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Early Childhood Education Conference 2019

Saturday, February 2nd 7.30 am - 3.30 pm

About the Conference

Join ELC Broward and fellow early educators in a day of learning.

Attend engaging workshops based on best practices in early childhood education, network with colleagues and learn new and fun activities for the classroom!

AM Sessions

All About APPLE Accreditation: Introducing the 2019 Standards

Wendi Siegel, Ed.D and Lee Bell
The workshop will provide an overview of APPLE accreditation, introducing the 2019 Standards. It will include a description of the process for centers interested in embarking on their initial self-study or those engaging in the continuous quality improvement stage of re accreditation.

VPK Standards

Ana Roa
Implementing the Florida Standards in Preschool Classrooms: 3 Years Old to Kindergarten

Brain Health, ACES, & Social-Emotional Well-Being

Angela Ventura
This workshop provides insights regarding brain health, Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES), and Social-Emotional Well-Being.

Applied Learning is Way More Fun

Barrington Irving
Join world record-setting pilot, Barrington Irving, as he shares his personal success story, and as he discusses how applied STEM learning changed his life. Capt. Irving will talk about applied learning training strategies for instructors to engage them more actively in their students' learning experiences.

Human Resources Tips to Make Your Life Easier!

Beverly Hung
Did you ever having an employee that made you dread coming to work? Did you ever wonder how it got that way? Beverly Hung, a veteran HR manager, will give you tips for recruiting, onboarding, and coaching your staff in a way that will decrease the likelihood you will have to take that deep breath before walking into work!

Linking Emotions and School Readiness: The impact of an emotional intelligence curriculum on pre-kindergarteners’ behavior and academic development

Daniela Fenu Foerch
Andrea Adelman
The purpose of this presentation is to disseminate a current collaborative action research study that examines the effects of the implementation of an Emotional Intelligence approach in combination with the Visible Thinking Routines and Global Thinking Routines in Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) classrooms in Head Start Programs in Miami-Dade County, in order to (1) evaluate and advance student progress with the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for four-year-olds as measured by the Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) assessment tool.

Why is this Child Acting Like This?!....Become Trauma Informed!

Debbie Kay
Carolina White
Back by popular demand! If you're working with children from birth-5, this powerful training is for you. Become trauma informed and learn how trauma impacts child development and behavior; and how you can help!

Special Needs, Real Solutions

Devon Klapholz
Kimberly Diluzio
Participants will learn how to access services through the Child Find for children (birth to age 5) who are at risk or have a disability. The Individual Family Support Plan (IFSP) and Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be explained, along with programs and other resources available in Broward County. Developmental Milestones and parent workshop information will be presented along with materials and website information.

“Prevention Starts Early”

Emilia Vilaire-Monchery, M.S. M.H.C.
When you think of Prevention what comes to mind? A drug prevention program for teenagers? A safe-sex billboard to help prevent STD’s? In this workshop we will discuss how prevention can and should start in early childhood. We will explore the importance of brain health in children and how to cultivate optimal brain health through positive interactions between caregiver and child. We will discover how the early years are the prime time to help build the best brain so our children will grow to be healthy adults who make healthy and safe decisions.

House Bill 1091 - What does it mean to me?

Gordia Ross
In order to increase quality and accountability in School Readiness (SR) funded programs, the Florida legislature passed a new law called House Bill 1091. The law stipulates that SR providers are required to have a program assessment using the identified tool, CLASS®, Classroom Assessment Scoring System. Find out what is required and learn about the CLASS® tool.

Intentional Teaching and the Environment (Delivered in Spanish)

Jenny Sanchez
Beatriz Pillier
Intentional Teaching develops an understanding of the KEY focus and significant aspects of learning. When educator explicitly teach knowledge and skills to individuals or small group that supports the children's learning it is intentional teaching. Intentional teaching involves a teacher being thoughtful, purposeful and deliberate in their decisions and actions. When early years educators and teachers use intentional teaching practice they take active roll in the child learning. To be intentional means to act purposefully with a goal in mind and to have a plan for accomplishing it. Intentional teaching means that teacher act with specific goals in mind for the children in their care and set up the environment accordingly. Intentional teachers have a vast understanding of child development. They must also have a wide range of instructional strategies and know which strategies work best to teach which academic or developmental concept.

