DAY 2 – FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020

Session V
9:15-10:45 a.m.

20. Follow the Directions: Understanding How the Brain Is Developing Through a Directional Pattern
Every developmental advancement in a child’s brain causes functional changes. As this development follows a specific predictable pattern, so do the skills and abilities of the child. This presentation will focus on understanding this pattern of development and the functional changes it brings, thus allowing teachers and caregivers to identify readiness related to critical and sensitive windows of opportunity for learning.
Presenter(s): Brad Mears
Interest Area: PD, SED, I, T, PRE, AL
21. The Power of Simple Interactions: Understanding and Promoting Everyday Human Interactions
This is an interactive, video-based and practice-focused workshop to strengthen human interactions between adults and children. In this presentation, we will be using the “Simple Interactions” approach to closely examine adult-child interactions in everyday contexts. We will practice appreciative “noticing” and reflective “wondering” to understand the dynamics within even the simplest human interactions. We will discuss how these interactions weave together four basic building blocks of the human relationship – connection, reciprocity, inclusion and opportunity to grow – to make positive developmental impacts. We will also extend these principles to reflect on the “parallel processes” of adult-adult interactions that support professionals and families.
Presenter(s): Dana Winters
Interest Area: LAL, FP
22. An Ounce of Prevention: Catching Kids Early and Including Families (Repeat of 49)
Two of the most distinguishing features of any readiness initiative is the emphasis on literacy in all of the disciplines and access to literature the entire year while including families and caregivers. For students entering kindergarten unprepared, school can be a place where struggles undermine confidence and critical skills remain underdeveloped. As a result, the reading achievement gap widens as students move beyond pre-K and kindergarten. With a renewed focus on reading proficiency, the case for prevention is clear. Join us for an interactive session on strategies that promote literacy and family engagement with an emphases on propelling your children through the school year and beyond.
Presenter(s): Ernesto Rodriguez and Jenni Brasington
Interest Area: LAL, PRE, K, AL

23. Learning Environments for Infants and Toddlers
Find out how purposeful organization of the classroom can enhance the learning environment. We will look at and explore what loose parts and provocations are and how you can use them, even with the youngest of infants.
Presenter(s): Alyssa Morrow
Interest Area: CE, I, T, IE

24. Building Relationships in Early Childhood Programs
Whether you are a teacher, home visitor, administrator or parent, we all know that relationships are key to success in the world. During this presentation, we will learn about the power of perception and positive intent. We will take a look at how we spend our time in our different positions and how our brain state helps to determine our teaching and communication style. We will also learn deep breathing exercises and what they do to help your brain.
Presenter(s): Chelse Lawrence and Angie Presley
Interest Area: SED, PRE, AL

25. Milestones Matter (Repeat of A-3)
In this presentation, presenters will describe the goals of the Missouri Milestones Matter Program and how this model can be adapted across multiple settings to increase developmental monitoring and screening for children birth to 5 years old in Missouri.
Presenter(s): Cindy Reese and Alicia Curran
Interest Area: HV, PD, SED, I, T, PRE, BE

26. What’s Up? Connecting Brain Development to Executive Functioning, Toxic Stress and Approaches to Learning (Repeat of 54)
Participants will join the facilitators in exploring how we can connect brain development with executive functioning, toxic stress and approaches to learning. As educators and home visitors, we use these terms with parents as we support interactions with their children. During our time together we will look closely at these areas and learn how to communicate the concepts so that they are meaningful to parents. Come prepared to do a little introspection, interact with each other and learn from your peers.
Presenter(s): Janis Smalley and Sheila Lewis
Interest Area: HV, SED, T, AL

27. The Little Engineer That Could
Join Magic House educators and discover how engineering design challenges help students transition from “I think I can” to “I thought I could!” This interactive presentation includes hands-on design challenges to promote the development of students’ critical-thinking and problem-solving skills while making real-life connections.
Presenter(s): Julie Tubbs and Emily Norton
Interest Area: STEM, K, IE

