Session 2 ~ 1:55 – 3:05 pm
27 TREASURE BASKETS IT
Learn how to find Like Natural Materials for fun treasure baskets geared towards infants and
toddlers. Real baskets with materials will be used for examples and exploration!
Amanda Rhodes, Great Start Trainer
28 RESPECT THE CHILDREN A, CD
Through first-hand experience and training, we will describe how to use skillful language in order
to make children feel respected and independent in their learning environment. Discover the WHY
behind respecting children, how to give respect while in frustrating moments, how children can be
partners in learning and how giving respect teaches respect.
Abigail Lucas, Lead Preschool Teacher, Early Learning Children’s Community
Jessica Reinecke, Lead Toddler Teacher, Early Learning Children’s Community
29 SLEEPY STUDENTS? SWEET DREAMZZZ EARLY CHILDHOOD SLEEP EDUCATION PROGRAM™ CC, CD, HS, PE, SA
Sleep is critical to a child’s physical and cognitive development. Sweet Dreamzzz provides a sleep
education workshop including tools for parents and professionals. You will learn how to improve
sleep habits with a healthy bedtime routine, plus strategies for sharing this information with parents,
students, and teachers.
Ann Raftery, Director of Sleep Programs, Sweet Dreamzzz Inc.
Diane Seitz, National Program Director, Sweet Dreamzzz Inc.
30 COMMUNICATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION AD/B, IT, SA
Emotion and passion sometimes prevent effective communication in special education meetings.
SEMS provides trained mediators and facilitators to manage meeting dynamics and assist with
educational planning. Description of the services, how and when to use them, and how students
Cheryl Levine, Program Coordinator, Special Education Mediation Services
Diane Kullis, Outreach Representative, Special Education Mediation Services
31 INTEGRATING LOOSE PARTS IN A CLASSROOM CC, CD, IT, SA
Loose parts allow children to create their own learning environments and manipulate materials in
unique ways. Learn ways to promote the use of parts and where to find them on a teacher’s budget!
Courtney Passmore, Assistant Teacher, MSU Child Development Laboratories
32 TEACHER ACTION RESEARCH PROJECTS – TEACHERS AS RESEARCHERS AD/B, CD
In this age of using research-based strategies, teachers can conduct individual research to improve
their own classroom strategies, environment, etc. This session looks at how World of Wonder created
this atmosphere and illustrates our results.
Denise C. Swanson, GSRP Lead Teacher, World of Wonder/Ellen St Campus
33 PROFESSIONAL BALANCE: MANAGING EMPLOYEES, ADMINISTRATION & THE CLASSROOM AD/B, CC
This workshop will help assist Early Childhood Professionals in managing professional staff and
making sure that teachers are properly managing classroom instruction. The keys to a great leader
will be discussed as well as the key tools to managing a successful business with a great staff. Hire,
teach them and keep them!
Dr. Tangella Colston, CEO/Owner/Director, 4C’s Child Care
34 SONGS, STORIES & SINGING GAMES FOR TODDLERS THROUGH KINDERGARTENERS CD
Sample activities for transitions, circle or family time, end of day blues, or being spontaneous
anytime. Support learning, listening, literacy, creativity & stimulate imaginations through music,
movement & literature.
Gari Stein, EC Music & Play Specialist, Music For Little Folks
35 THE RESILIENT MINDSET MODEL A, AD/B, CD, IT, HS, PE, PR
The Resilient Mindset Model is a simple way to understand the brain science of how to see any
challenge as an opportunity to proactively build resilience. Learn how to make simple changes to
intentionally raise a generation of emotionally healthy, resilient children.
Gloria Sherman, Counselor, Consultant and Coach, Parenting and Teaching with G.L.O., LLC
36 DIVING DEEPER INTO THE PROJECT APPROACH CC, CD
Dive deeper into the Project Approach. Examine the three phases of a project and details of how
we work through a project. We will walk through a project that we have completed and will share
tools we used with you.
Heather Cole, Teacher, Towsley Children’s House
Mel Joling, Teacher, Towsley Children’s House
37 TELLING STORIES CD, IT, PE, SA
Stories are important to everyone’s culture. No one is ever too young or too old to hear a story.
Explore ways to structure story times, how to begin, how to supplement a story or theme, and of
course, how to have that magical ending!
Heide Loney, Storyteller, Miz Heide Storyteller
38 EFFECTIVE MINDFUL LANGUAGE CC, CD
Learn practical effective phrases to reduce power struggles, “Helplessness”, and to encourage children
to persist to find their own positive solutions. The trainers of this workshop are certified in
THE TEACHER TALK ADVANTAGE SYSTEM and are long time Montessori teachers. As a
result of their presentations, educators, children, and families have witnessed the value of mindful
Heidi Gauger, Facilitator, MMTEC
Sue Fitzpatrick, Parent Support/Community Outreach Coordinator, Dearborn Hgts Montessori Center
39 ENOUGH ALREADY! WE KNOW WHAT TRAUMA IS; WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT? CC, CD
When children are faced with challenging life experiences and early childhood trauma, common
guidance strategies may not be enough. Explore a variety of strategies, including reflective language
and the use of journals to support children’s social-emotional development.
Kathleen Walters, Field Instructor, Lansing Community College
40 SENSORY IN INFANT, TODDLER & PRESCHOOL A, CC, CD, IT, PE, SA
Need hands on ideas for sensory for your classroom? We have fun and educational solutions here
for you! Come join the fun for a hands-on experience for all stages of development.
