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SDECE Logo #1     2017 Keynote Speakers 

Steve Erwin - National Early Childhood Specialist
 Kaplan Early Learning

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I have spent over 40 years working in a variety of capacities to promote, educate and advocate for young children and their families. My work experience has included the many service delivery and funding systems that provide care and education to children and families. In addition to the types of programs, I have enjoyed a geographical perspective of early care and education throughout the United States including Hawaii, China and America Samoa. Experience as well as education has taught me working with young children and their families is important because we can make a difference in their lives… at a time when we can make a difference. Early childhood education can be the easiest job to do wrong and the hardest job to do right. For that reason, it is important for me over these years to promote curriculum models that support developing a knowledgeable skilled workforce that can make a difference. Recently I worked at the Associated Students Child Development Lab at California State University, Chico (CSUC) and adjunct faculty for the Child Development Program at CSUC. I am currently the National Early Childhood Specialist for Kaplan Early Learning Company.

Keynote Description:  Through the Hearts of Teachers Build the Minds of Children 

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.

Jennifer Daniels is a gifted writer and a powerhouse on stage. When her boy/girl twins made their world debut, her literary and musical interests expanded to include kids' genres. Now Jenn adds schools, libraries and family festivals to the tour, performing stories and songs that get kids jumping, growling and excited about reading and creative self expression.

Jennifer offers lively, humorous, interactive workshops for educators seeking to build this fun way of learning into their curriculum. With a masters in counseling, and certification in Autism Movement Therapy, Jennifer teaches participants how to facilitate intentional play that draws kids into learning.

Jennifer works closely with Eric Litwin, the author of the bestselling Pete the Cat picture books, and she also helps The Learning Groove music and movement curriculum, by walking teachers through the training process. Jenn teaches TLG parent/child classes in her hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband/lead guitarist, Jeff Neal, their aforementioned twins, and beloved road hound, Bob Marley.

Keynote Description:  Interactive Literacy and Music: An overview of the use of stories, songs and organized movement in early childhood

In this interactive concert setting, we will playfully practice traditional techniques in stories and songs, that draw children to interact with the material. We'll become familiar with the many benefits of regular music and movement, and explore how these can be used to teach across the curriculum, to promote literacy, math, and to help in classroom management. Participants will leave with access to real stories, songs and strategies that they can use right away. Note: You need no musical expertise, but you do need willingness to participate, and clothes to MOVE in.

Jennifer Daniels
M.A. in Counseling with Autism Movement TherapyCertification

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Wendy Young
Kidlutions: Solutions for Kids

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Wendy Young is a Child & Adolescent Therapist and ECE Behavioral and Mental Health Consultant, as well as the Founder of Kidlutions and co-author of BLOOM: 50 Things to Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids (Kenney & Young, 2015, Unhooked Books). Her interests include behavior management, helping caregivers and teachers deal more effectively with challenging/difficult children, trauma, grief and infant/maternal mental health.

She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Michigan State University’s School of Clinical Social Work and is known worldwide for her fun and creative interventions that promote change. She is a Certified School Social Worker, a Board Certified Diplomate, and the Clinical Director of Comprehensive Counseling & Consulting, LLC. In addition to being a contributor to two character development curriculums, her writing has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Family Fun Magazine, Woman’s World Magazine, The Next Step Magazine and more.

Keynote Description:  BLOOM: Growing Better Behavior! Join us as we journey through the BLOOM Mindset and how it transforms early childhood classrooms. We’ll focus on our “Say, Think and Do” approach that plants the seeds of change. More than a behavioral intervention, this a way to "be with children" that truly transforms everything. Rooted in neuroscience, this approach is based on the latest research and findings shown to support children into new behaviors. You'll get printables and templates that will help keep you on track as you begin to implement this approach that leads to lasting change for children. When you start to BLOOM in your classroom, we know you'll start applying these principals to every other human interaction you have!

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