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Wednesday, April 6
 

8:00am

Training-of-Trainers: First Tooth – Oral Health Practices for Early Childhood Programs
Limited Capacity full

This training-of-trainers will prepare staff with accurate oral health knowledge and adult teaching strategies for teaching the First Tooth curriculum. First Tooth teaches staff to work effectively with children and parents on recommended tooth brushing and oral care, including strategies for prevention and intervention of early childhood caries.

At the end of this session, participants will:
  • use adult learning strategies to accurately facilitate a segment of First Tooth as a demonstration of your preparedness to train staff in the First Tooth curriculum.
  • use an understanding of the prevention and treatment of early childhood caries, along with adult learning facilitation and teaching strategies, to train staff to meet the outcomes of the First Tooth curriculum.

You must approved by the Oregon center for Career Development (OCCD) as a community trainer in order to attend this session. 
Click here to access the application packet to become an approved community trainer (http://www.pdx.edu/occd/sites/www.pdx.edu.occd/files/Community%20Trainer%20Application%20Packet.pdf).

You must register in Sched (by clicking the circle above) by March 18 in order to attend this session.
 There are notebooks that are given out, so we need to know the attendance count early. Attendance at this session is free.

Speakers
BM

Beatriz Marron

Family Health Specialist, OCDC


Wednesday April 6, 2016 8:00am - 12:00pm
Board Room

9:00am

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Head Start Training
You do not need to register to attend the entire conference to attend this session. Attendance at this session requires separate registration with ODE CNP (see attached). 

Registration ends on March 22, 2016

ODE CNP will be presenting on 4 main topics:

  1. SFSP Outreach
  2. Administrative Reviews
  3. Multi-Site Sponsor Requirements
  4. Special Dietary Needs: Allergies

 

This training will not take the place of required annual training for CACFP, but will be an optional training.


Speakers

Wednesday April 6, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm
Juniper 1

9:00am

Education Cluster
For those who can't make it in person there will be a conference call option.
Call in number: 1-866-434-5269
Participant code: 301587

Moderators
DG

Debbie Gary

Director, Schneider Children's Center

Wednesday April 6, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm
Golden Eagle A

11:00am

Registration
Drinks Provided - Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate

Wednesday April 6, 2016 11:00am - 1:00pm
Foyer

1:00pm

Welcome
Join us for a quick orientation to the Specialist Conference. You will also be introduced to the Track Coordinators. The Track Coordinators have been hard at work since last year's conference planning for this week. They are your points of contact during the Conference for any questions.

Speakers
avatar for Tristin Mock

Tristin Mock

Executive Director, Oregon Head Start Association
Dr Tristin Mock has been the Executive Director of OHSA since October 2013. Before becoming the ED she served on the OHSA Board as the Secretary having been elected to a staff at large position. Tristin worked for Mid-Columbia Children's Council for three years as their Heath, Safety, and Nutrition Manager. Tristin enjoys giving back to the community. She has served as both an Americorps and VISTA volunteer. Dr Mock had a private naturopathic... Read More →

Track Coordinators
DG

Debbie Gary

Director, Schneider Children's Center
ES

Erica Salas-Umana

Health and Nutrition Manager, MHCC Head Start
avatar for Liz Kyle

Liz Kyle

HR Director, Clackamas Children's Comm
SK

Silvia Kahn

Diversity Services Coordinator/Family Advocate, NeighborImpact Head Start
avatar for Teresa Brinsfield

Teresa Brinsfield

Transportation Manager, Clackamas County Children\'s Commission
Hello, my name is Teresa. I have been in the transportation Industry for 25 years. I had in the past was a school bus driver for k-12 for a public schools. Have been employed with Clackamas County Children's Commission Head Start for 15 years and currently the Transportation Manager I have great Drivers/Staff on my team. Safety is always their priority and they enjoy their positions as driver's/aides in the classrooms. I am proud to have such... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Barrows

Wendy Barrows

Program Manager, Early Head Start, MidWillamette Valley Community Action Head Start


Wednesday April 6, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Golden Eagle Ballroom

1:30pm

3:00pm

Break
Snacks Provided - Asst Whole Fruit & Tangy Lemon Bars

Wednesday April 6, 2016 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Foyer

3:15pm

Executive Function and Social Emotional Development: Understanding the relationship
This session will provide families and professionals with activities and strategies that support components of Executive Function (EF) that relate to Social and Emotional development for children, birth to three, with diverse abilities. We will provide information on how components can be identified and strategies for teaching young children in across? environments. Participants will learn how to integrate key components of EF into everyday routines and activities.

