Community Sharing for Healthy Caring

A Regional Early Childhood Conference

Celebrating 27 years of Early Childhood Learning in partnership with the Kellogg Family Foundation

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Registration now open! November 11, 2017 – 7:15 am to 4:30 pm

Howell High School Campus 1200 W. Grand River • Howell, Michigan 48843

The Conference At-A-Glance

7:15 – 8:15 AM Registration & SCECH Sign In

8:15 – 8:25 AM Welcome Address

8:25 – 9:45 AM Keynote Address

Zen and the Art of Early Childhood Education

Richard Cohen, M.A.

9:45 – 9:55 AMBreak

9:55 – 11:15 AMSession I

11:15 – 11:50 AMLunch I

11:50 – 12:25 PMLunch II

12:25 – 1:25 PMAfternoon Keynote

Early Childhood Professionals: The Heroes of Our Time

Richard Cohen, M.A.

1:25 – 1:35 PMBreak

1:35 – 2:55 PMSession II

2:55 – 3:10 PMBreak

3:10 – 4:30 PMSession III

Planning Committee

  • Peggy Hall, Chairperson, Child Connect for Family Success
  • JoAnn Cook, Child Connect for Family Success
  • Lori Gnegy, LESA-Early Childhood Programs
  • Cathy Hengesbaugh, Howell Public Schools, Facility Chairperson
  • Lisa Jurczak, Child Connect for Family Success
  • Becky Price, Child Connect for Family Success

Who Should Attend?

  • Administrators
  • Child Care Personnel
  • Church and Community Representatives
  • County Commissioners
  • Educators
  • Employers
  • Health Educators
  • Home Economists
  • Human Services Personnel
  • Law Enforcement Personnel
  • Legislators
  • Nurses
  • Parents
  • Pediatricians
  • Program Directors
  • Social Workers
  • Students
  • Unlicensed Providers

Of Special Interest

  • Participants earn 6 clock hours of training, Earn 6 SCECH (State Continuing Education Clock Hours) if approved*. SCECHs made available at no charge as a service of LESA.
  • Exhibitors and Vendors ~ An area will be designated for display from vendors.
  • Registration is Limited ~ You will not receive further registration information prior to the conference. Unless you are notified by the committee, your registration was accepted.
  • Meals Included ~ A continental breakfast, lunch and beverages are included in registration fee.
  • Make checks payable to Child Connect for Family Success.
  • Refund of registration fee will be made only upon receipt of written request postmarked no later than October 28, 2017 and a $5 processing fee will be deducted from all refunds.


The Conference Workshops

A word of Explanation

The conference workshops have been designed to appeal to many different groups. Each workshop is coded as listed below to indicate targeted area.

N=New Workshop R=Repeat Workshop from Previous Year (A)Advocacy (ADMIN) Administrative (B)Business (CC)Child Care (CD)Child Development (IT)Infant Toddler (M)Medical (PE)Parent Education (PR)Prevention (SA)School Age

Please note 3 preferred workshop options for each session to complete the online registration

Tap/Click to Expand Session Information

  • Session I ~ 10:00 - 11:20 am

    Session I ~ 9:55 – 11:15 am

    1 Drums Alive – Cardio Drumming, The Benefits in Early Childhood Education N(CD)

    An Interactive workshop designed to show educators a new way to promote health and wellness in the classroom! Drumming has many positive side effects that can change the flow of your classroom environment. Drumming increases memory and attention, reduces challenging behavoirs and stress levels, improve immune functions, teaches rhythm, steady beat, and melody. It is fun for everyone, while improving the functions of the mind and body.

    Lyndsey Fregonara, Early Childhood Music and Movement Specialist-Certified Drums Alive Instructor, Music with Ms. Carissa

    2 Science Time R(CC/SA)

    You don’t have to be a scientist to do or have science in your classroom. Learn how to incorporate science into all areas of the classroom. Explore this “hands-on” workshop that contains easy and inexpensive science experiments, science activities and science table top props that you can do with children from two years old through one hundred plus years old.

    Sherry Ann Wolfer, Early Childhood Consultant

    3 Intentional Spaces: Putting your Third Teacher to Work N(CD)

    Discuss how we use observations to create an intentional environment promoting independent and individualized learning, while brainstorming how to be more intentional in your environment.

    Allison Horne, Head Teacher, Gretchen’s House

    Jessica Crider, Toddler Teacher, Gretchen’s House

    4 Creating a Culture of Caring: Teaching Empathy, Respect and Responsibility N(CC/CD/SA)

    Just like the ABC’s and 123’s, empathy, respect and responsibility must be taught. Join in a discussion about the many ways skills are taught throughout the day in order to create a classroom culture of caring.

