2020 Texas State Conference

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Non-Members:  $220/attendee

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August 6-7, 2020,
8:50am – 4:30pm

“A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimension.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The 2020 TBCWEA State Conference was filled with fun and exciting learning experiences. We embarked on a  journey to refocus on looking at life and learning through the eyes of young children! Never before has it been so critical to be attuned to the needs of young children and their families. 

Did you miss the conference?  For the first time ever…we are planning to have a FULL conference recording available for you.  Editing is underway and recordings will be available soon!  Subscribe to our mailing list or follow us on social media for all the latest updates!

Day 1 Thursday, August 6, 2020
Session 1: Through Your Eyes as a Teacher 8:50am – 10:30am
How Do I Fix My Eyes on God

Dr. Sam Holm, Justin & Hollye Hornsby

Let’s get this conference started off right with some music and movement to get our bodies and minds ready to learn and then a word from Dr. Sam Holm about placing our focus on the One who is actually in charge.

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (f,7) Professional Development

Core Competencies: Professionalism and Ethics (9.2)

God Sees You In Your New Normal as a Teacher

Amy Carlson

Who would have anticipated the challenges that the last few months have brought? Some things are different, but your role as a teacher, and the love and care you show each child and family matters more than ever! This mother of four will challenge your perspective of your vital role in the life of these children inside and outside the classroom. In this unpredictable world, GOD SEES YOU and the impact you are making for His Kingdom!

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (f,7) Professional Development

Core Competencies: Professionalism and Ethics (9.2)

How Do I Deal with My Stress/Anxiety?

Dr. Melissa Ewing

Life can be stressful, but the events of 2020 have dramatically increased the pressure. You have a choice: you can fix your eyes on the fearful circumstances of life or you can fix your eyes on Jesus. God uniquely designed your five senses to help you focus your heart and mind on Him. Learn some practical tips to decrease stress and find peace in the Lord.

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (f,7) Professional Development

Core Competencies: Professionalism and Ethics (9.2,3)

Panel: Can I Ask for Help?

Dr. Melissa Ewing, Amy Carlson, Dr. Shelly Melia

“I just need to deal with it and keep going.” “If I ask for help, that means I’m failing/not capable/weak.” “I don’t want my boss to think I can’t do this job.”  Do you have these thoughts?  In this session, we’ll visit with some experts and clear up how, when, and why you SHOULD ask for help and how asking for help actually makes you more confident in your abilities to get the job done.

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (f,7) Professional Development

Core Competencies: Professionalism and Ethics (9.2,4)

Session 2: Supporting the Emotional Needs of Children 10:45am-12:15pm
Navigating the Emotional World of Children

David Thomas

This session will focus on understanding the emotional development of young children, the elements of emotion and how they process feelings. We will also explore temperament as a foundation for understanding emotion and our calling to be good stewards of children’s emotional and spiritual well-being. This time will end with practical ideas for furthering a child’s emotional development.

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.1,2,4) Child Growth & Development, Guidance & Discipline, Teacher-Child Interaction, (f.11) Attachment & Responsive Caregiving

Core Competencies: Responsive Interactions and Guidance (2.1,2); Supporting Skill Development (4.1)

Panel: Looking at Teacher-Child Engagement

Mary Ann Bradberry, Allison Jessee

How can you create an environment for discovery, curiosity, problem-solving, and higher-level thinking? How can we engage our students in a way that allows them to grow more curious, confident, and invested in their own learning? We will look at practical ways to engage in conversation and questioning in your preschool classroom to help children discover their sense of wonder, foster a love for learning, and begin making connections to the world around them and to the Creator who made them.

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.2,4) Guidance & Discipline, Teacher-Child Interaction, (f.10,11) Observation & Assessment, Attachment & Responsive Caregiving

Core Competencies: Responsive Interactions & Guidance (2.3,4), Observation & Assessment (5.1)

Being Purposeful: Exploring 3 Basic Concepts for Being Intentional with Kids

David Thomas

This session will focus on three basic concepts for being intentional with kids. We’ll discuss the significance of our contribution, and some foundational ingredients kids need from us. This time will also invite you to consider some important questions your kids need you to ask. You also will leave with five questions to answer on behalf of the kids you teach.

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.1,2,4) Child Growth & Development, Guidance & Discipline, Teacher-Child Interaction, (f.9,11) Planning Developmentally Appropriate Activities, Attachment & Responsive Caregiving

Core Competencies: Supporting Skill Development (4.1), Observation & Assessment (5.1)

How to Connect in a Disconnected World and Why We Have To

Kristin Mathis

As competent teachers who care, we must focus on connection. Children were made to connect – to their people, to their peers and to their world. Toxic stress and Trauma make this connection both more difficult and crucial. This session will cover some of the science, current research, and powerful tools and tips.