At the end of this session:
  • Participants will examine, practice and select strategies to strengthen EF skills (self-regulation, working memory, inhibit/emotional control, shifting, planning and organizing) that impact child’s social and emotional development.
  • Participants will have an understanding of EF and how it impacts a child’s social and emotional developmental trajectory based on research.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Serra Acar

Dr. Serra Acar

Project Coordinator, The Research Institute at Western Oregon University
avatar for Patricia Blasco

Patricia Blasco

Associate Fellow/ Associate Professor, Western Oregon University and Oregon Health Sciences University
Patti is a Senior Fellow at Western Oregon University (WOU), and at TRI, works through the Center for Educator Preparation and Effectiveness (CEPE) and the Center on Early Learning. At WOU, Dr. Blasco is the Project Director for Project PEPI to infuse inclusion curricula into coursework at the community college level in the state of Oregon. She is CO-PI on Project PIECE, a five year professional development project to recruit, retain, and... Read More →
avatar for Mandy Stanley

Mandy Stanley

Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education


Wednesday April 6, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Golden Eagle A

3:15pm

Updated Employee Handbook - A Managers Best Friend
This session will share the importance of keeping Employee Handbooks updated yearly. Updated Employee Handbooks avoid inconsistent or outdated communication of employee policies or practices. This session will share the process used recently at Head Start of Lane County to revise and update their employee (both for bargaining unit and managers) handbook.

At the end of this session participants will:
  • Be aware of the legal and practical purpose for keeping employee handbooks up to date.
  • Be aware of a model to use for developing the process to receive input from important stakeholders and training all employees how to use and acess the handbook.

Speakers
avatar for Bonnie Clark

Bonnie Clark

Head Start HR Specialist, Head Start of Lane County
Bonnie Clark comes to you as a Human Resource Specialist. During her time at Head Start of Lane County she has been privileged to add Recruitment as one of her main focuses during the high demand in the education field. | | Ms. Clark has been in the HR field for nearly 4 years. Prior to Head Start she started practicing HR and Payroll in Construction/Concrete as a HR Admin. This is where the love of HR began and she can confidently say... Read More →
avatar for Irina Grigorian

Irina Grigorian

Head Start Assistant Regional Manager, Head Start of Lane County
Irina has worked with Lane County Head Start for 15 years, serving as Family Advocate and currently holding the position of Assistant Regional Manager. As a multilingual employee having lived in Russia, Armenia and the United States, Irina uses this background to craft language that communicates agency expectations for diverse personnel. Her latest work involved collaborating with a team to create the employee handbook used by Head Start of... Read More →
avatar for Tim Rochholz

Tim Rochholz

Head Start HR Director, Head Start of Lane County
Tim Rochholz is completing his second year as Director of Human Resources for Head Start of Lane County.  Tim previously served as a Executive Board Member of Head Start of Lane County during his previous 34 year career in K – 12 education. He also served as the President of Oregon School Personnel Association. | Tim started his career as a middle school Teacher and then worked as an Athletic Director, elementary and middle school... Read More →


Wednesday April 6, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
High Desert

3:15pm

Child Development 101 for Transportation Staff
In this session, transportation staff will identify the stages of typical child development for children ages birth-5. Based on typical development, participants will explore behaviors they might commonly see on the school bus, and begin to create developmentally appropriate expectations for children in a school bus setting.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the stages of typical development for children ages birth to 5 years.
  • Develop appropriate expectations for children ages birth to 5 years on the school bus based on developmental milestones. 

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Cooper McMullen

Jennifer Cooper McMullen

Education, Mental Health and Disabilities Coordinator, OCDC


Wednesday April 6, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Golden Eagle D

3:15pm

Imagination Yoga- Inspiring Kids To Move
Description: This fun interactive class teaches Imagination Yoga poses that can be integrated immediately into your classroom and/or home visits. We discuss poses for calming, energizing and transitional times. Physical, social, cognitive and language benefits of Imagination Yoga for the child and teacher are explored. Attendees also practice an “Adventure” that uses the poses in a themed story that supports movement and early literacy that kids LOVE!

At the end of this session participants will:
  • be introduced to the physical, social, cognitive and language benefits of integrating yoga into the classroom for the child and teacher.
  • learn the fundamentals of several yoga poses and techniques on integrating them into their classroom curriculum and/or home visit.

Speakers
JD

Jamie Dix

Imagination Yoga
avatar for Jessica McClintic

Jessica McClintic

Imagination Yoga


Wednesday April 6, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Juniper 2

3:15pm

Understanding the PFCE Outcomes
This training will walk you through the PFCE framework and give examples of how you can implement strategies in your program that will enhance your outcomes. Each of the seven areas have an intro piece and examples of what it looks like in HS and also for families, then examples of ways to reach that outcome and enhance it further.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • understand and fully comprehend the components of the PFCE framework.
  • use and develop a strategic plan to enhance the PFCE outcomes. 

