April 28th & 29th, 2016
April 28th & 29th, 2016
April 28th & 29th, 2016

1. Keith Pentz


Interactions & Relationships: Making Connections That Change Lives
This informative and practical session will provide a current perspective on teaching and learning by examining cognitive processes, exploring the inter-connectivity of the physical body with the brain and mind, relating how play is central to the learning process, suggesting a variety of brain-compatible strategies to implement immediately that prevent behavior issues, and offering resources for further study.
Specifically, participants will:

  • Understand how young children are significantly impacted by experiences and how those experiences shape the child for future learning
  • Attain new strategies to “jump start” student learning 
  • Learn why certain techniques seem to almost always work with students
  • Recognize why learning is more than just being “studious”
Each interaction—each event—each opportunity—each engagement—experienced by a young child profoundly impacts not just the child, but all of us personally and collectively. The society of tomorrow is being determined by the relationships we create and establish with children today.

2. Michael Levine

The Learning Groove

Interactive Literacy & Music as an Educational Tool (THURSDAY) (1.5 hour) JOINT TRAINING SESSION

In this fun and pragmatic workshop, Mr. Michael demonstrates how interactive techniques such as repetition, prediction, call and response, rhyme and movement can be used to inspire and stimulate students' learning skills. He will also show how interactive music serves as a springboard for reading, writing, and other language activities throughout your curriculum.

Jennifer Daniels

The Learning Groove

Interactive Literacy, Music, & Movement: Emphasis on Kids with Autism & Sensory Processing Issues (THURSDAY) (1.5 hours) JOINT TRAINING SESSION

In this interactive concert setting, we'll discover that music and structured movement can help to organize thoughts, aid in memory, and calm the central nervous system. For a child with Autism and/or Sensory Processing Disorders, that can mean better coping abilities, more social interaction, more learning, and more confidence. We will explore some of the overarching challenges that teachers and families face, and find out why interactive stories and songs, like Eric Litwin's Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, have been a huge help. Note: You need no musical expertise, but clothes you can move in are a must. We will learn (and perform) songs and stories by Jennifer Daniels and The Learning Groove.

3. Karen Thompson

Eastern Kentucky Child Care Coalition

How Quality Programming & Environments Meet the Sensory Needs of Young Children
In this session attendees will develop a greater awareness of the need to purposely plan sensory experiences for young children as well as learn strategies thh help them do so.

4. Nicki Patton Rowe

Ashland Regional Training Center

Splish Splash: Finding Science in Water Play
Join this session and learn how to help children think like scientists through water play exploration activities. Promote scientific inquiry, build big ideas, promote reasoning and higher order thinking, and gain new ideas for setting up your environment. Great ideas for ECERS and CLASS observations.

5. Shiela Zickafoose 

WV Statewide ICC Instructor

Come Learn with us! Introduction to the Revised WV Core Knowledge & Competencies for ECE Professionals - (1.5 hours)

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6. Charles Kemp

Portsmouth OHIO City Schools Supervisor of Special Education 

Supporting Social- Emotional Competence, Friendship, and Play in Young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
This session discusses the importance of building social- emotional competencies in young children and the difficulties of such competency in students with Autism. Screening and Assessment tools will be introduced. The connection to Ohio’s Early Learning and development standards presented. Strategies to address social- emotional competence in young children are presented.