2015 EC Summit Archive

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Eric Litwin

The 2015 the theme was “Crossing the Bridge to Active Learning.”  We had amazing presenters including Eric Litwin, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the first four Pete the Cat picture books and The Nuts!

Other invited presenters included: Dr. Jean FeldmanDr. C. C. BatesLesley FieldsJessica Flowers!

Plus Nature Explore Workshops for Educators!

Strands:

    • Play
    • Literacy
    • Math & Science
    • Social & Emotional Development

20150Sessions & Keynote

All handouts are password protected.  Registered attendees will receive the username and password via email, from Melanie Hofmann.

 

KEYNOTE: INTERACTIVE LITERACY AND MUSIC — Mr. Eric Litwin

Get ready to sing, dance and fall in love with interactive literacy and music. Mr. Eric’s presentation is fun, inspirational and practical. He shares simple, interactive songs and stories that teachers may use right away. No musical experience is necessary. Eric shows how traditional techniques such as call and response, repetition, and creative movement are applied in everyday lessons, classroom management, and transitions. He will also demonstrate their connection to reading, writing and language development. With his guitar, harmonica and dynamic singing voice, Eric will have everyone singing, laughing, dancing and moving. Eric will also share his New York Times best-selling Pete the Cat picture books and his new series, The Nuts.


SESSION 1B

Interactive Literacy: Classroom Management — Eric Litvin
(Workshop for K, 1st, 2nd)

Mr. Eric began using interactive literacy and music as a classroom teacher. Very quickly he discovered that they were powerful and effective in day to day classroom management. In this practical and inspiring workshop teachers learn how interactive music and stories can help facilitate smooth transitions, create community, increase student engagement, reinforce educational objectives, teach rules, provide structure, set a positive tone and channel energy into learning.

Interactive Writing to Support Reading — C.C. Bates

Are you looking for one activity that supports phonological awareness skills, demonstrates concepts about print, incorporates phonics and high frequency word instruction, and develops reading and writing strategies? Interactive Writing does it all and more! This session will cover the how, when, and why questions related to interactive writing. Join C.C. as she shares about this powerful instructional strategy.

CANCELLED: The Calm and Connected Parent…and Teacher — Bonnie Compton

Teachers and parents search for ways to teach responsibility to children. In the process, children’s behavior often becomes the focus of our attention.
When we focus on children and search for strategies to control their behavior, we miss out on opportunities to connect with children and lead them into choosing responsible behavior, for themselves. Instead, let’s explore how our own reaction to children’s behavior influences their decisions, and learn what we can do as teachers and parents, to help raise responsible children.

Responsive Interactions and Curriculum in the Infant/Toddler/Two classrooms — Roxanne Jones

This session focuses on the unique needs of toddlers and twos in the early childhood classroom. Many teachers in child care are not properly trained in infant, toddler and two curriculum approaches. This session will assist and guide teachers, directors, curriculum specialists when planning and implementing quality learning experiences specifically for this age group. This session will feature various planning resources, discuss the use of routine and schedule and suggest a “blueprint” for planning and implementation.


 Game On!  – Make & Take Workshop — Dr. Jean

(Workshop for K, 1st, 2nd)

Bring your scissors and markers and you’ll leave with a “toolbox” of game patterns and blank books you can use throughout the school year.  These ideas are perfect for active learning and can be used across grade levels to reinforce a variety of skills.  Projects will include:

  • blank books that can replace worksheets
  • 5 minute flash card games
  • patterns for center activities
  • brain breaks

Handout: Make and Take Dr. Jean


SESSION 1C

Magical, Musical Math — Dr. Jean
(Workshop for Pre-K, K, 1st)

“Math fever” will spread through your room in the coming year with the catchy tunes, games, and movement ideas you will learn in this workshop!  Highlights will include:

  • Songs for number concepts, shapes, money, writing numerals, and addition
  • Moving math for active learning
  • Games to build skills
  • Multi-sensory math materials
  • Center ideas
  • Books to integrate math concepts and literacy

Expanding High Frequency Word Knowledge in Higher Level Texts — C.C. Bates

A core of known high frequency words (HFW) allows children to make generative connections with other words that encourage flexibility and provide support in higher-level texts. This session explores the importance of HFW beyond the emergent reading phase. Ideas and materials for teaching HFW will be shared including apps.

Loose Parts: Imagining Outdoor Spaces from a Constructivist Perspective — Mary White & Jane Hart

In this session participants will learn about the importance of loose parts play, and how loose parts play embodies the essence of constructivist learning. There will be visual examples of the program which is currently a Nature Explore certified outdoor classroom.

Documenting Children’s Learning with Nature — Nature Explore Workshops

Discover effective methods for supporting and documenting children’s learning indoors and outdoors, and for helping children with behavioral challenges and verbal-language delays become more successful.

SESSION 1D

Science Surprises! — Dr. Jean
(K, 1st, 2nd)

In this workshop you’ll discover how simple science can be simply FUN!  You’ll learn how to stimulate your students’ brains and connect science with literacy and math. Highlights will include:

  • Singing science
  • Simple science experiments from ordinary materials
  • Collaborative books from science themes
  • Ideas for learning centers
  • Hands-on projects
  • Scientist of the Week

Flexible Grouping for Guided Reading — CC Bates

Little Learners, Big Learners — Lesley Fields
(Workshop for Pre-K, K)

Standards, curriculum, and assessment change with the swing of the educational pendulum, but little learners remain the same. Discover how to meet high expectations with developmentally appropriate, rich instruction.


