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Title of Presentation Presentation Description
Celebrating Teamwork - Keynote Ron Mohl - We will explore the successful collaboration of the Power of Purpose, Teamwork, and Persistence. Working from the inside out, we will identify these building blocks and discuss strategies that can be used to enrich your working environment.
A Joyous Way to Learn - Keynote Jim Gill - In this energizing keynote session Jim will share examples of his work – both books and songs – that teachers and care providers can bring back to their classrooms, playrooms and family rooms. Most importantly, Jim will discuss how his unique creations in music play inspire young children not only to move, but to regulate their  movements….not only to sing, but to make connections between the words they sing and the printed word. Jim will discuss how a play-based program provides an inclusive environment for children with special needs and share thoughts based on his work with children of all ability levels.
What I Know for Sure: Gifts to Give the Children - Keynote Keri Krout - 5 simple gifts that professionals can give to children each day. This is a lively, and open ended keynote in which stories are shared that touch and teach us how to give our best selves to children.
Building Your STEAM TeamRon Mohl - During this interactive journey, we will discuss developmentally appropriate activities for S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). We will define each component and explore how they can be integrated in centers and throughout the learning environment. We will look at the learning environment through the natural curiosity of a child as we explore topics including: growing things, parachutes, and transportation.
Music Play with PurposeJim Gill - This session is a great follow-up to Jim’s morning keynote address. It is filled with the musical inspiration you’ll need to keep energized!
In this energizing session, Jim Gill shares additional musical games and explains, in greater detail, the purpose behind his play. His active music play provides a context for children to develop abilities, such as selfregulation, essential to school success. Jim’s clever word play and rhymes in the context of active movement games also provide broad opportunities for literacy development.   You’ll bring some inspiration, useful in the morning and afternoon, back to your work with young children!
Leadership WorkshopKeri Krout - Whether you are a new, or an experienced leader this is a helpful workshop that can assist you in having meaningful conversations with staff, as well as training meetings that inspire and energize.
Flouride Varnish Staff TrainingTooth decay is the most common chronic illness in children and can have a profound impact on a child’s health and quality of life. We will discuss the disease and how this places you in a unique position to help in the prevention process. All participants will be trained on applying fluoride varnish with hands on application.
Stop Flipping Your LidStrategies to maintain your cool when the child you're working with is in distress.
Let's Write About It!We all know how important it is to include writing in our early childhood settings, but sometimes it can be a bit tricky! Writing just doesn’t appear fun to our kiddos, but give them exciting and cool writing projects and you won’t be able to stop them! I’m going to share writing activities that I have used in my Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms that will turn your little ones into writers!
STEAMing Around the World in the Early Childhood ClassroomIn this session you will learn valuable ways to integrate STEAM into your early childhood classroom. We will provide examples of STEAM projects we have done and how some of those incorporate both culture and diversity. During this session, you will receive valuable resources, work in teams to experience and create, and participate in make and take STEAM based activities. At the conclusion of the session, we take time to share ideas as we collaborate on ways to incorporate STEAM into all of our classrooms.
Creating with Kids on a BudgetWe already know how important it is to give children opportunities and materials to encourage them to be creative. We also have limited budgets. During this presentation, we will share ideas for activities that can be completed with low cost or common household items that can be saved, reused, or donated by families.
Childhood Misbehavior: What's typical, What's not?
In this session participants will discuss social, emotional development in young children. Typical developmental milestones will be highlighted. How to determine if a child's behavior has gone beyond typical will be demonstrated. Strategies for working with child behaviors will be provided.