Speakers
avatar for Gretchen Stupke

Gretchen Stupke

Ed/Disabilities Specialist, Head Start of Lane County
PFCE outcomes, school readiness, community engagement, father involvement, family events


Wednesday April 6, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Golden Eagle B

3:30pm

Director Meeting
Speakers
avatar for Annie Soto

Annie Soto

Executive Director, Head Start of Lane County


Wednesday April 6, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
River Run Event Center 1730 Blue Heron, Redmond, OR 97756
 
Thursday, April 7
 

7:45am

Breakfast

Fairway Links

Belgian Waffles, with butter, syrup and strawberry topping, served with scrambled eggs, thick sliced bacon, tender link sausage, country potatoes, yogurt & granola, and seasonal fruit medley.  Coffee, Tea, chilled orange and cranberry juice


Thursday April 7, 2016 7:45am - 8:45am
Juniper 1

8:00am

Breakfast

Fairway Links

Belgian Waffles, with butter, syrup and strawberry topping, served with scrambled eggs, thick sliced bacon, tender link sausage, country potatoes, yogurt & granola, and seasonal fruit medley. Coffee,Tea, chilled orange and cranberry juice


Thursday April 7, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
River Run Event Center 1730 Blue Heron, Redmond, OR 97756

9:00am

Section 504, Title II & Students with Disabilities in Public Schools
An ODE civil rights education specialist will discuss the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and explain the responsibilities of public schools in educating students with disabilities. He will also answer your burning questions about Section 504 and Title II.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Explain the responsibilities of public schools in educating students with disabilities.
  • Discuss the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Speakers
WC

Winston Cornwall

Civil Rights Education Specialist, Oregon Dept. of Education


Thursday April 7, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Juniper 2

9:00am

Tiering Instruction
Participants will understand that all classrooms include a variety of levels and learning styles. They will walk away with strategies to engage all learners in learning at their own level.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:
  • define tiered instruction.
  • identify 2-5 strategies which will help them target all levels of learning in their classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Katy Turpen

Katy Turpen

Assistant Professor, George Fox University
Katy Turpen is an Assistant Professor at George Fox University. She has been teaching for the last 13 years focusing her work with at-risk youth in the p-12 public school system. Currently, she prepares teachers for the classroom in a Master’s Program with a focus on teaching to the whole child. Using a multi-modal approach, Katy works to ensure that the needs of every student are met. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 9:00am - 11:15am
Golden Eagle A

9:00am

Families Are Full Team Members
Join me in learning about a teaming and collaborative processes that support active engagement from families in the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP). You will be given a breakdown of the IFSP, principles to engage a diverse group of families, and an evaluation method to ensure that the techniques you are using are equitable.

At the end of this session:
  • Participants will learn 7 key principles on diverse family engagement and how to measure their programs and classrooms ability to sustain the family engagement.
  • Participants will gain knowledge in teaming and collaboration methods that reach a diverse group of families to better help families engage and participate in the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP).

Speakers
avatar for Mandy Stanley

Mandy Stanley

Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education


Thursday April 7, 2016 9:00am - 11:45am
Juniper 1

9:00am

Challenging Behaviors En Route: Supporting teachers and children with challenging behaviors on the bus so everyone stays safe
In this training, the presenters will discuss ways that transportation staff can become more actively involved in helping children (and teachers) with challenging and unsafe behaviors while loading, unloading, and/or riding on the bus.
The trainers will discuss developmentally appropriate practices that staff can use with the young children in their care. They will discuss scenarios, different needs, phrases, and techniques participants can use when they return to their work sites.
This training will be as interactive as possible for the participants.

At the end of this session participants will:
  • Have a better understanding of why children may be exhibiting challenging behaviors.
  • Use developmentally appropriate language and class management techniques with young children to support the teaching team and ensure safe transportation to and from school.

Speakers
GC

Gayle Campbell

Teacher, Head Start of Yamhill County
A seasoned (to say the least) teacher of Early Childhood Education who loves her work and understands the importance of what she does. | Feel free to discuss young children and their families, music, motorcycles, and parenting.


Thursday April 7, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm
Golden Eagle D

9:00am

Play, Planning, Reflection, and Families; Connecting the Dots
This workshop focuses on the connections between play, learning, planning and reflection in helping children develop thinking skills. Using the information described above, participants will design ways to engage parents and other caregivers as education partners.

