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Early Childhood Track - Workshops

Registration has now ended. See you on Friday, November 4!

Workshop Session 1 (10:45-12:00)

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    This session will address symptoms of childhood anxiety; ways to know when anxiety is becoming an issue; and some coping mechanisms to help a child, teacher, and parent deal with anxiety. Questions are welcome.
    Facilitator: Jeanne Ginsberg
    Audience: Nursery Teachers, Pre-K Teachers, Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (Principles of Childhood Development), 3 (child care program development)

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    This workshop, led by Monica Levy, teaches childcare professionals how to help your preschool students develop an understanding of mathematics, preparing them for kindergarten through a variety of fun and active group games.
    Facilitator: Monica Levy
    Audience: Teachers of Toddlers, Nursery, Pre-K, Math and Physical Education, Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development)

  • Led by Joanna Maulbeck, this workshop will help teachers explore ways of effectively engaging English Language and Dual Language Learners in early childhood classrooms, as well as explore ways of effectively collaborating with diverse families. Workshop will be hands-on, interactive, and pragmatic.
    Facilitator: Joanna Maulbeck
    Audience: Toddler Teachers, Nursery Teachers, Pre-K Teachers, Grades K-2 Teachers
    Format: Interactive, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of child development), 3 (child care program development), 4 (safety and security procedures)

  • Learn how the use of American Sign Language (ASL) with hearing children has proven benefits, such as enhancing brain activity and functioning.
    Facilitator: Tiffany Manor
    Audience: Teachers of Infants, Toddlers, Nursery, Pre-K, and Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development), 3 (child care program development)

  • Participants will discover how easy it is to get comfortable with teaching the faith to the littlest learners. You'll be introduced to "O Come Let Us Worship" and see how to align a worship experience with some "Jesus Time" and a Chapel Center in the classroom.
    Facilitator: Judy Hinsch
    Audience: Teachers from Infants to Pre-K, Administrators, Preschool Teaching Assistants, Pastors, and Board Members
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive

  • “Should we let the children play outside in the rain/mud/snow?” If this question sounds familiar, then this interactive session is for you! Appropriate for early childhood teachers or administrators who are interested in expanding outdoor play opportunities at their school.
    Facilitator: Bethany Wilinski
    Audience: Teachers of Infants to Pre-K, Administrators, Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development), 4 (safety and security procedures)

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    This is the first session of a two part, in-depth workshop. In Part I, participants will learn about and review a functional behavioral analysis (FBA) and its purpose. Using real situations, participants will answer the questions from the FBA. The second session will engage participants in the development of a behavior program/strategy to implement for the child in their program. Please be sure to register for Part II of this workshop.
    Facilitator: Adam J. Holstein
    Audience: Teachers from Toddlers to grade 2
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development), 4 (safety and security procedures)

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    Play is essential to a quality learning environment. It is a tool that when purposefully and intentionally provided, can engage the minds and bodies of young learners. One of the greatest challenges we face is the educating parents and caregivers of the value of play. In this workshop you will learn how to articulate and justify the benefits of play based learning and new ways of providing play. This will be an interactive workshop with many opportunities to share and discuss.
    Facilitator: Cory Newman
    Audience: Teachers for Infants through Pre-K, Administrators, Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format:Discussion-based, Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development)

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    Are you looking for some new ways to improve fine motor skills in your Generation Z students? Then this is the workshop for you! Get ready to get a little messy, have some fun, and leave with a smile and great ideas for your students.
    Facilitator: Michelle Tween
    Audience: Nursery Teachers, Pre-K Teachers, Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development), 3 (child care program development)

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    Remember the day you came home energized because your students were enthusiastic and on task the entire day and your lesson was a great success? In this workshop teachers will be ensuring that everyday has that same effect on students by exploring ways to enhance planning and classroom experiences for increased student engagement, academic rigor, and fun! Learn about Enduring Understandings, Anchor Learning Experiences and Higher Order Questions related to texts, and development of Learning Centers for sustained play and purpose.
    Facilitator: Michelle Marino
    Audience:Nursery Teachers, Pre-K Teachers, Administrators, Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development), 3 (child care program development)

  • Everything you do as a school leads people back to your website. It is the center of your marketing universe and the home base of your brand. Does your website captivate and engage people or is it merely an online brochure with a few photos and a mission statement? In this session, we will share more than a decade of focus group research that reveals, including mistakes, attributes for engaging, methods to promote, :

    • The 3 biggest mistakes schools and organizations make with their website.
    • The 4 attributes of an engaging web presence.
    • 3 proven methods for promoting your website.
    • The 5 required elements of an engaging website.
    • Real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered their online presence.