28. Who, Who, Who Loves Owls?
From fringed feathers to fancy faces, owls have unique adaptations to help them thrive in the dark. Learn how these amazing nocturnal raptors use their external parts to help them survive, grow and meet their needs. Missouri’s eight species of owls can help you meet your Missouri Early Learning Goals.
Presenter(s): Kathryn Moore
Interest Area: S, PRE, K, 1ST, 2ND, 3RD, AL

29. Yoga and Creative Movement (Repeat of 57)
Fill your toolbox with creative ways to help promote self-regulation and a positive mindset with the children and families you work with.
Presenter(s): Kristin Walls and Mallory Baurichter
Interest Area: PD, SED, I, T, PRE, K, 1ST, 2ND, 3RD, AL

30. How to Conduct a Self-Assessment Self-Study for High Quality Classrooms
This presentation will provide a structured approach to program improvement that considers all of the necessary components of a high quality classroom. Content will focus on determining strengths and weaknesses, developing plans, making improvements, documenting progress, evaluating results and determining next steps. Self-assessment of the self-study is an essential step toward achieving accreditation, but all programs may also engage in self-assessment, even if they have no intention of seeking accreditation.
Presenter(s): Pamela Speer
Interest Area: CE, PRE, AL

31. Bring Parents Into the Classroom with P.L.A.Y. Days! Powerful Learning Activities with You!
Do parents of your preschool students wonder how children learn through play? Looking for ways to bring parents into the classroom to strengthen the connection between home and school? In this presentation, you will learn how these teachers created P.L.A.Y. days and how you can easily incorporate their ideas into your early childhood program.
Presenter(s): Rachel Lemkemann and Katy Smith
Interest Area: CE, PRE, AL

32. Diversity in the Making: Meeting of the Minds
Can you eat with chopsticks, wear a sari or do a tinikling dance? Come sample diversity, culture and language that can be incorporated into your classroom or program. Join us as we explore different ways to show, honor and teach diversity in your classroom community.
Presenter(s): Saundi McClain-Kloeckener and Amber Sobery
Interest Area: CD, 1ST, IE

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

33. Moving Beyond ACEs to Building HOPE and Resilience
The discovery of and focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) has proven very helpful in creating understanding, awareness, and compassion for both children and adults. However, new research shows that resilience for many with high ACE scores often depends on Health Outcomes of Positive Experiences (HOPE). Come ready to learn concrete practices for managing stresses, creating positive experiences, and viewing things from different perspectives.
Presenter(s): Dave Schramm
Interest Area: SED, I, T, PRE, K, 1ST, 2ND, 3RD, AL

34. Want to Earn Your CDA at No Cost? We Know How!
Are you interested in earning your CDA but cannot afford the new training or application fee? Would you like to earn your CDA for clock hours or college credit hours? Join us to discuss the exciting new Child Care Aware of Missouri CDA Scholarship Project that guides you through the CDA process, pays for training or college credit hours, pays the CDA application fee, and gives you a bonus when you earn the credential!
Presenter(s): Beth Ann Lang and Amanda Schwartz
Interest Area: LM, PRE, BE

35. The Impact of the Opioid Crisis and Substance-Use Disorders: Creating a Path Forward for Early Childhood Providers and Schools
Substance misuse, including opiate overdose, continues to be a major public health problem in the United States. Participants will be provided a basic understanding of key issues impacting their communities and families along with resources and opioid epidemic statistics.
Presenter(s): Carolyn Stemmons and Tina Bernskoetter
Interest Area: SHC, FP, I, T, PRE, K, 1ST, 2ND, 3RD, BE

36. Legislation Update and Advocacy Training
Do you ever wonder how you could better interact with your elected officials? Come learn about proposed legislation around early care and education and brush up on best practices of how you can invite, inform and be in a relationship with your elected officials. It’s important that elected officials know you, your program and how potential legislation will impact your work.
Presenter(s): Craig Stevenson
Interest Area: LM, PRE, AL

