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Virtual: Academy for Teachers of Young Children 2020

Education Service Center Region 19 is proud to host the 22nd Annual Academy for Teachers of Young Children Conference, July 15-17, 2020. The conference provides high-quality training for professionals and parents who work with infants through the age of five, with or without disabilities, who are served in a variety of environments.

Date:  Wednesday, July 15 - Friday, July 17, 2020

Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Times listed for Opening and Closing Keynotes 

and ALL breakouts are Mountain Time

 



Day 1 - Opening Keynote
(Wednesday, July 15, 2020 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM)
Session ID: 186530
Awareness to Reduce Burnout in Times of Stress-Julie Kurtz
Seats Filled: 451 / 475
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

Participants will be introduced to the concept of burnout and learn about the Zones of Self-Awareness to detect when their stress response systems have been activated. Several strategies will be explored for strengthening or building self-regulation and grounding in times of stress. 

Presenter: Julie Kurtz
Registration for this session has ended
Day 1 - Breakout I - Select 1 Session
(Wednesday, July 15, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Session ID: 186552
”From Sapling to Resilient Redwood: A Trauma-Sensitive Story”
Seats Filled: 136 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

In this session, we will guide educators working with toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary aged children to understand trauma as well as its impact on young children’s brains, behavior, learning, and development. We will share a range of trauma-informed teaching and family engagement strategies that participants can use in their early childhood programs to create strength-based environments that support children’s health, healing, and resiliency.

Presenter: Albert Villa

(This session will repeat on Wednesday: July 15, 2020)


Registration for this session has ended
Session ID: 186554
Executive Functions Approaches to Learning for Young Learners
Seats Filled: 137 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

Participants will learn strategies for helping young learners improve and build their executive functions, understand why they are so important for development in the learning environment, and what they are used for.

Presenter: Bernice Garcia

(This session will repeat on Thursday: July 16, 2020)
Registration for this session has ended
Session ID: 186557
Circle Time Makeover- Creative Spins on Classic Favorites!
Seats Filled: 224 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

There is an ever-growing body of research indicating that physical activity has a significant and positive effect on academic achievement and cognitive outcomes. Leave this session feeling inspired with practical, creative ideas to easily move and learn together to classic circle time favorites! Participants will be able to describe at least three benefits of physical activity for children and three general exercise principles for children, identify the link between physical activity and learning (including recent research) for children, and outline at least three creative, practical circle time activities combining movement and learning with classic circle time songs.

Presenters: Amy Schlessman

(This session will repeat on Thursday: July 16, 2020)


Registration for this session has ended
Day 1 - Breakout II - Select 1 Session
(Wednesday, July 15, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
Session ID: 186532
Changing Challenging Behaviors
Seats Filled: 266 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

Do you struggle with controlling outbursts and severe behaviors with your kiddos? Are you looking for some fresh thoughts and ideas? Learn and understand why certain behaviors are occurring and what you can do to support positive interactions. We will work on positive role-modeling, age-appropriate social-emotional learning, as well as strategies and supports to help you with your with kiddos. We will also take a look at the different resources that are available to use.

Presenter: Mike Desparrois

(This session will repeat on Wednesday: July 15, 2020)


Registration for this session has ended
Session ID: 186555
Tinkle, Tinkle, Little Stars! Potty Training Strategies
Seats Filled: 73 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

Toilet training a child with special needs can be challenging for educators and caregivers. Children may have communication deficits, motor challenges, and sensory issues that interfere with toileting progress and independence. In this workshop, participants will learn about 1) toileting readiness signs, 2) the importance of data collection before, during, and after the process, and 3) strategies to help troubleshoot specific toileting issues and longstanding challenges. With patience and persistence, a successfully potty-trained child is just a flush away!

Presenter: Anissa N. Moore

(This session will repeat on Wednesday: July 15, 2020)


Registration for this session has ended
Session ID: 186564
”From Sapling to Resilient Redwood: A Trauma-Sensitive Story”
Seats Filled: 143 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

In this session, we will guide educators working with toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary aged children to understand trauma as well as its impact on young children’s brains, behavior, learning, and development. We will share a range of trauma-informed teaching and family engagement strategies that participants can use in their early childhood programs to create strength-based environments that support children’s health, healing, and resiliency.

