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Annual Conference

FRIDAY - OCTOBER 18, 2019

GENERAL SESSION I – 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Screen Media and Young Children: Science-Based Strategies to Support their Language Development and Joy of Learning - Lisa Guernsey

SESSION I – 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

A. Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens – Lisa Guernsey

B. Using Music to Teach Early Childhood Foundation Blocks – Allyson Gillispie

C. Providing the Human Touch to Technology: Infants to School Age Activities that are Fun - Amina Jones Law

D. Achieving Quality: The Maryland Child Care Credentialing - Angeline Bishop-Oshoko, Agneatha Wright & LaTanya Taylor

E. Relationship Soup - Lacey Tsonis

SA. Prevención de Conductas Desafiantes- Crecimiento y desarrollo infantile - Elena Marin Velasquez

SESSION II – 1:15 PM – 3:15 PM

F. Helping Families find the Balance with Technology - Nancy Chalink-Seidler

G. Development Delays – Jennifer Jurch & Angie Sparks

H. The Combined Powers of Observation, Data and Technology to Promote Development in Young Children - Kelly Summy, Robert Wagner, Linda Carling & Kristen Thompson

I. Coding for Early Learners - Crystal Ey

J. Bringing Harmony to Discord: Managing Difficult Conversations - Laura Foster

SB. Conociendo el impacto del tiempo frente a pantallas electrónicas en el cerebro del niño- Crecimiento y desarrollo infantile - Mau-CastroTrujilo

 

SESSION III – 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

K. Advocacy is as Easy as 1-2-3! - Mary Beth Salomone Testa & Beth Morrow

L. Technology Can Spark Creativity - Sheila George

M. Child Care 101: Acing Your Inspection - Sherry Tsigounis

N. Adverse Childhood Experiences: Neuroscience, Epigenetics, and Resilience – Steve Rohde

O. Growth Mindset: Through the Lens of Children's Literature - Thelma Hayes & Erica Bates

SC. Entendiendo los beneficios de Google Drive- Ramona Johnson

 

SATURDAY - OCTOBER 19, 2019

GENERAL SESSION II – 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Overview of Office of Child Care and the Division of Early Childhood - Steven Hicks & Jennifer Nizer

SESSION IV – 9:15 AM – 11:15 AM

P. Town Hall with Family Child Care Providers: We Need Your Voice! - Steven Hicks & Jennifer Nizer

Q. The Importance of Child Engagement in Play and Learning - Alan Guttman

R. Get Out of Your Box: Use Technology to Explore - Sheila George & Nicole Pierre

S. Using Sign Language as a Tool to Communicate with Infants and Toddlers - Jill Lyons

T. Mother Nature's Classroom: A Seasonal Curriculum – Monica French & Steve Rohde

SD. T para Tecnologia- Maria Artola

GENERAL SESSION III – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Technology is Calling, Are You Ready to Answer? - Brian Siatkowski

 

SESSION V – 3:15 PM – 5:15 PM

U. You Got This: Stories, Examples and Activities to Start Thinking Bigger - Brian Siatkowski

V. Playful Learning with PBS KIDS: Integrating Media into your Family Child Care Program - Karla Thompson & Krista Repass

W. How to Communicate with Challenging Children - Lauren Spigelmyer

X. S.M.I.L.E A Positive Approach to Discipline - Debbie Langer

Y. Valuing Curiosity in the Digital Age through Integrated STEAM Practices – Akil Rahim

SE. Trabajando con Ninos con ADHD – Meylin Mejia

FRIDAY - OCTOBER 18, 2019

GENERAL SESSION I – 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Screen Media and Young Children: Science-Based Strategies to Support their Language Development and Joy of Learning - PRO & CD

Lisa Guernsey

This keynote will focus on the importance of content, context, and the individual child (the Three C’s) in the use of media with young children, starting with a quick overview of the big questions that are often asked about technology and kids: How much “screen time” is unhealthy for young children? What apps and digital games are of high enough quality to help them learn? The session will also highlight studies that focus on the importance of social interaction and back-and-forth conversation for a child’s language development, with practical tips that have a basis in research on what works.

