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Preconference Workshops:  

Thursday, April 4th     8:00 am - 11:30 am

Early Childhood Literacy with Dr. Marcy Drew and     Dr. Diane Lowery
There is a great deal of research about language and literacy development of children from birth to age five, but how can early childhood educators break it down and apply it to their daily work with children? 

In this workshop, attendees will explore the Planned Language Approach with a focus on “The Big 5” components of Background Knowledge, Oral Language and Vocabulary, Book Knowledge and Print Concepts, Alphabet Knowledge and Early Writing, and Phonological Awareness, and how they connect to the South Dakota Early Learning Guidelines and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. 

Practical and developmentally appropriate ideas for implementing the components and integrating literacy throughout learning centers and activities will be discussed. Participants will have opportunities to share how they foster language and literacy development and to make an implementation plan for their own programs.

Marcy Drew is a lecturer at the University of South Dakota in the Division of Teacher Residency and Education. She lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, two children, and two dogs.  She is currently the secretary of the South Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children and has served in several positions on the board of Siouxland AEYC. She has many years of experience in early childhood education, including working in Head Start, child care centers, after school and summer programs, home visiting, and blended early childhood classrooms. She holds a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education, a Master’s Degree in early childhood special education, and an Ed.D in curriculum and instruction. Marcy strongly supports learning and meeting developmentally appropriate standards through play and building strong, positive relationships.
Diane Lowery lives in Pierre, SD with her husband and is the mother of four married children with nine grandchildren. She has been an Early Childhood Specialist with Head Start Region 8 Training and Technical Assistance Center for nine years, coming back to Head Start after twelve years as the state Title I Director for the South Dakota Department of Education. Prior to work at the state Diane was the education manager and teacher at Oahe child Development Center Head Start program. She has experience in home child care as well as private and public preschool programs while she and her family lived in Vermillion, SD. Diane has a Bachelor of Science degree in general studies, a master’s degree in early childhood education and an Ed.D in curriculum and instruction. She has presented at state, regional, and national conferences and teaches on-line graduate level early childhood education classes for Northwestern College in Iowa. 

Getting Dads Involved: 5 Strategies that Work - Patrick Patterson

Engaging Dads requires a plan, approach, and specific tools. The focus of father engagement is always to benefit the child. This fun and interactive session will teach Best Practices for Getting Dads Involved, including why, how, where, and when to best engage fathers. During this session attendees will have a chance to develop a site-specific father engagement plan that can be implemented immediately upon returning home to their centers.

To keep it fun and engaging, we will use case studies to ensure application and still demonstrate, step-by-step, how to get Dads more involved. This session is especially targeted centers that have few or no male staff. Finally, this session will implement activities that will better prepare Head Start Centers for the next Federal Program Review. 

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