    Facilitator: Dana Ostomel
    Audience: Administrators, Administrative Assistants, Pastors, Board Members
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive, Tangible Take-Away

  • This session is designed to help improve the listening and communication skills of educators. Learn how to create effective dialogue and be aware of what gets in the way of delivering the message you want.
    Facilitator: Elizabeth Geiling
    Audience: All Early Childhood Teachers, Administrators, Administrative Assistants, Preschool Teaching Assistants, Pastors, Board Members
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 3 (child care program development), 4 (safety and security procedures)

  • Get to know all about the IFSP and the IEP!
    Facilitator: Katherine Roe
    Audience: Nursery, Pre-K, and Grades K-2 Teachers, and Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development)

Workshop Session 2 (12:45-1:45)

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    This is a two-part workshop. In Part 1, we will discuss the definition of a red flag behavior and universal red flag behaviors; recognizing a child at risk of developmental delay; the evaluation process; gathering documentation. Be sure to sign up for Part 2.
    Facilitator: Andie Zukerman, MS, IEP Coordinator Evaluations
    Audience: Nursery Teachers, Pre-K Teachers, Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1( (principles of childhood development), 4 (safety and security procedures)

  • Discover why Eric Carle's books are the perfect way to encourage creative thinking while learning about nature, the world around us and ourselves.
    Facilitator: Monica Levy
    Audience: Toddler, Nursery and Pre-K Teachers, Teachers of English Language Arts/Reading, Science, Music, Arts; and Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development), 3 (child care program development)

  • Learn how to establish a "Culture of Grace" in your classroom that will serve as the foundation for all your faith-based curriculum. The session will offer hands-on activities to help you go beyond the content of curriculum materials and reach the hearts of your students.
    Facilitators: Gary and Kathy Dresser
    Audience: Infant, Toddler, Nursery and Pre-K Teachers, Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get)

  • This presentation provides guidelines for teachers working with young children with challenging behaviors, especially behaviors that prevent social-emotional development.
    Facilitators: Stephanie Squires and EunYoung Jung
    Audience: Nursery, Pre-K and Grades K-2 Teachers
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development)

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    Overview of the foundational Math goals in Early childhood through Primary 3 with hands-on ideas and interactive sharing of ideas that work.
    Facilitator: Lynn M. Wilson
    Audience: Pre-K and Grades K-2 Teachers, Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development), 3 (child care program development)

  • Learn why it is so important to have children connect with the natural world and ways in which we can incorporate it into our everyday lives.
    Facilitator: Diane Kideris
    Audience: Nursery Teachers, Pre-K Teachers
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development), 3 (child care program development)

  • Moving into a leadership role and feeling a little overwhelmed? This workshop will help you discover your leadership potential and what priorities you must have as you transition into the role.
    Facilitator: Cory Newman
    Audience: All
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive

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    This workshop provides preschool teachers with an opportunity to explore how to effectively teach through the arts, including music and movement. Various strategies will be introduced through a hands-on approach, giving teachers a chance to practice the strategies before considering taking them back to their own classrooms.
    Facilitator: Joanna Maulbeck
    Audience: Toddler, Nursery, and Pre-K Teachers, and Teaching Assistants
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development), 3 (child care program development)

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    We all know children love playdough--and understandably so! There is so much more than playdough that we can offer children--goop, silly putty, squish bags, sand dough, and cloud dough, to name a few. This hands on workshop will focus on the importance of sensory play in early childhood. The workshop participants will leave the session with recipe cards to support sensory play in the classroom.
    Facilitator: Heather J. Pinedo-Burns
    Audience: Teachers of infants, toddlers, nursery, pre-k, and Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Interactive, Hands-On
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development), 3 (child care program development)

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    Remember the day when you came home energized because your students were enthusiastic and on task the entire day and your lesson was a great success? In this workshop teachers will learn and share knowledge about Enduring Understandings, Anchor Learning Experiences and Higher Order Questions related to texts, and development of Learning Centers for sustained play and purpose.
    Facilitator: Michelle Marino
    Audience: Nursery Teachers, Pre-K Teachers, Administrators, Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development), 3 (child care program development)

  • EC2L - Infant Teacher Networking

    Ever feel like you're the only one who does what you do in your preschool? With LSA, you are not alone. Come to this informal session to network and share with those who find themselves working with infants each day. Our facilitator will engage your group with questions designed to get you sharing successes, challenges, and sharing ideas. You may walk away with a new colleague to connect with on social media, via email, or phone.

  • EC2M - Toddler Teacher Networking

    Ever feel like you're the only one who does what you do in your preschool? With LSA, you are not alone. Come to this informal session to network and share with those who find themselves working with toddlers each day. Our facilitator will engage your group with questions designed to get you sharing successes, challenges, and sharing ideas. You may walk away with a new colleague to connect with on social media, via email, or phone.

  • EC2N - Nursery Teacher Networking

    Ever feel like you're the only one who does what you do in your preschool? With LSA, you are not alone. Come to this informal session to network and share with those who find themselves working with 3 year olds each day. Our facilitator will engage your group with questions designed to get you sharing successes, challenges, and sharing ideas. You may walk away with a new colleague to connect with on social media, via email, or phone.