Presenter: Albert Villa

(This session is a repeat)


Registration for this session has ended
Day 1 - Breakout III - Select 1 Session
(Wednesday, July 15, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
Session ID: 186547
Early 2 Exit Transition starts at the beginning
Seats Filled: 215 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

Let's influence and open up conversations between parents and teachers regarding the importance of transition, job preparation and life goals starting at an early age. Through the natural development and explicit teaching of WH questions we can positively impact the future of all our students. Participants will have hands on opportunities to gain these strategies and a better understanding of why we should start transitioning from the beginning of our student's journey.

Presenter: Leah Wood


Registration for this session has ended
Session ID: 186570
Changing Challenging Behaviors
Seats Filled: 172 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

Do you struggle with controlling outbursts and severe behaviors with your kiddos? Are you looking for some fresh thoughts and ideas? Learn and understand why certain behaviors are occurring and what you can do to support positive interactions. We will work on positive role-modeling, age-appropriate social-emotional learning, as well as strategies and supports to help you with your with kiddos. We will also take a look at the different resources that are available to use.

Presenter: Mike Desparrois

(This session is a repeat)


Registration for this session has ended
Session ID: 186571
Tinkle, Tinkle, Little Stars! Potty Training Strategies
Seats Filled: 61 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

Toilet training a child with special needs can be challenging for educators and caregivers. Children may have communication deficits, motor challenges, and sensory issues that interfere with toileting progress and independence. In this workshop, participants will learn about 1) toileting readiness signs, 2) the importance of data collection before, during, and after the process, and 3) strategies to help troubleshoot specific toileting issues and longstanding challenges. With patience and persistence, a successfully potty-trained child is just a flush away!

Presenter: Anissa N. Moore

(This session is a repeat)


Registration for this session has ended
Day 2 - Breakout IV - Select 1 Session
(Thursday, July 16, 2020 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM)
Session ID: 186543
Part 1: Stimming, Eloping, and Pinching: Oh My! Strategies for Preventing and Responding to Challenging Behaviors for Students with Exceptionalities
Seats Filled: 223 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

Early childhood educators and early interventionists are well-versed in strategies for preventing and responding to common undesirable behaviors of young children. However, when a child has an exceptionality that exacerbates the intensity or frequency of undesirable behaviors and/or has difficulty responding to commonly used behavioral strategies, even highly effective educators. The purpose of this presentation is to share strategies for preventing and responding to more extreme maladaptive behaviors of young children with severe communication disorders and/or behavioral disorders (including autism spectrum disorders).  Particular focus with be placed on communicating behavioral strategies and collaborating with families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

Presenters: Kelly Carrero & Suzana Spina


Registration for this session has ended
Session ID: 186559
Part 1: The ABCs and 123s of Special Education
Seats Filled: 40 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

Part 1:  "I've got an IEP for my ARD to discuss the BIP in the LRE!!!" In this session, we will take a look at those pesky acronyms always flying around the special education realm. This course is for people new to special education.

Presenter: Trudy Little


Registration for this session has ended
Session ID: 186565
Unraveling the Mystery of Parent Engagement and Uncovering Learning Styles
Seats Filled: 89 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

Come and see how to uncover learning styles of parents in order for Parent Engagement to truly happen for your classroom. There are learning styles we find in young children; and as adults, we continue to learn, with learning styles of our own. Find out the principle ways adults learn; then learn how to shape your instruction and coaching to match your parents’ learning styles so your interactions with parents are well received and effective. The use of technology to meet the needs of the parents will be demonstrated.

Presenters: Cathlene Chapman & Mary Ceglio

(This session will repeat on Thursday: July 16, 2020)


Registration for this session has ended
Session ID: 186566
Sharing the Experience: Shared Reading
Seats Filled: 133 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

This presentation will provide insight on how to implement shared reading for all learners regardless of age, cognitive, or physical limitations. An administrator's perspective on literacy instruction for students with complex needs will also be included.

