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Preconference Workshops:  

Thursday, April 12th     8:00 am - 11:30 am
Elaine Erickson - $55

Making Learning Fun--A Hands-On Approach
In our busy world, its hard to find time to sit down and create fun, hands-on materials to support the environment that our children are learning in each day! And we all know how important hands-on materials are for young children’s development, experiences, and to just make learning fun! During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to Make-N-Take a wide variety of materials to take with them and use right away (the whole workshop will be worktime/networking)! Participants will be provided all the materials and support to complete their choice of activities right on the spot!

PLEASE NOTE: We ask that you bring a pair of scissors with you AND that there are several ground rules: Be considerate of your fellow participants and only work on projects that you can finish during the workshop, be sure to network with other Early Childhood Professionals, and most of all, HAVE FUN! 

About Elaine
:  I attended Dakota State University in Madison SD, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, obtaining specializations in Early Childhood and Kindergarten Education. I have been sharing my teaching skills with all my special “Littles” for 27 years. During these 27 “short” years, I have had the privilege to teach Preschool up to 4th grade, including HeadStart, Preschool/Kindergarten combined classrooms, a colony classroom which included grades K through 4th, and a Kindergarten/First Grade combined classroom. I have been actively involved during all of my teaching career in SDAEYC as a member, chairperson, and a board member. I have been a presenter for approximately 15 years at a variety of venues, including this conference, local early childhood groups including several SDAEYC affiliates and several HeadStart groups. In 2001, I had the honor of receiving the National HeadStart Teacher of the Year Award. For 27 years, I have been “Sharing My Gift With Children”—my love of teaching and caring-- and I look forward to sharing that gift for many more years to come!

Kerri  & Madison Mohnsen - $50

Kerri Mohnsen, MS CCC-SLP

Madison Mohnsen

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words:  Proactive use of Visual Strategies in the Educational Setting to Increase Student Achievement and Positive Behavior

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".

My goal in all of my presentations is to ensure each participant leaves with an educational toolbox full of strategies that can be implemented the minute you return to your educational setting. This is made easier since you will be shown hundreds of videos and pictures of these strategies in action as well as be given time to look through other resources and binders full of additional strategies and plans. I can promise you that the information you will take from this presentation will significantly impact the academic and behavioral lives of those students who are lucky enough to have you as their educator this year and years to come!

About Kerri:   Kerri Mohnsen graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.S in Education and her M.S. in Speech/Language Pathology. She has worked with children with communication, learning and behavioral challenges for over twenty years in various school districts and has also taught at the university level. Because of her husband’s career as a college football coach, she has lived in seven different states learning from amazing and talented colleagues in each setting. She has completed additional training in TEACCH, Sensory Integration, and is a certified Gallup Strengths Coach. Her passion is working with school districts by providing professional development opportunities and helping create positive and proactive plans for students, staff and the overall educational environment.

About Madison:  Madison Mohnsen graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a B.S in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. She works as a third-grade teacher at Kahoa Elementary in Lincoln Public Schools. She was a presenter at the 2016 Annual NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) conference in Los Angeles, California. Her presentation focused on the use of technology in the classroom and the positive impact it is making on education. She is currently taking graduate classes in Curriculum and Instruction from Doane University.
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