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 Participant Program for the 38
Annual Utah Early Childhood Conference
hosted by
Friday March 22 Preconference Events
(details @ www.utahearlychildhoodconference.com)
9:00 5:00 Tours of NAEYC Accredited Centers3:00 8:00 “Night at the Museums” Discovery Gateway, The Leonardo, Natural History*
(closes at 5)
6:00 8:00 Lakeshore Learning Open House with Workshop Presentation at 7 p.m.
Saturday March 23 Cottonwood High School, 5113 South 1300 East Murray Utah
7:30 - 8:30 Registration in commons area8:30 - 10:00 Keynote Steve Spangler in Cottonwood High auditorium10:15 - 11:15 Session 111:15 - 12:15 Lunch BreakCafeteria: Sack lunches from the Grist Mill for participants registered for full conference.Commons Area & Main Halls: Browse vendors and student posters to gain new ideas andinsights for your work with young children.12:15 - 1:30 Session 2 or Session 41:45 - 3:00 Session 3 or Session 43:00 Please turn in evaluations at registration desk in commons area
Special Thanks to ALL Supporting OrganizationsPartially Funded by
 Class Descriptions10:15-11:15 Session 1
Session Room Presenter Title & DescriptionCEU/NACTrack
101 102 Elizabeth Montoya
The Importance of Play: Using theories of Human Development toBetter Understand Play.
Would you like to improve the quality of play inyour classroom? This class offers ideas on how to use theory and knowledgeof play to improve play time and make it as developmentally productive aspossible.
CEU ALL102 103 April Mitchell
Teaching Life Skills through Scientific Inquiry
. This presentation willprovide real classroom examples of the project approach in action, with anemphasis on how to scaffold children’s learning to promote creative problem-solving and critical thinking.CEU ALL PreK,K -2
grade103 104M. AndrewMontgomery
Ways to Create a Science Play-based Learning Environment.
Play is themain vehicle for how young children learn and develop their knowledge andskills. This workshop focuses on ways that teachers can incorporate play intotheir science centers and curriculum.CEU ALL PreK, Administration104 105 Suzanna Graff 
How do we fit it all in? Making the Most of our Time while Teaching theCurriculum.
With the growing demand on a teacher's time, how do you fit itall in? This class will help you to gain a better understanding of howintegrated instruction of science with language arts can help you save time.During our time together, you will have the opportunity to work with other teachers and plan an integrated lesson and assessments to take back to usein your classroom.
 105 110 Ilse Wilson
Outdoor Classroom.
Setting up an effective outdoor classroom to supportlearning in various interest areas.
 106 111Jared A. LisonbeePh.D.
Recognizing Stress and Stressors in Early Childhood EducationClassrooms.
In this workshop we will explore questions of what stress is,how early educators can recognize causes and consequences of stress, andprovide classroom environments with appropriate levels of “challenge” toreduce “distress.”CEU ALL107 114 Ivonne Jensen
If You Only Knew...What I Want to Know?
This session will explore deeper insights into science concepts for young children. Following the CommonCore guidelines participants will be engaged in creative science activities andage appropriate practices for young children to help them explore and usecritical thinking process.CEU K-2
 108 115 Bobbi Strong M.Ed.
Tools for Your Tool Box: Tips for Working with Special Needs in ChildCare Settings.
Come gain insight and tips for working with children withspecial needs in your setting. Participant's questions and scenarios about thechildren they serve will guide the session. Gain quick and easy tips that canbe put to in place in any setting.CEU ALL PreK109 119 Sara Banister 
Ways to Enhance Learning and Focusing Ability using Brain Gym Activities.
Learn ways to help students transition, focus, and relieve stresswith more ease using Brain Gym Activities. Children enjoy doing Brain Gym Activities. They are easy to do and the benefits in in children's daily activitiescan be seen and felt.
, Afterschool110 120 Brionne Thompson
Home, School, & Community: Making Meaningful Connections.
Comeand explore new and creative ways to create and strengthen connectionsbetween school, home, and community. Participate in interactive activitiesthat can be used in any program. Exchange ideas with other providers aboutways they have created their own connections.CEU ALL Pre-K111 121Kim Melville &Samantha Mafua
Exploration: Infant and Toddler Work.
