, Wipfli LLP

Being a new or emerging leader comes with celebrations, and challenges. You are assessing the current operations and deciding how to take your program to the next level. Community partnerships are an important part of the future of your program but they come with unique skills set, communication, and monitoring needs. Let us help! Join this engaging, interactive, passionate, and motivating session to learn from industry experts—the facilitators and your peers – in the room.

 

Training Seminars

May be selected during registration

Engaging and Goal-Setting with Families: We Do It Together - Part A

re-Conference Training Seminar (3-hour session)

Presenter:
Guylaine L. Richard, National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement

The work you do to build trusting relationships with families supports their growth and development as well as their children’s school readiness. You have multiple allies in your work and they each play a role in your contribution toward engagement and goal-setting alongside families. Come and explore with the National Center on Parent Family Community Partnership (NCPFCE) a pilot session to introduce a Practical Guide designed with you in mind.

PARENT/COMMUNITY/FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

Engaging and Goal-Setting with Families: We Do It Together - Part B

Pre-Conference Training Seminar (3-hour session)

Presenter:
Guylaine L. Richard, National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement

The work you do to build trusting relationships with families supports their growth and development as well as their children’s school readiness. You have multiple allies in your work and they each play a role in your contribution toward engagement and goal-setting alongside families. Come and explore with the National Center on Parent Family Community Partnership (NCPFCE) a pilot session to introduce a Practical Guide designed with you in mind.

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT & TEACHING STRATEGIES

A Joyous Jump Start in Literacy

Pre-Conference Training Seminar (3-hour session)

Presenter:
LaDonna Wicklund, I Can Read Non-Profit

Young children can read when you jump-start them with literacy songs. Enhance their language, boost them in naming and writing words, and ease them into reading. Learn the theory, sing and dance the songs, and receive a copy of the songs.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT & CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR

Gentle Teaching Enhances Children's Socio-Emotional Development

Pre-Conference Training Seminar (3-hour session)

Presenter:
Charles W. Woodard, Ph.D., Seed Consultation Services, LLC

High-quality relationships in early childhood support the development of social, emotional, and cognitive skills. This dynamic and interactive workshop provides an overview of how Caregivers can be empowered via Gentle Teaching to develop and always maintain "High Quality" relationships; thereby, reducing challenging behaviors and enhancing the socio-emotional development of our future leaders of tomorrow.

EARLY EDUCATION/CARE & CHILD DEVELOPMENT

What Works! Getting the Youngest Children Ready for School

Pre-Conference Training Seminar (3-hour session)

Presenter:
Amanda Perez, Early Head Start National Resource Center

Even the youngest children are getting ready for school - and parents and staff can help! In this interactive session, we will learn from experts about what works, about what you can – and already! – do that makes a difference.

SELF-DEVELOPMENT & AWARENESS BUILDING

Strength-based Engagement: Skills to reach Win-win Resolutions

Pre-Conference Training Seminar (3-hour session)

Presenter:
Joseph Castro Jr, Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County Inc

This is a workshop designed to strengthen critical engagement skills of communication to move toward a win-win resolution over conflict. These skills can be applied to personal circumstances with children, family members, and spouses/partners/significant others; as well as, professional settings with co-workers, clients, and collaborative partners. The fun, interactive approach of this workshop will provide participants with practical skills that can be applied immediately.

EARLY EDUCATION/CARE & CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Taking Babies Outside: Nature Based Learning Supports School Readiness

Pre-Conference Training Seminar (3-hour session)

Presenter:
Emily Adams, Early Head Start National Resource Center

Infants and toddlers are natural learners, but did you know how much they can learn in nature? Come learn about the evidence base for taking young children outside as well as practical tips for parents and teachers. This is a fun, interactive session and you will leave with great information to motivate fellow staff and parents!

PARENT/COMMUNITY/FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

Mission Possible: Home visits and conferences with purpose!

Pre-Conference Training Seminar (3-hour session)

Presenter:
Yvette Woods, The Gravely Group

Head Starts’ most valuable asset is its parents. This session helps parents use time with staff during conferences and home visits to enhance the learning process at home and in the community. The hands-on activities, created with household everyday items, will align with student Individualized Education Plans and can be used as practice outside of the classroom or to introduce new concepts. Parents will use current learning strategies and best practices to exceed School Readiness Goals!

CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT & TEACHING STRATEGIES

Make It Fun!

