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2017 Annual Conference: Imagining Possibilties

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Early Childhood Track - Descriptions

Keynote - Creating a Culture of Equity and Inclusion (9:30-10:45am)

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  • This session will be interactive, built around examination of stories and/or scenarios adapted from experiences people have encountered, based on bias and exclusion. ... Come and learn how YOU can be a part of change.
    Audience: All
    Format:
    OCFS Training Areas: Area 1 (Principles of Childhood Development)
    CTLE Area:Pedagogy

Session 1 (11am-12pm)

Click title for full description. Please choose one workshop for Session 1. If registering for a two-part workshop, be sure to sign up for both sessions.

Several Workshops are now CLOSED due to space limitations.

  • So much of early childhood learning is defined by how children should or should not behave in a very legalistic way. This workshop is designed to help teachers ...
    Audience: Toddler, Nursery, and Pre-K Teachers, Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Interactive, Hands-On

  • With the right tools, your school will increase efficiency, raise awareness, enhance communications, improve fundraising and save valuable time and money. But choosing the right tools can be daunting. We often find ourselves managing multiple software platforms jumbled together ...
    Audience: Administrators, Development Directors, Admissions Directors, Board Members
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Tangible Take-Away

  • Schools are increasingly being held accountable to provide services consistent with Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS). Typically, there are the standard Tier 1 and Tier 2 interventions. All these interventions have as their underpinnings ...
    Audience: Early Childhood/Elementary Educators
    Format:
    CTLE Area: Classroom Management
    OCFS Training Area(s): Area 1 (Principles of Childhood Development), Area 3 (Child Day Care Program Development), Area 4 (Safety and Security Procedures)

  • In this workshop, participants will learn about the theory of loose parts, how to build a curriculum with them, and how to ...
    Audience: Infant, Toddler, Nursery and Pre-K Teachers, Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On
    OCFS Training Area(s):Area 1 (Principles of Childhood Development), Area 3 (Child Day Care Program Development)
    CTLE Area: Curriculum

  • Developing a positive, collaborative relationship between parents and teachers can be challenging for a variety of reasons. However, such relationships can make a significant difference for students, parents and teachers. This workshop will detail several tips and strategies ... Case examples will be provided as well as opportunities for discussion about scenarios from the audience.
    Audience: Infant to Grade 5 Teachers, Administrators, Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based
    OCFS Training Areas: Area 2: Nutrition and Health Needs of Infants and Children

Session 2 (1:00-2:00pm)

Click title for full description. Please choose one workshop for Session 2. If registering for a two-part workshop, be sure to sign up for both sessions.

Several Workshops are now CLOSED due to space limitations.

  • Story stones are a unique manipulative, hand-crafted using smooth stones, to encourage children's early literacy and foundational skills. In this two-part workshop, you will have the opportunity to create a variety of story stones to use in your classroom with your students. In Part I, we’ll learn how to make our story stones ...
    Be sure to register for Part II.
    Audience: Toddler, Nursery, Pre-K , and Grades K-2 Teachers; Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    OCFS Training Area(s): Area 1: Principles of Childhood Development; Area 3: Child Day Care Program Development
    CTLE Curriculum

  • Imagine new ways of using Bible stories to aid in teaching pre-school children basic concepts such as colors, shapes, seasons, numbers. If you are tired of using the same old methods and activities year after year, come check out this workshop and leave with some exciting, imaginative alternatives.
    Audience: Toddler, Nursery, and Pre-K Teachers; Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away

  • Introducing technology in the early childhood classroom through the use of laptops, ipads, smart boards, as well as unplugged resources.
    Audience: Toddler, Nursery, and Pre-K Teachers; Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On
    OCFS Training Area(s): Area 1 (Principles of Childhood Development), Area 3 (Child Day Care Program Development)
    CTLE Area: Technology

  • Participants will learn about the Project Approach to Curriculum Development. We will discuss how to settle on a project topic and begin planning, how to develop curriculum as well as, how and when to end a project. Finally, we will explore examples of previous investigations from beginning to end.
    Audience: Toddler, Nursery, and Pre-K Teachers; Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Lecture (Sit and Get), Discussion-based
    OCFS Training Area(s): Area 1 (Principles of Childhood Development), Area 3 (Child Day Care Program Development)
    CTLE Area: Curriculum

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

Click title for full description. Please choose one workshop for Session 3. If registering for a two-part workshop, be sure to sign up for both sessions. Note: Workshops EC3C through EC3L are also open to those in the Elementary & Secondary Track.

Several Workshops are now CLOSED due to space limitations.

  • In this two-part workshop, while our story stones dry, we’ll explore a variety of approaches for creating and using this craft in your classroom with children. This hands on tactile manipulative and story sparker for children of all ages ...
    Be sure you have registered for Part I.
    Audience: Toddler Teachers, Nursery Teachers, Pre-K Teachers, Grades K-2 Teachers, Preschool Teaching Assistants
    Format: Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    OCFS Training Area(s):
    CTLE for those maintaining NYS Professional Certification ????

  • This interactive and powerful program helps participants to identify their communication and behavior style. During the workshop participants learn how they respond to conflict, what motivates them and how they communicate with others. This awareness helps to minimize team conflict and improves work productivity, teamwork and communication.
    Audience: Administrators
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive, Tangible Take-Away
    OCFS Training Area(s): Area 5 (Business Record Maintenance and Management)
    CTLE Area:Leadership

  • Learn about protecting your estate from future health care needs and about Wills, Trusts, Living Wills/Health Care Proxies and Durable Power of Attorney.
    Audience: All
    Format: Discussion-based

  • This Workshop will focus on mindfulness and peace increasing practices. We will explore the way our thoughts, physical bodies, life's stressors and distractions impact our peace. Attendees will participate in a guided imagery, relaxation and meditation experience. Join us as we seek to develop these skills to experience more of God's peace.
    Audience: Administrators
    Format: Lecture, Interactive and experiential

  • An administrator's plate is never empty. One of the items that often gets pushed to the back is teacher evaluations and formal observations. Here we will show how we managed to create a feedback cycle that focuses on giving immediate and quick feedback that teachers find meaningful.
    Audience: Administrators
    Format: Discussion-based, Interactive, Hands-On, Tangible Take-Away
    CTLE Area: Leadership
    OCFS Training Area(s): Area 5 (Business Record Maintenance and Management)

  • Come discuss strategies to Own Your Professional Development! No need to wait for your school to provide PD opportunities - you can take charge of your PD and personalize your learning. We will discuss books, social media, personal learning networks, and conferences. If you have an awesome resource to share with the group, bring that as well!
    Audience: All
    Format:

  • Participants will discuss strategies for creating an annual ministry plan in which each aspect (worship, service, prayer, scripture reading, etc.) is connected and cohesive, rather than discrete and disjointed.
    Audience: Administrators, Pastors, Board Members
    Format: Discussion-based

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