By the end of this session:
  • Participants will explore what happens in play and how it influences learning at different developmental stages. 
  • Participants will examine how reflection and planning develop young children's thinking skills and develop plans to help children incorporate these in planning their play.

Speakers
avatar for Edie Jones

Edie Jones

Retired Executive Director, Together For Children


Thursday April 7, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm
Golden Eagle B

9:00am

What's in Season? A Review of Employment Law Changes
When it comes to recent legislative changes, are you ready to mix things up? The 2015 Legislative session produced lots of food for thought, not the least of which included legalization of marijuana, state wide sick leave, ban the box, and OFLA revisions. 2016 will add even more spice with the anticipated changes to the FLSA exemptions and more. Join us as we explore what's passed, what failed, what's on the horizon and how we implement the new rules with our regular and substitute staff.

By the end of this session participants will be able to:
  •  Understand how to implement the Oregon Paid Sick leave requirements as they apply to regular, temporary and substitute staff.
  • Understand how to prepare for the anticipated FLSA changes and other employment law changes.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bouman-Steagall

Jennifer Bouman-Steagall

Attorney / Trainer, Red Kite
Red Kite founder Jennifer Bouman-Steagall is engaging, dynamic, compelling, entertaining, and genuinely passionate about her work, or so people say (see our Testimonials). She also happens to be a highly skilled management-side employment litigation attorney with over 17 years of experience representing Oregon and Washington employers. | In 2010 Jennifer left law firm life to open a solo private practice called Employment Law Outsourcing... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm
High Desert

9:00am

Director Meeting
Sue Woodbury from WIC will be joining us in the morning. ODE staff will be with us today as well.

1:30 pm Amber Kroeker- Randall Childen's Hospital
2 pm Mark Nelson- Public Affairs Counsel
2:30 pm RX OHS 

Speakers
avatar for Annie Soto

Annie Soto

Executive Director, Head Start of Lane County


Thursday April 7, 2016 9:00am - 4:30pm
River Run Event Center 1730 Blue Heron, Redmond, OR 97756

10:30am

Break
Snacks Provided - Asst Whole Fruit and Vegetable Platter

Thursday April 7, 2016 10:30am - 10:45am
Foyer

10:45am

One Key Question

This session will discuss the One Key Question initiative, a proactive pregnancy intention screening tool. Asking women "Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?" on a routine basis is a way to begin a discussion about preventive reproductive health care needs that supports women whether they want to conceive or not. It has the potential to increase women’s access to good contraception care and preconception counseling and improve community health outcomes. 

At the end of this session participants will be able to:
  • Describe the importance of preconception care and contraception care in helping women meet their own goals for their health.
  • Use One Key Question to screen women for their pregnancy intention.

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Rosenau

Hannah Rosenau

Executive Director, Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health
Hannah Rosenau is the Director of Policy & Quality Improvement with the Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health (OFRH) and NARAL Pro Choice Oregon. Her passion for reproductive justice, women’s health, and public policy brought her to work at OFRH to improve health care delivery systems in the state. Hannah primarily works on the One Key Question® team initiative to integrate preventive reproductive health into primary care. She... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Juniper 2

10:45am

Introduction to Circle of Security
Come learn the basics of attachment theory through the easily understandable and readily applicable Circle of Security approach. Using secure attachment as a guide to caregiver/child interactions, this workshop will clarify essential relationship competencies that promote healthy child development, enhance children’s peer relationships, build resilience to adverse childhood experiences, increase cooperative behavior, and optimize children’s learning potential.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Better identify and respond to children's attachment cues.
  • Understand the importance of secure attachment.

Speakers
BK

Brian Kidwell

Teacher, Clackamas County Children's Commision


Thursday April 7, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm
Golden Eagle C

12:00pm

Lunch -Juniper 1 & RiverRun

Country Living Buffet

Apple Walnut Salad, Sauteed Seasonal Vegetables, Baked Potatoes (White&Sweet),  BBQ Tri Tip, Egg Plant Parmensan, Lemon Bars, Fudge Brownies. Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Lemonade, and Ice Tea


Thursday April 7, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Juniper 1

1:15pm

Emerging Technologies for Preschool Vision Screening
The presenter will begin with a short video explaining the importance of screening children ages 3-5. After the video, the presenter will go over a brief description of what the Elks Vision Screening Program is and how we are able to help Head Starts throughout the state. She will then show the attendees the different technology that is out for screening children ages 3-5. (plusoptiX, Spot, GoCheckKids, Eye Spy) At the end of the presentation, the attendees will be able to have a hands-on experience with each of the devices.

