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1 Fourth Annual Una Conferencia para los Profesionales de la Primera Infancia. April 17 & 18, 2015 Delaware Technical Community College Terry Campus Dover, DE

2 Friday, April 17, 2015 keynote speaker Ta Mora Jackson Saturday, April 18, 2015 keynote speaker Dr. Jean Ta`Mora Jackson is one of the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children s (DVAEYC) Quality Improvement Coordinators. She provides technical assistance to teachers and directors involved in the Keystone STARS quality initiative program. Her experiences include several years as a toddler and preschool teacher, director, CDA instructor, legislative assistant and adjunct professor. Ta`Mora is a graduate of Bennington College s Center for Creative Teaching where she earned an accelerated Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Teaching degree. She resides in Philadelphia, PA with her husband and 2 year old daughter. Dr. Jean Feldman s noteworthy educational career has spanned more than 40 years. She has served as a classroom teacher, instructor of adults, author, and consultant. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the National Kindergarten Alliance, and the International Reading Association. Dr. Feldman s list of degrees include a B.A. from the University of Georgia, a D.A.S.T. from Emory University, and both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia State University. Dr. Feldman inspires teachers across the country with her engaging songs and creative activities that help make teaching and learning FUN! Friday Conference Friday Conference Schedule Programa de Conferencias Viernes 8:00 8:45am Registration & Exhibits Registro & Exposiciones 8:45 9:00am Welcome Remarks Palabras de Bienvenida 9:00 10:00am Keynote Address Discurso de Apertura 10:15 11:45am Workshop Session A Sesión del Taller A 11:45am 12:45pm Lunch & Exhibits Almuerzo & Exposiciones 1:00 2:30pm Workshop Session B Sesión del Taller B 2:45 4:15pm Workshop Session C Sesión del Taller C KEYNOTE ADDRESS/DISCURSO DE APERTURA 9:00-10:00am Ta Mora Jackson What is your gift to children? Listen as Ms. Jackson reminds you of the reason you chose to be an early childhood educator and to continue providing your best to the families and children in your charge. Reconnect to your identity and commitment as an early childhood professional. Ta Mora Jackson - Cuál es su regalo a los niños? Escucha mientras la Sra Jackson le recuerda la razón por la cual eligió ser un educador de la niñez y continuar proporcionando lo mejor para las familias y los niños a su cargo. Vuelva a conectar con su identidad y compromiso como profesional y la primera infancia. In order to make it easier for you to identify workshops that meet your specific needs and interests, the following letters, designated after each workshop title, indicate the audience for whom the workshop is most appropriate. IF - Infant T - Toddler PS - Preschool SA - School Age MA - Multi-Age FM - Families P - Parents FCC - Family Child Care Providers D/A - Directors/Administrators Con el fin de hacer más fácil para usted para identificar los talleres que cumplan con sus necesidades e intereses específicos, las siguientes letras, designados después de cada título del taller, indican la audiencia a la cual el taller IF - Infantil T - Niño PS - Preescolar SA - Edad Escolar MA - Multi-Edad FM - Familias P - Padres FCC - Proveedor de Cuidado Infantile en el Hogar D/A - Directores/Administradoroes

3 Session A Sesión A 10:15-11:45am 10:15-11:45am A-1 Language and Literacy Experiences for Infants and Toddlers (IF,T) Language and literacy skills begin at birth. This workshop will explore the developmental stages of infants and toddlers as well as learning experiences that can support their language and literacy development. Peggy Stinson, Professional Development Instructor, University of Delaware-DIEEC Professional Development Department A-2 Supporting Students with ADHD (MA,FM,P) Gain school and home strategies for ADHD students. General overview of the disorder and its effects on both students and families. Strategies on supporting learning in school and at home, which include securing useful accommodations and modifications as well as available community resources. Mila Hathaway, Parent Consultant, Parent Information Center of Delaware A-3 Expanding Play In the Infant and Toddler Environment (IF,T) Gain knowledge and skills in expanded play for infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities. Infants and toddlers are active learners who construct their understanding and knowledge through play. Providing meaningful play experiences offers high-quality care for infants and toddlers. Rhodah Harrell, Substitute Teacher, University of Delaware Early Learning Center-Wilmington Kristen Chandler, Teacher, University of Delaware Early Learning Center-Wilmington Polly Lung, Master Teacher, University of Delaware Early Learning Center-Wilmington A-4 Common Core 101 (MA) What everyone should know about Common Core Standards. Get the facts about Common Core Standards and how to apply them to your instruction. Discover what Delaware is doing to implement the standards and support teachers. Lynelle Hyland, Adult Education Instructor, Sussex Technical Adult Education/Indian River School District A-5 Rethinking the Calendar: Strategies for Enriching Group Time (PS) Use the calendar to teach math concepts. Make group time more exciting, engaging, and meaningful. Discover ideas and strategies to make group time more enjoyable. Explore the purpose and the benefits of well-planned, developmentally appropriate large group experiences. Christine Skrobot, ERS Anchor, University of Delaware/DE Stars A-6 Practical Supervisory Techniques/Sensitive and Difficult Situations (D/A) An open discussion workshop. Specific situations supervisors face will be discussed with strategies on best practices and tactics. This is a participant driven, open discussion forum. Jeff Benatti, Executive Director, New Castle County Head Start, Inc. A-7 Messy Hands, Happy HeARTS (PS) The importance of individual creative expression for preschoolers. Explore sample activities, meaningful displays, and hear suggestions for creating opportunities for children to express what they observe, think, feel, and imagine through art. Tanis Oakley, ERS Anchor, University of Delaware/DE Stars Megan Torello, ERS Assessor, University of Delaware/DE Stars A-8 Panel Discussion: What Is an Itinerant Special Education Teacher? (PS) Provide services to special needs students in their natural environment. Special education teachers provide consultation, coaching, and modeling within Head Start, Child Care, and Preschools to ensure children are assured access, participation, and support. Join the panel discussion to hear how it works. Panel participants include: Karen Spair, Red Clay School District; Pat Jacobs, Colonial School District; Linda Arnoth, Parent; Elizabeth Forenski and Kristen Cunningham, New Castle County Head Start. Jamie Walko, Technical Assistant/Education Consultant, Delaware DOE/Office of Early Learning A-9 Raising Readers and Learners Through the Library! (MA) Encouraging passionate readers and lifelong learners. Learn tips, tools, and techniques librarians use to support informal lifelong learning. Discover fun methods to support individual curiosity and learning paths, and tour the Delaware libraries resources. Dr. Annie Norman, State Librarian, State of Delaware