    Kathleen Walters, Field Instructor, Lansing Community College

    Lea Cummins, Teacher, Spartan Child Development Center

    5 Building Positive Pathways R(SA/PR)

    Build positive pathways by creating connections within your school family. Walk away with ideas you can use that will build problem solvers, self regulation and an environment that fosters social & emotional development.

    Diana Keefe, Principal, Ferndale Lower Elementary School

    Heather Pirronello, Kindergarten Teacher, Ferndale Lower Elementary School

    6 What Do YOU Want to Know About Autism? N(PR)

    Bring your questions, thoughts and open mind in preparation for an honest, practical conversation about autism with Tracey Cohen, author of Six Word Lessons on Female Asperger Syndrome.

    Tracey Cohen, Author

    7 Supporting Challenging Behaviors N(CC/CD/IT)

    A session focused on supporting challenging behaviors through experiences, coaching and a focus on the environment.

    Dayle McLeod, Head Infant Toddler Teacher, Gretchen’s House, Early LCC

    Stephanie O’Hara, Head Infant Toddler Teacher, Gretchen’s House, Early LCC

    8 Classical Moves: Support Learning & Listening N(CD)

    Classical music provides creative opportunities to hear great works of music, stomp like dinosaurs, ride horses, toss snowballs, play baseball, take the A-Train and more. Sample simple, engaging activities for transitions, or anytime throughout your day.

    Gari Stein, Early Childhood Music & Play Specialist

    9 Including All: Creating a Welcoming Classroom N(C/CD)

    Learn strategies for teaching targeted social skills, arranging the physical environment, and adapting instruction to create a welcoming learning climate for diverse children of various abilities

    Sally Mowers, Head Teacher/Academic Specialist, MSU Child Development Laboratories

    Ashley Mowers, Teacher, MSU Child Development Laboratories

    10 Grandparents as Partners in the Classroom N(A)

    Seniors have a wealth of knowledge to share. Learn how to incorporate grandparent/senior volunteers into your program and gain valuable opportunities for intergenerational relationships.

    Judith Mirabelli-Migaldi, Lead Teacher, The Peoples Church Preschool

    11 Sticks, Rocks, and Mud, oh no! N(SA/CD)

    Nature materials can be terrifying, but we will discuss how to embrace them in and out of your classroom. We will also talk about the benefits of nature for children.

    Melissa Joling, Teacher, Towsley Children’s House

    Heather Cole, Teacher, Towsley Children’s House

    12 “Beyond the Birds and Bees” -Talking to teens about love, dating, and relationships presented by the ON FIRE Team R(PE/PR)

    Talking about relationships doesn’t have to be intimidating or boring. With humor and insight, the ON FIRE presenters speak to thousands of area teens every year. This session is designed for parents, teachers, and youth workers. ON FIRE speakers will demonstrate their techniques for discussing intimate issues and maintaining open communication about tough topics.

    Rebecca L. Dilworth, Speaker/Program Coordinator

    Shari Boley, Executive Director, Pregnancy Help Clinic

    13 Uke-ing It Up With Puppets N(CC/CD/ADMIN/SA/PE)

    Bring your favorite puppet and uke. (If you have one or can beg, borrow or steal) for this hands-on workshop to explore classroom activities utilizing these effective teaching tools. You will leave with song chords to familiar songs as well as ideas to put into place on Monday morning.

    Patricia Kjolhede, Musician/Early Childhood Specialist, Tunes and Tales by Tricia

    14 Safe Food = Healthy Kids N(CC/M)

    Do you know that 1 and 6 people get food poisoning annually and that infant/toddlers are among the most at risk? Learn what you need to do to reduce foodborne illness in children you care for.

    Lisa Treiber, Extension Educator, MSU

    Laurie Messing, Extension Educator, MSU

    Eileen Haraminac, Extension Educator, MSU

    Kara Lynch, Extension Educator, MSU

    15 Teacher Talk Advantage – Early Childhood N(CC/CD)

    Learn immediately effective phrases to reduce power struggles, “Helplessness”, and to encourage children to persist to find their own positive solutions. Used successfully in Montessori environments! Trainers are certified in The Teacher Talk Advantage system.

