Friday PM Schedule

 

12:30 - 2      LUNCH BREAK (on your own)
 

2 - 3 PM       EARLY AFTERNOON SESSIONS

(Sessions will fill on a first-come basis)

Building in Connection for the Long Haul

Description: You have great power to help lift difficulties from your child's life, and learning these tools early will mean that your child can retain their sense of connection with you throughout adolescence and into adulthood. This hands-on workshop will use role-play, demonstrations and Q&A to highlight two "Listening Tools," Special Time and Stay listening, which can strengthen and repair the parent-child connection throughout your entire parenting career. I'll give examples of how you, partnering with your child, can resolve issues such as aggression, sibling rivalry, homework or learning woes, and, in late childhood and teens, "attitude," using these two tools, plus some play and limits when necessary.

Patty Wipfler

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Patty Wipfler is the Hand in Hand Parenting Founder and Program Director. Her 45 years of work with parents and children has given rise to Parenting by Connection, a simple but powerful parenting approach that nurtures the parent-child connection. With co-author Tosha Schore, she has written the book, Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges. She is the mother of two sons, grandmother to three teens, and lives in Palo Alto, CA with her husband.


Mindful Caregiving Through Music

Description: In this workshop, you’ll experience how singing and mindfulness go hand in hand. We’ll sing, laugh, and move our bodies (but you will not be put on the spot or asked to perform)… AND you’ll come away with creative new ways to handle some of parenting’s greatest challenges, drawing on the power of song. In this workshop you will learn: songs that will ease transitions, bringing greater continuity, predictability, and joy to your day. Like meditation or yoga, singing can be a powerful way to come back into alignment when you feel off center and connect to your own deep sources of strength.

Noe Venable

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Noe Venable is a singer and holistic music educator who has released six albums of original music and toured nationally with some of the greats, including Ani DiFranco. As a teacher, Noe provides a safe space for beginners and experienced singers alike to explore the joy of making music together. Noe currently leads Meadowlark Music Class, Mothersong Chorus and the parent-child program at Golden Bridges School, as well as teaches for Music Together. Noe holds a masters degree from Harvard Divinity School and a Waldorf teaching certificate from Antioch New England.


Way of the Mindful Improvisor

Description: Few activities get folks focused more immediately than improvisational theater exercises. When you combine those with an eye for mindfulness, that already valuable play time also helps develop important neural pathways of attention, curiosity, courage, and compassion. Kids and adults alike feel more resilient, more confident, and more willing to help each other out. In this workshop, we’ll spend most of our time diving into such exercises ourselves, getting to experience their benefit so we can share them more easily with others.

Ted DeMaison

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Since completing his graduate work at Stanford (MBA) and Harvard (Masters of Theology), Ted DesMaisons has studied, performed, and taught improvisation internationally. He is the founder and principal of ANIMA Learning and a trained Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor. He serves as the US Partner for the UK-based Mindfulness in Schools Project and co-hosts the Monster Baby Podcast (http://www.monsterbabypodcast.com).


Fun, Community and Life Skills on the Walking School Bus

Description: Join this interactive workshop for tips and tricks on how to lead a walking school bus (parent chaperoned walking group) and further develop children's communication and independent decision making skills while having fun and building community.
 

Jason Serafino-Agar

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Jason Serafino-Agar has been a pioneer in the field of transportation education, helping to Safe Routes to School programs to Oregon, Arizona and California. Since becoming a stay at home Dad of 2 children, ages 4 and 7 has been focused on helping more families reduce stress, connect more and teach life skills through walking and bicycling together.


Science Inquiry through Play
(of special interest for teachers) 

Description: Our task as educators is to foster curiosity and observation skills in our young students. How do we help them to build a habit of looking closely and thoughtfully at the world around them? Join us for science play time and leave with some simple tools for laying the foundation of inquiry with little ones.

Helena Carmena Young

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Helena Carmena Young, MA, is a 15-year veteran of teaching in the classroom, in museum education, and higher education. Her expertise is teacher professional development and her passion is science and sustainability, and how it can empower people of all ages to be more scientifically literate and environmentally conscience. She was most recently the Assistant Director of Teacher Professional Development at the California Academy of Sciences and is now a freelance educational consultant engaged in coaching teachers and developing curriculum.


Raising Children in a Digital World

Description: The digital world is here to stay, changing our society in ways that have far-reaching consequences for our children. What are the implications for raising children? How does technology affect their relationships and their healthy growth? How do we help them harness the awesome potentials of new technology and yet avoid the negative pitfalls? Todd will discuss how parents must take the lead in order to avoid the relational and developmental dangers of technology to our children without avoiding technology completely.

