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      "Supporting Early Educators, Families, & Children" 

      2019 Keynote Speakers 

      Thursday, April 4th
      12:30 pm

      Dr. Mike! 
      (Dr. Mike Longoria)

      Dr. Mike!, has a Ph.D in early childhood and is recognized as a national leader in the area of music and movement. Dr. Mike has 25 years of early childhood experience in the capacity of kindergarten, Pre-K, and special education teacher; Head Start administrator; University professor, curriculum developer/recording artist; and independent consultant (speaker/trainer). Dr. Mike has provided staff training for early childhood teachers across the country and has keynoted early childhood conferences nationally

      Keynote: Music, Movement and Learning 
      Music and movement are critical components to any early childhood classroom. Music and movement adds excitement to learning while promoting long-term retention and accelerated learning. Furthermore, cross lateral movement and coordination create neural pathways in young brains that develop young children to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and early readers. Finally, music and movement addresses multiple intelligences and diverse teaching and learning styles which meets the needs of ALL children.
      Breakout Session: Music, Movement and Science 
      Science should be and can be fun, exciting and meaningful during the early childhood years. Science and young children make perfect companions based on the child's natural interest in music and movement and their innate curiosity. Songs, movement activities, role-playing, and books are powerful tools for developing science vocabulary, knowledge / understanding of science, all while developing a deeper interest in the world of science.

      Friday, April 5th
      8:00 am

      Paul McGhee
      Paul McGhee is currently President of The Laughter Remedy in Wilmington, Delaware, in the USA. His scientific contributions to the field of humor research make him unique among those who currently work as professional speakers discussing the importance of building more humor into your life. He has published 15 books and many scientific articles on humor and is internationally recognized for his contributions in three distinct areas: 1) scientific research on humor and laughter, 2) practical applications of humor in corporate and healthcare settings—including the only research-supported program for improving humor skills and 3) substantive, but entertaining, keynotes and workshops on humor.  Paul spent 20 years conducting basic research on humor and laughter before becoming a professional speaker and is generally viewed as a pioneer in the field. He began his teaching career at the State University of New York in Albany and finished it at Texas Tech University. He also spent two years with a research appointment at the Fels Research Institute in Ohio and three years at the University of Paris (L’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes). His early academic books, The Psychology of Humor (1972), The Handbook of Humor Research (two vol’s, 1983) and Humor: Its Origin and Development (1979), served as cornerstones in providing a solid foundation for the current resurgence of interest in humor and health.

      KEYNOTE: Lighten Up! Humor is FUNdamental to providing Quality Care to Young Children 
      This keynote is always entertaining and fun, but is substantive, as well. It focuses on how keeping your sense of humor helps childcare providers and early childhood educators provide quality care and education day after day—even on the tough days. Part of this program emphasizes the notion that a good sense of humor is an essential survival skill for teachers and care providers. A sense of humor is shown to provide the resilience needed to cope with the challenges that young children sometimes offer. This keynote is always well received. 
      WORKSHOP # 1 : The Playful Brain: Development of Young Children’s Humor
      This workshop describes basic developmental changes in young children’s humor from infancy until about age seven, along with the social, emotional and cognitive developmental benefits resulting from young children’s humor. The use of humor to support “pre-reading” skills—and learning in general—is also discussed.

      Saturday, April 6th
      8:00 am

      Jeff Johnson 
      Jeff A. Johnson opened Explorations Early Learning, a family child care program, in 2003 with his wife, Tasha, after spending 16 years directing a child care center and community center for a large non-profit agency. Their programs focused on supporting emergent learning in a play-based and child-centered environment. In 2013, they closed their family child care program and retired to pursue their hobbies: speaking at early learning events, making toys, recording podcasts, and advocating for child-led play and caregiver selfcare. Jeff presents regularly at early learning conferences across the United States, Canada, and Australia and has keynoted an international conference in Cork, Ireland. He produces early learning podcasts with over 250,000 downloads a year. Toymaking, his preferred pass time, has led to a business that ships simple wooden toys across the USA and internationally. Jeff has a growing and very active social media following on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube and he blogs at www.playvolutionhq.com. Jeff is the author of 10 books, written to support those in Early Childhood.

      Keynote: Finding Your Smile Again
      Many caregivers spend so much time focusing on the needs of others that they fail to take care of themselves, which often leads to stress and burnout. This session looks at how burnout impacts caregivers and ways to deal with that impact. 
         Outcomes/ Goals 
           Attendees will understand how stress and burnout impacts them 
           Attendees will understand the causes of stress and burnout 
           Attendees will leave with simple and doable ideas for managing stress and burnout 
      Building Brains With Hands-On Play Young children learn best through hands-on, up-close-and-personal, in-your-face interactions with the world. The problem many adult caregivers have with such learning is that it is often messy. Kids who interact closely with their worlds often end up with their world all over their hands, face, and clothes. This session looks at why messy play is an important part of early learning, messy play ideas, and tools and tips to help caregivers make messy okay. 
         Outcomes/ Goals 
           Attendees will understand why messy play is important for young children 
           Attendees will leave with tips and strategies for making messy play easier 
           Attendees will leave with messy play ideas 
      Cows In The Basement 
      A child’s life should be full of whim, fantasy, imagination, and goofiness, but all too often kids are forced to grow up too soon. This session will look at how caregivers can feed their need for fun and fantasy...and have a good time while doing so. 
         Outcomes/ Goals
           Attendees leave with ideas for supporting fantasy and imaginative play
           Attendees will practice using their imaginations
           Attendees will see the relationship between fantasy play and learning
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