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Academy for Teachers of Young Children Conference

Education Service Center Region 19 is proud to host the 21st annual Academy for Teachers of Young Children Conference, July 10-12, 2019. The conference provides high-quality training for professionals and parents who work with infants through age five, with or without disabilities, who are served in a variety of environments.

Date:  Wednesday, July 10 - Friday, July 12, 2019

Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday:  8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Early Bird Registration: Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration & Breakfast: Wednesday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Location: Head Start Multi-Purpose Center - Region 19 ESC
11670 Chito Samaniego  -  El Paso, TX  79936


For all participants not in the Region 19 area wanting to register with a purchase order, please complete the registration form below.  Send your completed form and purchase order to eventsmanagement@esc19.net or fax to 915-780-5034. Both forms must be received in order to process your registration.  (Click here for Registration Form)



Conference Information (Required)
(Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
Session ID: 181590
General Session
Seats Filled: 173 / 600
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Fee: $175.00
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:
Vanessa Levin is a passionate advocate for high-quality early childhood education.  She has worked extensively with programs that serve English Language Learners and at-risk populations for two decades.  Vanessa is the author of A Fabulous First Year and Beyond: A Practical Guide for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers. She is the founder of www.pre-kpages.com, one of the most popular early childhood websites in the U.S.


Presenter:  Vanessa Levin

Session I (Required)
(Wednesday, July 10, 2019 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Session ID: 181591
Introducing STEM to Your PreK-1st Grade Classroom
Seats Filled: 27 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Using the 5E instructional model, and based in hands-on inquiry, the integration of literacy and building on conceptual math, STEM is the foundation for future success in Science and Math in the elementary classroom. Join us for some fun and engaging activities that are PreK - K STEM ready!

Presenter:  Veronica Burnett


Session ID: 181755
Building a Firm Foundation Through Listening & Speaking
Seats Filled: 7 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:


Children's brains are amazing and make them who they are. Understanding brain development and how neurological factors can affect learning, social emotional growth, and behavior is vital to "Growing the Good" in ALL children! This interactive session will help with understanding brain development and factors that can affect children so that we can understand the best way to teach and help children grow.

Presenter:  Layne Pethick


Session ID: 181756
Sign Language - A Handy Tool for Learning and Expanding Language
Seats Filled: 14 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Sign stimulates areas of the brain associated with speech and language. It provides the needed conceptual information that many populations, other than deaf (AU, ELs, delayed language), can employ for expanding language. Sign language increases the chance for successful communication. Be prepared to sing, read, play and sign your way to communication. 

Presenter:  Veronica Burnett


Session ID: 181757
Strengthening Executive Function Skills in the Classroom
Seats Filled: 7 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Are your students disorganized, distracted, lack time management skills and flexibility to solve problems? Executive functions consist of several mental skills that help the brain organize and act on information. These skills enable young children to plan, organize, remember things, prioritize, pay attention and get started on tasks. Join us for this highly engaging practical workshop with hands on activities and simulations. 

Presenter:  Bernice Garcia


Session ID: 181758
Get up & Move! Put a Wiggle & A Spin on Your Teaching!
Seats Filled: 34 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

This session will include a variety of music and movement activities that are fun and easy to implement. Participants will learn how music and movement offers a way to meet the students’ needs in the areas of early communication, language, literacy, math, and multitude of preschool concepts for students with and without disabilities. A great resource along with make-n-take materials will be provided to all participants. So, come and join us and get your groove on. Participants will learn how music and movement offers a way to meet the students needs in the areas of early communication, language, literacy, math, and multitude of preschool concepts for students with and without disabilities. A great resource along with make-n-take materials will be provided to all participants. So, come and join us and get your groove on.

Presenter:  Rosalia Herrera


Session ID: 181759
Centers, Play & Oral-Language Development... Oh My!
Seats Filled: 16 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:
You don’t have to feel lost like Dorothy did by saying, “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore” when it comes to balancing oral language, social-emotional and academic language development. Come discover how you can guide your students & help them sustain their natural language development by providing an environment full of language enriching opportunities. In this session, you’ll have multiple hands-on learning experiences and will learn general guidelines that foster oral language development in both academic and social settings.