    Sue Fitzpatrick, Parent Support and Community Outreach Coordinator, Public Policy Advocate for Michigan Montessori Society

    Heidi Gauger, Montessori Teacher, CDA Instructor, President Montessori Society

    16 Montessori Language: A Phonetic Approach N(PS)

    Phonetic, hands-on and carefully sequenced, Montessori Language materials are extremely cohesive, comprehensive and inclusive. They entice children to embrace learning, leading them step by step to an explosion into reading.

    Sue Cherry, Directress, Maple Tree Montessori Academy

    Julie Harrison, Directress, Maple Tree Montessori Academy

    17 Planning and Recall Made Easy! N(CC/CD/IT/SA)

    Looking for fresh new ideas for planning and recall? Look no further, walk away with ideas you can immediately implement in the classroom. We will even do a make and take!

    Candice Smith, GSRP Lead Teacher, Dearborn Public Schools

    18 Becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Program N(IT)

    Learn steps to establish policies and procedures to become a breastfeeding friendly child care program: Includes staff training, establishing a supportive environment, resources, and involving children.

    Sally Adler, ECE Instructor, Washtenaw Community College

    19 Using Toys in the Infant Toddler Classroom N(IT)

    Deepen the understanding of how to support Infant/Toddler development and learning. Compare and contrast different viewpoints on fidget toys, explore different DIY toys to use in the learning environment, and understand where children are at developmentally. Leave feeling refreshed!

    Jen Rainey, Infant/ Toddler Specialist, Great Start to Quality, NW RC

    20 Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster with Toddlers and Preschoolers N(PS/CC/B/IT)

    Help support Toddlers and Preschoolers develop skills to negotiate conflicts. Gain strategies for acknowledging feelings and understanding on how children express emotion.

    Christiana McKiddie, Director, Gretchen’s House

    Marie Gaab, Preschool Master Teacher, Gretchen’s House

    21 Hands on Math for Young Children N(SA)

    Learn hands-on activities that help young children understand mathematical concepts without relying on worksheets and calculating. Use these engaging activities to let children have fun and learn math at the same time!

    Marta Larson, STEM Consultant

    22 Creative Ways to Keep Your Child Healthy N(CC/M)

    With childhood obesity and diabetes rising at alarming rates, learn not only why nutrition is the answer, but more importantly how to do it in a way that leaves no one feeling deprived. Suggestions for making healthy snacks and treats that you and your children will love and be excited about. Hands on ideas that kids can make too! Recipe book included.

    Roberta Bailey, Wellness Educator, Juice Plus

    23 Getting Muddy and Messy with Infants and Toddlers N(IT)

    Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, explore ways to incorporate nature into your daily rhythm. Learn ways to honor every type of learning space while allowing for children to engage in meaningful invitations.

    Mary Clipner, Mentor Teacher, Green Apple Garden Playschools

    24 School’s out, now what? Activities for school-age children N(SA)

    Learn ways to keep school age children’s interest while also teaching them valuable life skills all the while having fun. Working with school age can and should be fun everyday for kids as well as the staff caring for them!

    Dietrich White, Director, Kiddie Time Childcare Center

    25 3 Tips to Stop Brain Dead Syndrome: Building a Healthy Brain N(PR)

    Learn how sleep, nutrition and exercise increase our productivity and happiness. Learn the newest techniques for accelerated learning, relationship enhancement and stress/trauma resolutions. Become emotionally and physically fit!

    Gloria J. Sherman, M.Ed., LPC, Parenting and Teaching with G.L.O., LLC

    26 Power of Puppets N(CC/CD/IT/PE)

    This fun and interactive training will look at the benefits of providing puppets in the home or classroom. From leading circle time, to being scattered around the room, to individual learning opportunities, they are a valuable often underused, tool. In addition, they are inexpensive and easy to make.

    Tracy Trautner, Educator, MSU Extension

    27 Building Confidence through Autonomy and Practical Life Skills N(CD/IT/SA/PE)

    There are many benefits to building autonomy and independence into a child’s routine such as a sense of accomplishment and competence leading to confidence and self. Discussion on the importance of practical life skills in developing self-worth.

    Ashley Beier, Mentor Teacher, Green Apple Garden Playschool

    28 Helping Children Integrate Loss Through Storytelling N(CC/CD/IT/SA/M/PR)

    Learn about children’s developmental responses to grief, how to apply storytelling to help children integrate loss, and how to access local and national grief support resources for the children and families you serve.

    Suzanne Bayer, LLC, Teaching Children’s Grief Support, Educator

    29 Mandated Reporter Training R(P)

    Participants will learn who is required to report suspicions of child abuse, what must be reported, when and where to report, what ‘reasonable suspicion’ means, protection for reporters, and the consequences for failure to report.

