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Every session time slot has an equal number of early childhood and school-age sessions. There are also adult development sessions to choose from. These sessions are appropriate for all participants, regardless of age group. 


All trainers have received the following message about our audience: Trainers, please remember that if your session is not specific to a target audience that your audience will represent professionals who work with youth from infant to 18 years old. Please be prepared to make sure all are welcomed and covered in the training.


Infants and Toddlers | Preschool Age ChildrenSchool Age 


To save space, we’ve abbreviated these competencies using the key below. You will find these competency acronyms listed beneath each session description.

Saturday Session Descriptions:

Find Friday's sessions here.

Saturday Table Talks: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

STT2. Strengthening the MN Childhood Care and Education Workforce: Become an Achieve Member
Discuss how an Achieve membership is a valuable resource for recording your professional achievements and setting future career goals. Participants will explore features of Develop including how to submit a new or renewal individual membership application and searching for approved trainings.  
Hyewon Chung, Achieve MN Center for Professional Development
Lynne Shilha, Achieve MN Center for Professional Development
Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: P

STT3. Career Pathways for Emerging Professionals Round Table Discussion
Come and learn about the different pathways for professionals working in the ECE field.
Hannah Riddle, Semilitas Training
Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: P

STT4. Public Policy "Office Hours"
Let's chat about what's happening at the federal and state level that impact earlychildhood and school-age care, what support you need and how you can get involved.
Sara Benzkofer, MnAEYC-MnSACA
Age Group: Adult Development










Saturday Session D: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

D01. Connecting With Infants, Toddlers and Two: How the Environment Impacts Learning and Behavior   
How we design our classrooms and early childhood spaces can have a profound impact on how children interact with each other, behave and gain developmental skills. This class will share a variety of strategies to help you reflect on your current space and help identify some new opportunities to promote a positive space for both teachers and children.
Barbara Wagner, Barbara Wagner Training and Consulting
Age Group: Infant /Toddler
Competencies: CDL / AEI

D02. NAEYC's Streamlined Accreditation Model: What's Up?
Beginning in January 2018 programs seeking to become NAEYC Accredited or those that are renewing their accreditation will be participating in a new, streamlined accreditation model. This session will present an overview of the new model, discuss changes from the previous model and highlight new tools and resources.
Kristen Wheeler Highland, MnAEYC-MnSACA
Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: P

D04. Fostering Developmentally Appropriate Learning Environments through Intentional Teaching Methods
This session will help early childhood professionals identify developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) for children birth through grade three focusing on intentional teaching methods that shape the environment and guide the curriculum. Participants will explore strategies to apply to current practices that reflect DAP in all areas of the curriculum fostering quality learning environments for children.
Kelly Sadlovsky, Concordia University
Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: DAEL

D05. Enlightening, Empowering, and Engaging African American Students Though Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Programming
ANEW BAM will share best practices and curricula with participants and also provide opportunities for participants to write down goals and objectives that include culturally relevant teaching strategies, and programming, for grades K-8.
Kevin Robinson, ANEW BAM
Age Group: School-Age
Competencies: CDL / RWF / AEI

D06. Large and in Charge! Running Successful and Kid Driven Activities with Large Groups.
Working with large groups of children can be challenging! Join us as we share our tools for breaking down activities, transitions, and gathering youth voice with groups of 15-30 children. This session will be interactive as we practice how to break down an activity, how to control a rowdy group in the gym, how to get that youth voice AND implement it successfully, and more tips we have picked up over the last 15 years.
Nichole Lelle, Minneapolis Kids/ Minneapolis Public Schools
Age Group: School-Age
Competencies: ICY / LEC

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

D09. Every Voice Matters: The Importance of Advocacy
We often underestimate our ability to impact policymaking at all levels of government. Yet, individual and collective action can be a powerful force for improving our community. Advocacy is about changing the conversation and defining the debate. Participants will learn how to use their voice and share their story to impact change.
Sara Benzkofer, MnAEYC-MnSACA
Age Group: Adult Devlopment, All Ages
Competency: P

D10. Restorative Practices: Foundations and Principles
Restorative Practices place healthy communities and relationships at the center of all we do. Creating a restorative school or program starts with the mindset of the adults and their day-to-day interactions with students and each other. This session will explore the roots, foundations and principles involved in the restorative way of being and participants will experience a brief restorative circle.
Taylor Saver, Roseville Schools
Age Group: Adult Devlopment, All Ages
Competency: P

D11. Using Goldsworthy-Inspired Art Projects to Cultivate Curiosity
Children are curious creatures! They explore, question and wonder. Curiosity is the mental sparkler that activates our imaginations – drives our desire to learn – and compels our creative thinking. Come and experience your own curiosity (via the art of Andy Goldsworthy) and learn how we are all differently curious. We’ll discuss ways we can cultivate curiosity in children through our interactions and the quality of our activities. 
Emily Holder, St. Paul Public Schools
Age Group: Adult Development, All Ages
Competencies: ICY / CYGD / LEC





Saturday Session E: 12:45 to 2:15 p.m.