  • The attendees will leave with hands-on experience and knowledge of the latest vision screening technology.
  • The attendees will leave with an understanding of why preschool vision screenings are so vital and what possible eye diseases can occur at age 3-5.

Speakers
avatar for Talitha Dale

Talitha Dale

Follow Up Coordinator, Elks Preschool Vision Screening Program, OHSU


Thursday April 7, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Golden Eagle B

1:15pm

Transportation Planning for Next Year
This conference is the product of hard work by the track coordinators. During this session you will decide if your track will meet next year. If your track is happening, who is planning it? What ideas and resources can you provide them?

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
• Decide if your track wants to meet next year at the Specialist Conference.
• Decide what topics should be covered next year.
• Know who the track coordinator for 2017 is and select a back-up.

Moderators
avatar for Teresa Brinsfield

Teresa Brinsfield

Transportation Manager, Clackamas County Children\'s Commission
Hello, my name is Teresa. I have been in the transportation Industry for 25 years. I had in the past was a school bus driver for k-12 for a public schools. Have been employed with Clackamas County Children's Commission Head Start for 15 years and currently the Transportation Manager I have great Drivers/Staff on my team. Safety is always their priority and they enjoy their positions as driver's/aides in the classrooms. I am proud to have such... Read More →

Thursday April 7, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Golden Eagle D

1:15pm

Helping families to be involved in policy-Parent, family and community engagement
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide providers with a understanding of how to encourage and support families to be active participants in policy, how having families who are active in policy helps strengthen programs and classrooms and finally, a understanding of the roles families can serve in policy and advisory councils within Oregon.

At the end of this session:
  • Participants will have an understanding of how to support parents involvement in policy through learning about the roles and tips for serving as a member of a decision making group, the process involved in decision making groups. 
  • Participants will examine Oregon’s systems and decision making groups to help support families with building skills on getting started in decision making groups, important polices to understand that are specific to Oregon, and knowing, reading and understanding data to support their participation in the decision making groups.

Speakers
CS

Caitlin Shockley

Program Coordinator, FACT Oregon
avatar for Mandy Stanley

Mandy Stanley

Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education
CT

Cassandra Trout

Coordinator, Oregon's Alliance for Early Intervention


Thursday April 7, 2016 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Board Room

1:15pm

Being the change you expect to see: Us Conscious Discipline® to build a positive school family climate for optimal learning.
The School Family is a metaphor for creating positive school cultures based on current research about healthy families and optimal brain development. By practically applying concepts learned in these two areas of research, we can create a positive school culture that supports the social and emotional competence of both teachers and children, reduces behavioral problems and increases academic achievement.

At the end of this session, participants will:
  • Gain skills to meet the social and emotional needs of all your children, especially your most difficult. 
  • Understand the Conscious Discipline® Brain State Model and why students misbehave.

Speakers
avatar for Annette Chastain

Annette Chastain

Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor, Chastain & Associates, LLC
Annette provides Mental Health Consultation for Head Start programs, and agencies that serve children and families. She is the Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor in Oregon. A Prevention Specialist, Trainer, Consultant and Technical Assistant for many different social programs.


Thursday April 7, 2016 1:15pm - 4:15pm
Juniper 1

1:15pm

DATA: It tells Our Story
This workshop will focus on the variety of reports and data available within GOLD. We will be looking at the reports in GOLD with regards to child outcomes and what the data is telling us. There will be a discussion on what is the best presentation for data with each audience (i.e. Board of directors, Policy Council, community members).

At the end of this session participants will:
  • Be able to present the data to a variety of audiences.
  • Gain a better understanding of what the data is telling them with regards to outcomes,

Speakers
KC

Kaycee Cottone

IS/ERSEA Director, Southern Oregon Head Start


Thursday April 7, 2016 1:15pm - 4:15pm
Golden Eagle A

1:15pm

Disability & Accommodations: Making Due with What You Have
Work is busy, employees are stressed, deadlines are approaching, and you need everyone performing at their best. But what do we do when an applicant or employee discloses a potential disability? Can we require physicals or fitness for duty exams, and what possible accommodations can or should we make for staff who work directly with children? It may feel like an undue hardship, but is it really? Join us as we explore the answers to these and other pressing disability-related questions.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:
  •  Engage in a more meaningful interactive process to identify and develop options for possible disability accommodations.
  • Distinguish when and how to request medical information from candidates and current employees to use in performance assessments.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bouman-Steagall