4 A-10 Cultivating Teacher Leadership: Growing High Quality Leaders In High Quality Classrooms (PS,D/A) Identify attributes of highly effective teacher leaders. Creating a high quality classroom requires teachers to manage children, resources, and the classroom team. This session explores how to supervise, coach, and support teachers to build and strengthen their classroom leadership skills. Kathleen Murphey, Early Childhood Specialist, ICF International A-11 How Do You Receive Funding for Capital and Technology? (IF,T,PS,D/A,FCC) Grant writing. Infrastructure Fund s presentation provides necessary information for the grant application process (eligibility, capital, technology) and assists in identification of common ERS indicators and Standards connected to the Fund. The Fund welcomes Star Level 2 and above programs to apply, but is also helpful to all Stars Programs. Brigitte Shellenberger, Infrastructure Coordinator, Children & Families First A-12 Transitions: Supporting Active Learning (MA) Understand the importance of consistent and smooth transitions. Much of the child care day is spent transitioning from one activity to another. See how purposeful transitions can be used as valuable learning opportunities. Walk away with ideas for creating transition activities that are fun for the children and will help everyone experience smoother days. Linda Farmer, ERS Assessor, University of Delaware/DE Stars Michelle Richards, ERS Assessment Coordinator, University of Delaware/DE Stars A-13 Creating Peaceful Classrooms (T,PS,SA,MA,D/A) If we are to achieve peace in the world, we must begin with the children Ghandi Explore strategies around ground rules and respectful communication leading ultimately to peace. Ideas will assist teachers in building peaceful children, classrooms, communities, and a more peaceful world. Cathy Lopez-Cooling, Head of School, Children s House Montessori School Marianne Cordrey-Cotsell, Lead Early Childhood Teacher, Children s House Montessori School A-14 Teaching Strategies GOLD (IF,T,PS,SA,MA,D/A) 6 Hour Workshop 9:00am-4:00pm Use the Teaching Strategies GOLD online assessment tool. A validated and reliable observation system, this assessment tool is an ongoing and authentic way to assess children birth through kindergarten including children with special needs. Keynote speech not included! Susan Lewis, Professional Development Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator, Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood A-15 Inmersión en Español en Delaware (FM,P) Beneficios de la educación de inmersión para los estudiantes de habla hispana nativa y el patrimonio. Los padres y las familias aprenderán los grandes beneficios de los programas de inmersión y se inspiró para matricular a sus hijos en programas en todo el estado de Delaware. Delaware es el segundo estado en los Estados Unidos que proporcionar a sus estudiantes con iniciativa idioma mundial dirigido por el Estado y está plenamente comprometido con la creación de los ciudadanos del mundo, bilingües. Lynn Fulton-Archer, Especialista World Language Immersion, Delaware DOE Angie Finegan, Especialista Español Inmersión de Instrucción, Delaware DOE A-16 Seizures Recognition and Management (MA) Seizures are vastly misunderstood. More children have seizures that look like daydreaming or disruptive behavior. This program demonstrates what the most common seizures look like and how to manage them in the educational setting. Marsha Levine, Community Educator, Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware While children are the focus this conference, this event is for adults only. To allow everyone the opportunity to learn without distractions, please make arrangements for your children while attending this conference.