E01. Supporting Little Children When They Face Big Challenges
Sometimes children come to our programs with big challenges, including homelessness, parental incarceration or wrestling with gender identity. In this workshop we'll talk about harnessing the power of story to build young children's resilience and peer support networks in the face of difficult life events.
Meg Thomas, AMAZE
Age Group: Early Childhood
Competencies: DAEL / RWF

E02. Cross-Cultural Competence is Not as Hard as it Looks
Cross-cultural competence is not easy, but it is highly manageable. Explore how it can be practiced with care and respect for all children, families, and colleagues. This session includes elements of NAEYC developmentally appropriate practice and ethical standards, early childhood progress indicators, best practices in adult development, and the principles of anti-bias education.
Angele Pass
, BlueWater Associates, Inc.
Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: P

E03. Understanding Multigenerational Trauma Through a Developmental Lens
Participants will understand key components of early childhood development and how social emotional development may go awry. They will learn how supporting primary caregivers is essential in promoting early childhood mental health. Participants will also learn what the early childhood mental health system looks like in Minnesota and how to access mental health services in their local communities. There will be one case example and a discussion.
Catherine Wright, MN Department of Human Services, Mental Health Division
Age Group: Early Childhoood
Competencies: CDL / RWF

E04. Una Introducion a la Disciplina Positiva
An Introduction to Positive Discipline. Engage meaningfully with the concept of positivediscipline. Opportunities to practice positive discipline appears in many ways when workingwith young children, their families and the broader community..
Jennifer Davis, Solbe Learning
Age Group: Early Childhoood
Competencies: CDL / DAEL

E05. Finding Your Way Through Summer With Older Youth
Do you find it difficult to navigate summer programing for older youth? How do you keep older youth engaged all day long when their only desire is to engage their electronics? Join us to learn new activities and programming that will keep older youth excited to participate throughout the summer.
D'Lisa Campbell, Hopkins Public Schools
Dawn Hanson, Hopkins Public Schools
Age Group: School-Age
Competencies: ICY / LEC

E06. The 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

E07. A Different Literacy Lens – Using Social and Emotional Learning as a Focus for Literacy Before and After School
Using the work of Pam Allyn and Dr. Ernest Morrell, participants will review and discuss how the combination of literacy skills, engagement strategies and social-emotional development learning needs can positively impact student learning. Participants in this session will explore strategies for before and after school learning time that positively impact learning.
Mollie Henderson, Scholastic Education
Age Group: School-Age
Competencies: CYGD / LEC

E08. No One Likes a Bully: Bullies and Bullying in School-Age Settings
Bullying often goes undetected in school age settings. In fact, adults typically identify less than 10 percent of bullying incidents -- partly because bullying tends to occur in unsupervised areas and partly because many adults simply do not understand the dynamics of bullying. In this workshop, the concept of bullying is explored on many levels, including, how to spot bullying, what the word bullying means, interrupting bullying behaviors, strategies for supporting targets, victims, bullys and bystanders. Tips, strategies and resources are included in this workshop session.
Kristen Wheeler Highland, MnEYC-MnSACA
Age Group: School-Age
Competency: ICY

E09. Disability Awareness: Recognizing and Navigating Your Biases Towards Students With Disabilities
This presentation will help school educators recognize their biases and prejudices towards students with disabilities and to recognize the negative effects of those biases.
Nemeh Al-Sarraj, Disability Awareness Project
Age Group: Adult Development and All Ages
Competencies: ICY / PPE / LEC / F&C / APN

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

E11. Unpacking White Privilege: Working to Be Better Allies
Join us for a discussion about white privilege, including what it is and how it affects the fields of early education and school age care. We’ll discuss behaviors that perpetuate white privilege and talk about how we can change to become better allies for social change. 
Hannah Riddle de Rojas, Semillitas Training
Age Group: Adult Development and All Ages
Competency: HCD / F&C



Saturday Session F: 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

F01. Cultivating Self-Awareness through Connecting Feelings, Needs & Actions
Promote social-emotional learning (SEL) through self-awareness and regulation strategies. This session focuses on the well-being and social growth of children and guiding them in relating to others' perspectives. Skill building tools to connect feelings, needs, and actions will equip children to create healthy connections and instill kindness in communities.
Becky Danielson, 1C13P MN, LLC
Beverly Lonsbury, Ph.D.

