Saturday PM Schedule

 

12:30 - 2             Event luncheon with awards ceremony (extra fee)

2:30 - 3:30 PM    EARLY AFTERNOON SESSIONS

(Sessions will fill on a first-come basis)

How to Talk so LITTLE Kids Will Listen

Description: Using a lively combination of storytelling and audience interaction, Julie King will model the language that reduces conflict and promotes cooperation between parents and children. She will share practical strategies that make life with children less stressful and more rewarding. A Q&A will follow.

Julie King, Master Lecturer

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Julie King is co-author of the international best-selling book How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen, and a collaborator on the app Parenting Hero. She consults to parents of children of all ages, leads workshops and gives lecture presentations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area as well as nationally and internationally. She is the mother of three.


Agency: the Disposition of Powerful Children

Description: We can raise stronger children if we learn to protect their inborn agency. It is often eroded by well-meaning adults, but we can do better.

Sydney Gurewitz Clemens

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Sydney Gurewitz Clemens, an early childhood teacher for more than thirty years, is a widely recognized author and presenter on topics which involve hot cognition: children learning through things they are passionate about. These topics can be from the happy parts of life: early literacy, creativity, and many aspects of the work being done in Reggio Emilia, but they can also be from life’s painful parts, including divorce, death & dying, and parents in prison. Her three books, Pay Attention to the Children: Lessons for Teachers and Parents from Sylvia Ashton-Warner, The Sun’s Not Broken, A Cloud’s Just in the Way: On Child-Centered Teaching, and Seeing Young Children with New Eyes—What We’ve Learned From Reggio Emilia About Children and Ourselves are inspiring, practical, informative and a pleasure to read.


Curate a Bookshelf to Inspire your Young Feminist

Description: It's never been more important to diversify our children's book shelves. But how do you do it well and with intentionality? Finding children's books featuring strong female characters and people of color is hard. Finding great stories among them is even harder. This presentation will go through all our book research strategies, and how to discuss diverse books (and difficult topics) among children.

Brittany Murlas

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Brittany Murlas is an entrepreneur specializing in tech for women & families. Brittany was the CMO of BabyList.com, helping the company become the most popular online baby registry. In November, Brittany launched The Little Feminist, a children’s book and activity box subscription that focuses on diversity and gender equality, teaching 3-7-year-old girls and boys (yes, boys can be feminists too!) empathy and perseverance.
 


Como Jugamos con el Concepto de Genero en la Escuela y en Casa
(en Español)

Description: Breve introducción sobre como comprender qué es el género y sus varias dimensiones. Cómo se forma y construye el genero al jugar dentro de una comunidad.

Angelica Guerrero

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Angelica has served as founder, director and teacher of Billygoats/Cabritas, Learning from Nature Pre-School in San Francisco since 2005. She was inspired to start this outdoor-based "backpack school" (escuela de mochilazo) for 2-3 years olds by her work with indigenous communities in Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico and the Children’s Hospital in Mexico City. The philosophy is that nature provides all the necessary elements for learning in the early years and this includes looking at our true selves as human beings, exploring and embracing our right to be who we are and express our identity in our unique ways without comparison nor expectation in our gender identity or abilities.


Supporting Gender Expansive / Transgender Youth and Their Families in Early Childhood Setting

Description: In this workshop participants will develop a deep understanding about gender and gender identity, especially regarding young children. Participants will learn language they can use when talking to families, friends, and colleagues about gender identities and differences. The workshop includes a discussion of strategies to create inclusive classrooms and communities that support diverse gender expression. The workshop facilitator will also present options for resources and support for parents who think their child may be transgender, or who have questions about their child’s gender identity

Janna Barkin

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Janna Barkin is a proud mother of a transgender son and a passionate advocate for transgender youth rights. She served as director of the Novato Parents Nursery School, a cooperative preschool in Novato, CA, and at the SFJCC Rosenberg Early Childhood Center in San Francisco. Currently, Janna focuses her attention on gender advocacy and education, and she also provides support and coaching for transgender youth and their families. Her book He’s Always Been My Son (August 2017 Jessica Kingsley Publishers) was a #1 bestseller. Learn more at www.hesalwaysbeenmyson.com


Positive Behavior Strategies for 2-5 Year-Olds: Stop Nagging, Yelling and Losing your Patience!