Circle Time and Inclusion (Tiempo de circulo e Inclusion)

Jessica Santiago
Denise Oliva
The teachers will understand the importance of circle time in the classroom. They will get to know the different appropriate adaptations to integrate children displaying challenging behavior. The teachers will learn the meaning of the word Inclusion. Both children and teachers will be able to interact appropriately with the inclusive population. It will promote the acceptance of children with special needs. The audience will learn strategies to work on social emotional concepts like self-regulation, collaboration, conflict resolution, empathy by adapting the task to each learners ability.

Diversity in the pre-k classroom: what every teacher must know and be able to do

Karina Soto
This workshop provides the participants with an opportunity to understand how to effectively meet the varied needs of their students given their source of diversity (race, age, disability, giftedness, language, nationality, etc.).

Simple STEAM

Keynote
Research indicates that when we engage younger children in the STEAM fields, we are promoting inquiry-based thinking and a discovery mentality. Teaching young children STEAM play is a way of teaching them how to research, think, and create as open-ended play becomes part of their early experiences. In addition to these benefits, introducing STEAM concepts using a multisensory approach and in a playful way gives young children a competitive advantage and sets a strong foundation for future study habits. Before standardized testing begins and fun is no longer a priority, the foundational skills learned during the early years allow a child to feel confident about her abilities to do science, math, or engineering.

PLAN for Preschool

Kimberly Singer
All children benefit when children with special needs are included into the classroom. Including them with the proper supports to ensure academic learning, social growth, and most of all fun is imperative to a successful inclusion model. This session will focus on specific strategies and interventions that can be immediately implemented to address the needs of all children in your class, no matter their needs. Using the Best Practice In Inclusive Early Childhood Education guide, participants will learn ways to meet the needs of all students in all parts of their day, from circle time to meal time.

It’s YOUR Turn Now: Why It’s So Hard for Teachers to Take Care of Themselves

Manuela Rodriguez
Being tired and busy all day is a lifestyle that is now "normal" for teachers. Its important for teachers to be celebrated, supported and valued. This training will incorporate ways providers can create awareness about the mental health needs of staff as well as the children. Mental Health is an issue we are all experiencing across careers and it is crucial for our educators to be set up for success. Stress, long hours, no breaks, and low pay can be a recipe for burnout and constant turnover. Our children need strong and constant role models. We must provide the support for the teachers to be able to adequately provide quality education.

Más allá de ABC!... Usando la Música con Niños Pequeños

Mirta DeJesus
Maragarita Medina
This presentation will provide teachers of young children with fun learning opportunities in the developmental areas of motor, math and language through the use of musical instruments, songs, rhythms and movement. These tools and strategies offer joyful and rewarding experiences that enhance and promote child’s learning, imagination and creativity.

Safety and Security in our Schools: Supporting Teachers, Children, Families and Directors in Uncertain Times

Dr. Nancy Brown
Idali Medina
Deborah Sutton
Jayne Hafer
Julia Musella
The climate of school shootings and unpredictable violence in our schools have created a frightening and uncertain context for early childhood education. As concerned and dedicated educators, we are faced with challenges and dilemmas that were previously unthinkable. In today’s world, how can we support children, families, teachers and directors? In most schools the director is expected to solve problems and ensure the wellbeing of all participants. This workshop will provide an overview of the issues and needs of children, teachers, families an directors in our communities. Directors from a range of early childhood schools will tell their stories of how they are trying to make their schools safe and secure, while maintaining their own inner peace. Workshop participants will form dialogue groups to brainstorm and share their own stories about safety and security in their schools, and learn new...

Let's Brainstorm Together

Othandra Hicks
Maria Caro
Developing activities that encourage high-order thinking, problem-solving and engagement with the children in our preschool classrooms. Making the connection with Concept Development in the Pre-K CLASS.

KidVision PreK: Virtual Field Trips in the Classroom

Penny Bernath
KidVision PreK is an online resource for preschool teachers. It is a multi-use site. On the site teachers can earn 10 CEUS and/or 100 In-Service Hours! And in the classroom enjoy 100 virtual field trips, lesson plans for children 18-months to 4-years old, and vocabulary words. Open your doors to the world using KidVision PreK field trips, focus on early education standards using our lesson plans, and increase children's vocabulary with our New Words. Miss Penny will help guide you through the process of both using the website to earn needed CEUs and how to use it in the classroom to enrich your curriculum. http://www.KidvisionPreK.org

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program and Child Care WAGE$® Programs - Professional Development Opportunities for Early Childhood Educators

Qiana Peters
Lisa Roberts
The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program and Child Care WAGE$® Program links training, compensation, and commitment to improving the quality of early care and education experiences for young children. This presentation will provide participants with an overview of both programs including the application and award process, navigation through the program websites highlighting resources and tools available, and an opportunity to ask questions and clarify information.