5 Session B Sesión B 1:00-2:30pm 1:00-2:30pm -Silver Sponsor- B-1 You Can Count on Me: Preschool Math (PS) Preschool math is more than just counting. Math is also shapes (geometry), measurement/size, graphs, surveys, patterns, time, money, sets, and estimation. Discover fun, concrete ways to teach these concepts, learn how to set up a math center, and the use of math center management. Ta Mora Jackson, Keynote Speaker, Quality Improvement Coordinator, Delaware Valley AEYC B-2 Incorporating Sensory Needs Into Your Classroom (PS,FM,P) 3 Hour Session Sensory needs in the classroom and the home. Join presenters, Nicole and Melissa, for a make and take sensory based learning experience. Identify different sensory needs and how to plan for those needs in the classroom and the home. Nicole Cardinale, Special Ed Preschool Teacher, Appoquimimink School District Melissa Yankwitt, Special Ed Preschool Teacher, Appoquimimink School District B-3 Communication Needs (PS) Develop new understanding of dual language learners or children with communication needs. An interactive workshop to allow professionals the opportunity to experience what dual language learners feel and how a child with communication needs feels in the classroom. Discuss how classroom activities can be modified in order to facilitate instruction and activities. Fiona Vivar, Field Agent, Delaware DOE Liaison to CDW in New Castle County, Delaware DOE B-4 Best Practices in Dual Language Learning (MA) Every day practices for students with English as a second language. Learn higher level thinking skills for DLL students while considering the child s culture. Incorporate meaningful lessons for early learners while including families. Lynelle Hyland, Adult Education Instructor, Sussex Technical Adult Education/Indian River School District B-5 PNC Lesson Center Website: Making A Difference in Preschool and The Arts (PS) Access content-based activities in Science and the Arts. This presentation will guide the participants through the PNC Grow Up Great Lesson Center website. Based on a constructivist approach to learning, children will discover ideas for themselves as they engage, explore, and make sense of their world. Stacey Sangtinette, Curriculum Developer, College of Education, Temple University Lois Lamond, School Program Coordinator, Delaware Museum of Natural History B-6 Transforming Your Program Through Leadership (D/A) Discuss leadership styles that support teacher engagement and buy-in. High turnover has long been an issue in the early childhood field. Transforming a program through leadership can positively influence job satisfaction and motivation. Nicole Hylton, Program Manager of Operations/DE Stars, University of Delaware Kimberley Pridemore, Program Director, Delaware Technical Community College, Child Development Center B-7 First Steps to Spending, Saving, and Sharing for Children (PS,SA) Financial skills, never too soon to learn. Caregivers and educators will gain strategies and learn the resources to turn everyday experiences into learning moments that build the basics of financial skills; a lifelong skill. Sharikka (Shay) Frisby, Program Manager, $BM Childcare Initiative, State of Delaware Regina Sidney-Brown, Financial Coach, $BM Childcare Initiative, State of Delaware B-8 Call to Action: Getting Parents to Heed the Call to Advocate for Early Childhood Education (IF,T,FM,P,FCC,D/A) Learn the impact investment in ECE has on child development and long term life success. This interactive session is designed to excite and energize providers and parents about the need to advocate for early childhood education with key public policy decision makers. Dr. Devona E.G. Williams, President/CEO, Goeins-Williams Associates, Inc.

6 B-9 Why Early Experiences Matter (MA) Identify how childhood adversity impacts brain development. This workshop will explore the myriad ways that toxic stress during early childhood impacts brain development and affects social, behavioral, and cognitive abilities. This presentation will include practical strategies to use with children to promote resiliency. Marcy Witherspoon, MSW, LSW, Owner/Social Work Consultant, and Trainer, Witherspoon s Consulting Services, LLC B-10 CHILD CARE CENTERS: Staying in Compliance is Easier Than You Think! (IF,T,PS,SA,MA,D/A) Staying in compliance need not be difficult. Attention to detail is required. Experienced staff from the Office of Child Care Licensing will review regulations for center administrators and staff and offer answers to questions. Following Delacare Rules is the first step toward quality! Betty Gail Timm, Administrator, Office of Child Care Licensing Kelly McDowell, Licensing Supervisor, Office of Child Care Licensing B-11 Understanding Learning Styles (T,PS,MA,FM,P) Learning styles influence behavior and academics. This highly interactive session explores the different learning styles and how they influence a student s learning. Participants learn how to access their own learning style, in addition to that of their students, while using this information to promote and support learning in both the school and home. Meedra Surratte, PTI Project Coordinator, Parent Information Center of Delaware B-12 I Talk, I Touch, I Sign: Promoting Children s Communication Differences (PS) 3 Hour Session Discover communication tools that encourage language development. Children use multiple means of communication including talking, touching, and signing. Learn how early childhood educators can promote communication among children with and without communication differences. Beth Mineo, Center Director, University of Delaware, Center for Disabilities Studies Karen Latimer, AT Resource Center Manager, University of Delaware, Center for Disabilities Studies B-13 CARA s Kit for Preschoolers: A Practical Tool for Creating Adaptations for Routines and Activities (PS) 3 Hour Session Preview CARA s Kit and understand its uses. CARA: Creating Adaptations for Routines and Activities. Learn to use CARA s Kit to promote preschooler s successful participation within everyday routines and activities. Suzanne Milbourne, Researcher, University of Delaware, Center for Disabilities Studies B-14 Administrators Current and Future; Discuss the Joys and Struggles of the Trade. (D/A) Discuss some of the biggest struggles administrators face in today s ECE settings. This session is designed for current administrators or those who wish to become administrators. A resource kit will be shared that will provide tips and tools for participants to navigate implementation of effective Employee Handbooks including; policies and procedures to protect you as an at will employer, holding employees accountable, resources for in house training, and observation/assessment for effective feedback. Andria Keating, Owner/Administrator, Babes on the Square Too! Preschool and Childcare Center Michelle Spencer, Technical Assistant, University of Delaware/DE Stars B-15 Safe Sleep Turns 20! (IF,T) Learn critical SIDS-risk reduction strategies. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age, with 20% of SIDS deaths occurring during child care. Discover tips for promoting Tummy Time and discuss the importance of having a written sleep policy. Mary F. Sonnenberg, M.Ed., Deputy Director, DE Stars for Early Success, University of Delaware Bring your photo ID each day for conference check-in.

