Join us to explore the educational stages and needs of Pre-K students. Participants will learn strategies and explore resources to provide a developmentally appropriate learning environment for our youngest learners.
8:30 - 10 a.m.
Keynote: It's Just a Stage: A Guide to Developmentally Appropriate Ages
Toto, we are not in Kansas anymore! It seems like more and more, teachers struggle with discipline issues in the classroom, and as times change, so must our perspective and strategies. In this interactive keynote, participants will examine typical behaviors associated with young children in all areas and stages of development and discuss implications accordingly.
10 - 10:15 a.m. Morning Break
10:15 - 11:45 a.m. Breakout Session 1
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 - 2:30 p.m. Breakout Session 2
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Afternoon Break
2:45 - 4 p.m. Breakout Session 3
I Can Make Good Choices
Presenter: Dan St. Romain
“You’re not my friend!” “That’s not fair!” “No!” In this active session, participants will learn quick and fun strategies for strengthening positive social, emotional and ethical development in our students using simple phrases, visuals, literature, song and activities.
Fine Motor Skills…Write Out of the Box
Presenter: Marianne Gibbs EdD, OTR
Occupational therapist and NAEYC presenter, Dr. Marianne Gibbs, shares activities and rationale for the WHAT’s, HOW’s, and WHY’s of appropriate fine motor skill development for children 3-6 years old. Dr. Gibbs demonstrates engaging and easy-to- implement activities and strategies with supporting rationale for the WHAT’s, HOW’s, and WHY’s of improving young children’s future handwriting efficiency.
Got Behavior? Tips for Teaching Students with Autism
Presenter: Angela Cowan
This session will focus on addressing challenging behaviors exhibited by young students with autism. Discussion will highlight evidence-based practices for teaching positive behaviors in the classroom.
Investigations in Science
Presenter: Lisa Cisneros
Looking for ways to integrate the science domain into your day? Look no further than science centers! In this session, participants will experience physical science, life science, and earth and space science centers for the students to engage in. We will also discuss how to create and elaborate on these centers using technology, literacy, and math. Come prepared to investigate science like a Pre-K student!
What’s Typical and What’s Not: Language and Communication Development
Presenter: Gina Holman
Come and explore the factors that affect the development of language and communication in young learners. Learn about the warning signs and impact of hearing problems on development. Find out how to support language development by differentiating what is typical and what is not. Participants will be introduced to strategies to support mastery of language and communication skills identified in the Pre-K guidelines and will receive a list of helpful resources.
Math in My World
Presenter: Arash Abnoussi
In this session, we will discuss innovative designs of mathematical explorations in the Pre-K classroom. Together, we will review several rich activities that would help students relate Mathematics to their daily experiences and interests.
Seeing Is Believing: Visual Strategies that Promote Early Literacy Experiences!
Presenter: Beth Hicks
In this session, you will learn visual strategies to promote language and literacy experiences in variety of settings. Come see the examples used in every day prekindergarten classrooms.
Keynote: Dan St. Romain
Dan is a national educational consultant who provides staff development and consultative services to educators K-12. Dan is passionate about helping individuals shift their perspective on behavior, understanding the best ways to provide support given the challenges posed in today’s society. After receiving his Masters of Education, Dan worked in both private residential and public school settings. His work as a self-contained behavior unit teacher, Educational Diagnostician, and Director of a Learning Resource Center afforded him experience at all levels, in both general and special education settings.
Dan’s consultative experience comes from his work as an Educational Specialist for the Education Service Center in San Antonio, Texas. Currently, Dan works for the Alamo Heights Independent School District as a behavior consultant where his primary responsibility is to support students’ social and emotional development.