Todd Sarner

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Todd Sarner, MFT is a Certified Parent Consultant & Educator, Psychotherapist and Director of Transformative Parenting in Mill Valley. He has worked as a mentor and counselor to children, teens, and their families for over 18 years but now works almost exclusively with parents- helping them to handle behavior issues and other developmental concerns with confidence. Todd trained for over 8 years with leading developmental psychologist Dr. Gordon Neufeld ("Hold On to Your Kids") and is a former Faculty Member of the Neufeld Institute.


Maintaining Financial and Non-Profit Compliance
(of special interest for directors, board members, and administrators) 

Description: The session will discuss the various filings necessary to maintain the preschool's non-profit status and creating systems to assure compliance. Also included will be a discussion of how to help the board monitor finances.

E. Kim Coontz

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E. Kim Coontz is the Executive Director of the California Center for Cooperative Development, a private non-profit dedicated to promoting and supporting cooperatives. She has authored and co-authored more than 10 publications about cooperatives, including Bringing Families Together: A Guide to Parent Cooperatives, which was published in 2003. During her twenty-five year cooperative career, she has provided start-up assistance to numerous new cooperatives, including the development of feasibility studies and business plans.


How to Support a Child’s Development of Fine Motor Skills and Prepare for the Writing to Come

Description: The demands of Kindergarten have changed greatly over the years, specifically the expectations regarding writing. Whether a child is developmentally ready for it or not, they will be “journal writing” in September of their kindergarten year. Pushing the acquisition of this skill creates certain challenges. Understanding and supporting the foundational pieces necessary for successful writing is key to effectively prepare a child for those demands.

Julia Harris

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Julia Harris is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist in a San Francisco based private practice. She works with children and their families one on one in the clinic, as well as school screenings and educational in-services for teachers and parents. The focus of treatment includes Gross and Fine Motor Skills, Visual Processing Functions, Sensory Processing and Self Regulation.


 

3 - 3:30        Break with coffee & tea
 

3:30 - 4:30   LATE AFTERNOON SESSIONS

(Sessions will fill on a first-come basis)

Master Lecture: Mindfulness Tools for Teachers
(of special interest for teachers) 

Description: Learn practical, applied mindfulness tools for the classroom. These practices will help you be your most grounded, present self in order to help your students connect, focus and learn most effectively.

Sally Arnold

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A Mindfulness Educator and Speaker, Sally Arnold has taught holistic education for over 20 years. Her background includes being a registered nurse and an educator in the fields of parenting, adoption, foster care, and mindfulness. Sally has brought mindfulness into schools teaching to students, teachers and administrators. She has piloted school programs, integrating mindfulness curriculum designed to be sustainable and year long. She is the parent of four children and has opened her heart and home to countless others in need of a safe place and a kitchen table where they can gather and share their stories.


Finding Second Circle: An Embodied Path to Presence and Power in Every Moment

Description: Do you find yourself shrinking from valuable opportunities for connection or driving others away with unintentional intimidation?
Based on the work of legendary British acting coach Patsy Rodenburg, engage in safe and playful movement, breathing, and speaking exercises that show you how to inhabit “Second Circle,” a physical and attitudinal way of being that generates:
• resilient confidence
• creative power
• authentic connection
Guaranteed to shift how you move in the world!

Ted DeMaison

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Since completing his graduate work at Stanford (MBA) and Harvard (Masters of Theology), Ted DesMaisons has studied, performed, and taught improvisation internationally. He is the founder and principal of ANIMA Learning and a trained Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor. He serves as the US Partner for the UK-based Mindfulness in Schools Project and co-hosts the Monster Baby Podcast (http://www.monsterbabypodcast.com).


Creating a Joyous Family Culture

Description: This workshop will allow participants to examine the research on how family narratives, mission statements and rituals contribute to more love in the home, stronger family attachment, resilience in children, and an increased awareness of their community and world. Participants will interactively explore their own narratives, as well as begin to create their own mission statements and rituals that can be immediately incorporated into their family.

Nancy Gapasin Gnass

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Nancy Gapasin Gnass has been an educator for twenty-five years and a parent educator for fifteen years. She has guided countless parents and educators through the different stages of childhood and teaches in the Child Development department at City College of San Francisco. She's also a mom to two spirited adolescents who keep her very busy and the wife of an amazing husband of just about twenty-five years.


Creating Resilient Early Childhood Learning Environments

Description: This session will provide an overview of the key principles of trauma-informed and resilience-building practices, how they apply to early childhood learning environments and practical skills to help build the capacity of the educators and foster connection with the children they are serving. Participants will become aware of issues related to early childhood trauma (including Adverse Childhood Experiences; social, historical, and systems trauma; implicit bias) and the importance of creating a trauma-informed, resilience-building early childhood setting. Participants will learn strategies to address burnout, reduce stress, build their own resilience, and positively transform their approach to working with young children and their families in early childhood learning environments and beyond.