7 Session C Sesión C 2:45-4:15pm 2:45-4:15pm C-1 Monolingual and Bilingual Children: What Science Can Tell Us About Their Language (D/A) Early language development in monolingual and bilingual children. Language is the core ability that children rely on to succeed in school, as it allows them to understand teachers and peers, engage in conversation, learn to read, and even acquire mathematical skills. Giovanna Morini, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Delaware, School of Education C-2 Tools of the Trade: Using Household Items to Enhance Your Classroom (IF,T,PS,SA,MA) Enhance your classroom while saving money. Participants will learn how to utilize materials already in the program and to create new ones without spending a lot of money. Discover ideas and suggestions to enhance each area of the classroom. Julie MacDonald, DE Stars Technical Assistant, DE Stars Easter Seals Jackie McDonough, DE Stars Technical Assistant, DE Stars Easter Seals C-3 Engaged Families Make the Difference (PS,MA,FM,P) Working partnerships between schools and families. This interactive session covers the importance of family involvement in education and supports parents efforts to become engaged. Parents learn multiple tips on working as partners with school staff and providing educational supports for their children. Meedra Surratte, PTI Project Coordinator, Parent Information Center of Delaware C-4 Infant and Toddler Brain Development (IF,T) Active brain, active workshop. Participate in small and large group activities to increase understanding of how early experiences influence the physical structures of the brain, opening the way for patterns of thought and behavior for the rest of a child s life. Christine Anderson, Head Start Region III Training and Technical Assistant ECE Manager, ICF International C-5 Seeing Science Everywhere (T,PS,FM,P) Science is everywhere! Promote the process of scientific inquiry and implement Seeing Science Everywhere lessons in the classroom. Understand the difference between inquiry and traditional learning. Lois Lamond, School Program Coordinator, Delaware Museum of Natural History C-6 Early Childhood Transition: Fostering Smooth Transitions from Child Development Watch (CDW) to School-Based Programs (T,PS,MA,FM,P) Identify special education services; discover the difference between IFSP and IEP; transition from CDW school based services. Obtain resources for special education services for infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children. Presenters will illustrate the transition from CDW to school based services, discover the key tools for determining goals, tack progress, and learn the provider s responsibility in the entire process. Z. Hazel Cole, Parent Consultant, Parent Information Center of Delaware C-7 Kidini a Safe Way Home (PS,SA,FM,P,D/A) Bully prevention. A bully prevention child safety program and self-protective skills program for teachers and parents to help children from the ages two to eight years. Michael Ray Graves, Vice President, Kidini C-8 TECE 1, TECE 2: Find Out What s New! (D/A) Newly revised TECE 1 and 2 modules. The revised modules will go into effect in Discover how the modules align with the CDA credential and help participants become content specialists in either infant-toddler or preschool development. Sue Mitchell, Senior Advisor, Office of Early Learning C-9 PAWS for Reading: Making a Positive Experience Through the Use of Therapy Dogs (MA,D/A) The beauty of young children reading to dogs. Beginning readers often falter when they read aloud. But something magical happens when they read to a dog that doesn t correct them. Learn how and why this unique program works! Stephanie Barry, Director, PAWS for Reading

8 C-10 One Book, Many Big Ideas (MA) Picture Books + Big Ideas = Math, Social Studies, and Science! Participants will look for Big Ideas in books that are relevant to mathematics, social studies, and the insightfulness of how science works. Select books and align them to the Common Core Curriculum Standards. Work in groups to develop appropriate age level/grade level lessons. Lynelle Hyland, Adult Education Instructor, Sussex Technical Adult Education/Indian River School District C-11 Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Model for Staff and Supervisors (IF,T,PS,SA,MA,D/A) Partner with parents for school readiness. This is a basic overview on the framework and foundational model of Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE). This interactive workshop will explore the nine areas of relationship competencies and give participants a deeper understanding of PFCE and strategies to help families reach positive outcomes. Amiee Aquino, ECE TTA Specialist, ICF International C-12 Screening and Assessment in Early Childhood (IF,T,PS) Identify the purposes of screening; recognize the difference between a screening tool and an assessment instrument. Screening and assessment of children birth through five are vital components of a high-quality early childhood environment. Explore the value of implementing screening tools and assessment instruments with young children. Laura Cutler, Curriculum and Assessment Program Coordinator, University of Delaware/DE Stars Rena Hallam, HDFS Interim Chair and Associate Professor, University of Delaware Mientras que los niños son el foco de esta conferencia, este evento es sólo para adultos. Para permitir a todos la oportunidad de aprender sin distracciones, por favor haga arreglos para sus hijos mientras asisten a esta conferencia. Saturday Conference Saturday Conference Schedule Programa de Conferencias Sábados 8:00 8:45am Registration & Exhibits Registro & Exposiciones 8:45 9:00am Welcome Remarks Palabras de Bienvenida 9:00 10:00am Keynote Address Discurso de Apertura 10:15 11:45am Workshop Session A Sesión del Taller A 11:45am 12:45pm Lunch & Exhibits Almuerzo & Exposiciones 1:00 2:30pm Workshop Session B Sesión del Taller B 2:45 4:15pm Workshop Session C Sesión del Taller C KEYNOTE ADDRESS/DISCURSO DE APERTURA 9:00-10:00am Dr. Jean Feldman - Kiss Your Brain! You ll discover how to apply brain research in your classrooms in ways that are simple, easy, and meaningful. Highlights include: Songs and handshakes to start your day Cross lateral activities Connecting to the brain through the heart Brain breaks and celebrations Dr. Jean Feldman - Besar a Tu Cerebro! Descubrirá cómo aplicar la investigación del cerebro en sus aulas en formas que son simples y fáciles, y significativa! Aspectos destacados incluyen: Canciones y actividades de manos para empezar eldía Actividades de traviesas laterales Conecta al cerebro a través del corazón Cerebro se rompe y celebraciones In order to make it easier for you to identify workshops that meet your specific needs and interests, the following letters, designated after each workshop title, indicate the audience for whom the workshop is most appropriate. IF - Infant T - Toddler PS - Preschool SA - School Age MA - Multi-Age FM - Families P - Parents FCC - Family Child Care Providers D/A - Directors/Administrators