Description: By the time this fun, thought provoking workshop ends, you’ll be armed with twelve powerful, science backed tools that you can start using right away to be a better parent and educator! Learn why kid's brains are wired to seek independence at this age, how to manage challenges with more patience and calm, and how to get kids to listen and cooperate the first time without nagging, being “mean" or yelling. All participants will receive a Tool Chart to take home or to the classroom.

Aki Raymer

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Aki Raymer, MA is dedicated to helping parents raise happy, connected kids without squishing their bright little spirits! As the founder of Parenting Paths, she empowers parents by guiding them to identify their own unique values, encourages them to discover and delight in their children, and learn and implement strategies that not only improve behavior, but also connection, confidence and joy for every member of the family. You can learn more about Aki at www.parentingpaths.com.


Spacious Love: How Somatic Meditation Can Be Your Support

Description: This workshop introduces somatic meditation techniques in movement and stillness that help us connect with our inner resources. These internal resources then enhance our ability to be in loving presence with those around us, even in moments of tension or frustration, which benefits all relationships and is particular important for parents.

Ari Goldfield and Rose Taylor

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Ari Goldfield and Rose Taylor are co-directors of the Wisdom Sun Buddhist Community (www.wisdomsun.org), which offers meditation classes in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and retreats locally and internationally. Ari is a psychotherapist in private practice and Rose is a certified life coach, and they are also coop preschool parents in San Francisco.


Biodanza Playshop: Dancing Life in Early Childhood
(bilingual: Español/English)

Description: Biodanza for preschoolers looks quite different than for adults, which is why we are offering a second workshop where you will get to be four again. This workshop builds on the Friday morning workshop for adults, but it is not necessary to have participated in that to enjoy this. Here you'll experience what it is like to learn social, emotional, gross and fine motor skills as well as basic numbers, shapes, colors, etc. through this unique modality. Biodanza for children includes movement/dance, play and participatory storytelling. You'll be surprised how easy it will be to channel your inner preschooler, and see for yourself how Biodanza can support the development of not only a healthy, well balanced child but also a harmonious family and school community. 
(This is a very special practice that involves trust, so we ask that participants stay for the entire session if they can - we will close doors to latecomers after 10 minutes.)

Biodanza para niños en edad preescolar es bastante diferente, por lo que estamos ofreciendo un segundo taller en el que usted podrá tener cuantro años otra vez. A través de esta modalidad única usted podrá experimentar lo que es aprender habilidades sociales, emocionales, motoras gruesas y finas, así como números básicos, formas, colores, etc. Biodanza para niños incluye movimiento / danza, juego y cuentos participativos. Te sorprenderá lo fácil que será canalizar a tu niño interno, y ver por ti mismo cómo Biodanza puede apoyar el desarrollo no solo de un niño sano y equilibrado, sino también de una familia y comunidad escolar armoniosa.
(Esta es una práctica muy especial en la cual es importante la confianza, así que los invitamos a que se queden por toda la hora - no se permitirá la entrada después de los primeros 10 minutos.)

Clara Rubin-Smith McKie, Cecilia Reus, and Mirjam Krohne

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Clara Rubin-Smith McKie is a lifelong dancer and a movement teacher with a mission to make dance accessible for everyone. She first experienced Biodanza in Chile, and as a certified Biodanza Facilitator leads groups in English and Spanish with specializations in Biodanza for Children and Teenagers and Biocentric Systems for Organizations. Clara is also mother to two young children and a member of Sunset Co-op Nursery School here in San Francisco.

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Cecilia Reus is a Biodanza Facilitator and long-standing practitioner. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) working at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, where she provides relationship-based treatment to children under seven years old and their caregivers. In that capacity she has incorporated Biodanza as part of the wellness program for her team and has delivered it to preschool teachers and families.

