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Breakout Sessions

Chart of Breakout Sessions  (full descriptions can be found below.  Complete program will be posted soon.)

2017 SDECE Program   (a full program will be provided in your registration packet)

Title of Presentation Presentation Description Age Focus SD Pathways PD Area
Through the Hearts of Teachers Build the Minds of Children Steve Erwin - Today’s teachers run the risk of becoming technicians and managers. This presentation will address and reflect on challenges that teachers face today and explore strategies that strengthen the focus on children. This presentation will address core values, leadership and interactions that will keep teachers engaged in building the minds of children.
Keynote speaker breakout session
Interactive Stories, Songs, and Organized Movement: Emphasis on Kids with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder Jennifer Daniels - In this interactive concert setting, we'll discover how stories, songs and structured movement can help to calm the central nervous system, build real brain connections, develop physical strength and balance, and teach social skills. -Things kids with Autism and/or Sensory Processing Disorders need most. We'll find out how to give children a sense of control over the material, so that they can participate with confidence and courage. And we'll look at why interactive stories and songs, like Eric Litwin's Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, have been a huge help. Note: You need no musical expertise, but wear clothes you can move in.  
Keynote speaker breakout session
The Anger Antidote Wendy Young - Anger is not the enemy! Being uncertain about how to manage BIG emotions is! If you deal with pint-sized people who have gallon-sized anger, this breakout session is for you! This session will provide you with a variety of tools, tips, techniques and strategies you can start using immediately to help children discharge anger in healthy, productive ways, so they can get back to the business of learning and growing. When you apply simple steps to support angry children, a whole new world of possibilities opens up for the entire classroom. These techniques are research-based and have been tested in real classrooms. Best of all, they WORK!


Recognizing and Responding/Childhood Trauma and Resiliency We will talk about the importance of recognizing child abuse/neglect, how to respond and report, the importance of the use of Child Advocacy Centers, and knowledge of childhood trauma and resiliency. Staff Abuse & Neglect
Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Creative Science & Technology for Young Children Are you wondering about wondering? Children are curious little people! This session will give you strategies that tap into that enthusiasm to create interesting (and fun!) activities that stimulate scientific thinking. 3-5 Years Age-Appropriate Planning
Loose Parts and Their Place in the Classroom This presentation will discuss what are loose parts, what materials can you collect to explore, and how you can effectively use them in developmentally appropriate ways with children. 3-5 Years Age-Appropriate Planning
Movement Effects on Retention and Attention Various movement strategies were implemented into preschool classrooms. We focused on four different areas: teacher hesitation, creative movement, transitional movement, and effects of movement in the brain. 3-5 Years Age-Appropriate Planning
How can movement affect the attention and retention of students in a preschool classroom? Various movement strategies are implemented into preschool classrooms. We focus on four different areas: teacher hesitation, creative movement, transitional movement, and effects of movement in the brain. 3-5 Years Age-Appropriate Planning
Make Learning Fun Leave the conference with an armful of fun and learning; file folder games, flannelboard stories, games, a variety of hands-on materials to support your early childhood environment. And the best part, you get to make them! A make-n-take…just for you…and your little learners of course! 3-5 Years Age-Appropriate Planning
Physical Activity: More Than the Everyday Hustle Children getting antsy? Learn ways to get them moving, its good for the body, heart and mind! 3-5 Years Age-Appropriate Planning
STEAMing Ahead in the Early Childhood Classroom In this session you will learn valuable ways to integrate STEAM into your early childhood classroom. We will provide a background of things we have done in our STEAM Studio. During this session, you will receive valuable resources, work with others to experience and create, and participate in make and take activities. At the conclusion of the session, we will take time to share ideas that participants have used in their classrooms. 3-5 Years Age-Appropriate Planning
Better Behaviors Through Children’s Stories Just like other developmental skills, children need to learn and practice positive social behaviors. Learn how to use children’s storybooks to support development of positive social skills with individual or groups of children, including children with disabilities. Staff Communication & Relationships
Power to the Profession - Doing more in our field! Women should not be afraid to stand up and speak out. My presentation will focus on giving women the encouragement needed to stand up for what they believe in as well as finding their inner leader. Giving them a voice to state their concerns, confidence in the words they choose and the body language they present. Most importantly, we have a responsibility in the Early Childhood field to make our voices heard and advocate for the things we believe in. More often than not, we see the disparities, yet we resist to urge to speak up. I want to help educators in the field change that, I want to give them courage to speak out assertively about their beliefs. I will also cover the new movement by NAEYC - Power to the Profession. The P2P movement is a nation-wide research initiative that has compiled focus groups, deep dive research states, and a well-rounded task force group that will then present their ideas to all NAEYC members and allow for feedback and changes to be made. My goal is to get just one woman from the group to feel a sense of power and the urge to stand up and fight for what is right and be a voice for the youth in our state and in our country. Adults Communication & Relationships