9 Con el fin de hacer más fácil para usted para identificar los talleres que cumplan con sus necesidades e intereses específicos, las siguientes letras, designados después de cada título del taller, indican la audiencia a la cual el taller IF - Infantil T - Niño PS - Preescolar SA - Edad Escolar MA - Multi-Edad Session A Sesión A FM - Familias P - Padres FCC - Proveedor de Cuidado Infantile en el Hogar D/A - Directores/Administradoroes 10:15-11:45am 10:15-11:45am A-1 Oldies But Goodies! (MA) Whatever happened to The Farmer in the Dell and London Bridge? In this workshop you ll revisit many of the songs and games you played as a child and you ll discover how to use them as a springboard for developing skills. You ll learn: songs to enhance oral language; dances to develop motor skills; brain games and exercise snacks; activities that fuse traditional activities with current standards; and you ll have fun. Participants will even make a few hands on projects for their classrooms. Dr. Jean Feldman, Keynote Speaker, M.A. Early Childhood, Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction A-2 Transición y Servicios de Educación Especial (MA,FM,P) Descubrir los recursos de educación para padres y educadores; especialmente para los bebés y niños en edad preescolar. Este taller informa a los padres y educadores sobre el proceso de transición de un niño desde La Vigilancia del Desarollo Infantil en las escuelas públicas; determinar los objetivos y monitorear el progreso; aprender las responsabilidades de cada proveedor. Crucelis Lopez, Consultor Padres, Parent Information Center of Delaware A-3 Partnerships for Babies (IF,T) Early Head Start-child care partnerships. Learn how Delaware will expand opportunities for infants and toddlers to receive high quality experiences through Early Head Start. Discover Early Head Start standards that guide quality and how infant-toddler providers can embed those standards into their practice to support very young children s learning. Sue Mitchell, Senior Advisor, Office of Early Learning A-4 Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) (T,PS,SA,MA,FM,P,FCC,D/A) CACFP provides reimbursement to participating child care homes and centers for meals served to children in their care. Explore portion sizes to help parents and caregivers understand an easy way to encourage children to achieve balance in their diets. Help children enjoy the new healthy guidelines and learn different ways to introduce unfamiliar foods to children in a positive environment. Dawn Jones, Child and Adult Care Food Program Manager/Director, Delaware Parents Association A-5 Seizures Recognition and Management (MA) Seizures are vastly misunderstood. More children have seizures that look like daydreaming or disruptive behavior. This program demonstrates what the most common seizures look like and how to manage them in the educational setting. Marsha Levine, Community Educator, Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware A-6 Powerful Play Experiences for Infants and Toddlers (IF,T) 3 Hour Session Play is the vehicle for how children learn. Learn strategies to set up the environment and use every day experiences to build language and communication, cognitive, physical, and social-emotional skills in the youngest children in your program. This workshop will provide hands-on play activities for infants and toddlers. Laura Greenlee Sparks, DE Stars Technical Assistant, DIEEC, University of Delaware A-7 First Steps to Spending, Saving, and Sharing for Children (PS,SA) Financial skills, never too soon to learn. Caregivers and educators will gain strategies and learn the resources to turn everyday experiences into learning moments that build the basics of financial skills; a lifelong skill. Sharikka (Shay) Frisby, Program Manager-$BM Childcare Initiative, State of Delaware Mirna Garcia, Personal Financial Coach, Latin American Community Center

10 A-8 Safe Sleep Turns 20! (IF,T) Learn critical SIDS-risk reduction strategies. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age, with 20% of SIDS deaths occurring during child care. Discover tips for promoting Tummy Time and discuss the importance of having a written sleep policy. Mary F. Sonnenberg, M.Ed., Deputy Director, DE Stars for Early Success, University of Delaware A-9 Building Tools for Thinking: Developing Executive Functions of the Brain (PS) Understand basic brain function, developmental milestones, and self-management. This workshop will present a basic overview of the development of brain functions that support self-management, working memory, and cognitive flexibility necessary for learning and problem solving. Martha Gregor, LCSW, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, DPBHS A-10 Maximizing Your Spend and Return on Employee Benefits (D/A) Utilizing insurance carrier and payroll tools to communicate to your employees. The costs of employee benefits continue to rise. Employees rarely understand the value or the need for different insurance programs. This session will help identify cost saving methods of providing benefits, tax advantaged programs and communication tools for reaching your employees. Aaron Mitchell, Employee Benefits Consultant, USI Insurance Services, LLC A-11 How To Receive Funding for Capital and Technology? (IF,T,PS,FCC,D/A) Grant writing. Infrastructure Fund s presentation provides necessary information for the application process; eligibility, capital, technology needs and assists in identification of common ERS indicators and Standards connected to the Fund. The fund welcomes Star Level 2 and above programs to apply, but is also helpful to all Stars Programs. Brigitte Shellenberger, Infrastructure Coordinator, Children & Families First A-12 Language and Literacy Experiences for Infants and Toddlers (IF,T) Language and literacy skills begin at birth. This workshop will explore the developmental stages of infants and toddlers as well as learning experiences that can support their language and literacy development. Peggy Stinson, Professional Development Instructor, University of Delaware-DIEEC Professinal Development Department A-13 Enseñar a los Niños Pequeños Hablar Español (MA) Dar a los niños el regalo de una segunda lengua. Métodos se discutirán cómo enseñar con eficacia español a los niños más pequeños usando métodos no tradicionales basados en la lingüística y la enseñanza de todo el cerebro. Wendy V. Ash, Propietario/Director, Chiquitots A-14 Teaching Strategies GOLD (IF,T,PS,SA,MA,D/A) 6 Hour Workshop 9:00am-4:00pm Use the Teaching Strategies GOLD online assessment tool. A validated and reliable observation system, this assessment tool is an ongoing and authentic way to assess children birth through kindergarten including children with special needs. Keynote speech not included! Susan Lewis, Professional Development Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator, Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood A-15 Screening and Assessment in Early Childhood (IF,T,PS) Identify the purposes of screening; recognize the difference between a screening tool and an assessment instrument. Screening and assessment of children birth through five are vital components of a high-quality early childhood environment. Explore the value of implementing screening tools and assessment instruments with young children. Laura Cutler, Curriculum and Assessment Program Coordinator, University of Delaware/DE Stars Rena Hallam, HDFS Interim Chair and Associate Professor, University of Delaware A-16 Administrators Current and Future; Discuss the Joys and Struggles of the Trade. (D/A) Discuss some of the biggest struggles administrators face in today s ECE settings. This session is designed for current administrators or those who wish to become administrators. A resource kit will be shared that will provide tips and tools for participants to navigate implementation of effective Employee Handbooks including; policies and procedures to protect you as an at will employer, holding employees accountable, resources for in house training, and observation/assessment for effective feedback. Andria Keating, Owner/Administrator, Babes on the Square Too! Preschool and Childcare Center Michelle Spencer, Technical Assistant, University of Delaware/DE Stars

