Session Descriptions are listed below
Drawing on his twenty years serving as a supervisor, Smith gives ten qualities associated with exceptional employees. This talk is filled with anecdotes and humorous stories to illustrate key points. Every person in the audience will relate to the various categories in which we are judged in our working lives. People will be able to determine where they are on the “Exceptional Scale."Intervention Strategies for Active
Children in the Classroom - Have a child that just won’t sit still? Having difficulty staying on task? Wondering why that child has a meltdown every day? Come on this journey and review the basics of sensory processing and how it may impact development, learning and behavior. We need our bodies and our senses to process and learn. Learn how to transform your Head Start classroom for success and get practical solutions for staying on task, transition strategies, preventing meltdowns and more!
Essential Oils and Children - essential oils are safe for children. Effective use over thousands of years, natural and safe when used properly, doTERRA testing and safely processes. Fun ways to use the oils with children.
NHSA Outcome Metrics Initiative - With constant additions of requirements to capture accountability data, NHSA would like to engage Head Start program leaders in identifying metrics data to be collected in the areas of quality improvement and program accountability. Regional conversations will be reported to NHSA to develop a final set of national formative and evaluative outcome metrics.
Poverty Simulation - Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families, but unless you've experienced poverty, it's difficult to truly understand. This session will bridge the gap from misconception to understanding through an interactive immersion experience. It sensitizes participants to the realities of poverty through role-play and experiences in the lives of low-income families. The success of this workshop depends on confirmed participation of 50 people (will be addressed in registration)
Fiscal Management: From Budget to Match - Learn how to write an effective budget and stay within that budget. Find out how to meet your match requirements and what costs are allowable and unallowable to keep your organization from being cited for a non-compliance which can trigger automatic re-competition. This session will assist your organization in staying compliant and meeting your budget and match goals.
Conscious Discipline: Becoming Brain Smart & Creating a Culture of Compassion and Belonging - Frustrated with behaviors? Conscious discipline is an evidence based program that will help you connect with children, cultivate cooperation and achieve academic success.
Retain Your Volunteers: Develop a Strategy to "plug the holes" in your Program - is your program like a “leaky boat” and you’re losing volunteers? This session will address the various reasons why volunteers leave and discuss a 7-step strategy to improve retention.
They Know Better! - Or Do They? Getting Student Behavior Back Under Control - Every year it is more challenging to keep student on-task. As teachers, we want to do our best to help our students to succeed. However, we often lack the tools to accomplish this daunting task!
How Do I Measure Up to the New Standards - This session will break down the new Head Start standards for health, safety and nutrition into functional domains and provide tools with which programs can gauge their compliance.
FRESH Hackathon - The Focused Resilient Enterprising Sustainable Head Start (FRESH) Hackathon is an opportunity for programs across all states to work together in facilitating teams to find innovation solutions with the new Performance Standards.
Internet Safety - This 90 minute PowerPoint presentation teaches attendees how to respond to Cyber-crimes, situations, concerns, or crimes in which computers, phones, tablets, emails, clouds, social media or other technology is used to facilitate a crime against a child.
ECCE: A Field of Leaders - By definition Early Child Care and Education (ECCE) is a field of leaders because we influence and encourage children everyday. During this session we will examine the characteristics of an effective leader, how to identify and develop your leadership strengths, and begin to develop strategies in your personal leadership development through self-reflection and facilitated discussion.
Parent/Family Engagement - Engaging with a child is the richest form of communication. Skills to teach parents for engaging with their child. Learn about adult and child temperament.
The Zen of Working Together - Being a leader and working with others can be a challenge, a constant stress, or a way to learn the greatest lessons about yourself and others around you.
DATA: Using the 4-letter Word to Tell Your Program's Story - This session shall focus on the basic use of data to inform instructional practices and programmatic decisions. Additionally, tips for using visualization to show program progress will be discussed.
Current Drug Trends - The Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team will discuss current drug trends and what you need to be aware of as you serve families.
Flexible, Fearful or Feisty: The Different Temperaments of Young Children - Every child comes into this world with their own temperament, our role as adults is to recognize that temperament and to appropriately support the child's development. Participants will learn the definition of temperament, the 9 traits of temperament, the 3 temperament types and strategies to meet the needs of children with various temperament traits and types.
Data Management with ChildPlus - In this session you will learn how to collect data and use reports, setup email notifications, improve data tracking for attendance, track staff time, and improve your policies and procedures.