SESSION I – 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

A. Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens – CD & PRO

Lisa Guernsey

This workshop will provide participants strategies to promote literacy in the digital age. With young children having easy access to video games and other digital media, Tap, Click, Read provides educators and parents the tools and information they need to help children grow into strong, passionate readers who are skilled at using media and technology of all kinds- print, digital and everything in between.

B. Using Music to Teach Early Childhood Foundation Blocks – CURR

Allyson Gillispie

This session could be broken down into 2 sessions of Literacy/Math and Science/Social Science. As a music therapist, I use music to teach non-music goals with special needs students. We would focus on using music to enhance learning in a variety of areas. While exploring a variety of books, we will dive into how to best use music to strengthen your curriculum. Through music, we will break down literacy into oral language, vocabulary, phonological awareness, letter/early word knowledge, and book awareness. We will break down math into number sense, counting, ordinal numbers, matching, sorting, and patterns.

C. Providing the Human Touch to Technology: Infants to School Age Activities that are Fun - CURR

Amina Jones Law

NAEYC Technology and Interactive Media Position Statement: Has technology replaced hands on experiences? What is the human touch in technology? Why is the human touch important? Technology, the myth and the facts. Developmentally Appropriate Technology Tools and Interactive Media: Interactive Demonstrations for each age group Incorporating the human touch Infants & Toddlers Preschoolers and Kindergartners School-Age Children Online Resources.

D. Achieving Quality: The Maryland Child Care Credentialing - PRO

Angeline Bishop-Oshoko, Agneatha Wright & LaTanya Taylor

The Maryland Child Care Credential is a voluntary program that recognizes child Care providers who go beyond the requirements of State licensing and registration regulations. There are seven staff credential levels and four administrative Credential levels, each one recognizing a child care provider’s achievement of a specified number of training clock hours, experience and professional activities important for providing quality child care programs. Participating providers are required to complete training in six Core of Knowledge areas that will help them develop the knowledge and skills to provide the best possible care for the children and families they serve.

E. Relationship Soup - PRO

Lacey Tsonis

What goes into Relationship Soup? How do you shift the way you look at relationships to have a more strength-based focus? What role does technology, if any, play in the relationships in your life? Come explore how to enhance the relationships in your life, both personally and professionally, and identify simple strategies you can start doing today to repair damaged or challenging relationships.

SA. Prevención de Conductas Desafiantes- Crecimiento y desarrollo infantile (CD)

Elena Marin Velasquez

Prevenir conductas desafiantes Este curso de educación continua está diseñado para educadores de la primera infancia y brinda instrucción sobre cómo manejar y prevenir conductas difíciles en el aula. Los temas incluyen: revisión de los hitos del desarrollo socioemocional, definir e identificar conductas desafiantes y crear planes, medidas y estrategias preventivas.

Objetivos:

1. Revisar los hitos del desarrollo socioemocional.

2. Definir e identificar comportamientos desafiantes y medidas

preventivas.

3. Crear un plan preventivo para evitar comportamientos

desafiantes.

SESSION II – 1:15 PM – 3:15 PM

F. Helping Families find the Balance with Technology - COMM

Nancy Chalink-Seidler

Do you worry about how families are using technology with their children? Are they turning it off and striking a balance? Come acquire ideas on how YOU can suggest they find the happy medium based on what is developmentally appropriate and what will give them sanity!

G. Development Delays – CD & SN

Jennifer Jurch & Angie Sparks

This training provides participants with knowledge and strategies for teaching children with developmental delays. Participants view characteristics of typical child development from birth through five, discuss “red flags,” developmental screening tools, developmental delays and adaptations to assist children with developmental delays. Through interactive simulations, participants will gain an understanding of the challenges children with developmental delays face and have an opportunity to develop accommodations they can utilize in their classrooms.