11 Session B Sesión B 1:00-2:30pm 1:00-2:30pm B-1 Through Their Eyes: Communicating Effectively With Families (MA) 3 Hour Session Understand how cultural beliefs influence human interactions. In this interactive session we will explore strategies for partnering with families, by better understanding how our cultural beliefs influence our and their interactions. Dr. Annette Searfoss, Director of Delaware Stars, University of Delaware B-2 Teaching With Intention: Supporting Quality Planning and Individualized Learning Experiences (PS) What does it take to be an Intentional Teacher? Explore the importance of creating a system promoting effective lesson planning, appropriate experiences, progress monitoring and goal setting. Examine a range of teaching strategies and increase your knowledge of learning styles. Andrea Prettyman, M.Ed., Program Manager, Technical Assistant DE Stars, Children & Families First Beth Altemus, Technical Assistant DE Stars, Children & Families First B-3 TECE 1, TECE 2: Find Out What s New! (D/A) Newly revised TECE 1 and 2 modules. The revised modules will go into effect in Discover how the modules align with the CDA credential and help participants become content specialists in either infant-toddler or preschool development. Sue Mitchell, Senior Advisor, Office of Early Learning B-4 Empowering the Family Child Care Provider: Strategies for Running a Successful Business and Becoming a Leader in the Field (MA,FCC) Reach new goals and become a powerful voice in the profession. Look at your program with new eyes and identify resources that can help you grow. Become reenergized and motivated to reach new goals, face challenges, advocate for quality programs, and become a powerful voice in this profession. Jen Cortes, Technical Assistant, University of Delaware Kristy Smith, Technical Assistant, University of Delaware B-5 Cultural Competency: Valuing Differences and Honoring Relationships (IF,T,PS,SA,MA,FM,P,D/A) Promote cultural competence among staff and children. This session will explore the topic of diversity and cultural competency in early care and education settings through reflective practice and family-teacher collaboration. Aung Phyo, Research Graduate Assistant, DIEEC, University of Delaware/PD Allison Constable, Associate Director of Professional Development, DIEEC B-6 Time to Get Fit and Play (MA) Understand the importance of physical activities; learn new games and activities to start using right away. Focus on incorporating fun, high energy activities that promote physical activity and healthy living in your child care programs that can be implemented at your facility immediately. Amanda Blose, Child Development Director, YMCA of Delaware B-7 Helping Families Support Emergent Literary & Math Skills in the Home Environment (FM,P) Fun playing with learning manipulatives. Participants will learn the value of manipulative play, how to create their own homemade manipulatives at low cost, and will gain access to hundreds of hands-on games to promote engagement. Donna Sanderson, Ed.D., Associate Professor, West Chester University B-8 Raising Readers and Learners Through the Library! (MA) Encouraging passionate readers and lifelong learners. Learn tips, tools, and techniques librarians use to support informal lifelong learning. Discover fun methods to support individual curiosity and learning paths, and tour the Delaware libraries resources. Dr. Annie Norman, State Librarian, State of Delaware B-9 FAMILY CHILD CARE PROVIDERS: Staying in Compliance is Easier Than You Think! (FCC) Staying in compliance need not be difficult. Attention to detail is required. Experienced staff from the Office of Child Care Licensing will review regulations for family childcare providers and offer answers to questions. Following Delacare Rules is the first step toward quality! Betty Gail Timm, Administrator, Office of Child Care Licensing Kelly McDowell, Licensing Supervisor, Office of Child Care Licensing B-10 The Impact of an Early Childhood Literacy Intervention on DLL Preschoolers Literacy Abilities (PS) Effective early childhood literacy intervention for children at-risk. Evaluate the impact of an early literacy intervention on prekindergarten dual

