2017 Director’s Retreat

March 2-3, 2017

Granbury Resort Center
621 E. Pearl Street
Granbury, TX 76048

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Conference Details

Conference ScheduleConference Pricing  | Hotel Information | Session Descriptions  | Presenters | Vendor Registration

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Caroline Leaf

Dr. Caroline Leaf: Friday Keynote Speaker

“Switch on Your Wonderfully Made Brain”

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology specializing in Neuropsychology. She ministers and does conferences in churches worldwide teaching on Brain Science and how this links to the Bible. Since the early 1980‘s Dr. Leaf  has studied and researched the Mind-Brain connection.  During her years in clinical practice as a  Communication Pathologist, she developed tools and processes that help people develop and change their thinking and subsequent behavior. Dr. Leaf is the founder and co-owner in “Switch on Your Brain INTERNATIONAL” (LLC), a Texas registered LLC. She also has a weekly TV show called “Switch On Your Brain” on TBN.

Tammy Whithurst

 Tammy Whitehurst: Closing  Keynote Speaker

“Aim for Unconditional Joy! Don’t Settle for Happiness”

Tammy Whitehurst is described as authentic, passionate, funny and real. She is the founder of Joy for the Journey Women’s Ministry. After teaching 7th grade for 16 years, God placed a desire in her heart to teach women. Tammy graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She has been published in Christianity Today, Lifeway’s Home Life, Women’s World, Evangel, Just Between Us, Mature Years, and several other publications. She is co-owner of The Christian Communicator’s Conference held at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina.

 

Conference Schedule

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Session Time

Session Title

Presenter

Room

9:00-9:30 am Opening Session (Session 1)
Welcome / Get Acquainted
Mary Ann Bradberry  Lake Granbury
9:30-9:45 am Worship Through Music Julie Tuel Lake Granbury
9:45-10:45 am Wonderfully Made You Mary Ann Bradberry Lake Granbury
10:45-11:00 am Break / Visit Vendors  —  —
11:00 am-12:00 pm Break Out Sessions  —  —
  – Drama Mama Tammy Whitehurst  Brazos
  – New Directors – Just for You! Paula Hatley Lake Granbury 2
  – The Outdoor Classroom on a Shoestring Budget Dr. Eric Strickland Lake Granbury
 – Bringing Your Church into the Weekday Ministry Debbie Richardson Comanche
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch / Visit Vendors Lake Granbury
1:00-2:30 pm Session 2
Active Shooter / Threat
Sgt. Cris Brichetto Lake Granbury
2:30-2:45 pm Break / Visit Vendors
2:45-3:45 Session 3
Breakout Sessions
 – Safety: What’s the Plan? Luanne Coffee Lake Granbury 2
 – Understanding the New Assessment Tools Mary Ann Bradberry & Jerri Thompson Comanche
 – Drama Mama Tammy Whitehurst Brazos
 – Dynamic Interviewing Melissa Machemehl Lake Granbury
3:45-4:00 pm Break / Visit Vendors
4:00-5:30 pm Session 4
Roundtable Discussions / Peer Group Gatherings
 – Licensed Full Day Programs Paula Hatley & Marla Carlile Lake Granbury 2
 – Unlicensed Programs (MDO) Patricial Martell Comanche
– Licensed Preschool / Part-time Programs Sarah Waters & Melissa Dutton Brazos
5:30 pm Dinner & Evening On Your Own
Friday, March 3, 2017

Session Time

Session title

Presenter

Room

8:15-8:45 am Breakfast Lake Granbury
9:00-10:00 am Opening Session (Session 5)
Switch on the Wonderfully Made Brain
Dr. Caroline Leaf Lake Granbury
10:15-11:15 am Session 6
Break Out Sessions
 – The Outdoor Classroom on a Shoestring Budget Dr. Eric Strickland Brazos
 – How to Bring the Church into Your Weekday Ministry Debbie Richardson Comanche
 – Safety: What’s the Plan? Luanne Coffee Lake Granbury 2
 – Dynamic Interviewing Melissa Machemehl Lake Granbury
11:30-12:30 pm Closing Keynote (Session 7)
Aim for Unconditional JOY! Don’t Settle for Happiness
Tammy Whitehurst Lake Granbury
12:30-12:45 pm Wrap-Up Mary Ann Bradbury

 

Conference Pricing

 

Early Bird Rate

Regular Rate

Member Rate

$165

$190

Non-Member Rate

$190

$215

Early Bird Deadline is 2/20/2017, after this date a $25 per person late fee will be incurred.

 

Hotel Information

Hilton Garden Inn, Granbury

(817) 579-3800

Make your reservations by Friday, February 3, 2017 to secure special room price of $109

 

Session Descriptions (alphabetically by presenter)

Wonderfully Made You  
Mary Ann Bradberry

What does it mean to be “wonderfully made” when your life seems to be a bunch of loose threads, a tangled mess, or unraveling completely? This session explores Psalm 139:14 and how God weaves the threads and fabric of your life to be the wonderful person you are.