Using Family Therapy and System Principles for Increasing Burnout Resiliency for Educators

Rafis Nin, LCSW
This workshop will provide overview of family therapy and system principles which can be useful in helping us cope with job related stress and burnout resiliency. Tools, Tips and Activities will be presented in fun way drawing from family therapy models such as solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, MRI, and Ericksonian Hypnosis. We will also cover overview of Mindfulness Based-Stress Reduction Principles, and how all this come together to provide all attendees with tools they can take with them and use.

La Importancia del Juego en el Aprendizaje del Nino

Raina Sajous
Julio Maymi
This workshop is designed to help teachers and/or participants understand the importance of the role of play and its benefits in the development of children's learning. Teachers will understand the importance of their role and how positive and effective interactions with the children in their care, is the crucial link in early learning. At the end, participants will be able to create an atmosphere to facilitate learning in their classroom, apply new techniques and strategies of positive approaches that creates an environment for success that include children with disabilities.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE LABORATORY

RAYANE PEDROZA
The Emotional Intelligence develops in the first years of life, and it is necessary for the family, teachers and school to be united to understand and care for the emotional aspect of children. Today when we observe the modem world, parents and children are living a very mechanical routine where talking about our feelings became almost impossible. You are invited to be with us and understand the idea of the emotional intelligence laboratory. Surely it is going to help you and all people in your school.

Como el currículo basado en proyectos puede mejorar los resultados de la evaluación del CLASS

Soraya Fernandez
Ana Avalos - Atkinson
The purpose of the workshop is to provide understanding of the relationship between curriculum implementation and the CLASS scores in the pre-school classroom. The presenter will provide information about project based learning techniques, ideas and its relationship with the CLASS Domains. The primary intended audience are pre-school providers, teachers and directors that have some experience with the CLASS tool and that are interested in learning some techniques about curriculum implementation with project based learning. The audience must be proficient in Spanish since the training will be delivered in that language. We would like the audience to achieve and understanding of project based learning, how to use it in a way it will impact in a positive way Emotional Support, Classroom Organization and Instructional Support. The audience will receive handouts and resources that will provide guidance and support to implement a project based learning curriculum and connect this learning to...

Spreading Joy through STEM activities!

Teri Barker
Dana Rolle
This presentation is designed to engage teachers in fun STEM activities that are intentionally planned to promote an understanding of the importance developing skills such problem-solving, critical thinking and inventiveness in young children. Teachers will gain an understanding of their role in facilitating STEM activities whilst promoting within young children a love for learning.

If I Hear "Good job" One More Time...Using Effective Feedback in the Classroom

Wendy Gordan
Agnes Boddie
This interactive workshop will offer strategies for providing effective feedback that helps teachers create learning opportunities and provide meaningful feedback to children throughout the day using back-and-forth exchanges, scaffolding, asking questions to prompt children to explain their thinking, and offering encouragement and affirmation that increases children's involvement and persistence.

Scientists Come in All Sizes

Linda Parker
Curiosity and discovery are necessary parts of meaningful learning. Sometimes teachers lose the excitement and anticipation of trying something new with their students. They may feel like adding science is too costly, it takes too much time, or is too difficult to implement with young children. However it is possible to turn your students into little scientists and integrate simple, fun experiences/experiments into the classroom curriculum. We will review the developmental stages of the young child, discuss the steps involved in scientific discovery, and try out some fun and developmentally age-appropriate activities.

5 Minutes of Mindfulness Will Make Your Day!

Sarah Greene
This presentation will demonstrate the many and varied benefits of 5 minutes of mindfulness a day for preschoolers and their teachers. Participants will: · Learn how to lower their anxiety levels using techniques which alleviate, stop and can even reverse the negative impact of stress on the body and brain. · Learn techniques to improve intra/interpersonal skills and relationships by enabling active listening, present moment awareness, and increase empathy for others and self. · Learn how to improve focus and attention skills with techniques used to enable greater efficiency and control while reducing negativity in the workplace.

Words Matter!