Presenter:  Angela Owens

Session ID: 181760
Phonological Awareness and the Hokey Pokey Is What It's All About!
Seats Filled: 16 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Participants will prime their listening ears and play with poems, rhymes and songs which promote Phonological Awareness at home and in the classroom. Discover strategies to "turn your teaching around" and keep your students actively engaged all year long.

Presenter:  Mamie Tice


Session ID: 181761
Prescriptive PPCD/Pre-K: Thinking Outside the Box
Seats Filled: 26 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Over a half million children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities will be entering a PPCD/Pre-K classroom in the United States with nearly 55, 000 in the state of Texas. Our teachers need the tools to create and revamp our PPCD classrooms into intensive programs for children with autism, developmental, and other disabilities. Join us as we look at blending clinically-based interventions to High Quality Pre-K Standards (Rider 78 and HB4) and develop sustainable programs. 

Presenter:  Mari Cerda

 


Session ID: 181762
The Read Aloud Framework
Seats Filled: 0 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

A modeled lesson says more than a thousand words! Come join us to learn about the different components that make up an effective read aloud. We will use various techniques that will empower your students to become readers.

Presenter:  Silvia Zacarias


Session ID: 181763
The Benefits of Journaling, Laughter Yoga and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Seats Filled: 4 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

The techniques mentioned all have the ability to help with emotional balance and learn how to defuse stress and anxiety. This is about raising your emotional intelligence to have a better outlook on stressful situations and get a better perspective on being proactive instead of reactive while being able to access the problem-solving side of their brain.

Presenter:  Aurora Anaya-Dyer


Session ID: 181764
Making Math Connections
Seats Filled: 15 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Make meaningful math connections with your pre-kindergarten and PPCD students with these hands-on, games, activities and lessons. Incorporate songs and motion into your math lessons with technology for full-body engagement. Accomplish all of this while meeting Texas State Pre-K Guidelines and helping your students master the CLI Engage assessment.

Presenters:  Amanda Narconis & Jennifer Simmons


Session II (Required)
Session ID: 181765
Preventing Challenging Behavior: Introduction to the Pyramid Framework
Date/Time: Thursday, July 11, 2019 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Seats Filled: 24 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

This session will provide participants with an overview of the evidenced based practices of the Pyramid Model approach to preventing challenging behavior. Participants will be presented with concrete practices that will support social and emotional development in young children as well as specific teaching strategies. Come along for this transformational experience of understanding the importance of relationships - it all begins with you.

Presenter:  Mara Brenner

 


Session ID: 181766
Go! Go! Go!
Date/Time: Thursday, July 11, 2019 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Seats Filled: 28 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Are you looking for some fun and engaging activities that allow your students to move? Would you like to get some fresh thoughts on structuring transition times that are meaningful and incorporate learning? This session will cover ideas on how to create a sense of belonging for all students, ways for kids to socialize appropriately, and how incorporating movement will enhance the learning experience in your class!

Presenter:  Mike Desparrois


Session ID: 181767
Increasing Access with Assistive Technology
Date/Time: Thursday, July 11, 2019 8:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Seats Filled: 2 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:
This session will address access needs for students in the self-contained setting. Emphasis will be on low and mid tech assistive technology options that can easily be implemented by teachers and school staff.

Presenter:  Morgan Kennedy

Session ID: 181768
Phonological Awareness and the Hokey Pokey Is What It's All About!
Date/Time: Thursday, July 11, 2019 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Seats Filled: 18 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Participants will prime their listening ears and play with poems, rhymes and songs which promote Phonological Awareness at home and in the classroom. Discover strategies to "turn your teaching around" and keep your students actively engaged all year long.

Presenter:  Mamie Tice


Session ID: 181769
Strengthening Executive Function Skills in the Classroom
Date/Time: Thursday, July 11, 2019 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Seats Filled: 3 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Are your students disorganized, distracted, lack time management skills and flexibility to solve problems? Executive functions consist of several mental skills that help the brain organize and act on information. These skills enable young children to plan, organize, remember things, prioritize, pay attention and get started on tasks. Join us for this highly engaging practical workshop with hands on activities and simulations.

