2018 ECI Summer Institute workshop schedule
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
We are offering two workshop tracks (you can mix up the tracks if you'd prefer) on Wednesday, August 8th
Track 1: will be to take advantage of the expertise and passion of our keynote speaker, Richard Cohen with a 1.5 hour session following the keynote, and a 3-hour session following lunch.
- Morning session (10:15-11:45a.m.) with Richard Cohen-What's Love Got to Do with It? (1.5hr.) This workshop provides a warm opportunity to explore love, its various meanings and its place in early childhood curriculum and professionalism. Richard discusses love from a neurological perspective and relates it to early attachment theory. He then facilitates exercises in which participants reflect, interact and discuss ideas with each other around their affective and behavioral experiences of love. Participants explore how they balance who they are are loving persons and as professionals.
- Afternoon 3-hour session (1:30-4:30p.m.) with Richard Cohen-The Spirit of Play (3hr.)-This fun, engaging session explores why children need to play, how they are learning through play, the changing face of play in a contemporary society and the role of the adult who facilitates children's play. Participants will look at children's play from neurological, developmental, anthropological and cultural perspectives. As you may have already guessed, this interactive session includes lots of audience games, songs and a healthy balance of intellectual and laughing matters.
Track 2: Early Learning
- Morning 1.5-hour session (10:15-11:45a.m.) Consistent Supportive Relationships and Infant Toddler Mental Health-Understanding our youngest children's development and ways to promote healthy, thriving attachment as parents, early learning professionals, and community members. This session will explore how Infant Toddler Mental Health and relational caregiving have great impact on the intersection between genes and childhood experiences. Presenter: Jon Reeves, Infant Toddler Specialist at the OR Early Learning Division
- Afternoon 3-hour session 1:30-4:30p.m.-High Expectations: You're Going to Love this Kid-This workshop will delve into a vision of what it looks like when children are supported, parents and teachers build on children's skills and interests, and everyone works together for successful inclusive outcomes. Presenters: Jamie Burch, Project & Community Coordinator; Maria Rangel, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator; Rachel Esteve, New Parent Outreach Assistant, NW Disability Support
- Afternoon 1.5-hour session 1:30-3:00p.m.-"Ambitious Instruction" Your Input on a Statewide Professional Learning Program-Oregon is launching a professional learning initiative called Lead Learn Excel with the promise of job-embedded learning, peer learning groups, and a suite of tools and resources. To ensure that the initiative inclusion is well-integrated, the presenters need your input on our definition of "ambitious instruction." You input will have explicit implications for the professional learning supports you may receive. Presenters: Soobin Oh, ECE Advisor-Children's Institute; Michael Connor, Preschool Program Specialist-OR Early Learning Division
- Afternoon 1.5-hour session 3:15-4:45p.m.-Executive Function and Media: Implications for Young Children's Development-In this session, an overview of EF components will be shared followed by a discussion of media features that may enhance or negatively impact young children's EF skill development. Examples from live media will be shared and participants will role play completing computerized EF tasks. The outcome is that participants will understand and apply knowledge of the use of media in the workplace and during home visits with young children as they develop EF skills. Presenter: Patricia Blasco, Project Director, The Research Institute at WOU
Thursday, August 9, 2018
9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. (3hr. sessions)
Home Visitor Track
- Research to Action: Creating Environments for Infants and Toddlers that Build the Foundation for Executive Function Life Skills-This interactive session using adult learning techniques will explore the research supporting environmental impacts on fetal brain development and the emerging executive function skills in infants and toddlers. Videos will illustrate infant and toddler developmental growth in the areas of emotional regulation, focus, attention, impulse control, empathy, and perspective-taking. Participants will create activities that promote early childhood executive function skills and literacy as evidenced in research. Presenter-Sherri L. Alderman, MD, MPH, IMH-E Policy & Clinical, FAAP. Sherri is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, CDC Act Early Ambassador to Oregon, Oregon Help Me Grow Physician Champion, and President of the Oregon Infant Mental Health Association. She has the Infant Mental Health Mentor endorsement in clinical and policy and a Masters of Public Health. Her special interests include early childhood development and systems of care for families with young children. Sherri is affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental Pediatrics at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine and serves on multiple advisory committees, work groups, and boards.
Early Learning Track
- Creating Engaging Hands-On Math & Science Using Tested Topics & Activities (pt. 1 of 2)-Choose to spend half a day or all day becoming familiar with the GEMS and PEACES math and science topics of Tree Homes and Bubble Festival. These materials come from the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California Berkeley. Join Melinda, a trained Associate who has conducted trainings all over the Pacific Northwest using these materials. Presenter: Melinda Montgomery, Early Elementary Teacher
9:00-10:30a.m. (1.5hr. sessions)
- Making Montessori Materials Affordable-Professional Montessori teaching materials are often out of reach due to budgetary restraints. In this workshop you will learn how to make your own Montessori teaching materials out of inexpensive everyday objects. Everyone will walk away with two different materials for classroom use. Presenters: Maria Laine, EC Faculty & Natalie Danner, Assistant Professor in EC, WOU
- "Inclusion: Confusion? Intrusion? Fusion?"- This session has been canceled
10:45-12:15p.m. (1.5hr. sessions)
- Through the Glasses I Wear- In this session, we will examine the lens we use and how beliefs, values, and perceptions build mental models that influence our ability to interact with families, co-workers, systems, administrators, etc., and how these models can hinder or help our ability to advocate for children. We will work to identify trends and brainstorm ways to reflect and move conversations forward. Presenter: Julie Catt, Education Specialist, Child & Family Development Programs, CAT, Inc.
