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Early Childhood Track - Workshops

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Workshop Session 1 (11:00-12:00)

  • This workshop combines hands on projects with spirited discussions, group projects, informative powerpoint, and practical activities that inspire and challenge educators. Classroom teachers, teaching assistants and school leaders will learn math and science games as well as engineering activities that will awaken their inner inventor. Using inexpensive everyday materials, teachers will discover how simple it is to bring a STEM curriculum into their classrooms.

    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 Areas 1, 3; CTLE - Pedagogy/Curriculum

  • Responding to misbehavior is one of the most challenging aspects of teaching. Even the most experienced teachers can make mistakes. This workshop will provide the preschool teacher with a range of behavioral intervention options for a broad sampling of classroom misbehavior. A variety of proactive strategies teachers can use, as well as consequences for student's misbehavior will be explored. Specific anecdotal behavior management examples will be provided to assist in learning how to respond to misbehavior in ways that hold young learners accountable for their behavior, while at the same time guiding their learning so they can make better choices next time.

    Facilitator: Virginia Blum
    Audience: Nursery Teachers, Pre-K Teachers
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based, Interactive
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Areas 1, 3; CTLE - Social-Emotional Learning

  • During this workshop, you will learn how to present simple opportunities for mindfulness and mediation in your classroom. There will be books, materials and tools to explore and manipulate.

    Facilitator: Nicole Roccaro
    Audience: Toddler Teachers, Nursery Teachers, Pre-K Teachers, Grades K-2 Teachers, Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Areas 1, 3; CTLE - Social-Emotional Learning

  • Educators and child care professionals often encounter challenges when determining whether children are developing "appropriately" and whether teacher and/or parent concerns warrant support. Striking a balance between intervening early and considering children's individual trajectories can be difficult. This presentation will discuss various indicators of developmental delays in younger children and social-emotional delays in early childhood, including a specific focus on autism-spectrum disorders and behavioral challenges. Participants will learn strategies for communicating concerns to caregivers, as well as classroom strategies. The importance of using a strengths-based and whole-child approach will be detailed.

    Facilitator:Lauren Tobing-Puente, PhD & Jaime Marrus, PhD
    Audience: Infant Teachers, Toddler Teachers, Nursery Teachers, Pre-K Teachers, Grades K-2 Teachers, Administrators
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Areas 1, 3; CTLE - Learning Differences

  • Young children naturally grow and develop through play: discovering, investigating, role playing, and problem solving. Part 1 of this workshop will focus on how play is closely linked to cognitive, social and physical development. Part 2 will explore typical play development, how it is observed in daily routines and how child development can be effectively supported in a playful classroom environment.

    Facilitator: Sonia Blanco-Florentino
    Audience: Pre-K Teachers, Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Discussion-based
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Areas 1, 3; CTLE - Pedagogy/Curriculum

  • While early childhood educators use visuals in their classrooms for labeling, literacy, and classroom routines, they are often at a loss for identifying visual supports for children who demonstrate delays in language and social interactions with peers. This workshop will address the use of visual supports for individual students as well as small group ideas that can be incorporated for table activities. Templates and samples of visuals will be provided to early childhood educators for use in their classrooms as part of this workshop.

    Facilitator: Laurie DuBos, Ph. D.
    Audience: Nursery Teachers, Pre-K Teachers, Grades K-2 Teachers
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Areas 1, 3; CTLE - Pedagogy/Curriculum

  • Learn the importance of creating a safe environment for children using direct competent supervention to keep children safe from harm while in your care.

    Facilitator: Janiva Jones
    Audience: 
    Format: 
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Area 4; CTLE - not available

  • Learn the DAP way to teach children and create an environment that gives children every opportunity to learn through discovery and experience.

    Facilitator: Liz Box
    Audience: 
    Format:
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Areas 1,3; CTLE- Pedagogy/Curriculum

Workshop Session 2 (2:15-3:15)

  • This workshop combines hands on projects with spirited discussions, group projects, informative powerpoint, and practical activities that inspire and challenge educators. Classroom teachers, teaching assistants and school leaders will learn math and science games as well as engineering activities that will awaken their inner inventor. Using inexpensive everyday materials, teachers will discover how simple it is to bring a STEM curriculum into their classrooms.

    Facilitator: Monica Levy
    Audience: Nursery Teachers, Pre-K Teachers, Teachers of Math, Teachers of Science, Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Areas 1, 3; CTLE - Pedagogy/Curriculum

  • The natural world is arguably the greatest teacher our children can have, however our technologically- driven world has narrowed our focus away from the world around us impacting cognitive and social development. This interactive, hands on program will model the skills necessary to widen the focus of our students and encourage them to open their eyes, hearts and minds to learn from the people and world around us. Using the skills of careful observation, we will reengage to find wonder in the everyday, develop critical thinking and connections through nature and natural childhood experiences, collaborate with others to promote constructive relationships and recenter our mindsets to include the beautiful world around us.

    Facilitator: Lauren Rankel
    Audience: Nursery Teachers, Pre-K Teachers, Grades K-2 Teachers
    Format: Interactive, Hands-On
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Areas 1, 3; CTLE - Pedagogy/Curriculum

  • In this workshop you will participate in and learn how to use random, miscellaneous and found items as teaching tools in early childhood classrooms. We will look at how these loose parts can be used for everything from imaginative and sensory play to math and reading development.

    Facilitator: Nicole Roccaro
    Audience: Toddler Teachers, Nursery Teachers, Pre-K Teachers, Grades K-2 Teachers
    Format: Discussion-based, Hands-On
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Areas 1, 3; CTLE - Pedagogy/Curriculum

  • Review OCFS regulations and requirements to start the process of licensing for programs that have never applied before.

    Facilitator: Liz Box and Janiva Jones
    Audience: Infant Teachers, Toddler Teachers, Nursery Teachers, Pre-K Teachers
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get)
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Area 7; CTLE - not available

  • Young children naturally grow and develop through play: discovering, investigating, role playing, and problem solving. Part 1 of this workshop will focus on how play is closely linked to cognitive, social and physical development. Part 2 will explore typical play development, how it is observed in daily routines and how child development can be effectively supported in a playful classroom environment.

    Facilitator: Sonia Blanco-Florentino
    Audience: Pre-K Teachers, Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Discussion-based
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Areas 1, 3; CTLE - Pedagogy/Curriculum

  • This workshop will discuss how inclusion supports children with and without disabilities in social, linguistic, and cognitive development. Ideas for developing inclusionary opportunities within the classroom and at home will be discussed.

    Facilitator: Laurie DeBos & Stephanie Squires
    Audience: Toddler Teachers, Nursery Teachers, Pre-K Teachers, Grades K-2 Teachers
    Format:
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Areas 1, 3; CTLE - Pedagogy/Learning Differences

  • Find ways to be safe in any type of emergency and keep children safe in any type of disaster event. Preparation is the key.

    Facilitator: Juan Vallejo
    Audience: 
    Format: Lecture 
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification
    OCFS Area 4; CTLE - not available

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