D Workshops

SATURDAY MORNING

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.  Embedding SEL into Classroom Instruction – Teachers recognize the importance of student social and emotional, skill development; however, they often feel as though they do not have time to support social and emotional learning (SEL). One approach teachers can use to support student social, emotional and academic skills is through general teaching practices. In this workshop, educators will learn about and engage with 10 teaching practices that promote SEL.

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: Nick Yoder, Ph.D., Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning


2. How to Strengthen the SEL You Are Already Doing – This workshop will explore the levels of Social and Emotional Intelligence and how to recognize them in yourself and your program. Participants will build their awareness of the SEL happening in their programs as well learn simple and easy-to-do strategies and activities for developing students’ SEL skills daily. We will self-reflect on our emotions and behaviors as educators and mindfully model social and emotional learning for students. You will learn SEL activities that support students in expressing their feelings constructively, help students increase their impulse control, and reduce bullying behaviors.

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: Tiana Brown, Norwalk Housing Authority


3. Using Technology in the Early Childhood – Classroom Even as technology tools such as smartphones and iPads are more commonplace in workplaces and homes, they are slow to be integrated into early childhood classrooms. This interactive workshop will help bridge this digital divide, discussing ways to use technology to enhance curriculum, develop lesson plans and record assessments. Teachers and administrators will explore ways to use technology to streamline some of the necessary tasks involved in their jobs. Bring your phones, tablets, and devices and be ready to share and learn from each other!

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


4.  The Role of Community-School Partnerships in Social-Emotional Learning: Building a Culture for Success – Community and school partnerships are an integral part of a pro-social approach to positive youth development. This workshop will offer practical strategies on how to bridge theoretical constructs of social emotional learning (SEL) and practical strategies of implementation to support effective systems of support. This workshop will highlight key aspects of successful partnerships including how to use Student Voice data to make decisions, create a shared language of support, and build authentic Developmental Relationships between school communities, families, and community organizations to support healthy youth development. Leave with a School-Community Partnership Roadmap and a vision for implementation for your community!

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

Presenter: Molly A. Gosline, Ed.M., M.A., Adlai E. Stevenson High School and Patricia L. Charlemagne, J.D., M.P.S., Adlai E. Stevenson High School


5.  Recognizing and Healing the Trauma of Father Absence – Children have very real experiences of traumatic loss when their Dad is absent from their life. We will examine the prevalence of this issue and its impact on a child’s development. And we will explore ways to begin a process of healing along with the soft skills necessary to make it happen.

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

Presenter: Doug Edwards, Real Dads Forever
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6. Interactive Music, Movement, and Literacy for Early Education Pre-Literacy Skills – Al deCant’s interactive workshop is fast paced and filled with tons of music, stories, and strategies that teachers, librarians, and parents can immediately use with their children. No musical expertise necessary! Teachers will learn how to use music, movement, and props to aid in early literacy, teaching, and classroom management. The workshop will explore the elements that have made books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Pete the Cat so popular with teachers and children. Participants will leave with access to songs and activities designed to teach across the curriculum.

Target Audience: Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Preschool Special Education Provider

Presenter: Al deCant “The Singing Principal,” Half MoonMusic/Music for Little Superstars


7.  Developing Trauma-Sensitive School Practice – This workshop will provide an overview of trauma-sensitive practice for programs serving children of all ages. Through discussion on research as well as model programs, participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own current school’s policies and procedures, and how they can be developed to support families challenged by adversity, crisis and trauma.

Target Audience: Early Childhood Teachers/Caregivers, Elementary Teachers, After School Professionals

Presenter: Mary Watson Avery, Connected Beginnings Training Institute


8.  Children’s Social and Emotional Skills and the IEP – An effective IEP should address each student’s social and emotional skills, as needed, to receive an appropriate education. This program will review the sections of an IEP designed to meet these needs, and what families should do to make sure the services are appropriate, and consider the rights and protections of students with disabilities in school discipline.

Target Audience: Parents, Parent Educators, Elementary Teachers, Mental Health Providers, After School Professionals

Presenter: John Flanders, Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center


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