Tooth decay - an infectious disease. Tooth Decay-The world's oldest & most widespread infectious disease. Although dental caries are largely preventable, dental decay is the most common chronic disease of children. Effective and proper care of the mouth is highly crucial to a person's general wellness and overall appearance. We will discuss the how's - how we get it, how we treat it and most importantly, how to prevent it. Staff Diseases
Autism in the Early Childcare Setting Learn about the types, characteristics & causes of autism and discuss ways to help an autistic child and include them in your program. Includes tips on how to arrange your environment & schedule to be beneficial for an autistic child. 3-5 Years Diversity
Creating Inclusive Classrooms for South Dakota Discussion on how to be culturally sensitive to Native American students in both curriculum and the classroom. Information will cover how to include culturally appropriate standards, such as the Oceti Sakowin standards, along with state and national standards. 3-5 Years Diversity
Cultivating Inclusion: The Power of Unintentional Bias The things we say can be the catalyst for children's tolerance or intolerance, self-worth, self-identity, and level of acceptance of others. While all early childhood educators share a common vision of an anti-bias environment, very often unintentional bias has a powerfully negative effect on this vision. Well meaning, but bias statements feed the intolerances our children adopt for life, and gender bias and stereotyping are among the primary forms of discrimination reinforced during early childhood. Everyone has implicit biases, however, once we are made aware of them, those biases can be successfully addressed. This workshop will take a hard look at some what are often uncomfortable subjects and help learners to recognize and combat unintentional bias in their classrooms. Adults Diversity
American Indian History & Culture: Past and Present Attendee's will receive a brief overview of American Indian history, specific historical events in the Midwest, the indirect and direct impact historical trauma has on families and individuals, healing for both youth and adults and how social determinants of health impacts families and American Indian culture today. Staff Diversity
A Jump Start into Literacy Jumping into Literacy from infancy to preschool age student. We will be showing many ideas to share literacy. Come join us and get a jump start in Literacy 3-5 Years Growth & Development
Early Eating: The Development of Happy Healthy Meal Times Wishing your crew would eat more fruits and veggies? Join me to explore the development of happy healthy eaters starting at just a few months of age! Toddlers Growth & Development
Power of Play in Developing Social Emotional Development Play is an important part of the childhood development. Through play children learn about shapes, colors, cause and effect, and themselves. Besides cognitive thinking, play helps the child learn social and psychomotor skills. It is a way of communicating joy, fear , sorrow, and anxiety . In the early 2000s, children of all ages and from every socioeconomic background often prefer television, computers, and battery-operated toys to self-directed, imaginative, and creative play. This tendency leaves children developmentally deprived, because imaginative and fantasy play allows children to explore their world and express their innermost thoughts and feelings, hopes and fears, likes and dislikes. In this session we will learn about the importance of play in developing social emotional development by using imaginary play, manipulatives and literature. Each participant will leave with a activity to take back to their program. 3-5 Years Growth & Development
Music Is A 'Sound' Brain Investment Medical scans show music--listening to it, dancing to it, performing it--lights up the human brain like a Christmas tree. Music has been proven to ‘feed’ children’s brains at all stages of development, and can be an effective tool for all ages and all domains of learning. Don’t feel musical? No problem! Come learn how to easily and effectively incorporate music into your curriculum, daily routines and environment. Staff Growth & Development
Reactive Attachment Disorder: Characteristics and Behaviors Reactive Attachment Disorder causes behaviors that can effect the classroom in a dramatic way. This session is meant to help understand where the behaviors stem from, and if we can do anything to help. 3-5 Years Growth & Development
Early Messages: Communication Development of Young Children Young children are wired from birth to communicate with those around them. This workshop will explore how children learn language, highlight strategies for promoting language development, review language developmental milestones and discuss developmental red flags. Toddlers Growth & Development
Ensuring Healthy Child Development: Impacts of Toxic Stress on Brain Development and Strategies for Mitigating It Child development, and more specifically, healthy brain development sets the stage for future outcomes of young children. This session focuses on the relative impacts of toxic stress on young children and their brain development. In addition, strategies for creating positive, nurturing environments to combat toxic stress will be presented. Infants Growth & Development
Lions KIDSIGHT South Dakota Learn all about a new free and important vision screening program for kids. Toddlers Growth & Development
Integrating Social Emotional Learning Competencies within Health Education This workshop will demonstrate how easy it is to integrate self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making within a health education program for PreK through Grade 6. Using the Great Body Shop Health Education Program as an example, participants will participate in SEL activities integrated into health topics that engage students in building these skill-based competencies while helping parents promote this learning beyond the classroom. K-3 Education Guidance
