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What Not to Miss at the National Head Start Conference

What Not to Miss at the National Head Start Conference

The 42nd Annual Head Start Conference will take place March 30 - April 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. Several Gryphon House authors will be presenting on trending topics in early childhood education. Here's what not to miss:

 

MONDAY, MARCH 30

 

The Three R’s of Quality Leadership: Reflection, Relationships, and Resilience

Susan Damico and Linda K. Likins 

9:00 am – 5:00 pm | (Special Track/Additional Fee Session)

Room 101 | Washington, DC Convention Center

Leaders in Head Start include individuals in a variety of roles from education and mental health coordinators, consultants, assistant directors to directors. For all of these leaders, creating an environment of internal capacity to support an ongoing commitment to the highest quality of care for children is imperative. When leaders make reflection, relationships and resilience a part of such efforts, the team wins. You are invited to come learn simple, everyday strategies that can help make a big difference in the health and wellness of adults who care for young children. When the village is well, the children are well.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1

 

Universal Design for Learning to Welcome all Languages and Abilities

Karen Nemeth and Pam Brillante

2:00 pm | Salon A | Washington, DC Convention Center

Designing an inclusive classroom is the first step to success for children with diverse languages and abilities. This interactive workshop will demonstrate the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approach that helps early educators plan, equip and fill their classrooms in ways that welcome each child to start school ready to learn. Participants will learn how the principles of UDL can make learning accessible for any child, especially children who are DLLs or who have disabilities.

 

Using Bilingual Staff Development Materials to Enhance Teaching

Karen Nemeth

4:00 pm | Salon A | Washington, DC Convention Center 

Bilingual teachers and assistants bring valuable language assets to each program. Supporting the growth of their diverse languages is an important way to build program quality. This interactive workshop will present a variety of print and digital resources for staff development that are available in languages other than English. We will engage participants in discovering innovative ways to use these materials to enhance teaching in different languages.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2015

 

Head Start A to Z: Self-Assessment

Karen Cairone

9:00 am | Room 102 B | Washington, DC Convention Center

Head Start and Early Head Start programs engage in an annual Self-Assessment process by assessing progress in meeting local program goals and objectives, and evaluating program compliance with Federal requirements. This session introduces new directors to the five phases of an efficient Self-Assessment process that focuses on mining data gathered through ongoing monitoring to answer broader questions and considering big picture, long-range, systemic issues. 

 

Head Start A to Z: Self-Assessment

Karen Cairone

11:00 am | Room 102 B | Washington, DC Convention Center 

Head Start and Early Head Start programs engage in an annual Self-Assessment process by assessing progress in meeting local program goals and objectives, and evaluating program compliance with Federal requirements. This session introduces new directors to the five phases of an efficient Self-Assessment process that focuses on mining data gathered through ongoing monitoring to answer broader questions and considering big picture, long-range, systemic issues. 

 

Challenging Behaviors: What to Do When Nothing Else Works!

William DeMeo, PhD

 2:00 pm | Room 143 B | Washington, DC Convention Center

This dynamic and interactive workshop will focus on providing participants with knowledge of effective prevention and intervention strategies for children who exhibit challenging behaviors. Through a combination of role-playing and other active participatory methods, participants will learn how to implement these practical and effective strategies immediately into their program.

 

For more information and a full conference program, visit the National Head Start Conference website.


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