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Bemidji State University #35
1500 Birchmont Dr NE
Bemidji, MN 56601
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Schedule & Speakers

Thursday, March 10th Schedule

Thur, March 10th8:00am - 9:00am

Conference Registration

Thur, March 10th9:00am - 9:30am

OPENING SESSION

Hagg Sauer 100 Auditorium

Greetings and general information.

Thur, March 10th9:30am - 9:45am

Welcome by Gail Kelly Executive Director Minnesota Head Start Association

Thur, March 10th9:45am - 11:15am

Session 1 -- Opening Keynote Presentation

Hagg Sauer 100 Auditorium

       "Sing-a-Dance-a-Move-a" Part 1

        Do your children like to Sing?  Move?  Dance?
         Singing and moving during your day can benefit you and your children for healthy bodies while stimulating our
         brains for new learning.  Using music as a tangible means of teaching basic skills, language and math     
         development, social awareness and diversity.

         Colleen and Uncle Squaty will share their music and ways of tapping children's natural energy: and an 
         opportunity to participate in the same manner as their students.  Featuring music and movement from folk to
         rock n' roll styles while using fingerplays, movement and story songs to incorporate "Music throughout
         your day".


Colleen & Uncle Squaty

Thur, March 10th11:15am - 12:30am

Lunch & Networking

Lower Student Union, Lakeside

Thur, March 10th11:15am - 11:45am

Credit Registration -- ONLY TIME TO REGISTER

Hagg Sauer 102

Topics in Early Education and Development 2009
1 credit cost = Undergrad $246.58   Grad $342.43 Must attend both days

Thur, March 10th12:30am - 1:45pm

Session 2 -- Circle of Friends:  Circle Songs, Games and Dance

Let's "Ring-around- the Rosie"  and "Rumble To The Bottom" with our "Circle of Friends". Music and movement songs presented in a circle setting, adaptable for individual, partner and group spaces.  Materials presented include: Simple math (geometric shapes, number recognition, addition, subtraction) and letter recognition.  Traditional songs and gross motor movement, world song and dances.


Colleen & Uncle Squaty

“Sign, Sign Everywhere a Sign”

A workshop designed for anyone wanting to know about sign language. We will be discussing various settings in which to use sign language and hands-on practice at vocabulary.”

Kim Grillo-Nagler

“The Family Toybox”: How Strong Relationships Lead to Limit Setting”

Setting limits will not work until you have a strong relationship with a child! The Family Toybox is a program focused on filial therapy skills for caretakers who want to improve relationships and gain knowledge and confidence in their skills.

Jessica Croatt Niemi, Stellher Human Service, Inc. MSSW LICSW IMH-E

“Infusing Native Curriculum into the Classroom”

Presenting materials and topics for use in teaching and inspiring pupils to use everyday. Teaches values, language and native culture as a workable tool.

Larry P. Aitken, Itasca Community College, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe historian, former Early childhood professional

"Fighting for Minnesota Families- A call to Action

Families with young children in Minnesota need our help to fight to preserve Early childhood services funding.  The state legislature will determine the State Budget Proposal for 2012 and 2013 in the next few weeks and our voices need to be loud and clear-- Minnesota's future depends on young children receiving quality early learning opportunities.  Join me to talk about who needs to hear from you and how to share a powerful message with our elected officials.

Gayle Kelly, Executive Director, Minnesota Head Start Association

The Secrets to Success at Large Group Times

Successful large group times are about children being actively engage, adults supporting them in engaging ways and community building through shared experiences.  Learn ways you can support children at large group times so they are one of your most enjoyable times of the day.

Trish Brokman, Knowledge Partners St. Paul,MN Representative

Thur, March 10th1:45pm - 2:00pm

Break

Thur, March 10th2:00pm - 3:15pm

Session 3 -- “The Family Toybox”: How Strong Relationships Lead to Limit Setting”

Setting limits will not work until you have a strong relationship with a child! The Family Toybox is a program focused on filial therapy skills for caretakers who want to improve relationships and gain knowledge and confidence in their skills.

Jessica Croatt Niemi, Stellher Human Service, Inc. MSSW LICSW IMH-E

"Advocating for Young Children"


MN State RepresentativeJohn Persell , District 04A Advocacy for early childhood professionals.

Scaffolding Children’s Learning: Interactions During Small Group Time

Scaffolding is about both supporting amd extending children's learning as they move to the next developmental level.Discover strategies that will allow you to do both as you engage in your most important role during small group time.  Learn how you can focus content, developmental levels and ways of gently nudgng children forward.

Trish Brokman, Knowledge Partners, St. Paul MN.

Plugging In and Tuning Out: Consequences of a Childhood without Nature

Session participants will learn the important role of nature in the life of a child.  Participants will leave with a few actviities that can be done to engage children in the outdoors.