Day 2
SESSION 2A

The First Twelve Days of School — Dr. Jean
(Workshop for Pre-K, K, 1st)

You’ll be ready to GO back to school with all the great ideas you’ll see presented in this workshop.  Highlights will include:

  • Strategies to start the new school year
  • Activities to create a classroom community
  • Projects to win parents and children
  • Classroom management tips
  • Class cheers and celebrations
  • Teaching “tricks” – puppets, props, attention getters
  • Songs, chants, name games
  • Ideas for circle time, clean up, and line-up

Using a BIG Voice:  Teaching The Skills Of Assertiveness & Communication — Jessica Flowers

Children must learn that they teach others how to treat them.  Walk away from this session with a better understanding of Conscious Discipline® and its role in building new skills and resources, turning classroom struggles into shared cooperation by using conflicts as an opportunity to teach missing social-emotional skills. Handout: Assertiveness-Big-Voice.pdf

Myth Busters: Publisher’s Edition — Lesley Fields
(Workshop for Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd)

Ever wondered what it takes to publish a book? This question and answer session will bust the myth and provide a variety of options for publishing your students’ writing as well as your own.

Prevention, Intervention, Response: Evidence-based strategies to identify the function and strategies to address challenging behaviors — Dr. Herman Knopf & Dr. Bridget Miller
(Workshop for Pre-K, K, 1st-3rd)

Supporting the social and emotional development of young children continues to be an important component of an effective early childhood curriculum. Through this session participants will participate in active and engaging activities to learn evidence based prevention and teaching strategies to support young children.


SESSION 2B

Magical, Musical Math — Dr. Jean
(Workshop for Pre-K, K, 1st)

“Math fever” will spread through your room in the coming year with the catchy tunes, games, and movement ideas you will learn in this workshop!  Highlights will include:

  • Songs for number concepts, shapes, money, writing numerals, and addition
  • Moving math for active learning
  • Games to build skills
  • Multi-sensory math materials
  • Center ideas
  • Books to integrate math concepts and literacy

Encouraging Words That Build Strong Brains — Jessica Flowers

Conscious Discipline® helps us to see that an encouraging environment builds a child’s self esteem.  Learn the skill of noticing that will strengthen their prefrontal lobes, bring awareness to their actions and facilitate lasting change.  We’ll learn how to offer encouragement through noticing vs judging that primes the brain for academic achievement. Handout – Encouraging-Words.pdf

You Gotta’ Be The Word — Lesley Fields
(Workshop for Pre-K, K, 1st)

Vocabulary is a keystone to comprehension, but for early childhood it takes more than exposure in text and learning the definition. Learn hands-on, fun vocabulary acquisition strategies that inspire kids to become the words and create a word conscious classroom.

iCan code too!: Instructional supports to facilitate active engagement with technology among young children — Bridget Miller & Herman Knopf

Coding skills can move students beyond just playing games. Sparking higher-level thinking and creativity, coding opens new doors in young students STEM inquiry. Come explore how students grades K-3 can become more than just consumers of technology. Engage students in producing authentic and meaningful explorations with code!


SESSION 2C

“G-Ma, What’s A E-motion?”: Giving Children Tools to Handle Their Emotions — Crystal Campbell

This is session is designed to help participants understand the early learning standards, discover techniques to identify emotions and techniques to manage emotions when they occur.

Boosting Children’s Brain Connections That Count — Jessica Flowers

Conscious Discipline® teaches us that all children need connections.  How do we create these connections that literally wire their brains for willingness and impulse control?  “I Love You Rituals” provide these daily tune ups that will increase their attention span and cooperation improves. Handout – Boosting-Childrens-Brain.pdf

Little Learners, Big Learners — Lesley Fields
(Workshop for Pre-K, K)

Standards, curriculum, and assessment change with the swing of the educational pendulum, but little learners remain the same. Discover how to meet high expectations with developmentally appropriate, rich instruction.

Nature-Inspired Indoor Environments — Nature Explore Workshops

Be inspired to think deeply about how thoughtfully planned indoor environments can better support children’s healthy growth and development as well as decrease behavioral issues.


SESSION 2D

New ETV Resources for Early Childhood Educators — Diane Gregory

PBS LearningMedia is a wonderful new FREE online resource for early childhood educators throughout the U.S. providing valuable instructional resources in all curriculum areas. Activities, video programming, teacher guides, and other instructional resources are valuable tools in the education of learners. A variety of learning styles are addressed. From video and activities for learners to professional development for teaching staff, PBS LearningMedia addresses a variety of resources online. Come learn how to access your free account.

Going Backwards to Continue Forward — Richard Latham

Where did the ideas for active learning begin? As we discuss phrases like “kindergarten readiness”, “ready to learn”, and “developmentally appropriate”, it may help us as teachers of young children to look at the foundations of active learning.

Keeping the Fun in Fluency Instruction with Active Learning Strategies — Kelley White

Reading fluency is often measured by how many words children can read per minute, but being a fluent reader involves much more than reading quickly. In this session, we will discuss what fluency is, how it can be assessed and how K -3rd grade teachers can best support children’s fluency development in fun and active ways.

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