Cathy Yount
Words Matter! Yes, you can begin to close that word gap and build the vocabulary children need for school readiness success! This interactive session and fun session explores immediately actionable, research based strategies to implement in the preschool classroom and at home, to build success in oral and academic language. By using engaging and authentic text we can increase vocabulary and help with instructional supports that will build language. Learn how to plan a read aloud with STEM titles while implementing PEER and CROWD strategies that will help your children build and expand their readiness skills.

PM Sessions

Human Resources Tips to Make Your Life Easier!

Beverly Hung
Did you ever having an employee that made you dread coming to work? Did you ever wonder how it got that way? Beverly Hung, a veteran HR manager, will give you tips for recruiting, onboarding, and coaching your staff in a way that will decrease the likelihood you will have to take that deep breath before walking into work!

Storytelling and Positive Classroom Interactions

Beverly Jones
Participants who attend this workshop will learn to intergrate oral and written narratives into their daily activities in order to promote positive teacher-child interaction in the classroom.

Linking Emotions and School Readiness: The impact of an emotional intelligence curriculum on pre-kindergarteners’ behavior and academic development

Daniela Fenu Foerch
Andrea Adelman
The purpose of this presentation is to disseminate a current collaborative action research study that examines the effects of the implementation of an Emotional Intelligence approach in combination with the Visible Thinking Routines and Global Thinking Routines in Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) classrooms in Head Start Programs in Miami-Dade County, in order to (1) evaluate and advance student progress with the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for four-year-olds as measured by the Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) assessment tool.

Why is this Child Acting Like This?!....Become Trauma Informed!

Debbie Kay
Carolina White
Back by popular demand! If you're working with children from birth-5, this powerful training is for you. Become trauma informed and learn how trauma impacts child development and behavior; and how you can help!

The Magic of Music and Movement

Debra Cruz
Julio Maymi
Why sing? Why dance? Music and movement for young children involves a set of skills that includes singing, moving, listening, and creating. These skills will assist them with developmentally appropriate ways to communicate and express themselves along with the additional benefits of music and movement in early education. Participants will leave this workshop with a variety of tools and techniques that are immersed in fun and interactive activities.

Special Needs, Real Solutions

Devon Klapholz
Kimberly Diluzio
Participants will learn how to access services through the Child Find for children (birth to age 5) who are at risk or have a disability. The Individual Family Support Plan (IFSP) and Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be explained, along with programs and other resources available in Broward County. Developmental Milestones and parent workshop information will be presented along with materials and website information.

Duck, Duck, Goose - Active Learning for Early Childhood Educators

Grethel Arroyo
Stephanie Templin
There is growing research supporting the importance of the role of physical development in gaining academic skills for children. Early Childhood Educators will learn new and fun ways to incorporate active learning with children from infancy through preschool age. Participants will learn the importance of gross motor development and how to incorporate it through music, movement challenges, and games. Proven strategies will be highlighted on how to utilize gross motor play in a safe manner in and out of the classroom.

More than a Cell Phone - Fun with Computers

Hubert Cesar
Is it sometimes scary to use a computer? Are you still learning and want to know more on how to use your computer? Then come to this session and Hubert Cesar, the ELC’s IT Director, will lead a fun time to learn about computers and feel more comfortable sitting in front of a keyboard and screen.

Intentional Teaching and the Environment (Delivered in Spanish)

Jenny Sanchez
Beatriz Pillier
Intentional Teaching develops an understanding of the KEY focus and significant aspects of learning. When educator explicitly teach knowledge and skills to individuals or small group that supports the children's learning it is intentional teaching. Intentional teaching involves a teacher being thoughtful, purposeful and deliberate in their decisions and actions. When early years educators and teachers use intentional teaching practice they take active roll in the child learning. To be intentional means to act purposefully with a goal in mind and to have a plan for accomplishing it. Intentional teaching means that teacher act with specific goals in mind for the children in their care and set up the environment accordingly. Intentional teachers have a vast understanding of child development. They must also have a wide range of instructional strategies and know which strategies work best to teach which academic or developmental concept.

Circle Time and Inclusion (Tiempo de circulo e Inclusion)

Jessica Santiago
Denise Oliva
The teachers will understand the importance of circle time in the classroom. They will get to know the different appropriate adaptations to integrate children displaying challenging behavior. The teachers will learn the meaning of the word Inclusion. Both children and teachers will be able to interact appropriately with the inclusive population. It will promote the acceptance of children with special needs. The audience will learn strategies to work on social emotional concepts like self-regulation, collaboration, conflict resolution, empathy by adapting the task to each learners ability.

