14th Annual Symposium

Here and Now: Respecting Childhood
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Percy Julian Middle School
416 S. Ridgeland Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
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Gateways Registry Approved Event

The Symposium is full!



Thank you to everyone who registered in advance! We filled up quickly this year and we are no longer taking registrations.

If you have any questions, please email info@collab4kids.org or call us at 708-613-6122.

Please be sure to review our ongoing training calendar.



The Collaboration for Early Childhood is delighted to present its 14th annual Symposium. This gathering provides an opportunity for parents, educators, caregivers, and anyone who works with young children to gain knowledge, perspective, practical skills and tools for supporting all young children.

Here and Now: Respecting Childhood is this year’s theme. Childhood is a precious time in a person’s life. We are often so focused on how to get the child to the next stage of development that we struggle to see them where they are. How do we value and respect the child here and now? We can begin by designing environments and planning curricula that speak to the child where they are, here and now. We are confident you’ll walk away with many new ideas and activities to try on Monday morning. Enjoy play in a new way!

Please join us at Percy Julian Middle school on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The day will include early bird workshops, continental breakfast, a keynote address, lunch, and a variety of morning and afternoon breakout sessions led by noteworthy presenters. Participants will also have the opportunity to network, collect resources, explore books, visit the play stations and update their Gateways Registry membership.
Registration is Closed
The 2017 Symposium is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Deneita Farmer, fondly known as Dee Dee - inspiring teacher, fierce advocate, and wise soul. So many of us learned what respect looks and feels like through her example. Thank you Dee Dee - you are missed.

Registration Fees

$40 General Registration Fee (postmarked, or paid online, by February 10)

$25 Student Registration Fee (full-time student registration fee postmarked, or paid online, by February 10. Valid/current ID must be presented at check-in)

$50 Late Registration Fee (registration fee for ALL individuals registering after February 10, on-site or online)

Next Steps

  • 1. Read the workshop descriptions below
  • 2. Select one workshop from each time slot
  • 3. Click REGISTER to sign up online
  • 4. Pay by credit card or check

Scholarships

The Joan White Scholarship was created to provide early care professionals, providers, and parents an opportunity to attend the Symposium, build skills and become leaders in the early childhood arena. Complete an application for the Joan White scholarship.

The Dr. DeeDee Farmer Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Dr. Deneita J. Farmer, who died in October 2016. We are seeking nominations of people who demonstrate the “DeeDee dispositions” and who will be able to reenergize their spirits and improve their practice by attending the Symposium. Nominate someone for the DeeDee Farmer scholarship.

Download a PDF of the registration brochure.

Schedule

7:00 - 7:30 Early Check-in
7:30 - 8:30 Early Bird Workshops
8:00 - 9:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 Morning Breakout Sessions
10:40 - 12:15 Welcome: Amy McCormack, Board Chair, Collaboration for Early Childhood
Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Lisa Ginet, Co-Chair of the Collaboration for Early Childhood Professional Development Committee
Keynote: The Fire Within: Rekindling Our Professional Passion. Luis A. Hernandez, Early Childhood Education Specialist, an author, a regular presenter and keynote speaker. Luis is highly regarded for his motivational and energizing presentations.
Announcements: Carolyn Newberry Schwartz, Executive Director, Collaboration for Early Childhood
12:15 - 1:15 Lunch/Networking/Resources/Gateways Registry/"Play Stations"
1:30 - 3:00 Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Additional Information

NEW: Pre-Workshop selection and meal RSVP when registering.

Registration is limited for each workshop and is first come, first served!

When registering online, payment can be made by credit card or by mailing a check.

No refunds provided for any circumstance.
Lunch Options: (You do not need to select in advance)
Buffalo Chicken Wrap
Chicken Harvest Wrap
Veggie Harvest Wrap
Gluten-free option

Click here to view the list of "play stations" and organizations who will attend.

Click here to view last year's inspiring keynote speech from Holly Elissa Bruno!
Every stage of development is complete in itself. The three-year-old is not an incomplete five-year-old. The child is not an incomplete adult. Never are we simply on our way! Always we have arrived! Enjoy now!!

EARLY BIRD SESSIONS

Choose ONE Early Bird Session
7:30 - 8:30 AM

Supporting Family Childcare Providers through Online Learning Communities

Session A
Participants will be introduced to Town Square, a website created for family childcare providers that includes resources, tools, and professional development specifically geared for family childcare.
Mary Quest


Incorporating Nonfiction in the Classroom

Session B
“Why?” Nonfiction books can help children learn about the world and learn how to find answers to their many questions. Learn about books and authors to take back to your classroom.
Susan Gittings


Mini Musical Minds: Neurologic Development through Music and Movement

Session C
Music is a powerful tool for a child’s developing brain. Learn how to use music and movement to facilitate functional goals in the areas of communication, cognition, sensory regulation, and many other domains.
Alyssa Wilkins
Illinois Early Intervention Credit: 1 INT