This workshop will focus on theimportance of learning to slow down and appreciate how infants and toddlersplay and explore. When we learn to see as the child does, we find joy andexcitement in our work.CEU Infant/Toddler 112 123 Danielle Jensen
Sensory Experiences with Infants, Toddlers, and Twos.
Come and learnquick and easy sensory experiences and ideas perfect for infants, toddlers,and twos. This workshop will be hands on with participants gaining a number of activities, materials, recipes, and ideas.
CEU Infant/Toddler 
113 127 Aurora Howell,Leticia Pedersen, &Judith Lopez Mendez
The Teacher's Role in Promoting Literacy as a Source of Enjoyment.
 Come explore how literacy learning begins with listening and speaking.Through meaningful speech and conversations children learn to organizetheir thoughts and ideas, and construct an understanding of the rules of language.CEU ALL PreK114 128 Julie Wells
Ready, Set, Go! Strategies for Pre-K Readiness, Literacy, and Math.
.Come learn engaging teaching strategies that can be implemented withchildren of diverse abilities and learning styles and foster early academicsuccess in a joyful environment. This session provides a developmentallyappropriate progression of play activities using common multisensorymaterials to promote crucial social, physical, early literacy, and mathfoundation skillsCEU ALL PreK115 129 Clarissa Martinez
Using Observation-Based Assessment Information to IndividualizeChildren's Learning.
Participants will examine the steps of the assessmentcycle and review strategies for seamlessly linking curriculum andobservation-based assessment. Individualizing children’s learning throughthoughtful observation, family conferences, and planning will drive thediscussion.CEUInfant/Toddler  All PreK116 131 Dianne Yancey
The Scientific Method for Young Children.
The process of science is whatreally counts. This session will provide participants with an opportunity toexperience seven basic steps of scientific discovery and problem solving.CEU ALL PreK, Afterschool117 302 Brad Kelstrom LCSW
Secondary Trauma & Self-Care.
Considering recent national events, it isessential for educators to be aware of their own secondary trauma. Thishands-on, interactive workshop will provide an overview of what secondarytrauma is and how we can manage it through improved self-care.NAC ALL118 304 UAEYC
I Think I Can: Meeting the Challenges of Continuous ProgramImprovement.
Using a roundtable format, directors of four local NAEYCaccredited early childhood programs will discuss examples of practicalsolutions for meeting quality improvement challenges (e.g. finding funding,staff and family buy-in), respond to questions from participants, and providetime for participants to network and begin a support network.NACCEU Administration119 305 Kellie Baxter 
 Asthma-Friendly Child Care.
This interactive workshop will help child careadministration and staff understand how to care for children with asthma andcreate an asthma-friendly child care environment using learning activities,case studies, and discussion.NAC ALL120 306Barbara Leavitt &Robin Lindsay
Help Me Grow: Linking Children and their Families to Community BasedResources.
This session will help participants plan a comprehensive, first-level screening program to obtain community based resources for infants,young children, and their families.CEUHomevisitingEarlyInterventionInfant/Toddler  ALL PreK121 309Renee Olesen MD,FAAP
Early Brain and Child Development- How do Early Experiences Impactthe Lives of Our Children?
This session will explore these critical questionsfor ensuring the well-being of our children: What is toxic stress? Why do thefirst 1000 days really matter? How can we Build Bridges in our state tominimize toxic stress in the lives of Utah's youngest?CEU All122 311 Melissa Lloyd
Cooking in the Classroom.
This session provides ideas for using cookingactivities in the classroom.Pre-K123 602 Amy Buehle
Handle with Care: Promoting Mental Health and Preventing MentalIllness for Young Children.
Signs of potential mental, emotional andbehavioral disorders are often apparent at very young age. Come learn toidentify risk factors, handle difficult situations, discuss concerns with parents,decide when and how to contact Child Protective Services, and appropriateself-care when caring for others.CEU ALL124 510Encarni Gallardo &Vanessa Abernethy
I Don't Have Time for That! - Taking Control of Your Professional Life.
Being organized and feeling organized are two different things. Thisworkshop includes tips and ideas to organize your values, find your priorities,focus your energy and get more things done.NAC Administration ALL125 511LuCinda Gustavson& Matt McLain
Utah Kids Ready to Read.
Help parents learn how they can get their childready to read using five fun and easy practices: talking, singing, reading,writing and playing.Infant/Toddler  All PreK

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