Event Schedule Three

2021 Plant a Rainbow Early Childhood Conference - Virtual Edition > Event Schedule Three
Day 1 Agenda

First Day

10:00 am
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11:00 am
Dr. Mike Longoria

Keynote Presentation -Music, Movement and Learning: Building Muscles in Young Brains!

Mike Longoria, a.k.a. Dr. Mike!, has a Ph.D. in early childhood education and has 25 years of early childhood experience in the capacity as a Pre-K, kindergarten, and special education teacher, Head Start administrator, University professor, independent consultant, curriculum developer, and recording artist. Dr. Mike has keynoted early childhood conferences nationally and has conducted staff development for child care providers, Head Start, PreK, and kindergarten teachers throughout the country.  His innovative and original approach to integrating music and movement in the classroom will allow you to experience the joy and excitement it brings to education, while developing “muscles in young brains”.  Furthermore, research supports that movement is the preferred style of learning for “fidgety”, “overactive”, “restless” and “troublesome” children.  This form of teaching not only makes learning fun and exciting, but more importantly, it meets the needs of ALL children.
12:30 pm
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1:30 pm
Barbara Cargill

Hooray for Habitats!

Learn about wetlands, deserts, and woodlands through creative hands-on science! An alligator egg hunt, painting bug bait on trees, a crayfish molting relay, eating like armadillos, interactive songs and games, and seeing the sun’s effect on living things are some of the ideas that bring habitats to life for children.
12:30 pm
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1:30 pm
Erica Wood

Discovery Learning Through Play!

Do you believe that all kids deserve to learn through play? Do you want to learn more about your role in facilitating that play and how a child's play is connected to learning? If so, then come and join this interactive session as we explore each topic. We will also discuss systems that can be implemented to ensure successful play time in the classroom. At the end of the session, you will leave with practical ideas that can be implemented in your room right away!
2:00 pm
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3:00 pm
Dr. Joy Brown-Bolden

Encouraging Children’s Emotional Intelligence in a Modern Society

After learning strategies to build-up an emotionally competent child in today's complex society, teachers will be able to effectively shape their students' development of emotional intelligence, leading to an increase in their students' confidence, social skills, and academic achievement, and a decrease in anxiety.
2:00 pm
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3:00 pm
Diane & Corinne Goyette

Challenging Behavior Through the Child’s Eyes

Do you wonder what a child is thinking or feeling when he or she engages in a challenging behavior?  Here is your opportunity to ask one former challenging child for her answers.  You will hear a young adult with mental health special needs tell her story and come away with a framework of evidence-based strategies for supporting children like her.
7:00 pm
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8:00 pm
Dr. Mike Longoria

Rebroadcast of Keynote Presentation

Mike Longoria, a.k.a. Dr. Mike!, has a Ph.D. in early childhood education and has 25 years of early childhood experience in the capacity as a Pre-K, kindergarten, and special education teacher, Head Start administrator, University professor, independent consultant, curriculum developer, and recording artist. Dr. Mike has keynoted early childhood conferences nationally and has conducted staff development for child care providers, Head Start, PreK, and kindergarten teachers throughout the country.  His innovative and original approach to integrating music and movement in the classroom will allow you to experience the joy and excitement it brings to education, while developing “muscles in young brains”.  Furthermore, research supports that movement is the preferred style of learning for “fidgety”, “overactive”, “restless” and “troublesome” children.  This form of teaching not only makes learning fun and exciting, but more importantly, it meets the needs of ALL children.
Day 2 Agenda

Second Day

10:00 am
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11:00 am
Sharon Jackson

Director’s Coffee Talk: Connect, Converse and Contribute!

Early childhood directors are busy every moment. Time to reflect on practice, consider new ideas or focus on their own professional growth is rare. This session is designed to provide dedicated time with like-minded individuals to think, ponder, imagine and grow in a respectful environment.
12:30 pm
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1:30 pm
Katie Chennisi & Yasmin Barrera

Nature Play Every Day with OLE!

With over 30% of children being overweight or obese, physical activity is critical. Nature play is even more important as kids are losing their connection to the natural world. This session will cover the importance of connecting young children to nature, how to create nature-based outdoor learning environments, and how to address challenges to making these healthy changes. Practical strategies, best practices, and resources will be shared to help achieve nature play every day!
12:30 pm
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1:30 pm
Deborah Harris

Building a Culture of Inclusion

With the many racial and social tensions that have sought to divide us, we need strategies to ensure that our schools and communities are places that encourage diversity, inclusion and belonging.  This process begins as we become aware of our implicit biases and step up to be allies for marginalized groups.  When we do this, we create cultures with strong teams and great family partnerships where everyone feels valued.  Do you want to be among those who build such cultures?  If so, this session is for you!
2:00 pm
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3:00 pm
Lara Pauley

Positive Communication: The Key to Successful Interactions with Children, Families, and Co-Workers

This training session will cover communication skills including roadblocks to communication, principles of good communication and the connection between self-esteem and communication. This training addresses general communication as well as communication specifically with children and other adults (adults, co-workers, etc.).
2:00 pm
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3:00 pm
Albert Wright

Spare Blessings: Promoting Healing and Hope while Your Hands are Still Tied

The world is not the same as it used to be. No matter what happens from here on out, we have not yet reached the new normal, we have only figured out the next step. This training session will bring tangible ways for you to continue to find healing and hope even when you feel like your hands are still tied. Our job, as educators is to find our way through, while simultaneously helping the children in our care feel safe, secure, and loved.
Day 3 Agenda

Third Day

12:30 pm
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1:30 pm
Kristin Miller

Understanding and Supporting Special Needs Children in Early Childhood

In this workshop, attendees will learn the different categories of special needs that may be common in children’s development, and how these needs are identified, screened for, and accommodated within our early childhood programs and classrooms. We will gather insight on the commonalities of special needs children we serve and current relatabilities already in our classroom programs that we see and experience, while fostering DAP ideas and considerations for those children to help support current needs. Participants will also receive helpful tips to have hard conversations with parents, and resource ideas to better support our families with special needs children, as well.
12:30 pm
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1:30 pm
Amy Lerman

Developing Social Competence and Resilience

Resilience and social competence have been identified as the two critical abilities a child needs to be successful as an adult.  However many children lack resilience due to a communication delays, learning differences, social anxiety, and even overexposure to screen time.  Therefore, these children may miss other peoples non-verbal cues, misread others intentions, or fail to think about their communication partners perspective.  Developing social competence takes direct teaching and practice.  Learn how you can help your student find better success in social situations.
2:00 pm
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3:00 pm
Holly Elissa Bruno

Dancing in the Dark: Helping Each Other Find Light in the Darkest of Times

Can dark times bring out the best, not just the worst in us? How do we find/create our path through chaos, upheaval and uncertainty? As we claim our own clarity about trauma, we can shine hopeful light on others to help us all be our best selves at any age. Let's call upon our ancestors' wisdom that resides in our hearts to guide us.
2:00 pm
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3:00 pm
Alleigh Stewart & Lucy Martinez

Learning STEM’s from Play

Early Childhood Educators play such an important role in inspiring children’s interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Learning through movement has been shown to increase children’s comprehension and I support their natural curiosity. Many activities that focus on general play can be enhanced to incorporate STEM topics and support children’s natural desire to ask questions and learn from the environment around them. In this session we will talk about how to adapt general lesson to incorporate movement and you will walk away with new physical play activities that align with the math and science Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines.