DAY 3 – SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2020
Session IX
9:15-10:15 a.m.

60. The Monster in the Closet! Understanding Stress in Young Children
Learn the signs of stress in young children and strategies for helping them cope. In addition, information will be provided about “the worried child.” Today, more and more young children are exhibiting challenging behavior brought on by the stress in their world. Help them learn to cope with everyday stresses with fun, easy-to-implement strategies.
Presenter(s): Clarissa Willis
Interest Area: SED, PRE, AL
61. Time With Teacher Tom: Exploring Play-Based Learning
In this workshop, Teacher Tom brings the principles of a play-based learning to adult professional development. We will construct our own learning based upon the questions that each of us brings to the group. Teacher Tom will facilitate our explorations in the same sort of free-form manner he employs in working with the young children he teaches, interspersing discussion with songs and stories.
Presenter(s): Tom Hobson
Interest Area: ECP, PRE, BE

62. Exploring Diversity and Equity with Families
In this presentation, participants will learn the importance of incorporating conversations about diversity into their services with children and families. We will discuss the formation of bias, strategies for counteracting bias and the importance of talking with even the youngest kids about diversity, differences, equity and inclusion. Participants will get to explore a plethora of literary materials and toys that help to create an open dialogue with children and families.
Presenter(s): Adele Meister and Sara Grieb
Interest Area: CD, PRE, AL

63. Mindfulness: Creating a Calm Classroom
This presentation will teach your staff and children the art of calmness. Inspired by Kira Willey’s Mindful Moments for Kids, participants will learn different music, theory and lessons to teach mindfulness in their classroom.
Presenter(s): Ashley Smith and Larah Petty
Interest Area: CE, EAM, I, T, PRE, K, 1ST, 2ND, 3RD, BE, IE

64. Immunization Information
In this presentation, we will share information about immunizations. What do the letters stand for, and why are they important? What are some key talking points to use while having a conversation with parents? We want to help educators in Missouri feel more informed so they can have quality conversations with parents about the importance of immunizations.
Presenter(s): Brian Conley and Shauna Kerperin
Interest Area: HV, I, T, PRE, AL

65. When to Ask for Help
Participate in an interactive learning experience featuring information on the Program for Infant and Toddler Care. Learn how this intervention can support improved knowledge and skills of infant and toddler teachers.
Presenter(s): Cindy Burks and Wanda Wilson
Interest Area: CE, I, T, AL

66. Playing Along With Interactive Books
Are you ready to play with books? Come learn about books that invite children to physically participate and make things happen as you turn each page. Make sure you don’t push the button!
Presenter(s): Diane Miesner and Fred Miesner
Interest Area: LAL, PRE, AL

67. Revealing the Dirt on Decomposers
Worms, roly-polies and other amazing decomposers – oh my! Become comfortable with and learn how to incorporate these wee beasties into hands-on, immersive science learning for your classroom. Standard-aligned lesson plan ideas will be adaptable for day activities, yearlong projects and at home learning extensions.
Presenter(s): Ginger Miller and Emily Porter
Interest Area: S, PRE, IE

68. Cooking on a Budget and Promoting Development
Come find out how to use cooking in your classroom and address all developmental areas at the same time. Cooking is engaging for all students regardless of their developmental level. Learn to cook with students on a budget with some cool tools. Come up with recipes and ideas to use tomorrow in your classroom.
Presenter(s): Jennifer Smith and Brittany Rice
Interest Area: LAL, M, PD, S, SED, PRE, AL

69. Math Beyond Manipulatives: Providing Authentic Project Math Experiences
Are you over counting plastic bears? Tired of sorting plastic animals? Sick of subtracting goldfish crackers during snack time? Come hear about how math activities implemented during a project approach can be more meaningful and relevant to your young investigators.
Presenter(s): Karen Rinne and Sarah Harraman
Interest Area: M, PRE, IE

70. Quality Trickles Down: The Importance of Directors and Leaders in Early Childhood Programs
Improving the quality of early childhood programs takes time and an intentional plan. This presentation will explore specific tools and resources that will help directors and leaders develop a quality improvement plan in order to create a model program for staff, children and families.
Presenter(s): Michelle Mathews
Interest Area: LM, PRE, AE

