16th Annual Symposium

Hands On, Minds On: Full STEAM Ahead!
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Percy Julian Middle School
416 S. Ridgeland Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
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Gateways Registry Approved Event



The Collaboration for Early Childhood is delighted to present its 16th annual Symposium. This annual gathering provides an opportunity for anyone who works with young children – educators, caregivers, and parents – to gain knowledge, perspective, practical skills and tools for supporting all young children.

This year’s theme is Hands On, Minds On: Full STEAM Ahead. The 2019 Symposium is focused on problem solving through STEAM related activities and through all the other moments in a day that teachers and children need to call on problem solving skills.

The value of diverse problem-solving skills will be addressed in an array of workshops exploring engineering, math, science, creativity, technology, movement, anti-bias/anti-racism, discipline, nature and so much more. We are confident you’ll walk away with many new ideas, activities and experiences to incorporate into your work on Monday morning.

Please join us at Percy Julian Middle School on Saturday, February 23, 2019. The day will include a continental breakfast, keynote address, lunch, and a variety of “early bird,” morning, and afternoon breakout sessions led by noteworthy presenters. Participants will also have the opportunity to network, collect resources, explore books, and update their Gateways Registry membership.

We hope to see you in February!

Registration Fees

$45 General Registration Fee (postmarked, or paid online, by February 8)

$30 Student Registration Fee (full-time student registration fee postmarked, or paid online, by February 8. Valid/current ID must be presented at check-in)

$55 Late Registration Fee (registration fee for ALL individuals registering after February 8, on-site or online)

After registering online, pay online or mail payment to:
Collaboration for Early Childhood
123 Madison St., Room 209
Oak Park, IL 60302

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.

Download a PDF of the registration brochure.

Schedule

6:45 - 7:30 Early Check-In
7:30 - 8:30 Early Bird Workshops
8:00 - 9:00 General Check-In & Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 Morning Workshops
10:40 - 12:15 Welcome: Penny Wallingford, Board Chair, Collaboration for Early Childhood
Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Amy Cardin, Co-Chair of the Collaboration for Early Childhood Professional Development Committee
Keynote: The Toddler Brain: Nurture The Skills Today That Will Shape Your Child’s Tomorrow
As a pediatrician, author, educator and health communicator, Laura Jana, MD, FAAP, strives to translate big ideas into far-reaching, real world applications and make meaningful connections across a wide range of disciplines. Dedicated to the well being of children, families, and communities, she’s on a mission to change the public conversation about the skills needed for success in today’s rapidly changing world.
Announcements: John Borrero, Executive Director, Collaboration for Early Childhood
12:15 - 1:25 Lunch/Networking/Resources/Gateways Registry/"Play Stations"
1:30 - 3:00 Afternoon Workshops

Additional Information

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.

PARKING IS LIMITED. Please allow extra time for on-street parking.

No refunds provided for any circumstances.
Lunch options include meat and vegetarian wraps.

Workshops

The list of workshops with Early Intervention credit will be available soon.

EARLY BIRD SESSIONS

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

Early Bird A Loose Parts - Play, STEAM, Learn


What do I do while the children play? What can my students learn from collections of objects? Come learn how to utilize loose parts for open- ended play and STEAM learning! You will play a little, discuss the endless possibilities, and leave with new ideas for your classroom or home!
Jill Pacyna

Early Bird B STEAM UP your Program! Igniting Inquiry and Problem Solving to Teach and Reach Students, Staff, and Families


Learn to integrate core STEAM principles of inquiry, technol- ogy, and visual thinking across your entire program to build 21st century mindsets and competencies in your staff and the families you serve.
Heather Duncan

Early Bird C Children are Born Mathematicians


Find out how precursor math concepts help adults build on babies’ innate mathematical thinking so that they are ready to learn about more abstract mathematical ideas when they are older. Engage in activities, discussion and video analysis to explore the mathematical precursor concepts. Consider strategies to support mathematical thinking in all children from birth.
Lisa Ginet

Early Bird D and AM E Engineering Design to Promote Mathematical Thinking

Early mathematics has been linked to later school success and achievement. By using intentional mathematics instruction within engineering projects, effective math instruction can support preschoolers through interest-driven learning. This session will examine how early mathematics can be supported with engineering activities in the preschool classroom. Age-appropriate instructional practices will be explored within engineering activities and projects.
David Banzer and Christina Delgado

Early Bird F and AM G Playful Learning: Focus on Engineering


What does engineering look like for preschoolers? Think, build, and create! Join us to engage in engineering challenges that demonstrate open-ended activities easily adaptable to your environment.
Chris Barry and Alix Tonsgard

Early Bird H and AM I Pleading with Parents: End the Technology Distraction


This workshop is a review of the impact of parent use of technology on children’s cognitive, language and social emotional development. We will provide teachers with suggestions for activities parents can do with their children in order to provide hands on learning and improve parent-child relationships.
Amy Cardin and Susan Gittings

Early Bird J and AM K Nature in the Classroom


This session will focus on ways to bring nature into the early childhood classroom for exploration by preschool students. Participants will be presented with the research, learn strategies to incorporate the natural world, and explore how to integrate nature into their curriculum, with an emphasis on STEAM.
Kali Goldberg

