Early Childhood Conference
Huckabee Vice President of Educational Practice
Calm App Executive Producer
Presenter: Dan St. Romain
How How do you create long-term change for students with chronic
behavior problems? Join Dan to learn about the downfall of
behavior tracking systems and why time out, clips, prize boxes and
other reward/punishment methods work against our ultimate goals.
In addition, participants will discuss ways to strengthen positive
behaviors using a more individualized approach that aligns with
our teaching efforts
Join us on the journey to an accessible early childhood classroom! Through hands-on activities and small-group collaboration, participants will learn to create a classroom environment that is supportive of all children. Special education and general education teachers will work together to discover inexpensive ways to adapt materials to engage and meet the needs of every child - every day.
Presenter: Daelynn Copeland
Room: Waco CD
Learning Experience 3
Come explore many ways literacy can be tied to all subjects and accommodated to meet the needs of a variety of students with disabilities in the classroom. Students’ needs may include Visual Impairments, Speech Impairments, Motor Impairments, Sensory Impairments, and/or Multiple Impairments. Also explore how to incorporate Active Learning to meet the needs of all learners in your classroom through thematic units tied to literacy, science, social studies, math, and play!
Presenter: Cindy Engel
Offered During: Learning Experience 2
In this interactive session, participants will use unit blocks and technology to explore architecture and engineering principles appropriate for use with 3-7 year-old children. Teachers will “play their way” to a better understanding of how developmentally appropriate practices and technology can coexist in the early childhood classroom.
Presenter: Daelynn Copeland
Offered During: Learning Experience 1 & 2
Join this session to engage in small group round table discusions on issues and hot topics related to Early Childhood Special Education.
Offered During: Solution Circles
Join this session to engage in small group round table discussions on issues and hot topics related to High Quality Prekindergarten.
This training will help teachers identify probable causes of behavior. Through data tracking, teachers will learn strategies to apply evidence-based interventions to the most challenging of behaviors.
Presenter: Scott Perez
Offered During: Learning Experience 1
If Kindergarten can anyone can code! Coding is not just line after line of boring code of the day’s past. Our students can be engaged and explore new adventures right at their fingertips while using problem solving skills needed for successful learning. Coding shapes our thinkers in our class to try to solve issues before them and reach for that end goal. It can be a scary topic but starting small make huge differences in the potential for learning.
Presenter: Kristina Hamilton
Offered During: Learning Experience 3
Join this session to engage in small group round table discussions on issues and hot topics related to Kindergarten.
During this session, we will discuss the merit of play-based learning versus using worksheets in PreK and Kindergarten. This will be a time of collaboration with others to create plans for transitioning from sitting at tables doing a worksheet to playing in learning stations with a variety of differentiated materials to meet the developmental needs of all students. We will practice using play with a purpose. We will learn how to defend play as an actual teaching tool to our administrators and co-workers. Participants will leave with a plan for teaching outcomes through play. Laptops or Chrome Books would be helpful as you attend this session.
Presenter: Susan Godfrey
The littlest learner is often like wet cement, imprinted by the opportunities we provide them. Session attendees will learn unique ways to incorporate the 4 Cs recommended by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills ~ Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity (Compassion) into their early learning curriculum using a variety of digital tech tools including coding, green screen, Google tools, and augmented reality. We will discuss and have hands-on play time with tools that will ignite a spark in even the littlest learner.
Presenter: Jessica Torres
Offered During: Learning Experience 2 & 3
Although our inclination is to teach the way we were once taught, as times change, so must our strategies. In this fast-paced session, participants will have fun examining how social, emotional, ethical and cognitive skills can be taught through the use of literature and interactive reading strategies.
Presenter: Dan St. Romain
Room: Waco AB
Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century! With Makey Makey, you can easily turn everyday objects into touchpads and use them as keys on your computer, opening up a world of STEM possibilities! Join the Mayborn Museum’s making and tinkering space, Design Den, for a look at this cool gadget. In this session, educators will learn more about the Makey Makey and experience activities that can be used to introduce early learners to electricity and technology.
Presenter: Emily Clark, Mayborn Museum
Room: Lone Star
Offered During: Solution Circle
Come join us for a hands-on learning opportunity to explore STEM ideas for your classroom to maximize student engagement and learning.
Presenter:Lisa Cisneros and Arash Abnoussi
Room: Mockingbird/Bluebonnet (see detailed schedule)
Using the 5E instructional model, and based in hands-on inquiry, the integration of literacy and building on conceptual math, STEM is the foundation for future success in Science and Math in the elementary classroom. Join us for some fun and engaging activities that are PreK-K STEM ready!
This session will help participants learn how to use Twitter as a tool to connect and grow your professional learning community.
Need a way to motivate the readers and writers in your classroom? Come learn how studying wordless picture books can help you build a community of confident readers and writers. We’ll explore how these books invite careful observation, critical thinking, and opportunities to make meaning out of what one sees and hears from others. Wordless book can say so much!
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Waco, TX 76712
Phone: (254) 297-1212
Main Fax: (254) 666-0823
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Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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