Human Resources and Payroll

Child Development Center

 

Professional Development and Workshops

 

                                      

 

Professional Development Day!

 

WHEN

April 21, 2018

8:00am – 4:00pm

 

LOCATION

The George Johnson Center - #30 on the Campus Map

George Mason University

Fairfax Campus

 

Directions to the Campus:

http://www.gmu.edu/resources/welcome/Directions/Directions-to-Fairfax.html

 

Campus Map:

http://www.gmu.edu/resources/welcome/FairfaxMap17_Parking.pdf

 

UPDATES

George Mason University Workshops in Early Childhood Education

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CANCELLATIONS

A message will be posted on the George Mason University Workshops in Early Childhood Education Facebook page if the workshops are cancelled due to an emergency situation or inclement weather.

 

All registrations will be processed electronically online. All confirmations will be sent via email thorough our online registration link.

 

PROBLEMS? QUESTIONS?

Michelle “Chelly” Manalastas, Program Coordinator - mmanalas@gmu.edu

 

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Details

 

All workshops are two hours. There are three sessions. The registration fee includes all sessions. Pre-registration only. Registration fees are not refundable. If we cancel for any reason, including weather, you will be given a credit valid for the next PDD.

 

Registration fees: $75 per attendee

Group Discount: 10% off per person for groups of five and more. Use code: GROUP5

Free Parking: LOT K off of Roanoke River Road

Paid Parking: Mason Pond Deck (#41 on Campus Map) $8 for the day

 

George Mason University is committed to providing equal access to all its citizens and activities. In compliance with applicable law, reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.

 

For more information email Michelle “Chelly” Manalastas mmanalas@gmu.edu

 

Information phone lines: 703-9934060

 

Schedule:

8:00am - 8:30am                      Welcome! GEORGE is open for beverage service, help desk and vendors

8:30am - 10:30am                    Session One

10:45am - 12:45pm                 Session Two

12:45pm - 1:45pm                    Lunch on your own – Vendors are open at GEORGE

2:00pm - 4:00pm                      Session Three

4:00pm – 4:30pm                     Last chance to check out Vendors at GEORGE

 

No check-in necessary! A helpdesk will be available, but confirmations will be sent via email. Please be sure your information is accurate on your registration form and you have your info with you on the day of the event.

 

If you do not have confirmation by April 16, 2018, please call to verify that we received your registration. Please print and bring your registrations so you know where your workshops are located.

 

Beverage service only will be provided between the hours of 8:00- 9:00am at the GEORGE.

 

Lunch may be brought from home or purchased in the Johnson center food court.

 

The lunch break is from 12:45 – 2:00pm. Plenty of seating areas are available.

 

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SESSION ONE:         8:30am -10:30am

 

Each workshop has a maximum capacity of 50 participants. Registration is first come first serve.

 

Cabinets of Curiosities: Bringing Museums into the Classroom

 

Look at play-based, child centered learning in a new way…through the lens of a museum! Take the object-centered focus of museum learning and let it work for you in your classroom. Rethink your classroom and community resources and reenergize yourself and your teaching.

 

Presented By: Sarah Erdman, Cabinet of Curiosities LLC                                                

Location: Room A, Johnson Center, Third Floor

 

What’s Diverse in Children’s Picture Books?

 

Children like seeing images of themselves in books. It helps them develop positive self-esteem and pride in their family background. It is also beneficial for children to learn about other people that may or may not look like them. This presentation will highlight recently published diverse children’s picture books and ways you can read them to children ages 2-5. This interactive workshop will also highlight literacy elements and show how to use supplemental materials for enrichment.

 

Presented By: Renee Edwards and Rachel Kelly, Early Literacy Services Fairfax County Public Library

Location: Room B, Johnson Center, Third Floor

 

Listening and the Developing Brain: What Cyborg Hearing Can Teach Us

 

Listening and literacy development are critical skills to develop during the preschool years. Using research on hearing loss and cochlear implants, you will learn how the auditory system functions and what happens when it breaks down. Explore brain development, learn how the brain hears and how it connects to literacy, and what you can do to help all children maximize their listening abilities.