Consider the Possibilities

Session D
Join us in exploring how two teachers, one infant-toddler and one preschool, evolved their practice to create communities of learners and problem solvers. Just like their classroom, this will be a hands-on learning experience for participants.
Annaliese Newmeyer and Claudia Cattage
Illinois Early Intervention Credit: 1 INT


Algebraic Thinking with Sets and Patterns

Session E
Explore the early math concepts of sets and patterns through discussion and videos. Discover how these concepts can be introduced to children through hands-on activities.
Teresa Ruvalcaba


Playful Learning: Focus on Play

Session F
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 a workshop that will highlight play and development.
Alix Tonsgard and Christine Barry
Illinois Early Intervention Credit: 1 INT


The Art of Meditation

Session G
This workshop will focus on using meditation as a form of regulation. Participants will practice meditation techniques, self-evaluate mood and energy, and learn how to use meditation as a tool in early childhood settings.
Valorie Wright


Using Relationships to Create A Safe and Supportive Learning Environment in the Classroom

Session H
This workshop will explore a school-based mental health model developed by the Center for Children and Families. We will share basic principles of social-emotional needs, classroom regulation, and working with individual students to create a calm, supportive atmosphere.
Jean Rounds and Cassandra Ward


Positive Guidance in Early Childhood Classroms

Session I
Participants will learn about the benefits of using positive guidance in the classroom. We will explore the concept of mistaken behavior and discuss ways to reduce and resolve mistaken behaviors.
Amy Cardin
Illinois Early Intervention Credit: 1.5 INT


10 Strategies that Work to Support Young Children's Language Development

Session J
Oral language is CRITICAL for reading, writing, and communicating! This engaging practial session will provide at least 10 strategies that work to help young children.
Sarah E. Dennis
Illinois Early Intervention Credit: 1 INT

MORNING SESSIONS (AM)

Choose ONE Morning Session
9:00 - 10:30 AM

10 Strategies that Work to Support Young Children's Language Development

Session K
Oral language is CRITICAL for reading, writing, and communicating! This engaging practial session will provide at least 10 strategies that work to help young children.
Sarah E. Dennis
Illinois Early Intervention Credit: 1 INT


Engaging Families in Embedded Interventions for Infants and Toddlers

Session L
This workshop will explore how to actively engage families in their child’s development from birth to three in the classroom, at home, and in specialized settings. Attention will be given to children with developmental concerns or special needs.
Jami Swindell
Illinois Early Intervention Credit: 1 INT, 0.5 WWF


Planning Purposeful Play for Toddlers and Twos

Session M
A classroom environment that encourages purposeful play is essential for toddlers and twos. Learn strategies for classroom arrangement and material selection that support children’s development of executive function and self regulation.
Michelle Patt
Illinois Early Intervention Credit: 1.5 INT


Growing Social and Emotional Skills Through Restorative Practices

Session N
Behavioral challenges are opportunities to grow our brains! Learn how restorative justice can help teachers refrain from punitive discipline and instead guide children with a growth mindset to improve relationships.
Lauren Solarski


Shifting from Struggle to Success: Strength-based Skills to Transfer Responsibility to Children

Session O
Ever wonder why behavior issues repeat over and over? Learn to transfer responsibility for behavior to children in age-appropriate ways and become highly successful in building children’s strengths for success.
Marie Masterson


Empathy in Young Children: Fostering Authentic Peer Relationships in Preschool Classrooms

Session P
Enabling us to build strong relationships and strengthen communities, the development of empathy starts early. Learn how you can foster empathetic relationships among children in your classroom and set them up for a lifetime of success.
Jesse Ilhardt and Ruth Alexander
Illinois Early Intervention Credit: 1.5 WWF


Fun with "First Feelings Fingerprints" - Our Here-And-Now Superpower

Session Q
Learn a fun, inspiring, adult-savvy, child-friendly process through songs, gestures, and self-compassion to promote self-awareness and healthy processing of “First Feelings Fingerprints,” the bodily sign that survivor mode is on.
Sheryl Stoller


Building Block Activities: The Smart Moves of Development

Session R
Learn foundational movements which follow human developmental patterns in order to establish the brain/ body connection. This will result in better body awareness, coordination, emotional stability, and congnition.
Barbara Bednarz
Illinois Early Intervention Credit: 1.5 INT


Guiding Children's Behavior: You Can't Do What You Don't Know

Session S
We will explore stages of development and appropriate expectations for infants, toddlers, and preschool children; look at the importance of teamwork in parenting and childcare; and practice positive statements and redirection techniques.
Leah Shapiro
Illinois Early Intervention Credit: 0.5 TYP, 0.5 INT, 0.5 WWF


"We Are Family": Parents Are the Key in Children's Success

Session T
This workshop will refresh the heart of development and learning through meaningful and genuine relationships in every family. At the heart of our work is how to sincerely engage every family in their child’s steps in appropriate development and learning.
Luis Hernandez


Handmade Materials for the Infant and Toddler Environment

Session U
Learn the practical applications of handmade materials for the infant-toddler, which encourage fine motor control, hand-eye coordination, concentration, and use of senses to learn math, arts, and more.
Annie Breitenstein, Kendra Nudd, and Elisa Suarez
Illinois Early Intervention Credit: 1.5 INT


Create, Engage, and Explore!

