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Excellence In Early Childhood Conference 2020

February 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am - February 22, 2020 @ 4:00 pm MST

| $10.00 – $40

Friday Sessions

Math — Trainer: Pam Uhl | $25 | 9:00 – 3:00

This workshop provides information to support young children’s learning in the domain of math.

• To Explore Children’s Development within the Math Domain
• To Explore Math Concepts and Strategies for Teaching Them
• To Discover Appropriate Activities for Young Children’s Math Learning
• To Examine the Environment in Relation to Math Learning
• To Discuss Integrating Math concepts into Existing Routines
• To Examine Materials to Support Math Learning


Science — Trainer: Dr. Kim Madsen | $25 | 9:00 – 3:00

This workshop provides information to support young children’s learning in the domain of science.

To Discover Children’s Development within the Science Domain
• To Examine Current Research of the Attitudes Related to Science and how to Promote Them.
• To Explore the Scientific Process and how to use it with Young Children
• To Explore Ways to Create an Environment Conducive to Scientific Discovery
• To Discover ways to use the Scientific Process
• To Examine Ways to Share Information with Parents about Young Children’s Science Learning
Supervision of Children — Trainer: Sarah Ochoa | $10 | 9:00 – 11:00 AM

Supervision of Children provides participants with appropriate ways to interact with and supervise children.

  • Define supervision of children
  • Explain why high quality supervision is critical in all early childhood environments
  • Identify characteristics of inadequate, adequate, and high quality supervision of children
  • Create a list of action items
  • Identify strengths and concerns
  • Develop an action plan including a personal commitment to provide high quality supervision of children

Safe With You — Trainer:  Brittain Trave | $20 | 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Do you know how to reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and prevent accidental suffocation? Do you know the safest way to put a baby to sleep? Do you have a safe sleep policy? If you answered NO to any of these questions, this workshop is for you. The one-hour workshop was developed by the Early Childhood Training Center and meets the requirements of Nebraska State Statute 43-2606.

Everyone is at risk of shaking a baby. When a baby is shaken, the shaking can cause brain damage, life changing disabilities, and even death. This is one childhood injury that is preventable. This one-hour workshop was developed by the Early Childhood Training Center and meets the requirements of Nebraska State Statute 43-2606.

Child abuse and neglect unfortunately happens in Nebraska. Child care providers need to know about child abuse and neglect, how to make a report, ways to strengthen families, and how to prevent child abuse in their own child care programs. This two-hour workshop was developed by the Early Childhood Training Center and meets the requirements of Nebraska State Statute 43-2606.

Saturday Conference | Registration 7:30 – 8:15 | Chadron State College Student Center

8:30 – 11:30

Morning Session | Cultivating Healing Relationship with Hurting Children: Understanding the Impacts of Stress and Trauma on the Developing Child | Jody Angel-Trejo, LIMHP, LPC 

Cultivating Healing Relationship with Hurting Children: Understanding the Impacts of Stress and Trauma on the Developing Child.  Strategies and Mind Shifts that Support Stability and Progress in the the Childcare Setting.
Learning Objectives:
– Developing and understanding of stress and trauma on brain development and functioning
– Developing a deeper understanding of misbehavior and regulation issues
– Creating Safety and how to disengage the Fight/Flight/Freeze Functioning of the brain
– How attachment has immediate and long term effects on behavioral functioning
– Correction through Connection
– When and How to use interventions to include behavior modification
– Improving Transitions and Strategies that Work

Jody has earned her degrees from the University of Nebraska.  Her fist degree was a bachelor of science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1997.  She later received her Masters of Education in Community Counseling at the University of Nebraska – Kearney in 1999.  Jody held her first job providing outpatient therapy at the Child Guidance Center in Lincoln, NE.  She then moved to Richmond, VA in late 2000 where she began her career in VA working at a day treatment center as a clinician.  Within two years she started her employment with Dominion Youth Services (DYS) in Richmond, VA where she served as the Clinical Director and ultimately site director in Fredericksburg, VA.  Jody remained with DYS for over 10 years, where she led child and family programs, such as day treatment, outpatient therapy, intensive in-home services and case management services.  Jody led over 50 employees at the site in Fredericksburg, where she first was introduced to Bruce Perry and a further understanding of the impacts and importance of neurodevelopment in the field of psychopathology and mental health. 

Jody then returned to NE in 2011 with her family, after having her first child to be closer to friends and family.  Jody now owns a small private practice in Kearney, NE with an emphasis on trauma, attachment and early childhood development.  Currently, Jody is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner, with a strong passion for helping children, adolescents and their families find relief from stress or trauma experienced in their development/relationships.  She works from a very holistic perspective, as she has extensive training in trauma, neurodevelopment and attachment issues.  As she has returned to NE, Jody has spent considerable time and efforts to better understand neurobiological impacts of stress on the developing brain, how to treat these impacts and learning from professionals and clients about effective treatment models.  Trainings over the years include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), CPP (Child Parent Psychotherapy), Play Therapy/Expressive Arts, Mindfulness Skills, TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), TANT (Trauma Art Narrative Therapy) and NMT (Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics).  Jody also enjoys teaching COSP (Circle of Security Parenting) and providing supportive reflection for other facilitators across the state of NE. 

Jody spends much of her time providing trainings and workshops for early educators in the state of NE, supervising clinicians, practicing and working with organizations within the Kearney area.   While Jody enjoys teaching others, she also enjoys learning and continuing to deepen her own understanding of herself, the treatment of others through the power of connection. 

When not working with children in the office, you can find Jody chasing her own children, 12 and 6 years old.  Jody also loves all things that include chips, salsa….. and good coffee!!!! 

Lunch provided | 11:30 – 12:15

12:30 – 3:00

Afternoon Session | You’re Worth it! | Scott Plummer

Our busy society places heavy demands on us. Stressful jobs, busy home lives, kids, volunteering and just living life can be overwhelming today. Teachers and caregivers often fall into the trap of not taking care of themselves. They often feel overwhelmed about “adding” one more thing to their busy lives, even if it may help them, because it is just one more thing that needs to be done throughout a stressful day.
Come learn how to begin implementing some self-care practices that will change your life and the lives around you for the better. Mindfulness, mindful movements, and yoga can help refresh you and give you a clearer focus on your duties as caregivers, spouses, parents, and friends.  There are ways to add these to a busy day and not be overwhelmed and also still see clear benefts from them. See these practices as a way to invest in yourself, because “You are Worth It!”
Scott Plummer is  a retired educator of 27 years, who has had students at all levels of PreK-16+. He began teaching in a one-room school and then taught SPED at Scottsbluff Middle and HIgh School. We worked with all the schools in the Panhandle of Nebraska while he was Director of Technology at ESU 13. He taught technology at Gering Elementary schools and the Jr. High. He started his career as an administrator at Morrill Public Schools and then moved to Gordon-Rushville Public schools. He was Principal at Rushville Elementary  and Director of Special Education for Gordon-Rushville Public Schools, during this time.
Scott implemented mindfulness and mindful movements while at Rushville Elementary. These practices changed the culture of the school and the classrooms. Students began taking the practices home  and introducing their families to them. Teachers, students, and parents alike saw the changes and benefits that they brought.

Closing Remarks, Evaluations and Certificates | 3:00 – 3:30

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February 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am
February 22, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
$10.00 – $40
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Chadron State College Student Center Ballroom
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Chadron, Nebraska 69337
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