Fall 2022

The Fall 2022 Palmetto Pre-K Jamboree: Rooted in Research - Embracing the Whole Child will be held virtually, the afternoon of Tuesday, August 2 and morning of Wednesday, August 3

Attendees will experience empowering professional development opportunities to support and uplift the whole child. Any and all pre-kindergarten teachers, support staff and administrators are invited to join these virtual events. All attendees may qualify for SC Endeavors credit hours.

The Jamboree is held twice a year and presented by First Steps 4K, SC Head Start Collaboration Office, SC Department of Education and SC Department of Social Services.

REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED.

 

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, August 2 

12 - 1:40 p.m.           Plenary One: Welcome & Keynote Speaker Trudy Little, M.Ed., BCBA

2 - 3:30 p.m.             Plenary Two: Keynote Speaker Rosemarie Allen, Ed.D. 

Wednesday, August 3 

8:30 - 10 a.m.            Breakout Sessions

10:20 - 12 p.m.          Plenary Three: Keynote Speaker Patty Shukla & Wrap-up

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Special session offered - Limited # of seats

Two times offered with a limited number of seats for a special session course on Documentation. In this 3-hour session, teachers will discuss best practices for using Teaching Strategies. participants will discuss strategies for collecting documentation more intentionally and identify characteristics of high quality documentation. The environment will be evaluated as a tool for collecting documentation, and participants will discuss how changes to the environment can support data collection. Email your interest to Jamboree@scfirststeps.org. The same course will be offered each session. Times will be:

Tuesday, August 2 

8:30 - 11 a.m.           Special Session 1: Elevating Data Collection with Teaching Strategies (three simultaneous sessions offered/ 50-person capacity)

Wednesday, August 3 

1 - 3:30 p.m.            Special Session 2: Elevating Data Collection with Teaching Strategies (three simultaneous sessions offered/ 50-person capacity)

Keynote Session One (Tuesday, August 2, 12 - 1:40 p.m.)


Keynote Presenter Trudy Little, M.Ed., BCBA

Expanding Instruction for Social Emotional Development - Social emotional development is crucial for success in our communal society. We live, work, and play in a community with other people. Children begin to learn social constructs at birth and continue learning critical social skills through their early childhood years. This session focuses on how to teach intentional skills using simple yet effective strategies to support young children’s social emotional learning.

(Welcome by Martha Strickland, First Steps 4K State Director)

Keynote Session Two (Tuesday, August 2, 2 - 3:30 p.m.)


Keynote Presenter Rosemarie Allen, Ed.D.

School Suspensions are an Adult Behavior - When children are engaged in persistent behaviors that are difficult to manage, adults frequently experience powerlessness, especially when working with young children they describe as defiant or oppositional. This keynote address presents information regarding the relationship between children’s behavior and the adult’s responses to undesired behavior. The role of implicit bias on behavioral expectations will be discussed and strategies will be provided for aligning practitioner expectations with those of children and families to reduce suspensions and expulsions in early childhood.

(With Day One wrap-up with Martha Strickland, First Steps 4K State Director)

Breakout Sessions (Wednesday, August 3, 8:30 - 10 a.m.)

Breakout Session -
Option #1

Presenters:
Theresa Harrison M.S., M.P.A., Claressa Hinton M.A. (Carolina Family Engagement Center) & Caroline Smith M.L.I.S. (South Carolina State Library)

Collaborative Practices: Bringing families and practitioners together

(1.5 hrs PD) 

This session focuses on practical ways that practitioners can strengthen relationships with families through fun and engaging activities that promote family engagement, social emotional learning, as well as literacy. Presenters will share activities that are free and publicly available to aid in children's learning and development. Participants will also be encouraged to self-reflect on their own practices and make a plan for family engagement moving forward.

Breakout Session -
Option #2

Presenter:
Amelia Wilks, (Children's Trust of S.C.)