71. Meeting Children’s Individual Needs Through Co-Teaching
When entering this classroom, you cannot tell who is at what grade or age level. The children are learning from one another and at their own rate. Through planning together and co-teaching, these teachers have found how best to work together to get to know the children, play to their own strengths and meet each child’s individual needs.
Presenter(s): Michelle Vaught and Brandy Haughey
Interest Area: CE, 1ST, 2ND, IE

72. Transitions: An Opportunity for Teaching
If you find transitions challenging for the children and families with whom you work and would like to foster a more positive experience, this workshop is for you. After being part of this workshop, you will welcome transitions as a positive teaching opportunity. Evidence-based strategies will be offered through case studies and open dialogue. Handouts will be provided.
Presenter(s): Rhodanne Schiller
Interest Area: CE, HVI, T, PRE, BE

73. Empowering Our Future Through Inquiry
Find out about and participate in mind-blowing, inquiry-based learning activities that will excite any classroom, creating a tidal wave of nonstop learning. Walk away with ideas to create student-driven lessons that include higher-level thinking and problem-solving skills to develop character traits that will make this world a more mindful and inclusive place in which to live. Your students will feel empowered!
Presenter(s): Sarah Miesner
Interest Area: STEM, 1ST, 2ND, 3RD, AL

74. Group Connections That Work
Are you looking for fresh new ideas for developing group connections in your program? This presentation will focus on a variety of structures and topics to share with your families beginning at the planning stage through implementation of the meeting. Participants will have time to share group connections that work well in their own programs.
Presenter(s): Susan Lane and Melissa McCord
Interest Area: HV, T, AL

Session X
10:30-11:30 a.m.

75. Music, Movement and Learning: Bringing Joy Back to Education! (Repeat of 89)
Music and movement are powerful tools to introduce young children to the world of science. Students will develop science vocabulary and science knowledge and understanding through this multi-sensory approach. Music and movement are powerful emotional experiences that promote accelerated learning and long-term retention, while creating a deeper interest in science. Young children will make science connections while also developing motor coordination, social-emotional, and language domains.
Presenter(s): Mike Longoria
Interest Area: EAM, PRE, K, AL
76. Begin Your Day the “Brain Smart” Way
The Brain Smart Start is a routine that is scientifically based and designed to maintain optimal learning states during transitions. There are many transitions during a child’s day that are often stressful for the child and adults. By far the most difficult is the transition from home to school. When children arrive at school, a lot has happened at home, on the bus or in the hallways. The same is true for teachers. The Brain Smart Start helps students and teachers make the shift required during the initial transition from home to school, as well as making the smaller shifts throughout the day. In this session, participants will learn and participate in the four components of the Brain Smart Start. A Brain Smart Start brings scattered energy into a more-organized pattern and put us all on the same page.
Presenter(s): Velda McKenzie
Interest Area: SHC, PRE, K, 1ST, 2ND, 3RD, AL

77. You Gotta Laugh – Embracing the Power of Laughter! (Repeat of 93)
Laughter is the best medicine for our kids and us. Come join a certified yoga trainer to discover the power of laughter and how it can energize you, your staff and your students!
Presenter(s): Clint Darr
Interest Area: SED, PRE, IE

78. RTI: Interventions that Work!
This presentation will focus on a discussion of early interventions for children ages 3 to 5 years in the areas of adaptive, cognitive and physical development and in communication. Interventions will be demonstrated and supporting materials (as well as video examples) will be shared. Come learn how to implement Tier 1 and Tier 2 interventions effectively in your classroom!
Presenter(s): Connie Wilkinson and Elizabeth Betebenner
Interest Area: SE, PRE, AE

79. Research and Writing Standards in K-3
This presentation will dig into the Missouri Writing Standards and focus on implementation of the writing and research standards in grades K-3. Participants will have the opportunity to share ideas with others and ask questions throughout the presentation.
Presenter(s): Debbie Jameson
Interest Area: LAL, K, 1ST, 2ND, 3RD, AL

80. School Supplies to Cool Supplies (Repeat of 95)
Can you make old markers into a new jump rope? Yes, you can. Learn how to repurpose discarded school supplies and transform them into fun and functional items for the classroom. Perfect for multiple grade levels to implement reuse/recycle and physical science STEM activities throughout the school year.
Presenter(s): Elizbeth Moberly and Jackie Geisler
Interest Area: STEM, BE

