2019 “COMMITTED TO KIDS”

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17th Annual “Committed to Kids” Teacher Conference Registration

2019 Registration Form

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    Join us in exploring how young children develop mathematical understandings and how teachers can support this learning. Contextual and engaging math learning opportunities can be found throughout the early childhood classroom environment from the materials provided to spontaneous reachable moments to planned experiences

    We know from child development research that reading aloud to children is probably the single most important thing we do to support children’s literacy development. In this session we will explore techniques for book reading and story-telling as well as methods to extend stories throughout the classroom and curriculum.

    Oh, no! It’s raining, it’s pouring! Does the thought of spending the whole day inside with your children flood you with rising levels of fear, anxiety, and dread? Is the outlook for today really so different than any other day? Through a combination of interactive discussion and activities, we will learn to play while skies are gray and make our own sunny day.

    Once again you have the opportunity to participate in a fun afternoon and/or evening with local artist and educator, Kimberly Keller, on both Thursday & Friday. Through a group painting lesson, complete with supplies, you will engage in a fun, interactive lesson as the student in Paint With Me, Kimberly Keller’s mobile “van-go” painting party. You will see how a teacher teaches from a student’s point of view, watch fellow students and become aware of the challenges a student might face in your class. Through the event which will give you three hours of credit for professional development you will problem solve, use higher thinking skills, and produce a masterpiece to take home or to your classroom to remind you of how invigorating learning something new can be. You will share your newfound excitement as a learner and teacher with your students as every glance at your creation will remind you how success feels!

    Lesson plans are essential for teachers. Effective lesson plans reduce stress in the classroom, diminish behavior problems, and guide teachers to desired outcomes. We will examine elements of effective lesson plans for center based play, practice writing effective lesson plans, and learn how to use this information when assessing young children.

    Encouraging children’s social-emotional development is key in maintaining a peaceful classroom. This training will demonstrate how to establish a social-moral classroom that will sharpen teacher’s skills when dealing with conflict among children. Establishing social-moral classrooms goes beyond manners and following directions, so join us to see how to motivate children intrinsically and not just extrinsically or with rewards.

    Hearing and listening are quite different. Listening is a learned behavior requiring specific skills. In this training, students will learn to recognize five types of listening skills, along with techniques and activities to promote good listening habits.
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    Did you know that nursery rhymes are so much more than playful words from your childhood? Come to this workshop to discover activities using nursery rhymes which enhance language, cognitive, physical, social and emotional development in children.

    Do you need ideas and activities for your classroom sensory bin center? In this session, participants will get to experience learning, as their students in fun hands-on ways! Small groups will enjoy learning through play in a variety of themed-sensory tubs, and will work together to create a list of ideas for sensory play and learning for their own age group of children for their classroom center. Participants will also receive useful knowledge and research practices on why sensory exploration and play is so important for children in the early ages of development and the benefits of learning. They will also be equipped with the definition and fundamental research behind sensory processing disorder for children who may identify with this need and how to accommodate to their learning style accordingly.

    Let’s explore the 10 NAEYC standards of quality and describe why each one is important. We will then reflect on how each standard is connected. Whether accredited by NAEYC or not, understanding the standards is key to creating the mark of high quality, either in your classroom or in your school.

    By using a variety of teaching strategies, improve your practice and bring more meaning into your classroom. Being intentional will also help with challenging behaviors and classroom management. We will discuss the definition of intentional teaching and how and why it came into our practice with young children. We will then learn to identify the various teaching strategies by watching videos of teacher/child interaction, and then set goals on how we will implement these strategies in our own teaching practice.

    Once again you have the opportunity to participate in a fun afternoon and/or evening with local artist and educator, Kimberly Keller, on both Thursday & Friday. Through a group painting lesson, complete with supplies, you will engage in a fun, interactive lesson as the student in Paint With Me, Kimberly Keller’s mobile “van-go” painting party. You will see how a teacher teaches from a student’s point of view, watch fellow students and become aware of the challenges a student might face in your class. Through the event which will give you three hours of credit for professional development you will problem solve, use higher thinking skills, and produce a masterpiece to take home or to your classroom to remind you of how invigorating learning something new can be. You will share your newfound excitement as a learner and teacher with your students as every glance at your creation will remind you how success feels!

    Learn how to select books for children that draw their attention, expose them to high-quality language use, invite them to explore diverse ways of life and that contain characters to which they can relate.

    We will explore the six components of reading readiness. Suggestions will be provided for planning learning experiences to encourage development of each reading readiness skill. Participants will also learn recommended read-aloud strategies.

    Once again you have the opportunity to participate in a fun afternoon and/or evening with local artist and educator, Kimberly Keller, on both Thursday & Friday. Through a group painting lesson, complete with supplies, you will engage in a fun, interactive lesson as the student in Paint With Me, Kimberly Keller’s mobile “van-go” painting party. You will see how a teacher teaches from a student’s point of view, watch fellow students and become aware of the challenges a student might face in your class. Through the event which will give you three hours of credit for professional development you will problem solve, use higher thinking skills, and produce a masterpiece to take home or to your classroom to remind you of how invigorating learning something new can be. You will share your newfound excitement as a learner and teacher with your students as every glance at your creation will remind you how success feels!
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    Come to this workshop to learn many ways to teach your children manners and how to treat others kindly. We will look at some wonderful children’s literature and classroom activities to encourage positive behaviors at school. This interactive workshop will provide suggestions for centers, circle time, large and small group activities, and fine motor activities.

    In this interactive session, teachers and administrators will learn about the developmental science behind separation anxiety. They will learn and practice tools for supporting children to become more confident and better learners. Participants will engage in reflection exercises and explore how to apply the concepts in the classroom.

    The class will discuss how punishment and guidance differ in helping children learn appropriate behavior. Twenty guidance techniques will be discussed; these may be used by teachers and parents alike.

    Come explore simple visual supports used throughout your classroom to help your preschoolers understand expectations, express feelings, thoughts and needs and increase independence in daily activities. Learn how your classroom set up sets the tone for learning and emotional well-being.

    The importance of and benefits from cultivating positive relationships with families will be discussed, as well as techniques for strengthening these connections.

    Struggling to hold your students’ attention during Circle Time? Looking for an easy way to organize your instructional routine? This workshop explores developmentally appropriate activities and using best practice techniques during Circle Time. When students are engaged, communicating and given choices, unwanted behaviors will decrease. Support emergent literacy and pre-math concepts in this workshop.

    Find out how to use a “time-in” instead of a time-out to teach the important skill of self-regulation. Time-ins give kids a chance to calm down and process their emotions, so they are ready to problem-solve, learn, and grow.