Best Practices for Teaching Pre-K & K

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    Tuesday, November 7, 2017 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (breakfast and lunch included) Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury

    Teachers, Teacher Assistants, School Administrators, Child Care Center Directors and other early education practitioners: Join us for a full-day of workshops just for you.

    We are bringing national speakers to Long Island along with exhibitors of products and services for early education.

    Keynote: Junelei Li, Co-director, Fred Rogers Center
    Featured speaker: Kathryn Roberts, Wayne State University
    (Scroll down for more about our speakers)

    Registration: $125 per person. No on-site registration. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for staff from community-based organizations. For information, e-mail prek@nasboces.org

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    Keynote: Appreciating the Deep and Simple in Early Childhood Education

    What is deep and simple in the work of early childhood? From orphanages to impoverished neighborhoods, we can discover caregivers’ intuitive yet powerful human interactions. By capturing and learning from what ordinary people do extraordinarily well in simple, everyday moments, we can grow communities of practice, nurture intuition into intention, and plant the seeds for sustainable systems change.

    Keynote Presenter: Junlei Li is Co-Director and resident faculty member at the Fred Rogers Center, where he is responsible for integrating the mission of the Center, the College, and child-serving partners in the larger community. His research lab, Incubator 143, partners with educators, trainers, advocates and researchers. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology and M.A. in instructional science from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in computer science from the University of Notre Dame.

    More about our speakers:

    Sponsored Closing Presentation, Courtesy of Scholastic, Inc. Keeping the Child in Early Childhood Literacy: Essential Practices Without a doubt, the academic expectations for early childhood education have become increasingly rigorous. But how do we meet children where they are and help them meet those expectations in ways that are research-based, but also based in the kinds of exploration and joyful experiences that we want for all children in early childhood classrooms? It’s possible. In this closing session, we will look at specific practices with research-proven track records for improving literacy outcomes for young children, as well as examples of what it looks like to use these practices in a variety of classroom and developmentally appropriate, engaging ways.

    Presenter: Kathryn L. Roberts, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of reading, language and literacy at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, where she teaches classes on emergent and early literacy. Roberts’ research focuses on emergent and family literacy, particularly in the area of comprehension. She also speaks and consults on a wide range of literacy topics.

    BREAKOUT SESSIONS WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

    Breakout #1 Using Simple Interactions to Seed and Grow a Community of Practice in Early Childhood Education How can we support the learning and growth of a professional community in early childhood education? Real and lasting change can start with finding what ordinary people do extraordinarily well in simple, everyday moments. In this workshop session, we practice an approach to communities of practice that rely on capturing and learning from everyday “simple interactions” in early childhood settings. We explore how this approach may complement and support the larger work of professional development and system change.

    Presenter: Junlei Li is Co-Director and resident faculty member at the Fred Rogers Center, where he is responsible for integrating the mission of the Center, the College, and child-serving partners in the larger community. His research lab, Incubator 143, partners with educators, trainers, advocates and researchers. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology and M.A. in instructional science from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in computer science from the University of Notre Dame. He currently is on the faculty of St. Vincent’s College in Pittsburgh, PA.

    Breakout #2 Raising Readers: Partnering with Parents for Literacy Success Great teachers can, without a doubt, make a difference in the lives and learning of their students. However, what happens in schools and classrooms is only one piece of the puzzle. Families—all families—are children’s first teachers and have the power to positively influence young learners. In this session, we will explore several strategies for engaging families in their children’s literacy learning in ways that leverage families’ existing, everyday activities and interactions, making literacy a part of everyday life instead of one more thing to squeeze in. We will also discuss ways to invite families to participate in their children’s journey toward literacy in ways that empower without overwhelming. This breakout session is sponsored by Scholastic, Inc.

    Presenter: Kathryn L. Roberts, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of reading, language and literacy at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, where she teaches classes on emergent and early literacy. Roberts’ research focuses on emergent and family literacy, particularly in the area of comprehension. She also speaks and consults on a wide range of literacy topics.