H. The Combined Powers of Observation, Data and Technology to Promote Development in Young Children - CD

Kelly Summy, Robert Wagner, Linda Carling & Kristen Thompson

Data from observing young children is powerful in the hands of a knowledgeable child care provider! In this session, participants will learn how to turn everyday observations into actionable data, using the framework of the Early Learning Assessment (ELA). Participants will make the most of the enhanced online reporting features of the ELA to guide instruction. The ELA is a free observation-based tool developed by the Maryland State Department of Education and the Johns Hopkins Center for Technology in Education. It was built to help you measure and track the development of children between 36- 72 months. The ELA helps to unlock insights about how children are progressing so that you can provide the very best growth opportunities for them. Whether you’ve used the ELA before or have never heard of it, this session is full of ideas that you can apply right away, using information collected about the children in your care to strategically support their development.

I. Coding for Early Learners - CURR

Crystal Ey

Up, down, backwards, forwards! Learning to code prepares our children for the world we live in today. Coding stories and games create collaborative learning experiences filled with exploration. From toddlers to school agers, join us for an interactive workshop that sets the stage for how early coding skills are fostered in our children. Discover how basic programming reinforce and expand both early math and literacy concepts. Plus, coding is fun!

J. Bringing Harmony to Discord: Managing Difficult Conversations - PRO

Laura Foster

Child care providers occasionally find themselves facing difficult conversations with colleagues, community members, or parents. Even if these conversations are rare, they can consume a tremendous amount of time and energy if we let them. This session will bring attention to techniques and reflections that can prepare child care providers for these conversations. Participants will gain insight into managing hostility, anxiety, denial, and differences in values while still developing intentional responses to implement in future conversations.

SB. Conociendo el impacto del tiempo frente a pantallas electrónicas en el cerebro del niño- Crecimiento y desarrollo infantile (CD)

Mau-CastroTrujilo

El objetivo de este taller es discutir las características del tiempo de pantalla y cómo afecta el desarrollo del cerebro en niños pequeños. Los participantes también discutirán los pros y los contras relacionados con el tiempo de pantalla, el lenguaje y el desarrollo físico. Revise los principios y hechos fundamentales del desarrollo del cerebro y cómo se ve influenciado por las actividades, el entorno de aprendizaje y, en última instancia, por el tiempo de pantalla. Organice las actividades y el entorno para promover un desarrollo saludable con el uso de la tecnología. Los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de compartir y aprender de las peras sobre el uso saludable y controlado de la tecnología en sus aulas.

SESSION III – 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

K. Advocacy is as Easy as 1-2-3! - PRO

Mary Beth Salomone Testa & Beth Morrow

Using technology makes being an advocate a snap! You can use technology to: 1.) Stay informed about policies affecting family child care, 2.) Connect policy ideas to your stories and experiences, and 3.) Engage with your elected officials. Join us as we discuss policies affecting family child care and develop our advocacy skills.

L. Technology Can Spark Creativity - CURR

Sheila George

This training will help participants identify the characteristics of creativity and the creative process and learn how to recognize Apps that support and use the Creative Process with our children. We spend time actually exploring different computer Apps, comparing the pros and cons and the “fit” for individual programs. We will also discuss Technology Tips for selecting Apps and for using technology in developmentally appropriate ways. Bring your tablets and smart phones; let’s get creative.

M. Child Care 101: Acing Your Inspection - PRO

Sherry Tsigounis

This session will teach participants about initial and continuing, registrations, inspections, changes that effect your registration, record keeping, continued training, capacity, supervision, child protection, sanitation, home safety, outdoor safety, water safety, sleep safety, health & nutrition

N. Adverse Childhood Experiences: Neuroscience, Epigenetics, and Resilience – HSN & CD

Steve Rohde

Adverse Childhood Experiences, ACEs, can have an immediate impact on children and their families. And, the relationship of health risk behavior and disease in adulthood as a response to childhood emotional, physical, or sexual abuse and neglect, and household dysfunction is now becoming much clearer. This workshop will explore ACEs, their impact, and how as caregivers we can help young children and their families.