Jennifer Bouman-Steagall

Attorney / Trainer, Red Kite
Red Kite founder Jennifer Bouman-Steagall is engaging, dynamic, compelling, entertaining, and genuinely passionate about her work, or so people say (see our Testimonials). She also happens to be a highly skilled management-side employment litigation attorney with over 17 years of experience representing Oregon and Washington employers. | In 2010 Jennifer left law firm life to open a solo private practice called Employment Law Outsourcing... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 1:15pm - 4:15pm
High Desert

1:15pm

Helping Staff Facilitate Parent-Child Connections
When working with infants, toddlers, and their families, programs strive to promote positive interactions and relationships between parents and their young children. Home Visits and Group Socializations offer rich opportunities for staff to facilitate and encourage these vital connections. It is important that staff be ready and able to make the most of these opportunities. This session will begin with a look at the key elements of mutually satisfying parent-child interactions and frequently used facilitation approaches. Then the focus will shift to looking at ways to help staff cultivate their skills as facilitators of parent-child relationships. Successful strategies used in Early Head Start programs across Region X will be shared.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:
  • Understand the key elements of mutually satisfying parent-child interactions.
  • Know new ways to build staff capacity in facilitating parent-child interactions.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Foltz

Mary Foltz

Principal, Mary Foltz & Associates, LLC
I enjoy helping programs design and implement effective management systems and high-quality services for children and families, and have had the honor of doing so for over 35 years.


Thursday April 7, 2016 1:15pm - 4:15pm
Golden Eagle C

1:15pm

People Not Programs: Integrating Head Start and WIC Services to Impact Lifecourse Health

Head Start and WIC provide unique yet complimentary services to what is often an overlapping group of families in their community.  A mother may first connect to our programs by seeking WIC services during her first pregnancy and then go on to participate in Early or Preschool Based Head Start. 

In this session Head Start staff will work with their WIC counterparts to identify critical moments from pregnancy to kindergarten entry and initiate plans to create a more seamless, family-centered approach to service delivery.

Possible questions to explore include: how could WIC add to its prenatal services to better complement Early Head Start? How could Early Head Start better support WIC’s interest in improving the health of postpartum women? How could WIC programs better fill the gap when children are on break from school-year based Head Start?  How could both programs come together to develop care plans for the most at risk families?

At the end of this session the participant will:

  • Create a draft plan for coordinating care for high-risk families.
  • Describe the process for Head Start to provide nutrition related classes that count as WIC nutrition education.
  • Identify ways to better align our services to support a lifecourse approach to health promotion.

Speakers
JR

Julie Reeder

Oregon WIC Program
MR

Mary Rhode

Head Start Liaison, Oregon WIC Program


Thursday April 7, 2016 1:15pm - 4:30pm
Juniper 2

2:45pm

Break
Snacks Provided - Asst Whole Fruit & Home Style Cookies

Thursday April 7, 2016 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Foyer

3:00pm

Nurturing Touch Communication For Families - How to Teach It
Nurturing Touch / Massage techniques described and given during this workshop will enhance loving communication, honor choice and build respect.  This will educate participants on the importance of positive, respectful types of touch for healthy growth and development for all ages.JoAnn will give information regarding education connection by touch communication from current research and trends in the field of massage and massage therapy. She will provide easy, simple techniques that can be employed immediately in the workplace and shared with others.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:
  • Describe the benefits and teaching techniques of Nurturing Touch / Massage for communication between the infant/children and their parent/caregiver and others.
  • Define and utilize effective relaxation skills that will encourage the establishment of healthy teaching rapport with the parent/caregiver.

Speakers
avatar for JoAnn Lewis, LMT, CEIM

JoAnn Lewis, LMT, CEIM

Licensed Massage Therapist and Public Educator, Family Massage Education Center


Thursday April 7, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Golden Eagle B

3:00pm

Positive Supervision Interactions
This workshop will offer practical ways to apply new supervision skills by using positive language in interactions with staff to increase cooperation and collaboration. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice and apply new communication skills, learn how to set clear expectations and give effective directions, and know what to do when met with resistance.  

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • learn and apply new strength-based ways to interact with staff that promotes cooperation in complying to rules and policies.
  • use positive language to set clear, concise expectations.

