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Insights & Innovations - Early Childhood Education Conference

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University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Living Learning Center

450 Schoolhouse Road

Johnstown, PA 15904

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Join ECE leaders for insights on the latest ECE teaching and administrative strategies. Earn 6 PQAS and Act 48 credits, too.

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REGISTRATION and CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST:
7:45am - 8:15am

WELCOME:
8:15am - 8:30am

DANIELSON FRAMEWORK TRAINING:
10:00am – 4:00pm

This five-hour training (with an hour for lunch) will certify PA Pre-K Counts teachers in the Danielson Framework. By the end of the training, guests will understand Act 82 from a state perspective and how it applies to Pre-Kindergarten; understand the Danielson Framework and be able to implement it with reliability; and effectively implement all aspects of the Teacher Effectiveness model in the PreK classroom. Guests must attend the entire training to receive all eligible credits. As a result, they will be unable to participate in any other conference sessions. (6 PQAS Credits, 6 Act 48 Credits)

SESSION I:
8:30am - 10:30am (Please plan to attend one session)

  • Program-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PW-PBIS) Learn the essential components of PW-PBIS using the Hexagon Tool. The workshop will also address the evidence-based framework and fidelity implementation of PW-PBIS. (2 PQAS credits, 2 Act 48 Credits)
  • Loving Spaces and Learning Spaces for Infants and Toddlers This session will examine the necessary components for high quality infant and toddler care, including the importance of attachment and relationships and the role relationships play in infant/toddler learning and development. We will also examine aspects of the ITERS and PA Early Learning Standards, and share ideas to build strong developmentally appropriate learning environments that support healthy and intentional infant and toddler development. (2 PQAS credits, 2 Act 48 credits)
  • Keys to Success: Recruiting, Onboarding and Retaining Quality Staff Child care directors will learn effective strategies for recruiting, onboarding and retaining quality child care staff. Participants will review their own systems, compare them with both best practices and the practices of the other directors and administrators attending the training. They will work together to develop a plan specific to their program for (1) enhancing recruiting efforts (2) developing a supportive onboarding structure aimed at better preparing and retaining staff and (3) increasing the retention of staff members by creating a positive work environment where employees feel valued. (2 PQAS credits, 2 Act 48 credits)

BREAK and VENDOR EXHIBITION:
10:30am - 10:45am

SESSION II:
10:45am - 12:45pm (Please plan to attend one session)

  • Preparing for a DHS Inspection Inspections conducted by the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) help child care centers meet regulatory standards for providing safe and healthy environments for children. Learn how to prepare for an inspection, what to expect during and after the visit, and and how to access resources to help ensure your site is in full compliance. (2 PQAS credits, 2 Act 48 credits)
  • Linking Early Learning and Literacy Development Before children learn to read, they need to become more aware of how the sounds in words work. Learn how an ECE provider and school district have partnered to help children build a strong phonemic foundation as they prepare for Kindergarten (2 PQAS credits, 2 Act 48 credits)
  • Planning with a Purpose Early learning professionals will discover the importance of intentional planning for individualized instruction during play and explore sample lesson plans to determine the components of a high quality lesson plan. They will then use observations and assessments to develop individualized lesson plans for children in three different age groups: Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers. (2 PQAS credits, 2 Act 48 credits)

LUNCH and VENDOR EXHIBITION:
12:45pm - 2:00pm

SESSION III:
2:00pm - 4:00pm (Please plan to attend one session)

  • Understanding Early Intervention This seminar will focus on Part C, Infant and Toddler Program of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), including Family-Centered, Routines-Based Interventions. Participants will leave with an understanding of the system, the latest research for serving infants and toddlers, and how an understanding of family-centered methodology can benefit teachers in the classroom. (2 PQAS credits, 2 Act 48 credits)
  • Learning to Lead No matter how you landed or intend to land in leadership, you have a very specific responsibility to your program, colleagues, children and families. This seminar explores and compares various leadership characteristics that influence the way others view us and how we view ourselves. It also looks at NAEYC's developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) principals and explores how they can be applied to leadership models. Finally, participants will review leadership styles, the importance of knowing your personal leadership style and the styles of others you are trying to lead, and the positive ways to influence and inspire others on your professional journey. (2 PQAS credits, 2 Act 48 credits)
  • Everything You Need to Know About STARS Spend time with these two STARS experts to learn how STARS certification can help your site become the best it cane be. They'll highlight eligibility requirements, resources to support continuous quality improvement, Rising STARS Tuition Assistance for providers and more. (2 PQAS credits, 2 Act 48 credits)

OUR SPEAKERS and PRESENTERS:

  • Angie Berzonski, Program Officer, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies
  • Missy Casses, D.Ed., CRC, Assistant Professor of Special Education, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and Adjunct Instructor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Kaylee Dayton, Group Supervisor/Preschool Teacher, The Learning Lamp
  • De Voka Gordon, Ed.D., Educational Consultant, Early Intervention Technical Assistance, PA Training and Technical Assistance Network
  • Lisa Gragg, Educational Consultant, Early Intervention Technical Assistance
  • Lori Kiser, Title I Interventionist, Westmont Hilltop School District
  • Karen Machak, Childcare Program Manager/Director of Curriculum, The Learning Lamp
  • Janine Pagano, M.S., STARS Quality Manager, Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 6
  • David Price, M.Ed., Program Specialist , PA Key,Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program
  • Terri Siverling, Implementation and Operations Coordinator, ELRC Region 6
  • Rose Snyder, Director of Member & Educational Services, PA Association for the Education of Young Children (PennAEYC)
  • Leah Spangler, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer, The Learning Lamp
  • Lisa Yeloushan, Early Learning Program Certification Representative, OCDEL
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Living Learning Center

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