Presenter:  Bernice Garcia


Session ID: 181770
Shared Reading and Interactive Writing
Date/Time: Thursday, July 11, 2019 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Seats Filled: 26 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Shared reading and writing will be presented to show how it can be applied in the PPCD 3 self-contained classroom and Pre-K 4-year-old inclusive settings. Real examples and ideas will be shown and discussed with how to implement it effectively and with different needs of students in mind. Interactive and shared writing is implemented based on shared reading lessons.

Presenter:  Tara Arias


Session ID: 181771
Positive Behavior Principles
Date/Time: Thursday, July 11, 2019 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Seats Filled: 18 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Although behaviors in the school system have changed a great deal in the past few decades, our strategies for supporting those behaviors have not. By examining all the information, we have learned about the brain, we are in a better position to understand how to best create long-term behavior change in our students. In this session, participants will learn nine principles for positively shaping the behavior of our students.

Presenter:  Dan St. Romain


Session ID: 181772
Crisis Management ... When the Call for Help, DOESN'T HELP!
Date/Time: Thursday, July 11, 2019 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Seats Filled: 15 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

This session will provide points to ponder when responding to highly disruptive behaviors that interfere with learning/teaching. Participants will receive specific strategies to consider when responding to a student who demonstrates extreme behaviors, including, (but not limited to) elopement, striking out, throwing materials, and/or self-injurious activities.

Presenter:  Jo Mascorro


Session ID: 181773
Unlocking the Elements and Steps to “Following Directions” – A Guiding Map
Date/Time: Thursday, July 11, 2019 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Seats Filled: 5 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Participant will be provided with the tools needed to complete the task, from simple to complex, of following directions. Participant will also be able to implement in a no-nonsense manner from day one in the classroom. The participant will identify the sequenced components of Following Directions through Child Development. The participant will identify through hands-on treatment activities, each particular component to Following Directions to provide appropriate developmental care and language learning to children.

Presenters:  Cathlene Chapman & Mary Cegli


Session ID: 181774
Sign Language - A handy Tool for Learning and Expanding Language
Date/Time: Thursday, July 11, 2019 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Seats Filled: 22 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Sign stimulates areas of the brain associated with speech and language. It provides the needed conceptual information that many populations, other than deaf (AU, ELs, delayed language), can employ for expanding language. Sign language increases the chance for successful communication. Be prepared to sing, read, play and sign your way to communication.

Presenter:  Sharon Moya


Session ID: 181776
Growing Good PE That Works for Everyone
Date/Time: Thursday, July 11, 2019 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Seats Filled: 4 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:
This fast paced, action packed workshop will give teachers a bundle of fun, and easy physical games and activities to play with their students. The activities are designed for young children and students with special needs. Every student will benefit from these activities. Adaptions to many of the games and activities presented will be modeled and taught. Come prepared to laugh and learn as you participate.

Objectives: 
  • Participants will learn the importance of play in a child’s life. 
  • Participants will play at least 20 games and activities.
  • Participants will identify best practices in PE and recess

Presenter:  Jeff Key

Session III (Required)
(Thursday, July 11, 2019 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Session ID: 181788
Preventing Challenging Behavior: Introduction to the Pyramid Framework
Seats Filled: 9 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

This session will provide participants with an overview of the evidenced based practices of the Pyramid Model approach to preventing challenging behavior. Participants will be presented with concrete practices that will support social and emotional development in young children as well as specific teaching strategies. Come along for this transformational experience of understanding the importance of relationships - it all begins with you.

Presenter:  Mara Brenner


Session ID: 181789
Go! Go! Go!
Seats Filled: 21 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Are you looking for some fun and engaging activities that allow your students to move? Would you like to get some fresh thoughts on structuring transition times that are meaningful and incorporate learning? This session will cover ideas on how to create a sense of belonging for all students, ways for kids to socialize appropriately, and how incorporating movement will enhance the learning experience in your class!

Presenter:  Mike Desparrois


Session ID: 181790
Increasing Access with Assistive Technology
Seats Filled: 4 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

This session will address access needs for students in the self-contained setting. Emphasis will be on low and mid tech assistive technology options that can easily be implemented by teachers and school staff.

Presenter:  Morgan Kennedy


Session ID: 181791
Math Manipulatives - Objects to Think With
Seats Filled: 39 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

"When students work with manipulatives and then are given a chance to reflect on their experiences, not only is mathematical learning enhanced, math anxiety is greatly reduced." Heuser 2000. Participants will discover how to build an exciting classroom environment is this hands-on math session.