Speakers
avatar for Jan Cain

Jan Cain

Staff Coach, Head Start of Yamhill County
I have a long history of working with early childhood and have five years of experience as a supervisor. My supervision style is collaborative, strength-based, and direct. The training will provide practical tools for supervisors and an opportunity to practice and ask questions. My master's degree is in Marriage and Family Therapy, and have worked as a mental health therapist in both county mental health and private practice serving all ages. My... Read More →


Thursday April 7, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Golden Eagle D

4:15pm

HR Roundtable
Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Bouman-Steagall

Jennifer Bouman-Steagall

Attorney / Trainer, Red Kite
Red Kite founder Jennifer Bouman-Steagall is engaging, dynamic, compelling, entertaining, and genuinely passionate about her work, or so people say (see our Testimonials). She also happens to be a highly skilled management-side employment litigation attorney with over 17 years of experience representing Oregon and Washington employers. | In 2010 Jennifer left law firm life to open a solo private practice called Employment Law Outsourcing... Read More →
avatar for Liz Kyle

Liz Kyle

HR Director, Clackamas Children's Comm

Thursday April 7, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm
High Desert
 
Friday, April 8
 

7:45am

Breakfast

Caddy Shack

Scrambled eggs, thick sliced bacon, tender link sausage, country potatoes, biscuits with gravy, butter and jelly, yogurt & granola, and seasonal fruit medley, Coffee,Tea,Chilled orange and cranberry juice.


Friday April 8, 2016 7:45am - 8:45am
Juniper 1

8:00am

Breakfast

Caddy Shack

Scrambled eggs, thick sliced bacon, tender link sausage, country potatoes, biscuits with gravy, butter and jelly, yogurt & granola, and seasonal fruit medley. Coffee, Tea, Chilled orange and cranberry juice.


Friday April 8, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
River Run Event Center 1730 Blue Heron, Redmond, OR 97756

9:00am

Helping Migrant preschoolers prepare for Kindergarten
The Title IC, Migrant program serves students ages 3-21. One of our best practices to make sure they graduate from high school is entering Kindergarten ready to learn. This presentation will share what the migrant program is doing to prepare students for Kindergarten.

At the end of this session participants will:
  • Understand what the Title IC, Migrant program is doing to prepare students for Kindergarten along with what resources are available through the program.
  • Take the documents provided to parents to help work with their children including: "Things parents can do to work with their children", a "checklist of skills" and a "brochure for parents to spend nightly circling the sounds, numbers, colors and shapes" their children know.

Speakers
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Jonathan Fernow

TItle IC, Migrant Specialist, Oregon Department of Education


Friday April 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Golden Eagle B

9:00am

Working Together to Support Inclusion
Participants will gain knowledge of the Inclusive Child Care Program statewide services and scope. The discussion will center around how to support inclusive practices and state resources that can provide funding, consultation and training supports to child care providers.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • communicate the philosophy of the Inclusive Child Care Program to staff, parents, and other community partners.
  • determine appropriate referral criteria for the Inclusive Child Care Program.

Speakers
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Melinda Benson

Program Coordinator, Inclusive Child Care Program
Our program helps support early childhood professionals care for kids with high needs.


Friday April 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Golden Eagle A

9:00am

The Science of Fetal Programing during Pregnancy & Maternal Biological Changes Promoting Attachment
Brain architecture responds to environment beginning prenatally. At birth, naturally occurring biological changes in the mother promote her ability to self-regulate, stay emotionally engaged with her newborn and experience pleasure in the care of her baby. This presentation will provide an introduction to the neuroscience of brain development in the developing fetus and the reward circuit that facilitates attachment in the mother’s brain.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Name one mechanism of the reward circuit that promotes attachment.
  • Name one function of the placenta that controls the environment of the developing fetus.

Speakers
avatar for Dr Sherri Alderman

Dr Sherri Alderman

Child Development Coordinator Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician Maternal and Child Health Section Center for Prevention & Health Promotion, Oregon Health Authority


Friday April 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Juniper 2

9:00am

The Whole Truth... Sort Of
Have you noticed an uptick in the number of subpoenas your staff is receiving requiring their attendance or participation in a legal proceeding? Hearings, court cases and any other opportunities to provide a statement under oath can be tricky because we are supposed to be "neutral" and anything you say can and will be used in some way. It can be frightening, confusing and even frustrating if you don't know what to expect. Join us as we explore tips and strategies to make this process more bearable.

By the end of this session participants will be able to:
  •  Gain a better understanding about how to advise employees on focusing on facts and remaining neutral.
  • Understand how to respond to subpoenas asking for documents and testimony.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bouman-Steagall

Jennifer Bouman-Steagall

Attorney / Trainer, Red Kite
Red Kite founder Jennifer Bouman-Steagall is engaging, dynamic, compelling, entertaining, and genuinely passionate about her work, or so people say (see our Testimonials). She also happens to be a highly skilled management-side employment litigation attorney with over 17 years of experience representing Oregon and Washington employers. | In 2010 Jennifer left law firm life to open a solo private practice called Employment Law Outsourcing... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
High Desert

9:00am

Director Meeting
Speakers
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Annie Soto

Executive Director, Head Start of Lane County


Friday April 8, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
River Run Event Center 1730 Blue Heron, Redmond, OR 97756

9:00am

ODE Updates
This presentation is designed to update participants concerning rule changes and practices within the state of Oregon as they relate to Student Transportation. Head Start sites who provide transportation should attend.

