B Workshops

FRIDAY AFTERNOON

Please remember to list a 1st and 2nd choice for each workshop block when registering, as workshop spaces are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.


1.  PANEL: From Cradle to Career: Guiding Social-Emotional Learning  – Hear from national and state experts on perspectives and research related to the current state of social-emotional learning. This 90 minute interactive discussion will include information on trends and directions with vital information to help community leaders and practitioners bring research to practice. Participants will also learn about innovative Connecticut initiatives including the Office of Early Childhood Pyramid Model implementation and the recently launched statewide coalition SEL4CT.

Target Audience: Parents, Parent Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, Mental Health Providers, After School Professionals

Panel: Lise Fox, Ph.D., University of South Florida; Nick Yoder, Ph.D., CASEL; Michelle Doucette Cunningham, Connecticut After School Network; Commissioner Beth Bye, Office of Early Childhood Caroline Austin; Parent Leader Advocate and Community Health Worker; & David Desroches, NPR – moderator


2.  Social Stories Set to Song – Social stories can help prepare children for upcoming events by demystifying what is coming. By including song, the brain can more easily store and recall the information. Specifically, for children with Autism, music-based social stories can be an effective way to teach social skills and also assist with safety. During this workshop, we will break down how to write an effective social stories and proper music-based applications.

Target Audience: Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, Mental Health Providers, After School Professionals, Early Intervention Provider, Preschool Special Education Provider

Presenter: Jona Jeffcoat, MT-BC, Infinity Music Therapy Services


3.  Showing What You Mean: Communication and Putting Visual Ideas to Paper – Most Information is given to us in a spoken or written format, but people learn best when information is presented in many modalities. Thus, it is important to develop a strategy for delivering messages in multiple modalities appropriate to the learner’s cognitive and emotional development level. Find out how drawing quick pictures can make your ideas stick immediately! This workshop gives you the tools to simplify the process so you can find success in any situation in or outside the classroom. Participate in exercises, games, and dialogue for an experience that is both fun and instructive.

Target Audience: Parents, Parent Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, Mental Health Providers, After School Professionals, Preschool Special Education Provider

Presenter: Kendra W. Houston, Studio Vivenda


 – Engage and Enhance Families’ Ability to Support Their Children’s Cognitive, Social and Emotional Development This presentation will highlight the Olive Branch Clinical and Consulting Services’ Ten Dimensions of Family, Youth and Community Engagement Framework and Model. This tool can be used to support CT’s workforce’s efforts on building family members’ and educators’ capacities to support children’s social, emotional and cognitive development. The workshop will cover the ten dimensions and demonstrate the power of weaving them together to create physically, psychologically and emotionally safe and supportive homes, schools and community environments that can support the development of children’s social and emotional skills. It will also highlight several positive outcomes of focusing on the use of best practices in engagement including the following: family, school and community connections, students’ social, emotional and academic successes, positive school culture and climate, increase in self-care practices and high staff morale.

Target Audience: Parents, Parent Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, Mental Health Providers, After School Professionals, Early Intervention Provider

Presenter: Alice Farrell, Olive Branch Clinical and Consulting Services, LLC


5. Mindfulness as Behavior Management – The age appropriate development of self-regulation skills is key to preventing and soothing an outburst in early childhood. But many children struggle with building these essential abilities, due to experiences of trauma and other factors, impacting brain development. When children exhibit behaviors that inhibit learning, it can be stressful for all involved. In this workshop, we will learn about the brain’s experience of challenging behaviors and how mindfulness practices can help teachers and children alike build essential executive function skills and prevent and deal with challenging behaviors. Participants will learn some basic mindfulness practices they can use for themselves and with their children. No prior experience needed.

Target Audience: Parents, Parent Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, Mental Health Providers, After School Professionals, Early Intervention Provider, Preschool Special Education Provider

Presenter: Peg Oliveira and Marissa Bivona, 108 Monkeys
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For a full list of our presenters and their bios, visit the Presenters page.