12 language learners who scored as at-risk for reading difficulties. Discuss the benefits of home literacy practices for prekindergarten children. Kandia Lewis, Research Scientist, Nemours BrightStart! B-11 I Talk, I Touch, I Sign: Promoting Children s Communication Differences (PS) 3 Hour Session Discover communication tools that encourage language development. Children use multiple means of communication including talking, touching, and signing. Learn how early childhood educators can promote communication among children with and without communication differences. Beth Mineo, Center Director, University of Delaware, Center for Disabilities Studies Karen Latimer, AT Resource Center Manager, University of Delaware, Center for Disabilities Studies B-12 CARA s Kit for Preschoolers: A Practical Tool for Creating Adaptations for Routines and Activities (PS) 3 Hour Session Preview CARA s Kit and understand its uses. CARA: Creating Adaptations for Routines and Activities. Learn to use CARA s Kit to promote preschooler s successful participation within everyday routines and activities. Suzanne Milbourne, Researcher, University of Delaware, Center for Disabilities Studies B-13 El Estrés y la Repuesta de Relajacion (FM,P) El estrés es un resultado de la experiencia humana. Muchas veces, los efectos del estrés son a menudo pasados por alto, lo que se traduce en la falta de cuidado de si mismo. Esta presentación discutirá cosas que crean estrés y las maneras de aliviar las situaciones de estrés. Martha Gregor, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, Delaware s Best Kier Berkel, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, Delaware s Best B-14 Culturally Sensitive Responsive Care for Young Children (IF,T,MA) 3 Hour Session The impact of culture on young children s and adults responses to routine care. Participants see how their temperament and the children s temperament can affect caregiving responses. Look at strategies to help home and school routines and responses complement each other. Colleen Endicott, Infant and Toddler Specialty TA, DE Stars Melissa Irwin, Infant and Toddler Specialty TA, DE Stars Michelle Spencer, DE Stars TA, DE Stars Session C Sesión C 2:45-4:15pm 2:45-4:15pm C-1 Ready, Steady...Go! (MA,FM,P,D/A) Kindergarten readiness. Recognize kindergarten readiness and engage children in activities to assist in the process. Karen Schreiber, Owner, Discovery Island Early Care & Preschool C-2 Tools of the Trade: Using Household Items to Enhance Your Classroom (IF,T,PS,SA,MA) Enhance your classroom while saving money. Participants will learn how to utilize materials already in the program and to create new ones without spending a lot of money. Discover ideas and suggestions to enhance each area of the classroom. Julie MacDonald, DE Stars Technical Assistant, DE Stars Easter Seals Jackie McDonough, DE Stars Technical Assistant, DE Stars Easter Seals C-3 Preparing for Your Family Child Care Assessment (FCC) Discuss strategies addressing common challenges in family/large family providers. This workshop addresses issues such as supervision, incorporating a provider s own children in the program, and accessibility of materials with multiple age groups in the FCCERS-R. Jen Cortes, Technical Assistant, University of Delaware C-4 Creating a Workplace that Benefits You and Your Team (D/A) Communicate effectively with employees. Communication is one of the biggest obstacles faced in the workplace today! As one of the toughest skills leaders face, learn how to give crystal-clear directions; it delivers super-effective techniques for becoming a better communicator. Juanita Foster, Office Manager, Caring Hand Childcare C-5 MVPA Now! (Moderate Vigorous Physical Activity) (PS,SA,MA,FCC) Intentionally plan activities that promote healthy movement. By using movement, participants in this session will learn how to support children s language development, literacy skills, math skills, science skills, creativity, social emotional development, and physical development. Laura Greenlee Sparks, DE Stars Technical Assistant, DIEEC, University of Delaware

13 C-6 Winterthur School Programs: Fun Ways to Explore Life, Long Ago (PS) Experience preschool programs Winterthur Museum can bring to the classroom. In this hands on workshop hear ideas for the classroom to promote an understanding of early American culture. Winterthur s programs promote a lengthening attention span, listening skills, fine and gross motor skills, and pre-reading skills. Lois Stoehr, Associate Curator of Education, Winterthur, Museum, Garden & Library Sarah Burke, School Program Guide, Winterthur, Museum, Garden & Library C-7 Helping Families Support Emergent Literary & Math Skills in the Home Environment (FM,P) Fun playing with learning manipulatives. Participants will learn the value of manipulative play, how to create their own homemade manipulatives at low cost, and will gain access to hundreds of hands-on games to promote engagement. Donna Sanderson, Ed.D., Associate Professor, West Chester University C-9 Para Ti, Para Mi, Para Luego (PS,FM,P) Habilidades financieras nunca es demasiado pronto para aprender. Los cuidadores y educadores obtendrán estrategias y aprender los recursos para convertir las experiencias diarias en momentos que construyen los fundamentos de las habilidades financieras; una habilidad para toda la vida. Mirna Garcia, Entrenadora Financiera, Latin American Community Center Duniesky Landa, Entrenador Financiero, Latin American Community Center C-10 The Impact of an Early Childhood Literacy Intervention on DLL Preschoolers Literacy Abilities (PS) Effective early childhood literacy intervention for children at-risk. Evaluate the impact of an early literacy intervention on prekindergarten dual language learners who scored as at-risk for reading difficulties. Discuss the benefits of home literacy practices for prekindergarten children. Kandia Lewis, Research Scientist, Nemours BrightStart! C-8 The Great Outdoors! (MA,FM,P,D/A) Meaningful outdoor experiences for children, parents, and adults. Delaware State Parks and the Delaware Children in Nature Coalition both offer multiple opportunities to connect with the outdoors through a variety of activities, benefitting each individual who participates. Riley Hays, Interpretive Specialist, Delaware State Parks Jonathan Wickert, Chief of Interpretation (Programming), Delaware State Parks Professional Development Attendance The Making A Difference Conference offers 5.5 DIEEC Quality Assured training hours per day. In order to earn the 5.5 hours, registrants are required to attend the Keynote Address and all three workshop sessions per day. All professional development attendance will appear on DIEEC transcripts, which can be downloaded at any time. Please allow two weeks after the conference for the hours to appear on transcripts. The Office of Child Care Licensing and Delaware Stars for Early Success will accept the DIEEC transcript as documentation of professional development attendance.