Jillian Toth, Director/Owner, Forever Young Child Care Academy
Norma Mosier, Lead Preschool Teacher/Asst. Director, Forever Young Child Care Academy
41 CLAP IT, TAP IT, SING IT! CC, CD, IT, PE, PS, SA
This fun, interactive program shares song and rhythm activities to encourage reading readiness and
creative play. The only musical instruments needed are voices for singing, hands for clapping, and
feet for tapping!
Karen Bonnici, Musician, Storyteller, Teaching Artist, Story Rhythms, LLC
42 FAMILY ENGAGEMENT SUCCESS CC
Learn positive strategies to promote family engagement. Focus is on the collaboration of educators
and families working alongside each other to promote student and program success.
Katherine Dudzik, Lead Preschool Teacher, Perry Early Learning Center
Jacob Henriksen, Coach/Educator of Students with Exceptional Needs, Perry Early Learning Center
43 INCORPORATING DIVERSITY INTO PLAY A, CD, SA
Ever wonder how to incorporate diversity into your daily play? How do we add diversity and
multi-cultural activities into our classrooms to accommodate ALL children and families? Let’s look
at disabilities, cultures, religions, different parts of the world and more. You can engage children
by giving them opportunities to touch, feel, and look at objects.
Kelli Paquet M.A., Adjunct Lecturer, Delta College
Ashleigh Ryle, Preschool Teacher, Delta College
44 RISKY BUSINESS: EXAMINING THE ROLE OF RISK IN PLAY CD
Take a Risk…Join us! Explore your own fears and learn to trust young children’s abilities. Discuss
the role of risk-taking in play. Leave feeling confident in letting your little ones climb, use tools, run
with sticks, go up the slide and so much more.
Kellie Chestler-Root, Teacher, U of M, Ann Arbor
Amanda Mathews, Teacher, U of M, Ann Arbor
45 CREATING CULTURALLY COMPETENT PRACTICES & RESPONSIVE CARE ROUTINES WITHIN THE INFANT/TODDLER CLASSROOM CC, CD, IT
Learn how to recognize implicit bias regarding cultural differences within infant care routines.
Specific information will be shared comparing Western and Asian feeding, toileting and sleeping
routines. Participants will be asked to recognize and reflect on their current patterns/routines with
infants and toddlers and ways they can incorporate this information into their practice.
Lauren Lee, Child Development MSU Student & Research Assistant
Norma Eppinger, Early Childhood Specialist/Research Project Manager, MSU – HDFS Dept.
46 BEYOND THE BIRDS AND THE BEES CD, PE, PR, SA
Create connections that help young people thrive. Children are more likely to avoid high risk
sexual behaviors as teenagers when they experience developmental relationships with important
people in their lives. Learn how to speak the five love languages and leave with the resources to
have candid and age-appropriate conversations about sex and sexuality.
Lisa Marshall, M.A. CFLE, Director of Relationship Education-On FIRE Program, Pregnancy Help Clinic
47 ENGAGING ENVIRONMENTS: RESET FOR SUCCESS! CD, PR
Join us for a look at how to use provocations, natural materials, and organization to create an
environment that is supportive to all children at their developmental levels. Discuss re-setting the
classroom at different times of the day, what this looks like, and its importance in supporting children’s
Liz Powers, Teacher, UofM Towlsey Children’s House
Christian Boyer, Teacher, UofM Towsley Children’s House
48 BIG WORDS, BIG THOUGHTS, LITTLE BODIES: SENSITIVE AND SMART, CHARACTERISTICS OF PRESCHOOL GIFTED CHILDREN CD, PE, PS
A young child talking like an adult yet crying the next moment? Highly sensitive, very smart? What
am I dealing with? Learn about these unique children. Gain insight about the wiring of these ‘little
brains’ with guidelines to help emotionally, socially, and academically–for both teachers and parents.
Lorena Burke, Educational Consultant/Gifted Specialist, MAGC
49 HANDS-ON STEM FOR YOUNG CHILDREN SA
This lively, interactive workshop will demonstrate hands-on STEM activities that you can use immediately
to awaken the inner mathematician or scientist in your students. Learn math and science
concepts while having fun!
Marta Larson, STEM Consultant, Michigan After-School Partnership
50 COACHING FOR CHANGE: HOW DO I GET THEM TO DO IT?!? AD/B, CC, PE, PR
Do you struggle to get staff or coaching clients to make a change? Learn how the brain works when
trying to achieve a goal and give practical tips for influencing others. BONUS: You’ll learn about
Michelle Burkhard, Owner, Grow By 1, LLC
51 THE SECRETS TO A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL AGE PROGRAM SA
Do you want to know what activities will keep your school age children’s attention? Come join us
and learn the “secrets” to making your program interesting for your school age class.
Morgan Fisher, Lead Teacher, Kiddie Time Childcare Center II
Jessica Wright, Assistant Teacher, Kiddie Time Childcare Center II
52 BEING PRESENT WITH BABIES: BUILDING SECURITY AND ATTACHMENT CC, CD, I/T, PE
The manner in which parents interact with babies; building trust and forming secure relationships
are the most important things they can do. Let’s explore how being mindful and present while
caregiving strengthens infants’ development.
Rose Pardiac, Early Start Lead Home Visitor, Development Centers