Mud Play

Julia Musella
As research shows, play in a nature-rich environment becomes increasingly more important for children's mental and physical health yet it is increasinglyl less available. A simple, old fashioned mud experience can have many benefits and our climate makes this possible everyday. Join us and experience this for yourself as we create a mud kitchen in our workshop!

Diversity in the pre-k classroom: what every teacher must know and be able to do

Karina Soto
This workshop provides the participants with an opportunity to understand how to effectively meet the varied needs of their students given their source of diversity (race, age, disability, giftedness, language, nationality, etc.).

PLAN for Preschool

Kimberly Singer
All children benefit when children with special needs are included into the classroom. Including them with the proper supports to ensure academic learning, social growth, and most of all fun is imperative to a successful inclusion model. This session will focus on specific strategies and interventions that can be immediately implemented to address the needs of all children in your class, no matter their needs. Using the Best Practice In Inclusive Early Childhood Education guide, participants will learn ways to meet the needs of all students in all parts of their day, from circle time to meal time.

Understanding Autism: Putting the Puzzle Together

Manuela Rodriguez
Jessica Mondragon
This two hour training will briefly discuss four of the puzzling questions when working with a child that may have red flags of Autism. You will learn: What is Autism? What can it look like? Who can be involved? Who can be contacted for help? It’s important to understand the many components that are a part of this journey for the child, their families and the staff that make a significant impact. The training will support your skills by giving you an understanding of the system. These tools can help enhance the learning environment in the classroom as well as supporting the collaboration with everyone involved.

How to follow your own intuition and create amazing activities for young children!

Marianne Lobban
Tiwanna Foster
“How to follow your own intuition and create amazing activities for young children. Two teachers journeys will be shared and participants will walk away with inspirational ideas for their own classroom”.

Más allá de ABC!... Usando la Música con Niños Pequeños

Mirta DeJesus
Maragarita Medina
This presentation will provide teachers of young children with fun learning opportunities in the developmental areas of motor, math and language through the use of musical instruments, songs, rhythms and movement. These tools and strategies offer joyful and rewarding experiences that enhance and promote child’s learning, imagination and creativity.

Let's Brainstorm Together

Othandra Hicks
Maria Caro
Developing activities that encourage high-order thinking, problem-solving and engagement with the children in our preschool classrooms. Making the connection with Concept Development in the Pre-K CLASS.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program and Child Care WAGE$® Programs - Professional Development Opportunities for Early Childhood Educators

Qiana Peters
Lisa Roberts
The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program and Child Care WAGE$® Program links training, compensation, and commitment to improving the quality of early care and education experiences for young children. This presentation will provide participants with an overview of both programs including the application and award process, navigation through the program websites highlighting resources and tools available, and an opportunity to ask questions and clarify information.

Using Family Therapy and System Principles for Increasing Burnout Resiliency for Educators

Rafis Nin, LCSW
This workshop will provide overview of family therapy and system principles which can be useful in helping us cope with job related stress and burnout resiliency. Tools, Tips and Activities will be presented in fun way drawing from family therapy models such as solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, MRI, and Ericksonian Hypnosis. We will also cover overview of Mindfulness Based-Stress Reduction Principles, and how all this come together to provide all attendees with tools they can take with them and use.

La Importancia del Juego en el Aprendizaje del Nino

Raina Sajous
This workshop is designed to help teachers and/or participants understand the importance of the role of play and its benefits in the development of children's learning. Teachers will understand the importance of their role and how positive and effective interactions with the children in their care, is the crucial link in early learning. At the end, participants will be able to create an atmosphere to facilitate learning in their classroom, apply new techniques and strategies of positive approaches that creates an environment for success that include children with disabilities.

Como el currículo basado en proyectos puede mejorar los resultados de la evaluación del CLASS

Soraya Fernandez
Ana Avalos - Atkinson
The purpose of the workshop is to provide understanding of the relationship between curriculum implementation and the CLASS scores in the pre-school classroom. The presenter will provide information about project based learning techniques, ideas and its relationship with the CLASS Domains. The primary intended audience are pre-school providers, teachers and directors that have some experience with the CLASS tool and that are interested in learning some techniques about curriculum implementation with project based learning. The audience must be proficient in Spanish since the training will be delivered in that language. We would like the audience to achieve and understanding of project based learning, how to use it in a way it will impact in a positive way Emotional Support, Classroom Organization and Instructional Support. The audience will receive handouts and resources that will provide guidance and support to implement a project based learning curriculum and connect this learning to...