    David Morse, Retired Livingston County Prosecutor

    30 A Bunch of Monkeys N(PE)

    Positive strategies for guiding positive behaviors and dealing with negative behaviors.

    Richard Cohen, M.A.; Keynote Conference Speaker

    31 Integrating Nutrition and Wellness Education in Your Early Childhood Classroom N(CD/PS)

    Nutrition and Wellness Education is an important part of the battle against obesity. This session will provide you with activities with the goal of improving nutrition and increasing physical activity.

    Faith Grinder, Childcraft and Sportime Early Childhood Presenter


  • Session II ~ 1:35 - 2:55 pm

    Session II ~ 1:35 – 2:55 pm

    32 Brain Games with Bags and Balls R(CD)

    Learn how to integrate your brain with Bal-A-Vis-X, a program that utilizes rhythmic balance, auditory, and visual exercises, using sandbags and racquetballs. Great for kids from 3 to 103!

    Katy Held, Educational Kinesiologist, Learning From the Heart

    33 T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship 101: Financing Your Future With T.E.A.C.H. N(ADMIN/B/IT/PS)

    T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Michigan provides scholarships for child care providers and teachers to complete early childhood education coursework at participating community colleges and universities. Learn how you and/or your staff can take advantage of this program.

    Jennifer Davis, Scholarship Counselor , MiAEYC

    34 Engaging in Healthy Physical and Emotional Relationships in the Classroom Part I N(CD)

    Discuss how to support children emotionally and manage undesirable behavior while modeling appropriate physical interactions in the classroom. Explore ways to apply these strategies when engaging with young children.

    Part 1 of 2 – Must sign up for Part 2 – See Session #59

    Allison Horne, Head Teacher, Gretchen’s House

    Kia Johnson, Preschool Teacher, Gretchen’s House

    35 Family and Community Engagement N(ADMIN/B/CC/CD)

    Establish meaningful components of family dynamics. Establish positive relationships with families in order to build effective partnerships. Identify strategies to communicate effectively with families verbally and in writing. Identify variables that serve as barriers to building effective relationships with families as well as processes to address those barriers.

    Jewel Davis, Educational Consultant, Educational Training Solutions LLC

    Salahuddin Ali, Educational Technology Specialist, Educational Training Solutions LLC

    36 Reading and The Young Child R(CD/IT/PE)

    How does a child become a reader beginning with birth? What developmental factors influence a reader and what activities can be done with young children to help them become readers?

    Christine Turnbow, Center Director, Sylvan Learning Center

    37 Stick Chick: Changing Behavior N(ADMIN/B/CC/CD/IT/SA/PE/PR)

    Ever wondered WHY people act the way they do? Or, HOW can you change their behavior? Once you understand this simple graphic you will finally understand yourself, your friends & family, co-workers, and children and be able to change their behaviors! It’s science, not magic-and you CAN learn it!

    Michelle Burkhard, Owner, Grow By One, LLC

    38 Promoting Language and Literacy Among Preschoolers N(PS)

    Providing quality literacy experiences enhances a child’s language and sets them up for future success in kindergarten. Learn strategies to promote literacy among preschoolers through a variety of different means.

    Carolyn Miller, Site Director, U of M Flint

    Angela Sintery, Co-lead Teacher, U of M Flint

    39 Experience with nature and outdoor play enhances social and emotional development in children Part I R(A/CC/CD/IT/SA/PE)

    Human and nature are inseparable. Being away from nature brings distress in life. Our lives are more sedentary than before and away from nature. We need to save our children from developing Nature Deficit Disorder.

    Part 1 of 2 – Must sign up for Part 2 -See session # 62

    Seema Ibrahim, At Momms Child Care Consultancy Consultant, PD Specialist, Early Intervention and Education Specialist

    40 Music That The Seasons Bring: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring N(CD)

    Sun shines, leaves change, snow falls, buds bloom, filling children with wonder. Welcome and celebrate the seasons with finger plays, songs, simple activities for creative movement, instruments, story books, art, and more.

    Gari Stein, Early Childhood Music & Play Specialist, Music for Little Folks

    41 Messy can be fun! Messy Art, Science, and Exploration Every Day! N(CC/CD/IT/SA/PE)

    Have you ever seen a child walk right through a mud puddle? How about using hands, fingers and toes when the paint brush doesn’t work? Pouring, scooping, dumping, squishing; kids love to get into things and try it out and it seems the messier the better! Let’s join them!! After a little group discussion we’ll get our fingers into some new and fun activities. Please bring an open mind, your stories and questions to share with the class!