Early Bird L and AM M

The Future Demands Creativity: Embracing “Out-of-the-Box” Thinking and Encouraging Open-Ended Play
This workshop will go beyond “play-based learning” and build your skill as early childhood practitioners to foster children’s creativity and critical thinking through everyday inter- actions, activities and guidance for families.
Jesse Ilhardt

Early Bird N and AM O Discipline is Not a Problem! Creating a MINDFUL Space for Learning

What is YOUR temperament? There are no “good” or “bad” temperaments. Discover yours along with identifying the temperaments of the children you see. Learn mindfulness practices for toddler-life through midlife.
Janis Johnston

Early Bird P and PM AG Movement and Mindfulness...It Starts With You!

Our work as early childhood educators is important: joyful and stressful, fundamental and chaotic. We pour our expertise and energy into advocating for little beings’ social, emotional, and physical development often at the expense of our own self-care. This workshop provides educators with self-care and movement/mindfulness strategies to incorporate with children.
Erin Bracco

Early Bird R and PM AH Language, Mediators, and Shared Activity Embedded in Infant Toddler Care

Join us for a reflection of our initial journey and gain from practice-based lessons. An infant-toddler program within a university early childhood center focuses on aligning scaffolding strategies with child-centered best practices. Special attention is given to embedding teaching and learning “tools” of language, mediators, and shared activity with birth to two-year-olds. Allow us to share our experiences and strategies with you! Attendees will participate in utilizing words, actions and objects, and discuss standards-aligned strategies in working with young children.
Elizabeth Christian

MORNING SESSIONS (AM)

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

Early Bird D and AM E Engineering Design to Promote Mathematical Thinking


Early mathematics has been linked to later school success and achievement. By using intentional mathematics instruction within engineering projects, effective math instruction can support preschoolers through interest-driven learning. This session will examine how early mathematics can be supported with engineering activities in the preschool classroom. Age-appropriate instructional practices will be explored within engineering activities and projects.
David Banzer and Christina Delgado

Early Bird F and AM G Playful Learning: Focus on Engineering


What does engineering look like for preschoolers? Think, build, and create! Join us to engage in engineering challenges that demonstrate open-ended activities easily adaptable to your environment.
Chris Barry and Alix Tonsgard

Early Bird H and AM I Pleading with Parents: End the Technology Distraction


This workshop is a review of the impact of parent use of technology on children’s cognitive, language and social emotional development. We will provide teachers with suggestions for activities parents can do with their children in order to provide hands on learning and improve parent-child relationships.
Amy Cardin and Susan Gittings

Early Bird J and AM K Nature in the Classroom


This session will focus on ways to bring nature into the early childhood classroom for exploration by preschool students. Participants will be presented with the research, learn strategies to incorporate the natural world, and explore how to integrate nature into their curriculum, with an emphasis on STEAM.
Kali Goldberg

Early Bird L and AM M The Future Demands Creativity: Embracing “Out-of-the-Box” Thinking and Encouraging Open-Ended Play


This workshop will go beyond “play-based learning” and build your skill as early childhood practitioners to foster chil- dren’s creativity and critical thinking through everyday inter- actions, activities and guidance for families.
Jesse Ilhardt

Early Bird N and AM O Discipline is Not a Problem! Creating a MINDFUL Space for Learning


What is YOUR temperament? There are no “good” or “bad” temperaments. Discover yours along with identifying the temperaments of the children you see. Learn mindfulness practices for toddler-life through midlife.
Janis Johnston

AM S Engineering: Plan, Design, Construct!


Engage preschool children with an engineering challenge! Create a framework for teaching the engineering process – plan, design, construct, test, and evaluate a solution. The focus is as much on the process as the result. Using a variety of building materials and real tools you’ll be ready to guide young children to explore in a fun, safe space.

Caroline Baker and Katherine Villasin

AM T STEAM > STREAM > SMART Empathy


From STEM to STEAM to STREAM, educators are realizing that a well rounded education is more powerful than when its parts are separated. This workshop will explore how consid- ering empathy advances the learning loop.
Rita Cassiano and Gingi Lahera

AM U Building the Strengths of Curious, Fabulous, Rambunctious Toddlers


Solve behavior, teaching, peer, self-care, and learning challenges. Come ask questions about your approach and nd effective solutions to common experiences. Help toddlers become emotionally healthy and happily engaged.
Marie Masterson

AM V and PM W Technology in Early Childhood Education

Technology has become such an integral part of child- hood, both at home and in educational settings. This workshop will provide an understanding of how children use and learn from technology as well as the impact on technology in the classroom. You will gain experience using various techniques, improve your understanding of how technology can best be used with young children, and work to develop your own guidelines for how technology should best be used as a tool for play and learning.
Samina Hadi-Tabassum and Alexis Lauricella

AM X and PM Y Playing and Making that Inspires Young Engineers


Participants will explore interactions that allow young children to develop emerging engineering and related problem-solving skills through play and other creative work. A developmentally-appropriate framework and vignettes will be discussed.
Laura Grandau and Shelli Patt