Connecting Communities Through Partnerships

(1.5 hrs) 

Children’s Trust of South Carolina invites family-serving organizations to join us for an interactive demonstration of our statewide resource network database. We will explore findhelp (formerly Aunt Bertha) as a means to develop a comprehensive database of direct social care services. By connecting families to services that meet their needs, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect. The findhelp platform is committed to strengthening the social care system among nonprofits and community-based organizations that deliver direct services. Findhelp provides a free suite of tools that help organizations build capacity and amplify their community impact.

Breakout Session -
Option #3

Presenter:
Ablean Hanna (S.C. Department of Education)

Developing Teamwork in a Child's Educational Experience

(1.5 hrs  PD) 

This presentation will increase awareness of the significance of teamwork between home/school in a child's learning process and identify behaviors in the family environment which can affect success in school and learning. We will explore ways in which parents can become partners with schools and develop skills for productive home/school communication.

Breakout Session -
Option #4

Presenters: 
Amy Smith, Lydia Carnesale & Sherri Evans (SC Department of Education)

Embracing the Whole Child Through Best Practices

(1.5 hrs  CU) 

This session focuses on what meaningful interactions look like daily from the lens of home and school contexts; this considers collaborations and relationship building in areas of routines, transitions and outdoor learning. The strategies that are used and discussed in this session will not only take into consideration children with disabilities but also those with language and cultural diversities.

Breakout Session -
Option #5

Presenter:
Janice Kilburn PhD (South Carolina First Steps), Nicole Mitchell & Diedra Walker (Richland School Dist. Two)

Families and Teachers Better Together - Countdown to 4K Supports Transition

(1.5 hrs  CU) 

School transitions are important developmental milestones for both children and parents/caregivers, and successful transitions can provide children with the foundation for later school success. The Countdown to 4K program pairs parents of rising 4K students with their soon-to-be teachers or teaching assistants on one-on-one visits that establish solid family-school relationships and introduce families to 4K expectations. Preliminary research shows that children who participated in similar programming showed more academic readiness, families were more engaged with school, and there were substantially stronger home-school relations than those who were eligible but did not participate in the program.

Breakout Session -
Option #6

Presenter:
Christopher Gaines, LMWS & Tawanna Jennings  (SC Infant Mental Health Association)

Holding the Baby in Mind: A Holistic Approach to Infant Mental Health

(1.5 hrs  GR) 

Infant and early childhood mental health is a rapidly expanding field. As physical and cognitive development often is the focus in early care and education, research illuminates the importance of social-emotional and relational health to support the whole child. The presentation discusses typical development as well as factors that may disrupt this development, such as stressors and traumas. Presenters will review evidence-based practice of infant and early childhood mental health consultation is a medium to disrupting biases within the early childhood sectors.

Breakout Session -
Option #7

Presenter:
Dale Murrie (USC Children's Physical Activity Research Group)

Increasing PA in Young Children: Online Training for Childcare Staff

(1.5 hrs  CU) 

Early writing is noted as one of the best predictors of children's later reading success. How do we motivate, inspire, and support the development of our youngest writers? In this interactive and engaging learning session, we will explore how writing typically develops in young children and how teachers can actively support the stages of writing development by embracing practices that value and empower each learner in our care.

Breakout Session -
Option #8

Presenters:
Angela Compton & Joy Anthony (S.C. Department of Education)

Inspiring and Empowering Our Youngest Writers

(1.5 hrs  CU) 

Early writing is noted as one of the best predictors of children's later reading success. How do we motivate, inspire, and support the development of our youngest writers? In this interactive and engaging learning session, we will explore how writing typically develops in young children and how teachers can actively support the stages of writing development by embracing practices that value and empower each learner in our care.

Breakout Session -
Option #9

Presenter:
Cassie Welch MLIS (Charleston County Public Library)

My Blue is Happy: Read-alouds for Social-Emotional Learning

(1.5 hrs  GR) 

It’s no secret that young children have big feelings, and, sometimes, they don’t understand them or know how to manage them. Come learn about how to use read-alouds to introduce social-emotional learning (SEL) themes in your classroom through a variety of wonderfully diverse literature and extension activities.