Age Group: Early Childhood
Competencies: CDL / AEI

F02. Desarrollo Social y Emocional en la edad temprana
Participants will understand the importance of social and emotional development in the early years. This session will point out the diversity in the classroom, how to be conscious on how your cultural beliefs are affecting the emotional growth of the children. Participants will gain information to support the emotional development of children. Participants will learn techniques and examples to be inclusive and support families and children on their emotional and social development.
Hortensia Leon, Jardin Spanish Immeersion
Age Group: Early Childhood
Competencies: CDL / AEI / P

F04. Do Ants Have Teeth? Teaching Science Through Meaningful Inquiry that Engages Children’s Minds 
Project-based investigations enable children to actively explore topics that are relevant to their lives. Children learn to communicate, think mathematically, test hypotheses, and think like scientists. Participants will explore the many ways in which children observe and explore, make connections, solve problems, organize information, and communicate and represent their ideas within a classroom community that is engaged in a long-term, project-based investigation. 
Patricia Dischler, Teaching Strategies
Age Group:  Early Childhood
Competency: CDL

F05. Be a Part of Improving Afterschool Quality in Our Communities
Participants will learn how they can grow their own leadership skills and contribute to growing quality in our afterschool community by becoming a MAAP accreditation coach or validator.
Sue Kinneberg, MnAEYC-MnSACA
Age Group:  Early Childhood
Competency: PPE

F06. Your 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

F07Fostering Youth Development through Community Involvement and Global Outreach
Learn more about different methods to foster youth development while working with local and global outreach organizations. Bring community service initiatives into your daily classroom to help youth look outwardly while learning. . 
Kara Wattunen, Hopkins Public Schools
Age Group: School-Age
Competencies: CYGD / F&C

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

F09. Building a Sustainable Community 
When the administrative team leads their staff into an environment with clearly defined roles, expectations, communication, acceptance of diversity, and a sincere belief in the value of each individual, a deep rooted community grows. They can develop genuinely caring relationships without losing authority and direction, creating a community that will sustain itself through any challenge.
Kari Eggers, King's Kid Academy
Age Group: Adult Development and All Ages
Competency: P

F10. Building ESTEAM with STEM
Let's grow! Participants will do green engineering design challenges; discuss "letting kids lead"; reflect on student empowerment, self-esteem, and sustainability. STEM encourages questions, empowers the learner, and engages kids in problem-solving. ESTEAM (environment, science, technology, engineering, art, and math) builds on the STEM philosophy while strengthening learning communities and systems thinking.
Heidi Ferris, Growing Green Hearts, LLC
Age Group: Adult Development and All Ages

F11. Give Kids the Example They Deserve
We will laugh and giggle as we explore the psychology and roots of healthy practices & skills to give kids the very best example we can. Taking really good care of self is the single biggest attribute we can give the kids we work with and care so much about. Letting go of "you will" messages and modeling "I will" messages and actions gives kids their very best shot at success in the real world. Leading by example allows loving adults to set firm limits AND fosters the healthiest lessons for all kids. When we approach our work with kids this way, we raise kids who learn to take really good care of themselves by observing us do the same.
Andy Johnsrud, Johnsrud Education Consulting
Age Group: Adult Development and All Ages
Competency: P

Saturday Action Sessions: 4:15 to 5:00 p.m.

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

SAS2. Engineering a Rube Goldberg Contraption: 12-part curriculum grades 3-8
Attend this session to learn about the 12-part Rube Goldberg Curriculum developed by staff from Minnesota and Purdue Extension and the Minnesota STEM Center. The curriculum was developed to support adult educators who will lead groups of youth through a series of 45-minute activities to create opportunities for youth to develop communication skills, teamwork, and solve engineering problems.
Mark Haugen, University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development
Darcy Cole, University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development

Age Group:   School-Age
Competency: LEC

SAS3. Reggio Principles as a Field Guide to Learning: Our Experiences in a Nature-Based Preschool
Using the principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education as a "field guide" to learning has many benefits in any early childhood program and is an exceptionally useful guide in any nature-based program. The image of the child, role of the teacher, importance of time, careful consideration of the environment, and value placed on relationships coupled with the processes of observation, reflection, and documentation work together to enhance the children's school and learning experiences. This approach also supports developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children and opportunities for insight and growth professionally.
Kari Nusbaum, Dodge Nature Preschool
Age Group: Early Childhood
Competency: CDL

SAS4. Implementing STEM is Easy
Don't be afraid to implement STEM into your programs. In this session you will walk away with some long term project ideas that could span over days or weeks. You can see how the same project can work for both older and younger ages with just a few changes.
Marcia Curley, Hopkins Schools, Kids & Company
Age Group: School-Age
Competency: PPF / DAEL





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