Reducing Challenging Behaviors in the Preschool Classroom by Clarifying Expectations, Rules and Routines - Participants in this workshop will learn strategies to support children in engaging in positive behaviors through the use of using visuals, implementing program-wide expectations and classroom rules. Participants will also learn the importance of teaching expectations to children in a developmentally appropriate way and learn strategies on how to teach clear expectations.
Early Messages: Communication Development of Young Children - All children come into this world wired to learn language. Participants will learn how children learn language, developmental milestones related to language, red flags in language development as well as activities and strategies that encourage language development.
ECS Part 1: Effective Teaching Practices Across the ELOF - This session addresses effective teaching practices for programs serving children from B-5. Participants will identify teaching practices that are effective in supporting child development across the domains from the ELOF.
ECS Part 2: Effective Teaching Practices - A Deeper Dive - This session will make connections between the ELOF, the Planned Language Approach, and teaching practices. Participants identify teaching practices that are effective in supporting child development in Language and Literacy
ECS Part 3: Effective Teaching Practices - Cognition - Effective teaching practices to support cognitive development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers will be addressed to help education staff focus children on the learning opportunities across the day.
Children with Special Health Care Needs - Explore strategies to collaborate with families, medical home, and those who care for children with special health care needs, ensuring children are in safe environments that promote their health and learning.
School Readiness Begins with Health - Explore comprehensive health strategies that can be included in health services and school readiness plans. Discuss ways that health services can support attendance and set up our children for success.
Movement & Physical Activity as a Learning Tool - Join us to explore strategies and effective practices to increase physical activity and augment high-quality movement choices in a variety of settings with children, families and staff.
Building Partnerships with Providers - Explore resources to build mutual partnerships with community programs that promote health and wellness. Discuss strategies to support families’ access to these services which promote optimal learning and development.
Community Assessment & ERSEA - Under-enrollment, homeless, and emerging populations can be anticipated and strategically planned for with a robust Community Assessment. Linking your data to 5 year grants and annual updates will help you maintain ERSEA compliance and support quality initiatives.
National Center PMFO -
National Center PFCE -
Making Connections: Aligning Program Planning, School Readiness, and the Provision of PFCE Services - Have you wondered how to connect program planning, school readiness, the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework, and family engagement outcomes within the five year project period? This interactive work session will give you the opportunity to explore terms, definitions, strategies and newly developed tools to link each of these “pieces” in your planning process.
Choosing and Implementing Parenting Curricula in Programs: Using Implementation Science to Guide the Process - participants will discuss the requirement in the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) regarding parenting curricula. “A program must, at a minimum, offer opportunities for parents to participate in a research-based parenting curriculum…” Participants will delve into the four stages of implementation science as they choose and implement a parenting curriculum that aligns with the intent of the requirement set forth in the HSPPS. Implementation moves through a sequence of four stages: exploration, installation, initial implementation, and full implementation; though, we can often be in multiple stages at one time. A tour of the first two of four stages will focus on key take-away messages, tasks, terms, and real-world examples to support high-quality implementation of a parenting curriculum.
Exploring Family Service Staff Qualifications Requirement - Join NCPFCE in discussing the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) language around family service staff qualifications. We will explore how programs can honor this Standard through understanding the requirement and how to access the latest professional development offerings to increase knowledge about parent, family, and community engagement (PFCE).
National Center ECDTL -
Implementing Curriculum with Fidelity - This session will address curriculum fidelity for programs serving children from birth through age 5. The session will provide in-depth information about implementing a curriculum with fidelity. In this session participants will develop strategies for using a recently developed collection of curriculum resources to support grantees’ exploration of this topic. Participants will also explore and discuss strategies to support ongoing implementation fidelity using coaching and ongoing professional development.
Inclusive Practices and Services for Children with Disabilities - This session focuses on research-based effective practices that support individualization and associated high-quality, easily accessible, and free resources. Discuss and apply the DEC Recommended Practices’ guidance to practitioners and families about the most effective ways to improve outcomes and promote the development of young children, birth through age 5, who have or are at-risk for developmental delays or disabilities. The resources featured include videos, handouts, activities and modules that are aligned with the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices.
Research Based Coordinated Coaching System: Supporting Infant Toddler Caregivers - Practice-Based Coaching is a research based coaching model that supports education staff’s use of effective practices. This session will provide an overview of PBC, exploring coaching infant toddler caregivers. Effective teaching practices that support learning across the domains of the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework for children age birth to three will be explored. The effective practice guides will be shared as a useful resource in identifying and coaching around these practices teaching practices. In addition, participants will be given the opportunity to brainstorm data sources that can be used to identify and support effective practices that promote learning for infants and toddlers.