    Breakout #3 & #4 (this workshop will be given twice, courtesy of Kaplan Early Learning Company) Immersing Children in Math and Science—It’s a Daily Thing! Opportunities for math and science lessons are numerous and quite readily available to perform throughout a day. Math and science can be readily integrated into literature, art, centers/interest areas, outdoor explorations and activities, mealtime, transitions, normal rituals and routines, conversations, and other miscellaneous, everyday events. Because math and science often “look different” in a preschool setting versus time in later years, teachers, caregivers, and parents can expect to apply and direct activities in a fun yet informative manner. Concepts such as number, patterns, similarities and differences, cause and effect, grouping, counting, seriation, representations, hypotheses, outcomes/results, research, inquiry, and analysis tend to combine both math and science ideas. Participants will learn how to incorporate those concepts into any curriculum while at the same time using materials that tend to be readily and/or already available in most classrooms. This workshop is sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning Company.

    Presenter: Keith L. Pentz, National Early Childhood Specialist for Kaplan Early Learning Company, has been in the field of education for more than 35 years. Keith began his career by working in childcare with infants and toddlers, taught elementary students as well as Kindergarten, and then taught PreKindergarten. Following his experiences in the classroom, Keith moved on to teach at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL, and he also was an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Gordon College in Wenham, MA, before beginning his career as a consultant.

    Breakout #5: Breathe Easy: Using Breath as a Tool for Self-Regulation and Classroom Management In this participatory workshop, you will learn how the way we breathe can have a huge impact on how we feel physically, how well we think and learn, and how well we manage our emotional states. Breathing techniques that calm, balance and boost our energies will all be taught and practiced. Suggestions for how to use breath work with students (including singing) will also be discussed and demonstrated.

    Presenters: Beth and Scott Bierko have been breathing through life as arts-in-education specialists for almost 25 years. They offer assemblies, workshops and staff development programs that incorporate singing, song writing, movement and mindfulness for children and teachers in grades Pre-K through sixth. In addition to being trained singers and actors, Beth and Scott are trained mindfulness teachers and also offer yoga and yoga dance programs for students K-12.

    Breakout #6: Using Play to Foster Children’s Positive Relationship with Literacy Join us as we redefine what it means to play, talk, read and write within the Pre-K classroom. We’ll discuss ways to establish play centers based on student interests; how to see the “big work” in children’s play; and how to support the emergent reading and writing that students demonstrate. We’ll explore methods of instruction that foster a language-rich environment, including emergent storybook work, shared writing and interactive writing. Participants will walk away with fresh ideas for nurturing emergent readers and writers that can immediately be incorporated into their practice.

    Presenters: Molly Feeney Wood studied at Cornell University and Teachers College, Columbia University and taught in the New York City public schools, where she mentored literacy specialists and participated in a variety of research projects. She has presented at local, regional and national conferences, including NCTE’s annual convention.

    Michelle Stone has over 15 years teaching experience in New York City and Long Island public schools. Her work as a literacy consultant has taken her across the country, working with administrators, coaches and teachers. She has co-curated book lists along with interactive read-aloud units, and has developed customized units of study for the teaching of reading and writing for a variety of school districts.

    Breakout #7: Using Movement to Enhance Learning Early childhood education often means moving and learning. In this session we will uncover strategies to incorporate everyday math, literacy and science instruction with fine and gross motor development. This creates an exciting learning environment for young children that is developmentally appropriate and can inspire learning in many domains, from health and wellness to literacy and math. Additionally, we will discuss examples of quality physical education curriculums that simultaneously address many early learning standards.

    Presenter: Marnie Aylesworth has worked in early childhood education for over 25 years, and holds a master’s in early childhood education as well as a doctorate in curriculum and instruction. She is working with Soccer Shots, a national sports program for children ages two through eight, to develop a system for aligning its curriculums with early learning standards in numerous states. She is also the Executive Director for Pennsylvania Key, a statewide organization that oversees the professional development and policy implementation for the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning.

    Breakout Session #8: It’s About Math: Sharing Developmentally Appropriate Strategies

    During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to promote high-quality math instruction by introducing mathematical concepts, methods and language in ways that support Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP). Participants will also learn how children develop mathematical thinking using both environmental and school-based knowledge.

    Presenter: Ashley Renaire Davis is an educational psychology doctoral student at City University of New York’s (CUNY’s) Graduate Center. Her research focuses on the teaching and learning of mathematics, with special emphasis on the early childhood years. Davis is also an adjunct profession at Queens College and a math consultant supporting Pre-K through second grade teachers at P.S. 125 in Harlem. Earlier, she worked as a preschool teacher with Bright Horizons and continues to work part-time at the CUNY Graduate Center Child Development Center.