Participants attending the Collaboration’s 2018 Annual Symposium workshops listed below are eligible to receive Early Intervention Credit.

Keynote Address (10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.)

Changing My Perspective: Growing Required (0.75 WWF)
Angela Searcy

Early Bird Workshops (7:30 AM to 8:30 AM)

Early Bird A
Read, Play, Love (0.5 INT)
This workshop will be divided into three distinct parts: Read, Play, and Love. Each part will include
neuroscience, evidence-based research, and readings from developmentally appropriate books.
Participants will learn and discuss how to support reading and playing in early learning.
Chris Rodda

Early Bird B
Playful Learning: Playing to Learn with Loose Parts (0.5 INT)
Play is important for all of us! Supporting and engaging children and parents in playful experiences can
have a profound impact on development and learning. Join us for an interactive session that will focus
on teaching STEM with loose parts. Participants will discover ways to select and arrange materials in
ways that stimulate critical thinking and curiosity.
Alix Tonsgard and Chris Barry

Early Bird C
Growing Interest in Understanding: The Impact of the Project Approach on Young Minds (0.5 INT)
This session will focus on child neurological development and the impact of the Project Approach to
curriculum and environments.
Amelia Troutman

Early Bird D
Social-Emotional Teaching and Learning: Connecting Adult Practices to Child Competencies (0.5 INT)
This session will focus on equipping adults with strategies and tools to cultivate children’s social-
emotional skills through their everyday interactions.
Kate Zinsser, Callie Silver, and Xue Jiang

Early Bird E
Bringing the Outside IN: Engaging Young Minds through Natural Materials (0.5 INT)
This session will focus on providing new ways to engage young minds, while using nature and art.
Learn about the difference between process and product art, and using open ended questions to spark
child curiosity.
Cori Paulsrud and Liz Hilt

Early Bird H
Brain Development – Supports and Challenges for Growth Mindset (0.5 INT)
Brain development is made up of spurts, plateaus, connections, and pruning. We’ll explore crucial
windows to development and discuss supports and challenges to encourage resilient children with
growth mindsets.
Susan Gittings

Early Bird J & AM K
Let’s Get Critical: Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Early Childhood (0.5 INT)
Using music, movement, and play, you will learn strategies to promote executive function and critical
thinking development in early childhood. Activities for problem-solving, decision-making, impulse
control, organizing, leadership, and teamwork will be discussed. Learn unique strategies to make
critical thinking fun and functional for early childhood learners!
Alyssa Wilkins

Morning Workshops (9:00 AM to 12:15 PM)

AM L
The Importance of Early Mathematics (0.75 INT)
Explore the importance of early math in early childhood through the Math at Home professional
development website, the Early Math Matters project, and engagement in a math manipulative activity.
Anne Pradzinski & David Banzer

AM O
Anti-Racist Pedagogy and Our Own Racial-Identity Development (0.75 WWF)
Understanding young children’s AND our own racial identity development is critical to building
antiracist whole classrooms. Let’s end “colormutenes” to ask the hard questions and discuss race in
community.
Sarah E. Dennis

AM P
What’s Culture Got to Do with It? Understanding How Culture Impacts Learning (0.75 WWF)
Children in various cultures learn different rules for communicating with adults through facial
expressions, body language, physical gestures and much more. Learn how cultural differences can play
out in the growth and development of children in your classroom and how this interaction can impact
growth mindset.
Angela Searcy

AM S & PM T
Intentional Environments for Purposeful Play (1.5 INT)
An intentionally planned classroom environment encourages children to approach materials with
purpose. Learn strategies for selecting and presenting materials that foster children’s problem solving,
self-regulation, and social skills.
Michelle Patt

AM U & PM V
Planting Seeds of Kindness: Empathy and the Growth Mindset (0.75 WWF)
This workshop explores the correlation between practicing kindness and the development of growth
mindset. Learn approaches and methods of communication with children to promote inspiration, self-
regulation, and empathy in the classroom.
Gingi Lahera and Rita Cassiano

AM W & PM X
Science of a Developing Brain (1.5 TYP)
What leads to healthy brain development? Our experiences and our interactions with our environment
have a significant impact on how our predispositions are expressed. In this workshop, you’ll explore
how the brain develops, the importance of early experiences and how these experiences affect the
developing brain. Come learn the science of early brain development – what nurtures it, what hinders it,
and why.
Bilge Cerezci

AM AA
It’s Not Just About Milestones! A Look at Infant/Toddler Development through the Power of
Relationships (Part A) (1.5 TYP)
This workshop goes beyond crawling, sitting, and babbling. You will explore the incredible power of
relationships and interactions as the first fundamental building block of development.
Linda Horwitz and Nat Vikitsreth

Afternoon Workshops (1:30 PM to 3:00 PM)

PM AB
It’s Not Just About Milestones! A Look at Infant/Toddler Development through the Power of
Relationships (Part B) (1.5 TYP)
Learn how to support infant/toddler development through supporting caregivers. This workshop
includes a brief overview of how Fussy Baby Network uses the FAN relationship model of support and
we will review a case study with examples in different settings.
Linda Horwitz and Nat Vikitsreth
You do not need to sign up for both AM AA and PM AB, as they are standalone workshops. However,
you can attend both workshops for a deeper dive into the topic.

PM AE
Why Won’t They Sit Still At Circle Time? (0.75 INT)
We’ve all found ourselves at the front of a circle time not knowing what to do because of what we
perceive as out-of- bounds behavior: hitting, short attention span, high activity levels and more. These
behaviors that are looked at as negative focuses on the child as the problem. This session will help
educators analyze the environmental, cognitive, and contextual factors that contribute to challenging
behavior and to learn something new about themselves, their own learning, and their own behavior.
Angela Searcy

AM S & PM T
Intentional Environments for Purposeful Play (1.5 INT)
An intentionally planned classroom environment encourages children to approach materials with
purpose. Learn strategies for selecting and presenting materials that foster children’s problem solving,
self-regulation, and social skills.
Michelle Patt

AM U & PM V
Planting Seeds of Kindness: Empathy and the Growth Mindset (0.75 WWF)
This workshop explores the correlation between practicing kindness and the development of growth
mindset. Learn approaches and methods of communication with children to promote inspiration, self-
regulation, and empathy in the classroom.
Gingi Lahera and Rita Cassiano

AM W & PM X
Science of a Developing Brain (1.5 TYP)
What leads to healthy brain development? Our experiences and our interactions with our environment
have a significant impact on how our predispositions are expressed. In this workshop, you’ll explore
how the brain develops, the importance of early experiences and how these experiences affect the
developing brain. Come learn the science of early brain development – what nurtures it, what hinders it,
and why.
Bilge Cerezci