– Core Competencies for Administrators: Business and Operations Management (2.1,2,3,4)
– Licensing Standard 746.1311 (d – Management Techniques, Leadership & Staff Supervision)

Understanding the New Assessment Tools
Mary Ann Bradberry and Jerri Thompson

The early childhood assessment tools are finally ready for you! Come and get a look at the format and how you can begin to use these tools to assess the development of children in your programs. Two assessment tools will be offered: 3 months – 29 months and 2½ Years –-Kindergarten. A Scope and Sequence for each age group in the assessment is also included.

– Core Competencies for Administrators: Implementing a Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum and Environment (5.3)
– Licensing Standard 746.1309 (d.11 – Observation and Assessment)

Active Shooter / Threat
Sgt. Cris Brichetto

Being prepared for an emergency such as an active shooter is a safety priority. This session will discuss some major incidents, how to prepare for these incidents, and the lessons learned from these incidents. This session will include a Q&A so bring your questions.

– Core Competencies for Administrators: Maintaining a Healthy and Safe Environment (4.3)
– Licensing Standard 746.1309 (d.3,4 – Safety and Risk Management)

Safety: What’s the Plan?
Luanne Coffee

How do you help your teachers know how to respond quickly and calmly in an emergency? Developing a written emergency plan and reviewing it frequently helps to prepare and reduce the likelihood of poor judgments made under the stress of an actual emergency situation. This session will discuss your plan and look at simple things you can do to make your school safe in an emergency.

– Core Competencies for Administrators: Maintaining a Healthy and Safe Environment (4.3)
– Licensing Standard 746.1309 (d.3,4 – Safety and Risk Management)

New Directors – Just for You!
Paula Hatley

Do you have questions or situations you are not sure how to handle? This session will be an opportunity to ask those questions and discuss solutions. Key components of the director position also will be addressed.

– Core Competencies for Administrators: Business and Operations Management (2.1,2,3,4)
– Licensing Standard 746.1311 (d – Management Techniques, Leadership & Staff Supervision)

Switch On the Wonderfully Made Brain  –  Friday Keynote
Dr. Caroline Leaf

When we teach a child to think, we teach them how to learn. Dr. Leaf has researched the Science of thought and has proven programs that teach children to think and learn. When children learn to think deeply, they can become innovative and effective life-long learners. This translates into happy students who love learning, are able to think critically, and have purpose.

– Core Competencies for Administrators: Implementing a Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum and Environment (5.1,2,3,4)
– Licensing Standard 746.1311 (b.1 – Child Growth and Development)

Dynamic Interviewing
Melissa Machemehl

If you need interview skills to help you detect the best, weed out the worst, and stay legal in the process, then this session is for you! Interviews begin from the first email or phone call communication. Do you know what to look for and how to read between the lines? This session will include interview questions, information on what you can and cannot ask, and ideas for enhancing your recruiting process.

– Core Competencies for Administrators: Human Resource Leadership and Development (3.4)
– Licensing Standard 746.1311 (d,e – Management Techniques, Leadership & Staff Supervision)

Bringing Your Church into the Weekday Ministry
Debbie Richardson

Is it “weekday program” vs.” church” and “mine” vs. “theirs” in your program? This informative session on bringing your church into your Weekday Program will explore how weekday and church can work together toward the common goal of teaching children biblical truths.

– Core Competencies for Administrators: Instituting Family and Community-Centered Programming
– Licensing Standard 746.1311 (d,e – Management Techniques, Leadership & Staff Supervision)

The Outdoor Classroom on a Shoestring Budget
Dr. Eric Strickland

Knowledgeable early childhood educators have always known that children need time outside. The word kindergarten even means “child’s garden”. Creating a good out door classroom does not have to be as complicated as you might think. This session will share ideas on simple things than can be done to make your play area a more nature-based experience for children.

– Core Competencies for Administrators: Human Resource and Leadership Development (3.3)
– Licensing Standard 746.1311 (b.3 – Age-appropriate Curriculum and Environment (5.4,5)

Drama Mama
Tammy Whitehurst

What do you need to let go of in order to run the race of life with endurance? Do you think you can handle everything, control situations, and even control people? Come learn how you can have joy in the midst of the drama that surrounds us.

– Core Competencies for Administrators: Human Resource and Leadership Development (3.1)
– Licensing Standard 746.1309 (d.7 – Professional Development)

Aim for Unconditional JOY! Don’t Settle for Happiness  (Closing Keynote)
Tammy Whitehurst

Joy is not dependent upon the possessions, success, people, or the stuff we accumulate God says that joy is found when we trust that He is in control and working to use the storms of life for His glory. God is good even when life is sometimes bad.