 

Presented By: Karenna Rowenhorst MA, CCC-SLP, Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist                                                 

Location: Room D, Johnson Center, Third Floor

 

Using Developmental Screening to Guide Your Curriculum Planning

 

Learn how a developmental screening tool can help guide your curriculum planning for individual infants and toddlers in your care.  You will become familiar with Ages and Stages Questionnaire, 3rd edition (ASQ-3) screening tool and Beautiful Beginnings: A Developmental Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers.

 

Presented By: Julia Renee and Petra Harris, Fairfax County Office for Children                                                           

Location: Room E, Johnson Center, Third Floor

 

Cultivating School Readiness: Developing Self-Regulation and Executive Functioning through Intentional Play in Preparation for School Readiness

 

Learn about the concepts of self-regulation and executive functioning. Discover the necessity of developing self-regulation and executive functioning skills in early childhood as grounding for school readiness. Build a toolkit of ideas to develop and practice self-regulation and executive functioning through intentional play in early childhood settings.

 

Presented By: Gauri Shirali-Deo, The Source for Learning

Location: Room F, Johnson Center, Third Floor

 

Making Math Memorable:  Incorporating Multimodal Math Activities and Lessons Daily

 

Making Math Memorable is an opportunity to learn and gain ideas for making math relevant to everyday life and interactive for preschoolers.  Children learn best when they are experiencing and engaging in hands-on exploration and inquiry-based learning.  We will talk about math concepts to focus on to prepare students for kindergarten and how they can be incorporated cross-curricularly every day and during math time.  Participants will leave Making Math Memorable filled with ideas and experiences to take back to their students to get their students excited about math and seeing math all around them.

 

Presented By: Samantha Kagan, Westminster School

Location: Room G, Johnson Center, Third Floor

 

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SESSION TWO:        10:45am -12:45pm

 

Each workshop has a maximum capacity of 50 participants. Registration is first come first serve.

 

An Innovative Approach to Developing an Early Childhood Program Quality Improvement Budget by Engaging With Community Partners

 

Explore ways to reduce program costs and consider community partnerships as potential solutions for raising the level of quality within your own program.  Analyze data from a mock budget, a quality improvement plan, and case studies to determine an action plan.  Calculate the cost of quality improvement project implementation to meet specific NAEYC Accreditation or Virginia Quality Standards requirements.

 

Presented By: Kamna Seth, Carrie Scruggs & MaryEllen Lyles, The Source for Learning                       

Location: Room A, Johnson Center, Third Floor

 

Yoga for Infants & Toddlers: Nurturing Growth, Development, and Well-Being

 

Through dialog and experiential practice, attendees will learn sequences including developmentally appropriate movements, songs, and pacing techniques. Sequences shared will include those proven beneficial for digestion and colic, transition to restful sleep, playtime, and more. Each participant will receive an illustrated packet of helpful materials, continuing education suggestions, and a list of additional resources in a digital format following the workshop. ***Participants should bring a baby-size doll or stuffed animal with soft, moveable limbs for experiential practice.

 

Presented By: Jennifer Mueller, Child Light Yoga

Location: Room B, Johnson Center, Third Floor

 

Project Based Learning

 

The participants will discover the key elements of project based learning, as well as review and discuss examples of lessons that are project based learning and lessons that are not PBL.  They will create questions that can drive their own PBL in their classrooms.  They will design a project based learning lesson format.

 

Presented By: Marcy Hemminger, Primarily Kids

Location: Room D, Johnson Center, Third Floor

 

Using Developmental Screening to Guide Your Curriculum Planning

 

Learn how a developmental screening tool can help guide your curriculum planning for individual infants and toddlers in your care.  You will become familiar with Ages and Stages Questionnaire, 3rd edition (ASQ-3) screening tool and Beautiful Beginnings: A Developmental Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers.

 

Presented By: Julia Renee and Petra Harris, Fairfax County Office for Children

Location: Room E, Johnson Center, Third Floor

 

Preschool Expulsion – How to Turn around the Trends and Keep Young Boys in School

 

This workshop addresses the rise in preschool expulsions and why the largest population of children being expelled are young boys. Discussion will center on the learning styles and needs of boys, and some strategies and resources for working with staff and families to avoid expelling young children.

