Fall 2021 Jamboree

Calling all pre-K/preschool teachers, support staff and administrators serving 4-year-old children in South Carolina to experience an empowering day of learning as we kick off a fantastic 2021-2022 school year! With two top-notch presenters and 15 breakout sessions options (with five offered on both days), this Jamboree is sure to leave the more than 700 participants re-energized. Attendees will experience an empowering day of learning to support and uplift the community that helps young children learn and grow. Any and all Pre-K/preschool teachers, support staff and administrators are invited to join this event. All attendees can qualify for SC DSS credit hours. Reservations are required. Additional registration information will be sent to those who have made reservations a week prior to the conference. Reservations have closed. If you didn't reserve a spot, please mark March 4, 2022 on your calendar to attend the Spring 2022 Palmetto Pre-K Jamboree!

 

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, August 3 (Day 1)

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.   Teaching Strategies Gold/ Creative Curriculum Training
                               (limited capacity, for educators with prior TSG training)

12 -3:30 p.m.          Palmetto Pre-K Jamboree

12 - 1:40 p.m.      Keynote presenter Claire Warden
                             Founder of Scotland's first nature kindergarten

2 - 3:30 p.m.        Breakout sessions (10 options)

Wednesday, August 4 (Day 2)

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Palmetto Pre-K Jamboree

8:30 - 10:10 a.m.   Keynote presenter Daniel Hodgins                    
                               Internationally renowned early childhood presenter and author

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Breakout sessions (10 options)

12:30 - 3:30 p.m.     Teaching Strategies Gold/ Creative Curriculum Training
                                 (limited capacity, for educators with prior TSG training)

Planning Committee

Martha Strickland, SC First Steps 4K (chair)

Laura Baker, SC Early Childhood Advisory Council
Dr. Arthur Brewton, SC State Head Start Association
Wendy Burgess, SC Department of Education
Sherrie Dueno, SC Department of Social Services
Samantha Ingram, SC First Steps 4K
Kristine Jenkins, SC First Steps 4K
Kadie Koeneman, SC Department of Social Services
Cathy Kovacs, SC Department of Social Services
Morgan Massenburg, SC Department of Social Services
Jenny May, SC Department of Education
Joy Mazur, SC First Steps 4K
Misty Pearson, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
Shayla Pettigrew, SC First Steps 4K
Tina Shaw, SC Department of Education
Kim Spigener, SC Department of Education
Melissa Starker, SC Department of Social Services

 

August 3 (Day 1) - Keynote Presenter: Claire Warden, Mindstretchers Ltd/Claire Warden Ltd

The Curious Mind - How to develop a sense of adventure with the natural world
(1.5 hrs CU)  *Session Handout

This keynote will explore how we can find things of fascination in the most unlikely spaces if we have an open mindset. Nature Pedagogy is a way of working with children that embraces the very smallest of things such as a leaf to the very largest of things such as sustainability.

About the presenter:

Claire Warden is an educational consultant who has developed her approach to nature pedagogy and experiential learning through a variety of experiences. Her experiences have taken her on a pathway that includes working in a variety of types of center, advisory work, and lecturing in further education. Claire is currently based in Scotland but frequently travels to Australia, the United States and elsewhere.

Claire's experience as a former lecturer in Primary Education at Strathclyde University, supported her development of the training strategies and courses that have been applied to the dynamic and creative work currently undertaken by the company she first started, ‘Mindstretchers Ltd’. It has now grown to develop many aspects, including Claire’s own company, ‘Claire Warden Ltd’, through which Claire does her international and consultancy work, and her Community Interest Company, 'Living Classrooms', through which many community focused projects have been delivered and which is now at the center of the new International Association of Nature Pedagogy.

 

August 3 (Day 1) -
Breakout Option #1

Presenters:

Ablean Hanna & Herk Huggins
SC Department of Education Office of Early Learning and Literacy

Understanding how Parenting Patterns in early years set a course for the future

(1.5 hrs PD)
*Session Handouts

In this session, participants will discover their brain style and receive examples of healthy and unhealthy discipline/guidance responses to children's behaviors. They will identify family communication patterns and six causes of children behaviors. Practical Parent Education resources and helpful tips will be provided.

August 3 (Day 1) -
Breakout Option #2

Presenter:

Debbie Ballard, Lakeshore Learning

 

Intentional Outdoor Play

(1.5 hrs GD)

 

 

 

The importance of play for a child’s healthy development is grounded in a strong body of research. In this session, we will dive into the research to gain a clearer understanding of how connecting indoor and outdoor play promotes cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development in children. Through music, sand, art, and more, we will learn how to effectively plan intentional outdoor learning activities to engage children in play to spark their curiosity and engage their senses.