37. Missouri’s Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five
The state of Missouri received a $33.5 million grant, aimed to coordinate a more effective, high-quality early learning system that better prepares Missouri children for school. As the lead agency, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will work with other agencies to give children the best opportunity during critical windows of development to be successful. Join us for an open conversation about what this will look like in Missouri and how you can play a part in this important work.
Presenter(s): Jo Anne Ralston
Interest Area: LM, SHC, FP, I, T, PRE, K, 1, 2, 3, AL

38. Play and Provocations: “Serious Fun” to Spark Child and Teacher Engagement
Have some “serious fun” in this presentation by engaging in examples of children and teachers involved in meaningful provocations and play based on experiences. Learn to identify key elements related to brain science and play, specifically thinking about why content-specific play is critical for today’s young learner. Presenters will feature the NAEYC book Serious Fun: How Guided Play Extends Children’s Learning by Holly Bohart and Marie Masterson.
Presenter(s): Karrie Snider and Cindy Rouner
Interest Area: CE, ECP, PRE, K, 1ST, 2ND, AL

39. Reinvigorating Your Health, Hearing and Vision Screenings
Partner with experienced parent educators to sharpen your skills when facilitating health and developmental screenings with families. During our time together, we will review the screening components, practice the functional hearing and vision screening, discuss documentation and share resources. There will be time to reflect with educators and have your questions answered.
Presenter(s): Tracy Spurck
Interest Area: HV, I, T, PRE, IE

Session VII or Lunch 2
12:15-1:15 p.m.

40. Why Is Everything I Hear About Autism Constantly Changing?
As you may have noticed there are a lot of contradicting articles/reports being released on the topic of autism spectrum disorder. In today’s digital world, the information highway is increasingly structured to place greater value on the almighty click, view, like or share than the quality or accuracy of the report. This structure has eased the access to information, but it has become more common to see multiple contradicting reports on the findings of a single research study. This presentation will include a simple introduction to autism spectrum disorder and discuss some of the latest advancements from research. There will also be a significant amount of time set aside for a question and answer period to address any conflicting or questionable reports that you may have read.
Presenter(s): Brad Mears
Interest Area: SE, T, PRE, K, AL

41. The Impact of Lead on the Developing Brain and Life of Your Child
This presentation provides information about how children and families can better avoid lead exposure with an awareness of the sources and an understanding of the harmful effects. Guidance will be provided for families, caregivers and teachers that will describe recommended follow-up assessments, services and interventions for lead-poisoned children.
Presenter(s): Deb Bisges and Cathy Wood
Interest Area: HV, T, IE

42. You Can’t Ground Me, I Have a Baby!
Are your family visits everything you want them to be? Are they open to monthly visits with you? Do you feel you are connecting on a deeper level? My first home visit was with a teen mom and I have had a passion since that day. Let’s collaborate to share strategies on how to build strong connections with young families.
Presenter(s): Debbie Lakin and Sarah Sherman
Interest Area: HV, FP, I, T, BE

43. Building Partnerships: Families, Schools and Libraries
Presenters will share how a class, school district and parochial school impacted by the public library’s partnership with directors increased access to books and library programs in their community. The partnership increased interactions between children and families in the library building allowing school personnel to see how parents are using the information at home. The increased attendance has led to more programming specific to early reading for families. We will present the data collected and examples of what partnering programs can do to improve reading-readiness and support the development of children.
Presenter(s): Erika Yocom and Elizabeth Argo
Interest Area: SHC, PRE, BE