 

Presented By: Ginny Holloway, M. Ed. and Shelley Keith, M.Ed., Northern Virginia Community College

Location: Room F, Johnson Center, Third Floor

 

Exploring the Lives of Military Families Raising Children on the Autism Spectrum

 

After an overview of autism spectrum disorder, participants will hear personal narratives of military families raising children on the autism spectrum. Participants will learn about the culture of military like and strategies for engaging children with autism in preschool settings.

 

Presented By: Carla Mowen and Leslie La Croix, George Mason University College of Education

Location: Room G, Johnson Center, Third Floor

 

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SESSION THREE:             2:00pm - 4:00pm

 

Each workshop has a maximum capacity of 50 participants. Registration is first come first serve.

 

All Their World’s a Stage! Engaging Children with Drama and Pretend Play

 

This session will cover, briefly, the research on children’s engagement in pretend play and their social and emotional skills. Attendees will then get to try a few short drama games that are appropriate to use and play with preschool children. Finally, attendees with learn how these games are connected to social skills and how to guide children through these games during regular schools days.

 

Presented By: Thalia R. Goldstein, George Mason University College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Room A, Johnson Center, Third Floor

 

Educating the Whole Child Through Yoga and Mindfulness Education

 

In this playful, interactive workshop, preschool educators will learn about how yoga-based movement, breathing and play support the social, emotional and physical development and learning-readiness of children ages 2-5 years.  Through dialog and experiential learning, attendees will learn useful sequences and a variety of beneficial activities such as simple, calming breathing techniques, playful, age-appropriate yoga postures, song & movement games, and relaxation techniques for preschoolers.  Each participant will receive an illustrated packet of helpful materials, continuing education suggestions and a list of helpful resources.

 

Presented By: Jennifer Mueller, Child Light Yoga                            

Location: Room B, Johnson Center, Third Floor

 

Share, Care, and Play Fair: Using Drama to Enhance Children’s Social-Emotional Development

 

Explore children’s literature to find the messages so important to a child’s social and emotional growth. In this interactive workshop, learn drama strategies that promote the social skills of empathy, respect, self-control, kindness, cooperation, problem solving, and self-confidence in our youngest learners. By examining literature through a new lens, this workshop will build the foundation for shaping children’s hearts and minds through the arts.

 

Presented By: Katherine Lyons, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning                        

Location: Room D, Johnson Center, Third Floor

 

Screen Time Decisions

 

This workshop covers the recommendations given by the AAP and Zero to Three for children’s screen time by age. We will discuss the differences between active v. passive screen time v. when screens are on as background media. We will discuss a bit of the research on screen time’s impact on attention span, impulsivity, childhood obesity, aggression and decreased motor skills. We will also cover suggestions for increasing the quality of screen time and how to best use technology in the classroom.

 

Presented By: Rene Hackney, PhD.   , Parenting Playgroups

Location: Room E, Johnson Center, Third Floor

 

Preschool Expulsion – How to Turn around the Trends and Keep Young Boys in School

 

This workshop addresses the rise in preschool expulsions and why the largest population of children being expelled are young boys. Discussion will center on the learning styles and needs of boys, and some strategies and resources for working with staff and families to avoid expelling young children.

 

Presented By: Ginny Holloway, M. Ed. and Shelley Keith, M.Ed., Northern Virginia Community College           

Location: Room F, Johnson Center, Third Floor

 

Mindfulness Matters: Tips and Techniques to Transform Your Early Childhood Classroom

 

Sit. Be still, now breathe. When is the last time you gifted yourself with a moment of peace and quiet? In today’s fast-paced and technologically-driven world, how do we convince ourselves and our children to slow down? In “Mindfulness Matters: Tips and Techniques to Transform Your Everyday Experience,” teachers and caretakers will be introduced to the basic tenets of mindfulness, and will walk away with a tool-bag of mindfulness techniques that are simple, effective, and easy to implement. The focus of this course is to offer effective methods for educators to apply mindfulness in their own daily lives and the lives of their colleagues and their students. Do you agree that happy teachers make happy students? Come find out why.

 

Presented By: Jori Sapper, Westminster School            

Location: Room G, Johnson Center, Third Floor

 

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