Presenter: Morgan Kennedy Cummins & Ashley Davis

(This session will repeat on Thursday: July 16, 2020)


Registration for this session has ended
Day 2 - Breakout V - Select 1 Session
(Thursday, July 16, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Session ID: 186550
Sharing the Experience: Shared Reading
Seats Filled: 201 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

This presentation will provide insight on how to implement shared reading for all learners regardless of age, cognitive, or physical limitations. An administrator's perspective on literacy instruction for students with complex needs will also be included.

Presenters: Morgan Kennedy Cummins & Ashley Davis

(This session is a repeat)


Registration for this session has ended
Session ID: 186556
Part 2: Stimming, Eloping, and Pinching: Oh My! Strategies for Preventing and Responding to Challenging Behaviors for Students with Exceptionalities
Seats Filled: 131 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

Early childhood educators and early interventionists are well-versed in strategies for preventing and responding to common undesirable behaviors of young children. However, when a child has an exceptionality that exacerbates the intensity or frequency of undesirable behaviors and/or has difficulty responding to commonly used behavioral strategies, even highly effective educators. The purpose of this presentation is to share strategies for preventing and responding to more extreme maladaptive behaviors of young children with severe communication disorders and/or behavioral disorders (including autism spectrum disorders).  Particular focus with be placed on communicating behavioral strategies and collaborating with families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Presenters: Kelly Carrero & Suzana Spina


Registration for this session has ended
Session ID: 186568
Unraveling the Mystery of Parent Engagement and Uncovering Learning Styles
Seats Filled: 123 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

Come and see how to uncover learning styles of parents in order for Parent Engagement to truly happen for your classroom. There are learning styles we find in young children; and as adults, we continue to learn, with learning styles of our own. Find out the principle ways adults learn; then learn how to shape your instruction and coaching to match your parents’ learning styles so your interactions with parents are well received and effective. The use of technology to meet the needs of the parents will be demonstrated.

Presenter: Cathlene Chapman & Mary Ceglio 

(This session is a repeat)


Registration for this session has ended
Session ID: 186575
Part 2: The ABCs and 123s of Special Education
Seats Filled: 4 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

Part 2: "I've got a new inclusion student, what do I do now?" This session will provide an overview of the components required for teachers providing services to a special education student in a general education program. This course is for people new to special education

Presenter: Trudy Little


Registration for this session has ended
Day 2 - Breakout VI - Select 1 Session
(Thursday, July 16, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
Session ID: 186546
Play It Forward! Supporting Play-Base Early Education
Seats Filled: 262 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

It is widely accepted in the Early Childhood Education field that children learn best through play, yet many programs struggle with defending this practice. Understanding current research, having skills for communicating its importance as well as the conviction to implement is key. Increasing pressure for academics to be introduced at younger and younger ages, has many educators feeling the tension to compromise best practices. This interactive workshop will help participants discover how to communicate the valuable processes and outcomes that happen when children are allowed the freedom to direct their own learning through play. Participants will learn how displays and documentation will make learning visible to children, parents, visitors and other educators. Participants will be provided information through lecture, power-point photo/video slide show, as well as discussion to explore the topic of understanding and supporting play-based early education. Participants will leave with new ideas and skills to communicate important outcomes of children’s play-based learning. Perhaps most importantly, participants will be challenged to move from defending their play-based program to promoting the value of play.

Presenter: Kim Adams

(This session will repeat on Thursday: July 16, 2020)


Registration for this session has ended
Session ID: 186551
Young Children and Sign Language
Seats Filled: 118 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

This is a workshop on building communication pathways. Why use sign language with young children? In order to start building language skills, to be able to improve communication, build a closer bond and lower frustration levels. Who can learn signs? ALL children to include: Normal Hearing, young children with Autism, young children with Down’s Syndrome…and more!