Unity through Mindfulness The presentation details the mindfulness methods used in our preschool classroom to create a community of learners that shared a mutual respect and understanding with one another. 3-5 Years Guidance
Successful Parenting Successful Parenting emphasizes the Head and Heart. The Head means using 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. Put them together and you have a successful approach to parenting. Parents Guidance
Ensuring Smooth Transitions in the Preschool Classroom Transitioning from one activity to the next in a preschool classroom can be chaotic and stressful for teachers and children. This workshop will present strategies which focus on effectively managing those transitions to ensure they become fun learning opportunities for all involved. 3-5 Years Guidance
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Proactive Use of Visual Strategies in the Educational Setting to Increase Positive Behaviors and Student Achievement Quite often we are "reactive" in our thought processes when it comes to behavior intervention and classroom management, which may put out the immediate "fire", but won't create any positive long term changes. This presentation will show how "proactive" strategies, particularly visual strategies, can be put into place for children of all abilities and in all settings resulting in an increase in positive behaviors, independence and task completion leaving more time for meaningful instruction and less time putting out "fires". K-3 Education Learning Environments
Where the Wild Things Aren't Classroom behavior management tips and survival strategies. Turn your negative statements into positives for your students. Giving yourself a peaceful day! K-3 Education
Learning Environments
Pedagogy. What's that? Test your knowledge and expand on your experiences with several pedagogies. See the faces and materials of Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Forest Schools and more as we explore alternative methods for curriculum delivery. Let's get involved and hands on to learn more about each theory and how to best implement some of the ideas behind the success. 3-5 Years Learning Environments
The benefits of using Teacher Research within Kindergarten classrooms We have all been there, that one subject or piece of information we could not understand or remember to further our abilities. At times we may have hid our inaccurate ideas or lack of knowledge, or we may have reached out to others for further explanation. This session will provide participants with a better understanding of teacher research, particularly what it looks like within Kindergarten classrooms, and how two teacher candidates found ways to help individual children succeed. K-3 Education Learning Environments
Get your heart to beat and get out of your seat! Descriptions and presentation on how to incorporate physical movement in the classroom. Examples will include yoga, brain breaks, age appropriate excersise, and out of the chair movements. Be ready to move along with us as we take you through the motions and explain why movement is so crucial to leaning and development and classroom learning! K-3 Education Learning Environments
South Dakota School for the Deaf "nose" Language Development This presentation will provide an overview of South Dakota School for the Deaf services as well as a discussion of language development in children with chronic ear infections or hearing loss. Strategies will be provided to increase vocabulary development in many different environments. Knowing how to elicit language and build vocabulary in a fun way, is so important for all children, and especially children with a hearing loss. Toddlers Learning Environments
Sign Language: How We Can Use it in Our Early Childhoom Classrooms! Our presentation highlights the benefits of using sign language in the classroom. Participants will also learn some basic sign language and ways to incorporate sign language in an Early Childhood classroom. 3-5 Years Learning Environments
Tired of Talking…..Use Visual Schedules Visual schedules are a broad term that refers to the use of any type of visual tool that helps an individual to understand what will be happening. Learn how to utilize visual schedules to create seamless communication with staff and children. 3-5 Years Learning Environments
Let's Get Physical with Zoo-phonics! Teach your students the alphabet at the same time they are developing their motor skills. Learn physical games that tie into language arts; including Zoo-Robics! 3-5 Years Learning Environments
The Importance of Block Play Unit blocks and building toys help children develop important physics and math concepts and encourage social skills and critical thinking. Yet blocks are disappearing from preschools and kindergartens. Let's bring back block play and find ways to make it exciting for children. 3-5 Years Learning Environments
Data Management with ChildPlus In this session you will learn how to collect data and use reports, setup email notifications, improve data tracking for attendance, track staff time, and improve your policies and procedures. 3-5 Years Management & Regulation
Leading At Your Level-Developing Your Own Team Of Super Heroes Within The Classroom No matter what position you currently hold you are a leader and a mentor. The moment you step into a classroom you are an early childhood educator. This presentation will be concentrating on introducing some tools to use both physically and mentally to take yourself to the next level of leadership right where you are now, whether you are a lead teacher or someone brand new to the early childhood profession. Staff Management & Regulation