O. Growth Mindset: Through the Lens of Children's Literature - CD

Thelma Hayes & Erica Bates

Participants will differentiate between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset through role play and small group activities. Participants will develop lesson plans that promote essential aspects of a growth mindset using current children's literature. Participants will distinguish between growth mindset praise/ supports versus fixed mindset reward systems. In this highly interactive workshop, you will explore the elements that are needed to formulate a Growth Mindset for early childcare professionals and students through exploration of children's literature. Child care professionals will be presented with resources, information, and strategies that shifts a Fixed Mindset towards a Growth Mindset that will empower students to take risks and achieve academic success. The concepts are applicable from birth to school-age and throughout the child’s lifespan. Supporting children to develop a Growth Mindset promotes a willingness to try, fail, try again, and move towards success and achievement. The utilization of children's literature offers opportunities for educators to connect children with the concepts that promote growth mindset. A literature rich environment supports early educators to make a difference in the lives of children.

SC. Entendiendo los beneficios de Google Drive- Profesionalismo (PRO)

Ramona Johnson

En la actualidad, las unidades de memoria pueden limitarnos porque las extraviamos o actualizamos la información en otras computadoras, etc. Tener toda su información disponible y poder trabajar en colaboración es la nueva ola de operaciones. Aprende sobre tecnología nueva y gratuita. ¡Si tiene una computadora o un teléfono inteligente, tiene una oficina y dirige su negocio! Traiga su computadora portátil para que podamos trabajar juntos.

SATURDAY - OCTOBER 19, 2019

GENERAL SESSION II – 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Overview of Office of Child Care and the Division of Early Childhood - PRO

Steven Hicks & Jennifer Nizer

Participants will get an overview of the new (proposed) regulations and update on Licensing, Credentialing, Child Care Scholarships and Maryland EXCELS. Steven and Jennifer will also share many of the projects happening as a result of the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5).

SESSION IV – 9:15 AM – 11:15 AM

P. Town Hall with Family Child Care Providers: We Need Your Voice! - PRO

Steven Hicks & Jennifer Nizer

A brief 15-minute overview of how MSDE is working with the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services to create better partnerships of child care providers, children and families. The remainder of the session will be a facilitated conversation with an opportunity for family child care providers to give feedback on the future of early childhood in Maryland.

Q. The Importance of Child Engagement in Play and Learning - CD

Alan Guttman

This workshop will focus on the importance of child engagement in play and learning. In this interactive session participants will learn how to define and recognize the qualities of children’s engagement with adults, peers, learning materials, and play activities. Videos of children engaged in typical activities, including with technology, will be viewed and discussed to broaden and deepen participant understanding of how best to support and promote child engagement in your program.

R. Get Out of Your Box: Use Technology to Explore - CURR

Sheila George & Nicole Pierre

Are you stuck in your program, feeling isolated or limited by your four walls? Technology allows your classroom to reach new areas, investigate the unknown, and involve more children in the learning process. During this session, participants will explore out of the box ideas to use technology to expand learning inside and outside of their program. Learn how to safely use technology to harness diverse experiences increasing children’s understanding with no bounds. Involve children in actively learning and engaging with technology to research, investigate and explore.

S. Using Sign Language as a Tool to Communicate with Infants and Toddlers - CD

Jill Lyons

This training is designed to introduce infant and toddler teachers to using sign language with children to support communication. Through this highly interactive training, students will learn 8-10 signs for “needs meeting” words such as more, all done, mommy, daddy, stop, etc. Students will also walk away with created hand sign placards and pair them with the spoken words that match the signs.

T. Mother Nature's Classroom: A Seasonal Curriculum – CD & CURR

Monica French & Steve Rohde

What is Nature-Based Learning in reference to early childhood education and why is it so important? How do you apply it in traditional settings like school, daycare, etc.? Explore the best practices when teaching and learning with young children and nature. Learn how to integrate interactions with nature in your existing curriculum, no matter where you live or what population you serve! Discover how children from all backgrounds are prepared socially, emotionally and academically through hands-on investigation and inquiry of the natural world. Accessibility to nature is each child’s right – as facilitators of this experience, we need to be well-versed in how to make this play possible to every child and family! Learn how to access the resources in your area to create a nature rich classroom. Images of the little explorers at Wild Haven Forest Preschool in action will inspire educators with ideas for art, songs, storytelling, mathematical and scientific thinking and more!

