Thursday, October 13, 10am – 12pm EST

Children with Sensory Processing Issues

Linda Delano Schumacher, M.Ed.

Do you know a child who just doesn’t seem to listen, or can’t sit still, or overreacts to everything? Children who have difficulty processing sensory input can also have challenges with behavior, communication, and carrying out everyday activities. Learn more about this complex disorder and how you can adapt your environment and interactions to support these children.

This workshop is an Advanced Specialized Care Training.

Digital Communication and Advocacy

Hannah Reid

Using Social Media to Advocate as an Early Childhood Education Leader.
Participants will discuss the uses, pros and cons of various social media platforms and ways to effectively use social media most effectively. We will discuss pitfalls to avoid, how to get most from your posts and effective ways to promote interactions and positive results. Attendees will leave with techniques for effective use of digital platforms as advocates.

Strengthening Families

Brenda Schramm

Introduction to Strengthening Families:  This training provides an introduction to the Strengthening Families Framework and the five Protective Factors. This training is appropriate for individuals who are new to Strengthening Families and have not taken any previous training on the topic. This training meets the Advanced Specialized Care training requirement. This training uses a 2+2+2 training design. There are three parts to this training: 1) a two-hour In – Person training session at the VTAEYC Conference; 2) two hour assignment practicing or implementing the training material; and 3) a two-hour Online Real Time training session focused on reflection and next steps related to the training material. To receive the full 6 training hours you must attend both the In-Person and Online Real Time training sessions and complete the independent assignment.

This workshop is an Advanced Specialized Care Training.

Collective Leadership: Where Do We Want to GO?

Cassandra O’Neill

Imagine all your dreams for early childhood professionals came true… Imagine a magic wand is waived and early childhood professionals are valued and recognized as leaders statewide… What is happening What do you see and hear? What led the way to this spectacular outcome? What if… what if it all began when the people working with young children recognized their own inner leadership. What if they claimed their power to positively influence themselves, young children, colleagues, families, and communities? And what if… they truly recognized and claimed their own value and worth. Where do we want to go?

Math with Loose Parts

April Zajko

Through playing with loose parts, children learn and expand their mathematical skills as well as foster their sense of wonder. This workshop will explore ways to create meaningful math learning opportunities with natural materials and recycled objects. We will examine how to create play-based ways to implement the Vermont Early Learning Standards (VELS) for mathematics and design environments that invite authentic mathematical exploration.

Developing Healthy Boys

James Arana

“The Developing Healthy Boys” workshop promotes understanding of how boys learn about gender, ways that masculinity norms and stereotypes harm boys, and the adult’s role in positively supporting healthy gender development. The workshop will be participatory, with a mix of presentation, activities and discussions, including lessons learned from presenting a full day, 5 hour, Developing Healthy Boys training with early childhood educators throughout the northeast US.

Leadership for Beginners

Lawrence G. Shelton

With co-presenter Kate Cowles

Good educators often become curriculum coordinators or program directors because they are good teachers, not because they demonstrate leadership skills. Many undergraduate education programs don’t teach leadership skills. Some people develop into good leaders, while others struggle in leadership roles. This workshop provides a useful model for good leadership, based on principles familiar to early childhood professionals. We discuss with participants their experiences with leaders and what they have learned from them. Then we introduce the model, discuss how it guides leaders in early childhood programs, and why following it works. Participants practice applying it to real situations.

Diversity and Equity in Literature

Jackie Sprague

With co-presenter Linda Darrow, MA

This Training creates an opportunity for professional dialogue focused on equity and inclusion guided by the main themes and concepts presented in children’s literature. An overview of Diversity and Ant Bias will give the participants a glimpse into our own biases. Attendees will have the opportunity to read and reflect on selected children’s books and to engage in meaningful conversation exploring the ways in which children’s books can be used as tools for promoting equity and inclusion in our classrooms and communities.

This workshop is an Advanced Specialized Care Training.