Breakout Session -
Option #10

Presenter:
Tammy Compton & Teresa Phillips (Spartanburg Quality Counts

Responding to Challenging Classroom Behavior

(1.5 hrs  CG) 

Join us as we blend Conscious Discipline and the Pyramid Model to teach new responses to challenges that may occur in the classroom. Participants will learn strategies and problem-solving techniques to use in the classroom that will help children express anger. Participants will engage in conversation with others about strategies that have worked and learn about signs that children display when they have been triggered.

Breakout Session -
Option #11

Presenters:
Rachal Hatton-Moore LMSW (SC Early Childhood Advisory Council)

SC's 2-Gen Approach: Embracing the whole family

(1.5 hrs  GR, PD) 

Children's well-being is interconnected with their entire family system and household. In this session, we will discuss programs and initiatives in SC that support both parents and their children, and ways we can help connect parents to resources so that whole families thrive. We will cover the principles and areas of 2Gen, will discuss practical supports for families for kindergarten transitions, parents entering the technical college system, and parent knowledge building portals First Five SC and Palmetto Pre-K, and the SC Family Voice Council. In breakout rooms (or group conversation depending on the number of attendees), we will discuss examples from attendee’s work and engaging families in holistic ways in their child’s education.

Breakout Session -
Option #12

Presenter:
Linda Doherty & Bonnie Darlene Faucette (Child Care Resource and Referral)

Talking and Thinking Together - Using A Talking Tub as a Provocation for Learning! 101

(1.5 hrs  CU) 

We are excited to take a deeper dive into inquiry-based learning with Talking Tubs, which can be used in your classroom to discover the world around us. Dr. Claire Warden introduced us to this concept. Join us and learn a great way to introduce new learning to children, stimulate their senses, and get them talking and thinking!

Breakout Session -
Option #13

Presenter:
Lynn Kuykendall (SC Department of Education)

Thriving Through Inquiry and Play in Preschool

(1.5 hrs  CU) 

This interactive session will focus preschool educators on how to provide opportunities to make playful explorations an exciting experience for young children through inquiry-based centers. Children will become self-directed learners and the classroom will be filled with excitement for learning.

Breakout Session -
Option #14

Presenter:
Leigh D'Amico EdD & Xumei Fan PhD, (Univ. of S.C.)

Understanding Opportunities and Challenges in Children’s Transition to 4K

(1.5 hrs  GR) 

In this session, 4K teachers will engage in discussion about their experiences and best practices in early childhood transitions. Participants will share and learn from others related to strategies to promote effective transitions, challenges or barriers that impact effective transitions, and ideas to shape transitions to promote better outcomes for children, families, teachers, and schools.

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Keynote Session Three (Wednesday, August 3, 10:20 a.m. - 12 p.m.)


Keynote Presenter Patty Shukla

Music, Movement & Media – For Active Learners - This interactive session will get you moving to new curriculum-based music by international YouTube sensation children's musician Miss Patty. Not only will she share how to make participatory songs exciting and developmentally appropriate, you will leave you with internet expertise to find new music on your smart devices. Energetic songs and tech savvy applications for today's classrooms with cutting edge information to support learning. 

Planning Committee

A planning committee with representatives from the four agencies that provide publicly funded preschool in South Carolina (Department of Education, First Steps 4K, Department of Social Services, and Head Start Collaboration Office) collaborate to plan the day. 

SC Endeavors Information

The SC Endeavors Registry is designed to support early childhood professionals in licensed and state regulated early childhood settings across South Carolina including family-based and center childcare, preschool, Head Start, and Pre-K. To receive SC Endeavors credit for sessions attended, you must register and log in to Jamboree sessions using your specific Zoom link (received in a confirmation email) and log in on your own device. You must attend the session for at least 80% of the session time to receive credit, you need to have your camera on and  audio connection available.

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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

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Palmetto Pre-K Partner Agencies:

“The project described was supported by the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative (PDG B-5), Grant Number 90TP0080-02-01, from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

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