Pathways Conference

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Pathways Conference Sessions

Workshop options for each session are listed below. Workshops will accept participants until the room capacity is met.

Session A: 9:15 am – 11:15 am

Kilbourne Room

Steering Your Career Pathway: Use The Registry as a Guide

Being a lifelong learner and growing professionally is critical to the child care and education profession. Find out how to utilize your Registry account to not only track your continuing education, but also guide your professional development. Have valuable experience to share with other providers? Learn how to become a Registry approved trainer or technical assistance professional. Walk away from this workshop inspired to take the next step on your career pathway.

Joshua Vick, Communications & Outreach Coordinator, The Registry

Wright A

Powerful Interactions

This workshop is based on the book Powerful Interactions: How to Connect With Children to Extend Their Learning, by Amy Laura Dombro, Judy Jablon, & Charlotte Stetson. Teachers will learn what the value of and the meaning of Being Present, Connecting and how to Extend Learning for the children in their care. Strategies will also be taught on how Connecting will enhance the relationship between the teacher and the child. Basic behavioral principles will be taught that will help build the child’s self-esteem and respect.

Sandy Laughrin, YoungStar Technical Consultant, 4C For Children

Wright B

Steps to Develop Child Care Portfolios

This workshop will walk childcare providers’ step-by step on how to develop childcare portfolios. Participants will learn tips and view videos on creating useful child portfolios. This information is based on using the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards "Teaching Cycle". The information will include how to use and how to create portfolios using the information gathered from observations and assessment notes. The portfolios can be used to document learning, to identify curriculum content for children, and for sharing the information with parents. To get the most out of this workshop go to www.providershelper.com, download the "Extra Portfolio Materials" and bring this information to the workshop. Any questions email gcoggs@gmail.com

Gershia Coggs, Director, Child Care Provider’s Helper

Wright C    Highlighted Session

Underdog or top dog: How do you define and measure your own success?

What will your signature legacy be? How can you triumph over the limited understanding many have of our profession?

Will you be underdog or top dog in having a professional impact? How much of your success will be measured from the outside in versus the inside out? Prepare to stake a claim to how you will make a signature difference regardless of restrictive views by others of our profession.

Holly Elissa Bruno, MA, JD

Empire Ballroom

Exploring Multi-Skill Activities

This interactive workshop will give you opportunity to explore a variety of activities that are appropriate for multi-age groups and that meet a range of learning objectives. Strategies for making modifications so the activities better meet the individual learning needs of children will also be explored.

Patricia Woods Clark and Nancy Willman, YoungStar Technical Consultants, 4C For Children

Session Repeats in PM

Oak Room

Effective Collaboration and Communication with Parents for a Better Business Practice (In Spanish)

En este taller los participantes hablaran sobre las prácticas de comunicación que los participantes tienen con los padres, que funciona y que no funciona. Esto llevara a la exploración de estrategias efectivas que ayudaran a la comunicación positiva con los padres. Repasaremos las prácticas de servicio al cliente y se desarrollara un plan de acción para ser implementado en sus centros. Este taller proveerá recursos dentro de la comunidad para ser usado, actividades que llevara a mejor comunicación con los padres, mejores prácticas para servicio al cliente y material para llevar consigo.

In this workshop participants will brainstorm on current communication practice with parents, what works and what does not work. This will lead to exploring effective strategies that will help communicating with parents in a positive way. Review customer practice and develop an action plan to implement in their child care center. The workshop will provide resources within the community to use, activities that can foster a better communication with parents, best practice for customer services and materials to take.

Isabel Coriano, MATC; Gerineldo Acevedo, Peladito’s Family Child Care, LLC; Andrea Acevedo, Peladito’s Family Child Care, LLC

Held for Sessions A & B – 9:15 am – 12:30 pm

Mitchell Room

Individual Learning: Planning Experiences and Documenting Learning In Spanish

This workshop is a continuation of the Teaching Cycle process as identified in the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards training. Each part of the Teaching Cycle: Assessment, Planning, and Implementation, will be examined for application to early learning programs. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of the teaching cycle process and how to incorporate practices that are part of the intentional process for planning to promote individual learning. Connections to YoungStar Evaluation Criteria will be made.

