Understanding Happiness
Discover four aspects of happiness that are important to understand if we are to successfully promote social emotional development in children: control, worthwhileness, belonging, and meaning.

Jack Wright | Mental Health Consultant
Thursday | 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Developing Self-Regulation through Play
Growing neuroscience evidence shows self-regulation (S-R) is one of the strongest predictors of school and life success–enabling children to focus, and think flexibly and creatively. Without S-R, children have difficulty taking another’s perspective and developing social skills. We will focus on current brain research, the Vygotskian approach, and how play fosters Executive Function development.

Deborah Leong & Patricia Greenstein | Tools of the Mind
Thursday | 3:30 p.m. — 5:30 p.m. 

Cuddling, Consciousness, and Cognition
Emotional engagement—interactions and relationships—is fundamental to the formation of the person as well as a significant factor in promoting learning and development. Explore how early, meaningful, significant, and mindful interactions and relationships foster important skills for school readiness–confidence, curiosity, intentionality, self-control, relatedness, communication, and cooperation.

Keith Pentz | Kaplan Early Learning Company
Friday | 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

Viewing Family Engagement through a Relationship-Based Lens
Family and teacher relationships are an important indicator of quality care for children. Research has indicated a correlation between strong, genuine, and supportive relationships between teachers and families and the social, emotional, and cognitive well-being of children. Administrators play an important role in assuring positive relationships with families in their program are developed and valued.

Barbara Volpe | McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership
Friday | 10:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

What THEY See Is What YOU Get: Modeling positive behaviors
In this session, we will explore various means for developing positive behaviors in young children, focusing especially on how to provide models of the social and emotional skills that we want our students to demonstrate. We will discuss the use of illustrated stories as an effective strategy for reaching these goals and review current thinking and research in the field of behavior modeling.

Stuart Murphy | Author
Susan Fahey | Children’s Care and Development Center
Friday | 2:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Using Everyday Conflict to Teach Emotional and Social Skills
Learn strategies for responding to naturally-occurring interactions in the classroom and how to nurture children’s development of emotional understanding, problem solving, and self-regulation skills. Spend time unpacking and understanding the motivations for these behaviors and tools for how to approach and discuss these situations with children.

Cathleen Schaefer | Licensed Psychologist
Saturday | 8:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

I am Mad! Importance of Social and Emotional Development
Regulation and co-regulation are central to social-emotional development. Through reflective practice, uncover your personal experiences with acknowledging and interpreting emotions and grow your understanding of expectations for typical social-emotional development based on ASQ-SE. Leave with a deeper understanding of how young children communicate their emotional needs.

Martha Rodriguez & Nancy Rodriguez | Ideas Magicas
Saturday | 10:15 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.