August 3 (Day 1) -
Breakout Option #3

Presenters:

Julia Whitney & Gillian Gansler, Kaplan Early Learning

Autism 101

(1.5 hrs SPN)


*Session Handouts

 

Autism seems to be everywhere, and most of us are left with lots of questions: What is this disorder? What causes it? Is there a cure? Is it becoming more common? What are some strategies for working with a child in your early childhood classroom who is on the autism spectrum? This course addresses these questions and will help you become more knowledgeable about autism and the people it impacts.

August 3 (Day 1) -
Breakout Option #4

Presenter:

Lynn Kuykendall
SC Department of Education Office of Early Learning and Literacy

 

The First 20 days of Social – Emotional Learning

(1.5 hrs CU)

 

This session will introduce the available resources to use throughout the first month, or 20 days, of school, teachers may use this resource to support the five social and emotional learning competencies. Throughout these SEL and literacy-based lessons you will find integrated lessons, which allow students to focus on learning about themselves and others while enjoying interaction with communication and writing skills. These lessons are founded in the belief that as all young children learn and grow, each area of their development is interrelated and contributes to how well they learn and master new skills. Therefore, the learning opportunities provided will address all domains of the SC-ELS in an integrated manner.

August 3 (Day 1) -
Breakout Option #5

Presenters:

Joy Anthony & Amy Smith
SC Department of Education Child Early Reading Development and Education Program in the Office of Early Learning and Literacy 

Re-energize your Phonological & Phonemic Awareness Practices

(1.5 hrs CU)

Join us as we engage you by modeling a myriad of interactive strategies and practices to utilize when teaching phonological awareness (snap, clap, stomp syllables, sound cards, I spy rhymes) and phonemic awareness (segmentation, manipulation, blending, adding, subtracting, and substitution). We will also share the Early Indicator Checklist from the SC Dyslexia Handbook (September 2020).

August 3 (Day 1) -
Breakout Option #6

Presenter:

Angela Compton
Department of Education Office of Early Learning and Literacy

 

Embracing Positive Solutions for Promoting Social – Emotional Competence

(1.5 hrs CG)
*Session Handouts

Utilizing the Pyramid Model, this session will equip teachers, child-care providers, parents, and care givers with ways to develop the social and emotional competence of ALL children for academic success. The session will focus on ways to implement and sustain evidenced -based key strategies that support and promote the engagement and learning of ALL children in fun and meaningful ways. Participants will engage in concrete learning experiences that provide strategies and practices to foster social and emotional competence in young children.

August 3 (Day 1) -
Breakout Option #7

Presenter:

Kadie Koeneman
SC Department of Social Services ABC Quality

 

Get Inspired! Creating Low cost Outdoor Spaces

(1.5 hrs CU)
*Session Handouts

 

Creating a high-quality outdoor learning environment doesn’t have to break the bank. Come learn ways to implement and improve your outdoor space through low-cost, high-impact changes. This session will focus on outdoor play and learning environments, their benefits, and will provide cost-effective ways to enrich early childhood spaces. Participants will gain inspiration and ideas that they can implement in their own spaces.

August 3 (Day 1) -
Breakout Option #8

Presenter:

Lynn Boyd Glenn
SC Department of Social Services ABC Quality

Gardening – A Fruitful Outdoor Learning Setting

(1.5 hrs CU)

This session will focus on outdoor play and learning environments, their benefits, and how to implement an intentional and cost-effective garden setting. Strategies will be identified for all the considerations when creating a fruit and vegetable garden, from location and construction to maintenance and learning. Participants will leave with the necessary steps to add a garden setting in their own outdoor play and learning environment and resources for their staff to intentionally use it for learning.

August 3 (Day 1) -
Breakout Option #9

Presenters:

Cara Smithwick & Mary Reaves
Beginnings SC

Language and Learning: How Hearing Loss Changes the Game

(1.5 hrs SPN)
*Session Handouts

Do you have children in your program or center who are not developing language like their friends? Do you have children with hearing aids or cochlear implants? This session explains the "invisible" disability that 2/100 preschool children have and how to address their needs in your center or home and the free resources that are available to you.

