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Austin Early Childhood Symposium

Austin Coming Together

Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (CDT)

Austin Early Childhood Symposium

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Maximizing Academic Growth   more info Sold Out Ended Free $0.00
Gaining a Better Understanding S.-E. Dev.   more info Sold Out Ended Free $0.00
The Power of TALK   more info Sold Out Ended Free $0.00
Unleashing the Power of Play   more info Sold Out Ended Free $0.00
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Purpose, Passion, and Partnership

Coming Together to Support the Social & Emotional Development of Austin's Young Children

Austin's First Annual Early Childhood Symposium will provide workshops, training, and other activities to equip parents, teachers, childcare professionals, policymakers, and other community leaders with the information and know-how to better support the social and emotional development of Austin's young children.



8:45-9:15     Registration and Breakfast

9:15-9:30     Welcome

9:30-10:15   Plenary Workshop

10:15-12:30  Specialized Workshops (see options below)

12:30-1:30    Lunch and Awards Ceremony

Choose ONE of the Following Workshops

"Maximizing Academic Growth with Social & Emotional Learning", 10:15 - 12:30
Facilitator: Dr. Durriyah Kemp, University of Illinois Extension

Audience: Teachers

Experience how you can successfully maximize the academic potential of your students--without a new curriculum! Learn how becoming a champion for SEL will increase students' academic performance, allow you to build a strong community of learners, and encourage healthy well-being.  This interactive workshop also will provide you with activities that can be readily utilized in your classroom.

"Gaining a Better Understanding of Social Emotional Development", 10:15 - 12:30

Facilitator: Anne Dempster, Illinois Action for Children

Audience: Teachers and Childcare Providers

In this training, we will discuss what healthy social-emotional development is for children birth to age 5 and why it is important.  We will explore tools and strategies child care providers and teachers can use to address the social-emotional needs (of children birth to age 5) in their programs and help them see how they are already supporting social-emotional development with children.


"The Power of TALK: Addressing and Engaging Young Children in Conversation" , 10:15 - 12:30

Facilitator: Colleen Whittingham, The UIC Reading Clinic

Audience: Parents and Family Childcare Providers

This workshop will address the development of language in young children, how that language can be a tool for expressing social and emotional needs, hnow parents can use talk as an example of social and emotional expression, and how talk is the most important building block of early literacy skills.  The workshop will be interactive, geared toward generating ideas and useful, practical take-aways for all participants.

"Unleashing the Power of Play" , 10:15 - 12:30

Facilitator: Chris Maxwell, Erikson Institute

Audience: Teachers and Childcare Providers

Pretend play is serious business when it comes to young children's social-emotional development and learning.  Yet, it's easy to take it for granted in our busy days as caregivers and teachers.  This workshop will highlight the specific ways that pretend play strengthens children's social and intellectual development.  We will explore specific ways that early educators can support the high quality pretend play that really matters.  Won't you come play with us?

"Advocating for Early Social-Emotional Supports: a roundtable discussion", 10:15 - 12:30

Facilitators: The Ounce of Prevention, Voices for Illinois Children, COFI

Audience: Community Leaders, Parents, Childcare Providers, and Teachers

Facilitators will present information about the importance of social emotional development during the early years, what types of programs typically support this development, and how community members can better advocate for the needs of young children and their families.

Have questions about Austin Early Childhood Symposium? Contact Austin Coming Together

When & Where

Bethel New Life, Amberg Hall
1140 N Lamon Ave
Chicago, IL 60651

Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (CDT)

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Austin Coming Together

Austin Coming Together (ACT) is a member based 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to increase the collective impact of our member organizations on education and economic development outcomes in the Austin community of Chicago.


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