Erika Bailey Johnson, BSU Sustainability Coordinator, Environmental Earth and Space Studies

Thur, March 10th3:30pm - 4:45pm

Session 4 -- Finger Plays for Teaching and Learning Days

Learning with music and movement from fingers to the whole body!  Finger plays are a fun y to help warm up little hands before engaging in fine motor skills.  Finger plays develop rhythm of words- (language development) while introducing vocabulary, following directions and develop listening skills.  Traditional and original finger-plays and action rhymes to use with your hands, felt and magnet boards.  Counting rhyming, sequencing, letter, word, color and number recognition, simple math, addition and subtraction.  Extnded ideas for props, flannel and magnet boards, creative play and themes.  Age 3-5 years.

Colleen & Uncle Squaty

“Video Letters from Prison- The Fatherhood Connection”

Video Letters from Prison is an hour-long film that follows three young Lakota girls from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota as they form a tentative relationship with their incarcerated father through the exchange of video letters. Video Letters from Prison explores the unbroken connection that exists in all families.

Milton Lee, documentarian and film maker. His clients include the Disney, the Discovery Channel, and the National Park Service. He and his wife Jamie are very involved in the Strong Family Project.

"Attitudes in the Workplace"

 In today's society it is easy to let others affect our attitude.  In this session, we will explore tpes of attitudes and the effects they have on us and our surroundings.  These contribute to our co-worker's  well-being as well as the children we serve.

Vicky Douglas, former teacher and Center Director of a corporate child care center.

"More than Numbers Math the High Scope Way"

Numbers, Geometry, Measurement, Algebra and Data Analysis for preschoolers?  YOU BETCHA! This session will explore High Scope's new NUMBERS PLUS Curriculum.  Gain an awareness of how to take math learning beyond counting and numbers.

Trish Brokman, Knowledge Partner

“Emergent  Curriculum in the Infant Classroom”

What is emergent Curriculum? Can it be used with infants? Gen will provide a variety of songs and activities to use with infants. She will talk about room arrangement and explain how all these things lend themselves to the emergenct infant classroom. Handouts will be provided.

Genevieve Radniecki-Hayle, Infant Teacher BSU’s Campus Childcare Center

Friday, March 11th Schedule

Fri, March 11th8:00am - 8:30am

Conference Registration (for Friday ONLY Registrations)

Fri, March 11th8:30am - 9:45am

Session 5 -- “Guidance with Children Who Have Serious Conflicts”

New brain research on the effects of stress on young children does much to explain why some children have repeated serious conflicts. Dan uses acecdotes, video clips and group discussion to show what the new research says and why guidance , rather than traditional discipline, is what works with children who have serious conflicts.

Dr. Dan Gartrell, BSU Early Childhood Professor, retired

“Strength-based Home Visiting: Moving Forward Together”

We will talk about how to help families move forward out of difficult circumstances. There will be some discussion of the special needs presented by living in poverty.

A.J. Dombeck, Home Visitor Mahube Head Start

“Parents as Partners in Teaching Reading”

Studies show that children who read at home are better prepared to succeed in formal education. In this session we will explore ways parents can make reading at home fun, and strategies educators can employ to motivate parents to read ith their children.

Dr. Brian Ludlow, BSU Assistant Professor of Professional Education

CLASS, PLUS part 1*

In this overview session, we will describe the CLASS framework and highlight the importance of teacher/child interactions on child social emotional outcomes.  Participants will a) examine the 10 dimensions of the instrument b)  understand potential uses of CLASS and c) reflect on strengths and areas to grow in providing academic and social support to promote student learning.

Allyson Candee, University of Minnesota (CEED) Center for Early Educational Development

“Got questions? What is the next step? Need help?

Struggling with implementing a partiular curriculum?  Don't know how to move forward with your curriculum approach.  Wondering what should be your next step?  This will be an open discussion to help you get your focus and get some direction on how to move forward.  We will use the High Scope Curriculum framework of daily routine, learning environment, ways of interacting and assessment as the framework, but do not have to limit themselves to the High Scope Approach.  Come join us and share your insights with others!

Trish Brokman, Knowledge Partners St. Paul< MN

Fri, March 11th9:45am - 10:00am

Break

Fri, March 11th10:00am - 11:15am

Session 6 -- Tickle Fingers, Tickle Toes, Bouncy, Bouncy Away We Go!

This workshop will explore the importance of music and how to nurture it at a young age.  We discuss how to build a curriculum through the use of developmentally appropriate music for infants through age two. Lullabies, singing songs, fingerplays, toe plays, bounces, peek-a-boos, action and movement activities.

Colleen & Uncle Squaty

“Teaching for Healthy Social and Emotional Development”

Teaching techniques that Dan calls “guidance techniques” work to build an inclusive classroom; a happy, active, and developmentally appropriate program; and trusting relationships with every child in the class. Using video clip. Anecdotes, and group discussion. Dam reinforces the effrts of early childhood teachers to reach these goals in their programs.