81. Embracing Diversity
The presenter will demonstrate a strengths-based approach when working with families. Come learn how to incorporate diversity into your daily program. Examine ways to value cultural differences in children, youth and families.
Presenter(s): Gina Dattilo
Interest Area: CD, FP, I, T, PRE, BE

82. Mission Accomplished! Achieving Goals by Creating a Vision Board (Repeat of 99)
Have you set some important goals but are having trouble reaching them? Vision boards are a great tool for helping teachers attain both personal and professional goals while focusing on the values that are a priority to them. This presentation will focus on the why and how of vision boards and will help you create your own version of this tool. Increase your chances of being able to say “Mission Accomplished!” when it comes to reaching your goals.
Presenter(s): Lisa Edinger
Interest Area: LM, PRE, AL

83. Goal Diggers: The Home Visitor’s Role in Facilitating Successful Family Goal-Setting
Goal-setting is an important part of family home visiting. Learn how to partner better with families to set realistic family goals. Set families up for success by providing them with the necessary tools of action steps, systems and habit-building.
Presenter(s): Michelle Dickerson and Kandess Brownfield
Interest Area: HV, T, AL

84. Getting Your Child Care Business Ducks in a Row
Are you having challenges running your child care business? Do you want ideas and resources for business-planning, annual budgets, human resources, marketing and operational-planning? Join us for an informative presentation on strengthening your child care business using the Better Your Child Care Business checklist to get your ducks in a row.
Presenter(s): Misty O’Keefe
Interest Area: LM, PRE, AL

85. Supporting Program Goals Through the Project Approach
Collaborate with others to expand perspectives. Learn how one program uses the Project Approach to meet program goals, reach state and accreditation standards, and build relationships across all areas.
Presenter(s): Polly Prendergast and Susan Meyers
Interest Area: CE, ECP, LM, I, T, PRE, AL

86. Pick Two: Identifying How to Best Support Your Program
Come learn about this Parents as Teachers Essential Requirement and how you can support your program’s goals with the tools available.
Presenter(s): Shauna Kerperin and Tracy Halphin
Interest Area: HV, FP, I, T, PRE, AL

87. Phonological Awareness: Having Fun in the Reading Process
Let’s spend some time going over some of our favorite activities and games to develop phonological awareness.
Presenter(s): Tracy James and Amy Lewis
Interest Area: LAL, K, IE

88. Books, Bugs and Beyond: Using Books to Discover Nature
Utilize books as a path to involve children in the natural world. This hands-on journey will use books as a starting place and will then include songs, crafts, puppets, a science experiment and graphing. Discover how you can connect books, incorporate inquiry and provide opportunities to bring nature into your classroom.
Presenter(s): Wendy Parrett and Fran Snow
Interest Area: STEM, PRE, IE

Session XI
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

89. Music and Movement: Making Science Fun and Exciting! (Repeat of 75)
Music and movement are powerful tools to introduce young children to the world of science. Students will develop science vocabulary and science knowledge and understanding through this multi-sensory approach. Music and movement are powerful emotional experiences that promote accelerated learning and long-term retention, while creating a deeper interest in science. Young children will make science connections while also developing motor coordination, social-emotional, and language domains.
Presenter(s): Mike Longoria
Interest Area: EAM, PRE, K, AL
90. Five Steps of Self-Regulation
In Conscious Discipline, we believe that when we become aware of our feelings we can respond wisely. Conscious awareness is necessary for this to occur. Emotions are not the bad guy; they serve a vital purpose in our lives. They are our internal guidance system. Regulating our emotions includes both acceptance and teaching new strategies. Forty percent of young children are missing the No. 1 skill for school success: self-regulation. How adults respond to children’s emotional upsets will either foster or inhibit a child’s ability to develop self-regulation. In this session, participants will learn the five steps to self-regulation necessary for helping children manage their behavior. When we can name the emotion, we can claim it and together tame it.
Presenter(s): Velda McKenzie
Interest Area: SED, PRE, K, 1ST, AL