14 Directions to Delaware Technical Community College Terry Campus Education and Technology Building 100 Campus Drive Dover, Delaware From points North VIA Route 1 Toll Road Take I-95 South to exit 4A toward DE-1 South, Dover/Beaches. Take Exit 104 toward US-13/DE-8/Dover Downs/N Dover. Keep straight onto Scarborough Road. Turn right onto South Delaware Tech Drive. South Delaware Tech Drive becomes West Campus Drive. Keep on West Campus Drive past Toddlers Way and Technology Drive. Park in the very next parking lot and you ll see the Education and Technology Building. From points South VIA Route 1 Toll Road Take DE-1 North to Exit 95, DE-10 West toward Dover/Camden/Rt-10. Stay straight to go onto Bay Road. Bay Road become South Dupont Highway/US-13 North. Turn left onto Scarborough Road. Turn right onto South Delaware Tech Drive. South Delaware Tech Drive becomes West Campus Drive. Keep on West Campus Drive past Toddlers Way and Technology Drive. Park in the very next parking lot and you ll see the Education and Technology Building. Hotel Arrangements For those individuals needing hotel accommodations, arrangements have been made with the Hampton Inn Milford for a reduced room rate. There are a limited number of rooms available at this discounted rate, so please contact the hotel soon and reserve early to insure availability. The cut-off date for reservations is April 1, Mention the Making a Difference Conference when reserving. Hampton Inn Milford 100 Lighthouse Estates Drive Milford, DE phone fax Single/Double Room Rate $79.00 plus applicable state and local tax Directions from the Hotel Staff: When using GPS use alternate address of 800 Carpenters Pit Road, Milford DE From US 1 North, make a right on NE 10th St., then turn immediate left onto Carpenters Pit Road, and turn right onto Lighthouse Estates Drive. The Hampton Inn hotel will be on your left. From US 1 South, make left onto New Wharf Rd., then turn right onto Calvary Rd., and then turn left onto Lighthouse Estates Drive. The Hampton Inn will be on your left. From 113 North, turn right onto New Wharf Road, then turn immediate right onto Calvary Road. Follow this and make a left onto Lighthouse Estates Drive. The Hampton Inn will be on your left. Important Notes - Notas Importantes No Refunds Allowed - Ningunos Reembolsos Permitidos Each day, Photo ID is required for Check-in Se Requiere que Cada Día, Identificación con Foto para Ingresar

15 REGISTRATION INFORMATION Registration is open Monday, January 26, 2015 through March 27, 2015 or until all sessions are FULL. Please sign up early. Registration is first come, first served! REGISTRATION $45.00 One Day Fee Friday, April 17 OR Saturday, April 18 $80.00 Two Day Fee Saturday, April 17 AND Saturday, April 18 Included Lunch Choice Continental breakfast and hot lunch will be available for all conference registrants. Roast Turkey or Spinach Lasagna April 17 Roast Chicken or Fettuccini Alfredo April 18 NEW DIEEC WEBSITE: https://dieecpd.org/ Returning Members: New Log-in Instructions 1. Click on Forget your Password? 2. As prompted, type in your address and click send. *If you are unsure of what address we have on file, you will have to contact the main office at during normal business hours. 3. Check your inbox for an from our system then click on the link in the to reset your password. *If you do not see an in your inbox, please check your spam folder for the Continue logging in as prompted. 5. Write down user name ( address) and new password you created for future reference. First Time Users of DIEEC Website: Register on homepage under New User. Click on Green REGISTER Button If you do not have internet access, you may call DIEEC directly to register via phone: INFORMACIÓN DE REGISTRO La inscripción está abierta Lunes, 26 de Enero 2015 a través de 27 de Marzo 2015 o hasta que todas las sesiones están llenas. Por favor inscribirse temprano. El registro es el primero que llega, primero servido! REGISTRO $ Por Un Día Viernes, 17 de Abril O Sábado, 18 de Abril $ Por Dos Días......Viernes, 17 de Abril Y Sábado, 18 de Abril Incluido Elección de Almuerzo Desayuno continental y almuerzo caliente estarán disponibles para todos los solicitantes de registro de la conferencia. Pavo Asado o Lasaña de Espinacas - 17 de Abril Pollo Asado o Fettuccini Alfredo - 18 de Abril NUEVO DIEEC SITIO WEB: https://dieecpd.org/ Miembros que regresan: Nuevas instrucciones para accede al sistema. 1. Hacer clic en Forget your Password? 2. Cuando se le indique, escriba su dirección de correo electrónico y haga clic en enviar. 3. Si no está seguro de qué dirección de correo electrónico que tenemos registradas, usted tendrá que ponerse en contacto con la oficina principal al durante el horario normal. *Si usted no ve un correo electrónico en su bandeja de entrada, por favor revise su carpeta de spam para el correo electrónico. 4. Continuar sesión como se le indique. 5. Escriba el nombre de usuario (correo electrónico) y la nueva contraseña que creó para referencia futura. Primera Vez que los Usuarios de DIEEC Web: Registro en página principal en Nuevo Usuario. Haga clic en el botón verde REGISTRO. Si usted no tiene acceso a Internet, puede llamar DIEEC directamente a registrarse a través del teléfono:

16 2004 Foulk Road, Suite 6 Wilmington, DE Non-Profit Organization U. S. Postage PAID Wilmington, DE Permit No Making A Difference Conference April 17 & 18, 2015 Register by March 27, 2015 Important Notes - Notas Importantes No Refunds Allowed Ningunos Reembolsos Permitidos Bring your photo ID each day for conference check-in Para el registro, cada día trae su identificación con fotografía. Professional Development Attendance - La Asistencia de Desarrollo Profesional The Making A Difference Conference offers 5.5 DIEEC Quality Assured training hours per day. In order to earn the 5.5 hours, registrants would be required to attend the Keynote Address and all three workshop sessions per day. La Conferencia Haciendo la Diferencia ofrece 5,5 DIEEC horas de calida garantizada de entrenamiento por día. Con el fin de ganar las 5,5 horas, se solicita a los solicitantes asistir a la Conferencia Magistral y las tres sesiones del taller por día. daeyc.org/madc2015/ (Making a Difference Conference) (Conferencia Magistral y las tres sesiones del taller por día.)

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