    Shannon Brown, Child Care Professional

    42 Exploring the Project Approach R(CD)

    Join us in interactive, hands on experiences and engaging conversations about the Project Approach. Explore documentation and learn how in-depth investigations with young children can lead to meaningful classroom experiences.

    Melissa Joling, Teacher, Towsley Children’s House

    Heather Cole, Teacher, Towsley Children’s House

    43 Injury Prevention in Child Care Settings N(CC/IT/SA/M/PR)

    A brand new, interactive curriculum from the American Academy of Pediatrics taught by a pediatric ER physician: Learn about playground, transportation, helmet, burn, and medication safety strategies tailored for child care settings.

    Andrew Hashikawa, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, U of M – Michigan Medicine

    44 Open Ended Music Games N(CD)

    Open Ended Music Activities can make every teacher feel more musical. Every student will be more involved with each activity as the ideas come from them. Opening up traditional songs you already use, use simple props, learn about music’s natural opposites.

    Beverly Meyer, Owner/Performer, The Music Lady

    45 Teacher Talk Advantage – Part 1 -School Age N(CC/CD/SA)

    Learn immediately effective phrases to reduce power struggles, “Helplessness”, and to encourage children to persist to find their own positive solutions. Used successfully in Montessori environments! Trainers are certified in The Teacher Talk Advantage system.

    Part 1 of 2 – Must sign up for Part 2 -See session #71

    Sue Fitzpatrick, Parent Support and Community Outreach Coordinator, Public Policy Advocate for Michigan Montessori Society

    Heidi Gauger, Montessori Teacher, CDA Instructor, President Montessori Society

    46 Under Construction, The Piajet Classroom at Work N(CD)

    After a review of Paget’s cognitive stages of development, we will discuss how theory drives best practices and how to incorporate active, developmentally appropriate learning in the early childhood classroom

    Michelle Smith, Early Head Start Teacher, Starfish Family Services

    47 Words in our Environment N(CC/CD/IT/PE)

    In this workshop we will explore various scenarios where literacy happens naturally in our environment. We will also focus on symbols and logo reading. This workshop will focus on emergent literacy.

    Sheri Moore, Early Learning Community Instructor, OFS

    Margaret Sclesky, Early Learning Community Instructor/Parent Facilitator

    48 Raising Praise Junkies: When Good Job Isn’t Good Enough R (CD)

    “Do you like my painting? Join us in this interactive workshop about praising young children. Learn appropriate ways to give young children positive feedback while boosting confidence in the classroom.

    Kellie Chestler-Root, Teacher, U of M Ann Arbor

    Amanda Mathews, Teacher, U of M Ann Arbor

    49 Positive Guidance with Infants & ToddlersN(A/IT/PR)

    Join us as we talk about our own experiences in the classroom with positive guidance, how we shape our environment to be a “yes” environment and how we avoid power struggles.

    Olivia Wendorf, Toddler Teacher, Early Learning Children’s Community

    Buffy Clements, Toddler Teacher, Early Learning Children’s Community

    50 More than Deep Breaths: Mindfulness as an Early Childhood Educator N(CC/IT/SA)

    Working with young children is beautiful but exhausting work. Early educators share so much of themselves, and often the daily pressure can take a toll. Come learn about how to develop mindfulness in your daily routine and find ways to incorporate self-care so that you can be the best you can be with your children and team members!

    Bethany Foote, Assistant Director, Peoples Church Preschool

    51 Healthier Child Care Environments/Pick Eaters N(CC)

    This make and take session will show you how to make your child care a healthier environment as well as giving some tips and lessons around helping with picky eaters.

    Shelley Frazier, Extension Program Instructor, MSU Extension

    52 Teaching Nutrition…A Hands-on Approach…Gardening in the Classroom N(CC/B/CD/IT/SA)

    Be ignited by the development of in-home garden lessons. Our goal is teach educators and parents how to teach children of all ages the importance of nutrition and health through gardening in the classroom while growing their own food.

    Terry Elenga, Child Educator and Health Advocate, Small Business Owner

    53 The Barcelona Experiment: Teaching Social/Emotional Skills First N(CD)

    A month long experiment in implementing social emotional skills for all children. The focus is on communication, development of social competence, empowerment, self-esteem, sense of purpose, empathy and gratitude. Learn resources on ways to utilize this information in your home or classroom immediately.