Presenter:  Mamie Tice


Session ID: 181793
The Read Aloud Framework
Seats Filled: 4 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

A modeled lesson says more than a thousand words! Come join us to learn about the different components that make up an effective read aloud. We will use various techniques that will empower your students to become readers.

Presenters:  Angela Owens & Silvia Zacarias


Session ID: 181794
Help My Brain Grow
Seats Filled: 27 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Children's brains are amazing and make them who they are. Understanding brain development and how neurological factors can affect learning, social emotional growth, and behavior is vital to "Growing the Good" in ALL children! This interactive session will help with understanding brain development and factors that can affect children so that we can understand the best way to teach and help children grow.

Presenter:  Layne Pethick


Session ID: 181795
Teach Skills and Break Habits: Moving Beyond the One-Size-Fits All Approach to Behavior Management
Seats Filled: 21 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

How do you create long-term change for students with chronic behavior problems? Join Dan to learn about the downfall of some behavior tracking systems and why time out, clip systems, behavior folders, and other reward/punishment systems can often do more harm than good.  Participants will walk away from the session with both a perspective shift and strategies for building positive behaviors in students at all levels. 

Presenter:  Dan St. Romain


Session ID: 181796
Crisis Management ... When the Call for Help, DOESN'T HELP!
Seats Filled: 16 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

This session will provide points to ponder when responding to highly disruptive behaviors that interfere with learning/teaching. Participants will receive specific strategies to consider when responding to a student who demonstrates extreme behaviors, including, (but not limited to) elopement, striking out, throwing materials, and/or self-injurious activities.

Presenter:  Jo Mascorro


Session ID: 181797
Put that Tablet Down! Using Play and Story Time to Help Parents Meet their Child's Developmental Milestones
Seats Filled: 7 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

In this session participants will learn the value of traditional play and early literacy skills for children ages birth to 3. A child's developmental milestones in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive skills, and language development are richly developed through traditional play using household items. These same items can be used as story time props to reenact the story and extend into the other developmental areas. Come and see how increasing play can increase development using what is readily available in the home.

Presenter:  Yvonne Romero


Session ID: 181798
Optimizing Outcomes Through Nutritional Interventions
Seats Filled: 3 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Learn an evidence-based approach to helping children with special needs improve social interactions, reduce anxiety, and enhance overall well being through nutrition. You will also learn strategies to transform diet changes into new habits. Recipes will be provided.

Presenter:  Jacqueline Villalobos


Session ID: 181799
Growing Good PE That Works for Everyone
Seats Filled: 14 / 50
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

This fast paced, action packed workshop will give teachers a bundle of fun, and easy physical games and activities to play with their students. The activities are designed for young children and students with special needs. Every student will benefit from these activities. Adaptions to many of the games and activities presented will be modeled and taught. Come prepared to laugh and learn as you participate.

Objectives: 
  • Participants will learn the importance of play in a child’s life. 
  • Participants will play at least 20 games and activities.
  • Participants will identify best practices in PE and recess.



Presenter:  Jeff Key


Session IV (Required)
(Friday, July 12, 2019 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
Session ID: 181800
A Joyous way to learn Music Play to Promote Readiness, Literacy, Math Development and Inclusion
Seats Filled: 166 / 600
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:HEAD START MULTIPURPOSE CENTER, Head Start MultiPurpose Center

Important Breakout Information:

Closing Keynote: Jim Gill

Over the years Jim Gill’s music and books have received, among other honors, five awards from the American Library Association. Early childhood professionals, however, are most interested in the fact that Jim Gill’s unique creations in music play provide joyous opportunities for children to learn. And they appreciate that his approach to song and book writing is informed by graduate studies in child development and 20 years of experience working with children and families. In this energizing session Jim will share examples of his work – both books and songs – that teachers and care providers can bring back to their classrooms, playrooms and family rooms. Most importantly, Jim will discuss how his unique creations in music play inspire young children not only to move, but to regulate their movements…. not only to sing, but to make connections between the words they sing and the printed word and the world of numbers. Jim will discuss how a play-based.






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