Picturing AmericaArt is everywhere! art tells a story and opens a child's eyes. Picturing America is a curriculum that enhanced the development of diversity and culture. It consist of 40 posters with a variety of artists and style from photography, painting, sculpture, architecture, and more. It comes along with a "guided blueprint" to follow. This curriculum was once implemented into schools and libraries. It has unfortunately lost its way to the classrooms, but the importance and need to bring more art into learning is still there. Art teaches children as well as adults to open their eyes and see what is around them! Picturing America offers an open door to the art world, developing young minds to observe, create, and explore. Art can increase a child's development in fine gross motor skills, vocabulary, curiosity, and social emotional development. The Picturing America curriculum is fun and engaging especially when you bring in hands on examples tying together poster art with items you can touch, see, and explore. As children create their own artwork they increase their self confidence, learn more about each other through diversity, dabble in math and science, and have fun doing it all. It starts with a piece of paper, a paintbrush, a pencil, a glue stick, a feather, a creation, a work of art, a piece of PICTURING AMERICA.
Fitting Fitness into Early Childhood EducationDiscussing the need for fitness and physical well being within the preschool classroom, integration techniques and lesson plan examples.
Ten Gifts for Developing Self Esteem, Security & Social CompetenceThe way we interact with infants and toddlers greatly impacts their developing sense of self and how they will relate to others. This session will present 10 of the most powerful ways we can support infants & toddlers in their social-emotional development.
It's Not "Just Play"Students in the primary grades are expected to meet high academic standards. This presentation will address meeting standards using music, movement, and playful activities in kindergarten through third grade. Bring your ideas and be ready to play with us!
Social/Emotional Learning with Sanford HarmonyCome and learn strategies to build a inclusive classrooms where children connect, collaborate, and learn together as a community. Materials and ideas from the Sanford Harmony program will be presented.
21st Century After School Program: Ensuring a Bright Future for our YouthSummit employs an after school program that allows for diverse educational experiences outside the classroom.
Partnering With Parents and StaffAs early childhood specialists, it is our privilege to education the whole child which includes partnering with parents and providers to create the most cohesive, seamless educational experience for the child. This presentation will delve into the psychology behind partnering with parents and creating a positive work atmosphere that benefits the entire program. We will also discuss ways to communicate effectively with parents, students, and co-workers!
Recruiting and Working with Head Start Fathers - 10 Best PracticesEngaging and including Fathers is critical for Head Start Programs that are all focused on building strong children and families. This interactive session will teach Best Practices for Recruiting and Working with Fathers, including why, how, where, and when to best engage fathers. During this session attendees will also learn proven strategies from model programs throughout the US. Learning Objectives 1. Teach Best Practices for Recruiting Fathers 2. Teach Best Practices for Working with Fathers. 3. Share Best Practices and Lessons Learned from Model Fatherhood Programs
Collective Leadership. Coming Together to Make Our Work Better."Many hands make light work." We have all heard it, and deep down we know it is true. This presentation will focus on the five elements of collective leadership: shared vision, connectedness, collective wisdom, working together, and evolution. Collective leadership can be used in a classroom, a program, a school, an agency, or an organization. Find out how sharing a vision and identifying our talents can make the work we do a little lighter for all.
Learn to Present: Share Your Knowledge, Make an Impact!The world needs your voice! What is holding you back from presenting at a conference? Come to this session for tips to calm public speaking jitters, gain insight for creating an engaging presentation, and find out what professional athletes and performers do to curb anxiety. Bonus: How hecklers and naysayers can HELP your presentation.
Early Childhood Student Group Poster SessionStudents from South Dakota higher education institutions will present information about child development, best practice, public policy issues, curriculum design and more! Come learn what the future leaders in the field of early education are most passionate about!
Technology in the Early Learning SettingTechnology is undoubtedly everywhere, even with our earliest of children. Learning how to use innovative programs geared for the littlest of learners will be covered in this session. We will review some of the robotics and game systems that connect to apps for endless play. We'll discover coding for the earliest learner and engaging lessons that support technology discoveries. What fun it is to connect our children with intention.
Effective Transitions in the Preschool ClassroomThroughout the preschool day, children are going from one activity to the next. These transition times can be challenging for both the children and the teachers. Participants will gain ideas and strategies for having smooth transitions throughout the preschool day.
Early Messages: Communication Development of Young ChildrenAll children come into this world wired to learn language. Participants will learn how children learn language, developmental milestones related to language, red flags in language development as well as activities and strategies that encourage language development.
