DAY 1 – THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020
Session I
9:45-10:45 a.m.

1.The Power of Projects
Projects are a wonderful way to bring engaging, intellectually stimulating learning experiences to your classroom. Come see a project from beginning to end. Learn how the project approach provides organization, structure and step-by-step guidance to moving your classroom to grow children’s intellect. You can do this!
Presenter(s): Judy Harris-Helm
Interest Area: ECP, PRE, K, 1ST, BE

2. Project Construct Journey in Kindergarten
Calling all teachers interested in learning more about the Project Construct Framework. Join us as we share our journey of how we have transitioned into a constructivist kindergarten classroom. Let’s make learning meaningful!
Presenter(s): Abbie Struchtemeyer and Tiffany Bollmeyer
Interest Area: CE, SED, K, BE

3. Classroom Design 101 (Repeat of 7)
Do you ever wonder how to set up your preschool classroom with all the different criteria to meet? With a little guidance, you can become a pro at setting up and switching around a classroom that works for you and your students!
Presenter(s): Julia Stone
Interest Area: CE, ECP, LM, PRE, AL

4. The “New Kid” – Implementing Sensory in the Classroom (Repeat of 8)
As teachers, we can see the increasing number of students who struggle with social skills, clumsy movements and/or odd behaviors. In this presentation, we will discuss identifying sensory needs, sensory assistance and ways to prepare students to learn in the classroom environment.
Presenter(s): Nicole Petet and Paula Nowak
Interest Area: SE, PRE, BE

5. Reflecting on Our Work With Young Children: Answering Our Biggest Questions (Repeat of 9)
Participants are invited to participate in a series of four 15-minute roundtable discussions related to hot topics in early childhood education. Topics available for discussion are: lesson planning, balanced literacy, promoting emergent writing, promoting opportunities for problem solving/critical thinking, project work, use of loose parts, creating games, group times, developmentally diverse center time activities, enriching vocabulary development and individualized art experiences. Facilitators will be available at each table to share state-of-the-art findings, moderate the conversations and answer questions.
Presenter(s): Paula Berry
Interest Area: ECP, PRE, BE

Session II or Lunch 1
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

6. Wisdom Begins With Wonder (Repeat of 11)
How do we plan to ensure children gain problem-solving, critical-thinking and language-development skills? We will share provocations in order to provoke thoughts, discussions, questions, interests and creativity that inspire children to wonder. As children get engaged in play, you will be able to collect the important evidence needed for the Desired Results Developmental Profile and to validate the reason for play in the classroom.
Presenter(s): Jane Moldenhauer and Jill Steffens
Interest Area: CE, PRE, BE

7. Classroom Design 101 (Repeat of 3)
Do you ever wonder how to set up your preschool classroom with all the different criteria to meet? With a little guidance, you can become a pro at setting up and switching around a classroom that works for you and your students!
Presenter(s): Julia Stone
Interest Area: CE, ECP, LM, PRE, AL

8. The “New Kid” – Implementing Sensory in the Classroom (Repeat of 4)
As teachers, we can see the increasing number of students who struggle with social skills, clumsy movements and/or odd behaviors. In this presentation, we will discuss identifying sensory needs, sensory assistance and ways to prepare students to learn in the classroom environment.
Presenter(s): Nicole Petet and Paula Nowak
Interest Area: SE, PRE, BE, IE

9. Reflecting on Our Work With Young Children: Answering Our Biggest Questions (Repeat of 5)
Participants are invited to participate in a series of four 15-minute roundtable discussions related to hot topics in early childhood education. Topics available for discussion are: lesson planning, balanced literacy, promoting emergent writing, promoting opportunities for problem solving/critical thinking, project work, use of loose parts, creating games, group times, developmentally diverse center time activities, enriching vocabulary development and individualized art experiences. Facilitators will be available at each table to share state-of-the-art findings, moderate the conversations and answer questions.
Presenter(s): Paula Berry
Interest Area: ECP, PRE, BE

Session III or Lunch 2
12:30-1:30 p.m.