  • EC2O - Pre-K Teacher Networking

    Ever feel like you're the only one who does what you do in your preschool? With LSA, you are not alone. Come to this informal session to network and share with those who find themselves working with Pre-K students each day. Our facilitator will engage your group with questions designed to get you sharing successes, challenges, and sharing ideas. You may walk away with a new colleague to connect with on social media, via email, or phone.

  • EC2P - Teaching Assistant Networking

    Ever feel like you're the only one who does what you do in your preschool? With LSA, you are not alone. Come to this informal session to network and share with those who find themselves working as preschool teaching assistants each day. Our facilitator will engage your group with questions designed to get you sharing successes, challenges, and sharing ideas. You may walk away with a new colleague to connect with on social media, via email, or phone.

  • EC2Q - Administrative Assistant Networking

    Ever feel like you're the only one who does what you do in your preschool? You likely are, but with LSA, you are not alone. Come to this informal session to network and share with those who find themselves working managing the preschool office each day. Our facilitator will engage your group with questions designed to get you sharing successes, challenges, and sharing ideas. You may walk away with a new colleague to connect with on social media, via email, or phone.

Workshop Session 3 (2:00-3:00)

  • This is the second of a two-part workshop by Andie Zukerman. During this session, we will discuss specific strategies for conveying a difficult message to a parent. Through role-playing, you will experience how to build a strong partnership for the benefit of the parent, teacher and child. Be sure you've signed up for Part 1!
    Facilitator: Andie Zukerman
    Audience: Nursery and Pre-K Teachers, Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development); 4 (safety and security procedures)

  • This is Part 2 on why Eric Carle's books are the perfect way to encourage creative thinking while learning about nature, the world around us and ourselves. Be sure to sign up for Part 1 (EC2B).
    Facilitator: Monica Levy
    Audience: Toddler, Nursery and Pre-K Teachers, Teachers of English Language Arts/Reading, Science, Music, Arts; and Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development), 3 (child care program development)

  • Stress and worry can plague us and the world in which we live. Join us in examining what separates us and learn how to foster a closer relationship with God. This session will also include a guided imagery experience.
    Facilitator: Bettina Bove, LCSW -R
    Audience: All
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Interactive

  • Does your school have limited human and monetary resources? Learn how to identify constituents, streamline communications and use social media/web tools to improve your communications and community engagement.
    Facilitators: Kelli Westfal and Sara Cahill
    Audience: Administrators, Administrative Assistants, Pastors, Board Members, All
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive

  • Concerned about how you can retire on your salary? Come for an overview of the Retirement Planning Process.

    Facilitators: Eric Bilger, James Bilger and Gena Gilbertson
    Audience: All
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Interactive, Tangible Take-Away

  • This is a primer on very simple and practical ways to improve your diet and how big an impact diet makes on performance and emotional health.
    Facilitator: Mark Schoepp
    Audience: All
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive

  • Learn how to best utilize electronic newsletters to engage and communicate with your student families as well as prospective families. Facilitator: Kate Lloyd
    Audience: Administrators, Administrative Assistants, Marketing/Admissions Directors
    Format: Lecture & Discussion-based
    OCFS Training Area(s): 4 (safety and security procedures)

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    This is the 2nd session of a two-part, in-depth workshop about treating the whole child. Participants will develop a behavior program/strategy to implement for the child in their program. Please register for this session only if you have registered for Part I.
    Facilitator: Adam J. Holstein
    Audience: Toddler, Nursery, Pre-K and Grades K-2 Teachers
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development), 4 (safety and security procedures)

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    This workshop is the second of a two-part series. In this session, participants will select from a variety of sensory materials and leave with actual sensory activities to use in their classrooms right away. Please be sure to sign up for EC2J.
    Facilitator: Heather J. Pinedo-Burns
    Audience: Infant, Toddler, Nursery, and Pre-K Teachers, Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development), 3 (child care program development)

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    Considering the distinction between essential questions and fact-based questions, participants will leave with tips and tools, as well as feedback from other participants. Come ready to roll up your sleeves and craft questions!
    Facilitator: Jessica Raba
    Audience: All Teachers
    Format: Interactive, Discussion-based
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development)

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    Learn why it is so important to have children connect with the natural world and ways in which we can incorporate it into our everyday lives.
    Facilitator: Diane Kideris
    Audience: Nursery Teachers, Pre-K Teachers
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Training Area(s): 1 (principles of childhood development), 3 (child care program development)

  • What does it take to lead innovations and changes that align with and amplify the impact of your school's distinct mission? Learn practical tips for leading innovation that matters and makes a tangible difference in your school.
    Facilitator: Bernard Bull
    Audience: Administrators, Board Members
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification

  • Walk back through Bible stories of the past while also recognizing what God is doing for us today. Seeing our lives from God's eyes can bring amazing perspecive to our life and to our ministry.
    Facilitator: Jennie Williamson
    Audience: All
    Format: Interactive

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