Getting Started with Mindfulness The presentation aims to share the process of initiating a mindfulness practice for young children. As a teaching team, we became aware of an increasing amount of stress in our day and a need to respond to that stress in a positive way. Through our own personal practice of mindfulness, we noticed how a pause in our day allowed us to breathe and reflect on the moment, greatly benefiting our state of mind and increasing our patience. We quickly realized the impact mindfulness could also have on the young children in our center. The presenters aim to provide real and applicable strategies that attendees can apply in their own settings such as, movement, sound, art, taste, breathing, and visualization techniques. Time will also be set aside for sharing of ideas, discussion and practice of techniques. K-3 Education Management & Regulation
Reaching Child Outcomes through Nutrition Presentation will connect nutrition with hands-on learning in a variety of domain areas to support children reaching school readiness goals. This session will be interactive with participants exploring a variety of nutrition resources and ideas will be presented that can be easily implemented into activities. Activities will be focused on toddlers and preschoolers. Nutrition
Action Research in a Toddler Classroom This presentation will showcase an action research project, conducted by teacher candidates, that took place in in a toddler classroom. The presenters will provide the audience with information about the overall process and how their results helped individual children succeed in various ways. Toddlers Observing
Action Research in Kindergarten Settings This presentation will showcase two action research projects, conducted by teacher candidates, that took place in separate Kindergarten classrooms. Each presenter will provide the audience with information about the overall process and how their results helped individual children succeed in various ways. K-3 Education Observing
Increasing Family Engagement Is it possible that we could actually increase parent engagement and improve child outcomes simply by talking to parents? If we asked them tough questions, would they actually tell us about their lives? Would they shy away? What happens if they cry? Over the past year, the Birth to Three program has implemented the Routines Based Interview method in an effort to increase family engagement and improve child outcomes. The RBI is a semi-structured interview technique used to gather information about a family's day to day activities in order to connect them with resources they need to meet the needs of their child and family. Come learn why families are saying "This was fun" and "I learned things I didn't know about my spouse" and why staff have come to believe this new process is a linchpin to garnering success with families. Parents Partnerships with Parents
SD QuitLine Learn & Help The presentation will cover the importance of talking about tobacco cessation with headstart parents and headstart students. It will also share resources available to help guide staff and parents to a tobacco free life. Staff Partnerships with Parents
Early Childhood Education Panel During our Early Childhood Education Panel, participate in a conversation with state leaders in our industry. Join us to hear personal stories and insight, and to discuss and investigate solutions for early childhood education in South Dakota. Staff Professionalism
Creating a positive, stress-free work environment This presentation is centered around staff and directors. It gives ideas on how to make sure the entire staff is working together to make the enviornment is positive and stress-free workplace that not only benefits the staff but in turn, the children in their care and the families. Staff Professionalism
Ethical Responsibilities & Dilemmas in Early Childhood Education Attendees will explore the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and use it to discuss ethical dilemmas many of us face in the field, such as difficult working relationships, working with parents, and facing behavior issues. Staff Professionalism
CDA--The Best First Step Come find out about the Child Development Associate credential & why it’s the “Best 1st Step” to career advancement in the field of early childhood care & education. We’ll discuss the benefits of earning the credential, the process the class series will take you on, & resources to help you along the way. Adults Professionalism
Restructuring: What does this mean for SDAEYC? This presentation will be similar to last year's presentation that focused on the NAEYC restructuring process. The presenter will explain the purpose behind the process, the upcoming changes that will occur, and how SDAEYC is moving forward with the overall process. Adults Professionalism
Finding Joy lll Staff Professionalism
ECE Workforce Development The focus of workforce development is to reduce unemployment and underemployment in Early Childhood Education by enhancing the skills and professionalism of our workforce. We will discuss professionalism from application to advancement, discuss best practices, and motivate employees. All of Jessica's classes are taught with warmth and humor and participants will leave with a renewed dedication to themselves and our profession! Staff Professionalism
Professionalism, Networking, Marketing and Advocacy for Early Childhood Educators During this presentation early childhood educators will learn the keys to professionalism, how to network and why it is important, marketing as an employer or employee, and how advocacy is the key to better wage and better work environments. Jessica teaches all courses with warmth and humor and you will have an impactful course with materials you can use right away. Staff Professionalism
A New Option for a Degree in Early Education and Care Are you looking for a way to earn your degree in Early Education and Care so that you can be fully qualified for your job, but you don't have time or the means to go to college in the traditional sense? SDSU just began a completely on-line degree program that can be completed in the comfort of your own community, at your own pace. Come to this session to learn more about the on-line program. Staff Professionalism

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