By the end of this session participants will be able to:
  • Prepare for future changes in the student transportation industry.
  • Prepare their organizations to meet the future challenges.

Speakers
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Craig Pruitt

Progam Analyst, Oregon Department of Education


Friday April 8, 2016 9:00am - 11:15am
Golden Eagle D

10:30am

Break
Snacks Provided - Vegetable Platter and Dessert Bars

Friday April 8, 2016 10:30am - 10:45am
Foyer

10:45am

Early Head Start Planning for Next Year
This conference is the product of hard work by the track coordinators. During this session you will decide if your track will meet next year. If your track is happening, who is planning it? What ideas and resources can you provide them?

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
• Decide if your track wants to meet next year at the Specialist Conference.
• Decide what topics should be covered next year.
• Know who the track coordinator for 2017 is and select a back-up.

Moderators
avatar for Tristin Mock

Tristin Mock

Executive Director, Oregon Head Start Association
Dr Tristin Mock has been the Executive Director of OHSA since October 2013. Before becoming the ED she served on the OHSA Board as the Secretary having been elected to a staff at large position. Tristin worked for Mid-Columbia Children's Council for three years as their Heath, Safety, and Nutrition Manager. Tristin enjoys giving back to the community. She has served as both an Americorps and VISTA volunteer. Dr Mock had a private naturopathic... Read More →

Friday April 8, 2016 10:45am - 11:15am
Golden Eagle C

10:45am

Health Planning for Next Year
This conference is the product of hard work by the track coordinators. During this session you will decide if your track will meet next year. If your track is happening, who is planning it? What ideas and resources can you provide them?

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
• Decide if your track wants to meet next year at the Specialist Conference.
• Decide what topics should be covered next year.
• Know who the track coordinator for 2017 is and select a back-up.

Moderators
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Erica Salas-Umana

Health and Nutrition Manager, MHCC Head Start

Friday April 8, 2016 10:45am - 11:15am
Juniper 2

10:45am

HR Planning for Next Year
This conference is the product of hard work by the track coordinators. During this session you will decide if your track will meet next year. If your track is happening, who is planning it? What ideas and resources can you provide them?

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
• Decide if your track wants to meet next year at the Specialist Conference.
• Decide what topics should be covered next year.
• Know who the track coordinator for 2017 is and select a back-up.

Moderators
avatar for Liz Kyle

Liz Kyle

HR Director, Clackamas Children's Comm

Friday April 8, 2016 10:45am - 11:15am
High Desert

10:45am

PFCE Planning for Next Year
This conference is the product of hard work by the track coordinators. During this session you will decide if your track will meet next year. If your track is happening, who is planning it? What ideas and resources can you provide them?

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
• Decide if your track wants to meet next year at the Specialist Conference.
• Decide what topics should be covered next year.
• Know who the track coordinator for 2017 is and select a back-up.

Moderators
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Silvia Kahn

Diversity Services Coordinator/Family Advocate, NeighborImpact Head Start

Friday April 8, 2016 10:45am - 11:15am
Golden Eagle B

10:45am

QTL Planning for Next Year
This conference is the product of hard work by the track coordinators. During this session you will decide if your track will meet next year. If your track is happening, who is planning it? What ideas and resources can you provide them?

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
• Decide if your track wants to meet next year at the Specialist Conference.
• Decide what topics should be covered next year.
• Know who the track coordinator for 2017 is and select a back-up.

Moderators
LW

Lisa Wallace

Education Director, Community Action Team

Friday April 8, 2016 10:45am - 11:15am
Golden Eagle A

11:30am

Closing Session
Join us as we close out our time together. As part of our celebration, we will be awarding a gift card. You must be present to win. Please be sure to turn in your name tag and overall conference evaluation at the end of the session.

Speakers
avatar for Tristin Mock

Tristin Mock

Executive Director, Oregon Head Start Association
Dr Tristin Mock has been the Executive Director of OHSA since October 2013. Before becoming the ED she served on the OHSA Board as the Secretary having been elected to a staff at large position. Tristin worked for Mid-Columbia Children's Council for three years as their Heath, Safety, and Nutrition Manager. Tristin enjoys giving back to the community. She has served as both an Americorps and VISTA volunteer. Dr Mock had a private naturopathic... Read More →


Friday April 8, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Golden Eagle Ballroom