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Friday Session Handouts


FTT3. Calm Challenging Behaviors: Learn 8 Core Strategies
Do you feel stressed out from the "hard" child in your classroom? Discover why children with ADHD and Autism try to control everything and how you can gain calm and cooperation with practical neuroscience techniques. Transform your classroom into an enjoyable space and reclaim your joy of teaching.
Samantha Moe, Mad2Glad
Age Group: Adult Development
Competency:
CDL / CYGD


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FTT5. Updates to the Parent Aware Best Practices and Rating Process 
The Parent Aware best practices and rating process were updated in July 2017. Participants will learn how Parent Aware works, what changes were made, and get your questions answered about how they will impact your program. 
Michelle Lenhart, MN Department of Human Services
Candace Yates, ACCAP
Kristen Wheeler Highland, MnAEYC-MnSACA 

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: AEI


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A04. Natural Community: Partnering with Community and Family to Offer Enriching Outdoor Play in Any Setting
This session will include photos, videos, and clips of families, children, and community members who participated in a Playground Garden project to add a sensory garden to an urban preschool center.  Descriptions of the proposal and how the project was completed within a $100 budget will be shared. Participants will learn ways in which nature exploration offers unique experiences that, with intentional guidance, explicitly lead to children's cognitive, physical, social and language development.
Ellen Ogara, Temple Israel Early Childhood Center
Sami Martin, Temple Israel Early Childhood Center 
Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: CDL / RWF / HSN



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A11. Mindset and Behavior Guidance: Do We Have a Growth Mindset About Kids' Behavior?
In this interactive session, participants will reflect on their professional practice within the frame of modeling a growth mindset for behavior guidance. Do we practice what we teach? Using the research of Carol Dweck, The Harvard Center on the Developing Child, Dan Gartrell, and the practical approaches of authors Christine Hertz and Kristine Mraz, participants will workshop research-based best practices for optimum child development AND self-development.
Molly Breen, St. Anthony Park Community Nursey School
Age Group: Adult Development, All Ages
Competency: CDL / P


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B03. Supporting Executive Function Skills in an Outdoor Environment
Learn about the latest research on the importance of executive functioning skill development during early childhood, and the role executive functioning plays in children's success in kindergarten and beyond. This session will provide examples on how the development of executive functioning can be naturally fostered through outdoor learning experiences.
Anna Dutke, Prior Lake Savage Area Schools
Marie Lister, Prior Lake Savage Area Schools
Age Group: Early Childhoood
Competencies: CDL | DAEL


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C01. How to Intentionally Teach while Keeping Play at the Center
Play matters! But, is it possible to embrace this value while also using curriculum and assessment? You bet it is. This panel presentation will show, using videos, photos and story-telling, how three programs use their curriculum or assessment to carry out their educational philosophy in a way that makes play the centerpiece of their approach to early childhood instruction.
Michelle Lenhart, MN Department of Human Services
Anna Dutke, Circle of Friends Preschool at Jeffer's Pond Elementary 
Marie Lister, Shirley G. Moore Lab School and the University of Minnesota

Deedee Stevens-Neal, Fraser School
Age Group: Early Childhood
Competencies: DAEL


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Saturday Session Handouts 




D08. Help Me Train New Staff.....and Keep Them!  
Ever wondered what it would be like to lead a team that is fully engaged? Do you find yourself stressed when training new staff? Join this session and learn ways to implement a successful staff orientation model and maintain team engagement throughout the year. Participants will take back orientation models, coaching and feedback strategies, and creative ways to help make teams feel appreciated.
Hilary Disch, Wayzata Schools, Home Base
Jennifer HendersonU of M Center for Sustainable Polymers, Dept of Chemistry

Age Group: School-Age
Competency: PPE


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E06The Purpose of School-Age Care
Is your job basically crowd control? Do you feel successful if you manage to prevent Lord of the Flies each day? There has to be more to school-age care than coloring sheets and legos. Let’s dive into our role in the lives of the children we work with, and discuss the purpose of school-age care (hint: it’s not just keeping kids alive).
Heidi Gordon, Stillwater Area Schools
Age Group: School-Age
Competencies: ICY / LEC


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E10. Shining Brighter than Burnout! 
While educator burnout seems common, leaders can avoid the "burnout destiny" through understanding both what fills and what empties their personal and professional "cups." This active session will guide educators in rediscovering their strengths and sustaining their passions, so they can keep shining as educators and stay polished.
Tosca Grimm, St. Peter's Early Childhood Education Center
Amie Solie, St. Peter's Early Childhood Education Center
Age Group: Adult Development and All Ages
Competency: P


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F06Your Daily Interactions with Students with Special Needs
Come explore what's going on developmentally with children who have special needs. We'll discuss several different diagnoses, including ASD, ADHD, EBD/ODD, SPD, and anxiety. We'll talk through ways in which these diagnoses affect how people experience the world, and strategies to support these students in our work.
Taylor Mazzara, Stillwater Area Schools
Heidi Gordan, Stillwater Area Schools

Age Group: School-Age
Competency: ICY


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F08Navigating Sensitive Conversations 
Just as the title suggests, attendees will learn how to present sensitive material and navigate sensitive conversations with young people. Attendees will learn how to create trauma-informed, inclusive learning environments. Attendees will learn skills and steps to take when confronted with a young person’s disclosures and have an opportunity to practice scenarios and examples of common difficult student questions.  
Kelsey Schultz, myHealth for Teens and Young Adults
Age Group: School-Age
Competency: ICY / LEC



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SAS1. Roundabout Leadership: Leading in All Directions
A roundabout is a type of circular intersection in which traffic flows almost continuously in one direction around a central island, able to flow out of (and into) various directions seamlessly without stopping. Many people populate the intersections of our programs, including supervisors, support staff, children and families. To make the most of this journey toward quality environments and experiences, every traveler must serve as a model of leadership. Through conversations, videos, and activities, this session will help each participant to identify his or her own leadership potential - gaining insight and inspiration about how to lead in all directions to positively impact students and families.
Tosca Grimm, St. Peter's Early Childhood Education Center
Age Group:  Adult Devlopment and All Ages
Competency: P


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