2018 Early Childhood Education Spring Conference

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2018 Early Childhood Education Spring Conference

April 12-13, 2018

Baymont Inn & Suites, Mandan, ND

This year we're excited to collaborate with the ND Head Start Association
and the ND Department of Human Services
Keynote Speakers
We're excited to have Cari Ebert back as a keynote speaker on Thursday, April 12. John Richardson-Lauve is the keynote speaker on Friday, April 13. They will each provide a breakout session as well. 

CariEbertCari Ebert's keynote session "Wired Kids: How Technology Impacts Early  Childhood Development" will examine the evidence to guide therapists, educators, and other early childhood professionals as we live and work in the "digital age". Just because technology is available at our fingertips, doesn't necessarily mean we should be using it with very young children. Infants, toddlers, and preschool age children do not learn the same way as older children and adults learn. It's not just a matter of being pro-technology or anti-technology, but rather considering what is appropriate for the developing brain and body. During this session, professionals will gain powerful evidence-based information regarding best practices for  technology use in therapy and in early childhood classrooms.

JohnJohn Richardson-Lauve's keynote session will discuss trauma. In the public behavioral health system, 90% of clients being served have at least one (and often multiple) Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), otherwise known as childhood trauma. This impacts both physical and mental health. One of the first steps in this solution is assuring a trauma informed foundation for all teachers and educators, school system staff, mental health providers, social services, their system leaders, supervisors, and all those who care for and about children. In a comprehensive approach, anyone touching the lives of a person who may have been touched by trauma needs to understand the basic principles of the impact of trauma and the hope of building individual and community resilience. John's handouts from the conference can be found here.

Other session topics include: Science is Play, Behaviors: How Do I Manage Them and Prevent Them, Conquering Wellness in the Workplace, ND Kindergarten Formative Assessment, ACEs, Carrie's Kids, Gearing Up With Education, Naturally Helping Children, Handwriting from A-Z Make-it, Take-it and much more!

Participant Information

Credit is available through the University of Mary:
Graduation Credit

Growing Futures:
We are pleased to offer 11 clock hours for licensed childcare providers through Growing Futures (5.5 clock hours per day). You have the option to receive clock hours for a single day or for the entire conference. To receive your hours, you must sign the Growing Futures attendance form each day. An attendance form will be available in each of the last breakout sessions on April 12 and 13. Be sure to have your registry ID available when signing in. At the end of the conference, those on the attendance roster will be entered into the Growing Futures system by our staff.