44. Building/Creating Classroom Connections Through Schedules, Routines, Rituals and Literature
Addressing the social-emotional needs of your students will help you as a teacher create/build relationships with them as unique learners and a community of learners. Building/creating relationships through thoughtful schedules, predictable routines, love rituals and high quality children’s literature will lay the foundation to lifelong learning where your students will get plugged in. Addressing the social-emotional needs of your students will help you as a teacher create/build relationships with them as unique learners and a community of learners. Building/creating relationships through thoughtful schedules, predictable routines, love rituals and high quality children’s literature will lay the foundation to life long learning where your students will get plugged in.
Presenter(s): Kimberly Penton and Alesha Kinyon
Interest Area: SED, PRE, BE

45. Linking Early Childhood Intervention and Adult Success: A Surprising Twenty-Five Year Follow Up
Hear a family’s journey of how early childhood services and interventions still play out in life as a young adult. In this interactive and engaging presentation, participants will learn about fetal alcohol syndrome, gain an understanding of how early childhood interventions and accommodations lead to long-term success, acquire knowledge about family strengths, and leave inspired by the power of how your work changes lives through hearing direct voices of a family and an adult with fetal alcohol syndrome and their lived experiences.
Presenter(s): Melinda Monroe and Dillon Ohlemiller
Interest Area: SE, I, AL

46. Song and Story
Explore traditional songs that can be used for a variety of ages. Refresh yourself with ways to extend the story through simple participation and activities. Resources and literacy tips will be provided.
Presenter(s): Sarah Howard
Interest Area: ECP, PRE, AL

Session VIII
1:30-3:00 p.m.

47. Adapting the Environment to the Learning Brain
Sometimes it seems as if no matter what we do, we cannot find the progress we seek in our students. We may offer great content through engaging learning activities where we utilize highly effective instructional strategies, but regardless of our efforts, students continue to struggle. One reason may be that the environment we offer these learning experiences in may not be conducive to learning. Without even knowing, we might be creating a neurological state in the brain that limits, or even totally prevents, the process of learning and/or independent behavior maintenance. This presentation will look at how the environment we set impacts a child’s brain and their ability to learn and manage their own behavior.
Presenter(s): Brad Mears
Interest Area: CE, I, T, PRE, AL
48. Social Skills: Tips for Success and Full Inclusion for All Learners
Social skills include these life skills that we use every day. This interactive presentation deals with social skill issues of children with special needs and their typically developing peers. Learn about the seven skills needed for success in life and how to practice those skills in the context of a fully inclusive classroom setting.
Presenter(s): Clarissa Willis
Interest Area: SED, SE, PRE, AL
49. An Ounce of Prevention: Catching Kids Early and Including Families (Repeat of 22)
Two of the most distinguishing features of any readiness initiative is the emphasis on literacy in all of the disciplines and access to literature the entire year while including families and caregivers. For students entering kindergarten unprepared, school can be a place where struggles undermine confidence and critical skills remain underdeveloped. As a result, the reading achievement gap widens as students move beyond pre-K and kindergarten. With a renewed focus on reading proficiency, the case for prevention is clear. Join us for an interactive session on strategies that promote literacy and family engagement with an emphases on propelling your children through the school year and beyond.
Presenter(s): Ernesto Rodriguez and Jenni Brasington
Interest Area: LAL, PRE, K, AL

50. How to Incorporate Fine-Motor and Gross-Motor Fun Into Your Day
Do you ever wonder if you could choose specific activities for students to enhance their coordination skills? An occupational therapist will provide you with examples and visuals to help you better recognize the components of movement. You will leave with fresh ideas to promote fine-motor/gross-motor coordination in your classroom immediately.
Presenter(s): Angela Thro
Interest Area: PD, PRE, AL

51. Engaging Our English Learners: Essential Language Blocks and Strategies for Mindful and Inclusive Instruction
This session will focus on language building blocks and how they undergird schooling and success, followed by an overview of language and literacy acquisition. Participants will engage in small and large group mindfulness activities that they can readily employ in their classrooms and in other community settings and will come away with an enhanced understanding of inclusive instruction and assessment. Learn handy strategies they can be employed both inside and outside the classroom to track students’ language and literacy (growth) in multiple settings.
Presenter(s): Anita Pandey and Cynthia Chasteen
Interest Area: LAL, SHC, SED, SE, FP, I, T, PRE, K, 1ST, 2ND, 3RD, AL