August 3 (Day 1) -
Breakout Option #10

Presenters:

Tina Shaw
SC Department of Education Office of Assessment

Rooted in Kindergarten Readiness

(1.5 hrs PD)
*Session Handouts

Kindergarten readiness is more important than ever! It behooves 4K educators to prepare our students to be school-ready. In this session participants will gain a better understanding of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) in SC. We will take a deeper dive into the KRA design, intended use and strategies will be given to support school readiness. Participants will also explore the purpose and importance of 4K/5K formative assessments and how to connect data with teaching, learning, and building community relationships.

 

 

August 4 (Day 2) - Keynote Presenter: Daniel Hodgins

Supporting the Active Child
(1.5 hrs CG) 

Teachers report that “Active Children” tend to have more challenging behaviors; have more difficulty learning; and often are labeled ADHD…In this presentation you will increase your awareness of how Active Children acquire knowledge, how to educate them based on current research and how to create curriculum that will support social, creative, cognitive and language development.

About the presenter:

Daniel Hodgins is an exceptional presenter and author of two popular released books titled: Boys: Changing the Classroom, Not the Child and Get Over It: Relearning Guidance Practices. As a consultant he has a unique grasp of children and family issues learned from over 38 years of experience working as a teacher, director, educator and parent in both private and public sector. In addition to his work as a consultant, Daniel has worked as a director of a child development center; parent child cooperative nursery school teacher; a teacher in elementary school and most recently as coordinator of early childhood education at mott community college, in flint, Michigan. He has given keynotes, seminars and presentations in over 48 states, Canada, Europe and Asia.

 

August 4 (Day 2) -
Breakout Option #1

Presenter:

Daniel Hodgins
Internationally renowned author

Supporting Children who Color Outside the Lines

(1.5 hrs CU)

What discourages children from being creative? What are the ingredients needed in the development of creativity and young children? What does an early childhood environment and curriculum need to support creativity? If you are asking these questions, this workshop is for you. This presentation will address how young children develop creativity and how early childhood professionals can develop a “climate” that supports exploration. Independence and spontaneity.

August 4 (Day 2) -
Breakout Option #2

Presenter:

Cecilia Cruse
School Specialty

Sensory Solutions in the Classroom

(1.5 hrs CG)

 

 

 

Have a child that just won’t sit still? Having difficulty staying on task? Wondering why that child has a meltdown every day? Looking for ideas to support Social Emotional Learning and/or Trauma Informed Care practices? Come on this journey and review the basics of sensory processing and how it may impact development, learning and behavior. We need our bodies and our senses to process and learn. Learn how to transform your classroom for success and get practical solutions for staying on task, transition strategies, preventing meltdowns and more!

August 4 (Day 2) -
Breakout Option #3

Presenter:

Rachal Hatton-Moore,
SC Early Childhood Advisory Council

Transitions to 5K: Joint Planning for Family Success

(1.5 hrs PD)

 

 

The Palmetto Pre-K transitions workgroup is collaborating to create the comprehensive "South Carolina’s Pre-K to K Transition Plan: Family Engagement," which incorporates the voices, experiences, and needs of teachers, parents, school administrators, and early education professionals to ensure families are supported throughout their child's entrance into Kindergarten. In this session, we would share elements of the plan, showcase best practices in place around South Carolina, and discuss the needs of teachers in supporting transitions.

August 4 (Day 2) -
Breakout Option #4

Presenters:

Michelle Salcedo & Gillian Gansler,
Kaplan Early Learning

 

Honoring All Families

(1.5 hrs PD)

 

This session provides educators with the knowledge and skills needed to interact with culturally diverse families in a manner that is respectful and appropriate to their diverse needs. It is designed to build educators’ cultural competency, including understanding how distinct cultural perspectives influence interactions with families. Honoring All Families equips participants with an awareness and understanding of different cultural groups and provides strategies to effectively engage culturally diverse families, including families of children with disabilities, families who identify as LGBT, and families from different refugee and immigrant communities.

August 4 (Day 2) -
Breakout Option #5

Presenter:

Lynn Kuykendall
SC Department of Education Office of Early Learning and Literacy

The First 20 days of Social – Emotional Learning

(1.5 hrs CU)

This session will introduce the available resources to use throughout the first month, or 20 days, of school, teachers may use this resource to support the five social and emotional learning competencies. Throughout these SEL and literacy-based lessons you will find integrated lessons, which allow students to focus on learning about themselves and others while enjoying interaction with communication and writing skills. These lessons are founded in the belief that as all young children learn and grow, each area of their development is interrelated and contributes to how well they learn and master new skills. Therefore, the learning opportunities provided will address all domains of the SC-ELS in an integrated manner.

