Session Schedule 2023

2023 Plant a Rainbow Early Childhood Conference > Session Schedule 2023

*Session speakers subject to change

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Keynote Presentation

8:30 am
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10:00 am
Steward Pisecco, Ph.D.

Strategies for Promoting Behavior and Managing the Most Common Types of Challenging Misbehaviors

As educators, we all know that learning simply doesn’t happen if we don’t manage student behavior effectively. Indeed, challenging behaviors interfere with learning at both the individual and classroom level. It is exactly for this reason that our approach to successfully managing student behavior must include both classroom and individual strategies. Join our speaker, Dr. Stewart Pisecco, as he discusses the 6 indicators of a well-managed classroom and research-based approach and strategies shown to improve behavior. He will also share thoughts on how to adapt those techniques when consulting with parents who are struggling with behavior at home.
SESSION I

10:00 - 11:20 AM

10:00 am
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11:20 am
Daren Neely

Caring For Families vs. Just Caring About Families

There's a big difference between caring for people and caring about people. When we choose to care for people, we enter their world and begin to truly have an impact.  Join Daren in this session to understand how "caring for" strengthen relationships and provides opportunity for growth.
10:00 am
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11:20 am
Corey Garza, Child Care Licensing

Igniting the Fire for Social-Social-Emotional Learning

In contributing to a GREAT conference, I hope each of you will join me for a quick look at Social-Emotional Learning and its concepts via Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).  This will include group activities and a few anecdotes to remind us how important these concepts are to our children and our personal lives.
10:00 am
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11:20 am
Delicia Parker

Fighting the Battle of The Burnout-Stress and The Early Childhood Teacher

The field of early childhood education is filled with many adventures, including learning how to handle the day to day tasks of caring for children without losing your sanity! This training will introduce how to recognize stress and discover ways to win the battle of the burnout.
LUNCH AND LUNCHTIME PRESENTATION

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

11:30 am
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12:30 pm
Daren Neely

Lunchtime Comedy Session: Laughing at Lunch

Let's take a little break from the heavy stuff and laugh a little. Laughter releases chemicals in our brain that make us better. So, for the sake of those we serve, let's get those chemicals flowing! From large auditoriums to small boardroom settings to comedy clubs, Daren has been bringing entertaining and compelling messages to audiences for over 25 years. Daren uses humor, quick wit, and conversational speaking to challenge audiences to be the absolute best version of themselves. Covering topics such as leadership, mental health, team building, overcoming failure, relational health, and many others, Daren will leave you incredibly entertained and personally challenged.
SESSION II

12:45 - 2:00 PM

12:45 pm
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2:00 pm
Kenneth Sherman, M.Ed.

Trauma and Social Emotional Distress: How do We Support Our Children and Teachers?

In an emotionally supportive classroom, children learn to respect themselves and others, to express their thoughts and feelings, and to be actively involved in complex human relationships. Alternatively, trauma and acute stress can append healthy social emotional development in young learners. In this session, learn how to scaffold your children’s social, emotional, and mental learning, and take away strategies to counter the negative effects of children’s trauma and stress in the classroom.
12:45 pm
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2:00 pm
Sarah Ozuna Brown, MS

Make the Impossible Possible: Utilizing Adult Motivation Strategies to Maximize Personal Potential

Everyone experiences burnout, career frustrations, and ups and down in accomplishing personal and professional aspirations. This session will help early childhood professionals tap into what motivates them individually and utilize that self-knowledge to accomplish personal and professional goals. Through engaging self-reflection activities, participants will learn more about their motivation style and how they can use adult motivation strategies to actualize their ambitions.
12:45 pm
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2:00 pm
Jerri Thompson, M.Ed.

Toilet Learning vs. Toilet Training

Toilet training is a key component of any toddler classroom because it is one of the most important developmental milestones for children to achieve. Ensuring you know how to identify the readiness signs and guide parents along the way will ease stress that develops around this skill. It's easier than you think when you understand the difference between toilet learning and toilet training.
SESSION III

2:15 - 3:30 PM

2:15 pm
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3:30 pm
Jerri Thompson, M.Ed.

Toilet Learning vs. Toilet Training

Toilet training is a key component of any toddler classroom because it is one of the most important developmental milestones for children to achieve. Ensuring you know how to identify the readiness signs and guide parents along the way will ease stress that develops around this skill. It's easier than you think when you understand the difference between toilet learning and toilet training.
2:15 pm
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3:30 pm
Sarah Ozuna Brown, M.S.

Make the Impossible Possible: Utilizing Adult Motivation Strategies to Maximize Personal Potential

Everyone experiences burnout, career frustrations, and ups and down in accomplishing personal and professional aspirations. This session will help early childhood professionals tap into what motivates them individually and utilize that self-knowledge to accomplish personal and professional goals. Through engaging self-reflection activities, participants will learn more about their motivation style and how they can use adult motivation strategies to actualize their ambitions.
2:15 pm
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3:30 pm
Kenneth Sherman, M.Ed.

Trauma and Social Emotional Distress: How do We Support Our Children and Teachers?

In an emotionally supportive classroom, children learn to respect themselves and others, to express their thoughts and feelings, and to be actively involved in complex human relationships. Alternatively, trauma and acute stress can append healthy social emotional development in young learners. In this session, learn how to scaffold your children’s social, emotional, and mental learning, and take away strategies to counter the negative effects of children’s trauma and stress in the classroom.