Paola Nunez-Garcia, Master Trainer/Consultant, 4C For Children

Held for Sessions A & B – 9:15 am – 12:30 pm

Walker Room  Highlighted Session

Vroom: Creating Brain Building Moments

The session will teach participants how to incorporate Vroom, an early childhood initiative developed by the Bezos Foundation, into their childcare practices, and to assist parents in creating brain-building moments – whether it’s mealtime, bath time, or anytime in between – with their children using tools they already have. The audience will also learn how to create intentional opportunities for hands-on learning, and developmentally appropriate practices to help children develop the social, emotional and physical skills they will need to enter school ready to learn.

Synovia Moss, Director of Community Engagement and Outreach, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

Session Repeats in PM

MacArthur Room

Trauma Informed Approach for the Child Care Setting

A piece of the workshop is a simulation activity that allows participants to work together on case files of actual families in our community. Together the group will focus on a mix of the WMELS domains and how to best meet the needs for each of the families in the scenarios provided.

A resource page with a variety of agencies and organization in South East Wisconsin will also be in each participant’s folder.

Stephanie Kober, YoungStar Technical Consultant, 4C For Children

Juneau Room

Organization Systems for Directors

Have you ever looked at your files and realized you need a better organization system? In this training, you will be presented with many different organization systems for different areas of your center. Some of the organization systems that will be presented will be staff and child files, continuing education, classroom walkthrough checklist and more. A sample of each will be given to participants to take home.

Denise Green, Director of Early Education, La Causa; Milwaukee Child Care Alliance

Miller Room

ASQ Ages and Stages Questionnaire     In Hmong                       Full Day Workshop: Sessions A, B, & C

We will examine the benefits of childhood developmental screening and research supporting the use of the ASQ. The features of the ASQ, how to score the questionnaire, and prepare a written summary for parents will be practiced. We will also examine the process for sharing the results with parents and doing appropriate follow-up, including the referral process. The ASQ is discussed as a parent-engagement tool and the relationship between the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards and teaching cycle are also explored.

Lia Yang, CCR&R/Training Manager, 4C For Children

 

Session B: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Kilbourne Room

Can You Handle It? Stress Management

Most early childhood professionals are nurturers by nature taking care of themselves last and rarely say no. Sometimes they can become overwhelmed and begin to feel stress. On other occasions, the behavior of the children enrolled in the program or the parent clients can cause stress for the early childhood professional not to mention the providers own family who also make demands on their time. Come and learn out stress and some stress/time management techniques.

Karen Narlow, Master Trainer/Consultant, 4C For Children

Wright A

Using a Digital Assistant in the Classroom and Improve Portfolio Quality

Training will help the audience connect with others by understanding what tools they use to capture documentation and improve portfolios and purposeful teaching. We will generate awareness that a digital assistant can add tremendous value to the classroom.

Patricia Wooldridge, Director/Owner, Mariposa Learning Center, Inc.

Wright B

Power to the Profession

Participate in on-going Professional Development with other early childhood professionals. We’ll define "Professionalism" and learn about national, state, and local supports for the important work we do with young children and families.

Jeanne Labana, Master Trainer, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA)

Wright C

Introducing WISELearn: On-line Resources for Wisconsin Educators by Wisconsin Educators

Participants will partner share their most used websites and other resources with each other. They will be asked to share how they identify and locate these resources. In a large group, we will use these same strategies to search the WISELearn repository and to view how these resources are connected to the WMELS. Participants will be able to replicate the search process in their professional work as a means to high quality resources.

Carrie Holden, Early Childhood WISELearn Facilitator, Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners

MacArthur Room

Do you know about the Children and Youth with Specials Health Care Needs Program?

Come and learn about our five regional centers and our hubs of expertise that have a lot of resources to share with families and professionals alike. Many of our services are available for children with and without special health care needs.

Meg Steimle, CYSHCN Project Manager-Transition, SE Regional Center for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Juneau Room

Formal Rating: What’s It All About?

Are you thinking about the formal rating process with YoungStar? Have you thought about going for a 4 or 5 Star rating in the future? Want to learn more about what the formal rating process is and how to prepare for it? If you’ve had any of these questions, then this is the workshop for you. Come learn about how to prepare for this rating process and what tools are used. This is your chance to ask questions specifically related to your program and get answers directly from a formal rater. Don’t miss this educational opportunity!

Scott Schweiger, Rating Manager, Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA)

 

Exhibit & Resource Area

Exhibit Review: Exploring Resource Available to Early Learning Professionals

Take some time to explore the variety of vendors and resources available at the Exhibit Area. Complete the questionnaire (in your folder) to earn a continuing education hour. Directions are on the questionnaire form.