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.2,4) Guidance & Discipline, Teacher-Child Interaction (f.1,10,11) Care of Children with Special Needs, Observation & Assessement, Attachment & Responsive Caregiving

Core Competencies: Responsive Interactions & Guidance (2.2,4), Observation & Assessment (5.2)

Session 3: The Classroom Environment Through the Eyes of a Child 1:15pm – 2:45pm
A Look into the Classroom that Nurtures Boys

David Thomas

“Why can’t he focus? Why is he always moving?”
“He won’t talk. I can tell he’s struggling, but he won’t open up. Help!” “How can I help boys experience more success in school?”“Is this normal for a boy his age?” These are questions, declarations and some of the most common cries for help from boys. They represent the playful, puzzling, passion-filled, sometimes exhausting, fascinating and mysterious journey of raising boys. Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys helps educators understand and explore the hearts, minds and ways of boys and the vital role teachers play along the journey to manhood. This class is packed full of practical suggestions for how to teach and discipline more in tandem with the way boys are designed rather than in opposition to it. 

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.1,2,4) Child Growth & Development, Guidance & Discipline,Teacher-Child Interaction (f.9) Planning Developmentally Appropriate Activities,

Core Competencies: Child Growth & Development (1.1,2,4) Supporting Skill Development (4.1)

What Do Our Kids Need: Through the Eyes of a Dietitian and Mom

Amy Carlson

In this session,  Amy explores the importance of good nutrition for young children and breaks through common missteps when helping them learn about nutrition and to trust their own bodies.

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.1) Child Growth & Development, (f.2) Child Health

Core Competencies: Health, Safety, & Nutrition (8.4)

Panel: All Day, Every Day – Incorporating the Bible Into Classroom Routines

Melissa McKenzie, Lauren Osborne Blaschke

Is your “Bible Time” limited to Chapel or an extra group time during your week?  These two experts will share some easy, practical ways to move beyond telling a story and integrate the “Jesus-way” of living into teachable moments throughout your day every day!

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.3) Age-Appropriate Curriculum (f.9,10,11) Planning Developmentally Appropriate Activities

Core Competencies: Supporting Skill Development (4.1-9)

Yes, You Can Teach the Bible To Preschoolers

Lauren Osborne Blaschke

God’s word is alive and active! God loves speaking to adults, but sometimes we forget that He wants to speak to kids too! As teachers, we can share in the exciting relationship between the Lord and our kids by teaching them His Word. There is no need to be a theologian. You have been called and are already equipped with the creativity to do this. We just might need a nudge to tap into it!

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.3,4)Age-Appropriate Curriculum, Teacher-Child Interaction (f.9) Planning Developmentally Appropriate Activities

Core Competencies: Supporting Skill Development (4.1-9)

 

Session 4: The Need for Play and Exploration of Nature 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Play IS Learning: Encouraging Nature Play for Young Children

Beth Edwards

The benefits of nature play for a young child’s development is professionally researched and documented; however, many practitioners are hesitant about incorporating nature into their environment and curriculum.  Through inspiring photographs of children at play, participants will gain an understanding of the benefits of nature play in supporting a child’s curiosity, exploration, learning and overall development.

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.1,2) Child Growth & Development, Guidance & Discipline (f.9,10) Planning Developmentally Appropriate Activities, Observation & Assessement

Core Competencies: Child Growth & Development (1.5), Learning Environments (3.1)

Music and Movement for Calming Anxious Kids

Melissa McKenzie

When emotions are running wild and our brains (and, in turn, our bodies) are out of control, what do we do to dial everything down a notch?  A dance party, you say? Our bodies and brains are so intertwined that specific movement and rhythm with our bodies can actually calm our brains and emotions as well.  Learn some tips and tricks for using music and movement to create a calm learning environment from the inside out!

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.2,3,4) Guidance & Discipline, Age-Appropriate Curriculum, Teacher-Child Interaction (f.9,10,11) Planning Developmentally Appropriate Activities, Observation & Assessement, Attachment & Responsive Caregiving

Core Competencies: Supporting Skill Development (4.1,7,9)

Be Careful! Danger in Avoiding Risky Play

Beth Edwards

Brain and Behavior research tells us that children gain critical cognitive, physical, and even emotional skills when engaging in child-directed risk. This includes both physical risk (balancing, leaping, climbing) and social risk (inviting a new friend to play). When we prevent all risks in the name of safety. we rob children of the skills to accurately assess and navigate common situations. In this session we will identify the differences between risk and hazards, examine our role in children’s play, and develop strategies to support healthy risk.