Flexible, Fearful or Feisty: The Temperaments of Young ChildrenEvery child comes into this world with their own temperament, our role as adults is to recognize that temperament and to appropriately support the child's development. Participants will learn the definition of temperament, the 9 traits of temperament, the 3 temperament types and strategies to meet the needs of children with various temperament traits and types.
Tools and Tips for Trainings! Developing and Implementing Fun and Effective WorkshopsTraining time of staff is often very limited. We all want our staff to get the most out of training as possible. This workshop will focus on tips and strategies to use when conducting trainings with staff that will make your sessions more engaging and more meaningful.
Life Science for Young ChildrenPlants and animals and humans, oh my! This class will explore hands-on learning activities that will help children learn respect for living things and their environments through the use of scientific inquiry skills.
Leadership Through ReflectionStanding out as a leader in the early childhood profession takes developing a sense of reflection for the daily interactions that take place between you and the children. Developing reflective teaching practices is vital in understanding what drives children's behaviors so you can adjust your interactions and lesson plans as a teacher. By understanding your role as an early childhood professional you can see children’s view of their world, which in turn supports deeper connections with the children in your classroom. Join me in this training session to learn how to love your job again and be present in every situation by understanding children through their points of view. This session will provide you important strategies to implement in your teaching practices starting as early as next week!
The Importance of Sensory Play in the Learning EnvironmentWhat is Sensory Play and why it's so important to utilize it everyday with infants to school age children. Learn how to incorporate sensory play in a variety of ways in your learning environment that follows developmentally appropriate practices.
Public Policy Round TableI will present a panel of 3-5 individuals that can speak directly to the intricacies of public policy, both generally and specifically to the early childhood education. The panelists will be asked specifically about their history in public policy, their experience in early childhood education, and about ‘lessons learned’. I would like to allow for this session to be opened ended and allow for several comments and questions from the audience that are looking to pursue a path in advocacy or any specific questions they may have about the panelists journey.
The Fun of Loose PartsHow can I use materials that I have laying around and use them for an educational concept for children? In this workshop we will explore the value of loose parts as a necessary concept for high quality play experiences for children. We will discuss ideas shared from the book Loose Parts Inspiring Play in Young Children, to further highlight how to enhance a child's creativity, action exploration, inquiry and senses.
Understanding Adverse Childhood ExperiencesThis presentation will dive into the Adverse Childhood Experiences to give those that attend a better understanding of how ACES impact the children the work with. This presentation will discuss the "why" behind the behaviors, and give a better understanding for how trauma impacts everything from brain development, to world view, to social interactions.
Hands-On Learning: Suitcase Education KitsThe Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society offers suitcase education kits to classrooms, after school groups and summer school groups. Fourteen kits are currently available: Buffalo & the Plains Indians, Indians and the Environment, Homesteading, Fur Trade, Cowboys & Ranch Life, Mining in South Dakota, Archaeology in South Dakota, Lewis and Clark in South Dakota, South Dakota Immigrants, Dakota, Nakota, Lakota Life, South Dakota Places, One-Room Schoolhouse Learning, Trading Posts & General Stores and South Dakota Transportation. All kits include hands-on objects, worksheets and activities. Participants at this session will learn how the kits are developed, handle kit objects, and try out some of the activities.
SDSL Databases for Early Learners: Vetted, Free, and Fun!Support early learners with digital resources! Join School Library Technology Coordinator Alissa Adams to learn about free, vetted eResources provided to all citizens of South Dakota including our little ones.
Early Childhood Education Panel DiscussionJoin us for a special panel discussion regarding what is happening in early childhood education in South Dakota. We will be discussing public policy, funding initiatives, and goals for our state. Please join us to weigh in!
The Emotional Wellness of StaffExplore the impact of staff emotions on child care quality, and gain strategies to help maintain a positive outlook and nourish emotional wellness in the child care setting.