Session Y
This hands-on workshop will focus on creating art using re-purposed materials and natural materials in your classroom environment. Discover how found and natural objects can inspire young children to create.
Erika Gray
Illinois Early Intervention Credit: 1.5 INT


Problem Solvers in Early Childhood

Session W
Problem-solving skills are learned and early childhood is the ideal learning time! This workshop will explore research as well as role playing, problem-solver lesson plans, and how to teach and model problem-solving skills.
Jan Johnston
Can be taken as part 1 of double session with Mindfulness for Caregiver/Teacher Problem Solving, Session X


The Cost of Caring

Session AA
Moving From “What’s Wrong with This Kid” to “What’s Happened to This Kid”: Effective Responses When You Recognize Trauma in Your Classroom
This workshop will review research on Adverse Childhood Experiences and explore compassion fatigue as an occupational hazard that comes from working with children, families, and even colleagues who have been affected by ACEs, trauma, and toxic stress, and focus on provider self-care.
Juanona Brewster and Elise Groenewegen
Can be taken as part 1 of double session with You Don't Have to be a Therapist to be Therapeutic, Session AB
(If you live or work in Oak Park or River Forest, you may be interested in attending this workshop when it's offered as a separate training on March 14.)

AFTERNOON SESSIONS (PM)

Choose ONE Afternoon Session
1:30 - 3:00 PM

Handmade Materials for the Infant and Toddler Environment

Session V
Learn the practical applications of handmade materials for the infant-toddler, which encourage fine motor control, hand-eye coordination, concentration, and use of senses to learn math, arts, and more.
Annie Breitenstein, Kendra Nudd, and Elisa Suarez
Illinois Early Intervention Credit: 1.5 INT


Mindfulness for Caregiver/Teacher Problem Solving

Session X
Most problems are behavioral in nature and require behavior solutions. Caregivers and teachers of young children teach problem-solving skills, but first adults must master their own problem-solving expertise and master mindfulness!
Jan Johnston
Can be taken as part 2 of double session with Problem Solvers in Early Childhood, Session W


Create, Engage, and Explore!

Session Z
This hands-on workshop will focus on creating art using re-purposed materials and natural materials in your classroom environment. Discover how found and natural objects can inspire young children to create.
Erika Gray
Illinois Early Intervention Credit: 1.5 INT


You Don't Have to be a Therapist to be Therapeutic

Session AB
Moving From “What’s Wrong with This Kid” to “What’s Happened to This Kid”: Effective Responses When You Recognize Trauma in Your Classroom
This workshop will provide insights into what early childhood professionals can do to incorporate protective factors into the learning environment. These skills will engage participants to build a supportive, healing, and nurturing atmosphere for children and families.
Juanona Brewster and Elise Groenewegen
Can be taken as part 2 of double session with The Cost of Caring, Session AA
(If you live or work in Oak Park or River Forest, you may be interested in attending this workshop when it's offered as a separate training on May 9.)


Welcome! Music and Movement for the Happy Classroom!

Session AC
Squirrels, twirls, and hopping boys and girls – that’s what you’ll take back to your classroom! Need a new song for sticks or bells? Learn developmentally appropriate musical ideas that will get your classroom moving AND learning.
Carole Stephens
Illinois Early Intervention Credit: 1.5 INT


Book Selection: Using a Developmentally Appropriate Lens to Create an Inclusive Library Center

Session AD
Quality early care and education environments send the message “You belong here.” Join us as we examine criteria for choosing quality books with a focus on creating an inclusive environment.
Emily Reilly and Rose Slaght


Leadership through the Looking Glass

Session AE
This workshop demonstrates how adults can mine the magic of children’s stories to honor the leader within, as well as cultivate children’s leadership ideas and perspectives.
Pamela Rogers and Teng Chamchumrus


Fostering Attachment in Infants and Toddlers

Session AF
Participants will revisit attachment theory, discuss how to help parents build healthy relationships with their children and point out the benefits of healthy attachment.
Lildella Douglas
Illinois Early Intervention Credit: 1.5 WWF


A New Day and A New Beginning for Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Their Families Too!

Session AG
This workshop will build on the passion, skills, and abilities we share in making each day special for every child, and highlight practices that reinforce the values of meaningful and genuine relationships. The profession of early childhood is stronger as we make every day joyful and special, and each day is an opportunity for development and exciting learning.
Luis Hernandez
Illinois Early Intervention Credit: 1.5 WWF