Dr. Dan Gartrell, BSU Early Childhood Professor, retired.

“Supporting a Love of Creative Arts in Young Children"

Come ready to learn some new ideas to promote a love of The Creative Arts in children. Participants will leave with many new or expanded ideas for using the Creative Arts in the Classroom and/or at home.

Jennifer Anderson, Teacher at Bi-Cap Head Start in Pine River

       "Physical Activity Kit

 PAK staying on the active path in Native Communities... a lifespan approach strategy refines an effective and efficicient method to package. implement, evaluate and disseminate culturally appropriate physical activity for American Indian/Alaska Native and other communities.  The goal is to increase time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity by promoting age appropriate and cultural activities across the lifespan. Various levels of activity are presented warm-up, cardiovascular, strength, cool down and flexibility.


Susan Ninham, Maawanji,idiwag Project Coordinator

Becoming a Guide on the Side: Ways to Support Learning through Interaction

Nurturing relationships are the foundation for learning during play and daily conversations with children.  Learn how to create a positive classroom climate by participating as a partner in children's play, conversing with children, and encouraging learning through adult scaffolding.

Trish Brokman, Knowledge Partners St. Paul MN.

Plugging In and Tuning Out: Consequences of a Childhood without Nature

Session participants will learn the important role of nature in the life of a child.  Participants will leave with a few activities that can be done to engage children in the outdoors.

Erika Bailey Johnson, BSU Sustainability Coordinator

CLASS, PLUS part 2*

We will continue to describe the CLASS framework and academic outcomes.  Participants will better understand the importance of teacher/child interactions on child social emotional and academic outcomes.  Participants will a) examine the 10 dimensions of he instrument. b) understand potential uses of the CLASS, and c) reflect on strengths and areas to grow in providing acedemic and social support to promote student learning.

Allyson Candee, University of Minnesota (CEED) Center for Early Educational Development

Fri, March 11th11:15am - 12:30am

Break

Fri, March 11th12:30am - 1:45pm

Session 7 -- "Intentional, Appropriate Infant and Toddler Literacy Curriculum"

Preschoolers come from somewhere!  Infant and Toddler Teachers have a unique responsibility to maximize the learning opportunities present during the first three years of life.  This session will present a framework for organizing infant/toddler curriculum in a way that support the overall development of children we wish to become excellent readers, writers and thinkers.

Dr. Layna Cole, is a teacher educator teaching Early Childhood Education courses at Minnesota State University Moorehead for the past decade.  She is a licensed preschool and parent educator and has experience in a variety of Head Start, Early Childhood Family Education and Even Start programs.

“Yeah but… or Yes and… IMPROV for Improving Your Outlook”

Participants will learn how to use the tools of IMPROVISATION in their everyday lives. This is a fun interactive workshop bringing the main principles of improve to light: embracing the concept of “Yes, and…” in your life! Participants will participate in a variety of exercises. Come ready to learn, laugh and relax.

Jennifer Anderson, Teacher at Bi-Cap Head Start in Pine River

Class, PLUS part 2

Question and Answer Session, University of Minnesota (CEED) Center for Early Educational Development

Allyson Candee, University of Minnesota (CEED) Center for Early Educational Development

Cooking with Children

Cooking with children is a simple way to improve their nutrition; almost any kind of cooking produced in a kitchen si healthier than fast or prepared food. The Native American Community Clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota has written two cookbooks and teaching guides to help caregivers cook with their children. In addition to a number of fuin and simple foods, the cookbooks have several traditional Ojibwe and Sioux recipes modified to be both healthy and appealing to today’s children. Workshop. Workshop participants will prepare and sample several of the recipes. The cookbooks and teaching guides will be distributed at the workshop and will be available on line at no cost.

Bob Kirk, RN The Native American Clinic in Minneapolis

Emergent Curriculum: Using Children’s Ideas to Influence Lesson Planning

What does using children's interests and ideas to influence curriculum planning really mean?  How can we use their ideas to influence content as well as meet our learning objectives.What about themes and standards of our assessment tools?  Learn how to focus on kid's needs and interests and still meet all the other demands.

Trish Brokman, Knowledge Partners St. Paul MN.

Fri, March 11th2:00pm - 3:15pm

CLOSING Session

Hagg Sauer 100 Auditorium

      "Sing-a-Move-a Dance" Part 2

       Let's Sing, Move and Dance, again!

       Colleen and Uncle Squaty share more of their music ideas for teaching and reaching your children.  Let's 

       celebrate the joy of learning through music together!          

Colleen & Uncle Squaty

Fri, March 11th3:15pm

Certificates of Attendance

Hagg Sauer 100 Auditorium

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