10. Rattle, Rhyme, Rhythm and Roll
Alliteration, onomatopoeia and verbs come together to create picture books that make young children want to move. Together we will shiver, shake, dart and dip to picture books. We will explore the use of my books in the classroom using crafts and activities available on my website.
Presenter(s): Denise Fleming
Interest Area: LAL, PRE, K, 1ST, AL

11. Wisdom Begins With Wonder (Repeat of 6)
How do we plan to ensure children gain problem-solving, critical-thinking and language-development skills? We will share provocations in order to provoke thoughts, discussions, questions, interests and creativitythat inspire children to wonder. As children get engaged in play, you will be able to collect the important evidence needed for the Desired Results Developmental Profile and to validate the reason for play in the classroom.
Presenter(s): Jane Moldenhauer and Jill Steffens
Interest Area: CE, PRE, BE

12. Understanding the Infant and Toddler Environmental Rating Scale (ITERS)
This presentation will look at the Infant Toddler Environmental Rating Scale – 3rd Edition (ITERS-3) and how it is used to assess quality in infant/toddler/two’s programs. We will explore the six subscales of the ITERS-3 and discuss how the items under each subscale are scored. Learn the author’s definition of some commonly used terms, and talk about how this tool can move your program toward higher quality for your youngest learners.
Presenter(s): Kathy Drews
Interest Area: CE, I, T, AL

13. Constructing a Play-Based Classroom in Kindergarten
Join us as we share ways to incorporate play in the kindergarten classroom while meeting the Missouri Learning Standards. We will discuss why play is important, share activities we have implemented and provide an opportunity for you to brainstorm ways to incorporate play in your own classroom.
Presenter(s): Tiffany Noble and Jennifer Parks
Interest Area: CE, K, AL

Session IV
2:00-3:30 p.m.

14. Teach Leadership in the Outdoor Classroom (Repeat of 52)
Learn how to inspire teachers to develop a sense of ownership and investment in the outdoor classroom. Discover how to incorporate elements in an engaging and dynamic outdoor environment, promote and encourage an attitude of dual engagement for teachers and students, and inspire creativity and wonder. By providing structures and strategies, your outdoor classroom habitat will thrive and inspire your children, staff and families for many years of happy, healthy outdoor fun and learning.
Presenter(s): Carly Walton
Interest Area: CE, LM, I, T, PRE, AL

15. Child Lead Projects Work in an Early Childhood Classroom
We will share ways to help children organize their ideas and scaffold their understanding with project focus. We will also explore ways that our Project Construct Goals and Missouri Early Learning Goals can be incorporated in deep investigation of projects in an early childhood classroom.
Presenter(s): Elizabeth Quiggins
Interest Area: CE, ECP, SED, STEM, PRE, IE

16. The New Missouri Early Learning Standards: What’s New and How Do I Use Them?
This presentation will explore the new Missouri Early Learning Goals. We will explore what is new to the goals, ways to use them in your classroom and how to make connections with district goals. We will also explore ways to help families and administrators see the importance of play in the classroom to meet the goals.
Presenter(s): Janet Rinehart and Kathy Drews
Interest Area: CE, ECP, SED, STEM, PRE, IE

17. A Window Into Our World – Reggio Emilia/Project-Based Learning
Come journey through our Reggio-inspired/project-based learning classroom. Get an up-close look at our projects. See how the children’s interest guides our environments, lessons and documentation.
Presenter(s): Lori Steele and Joan Bishop
Interest Area: STEM, PRE, BE

18. Playing With Assessment
Come join us for a hands-on presentation using open-ended classroom materials for play. Participants will engage with materials that support children’s learning in all domains of development while connecting effective assessment strategies.
Presenter(s): Ronda Chesney and Shelli Lee
Interest Area: LAL, M, PD, S, SED, PRE, IE

19. Intentional Planning: Both in Lessons and Centers
This presentation will discuss ways to use what we know about our students to plan our daily activities and enhance our centers to make the best learning environment possible.
Presenter(s): Tracy James
Interest Area: CE, PRE, IE