SD. T para Tecnologia- Plan de estudios (CURR)

Maria Artola

En esta clase, los estudiantes podrán describir la importancia de usar actividades apropiadas para apoyar la comprensiónde la tecnología con niños de edad pre-escolar. Además, los estudiantes aprenderán las habilidades necesarias para implementar actividades de alfabetización tecnológica y/o juego en las áreas de sistemas de tecnología y convertirse en una ciudadanía digital. Los estudiantes también recibirán orientación para crear políticas de uso de tecnología apropiadas para los niños en su programa.

GENERAL SESSION III – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Technology is Calling, Are You Ready to Answer? - PRO

Brian Siatkowski

Technology has been calling, texting, emailing, facetiming, and liking you on social media, are you ready to answer? There are many platforms available and knowing when to use which ones and how to best use them can be overwhelming. Plus, you have to figure out not only how to use it appropriately and effectively with the children in your care, but also how to use it to promote and build your business. With vast experience in marketing, Brian will help you identify how to maximize your use of social media, use a variety of technologies for marketing your business, and identify appropriate ways to bring technology into your child care.
 

SESSION V – 3:15 PM – 5:15 PM

U. You Got This: Stories, Examples and Activities to Start Thinking Bigger - PRO

Brian Siatkowski

This session will integrate stories and actionable steps child care providers can take to think bigger and make a bigger impact on their business and their community. Topics will weave through technology and marketing, the impact of consumers and media, and how grassroots marketing is the new television. This is a feel-good session that should raise attendee’s confidence through motivational speaking and stories coupled with activities within the session that attendees can use when they leave to make a difference on how they impact their business and community.

V. Playful Learning with PBS KIDS: Integrating Media into your Family Child Care Program - CURR

Karla Thompson & Krista Repass

The goal of the Playful Learning with PBS KIDS: Integrating Media into Your Family Care Program session is to lay a foundation about the importance of play-based learning. This session will introduce providers to connected learning strategies using PBS KIDS content to support early learning objectives and knowledge goals. Special guest, Avonda Ellison, owner of Laugh-n-Learn Center in Salisbury, will also be on-hand to share her insight and experience with her peers.

W. How to Communicate with Challenging Children - SN

Lauren Spigelmyer

This workshop will provide parents and caregivers with communication techniques that build respect and rapport, strengthen relationships, foster problem solving, and teach children to take control of their actions. These strategies will give participants tools for preventing and addressing challenging behaviors through dignifying and respectful communication. After completion of this workshop, participants will be able to: Identify the seven highly effective communication strategies, define areas of need and problem solve for solutions to meet those needs and exemplify ways to apply the strategies to their teaching practices.

X. S.M.I.L.E A Positive Approach to Discipline - CD

Debbie Langer

Are you tired of the same old suggestions on how to prevent and improve the behavior of young children? Do you ask yourself the question, “Who is in charge here?” Come to this training to learn fun ways to approach discipline that will improve the overall climate of your environment, improve your relationship with the children, and have you and the children smiling.

Y. Valuing Curiosity in the Digital Age through Integrated STEAM Practices – CD & CURR

Akil Rahim

Technology, it’s not what you think (and probably not what you’ve been told). It is an integrated part of science, engineering, art and math and evolves from the innate curiosity with which each child brings into the world. This session provides an innovative hands-on approach to enhancing the development of children's curiosity in this age of digital technology. Participants will learn how to create integrated STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities that boost children's natural curiosity including their self-awareness self-regulation, organizing, problem-solving and other related (executive functioning) skills.

SE. Trabajando con Ninos con ADHD– Necesidade s especiales (SN)

Meylin Mejia

Este curso de educación continua está diseñado para educadores de cuidado infantil y brinda instrucción en español. Temas incluyen: definición de aprendizaje cognitivo, herramientas para promover la capacidad de atención en niños con TDAH y formas de promover cambio de comportamiento.

Los objetivos:

1. Definir los procesos cognitivos que implican el aprendizaje.

2. Desarrollar herramientas para promover la capacidad de

atención en niños con TDAH.

3. Manejar conductas disruptivas en niños con TDAH.

4. Establecer rutinas para fomentar el cambio de

comportamiento