Pre-Conference Training Seminar (3-hour session)

Presenter:
Yvette Woods, The Gravely Group

Making sure the School Readiness goals have been covered can be challenging. This session ensures it gets done through hands-on experiences that merge real world situations with learning objectives. Participants will learn to use data to plan different strategies and activities to increase achievement and lessen behavior problems.

PARENT/COMMUNITY/FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

All Aboard the Family University Train: First Stop School Readiness

Pre-Conference Training Seminar (3-hour session)

Presenter:
Cynthia Small, ChildCareGroup

This workshop is designed to share a variety of tools and resources for establishing a Family University in an early childhood setting. Participants will explore 5 keys to engaging parents in a successful Family University that focuses on promoting partnerships in student learning. All aboard the Family University Express as we travel along pathways to school readiness and success for young children.

HEALTH, NUTRITION, & SAFETY

Taking Care of Ourselves: Creating a Culture of Wellness (Part A & B)

Pre-Conference Training Seminar (Parts A and B are each 3-hour sessions)

Presenter:
Neal Horen, Head Start National Center on Health

When our own resources are low and our stress level is too high, it’s hard to have patience and support for others. This session will help you consider both your own stress levels and how to design a wellness program for your entire staff. Topics covered will include: • Identifying stressors and stress responses • Supporting healthy habits for staff • Conversations to help deal with stress and change • Developing a program plan for ongoing staff wellness

PARENT/COMMUNITY/FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

Building Local Community Support through Global Understanding

Pre-Conference Training Seminar (3-hour session)

Presenter:
Kimberly Johnson, Simply Creative Works

Session will focus on how community climate can be affected by the interaction that a community has with cultural awareness and integration. A strong network of community based support can provide many opportunities for youth to engage in developmental efforts that can stretch beyond their immediate surroundings. Through global experiences and interactions, families can learn how to create frameworks that will allow them to focus on holistic development and growth by tearing down barriers.

PARENT/COMMUNITY/FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

Parent Leadership In & Beyond Head Start

Pre-Conference Training Seminar (3-hour session)

Presenter:
Donna Thompson-Bennett, National Parent Leadership Institute with PLTI NOLA

Child and family policy without the parent voice behind it is like a family without generations, one-sided, lonely and not as efficient. Parent leadership is particularly vital due to the current social and economic landscape. What we do now will influence a near decade for children. Agencies are pivotal to children, offering services and resources in these tough times. But parents are the most critical voice of all. Families will play an important role in a time of declining resources.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT & CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR

Early Care and Education: How Head Start Programs Promote Resiliency

Pre-Conference Training Seminar (3-hour session)

Presenter:
Lilibeth Cosico-Berge, Neighborhood House Association

This workshop will address the phenomenon of resilience in very young children and their families who have experienced trauma and toxic stress, integrating the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study and its associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. It will highlight the Head Start “whole child" and family engagement approach in promoting resiliency despite significant life adversities and risk factors.

PARENT/COMMUNITY/FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

Strengthening Family Bonds For Optimal Development & Outcomes

Pre-Conference Training Seminar (3-hour session)

Presenter:
Angela Fraley, Loving Guidance, Inc. & CAP Tulsa

The attachment system is critical in the first three years, and develops a blueprint for relationships and self-regulation. Explore how to partner with parents to create a firm, early foundation with engaging connection strategies and activities. Identify topics and tips to make the most of meetings and moments with parents.

PARENT/COMMUNITY/FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

Transition To Success, a proven system for family measurable success.

Pre-Conference Training Seminar (3-hour session)

Presenter:
Debra Spring, Matrix Human Services

Transition To Success (TTS) is a curriculum and philosophy to engage families in a meaningful way with measurable results. Through TTS, family advocates learn types of poverty, interaction skills, goal setting, and how to find resources and volunteers. Parents are provided the attention needed to complete goals, set steps to achieve those goals and develop a "Map of My Dreams". Both staff and parents engage in meaningful goal setting, with measurable results for families.

ASSESSMENTS, PLANNING, & MANAGEMENT

Program Governance: Ensuring Program Success in Changing Times

Pre-Conference Training Seminar (3-hour session)

Presenter:
Melvin Gravely, The Gravely Group

As times change in Head Start, effective Head Start governing bodies provide direction to guide organizations. Understanding the structure of program governance will ensure a strong Head Start program that will function as mandated in the Act. Knowing the decision making process within programs will prevent any unnecessary internal conflict and/or legal issues in the future. Participants will learn strategies to support program governance and ensure program systems are appropriate.