“THIS IS THE WAY WE MANAGE OUR DAY” Ideas for fun and effective classroom transitions

Suzanne Ekelund
Participants will learn the importance of routines, schedules and transitions in developmentally appropriate preschool classrooms and how planning for smooth transitions may improve social skills, behavior and learning. Participants will leave with resources and ideas for classroom transitions that can be easily implemented in their preschool classrooms.

Spreading Joy through STEM activities!

Teri Barker
Dana Rolle
This presentation is designed to engage teachers in fun STEM activities that are intentionally planned to promote an understanding of the importance developing skills such problem-solving, critical thinking and inventiveness in young children. Teachers will gain an understanding of their role in facilitating STEM activities whilst promoting within young children a love for learning.

More Than Just Reading: Making Story Time Fun in the Pre-K Classroom

Tiffanie Bernard
Ayme Hamoui
The preschool years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. Children need positive interactions with adults during read alouds to gain early literacy-rich experiences. Since reading books to children helps them develop language and listening skills, it is important for educators to make Story Time a motivating and meaningful experience for young children. This presentation will discuss the various ways in which educators can make Story Time fun and engaging for preschoolers. Additionally, how to link concepts learned in Story Time to other learning activities will be discussed.

If I Hear "Good job" One More Time...Using Effective Feedback in the Classroom

Wendy Gordan
Agnes Boddie
This interactive workshop will offer strategies for providing effective feedback that helps teachers create learning opportunities and provide meaningful feedback to children throughout the day using back-and-forth exchanges, scaffolding, asking questions to prompt children to explain their thinking, and offering encouragement and affirmation that increases children's involvement and persistence.

Building Strong Children, Building Strong Families!

Yonela Carusi, MS Ed
How to positively impact the community using 2Gen approach working with children and their parents simultaneously to harness the family’s full potential.

Excel at Spreadsheets for your business! Excel for beginners (Fun. Not scary at all!!)

Reinier Potts
For those of you who fear using Excel, this is the workshop for you! Join your other scared colleagues for a fun and hands-on workshop with Reinier Potts, the Early Learning Coalition's Excel expert. He will teach you the basics of adding numbers, making easy charts, copying and pasting, and reading spread sheets. You will walk out of this workshop confident that you, too, can Excel!

Scientists Come in All Sizes

Linda Parker
Curiosity and discovery are necessary parts of meaningful learning. Sometimes teachers lose the excitement and anticipation of trying something new with their students. They may feel like adding science is too costly, it takes too much time, or is too difficult to implement with young children. However it is possible to turn your students into little scientists and integrate simple, fun experiences/experiments into the classroom curriculum. We will review the developmental stages of the young child, discuss the steps involved in scientific discovery, and try out some fun and developmentally age-appropriate activities.

5 Minutes of Mindfulness Will Make Your Day!

Sarah Greene
This presentation will demonstrate the many and varied benefits of 5 minutes of mindfulness a day for preschoolers and their teachers. Participants will: · Learn how to lower their anxiety levels using techniques which alleviate, stop and can even reverse the negative impact of stress on the body and brain. · Learn techniques to improve intra/interpersonal skills and relationships by enabling active listening, present moment awareness, and increase empathy for others and self. · Learn how to improve focus and attention skills with techniques used to enable greater efficiency and control while reducing negativity in the workplace.

Keynote Speakers

 
Marnie Forestieri
Marnie Forestieri

Entrepreneur, educator, speaker, author, blogger, wife and mom on a mission: To inspire the next generation of innovators.

Debby Mitchell
Debby Mitchell

Debby has more than 35 years’ experience in physical education, coaching, fitness, and health, with research interests including brain research, developmentally appropriate movement activities and music, dance and rhythms, children's wellness, obesity, and integrating technology into the curriculum.

 

Featured Speaker

 
Barrington Irving

The youngest person to pilot a plane around the world solo, a feat he accomplished in 2007. He founded Experience Aviation, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering minority youth to pursue careers in aviation. His airplane, the "Inspiration", has been registered to Experience Aviation since 2006.

 

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