Lori Chelius and Regan Overholt

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Lori Chelius is a partner with Origins Training & Consulting, a firm focused on helping leaders transform their organizations and communities through the science of adversity and resilience. She has spent over 15 years in the healthcare industry with experience in strategic planning, project management, market research, and needs assessment. Lori is a alumnus of the MBA/MPH program at UC Berkeley and received her BA from Williams College with a major in psychology and a concentration in neuroscience.

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Regan Overholt is an analyst at the CA Department of Social Services, Children and Family Services Division. Regan has been in Human Service work in both the private and public sector for 25 years, in the areas of women's health, early childcare and education as well as the foster care system. She sits on several Boards and Commissions that serve her local county and regional area.


Big Art for Little Bodies ~ In the classroom or at home!

Description: In this hands on workshop I will share over 20 large motor art activities that have been proven fun and successful with kiddos (and adults!) of all ages. Lots of pictures, materials, and hands on opportunities will be available, and all activities can be implemented on any budget at home or in the classroom. Teachers, parents, and students are all welcome!

Sarah Bradford

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Sarah earned her BA in Leadership and Organizational Studies from St. Mary's College and her Early Childhood Education from CSUB and Diablo Valley College. She has 19 years of classroom experience as a director and teacher, 13 of which has been at Valley Parent Preschool in Danville, CA. She holds a CA Site Supervisor and Master Teacher permit, and enjoys speaking to parent groups and educators on topics including child and program development.


Listening Partnerships

Description: We do well when we can authentically express ourselves and feel heard. Come learn how you and your family can benefit from Listening Partnerships. In this workshop you will learn the guidelines, practice with partners, and have the opportunity to ask clarifying questions so you can confidently begin implementing this transformational tool in your own life.

Karin Appleton

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Karin Appleton, MA is an early childhood professional and parent
educator with decades of experience and an advanced education.
She brings a lighthearted compassion and non-judgmental attitude to
her work supporting the parent community through classes,
workshops, and individual sessions.


Let’s Get Moving!

Description: 20 Different Yoga, Dance and Movement Activities for your classroom or home. Learn creative ways to use books, toys, and other props that you can find throughout your classroom or in your home to help keep children engaged and focused. These activities will encourage self-expression, cultural awareness, problem solving, team work and creative thinking while working on balance, coordination, listening skills, concentration, breathing techniques, spatial awareness, and basic science, math and early literacy skills!

Jamaica Stevens

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Jamaica Stevens founded JAMaROO Kids in 2004 after teaching preschool for 7.5 years and studying the preforming arts since childhood. JAMaROO Kids specializes in providing quality enrichment programs for young children, including dance, music, yoga, art and bilingual classes. Currently Jamaica leads a team of educators who specialize in creating and teaching developmentally appropriate enrichment programs for young children at over 130 schools, childcare centers and community venues throughout the Bay Area.


Consensus Decision Making
(of special interest for administrators, directors, and board members) 

Description: Consensus is a decision making approach that unifies groups while reducing conflicts and resentments. This workshop will share meeting process and consensus decision making strategies, and discuss how this form of decision making promotes unity even when each individual didn’t get exactly what he/she wants.

E. Kim Coontz

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E. Kim Coontz is the Executive Director of the California Center for Cooperative Development, a private non-profit dedicated to promoting and supporting cooperatives. She has authored and co-authored more than 10 publications about cooperatives, including Bringing Families Together: A Guide to Parent Cooperatives, which was published in 2003. During her twenty-five year cooperative career, she has provided start-up assistance to numerous new cooperatives, including the development of feasibility studies and business plans.


Viewing Challenging Behavior Through a Sensory Lens
(of special interest for teachers) 

Description: This workshop aims to help teachers learn to view challenging behaviors from a sensory lens—that is, a disorganized brain that is seeking more sensory input. Participants will be given scenarios of challenging behaviors and lists of free, homemade, or inexpensive somatosensory activities that can be applied to each behavior. They will also have an opportunity to reflect on children in their care that exhibit these behavioral problems and plan times that they might implement these proprioceptive, vestibular or tactile activities.

Rebecca Walsh

Early Childhood Matters' founder and director, Rebecca Walsh, is an early childhood expert and local mother of three. Rebecca's primary focus is helping parents to understand the developing brain of children, while providing strategies to establish connection and effective positive discipline tools in the early years.
 



4:30             BUS DEPARTS FOR THE PROGRESSIVE DINNER TOUR