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.1,3,4) Child Growth & Development, Age-Appropriate Curriculum, Teacher-Child Interaction (f.9) Planning Developmentally Appropriate Activities

Core Competencies: Child Growth & Development(1.1,5)

Panel: Getting Kids Outdoors and into Nature: More Critical Than Ever!

Beth Edwards, Allison Jessee

The State of Texas has proposed increased time outdoors for all age groups.  How does this benefit young kids and what should it look like?  Healthy physical, mental, emotional and social development happens organically in an outdoor environment that pulls children back into nature where their imaginations can soar and their bodies can take calculated risks. Join our discussion on how to make the most of time outdoors and why it’s important right now.

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.1) Child Growth & Development, (f.9) Planning Developmentally Appropriate Activities

Core Competencies: Supporting Skill Development(4.1-9)

Day 2 Friday, August 7, 2020
Session 1: The Learning Environment Through the Eyes of A Child 8:50am – 10:30am
God Through the Eyes of a Child

Dr. Shelly Melia, Justin & Hollye Hornsby

How do young children see and experience God and how can we support their childlike faith and natural openness to spiritual conversations? This session will focus on faith from a child’s perspective and encourage adults to return to the wonder of childlike faith.

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.1) Child Growth & Development

Core Competencies: Child Growth & Development (1.4)

Finding Space - Ideas for Classroom Design

Dr. Sandra Duncan

This presentation will give us some ideas on traveling the unexpected road of COVID-19 and physical distancing in our classrooms.  How can we create environments that allow children to play freely but allow for more distance without breaking the bank?

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.1,2,3) Child Growth & Development, (f.9,10) Planning Developmentally Appropriate Activities, Observation & Assessement

Core Competencies: Learning Environments (3.1)

Panel: Emergent Curriculum Versus Theme-related Curriculum: Can I Do Both?

Stacy Benge, Allison Jessee

So often teachers move from one center to another and desperately try to adapt what they learned at one center to their new center and become enormously overwhelmed with confusion about how to implement “the curriculum.” If truth be told, “the real curriculum” is the child. No matter what theory or method you use, it is the child who is your inspiration. It isn’t always what we plan that happens in our classrooms, but where the children take us. How can you stay flexible to bring balance and intent to your classroom?

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.1,3) Child Growth & Development, Age-Appropriate Curriculum, Teacher-Child Interaction (f.9,10) Planning Developmentally Appropriate Activities, Observation & Assessement

Core Competencies: Learning Environments (3.2)

Rolling, Spinning, Jumping and Running – Embracing Big Body Movement and Development

Stacy Benge

Children need movement to develop their bodies and brains. Uncover the progression of physical development and why it is important to embrace bending, twisting, and wiggling in our learning environments!

 

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.1,3) Child Growth & Development, Age-Appropriate Curriculum (f.2,9,10) Child Health, Planning Developmentally Appropriate Activities, Observation & Assessment

Core Competencies: Child Growth & Development (1.1), Supporting Skill Development (4.9)

Session 2: Looking Beyond the Challenging Behaviors of Children 10:45am – 12:15pm
The Pause on Labels

Lauren Osborne Blaschke

The labeling of children is running rampant through our schools and centers. Which ones are “real”? Which ones are “right”? Let’s pause. As a believer, what do we really believe? What does the Bible say about these children? Let’s take a pause to ponder His labels before we entertain any others. 

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.1) Child Growth & Development (f.1,10,11) Care of Children with Special Needs,  Observation & Assessement, Attachment & Responsive Caregiving

Core Competencies: Child Growth & Development (1.2), Observation & Assessment (5.1.2)

What Does Grief Look Like for a Child and How Does It Affect Behavior?

Dr. Shelly Melia

Young children experience grief differently than teenagers and adults.  This session will explore grief through the eyes of a young child.  Special emphasis will be given to recognizing behaviors that signal a child may be grieving.

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.1) Child Growth & Development (f.10,11) Observation & Assessement, Attachment & Responsive Caregiving

Core Competencies: Child Growth & Development (1.4)

You See a Conflict; I See An Opportunity

Jenice Dames

I’m sure all your students do everything they are told to do?  No? Believe it or not this may be very typical of young learners! We will discuss development levels and stages and what can be expected at each stage of development. I will teach you a strategy to help children solve conflict!  We will also explore ways to make your classroom engaging so each child’s learning style can be met!

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.1,2) Child Growth & Development, Guidance & Discipline

Core Competencies: Child Growth & Development (1.1), Supporting Skill Development (4.1,2)

Keys to Self Regulation

Kristin Mathis

Developing self-regulatory skills is debatably the most important task of childhood.  Preschoolers are still primarily in the stage of co-regulation who need superhero teachers to guide them. This session will help you see your own superpowers and learn how Active Inhibition practice can help fight against dysregulation (and the behaviors that come with it) in your classroom. 

