20th Annual Smart Start Professional Development Conference Closes Out Week of the Young Child Saturday April 29

… Join your early ed friends and colleagues at Smart Start’s 20th Annual Professional Development Saturday morning April 29 at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center in downtown Winston-Salem …

Under the banner headline, “How Are the Children?” NC District Court Judge Denise Hartsfield will provide a keynote address, focusing particularly on the unique stress that poverty imposes on families and their youngest children.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., and the conference concludes with Judge Hartsfield keynote address at the 12:30 p.m. luncheon. Professional educators will earn 3.5 hours in-service credit hours for attending.

Smart Start’s Professional Development Conference closes out a week of activities and opportunities to share and learn during the upcoming 2017 NC Week of the Young Child, April 24 – 29. A sampling of the week’s activities appear in the attached graphic, and range from surprise visits with Forsyth County’s favorite children’s champion frog, Ready Freddy, to a children’s parade!

Following Judge Hartsfield keynote, participants will be able to choose from among six workshops arrayed in two four-block sets.

Dr. Donna Gwyn Wiggins                            Riding the S.T.E.A.M. Train

Preschool teachers and directors will journey through multiple ways in which musical arts can help children make connections with STEM areas in developmentally appropriate, culturally enriching, and fun ways in the early childhood setting. Activities will include singing, moving, listening, playing of instruments, and team activities that will generate multiple take-way ideas.

Deborah T. Daniels                                        Walk a Mile In My Shoes

Participants are better sensitized to different perspectives presented by students, parents, colleagues and other partners. After participating, participants learn that privilege is shaped by diverse experiences. As public servants, we must be prepared to acknowledge differences and incorporate that acknowledgement into our daily lives.

Tara J. Wallace-Boone                   Bridges Out of Poverty          

This training will focus on answering the question, “how are the children?” through understanding the definition of poverty, class and language of under resourced learners entering our schools.

Rodd Smith                                                        Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaken baby syndrome is a group of symptoms in babies or small children. They may be temporary problems, severe disabilities or death.  This training will address causes of injuries and signs of trauma.

Speech Center, Inc.

The development of communication skills begins in infancy, before the emergence of the first word. Any speech or language problem is likely to have a significant effect on the child’s social and academic skills and behavior. Learn the difference between language and speech as well as  the difference between a language delay and a language problem.

Tam Tam Mandingue

Come out and try the art of drumming.  Tam Tam Mandingue of Winston-Salem is a branch of the world’s first international school of West African drumming. We are dedicated to preserve and transmit Mandingue musical tradition as a tool to promote tolerance, understanding, equality and international peace.

Pat Minter                         Engaging Preschoolers’ Learning in Sciences: Making It Fun        

Have you been pondering how to teach the sciences in early childhood education?  What does cheerios have to do with science?  Want some new ideas for activities that you can do in your classroom? Then this is the workshop for you to attend!

The week of the young child kicked off locally in Winston-Salem / Forsyth County with DIAL-4 screenings on Saturday April 22 at SSFC’s offcies. Volunteer early educators spent the day interviewing children and answering questions about the NC Pre-K program, and ways to help prepare their children for the transition into classroom-based experiences and public schooling.

On Monday, Old Town Elementary was the scene for the first-ever, system-wide celebration of the week by the Winston-Salem / Forsyth County School System. The day was covered by journalists from EdNC.org. SSFC staff captured additional images of local City Council, School Board, private philanthropy leaders and Ready Freddy, addressing a hall full of enthusiastic elementary schoolers.

For more information about Smart Start’s 20th Annual Professional Development Conference, contact Sherri Jones at 336-714-4377 or SherriJ@SmartStart-FC.org .

For more information about the National Week of the Young Child, visit http://www.naeyc.org/woyc .