    Gloria J. Sherman, M.Ed., LPC, Parenting and Teaching with G.L.O., LLC

    54 Five Financial Basics to Making Better Money Decisions R(B/ADMIN)

    Learn five basic principles on how to make better decisions regarding Good Debt vs Bad Debt, Mortgage Elimination vs Payment Management, and investing for a Balanced Future. Receive a complimentary Financial Needs analysis upon request.

    Michael Martindale, Owner

    55 Uke Can Make Music R(PS/SA)

    Introduction to playing the ukulele and how to personalize songs to enhance your learning environment. No previous experience necessary. Ukes will be available for you to try.

    Evie Boss, Educational Consultant

    56 Life in Colors – Personality Typing Made Easy N(CC/B/ADMIN/IT/SA/PE/PR)

    An introduction to personality typing using 4 “color types” to promote understanding of children and family members and positive relationships. Based on the book Life in Colors by George Boelcke.

    Staci Haarer, Educational Consultant & Team Leader, Usborne Books & More

    57 Development of Self-Control N(CD/IT)

    Learn more about the four developmental stages of self-control and what you can do to support infants, toddlers and preschoolers as they develop self-control. Discuss developmentally normal behaviors that can be challenging and what you can do to support the children in your classroom.

    Carrie Shrier, Extension Educator, MSU

    58 Stewards of Children R(P)

    Stewards of Children is an evidence-based workshop that uses video workbook, and facilitated discussion to teach adults how to prevent, recognize, and respond to child sexual abuse.

    Part 1 of 2 – Must sign up for Part 2 – See session #86

    Deanna Norris, LACASA Community Engagement Director, authorized Stewards of Children facilitator

    Sue Rubin, CAP Council Educator, authorized Stewards of Children facilitator


  • Session III ~ 3:10 to 4:30 pm

    59 Engaging in Healthy Physical and Emotional Relationships in the Classroom Part II N(CD)

    Discuss how to support children emotionally and manage undesirable behavior while modeling appropriate physical interactions in the classroom. Explore ways to apply these strategies when engaging with young children.

    Part 2 of 2 – Must sign up for Part 1 – See Session #34

    Allison Horne, Head Teacher, Gretchen’s House

    Kia Johnson, Preschool Teacher, Gretchen’s House

    60 The Reflective Leader: Winning At Work & Home N(ADMIN/B)

    Developing reflective skills leverages your effectiveness in all areas of life, especially leadership. This session will break down how to do that in easy steps. Watch your LIFE change before your eyes! Great stories & examples you won’t forget!

    Michelle Burkhard, Owner, Grow By 1, LLC

    61 Supporting Children with Biting and Other Challenging Behaviors N(CD)

    The toddler years are filled with aggressive behaviors as children learn to communicate with others in the learning environment. Explore teaching practices, social-emotional development, and helping children establish positive relationships.

    Carolyn Miller, Site Director, U of M Flint

    Diana Hensley, Lead Teacher, U of M Flint

    62 Experience with nature and outdoor play enhances social and emotional development in children Part II R(A/CC/CD/IT/SA/PE)

    Human and nature are inseparable. Being away from nature brings distress in life. Our lives are more sedentary than before and away from nature. We need to save our children from developing Nature Deficit Disorder.

    Part 2 of 2 – Must sign up for Part I. See Session #39

    Seema Ibrahim, At Momms Child Care Consultancy Consultant, PD Specialist, Early Intervention and Education Specialist

    63 Birds and Fish and Cows: Oh My! N(CD)

    Children love creatures large and small. Sample numerous songs and movement activities from birdies in their nests to monkeys sitting in chairs. Enhance learning, listening and brain development in the most fun way.

    Gari Stein, Early Childhood Music & Play Specialist

    64 What Are We Looking At? Exploring Visual Literacy in the Early Childhood Classroom N(CD)

    Through active participation, this intro to visual literacy will explore ideas for helping children both create and comprehend images and enable you to guide your students to “read” pictures and create visual stories as well!

    Stephanie Kammeraad, Author and Educator, Cooperfly Creative Arts

    Kevin Kammeraad, Author, Artist, Performer, Cooperfly Creative Arts

    65 Uke Can Make Music 2 N(PS)

    For those who own a ukulele, know some basic chords, and want to learn some more songs and techniques. Bring your uke!

    Evie Boss, Educational Consultant

    66 Math: Easy as 1-2-3, or is it?? N(CD/IT)

    Children perform math skills every day, and it does not always involve counting! This workshop will give you concrete experiences for children, older infants through preschool age, and provide the adults with a better understanding of what math looks like in an early childhood environment.