Presenter: Carmen Castro Toriano

(This session will repeat on Thursday: July 16, 2020)


Registration for this session has ended
Session ID: 186567
Executive Functions Approaches to Learning for Young Learners
Seats Filled: 66 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

Participants will learn strategies for helping young learners improve and build their executive functions, understand why they are so important for development in the learning environment, and what they are used for.

Presenter: Bernice Garcia

(This session is a repeat)


Registration for this session has ended
Session ID: 186573
Optimizing behavior and health of a typical children with diet & lifestyle. (This title may change the subject will not)
Seats Filled: 34 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:
The latest data to help parents & professionals use food as medicine.

Presenters: Jacqueline Villalobos


Registration for this session has ended
Day 2 - Breakout VII - Select 1 Session
(Thursday, July 16, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM)
Session ID: 186560
Young Children and Sign Language
Seats Filled: 80 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

This is a workshop on building communication pathways. Why use sign language with young children? In order to start building language skills, to be able to improve communication, build a closer bond and lower frustration levels. Who can learn signs? ALL children to include: Normal Hearing, young children with Autism, young children with Down’s Syndrome…and more!

Presenter: Carmen Castro Toriano

(This session is a repeat)


Registration for this session has ended
Session ID: 186561
Promoting Children’s Mathematical Inquiry through Play
Seats Filled: 239 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

Play provides a natural and engaging context for children to accomplish important cognitive and linguistic milestones at their own developmental pace. As children play, they are meeting academic standards that address counting and numerical fluency while also developing 21st century skills, such as problem solving, communication, collaboration, imagination, and creativity. This workshop reviews empirical research and theory about how children learn through play. Participants will make practical connections to theory by learning ways to scaffold and guide children in productive self-selected exploratory and pretend play scenarios that integrate knowledge and skills related to mathematics.

Presenter: Brian Mowry


Registration for this session has ended
Session ID: 186563
Play It Forward! Supporting Play-Base Early Education
Seats Filled: 97 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

It is widely accepted in the Early Childhood Education field that children learn best through play, yet many programs struggle with defending this practice. Understanding current research, having skills for communicating its importance as well as the conviction to implement is key. Increasing pressure for academics to be introduced at younger and younger ages, has many educators feeling the tension to compromise best practices. This interactive workshop will help participants discover how to communicate the valuable processes and outcomes that happen when children are allowed the freedom to direct their own learning through play. Participants will learn how displays and documentation will make learning visible to children, parents, visitors and other educators. Participants will be provided information through lecture, power-point photo/video slide show, as well as discussion to explore the topic of understanding and supporting play-based early education. Participants will leave with new ideas and skills to communicate important outcomes of children’s play-based learning. Perhaps most importantly, participants will be challenged to move from defending their play-based program to promoting the value of play.

Presenter: Kim Adams

(This session is a repeat)


Registration for this session has ended
Session ID: 186572
Circle Time Makeover- Creative Spins on Classic Favorites!
Seats Filled: 72 / 296
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

There is an ever-growing body of research indicating that physical activity has a significant and positive effect on academic achievement and cognitive outcomes. Leave this session feeling inspired with practical, creative ideas to easily move and learn together to classic circle time favorites! Participants will be able to describe at least three benefits of physical activity for children and three general exercise principles for children, identify the link between physical activity and learning (including recent research) for children, and outline at least three creative, practical circle time activities combining movement and learning with classic circle time songs.

Presenters: Amy Schlessman

(This session is a repeat)


Registration for this session has ended
Day 3 - Closing Keynote
(Friday, July 17, 2020 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Session ID: 186577
Music, Movement and Learning:Building Muscles in Young Brains-Mike Longoria (Dr. Mike)
Seats Filled: 467 / 475
Contact Person: Sheryl Wilcox
Location:ONLINE LOCATION SITE, Online Location

Important Breakout Information:

Music and movement are powerful tools that engage children in meaningful learning while also targeting their social-emotional development.  Furthermore, music and movement influences the brain in a positive way, keeps students alert and actively engaged, and  meets the needs of "ALL"  children, all while making learning fun and exciting! 

Closing Keynote: Mike Longoria (Dr. Mike)


Registration for this session has ended


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