– Core Competencies for Administrators: Human Resource and Leadership Development (3.1)
– Licensing Standard 746.1309 (d.7 – Professional Development)

 

Presenters

Mary Ann Bradberry

Mary Ann is the Executive Director of Texas Baptist Church Weekday Education Association (TBCWE). Before assuming this position, Mary Ann served as an Editor-in-Chief in the Childhood Ministry Publishing department at LifeWay Christian Resources. She also has served on church staff in churches in Texas and Oklahoma where her responsibilities involved the supervision of weekday ministries. Mary Ann earned her M.Ed. from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Mary Ann also serves on the Board of Directors for My Healing Place in Austin, Texas.
(Trainer Criteria (a.5) of Minimum Standard 746.1317)

Cris Brichetto

Cris is a Sergeant with the Granbury Police Department in Granbury, Texas who has served in law enforcement for 15 years. Sgt. Brichetto holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Tarleton State University and holds a Master Level TCLEOSE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education) Certification. His other specialty certifications include Instructor Proficiency, Advanced SWAT, and Advanced Hostage Rescue. Sgt. Brichetto also is a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.
(Trainer Criteria (a.5) of Minimum Standard 746.1317)

Luanne Coffee

Luanne is the Director of In His Steps Preschool & Mother’s Day Out Program at Shadycrest Baptist Church in Pearland, TX. Prior to going to Shadycrest, she taught preschool for the city of Pearland and was the Director at Baptist Kindergarten Schools of Pearland. Luanne studied Elementary Education at Louisiana College and the University of Houston at Clear Lake.
(Trainer Criteria (a.7) of Minimum Standard 746.1317)

Paula Hatley

Paula has 25 years experience in Weekday Education Ministry. She has served as a teacher, Resource Room Coordinator, and Director. Since retiring from First Baptist Church, Burleson, Paula spends her time training and encouraging other directors and teachers. She is a Registered Trainer with Texas Trainer Registry (#2424)
(Trainer Criteria (a.1) of Minimum Standard 746.1317)

Dr. Caroline Leaf

Dr. Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology specializing in Neuropsychology. She ministers and does conferences in churches worldwide teaching on Brain Science and how this links to the Bible. Since the early 1980‘s she has studied and researched the Mind-Brain connection.  During her years in clinical practice as a Communication Pathologist, she developed tools and processes that help people develop and change their thinking and subsequent behavior. Caroline is the founder and co-owner in “Switch on Your Brain INTERNATIONAL” (LLC), a Texas registered LLC. She also has a weekly TV show called “Switch On Your Brain” on TBN.
(Trainer Criteria (a.5) of Minimum Standard 746.1317)

Melissa Machemehl

Melissa is the Director of Human Resources at Northwest Bible Church in Dallas, Texas. She has 12 years of experience in all aspects of HR, and is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Dallas HR, Texas Large Church Forum, and the Church Network. Melissa received her education in Business Administration from Midwestern State University and University of North Texas.
(Trainer Criteria (a.5) of Minimum Standard 746.1317)

Debbie Richardson

Debbie serves as the Children’s Minister at ParkwayHills Baptist Church in Plano, Texas where she oversees birth-fifth grade and supervises the Weekday Education Program. Debbie has also been a fourth grade-reading teacher in the Celina ISD. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Debbie also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for TBCWEA.
(Trainer Criteria (a.5) of Minimum Standard 746.1317)

Dr. Eric Strickland

Eric has served as a Head Start teacher, early childhood center director, university lab school head teacher and a university professor during his 22-year teaching career. He has been the owner of a childcare center and worked with several national childcare chains to help them improve their playgrounds. In addition, he founded Grounds for Play, a full-service playground development company. He has authored numerous articles and served as a columnist and feature author for Early Years magazine. Dr. Strickland currently provides playground consulting, certified inspections, and staff development sessions.
(Trainer Criteria (a.5) of Minimum Standard 746.1317)

Jerri Thompson

With more than 30 years experience in early childhood, Jerri brings practical knowledge into all of her trainings. She received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Houston and a Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education from the University of Phoenix. Currently, Jerri is the Director at St. George’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. Jerri also has been an adjunct instructor with Houston Community College.
(Trainer Criteria (a.5) of Minimum Standard 746.1317)

Tammy Whitehurst

Tammy Whitehurst is described as authentic, passionate, funny and real. She is the founder of Joy for the Journey Women’s Ministry. After teaching 7th grade for 16 years, God placed a desire in her heart to teach women. Tammy graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She has been published in Christianity Today, Lifeway’s Home Life, Women’s World, Evangel, Just Between Us, Mature Years, and several other publications. She is co-owner of The Christian Communicator’s Conference held at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina.
(Trainer Criteria (a.5) of Minimum Standard 746.1317)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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