B Workshops

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.


B1. Reflecting on How We Speak To and About Children: It Matters –Words have an impact on the way we receive a communication from our earliest years and throughout our life. Adults, who care for children send multiple messages to children through their tone, affect, and the choice of words. Children feel valued or disrespected by subtle differences that are conscious or unconscious. Participants will examine their communication history, style and tendencies and reflect on the impact of their communications.

Target Audience: Early Childhood Administrators, Early Intervention Provider, Preschool Special Education Provider

Strand:

Presenter:  Ann Marie Davidson and Diane Gozemba, EASTCONN


B2. Intentional Teaching of Personal and Social Skills in the Early Childhood Classroom – This workshop will share resources, ideas and activities that support and promote personal and social development in the preschool classroom. Topics will include intentional teaching of personal and social skills, classroom setup and lesson plan ideas, a review of books that focus on social development and a hands-on activity.

Target Audience: Parents, Parenting Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers,

Strand: Equity and Bias in Early Childhood Education

Presenter: Tressa Giordano and Laura Eldredge, The SEEDS Network, LLC


B3. Learn Basic Restorative Practices – This workshop aims to teach educators restorative practices approaches to everyday conflicts and challenges.

Participants will learn how to facilitate restorative circles. Circles are critical for building social awareness, resolving social problems, and responding to conflict. Restorative circles are designed to set high expectations while being supportive.

  • You will practice how to present direct feedback and how to ask questions that foster accountability.
  • You will also learn the most effective methods to resolve frequent conflicts.

Our goal is to prepare educators to return to an afterschool setting and run your first circle!

Target Audience: Parents, After School Professionals,

Strand: SEL and the Connection to Equity and Bias

Presenter: Tiana Brown, Norwalk Housing Authority


B4. Family Literacy: Sparking the Love of Learning in Each Generation – Workshop participants will learn tips and strategies on how to teach parents and caregivers the importance of reading to their children or grandchildren. Read-aloud strategies will be explored; participants will learn how connecting personal and family experiences to literature can increase literacy skills as well as a deeper understanding of equity and bias, and empathy and other social-emotional skills; suggested activities, book titles, and handouts will be provided to participants to aid in their family literacy work.

Target Audience: Parents, Parenting Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Elementary Teachers

Strand: SEL and the Connection to Equity and Bias, Family Engagement: Addressing Equity and Bias through an SEL Lens, Parent Education and Advocacy in Regard to Equity and Bias

Presenter: Barbara Vita, M.Ed., Connecticut After School Network


B5. Sharing Best Practices to Engage Families, New London School Readiness Council – When developing reciprocal relationships with families, one size does not fit all! What works for one family may not reach another family. When programs have a road map or plan that considers many different ways to reach different families throughout the year, they are often more successful. This session will review best practices and share strategies to engage families from New London School Readiness preschool programs and New London Public Schools. A panel of presenters will review best practices around developing reciprocal relationships with families and share strategies to: gather family input related to children’s learning and development and informal assessment; provide professional learning opportunities to encourage teachers to reflect about implicit bias; plan events as opportunities for families to engage about child development; welcome families to Kindergarten.

Target Audience: Parents, Parenting Educators, Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Early Childhood Administrators, Preschool Special Education Provider

Strand: Family Engagement: Addressing Equity and Bias Through an SEL Lens, Community Collaborations to Address Equity and Bias, Parent Education and Advocacy in Regard to Equity and Bias, Equity and Bias in Early Childhood Education, Social Justice, Equity, and Bias

Presenter: Meg Formica, LEARN; Dr. O’Connor, Connecticut College Children’s Program; Becky Adams, TVCCA Little Learners; Angela Rasmussen, New London Public Schools; Randi McCray, New London Partnership for Student Success


B6. Putting the Pieces Together: How Nutrition and Physical Activity Promote Social-Emotional Learning and Child Development  – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model highlights the need for education and public health sectors to integrate and collaborate to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. This session will explore how this framework applies to early care and education settings, cover exciting new CT research and programming, and share resources for early childhood caregivers/teachers and administrators.

Target Audience: Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Early Childhood Administrators,

Strand: SEL and the Connection to Equity and Bias, Equity and Bias in Early Childhood Education

Presenter:  Sally Mancini, MPH, UCONN Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity & Marcia Pessolano, MPH, RD, CD-N, Connecticut Department of Public Health


B7. Maternal Incarceration and the Social Emotional Development of the Parent/Child Relationship – This interactive workshop will examine maternal incarceration and the racial inequities affecting their children. It will also look at the direct influence that maternal incarceration has on their children’s health, cognitive processing and their social and emotional development, as well as affecting their long term outcomes. Additionally, from a strength based perspective this workshop will explore: How to foster attachment between the incarcerated mother/child prenatally and postnatally, learn the two R’s of healing relationships and how to promote protective factors with the family unit.

Target Audience: Parents, Parenting Educators, Elementary Teachers, Mental Health Providers, After School Professionals, Early Intervention Provider

Strand: Family Engagement: Addressing Equity and Bias through an SEL Lens

Presenter: Haley M. Scott, Ed.D, Primary Prevention Services Coordinator and Nicole Cossette, Ms, Associate Research Analyst


For a full list of our presenters and their bios, visit the Presenters page.