Supporting Survivors of AbuseA report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. Every 9 seconds, a person in the United Stated experiences domestic violence. What happens to children and parents after they have experienced these events? This presentation will discuss ways to best support parents and children as they navigate their lives after abuse occurs.
Promoting Infancy Brain Development and Being an Advocate in the Infant ClassroomThe presentation will be a discussion on strategies in which an Infant teacher can promote early brain development through the stages of infancy. Making the connections that infants will need for the toddler and preschool years. The presentation will also discuss ways in which teachers can be an advocate for the infant classroom on a level that does not require them to advocate at a legislative level.
Parents and Teachers as LeadersLeaders share their gifts with children. Gifts are shared through the head and heart. The head uses logical, practical methods of teaching skills to help a child learn to be self-disciplined. The heart is the unconditional love and nurturing that helps a child grow and learn. All adults are leaders. Learn methods for strengthening your leadership skills when working with children.
Understanding Childhood Trauma/ACE'sThe following areas will be discussed:
1) Adverse Childhood Experiences Study 2) The impact of trauma 3) Children and Trauma
4) Trauma and the Brain 5) Responding and supporting traumatized children 6) Resiliency and trauma informed communities
How to Lay the Foundation for a Creative Life in Early Childhood Education
This presentation discusses the overall importance of creativity in our lives as humans and how to help children in the stages of early childhood build a solid creative foundation in order to live a life full of creativity.
Literacy Activities for Young ChildrenThis session will focus on literacy activities that include total participation techniques for preschool and kindergarten students.
Make it! Build it!
Eat it!
In this presentation we'll discuss nutrition, essential learning skills and food safety. During the session you'll have fun with hands on food experiments. Limit 20 people
Dramatic Play: Planning Activity Areas  **Help the children in your care use their imagination and cooperation skills as they pretend, take on new roles, and learn about themselves, their family, and society. Inspired by South Dakota Early Learning Guidelines.
Math Play Activity Areas  **Learn the many activities that help children develop math skills and what items you need in you program to give children a strong support. Inspired by South Dakota Early Learning Guidelines
Supporting Families in using the Early Learning GuidelinesThis session will take an in-depth peek at the revised South Dakota Early Learning Guidelines and provide specific examples of how the guidelines can be used by early childhood professionals to support family engagement and partnership in use of the guidelines.
SASD Levels of ExcellenceThis session will introduce the Levels of Excellence tool developed by the School Administrators Association of South Dakota. This tool can be used by early childhood preschool programs to complete a self-assessment of program quality in partnership with their local school district. The tool and associated resources will be reviewed during the session.
Talked to, Read to, Listened to...it's a Must!The goal of a proficient reader is to be able “To Lose Yourself in a Book.” Today children are coming to the academic setting with gaps and deficits in their reading development. Research is telling us that being talked to, read to, and listened to prior to walking in the school’s door has a great impact on language and literacy development. During our learning session, we will discuss what it means when a caregiver talks to, reads to and listens to a child during their preschool years. We will discover how this impacts proficiency in speaking & listening and foundational standards, which ultimately is an indicator to successful reading development.
Home Visiting SafetyTips to use before, during and after a home visit.
Home Visiting without GadgetsDiscover ways to use the home as a learning environment using Parents As Teachers Curriculum. Will share activities that use recycled materials and items in the home that promotes learning for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
Safe Sleep practices in out of home careInformation on setting up safe sleep environments for infants, the latest recommendations on sleep safety, and state trends. Will also include information about the role of the SD Infant Death Review board.
Developing Math Concepts in Early LearnersListen to preschoolers and you will hear math talk and play in their everyday lives. In this session, you will learn ways to support early learners in counting, numeral identification and problem solving activities. Engage in hands-on math activities that develop number sense and support mathematical connections for our early learners. Walk away with resources in number and counting.
Best Practices in teaching ELL (English Language Learners)The ABC's of teaching children a new language-am I doing all that I can to support their learning? Research based information that helps teachers connect and teach language/literacy skills.

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