 

Session C: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Kilbourne Room

Don’t Just Say No: Use Positive Guidance

This workshop takes a look at children’s behavior, our reactions to it, and explores positive guidance techniques to use with the children in your care as well as touching on challenging behaviors.

Karen Narlow, Master Trainer/Consultant, 4C For Children

Wright A

Using a Digital Assistant in the Classroom and Improve Portfolio Quality            In Spanish

Aprenda como usar un asistente digital (como Alexa de Amazon o Google Home) para capturar documentación sin manos (por GrowthChart) para mejorar aprendizaje con propósito y mejorar resultados de sus estudiantes. Mejore sus estrellas de Clasificación de calidad con mejorar su documentación en sus portafolios. Fortalecer los intereses del estudiante con el uso sencillo de la tecnología in la clase.

Patricia Wooldridge, Director/Owner, Mariposa Learning Center, Inc.

Wright B

Yes, Learning Can Be Fun and Games!

Play is learning! Come join the fun as we look at learning GAMES. Games can support social and emotional development, enhance concept development, encourage higher levels of thinking, support Parent Engagement and more. Learners of all ages can enjoy and play games but focus will be on learners that have skills to take turns. (about age 3 years on) The ideas shared can be used within the classroom learning environment but can also be strategies to invite parents to support learning.

Bev Schumacher, CEO, Learning Props

Wright C

Arts Integration in Early Childcare: Building Bridges Through the Creative Process

During the workshop, participants will collaboratively create arts-integrated lesson plans and brainstorm DAP activities and materials they can use in their own programs. They will receive personalized feedback on their activity plans and they will be offered written information and further resources on the developmentally appropriate arts activities for children 0-3 years of age.

Crystasany Turner, Bilingual Adjunct Instructor/ Program Coordinator, UW-Platteville/Roberson Kiddie Lane Daycare

Empire Ballroom

Exploring Multi-Skill Activities

This interactive workshop will give you opportunity to explore a variety of activities that are appropriate for multi-age groups and that meet a range of learning objectives. Strategies for making modifications so the activities better meet the individual learning needs of children will also be explored.

Patricia Woods Clark and Nancy Willman, YoungStar Technical Consultants, 4C For Children

Repeat from AM session

Oak Room

Don’t Fear The Budget! You are in control!

The fear of budgeting stops here!

Family Provider’s today is the day to create your budget and learn what a positive impact it will have not only on your business practices, but on all areas of quality! Yes you will be leaving this training with your budget ready to go!

You already have a budget, every day you make financial decisions for your business in your head, now you will have it in writing and you will be in control!

Marie Miller, YoungStar Technical Consultant, 4C For Children

Mitchell Room

Physical Activities in ECE Settings In Spanish

We will look at ways to provide fun, inclusive, developmentally appropriate physical activities that use inexpensive equipment, work in small spaces, and can be used in home-based and center-based child care settings.

Paola Nunez-Garcia, Master Trainer/Consultant, 4C For Children

Walker Room

Vroom: Creating Brain Building Moments

The session will teach participants how to incorporate Vroom, an early childhood initiative developed by the Bezos Foundation, into their childcare practices, and to assist parents in creating brain-building moments – whether it’s mealtime, bath time, or anytime in between – with their children using tools they already have. The audience will also learn how to create intentional opportunities for hands-on learning, and developmentally appropriate practices to help children develop the social, emotional and physical skills they will need to enter school ready to learn.

Synovia Moss, Director of Community Engagement and Outreach, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

Repeat of AM Session

MacArthur Room

Coming Together: Building Positive Staff Relationships

By providing concrete examples and having the participants share their experiences with the group, I will help them connect to find new ways to improve their current practices and to build better staff teams. I will also have the participants use their own current practices to reflect on the material being presented to discover new ways to improve what they do.

Tina Ginner Melzl , Master Trainer/Consultant, 4C For Children

Juneau Room

Rainbow Connections: Process vs Product Art

Creative art is a great learning tool to use when teaching young children. How do you plan creative art learning activities that are process based, not product based? What is the difference between process and product art? Come and have fun creating your own Rainbow art as we discuss process verses product art options.

Denise Green, Director of Early Education, La Causa; Milwaukee Child Care Alliance

 

 

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