AM Z Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism with Young Children and Ourselves, Part I


This hands-on session is geared toward early childhood practitioners and administrators who are aware that young children are not too young to understand characteristics of the dominant culture, across race, ethnicity, gender, class, ableism, religion, etc. Part I of this two part session will introduce key concepts and offer time for reaction and discussion.
Sarah E. Dennis

AM AB FAN Approach to Parent Engagement as a Resource for Problem Solving, Part I


The Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN) Approach serves as an internal GPS; a roadmap for engaging and problem-solving with parents. Part I of this two part series will introduce the FAN approach and will focus on attune- ment and mindful self-regulation as resources for prob- lem-solving.
Tori Graham
To get the most out of this workshop, participants are highly encouraged to register for Part I and Part II.

AM AD Farm to Early Care, Part I: Gardening, Cooking, and Tasting Healthy Foods


Part I of this two part series will introduce participants to the concept of farm to early care & education (“farm to ECE”), which is a holistic approach to introducing children to healthy eating through hands-on food education, gardening, and use of local foods in program meals. Participants will learn about curriculum, activities, and parent engagement opportunities to take food and nutri- tion education to the next level at their sites. Workshop attendees will not only walk away with new resources and ideas, but they will also try out several fun and easy farm to ECE activities during the session. In addition, participants will learn about how other local schools and preschool programs are putting farm to ECE into practice while meeting STEAM subject areas.
Diane Chapeta and Marlie Wilson
To get the most out of this workshop, participants are highly encouraged to register for Part I and Part II.

AFTERNOON SESSIONS (PM)

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

Be sure to check the list of afternoon workshops that are also offered in the morning. They are listed together above.

Early Bird P and PM AG Movement and Mindfulness...It Starts With You!


Our work as early childhood educators is important: joyful and stressful, fundamental and chaotic. We pour our expertise and energy into advocating for little beings’ social, emotional, and physical development often at the expense of our own self-care. This workshop provides educators with self-care and movement/mindfulness strategies to incorporate with children.
Erin Bracco

Early Bird R and PM AH Language, Mediators, and Shared Activity Embedded in Infant Toddler Care


Join us for a reaction of our initial journey and gain from practice-based lessons. An infant-toddler program within
a university early childhood center focuses on aligning scaffolding strategies with child-centered best practices. Special attention is given to embedding teaching and learning “tools” of language, mediators, and shared activity with birth to two-year-olds. Allow us to share our experiences and strategies with you! Attendees will participate in utilizing words, actions and objects, and discuss standards-aligned strategies in working with young children.
Elizabeth Christian

AM V and PM W Technology in Early Childhood Education

Technology has become such an integral part of childhood, both at home and in educational settings. This workshop will provide an understanding of how children use and learn from technology as well as the impact on technology in the classroom. You will gain experience using various techniques, improve your understanding of how technology can best be used with young children, and work to develop your own guidelines for how technology should best be used as a tool for play and learning.
Samina Hadi-Tabassum and Alexis Lauricella

AM X and PM Y Playing and Making that Inspires Young Engineers


Participants will explore interactions that allow young children to develop emerging engineering and related problem-solving skills through play and other creative work. A developmentally-appropriate framework and vignettes will be discussed.
Laura Grandau and Shelli Patt

PM AA Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism with Young Children and Ourselves, Part II


This hands-on session is geared toward early childhood practitioners and administrators who are aware that young children are not too young to understand characteristics of the dominant culture, across race, ethnicity, gender, class, ableism, religion, etc. Part II of this two part session will build on concepts introduced in part I and will focus on bias in children’s media (books, television, movies) and resources to cultivate an anti-bias, anti-racist early childhood environment.
Sarah E. Dennis

PM AC FAN Approach to Parent Engagement as a Resource for Problem Solving, Part II

The Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN) Approach serves as an internal GPS; a roadmap for engaging and problem-solving with parents. Part II of this two part series will build on the FAN approach and focus on feeling, thinking, doing, and reacting as mechanisms for problem-solving.
Tori Graham
To get the most out of this workshop, participants are highly encouraged to register for Part I and Part II.

PM AE Farm to Early Care, Part II: Local Foods for Little Ones

Part II of this two part series will build on the concept of farm to early care & education (“farm to ECE”) introduced in the morning’s Farm to Early Care Part I. In Part II, participants will learn about how to find, procure, and utilize locally grown foods in their program meals. Workshop attendees will gain insights on building relationships with local farmers, incorporating unprocessed foods into their meal preparation, and identifying the right local products to align with the program’s budget and populations served. In addition, participants will learn how to effectively promote these efforts to children, their families, and others in the community.
Diane Chapeta and Marlie Wilson
To get the most out of this workshop, participants are highly encouraged to register for Part I and Part II.

PM AF Cultivating Qi Skills in My Classroom


Qi skills represent a new set of skills deemed necessary for success in today’s rapidly changing world, with far-reaching implications for parenting, early childhood development and more. Participate in a practical discussion about brain-building and fostering of these key skills in your classroom: how to cultivate and guide Qi skills.
Laura Jana, MD, FAAP