    Jill Tarrant, EHS-CCP Supervisor, CACS Head Start and Early Childhood Programs

    67 Let’s PLAY with Literacy N(CD)

    Join us to play with literacy! Explore literacy skills that can be easily adapted into your classroom, and discuss activities that have and have not worked for you.

    Melissa Joling, Teacher, Towsley Children’s House

    Heather Cole, Teacher, Towsley Children’s House

    68 Managing Infectious Diseases in Early Learning Settings N(CC/IT/SA/M/PR)

    An interactive lecture by a Pediatrician and American Academy of Pediatrics Child Care Expert. We discuss child care infections and why vaccines are so important (fact/fiction). Interactive discussion.

    Andrew Hashikawa, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, U of M – Michigan Medicine

    69 Big Words, Big Thoughts, Little Body! Recognizing and meeting needs of young gifted R (CD)

    A young child talking like an adult, yet crying the next moment? Deep/unusual questions? Are they gifted or unique? Learn about children who remember everything, experience emotional extremes and sensitivity. Lots of teacher/parent helps.

    Lynn Pomerleau, Educational Consultant, M.Ed., Michigan Assoc. for Gifted Children (MAGC)

    Lorna Burke, MA-GT, ED. Specialist, Michigan Assoc. for Gifted Children (MAGC)

    70 Make Yourself More Musical N(CD)

    Learn trade secrets to make YOU more musical. We all have a heartbeat to guide us to find rhythm and pattern in everyday things. We all have voices that can sing and grab children’s attention and keep it. We all have bodies to move to encourage kids to stir their creativity. Find your hidden musician and you’ll find a path tojoy!

    Beverly Meyer, Owner/Performer, The Music Lady

    71 Teacher Talk Advantage – Part 2 -School Age N(CC/CD/SA)

    Learn immediately effective phrases to reduce power struggles, “Helplessness”, and to encourage children to persist to find their own positive solutions. Used successfully in Montessori environments! Trainers are certified in The Teacher Talk Advantage system.

    Part 2 of 2 – Must sign up for Part 1 – See Session #45

    Sue Fitzpatrick, Parent Support and Community Outreach Coordinator, Public Policy Advocate for Michigan Montessori Society

    Heidi Gauger, Montessori Teacher, CDA Instructor, President Montessori Society

    72 A Peaceful Classroom? Is it Possible?! N(CD/PR)

    Tips and tricks to help children who struggle with self-regulation to be able to successfully engage in classroom activities; creating an environment to support all children in having a positive preschool experience.

    Liz Powers, Lead Preschool Teacher, U of M, Towsley Children’s House

    Korinn Kulinski, Lead Preschool Teacher, U of M, Towsley Children’s House

    73 What Does Your Environment Do For You and Your Students? N(CD)

    We all know the importance of a good first impression when others walk into our classrooms BUT what does your environment convey? How does it influence the children in your classroom?

    Denise C. Swanson, GSRP Lead Teacher,Fenton Area Public Schools

    74 Exposing Children to Nature R(CD)

    Tired of only using plastic toys? Want children to explore the wonder of nature throughout their day? Join us to discover ways to incorporate natural materials in activities indoors and out.

    Kellie Chestler-Root, Teacher, U of M Ann Arbor

    Amanda Mathews, Teacher, U of M Ann Arbor

    75 Literacy for 2 1/2 -5 Year Olds N(CD)

    Understand how literacy is taught to young children: Explore songs, chants, rhymes; books and literacy bags; acting out stories, sign in ideas, and activities.

    Denise M. Pelky, Head Teacher, U of M, Towsley Children’s House

    Angelique Rudolph, Teacher, U of M, Towsley Children’s House

    Kim Hull, Teacher, U of M, Towsley Children’s House

    76 Mindfulness: Pursuit of Peace & Compassion in a World of Chaos & Violence N(A/PS/SA)

    Mindfulness is a process of WITNESSING change and newness. Everything is in a state of flux, changing rapidly. Mindfulness will help participants to develop techniques to capture moments of joy and harmony. I will facilitate and engage my students in finding alternatives, offer different perspectives, and explore new avenues by being more sensitive, more mindful, and less mechanical or robotic. Children are the best examples for adults to become innocent and spontaneous like them!