August 4 (Day 2) -
Breakout Option #6

Presenters:

Joy Anthony & Amy Smith
SC Department of Education Child Early Reading Development and Education Program in the Office of Early

Re-energize your Phonological & Phonemic Awareness Practices

(1.5 hrs CU)

Join us as we engage you by modeling a myriad of interactive strategies and practices to utilize when teaching phonological awareness (snap, clap, stomp syllables, sound cards, I spy rhymes) and phonemic awareness (segmentation, manipulation, blending, adding, subtracting, and substitution). We will also share the Early Indicator Checklist from the SC Dyslexia Handbook (September 2020).

August 4 (Day 2) -
Breakout Option #7

Presenter:

Angela Compton
SC Department of Education Office of Early Learning and Literacy

 

Embracing Positive Solutions for Promoting Social – Emotional Competence

(1.5 hrs CG)

 

Utilizing the Pyramid Model, this session will equip teachers, child-care providers, parents, and care givers with ways to develop the social and emotional competence of ALL children for academic success. The session will focus on ways to implement and sustain evidenced -based key strategies that support and promote the engagement and learning of ALL children in fun and meaningful ways. Participants will engage in concrete learning experiences that provide strategies and practices to foster social and emotional competence in young children.

August 4 (Day 2) -
Breakout Option #8

Presenter:

Kadie Koeneman
SC Department of Social Services ABC Quality

Get Inspired! Creating Low cost Outdoor Spaces

(1.5 hrs CU)

Creating a high-quality outdoor learning environment doesn’t have to break the bank. Come learn ways to implement and improve your outdoor space through low-cost, high-impact changes. This session will focus on outdoor play and learning environments, their benefits, and will provide cost-effective ways to enrich early childhood spaces. Participants will gain inspiration and ideas that they can implement in their own spaces.

August 4 (Day 2) -
Breakout Option #9

Presenter:

Lynn Boyd Glenn
SC Department of Social Services ABC Quality

Gardening – A Fruitful Outdoor Learning Setting

(1.5 hrs CU)

This session will focus on outdoor play and learning environments, their benefits, and how to implement an intentional and cost-effective garden setting. Strategies will be identified for all the considerations when creating a fruit and vegetable garden, from location and construction to maintenance and learning. Participants will leave with the necessary steps to add a garden setting in their own outdoor play and learning environment and resources for their staff to intentionally use it for learning.

August 4 (Day 2) -
Breakout Option #10

Presenters:

Tina Shaw
SC Department of Education Office of Assessment

Rooted in Kindergarten Readiness

(1.5 hrs PD)

Kindergarten readiness is more important than ever! It behooves 4K educators to prepare our students to be school-ready. In this session participants will gain a better understanding of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) in SC. We will take a deeper dive into the KRA design, intended use and strategies will be given to support school readiness. Participants will also explore the purpose and importance of 4K/5K formative assessments and how to connect data with teaching, learning, and building community relationships.

 

SPECIAL SESSIONS OFFERED BOTH DAYS

Using The Creative Curriculum® Cloud and GOLD Enhancements to Support Classroom Planning and Family Partnerships

***THIS SESSION IS ONLY FOR EXPERIENCED TS GOLD USERS***

***SESSION LIMITED TO 50 PARTICIPANTS***

August 3, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.  /  August 4, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Presenter: Abigail Ram (3 hrs PD)

In this 3-hour session, teachers will examine the importance of assessment and reflect on their current teaching and assessment practices both in the classroom and through family involvement.  Educators will explore the latest refinements to the MyTeachingStrategies® platform and will be introduced to the newest digital tools for enhancing family partnerships.  In addition, participants will  learn to explore using a variety of instructional delivery methods, the dynamic planning tools of The Creative Curriculum® Cloud, and two-way communication.

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CU – Curriculum  |  GD – Growth & Development  |  HS – Health & Safety  |  PD – Professional Development

CG – Child Guidance  |  NU – Nutrition  |  PA – Program Administration  |  SN – Special Needs

 

 

Palmetto Pre-K Partner Agencies:

“The project described was supported by the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative (PDG B-5), Grant Number 90TP0080-01-00, from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

Sponsors of great prizes

Our friends at Kaplan Early Learning, Lakeshore Early Learning and School Specialty will be offering fantastic prizes that we will be giving away during Jamboree.

       

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