- Leaning into Conflict with Guidance in an Inclusive Preschool- This session has been canceled Conflict is often avoided in preschool classrooms by limiting play time, number of children in a space and certain activities. In this workshop, we will look at conflict as a normal part of development and of children's play. While understanding its learning value as a snapshot into where our students are lacking in social skill development, we will discuss techniques to lean into conflict with children through shared power and collaborative problem-solving, in lieu of time-outs or toy removal. Presenter: Tamra Gowdy, Director-Cherry Hills Preschool
12:15-1:15p.m.-Join us for lunch on the RWEC patio
1:30-4:30p.m. (3hr. sessions)
- FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) & the Brain: Embracing Possibilities- We will examine some basic facts about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorders and the effects on the brain. We will also examine the impact on the brain and learning, focusing on our perspectives, assumptions and beliefs. Some ideas for different ways to support children will be discussed. Presenter: Julie Catt, Education Specialist, Child & Family Development Programs, CAT, Inc.
- Creating Engaging Hands-On Math & Science Using Tested Topics & Activities (pt. 2 of 2)-Spend the afternoon becoming familiar with the GEMS and PEACES math and science topics of Tree Homes and Bubble Festival. These materials come from the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California Berkeley. Join Melinda, a trained Associate who has conducted trainings all over the Pacific Northwest using these materials. Presenter: Melinda Montgomery, Early Elementary Teacher
1:30-3:00p.m. (1.5hr. sessions)
- The Pyramid Model for Social/Emotional Learning: Tier One Methods and Programs- The Pyramid Model is the widely accepted framework for understanding Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, and other learning initiatives. After a brief explanation of the Pyramid Model as it applies to social-emotional learning, this workshop will take an in-depth look at the foundational "Tier One" methods and programs teachers can use to support these skills for all children. Presenter: Bruce Sheppard, NTT Assistant Professor, WOU & EI/ECSE Specialist with the Oregon Department of Education
- Imagination Yoga for Young Children- This session has been canceled Join in a fun session to learn about Imagination Yoga which can be used as a storytelling method, energy outlet, and a calm down technique for the children in your life. This is a fun and imaginative way to introduce yoga to children and keep them interested! Come with a ready body, mind and spirit to learn and have fun! Presenter: Laura Pettyjohn, WOU EC Teacher Candidate and Yoga student and master.
3:15-4:45p.m. (1.5hr. sessions)
- Dream BIG Dreams for your Child-Make a Plan for Your Child/Student's Life, Starting with a Vision for the Future! Person-centered planning is all about you unique child/student. Learn different ways to think about disability, and the possibilities for your child's future! Get tips and tools to help introduce your child/student to school, service systems, and their community! Presenter: Cori Mielke, Coordinator-FACT Oregon
- Playing with the Problematic: Creating Social Emotional Themed Take-Home Play Bags for Preschool Home-School Connections-This workshop will survey take-home bag and social emotional interventions for preschoolers and their families. Participants will explore a recent social emotional themed take-home play bag intervention with Head Start families, discuss potential applications of the intervention in their own practice, and develop new ideas for in-class or in-home social emotional theme and play pairings. Presenter: Andrea Emerson, Assistant Professor in EC, WOU
Friday, August 10, 2018
8:30-11:30a.m. (3hr. sessions)
- Seeing the Exceptional Among the Ordinary: A Hands-On Play Workshop-This workshop will feature a play experience with open-ended collage and construction materials. Participants will be guided to reflect on their experience of making and constructing to explore the implications this type of play has for expression and celebration, and to discuss play prompts for working with all children by exploring their own play work. Presenter: Andrea Emerson, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood-WOU
- Nature Play 101-Discover the incredible world of nature play and learn how to incorporate nature play into your programs throughout this interactive workshop. Explore engagement strategies, uncover key elements of creating nature play and feel inspired to design your own play spaces. Presenter: McKenzie Purdom, Owner & Educator-Recess Outdoor Adventures, LLC
- Using Music to Promote Learning & Community in the Early Childhood Classroom-Regardless of perceived musical ability, every teacher can increase learning, build community, and create a joyful environment with the use of music. In this workshop, we will discuss the benefits of weaving music throughout the daily schedule and explore questions of how to better integrate music into our classrooms, as well as taking time to share our successes. Participants will walk away with several new songs and resources. Presenter: Kara Olsen, Kindergarten Teacher, Corvallis SD
10:15-11:45a.m. (1.5hr. sessions)
- Authentic Teaching-In a field of increasing standards and pressures, how does a teacher navigate teaching in an authentic and meaningful way? Come and learn more bout the importance of sharing your passions and individual gifts as a teacher amidst the pressure to conform. You have gifts to offer as a teacher that are unique to you. You can use these gifts to teach your students any standard or goal in your own unique way. Come and get inspired to get out and make an impact in an authentic way. Presenters: Aimee Anderson-Preschool Teacher & Instructional Specialist, CCC; Kara Olsen-Kindergarten Teacher, Corvallis SD