52. Teach Leadership in the Outdoor Classroom (Repeat of 14)
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, LMI, T, PRE, AL

53. Vision Casting Through Strategic Planning: A Leader’s Guide to Support Your Team’s Growth
Participants will learn a strategy to plan and accomplish a new vision for the centers they lead. Participants will leave the presentation prepared to cast a vision for the growth of their programs and with steps to move toward their goal. Leaders will actively take part in the process of casting a vision. By viewing the last completed three year strategic plan of the Leet Center, studying the Reggio way of thinking and participating in making the next three year plan.
Presenter(s): Cindy Rouner
Interest Area: LM, PRE, AE

54. What’s Up? Connecting Brain Development to Executive Functioning, Toxic Stress and Approaches to Learning (Repeat of 26)
Participants will join the facilitators in exploring how we can connect brain development with executive functioning, toxic stress and approaches to learning. As educators and home visitors, we use these terms with parents as we support interactions with their children. During our time together we will look closely at these areas and learn how to communicate the concepts so that they are meaningful to parents. Come prepared to do a little introspection, interact with each other and learn from your peers.
Presenter(s): Janis Smalley and Sheila Lewis
Interest Area: HV, SED, T,AL

55. Brainstorming! Investigation! Creation! How the Project Approach and CLASS Promote Thinking Children and Teachers
Effective curriculum and instruction occur when young children and their teachers are thinking, brainstorming, investigating and creating together. In this presentation, participants will hear about the engaging experiences and interactions that can result when the Project Approach to curriculum is combined with the instructional interactions described in the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS).
Presenter(s): Karrie Snider and Carol Bolz
Interest Area: ECP, T, PRE, K, 1ST, 2ND, AL

56. Teach Science? I Don’t Have Time for That!
“Just teach reading and math. There isn’t enough time in the day to teach science.” Many have followed this advice in an effort to increase reading and math scores. However, current research is showing reading scores are not drastically increasing like we initially thought. Where do we go from here? What can we do? Dive into teaching literacy skills in the rich context of science with the foundation of research proven practices. This presentation will discuss engaging students with complex and challenging tasks centered around scientific phenomena.
Presenter(s): Kristen McKinney
Interest Area: S, STEM, K, 1ST, 2ND, 3RD, AL

57. Yoga and Creative Movement (Repeat of 29)
Fill your toolbox with creative ways to help promote self-regulation and a positive mindset with the children and families you work with.
Presenter(s): Kristin Walls and Mallory Baurichter
Interest Area: PD, SED, I, T, PRE, K, 1ST, 2ND, 3RD, AL

58. Child Portfolios – Assessing and Documenting: The Importance of Consistency and Objectiveness in the Development of Individualized Goals
Does your staff have trouble understanding child portfolios? What are anecdotal notes? What does a child portfolio look like? Why does it matter? This presentation demonstrates a child portfolio with consistent objectives and anecdotal notes that provide evidence of an individual child’s learning, growth, mastery and areas that need support. Participants will learn documentation of individual goals are evidence of a teacher’s work to meet the unique needs of each child, it validates the important work that is done each day in early childhood. Join us to increase your understanding of what a well developed child portfolio looks like.
Presenter(s): Pamela Speer and Sarah Key
Interest Area: ECP, I, T, PRE, AE

59. Mindfulness Matters for Toddlers, Too!
What does a developmentally appropriate toddler program with an emphasis on mindfulness look like? How do mindfulness experiences such as yoga, creative movement, sensory exploration and mindful eating facilitate the development of the seven executive functions of the brain? Come hear about our journey in developing a program for our wonderful ones and terrific twos, share your story, and take home new ideas to use in your classroom.
Presenter(s): Pradnya Patet
Interest Area: ECP, T, IE