    Sat Paul Goyal, Teacher, Skyline High School

    77 All Hands on Science: An Interactive Approach to IntegratingScience Across the Curriculum in the Preschool Classroom N(PS/SA)

    Learn a variety of ideas and activities for teachers to integrate science across the curriculum in the preschool classroom. The curriculum areas that will be covered include: Math, Creative Arts (Music and Art), Language Arts/Literacy and Social Studies.

    Deidre Wasson, Preschool Teacher, Bundles of Blessings Child Care, LLC

    78 COMPOUNDING…How Simple Daily Habits Impact Your Business N(CC/B)

    Compounding… Understanding how simple daily tasks can influence your finances, business success and funding your retirement. Our goal is to help Small Business Owners to understand the “Power of Compounding” and how your finances can work for you!

    Terry Elenga, President ReZCom SW MI Networking Group and Life Agent

    79 Trauma’s Impact on Behavior and Learning N(PR)

    Neuroscience provides a comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of the impact of trauma on the developing brain. Learn about the ACE’s study, Adverse Childhood Experiences and ways one caring adult can have a positive impact on a child’s life. It could be YOU!

    Gloria J. Sherman, M.Ed., LPC, Parenting and Teaching with G.L.O., LLC

    80 The Father Factor N(PE)

    Children with involved fathers perform better overall emotionally, socially, and academically than those without strong father-figures. Learn the importance of father engagement, barriers they encounter, and ways to build these men up.

    Matt Haviland, Parent Liaison, Great Start Parent Coalition of Kent County

    81 Music Enrichment in the Pre-K Classroom: Mixing Creative and Interactive Technology and Multimedia with Traditional Methods N(A/CC/PS/CD/IT/SA/PE)

    Explore the intersection of multimedia technology and traditional music teaching methods in the Pre-K classroom. Learn engaging and fun projects using websites, apps, video, and images for stimulating and impressive lessons.

    Dan Ripke, Owner/Teacher, Ripke Music Studio

    82 Using the Five Love Languages of Children to Make More Meaningful Connections N(CC/SA/PE)

    An interactive and engaging seminar where participants will understand Gary Chapman’s Five Love Languages, learn to identify their own special Love Language and then apply these principles to caring for the children they work with.

    Suzanne M. Gareiss, Faculty, Central Michigan University

    83 Strenthening Families for Early Childhood Providers and Educators N(A/CC/ADMIN/SA/PR)

    Learn to embed the 5 Protective Factors with the children and families in your care. Walk away with tools to promote a shift in mindset to support ALL children and families.

    Jennifer Rountree, Early Childhood Consultant

    84 Positive Discipline R(CD)

    Helping young children learn self-control is important to their ability to be successful citizens now and in the future. This workshop helps adults learn how their role in creating appropriate environments and experiences can strengthen that development.

    Carrie Shrier, Extension Educator, MSU

    85 Fun with Food! N(CC/CD/IT/SA)

    If you can mix and measure, you can have fun with food in your classroom or home! Leave with inspiration, book-themed ideas for Toddlers to Tweens, and a tasty treat! No culinary skills required!

    Rebekah Hudzik-Gordon,Youth Services Librarian, Cromaine District Library

    86 Stewards of Children R(P)

    Stewards of Children is an evidence-based workshop that uses video workbook, and facilitated discussion to teach adults how to prevent, recognize, and respond to child sexual abuse.

    Part 2 of 2 – Must sign up for Part 1 – See session # 58

    Deanna Norris, LACASA Community Engagement Director, authorized Stewards of Children facilitator

    Sue Rubin, CAP Council Educator, authorized Stewards of Children facilitator

An Exciting Raffle Opportunity

Prizes include:

  • $500 Cash
  • Amazon Echo
  • Fitbit Fitness Wristband

Just include $5.00 for a raffle ticket or $12.00 for 3 raffle tickets with your conference registration fee. The tickets you purchase will be given to you with your registration packet at the conference. Extra tickets can also be purchased “day of” conference. Prizes would make great holiday gifts!

You can also phone Child Connect for Family Success at 517-548-9112 to purchase tickets prior to the conference and up until the drawing at 9:30 A.M. on December 12, 2017. You need not be present to win. Winners will be notified by phone and posted on our website at www.childconnectmi.org

Registration

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*State Continuing Education Clock Hours ~ To apply for the SCECH, indicate that on your registration form. You will need a valid e-mail address to keep and maintain SCECHs. At the conference you must sign in and fill out paperwork for the SCECH before the keynote session begins. You will be required to have the presenter’s initials for all sessions. If you do not have verification, arrive late, or leave the conference early, you will not receive the SCECH. No exceptions will be made.

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