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The Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy

990 Morgan Boulevard

Camden, NJ 08104

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Pamela Brillante, Ed.D.

Pam Brillante, EdD, has spent 30 years working as a special education teacher, administrator, consultant, and professor. In addition to her full-time faculty position in the Department of Special Education and Professional Counseling at William Paterson University, Dr. Brillante continues to consult with school districts and present to teachers and families on the topic of high-quality, inclusive early childhood practices. Pamela’s new book titled, The Essentials: Supporting Children with Disabilities in the Classroom”. This book is filled with practical information that will help educators who work with children ages birth through 8 teach children with disabilities alongside their peers.

A. Literacy on the Playground Cynthia Kreilick, President of Morning Circle Media

Visit Philadelphia’s Smith Playground and coast down one of the best slides in town! We’ll read Slide! in Spanish and English and do activities related to gravity and friction. We’ll also create early literacy activities to build phonological awareness and fine motor control. This workshop is for staff who work with children ages 2-6.

B. The Paraprofessional's Guide to Using the Second Step Curriculum Perenda Isom-Satterfield, PIRT CCSD

This session will include discussions on how to successfully teach and reinforce lesson skills, strategies, and techniques for obtaining positive social-emotional behaviors in students by using the Second Step Curriculum.

C. Elevating Phonics: Intentional Planning of Message Time Plus (MTP) Ronica Hudson, Reading Interventionist CCSD

This session will focus on designing daily messages that appeal to all learners and target specific phonics instruction. Participants will gain additional strategies to explicitly teach phonics through a daily message. The daily message approach targets skills needed for the whole group as well as scaffolding opportunities for individual learners. There will be opportunities for participants to write daily messages targeting a variety of phonics instruction techniques.

D. Advanced Learners Have Special Needs Too! Medinah Dyer, Donielle Wesley-Wallace, CCSD EPS & PIRT

Session attendees will learn how to identify characteristics of advanced learners and ways to support their unique learning needs using a project-based approach to learning.

E. Building a Culture of Attendance Rosita Vargas-Corbin, Tracy Olivera-Lynch, Social Workers,CCSD

Participants will discuss barriers and myths that lead to chronic absenteeism and the impact on student achievement. Staff will leave this session with strategies and tips on how to communicate with parents the importance of coming to school daily and on time.

F. Reimagining Parental Engagement Tanya Gillespie-Lambert, C.P.I.S. CCSD

In this workshop, participants will learn ways to effectively engage parents in their child’s educational experience using old and new strategies and techniques that draw parents into the classroom.

G. Eating Time is Social Time– Creating a Positive Meal Time Experience Leslie Showell, CCSD

“Full Socialization is Key” - Come armed with your best hints and tips for a lively discussion on how to encourage developmentally appropriate meal time experiences for students. We will also discuss how to use the morning arrival routine to enhance positive social interactions between teachers and students starting with day one and continuing throughout the school year.

H. Active Learning in the Classroom Janet Cruz and Maritza Lopez, Rutgers– ELRA

Looking for new ways to ignite active learning in your classroom? Join us in this session as we facilitate conversations about how intentionally selecting a variety of materials and strategies leads to active engagement in students in developmentally appropriate activities. We will provide hands-on activities and handouts that can used with your students in September.

I. Building Positive Interactions Stacey Wing and Patricia DeRiggs, Acelero Learning Inc.

This session will focus on building interactions that increase young children’s social and emotional development during whole group.

J. Improving Outcomes in an Inclusive Classroom Pamela Brillante, William Patterson Univ.

Educating students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment is important, but making sure these same children are making progress towards the general education curriculum and standards is essential. This session will review the components of high quality individualized Education Programs (IEP) and how to embed the specially designed instruction within the routines and activities of the general education day.

K . Effective Supports for English Language Learners in Preschool and Kindergarten Erika Okafor, Billingual Department, CCSD

This session will provide attendees with strategies and instructional resources to support the English Language Learners in their classrooms. Attendees will be provided a brief overview of the state requirements as they pertain to instruction for ELL’s in general education preschool and kindergarten classes. In addition, attendees will gain an understanding of the stages of language acquisition, and explore specific strategies that focus on the four domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing to develop the academic language across content areas.

L. The Low Cost Way to Maximize the Learning! Leslie Silk Eslinger Education and Product Specialist Beckers

Learn to engage student's interest, promote higher order thinking and develop problem solving skills with everyday materials and activities. Come prepared to play and explore ways to extend the learning with new facilitation strategies. Leave the session with a tool box filled with ideas to start using right away!

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