91. Are You a CPA?
If you are teaching math, you are one! CPA stands for concrete, pictorial and abstract and is an effective way to teach math so all students can be successful. Join us in learning various strategies to implement in your classroom.
Presenter(s): Carrie Haynes and Felicia Powers
Interest Area: M, PRE, K, 1ST, 2ND, IE

92. Conversations With Parents to Help Them Get It: The Effects of Delays on Their Children’s Immediate and Future Life
This presentation will help you explain to a parent what you are suggesting and why, especially if there is a suspected developmental delay. Participants will leave with strategies that they can use the next time they meet with parents.
Presenter(s): Chris Schmidt
Interest Area: SE, FP, I, T, IE

93. You Gotta Laugh – Embracing the Power of Laughter!(Repeat of 77)
Laughter is the best medicine for our kids and us. Come join a certified yoga trainer to discover the power of laughter and how it can energize you, your staff and your students!
Presenter(s): Clint Darr
Interest Area: SED, PRE, IE

94. Utilizing Outdoor Space in Project Work
Do you want to learn more about outdoor learning spaces? Collaborate with others to expand your perspective through loose parts, provocations and intentional project experiences. Learn how one program applies the Project Approach when utilizing its school community and greater community outdoor spaces to meet program goals.
Presenter(s): Elizabeth Crandall and Asia Brockman
Interest Area: CE, I, T, PRE, IE

95. School Supplies to Cool Supplies (Repeat of 80)
Can you make old markers into a new jump rope? Yes, you can. Learn how to repurpose discarded school supplies and transform them into fun and functional items for the classroom. Perfect for multiple grade levels to implement reuse/recycle and physical science STEM activities throughout the school year.
Presenter(s): Elizbeth Moberly and Jackie Geisler
Interest Area: STEM, PRE, K, 1ST, 2ND, BE

96. Substance Exposed Infant Manikin Program
The Council for Drug Free Youth collaborates with the Department of Health and Senior Services – Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention and Awareness Programs. It promotes healthy pregnancy through education on prenatal exposure to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. This session will provide you with the information you need to sign up for this free program and promote the message of prevention that could change a child’s life.
Presenter(s): Joy Wanner Sweeney and Megan Hammann
Interest Area: PD, FP, I, BE

97. Successful Onboarding in Five Easy Steps – A Link to Longevity
What are the steps to onboarding, and how will you get new employees through their first day? A successful onboarding program incorporates ongoing communication, training and check-in points. It should give managers insight into each new hire’s level of engagement. That way managers can identify early on whether a new hire needs additional guidance or training.
Presenter(s): Judy Simpson and Cathy Slade
Interest Area: LM, PRE, 1ST, 2ND, AL

98. Family Inclusion: Holding and Making the Most of Special Events
Have you ever wanted to run fun and engaging special events for your families but do not know how to get started? Have you had success with special events in the past and would like to share your ideas? Come join this interactive class on the importance of special events for your families and how to make them happen!
Presenter(s): Kelly Lynch
Interest Area: SHC, PRE, AL

99. Mission Accomplished! Achieving Goals by Creating a Vision Board (Repeat of 82)
Have you set some important goals but are having trouble reaching them? Vision boards are a great tool for helping teachers attain both personal and professional goals while focusing on the values that are a priority to them. This presentation will focus on the why and how of vision boards and equip you to create your own version of this tool to increase your chances of being able to say “Mission Accomplished!” when it comes to reaching your goals.
Presenter(s): Lisa Edinger
Interest Area: LM, PRE, AL

100. Go for the Gold With Go NAPSACC in Missouri Child Care
Go NAPSACC is an online tool to help you assess and advance current practices in the areas of child nutrition, physical activity, outdoor play and learning, screen time, farm to early care, oral health, breastfeeding and infant feeding. Join us in this presentation to learn how you can “go for the gold” in your child care setting!
Presenter(s): Sarah Young and Lisa Farmer
Interest Area: PD, I, T, PRE, AL

101. Coding in Preschool
Coding exposes students to creative thinking, mathematical skills, reasoning skills, analytical/critical thinking and collaborating with peers. Early exposure to coding has been found to support a child’s overall academic growth. During this presentation, you will get to see several fun and new examples of coding that can be used in the classroom. You will also have a chance to work with some of the materials at the end of the presentation.
Presenter(s): Stephanie Phillips and Michelle Miller
Interest Area: STEM, PRE, BE