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.1,2,4) Child Growth & Development, Guidance & Discipline, Teacher-Child Interaction, (f.11) Attachment & Responsive Caregiving

Core Competencies: Responsive Interactions & Guidance (2.2), Supporting Skills Development (4.1)

Session 3: Staying Connected with Families 1:15pm – 2:45pm
We Are All Connected: Community Through the Eyes of a Child

Dr. Sandra Duncan

Early childhood classrooms should reinforce and enhance young children’s sense of belonging and connection to their environment, each other, their families, and their community. This presentation invites educators to support and encourage these connections and offers inspiring examples and images that describe how to weave elements of connectedness which vividly reflect children, families, and community. 

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.1) Child Growth & Development (f.6,7) Cultural Diversity, Professional Development

Core Competencies: Learning Environments (3.1) Families & Community Relationships (7.3)

Honoring Cultural Diversity In Our Families

Albert Wright

How can we build relationships with families who look, sound and act different than us?  Children benefit when we can truly partner with their parents! In this session, you’ll learn some practical tips for approaching diversity with cultural humility in order to build stronger relationships with the families you serve.

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (f.6,7) Cultural Diversity, Professional Development

Core Competencies: Diversity & Dual Language Learners (6.1), Families & Community Relationships (7.1)

Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors: Building Resilience, Empathy and Healthy Identity Through our Choice of Picture Books

Allison Jessee

Dr. Rudine Bishop once described books as the “windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors” in a children’s world. They not only offer our students a way to understand and process their own worlds, but allow them to visualize and step into the lives and worlds of others. This session will focus on how we can use our classroom to foster empathy, resilience, healthy identity, and community by intentionally introducing new books into our curriculum. You will be introduced to many great books as well as discuss how we can use these books to create conversation and activities to reinforce concepts critical to our classroom communities and our children’s well-being.

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.1,2,3) Child Growth & Development, Guidance & Discipline, (f.6,9) Cultural Diversity, Planning Developmentally Appropriate Activities

Core Competencies: Responsive Interactions & Guidance (2.4), Supporting Skill Development (4.1), Diversity & Dual Language Learners (6.1)

Panel: Drive-Bys, Drive-Ins and Drive-Ups: Are They Here to Stay?

Presenters TBD

What do you do when you can’t have a large event?  We’ve seen some innovative and creative connections created this past Spring!  See how several schools created unique events that allowed for some extra special memories to be made.  They might even lead to new traditions!

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (e.3,4) Safety, Risk Management (f.7,9) Professional Development – Family Connection, Planning Developmentally Appropriate Activities

Core Competencies: Families & Community Relationships (7.2)

Session 4: Looking Forward 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Making Time for Peace In The Classroom – Seeing our Strengths

Jenice Dames

This session will focus on adult/child interactions in the classroom. The adults set the tone for all social emotional growth and the peacefulness in the environment. All children struggle from time to time regulating their emotions. There is a powerful lesson to be taught and modeled in that moment. Come learn best practices for interacting with young learners so we can all learn in a peaceful environment.

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (b.1,2,3,4) Child Growth & Development, Guidance & Discipline, Teacher-Child Interaction

Core Competencies: Responsive Interactions & Guidance (2.1,2)

Teaching with a Renewed Mindset

Stacy Benge

Now more than ever, we need to embrace and respect the whole child. Let’s enter this school year with a renewed mindset to support the needs of the children we serve through our learning environments, daily play experiences, and face to face interactions.

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (f.9) Planning Developmentally Appropriate Activities

Core Competencies: Child Growth & Development (1.1,5); Supporting Skill Development (4.9)

Panel: What’s Next? Protecting the Minds and Hearts of Young Learners

Stacy Benge, Dr. Shelly Melia, Mary Ann Bradberry

We have the ability and the responsibility to set the foundation of healthy emotional development. Research indicates that emotionally strong children are able to learn and retain new knowledge faster and at deeper levels. Learn what you can do to protect and nurture the minds and hearts of young learners.

Licensing Standard 746.1309 (f.7) Professional Development (Parent Connection)

Core Competencies: Families & Community Relationships (7.3,4)

Honoring a Legacy

Dr. Shelly Melia, Diane Lane

In this session, we’ll take a look at the impact that one person has had on faith-based early childhood education.  Her clear vision and unwavering resolve to fulfill her calling have created a lasting legacy. Join us as we make much of what God has done and commit to continuing the work we’ve been called to.

Licensing Standard 746.1309 ( (f.7) Professional Development

Core Competencies: Professionalism and Ethics (9.2)

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