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Mirjam Krohne is a public school education specialist, dancer, storyteller and certified Biodanza Facilitator. She facilitates Biodanza for adults, youth and families and combines story, facilitated movement, and special education insight into playfully teaching all to reach their full potential. Mirjam also completed the Luna Dance summer program for educators which stimulated her to incorporate dance in teaching core subjects at her school.


 

3:30 - 4 PM    Break with coffee & tea
 

4 - 5 pm         LATE AFTERNOON SESSIONS

(Sessions will fill on a first-come basis)

Playing to Learn! The Connection Between the Body and the Brain

Description: Children naturally and instinctively do the things they need to do to get their brains ready for learning through the process of play. When children are engaged in physical activities, research conclusively indicates that the cognitive domains of the brain are automatically stimulated. Understanding the stages of brain development enables us to create enriched environments that will promote optimal learning experiences.

Sharron Krull, Master Lecturer

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Sharron’s teaching experience spans over forty years and encompasses nearly all areas of early childhood education. She is a veteran preschool teacher, having taught and directed at parent cooperative preschools for over 20 years. Sharron is currently an Early Childhood Consultant and Trainer through her company Play Power (www.sharronkrull.com) and she speaks at national, state, and regional early childhood conferences, workshops, and staff trainings sharing developmentally appropriate curriculum activities and resources.


Looking Beyond Preschool: What Are We Preparing Children FOR?

Description: In this presentation, we'll first pose the question, "What are preschools preparing our children FOR?" We'll consider critical traits children need to thrive in the 21st century, and the ways in which schools can nourish (or impair) the development of these traits. Next, we'll look at what students need to be effective across their ages and stages and review a list of questions that preschool professionals can offer parents to help them identify the "right" next schools for their children. Finally, we'll examine the essential question: What can early childhood educators do to prepare children to thrive throughout the school journey awaiting them, in the face of considerable uncertainty and disagreement about what the future holds?

Olaf Jorgenson

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Ole Jorgenson is in his 30th in education and currently leads Almaden Country Day School (ACDS), an independent PK4-8th grade school with 350 students in San Jose. Prior to ACDS, Ole was an administrator, teacher, and coach in public and international schools in three states and four countries. He is the author of three education books, most recently Doing Good Science: A Practical STEM Guide (NSTA Press, 2014) and he is presently working on a parenting book with Bay Area family therapist Sheri Glucoft Wong. Ole completed his undergraduate degrees in English and philosophy at Washington State University and his doctorate at Arizona State University. Ole lives in San Jose with his wife, Tanya, their 16-year-old daughter Juliette, and a growing collection of rescued dogs.


Movimiento y Música para el Desarrollo del Lenguaje / Language Learning with Movement & Music  
(bilingual: Español/English)

Description: In this Spanish/English workshop Erica is excited to share different strategies that have been especially supportive in her experience working on the language learning development of young students from pre-K to 1st grade. She will share various songs, chants, and movements to engage students in different academic contents and social-emotional development skills. In the learning and sharing of this workshop, Erica hopes to inspire educators to integrate more songs, chants, poems, Total Physical Response, and high engagement from students to encourage a positive learning and growing environment.

Erica Gallegos

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Erica Gallegos is currently a dual immersion Kindergarten teacher at Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 Community School in the Mission District of San Francisco and has been a bilingual educator for nearly a decade in grades K-6. She is passionate about language learning, the incredible development experienced in children 0-5 years old, and the power of music and dance to motivate students to learn and grow in their academic and social-emotional skills.


Teaching Children to have Healthy Boundaries

Description: Our society does not teach Boundaries skills well, and yet, it’s a key life skills which will be needed at every age and stage of life. Interacting with others, sexually or not, means you’ll need to feel and defend your boundaries…but how do you do this well? And how do you teach this skill set to your kids, especially if it wasn’t taught to you? Come to this skill-building workshop where we’ll be diving into how to teach kids to feel and defend their boundaries, and how to build consent culture.

Anya Manes

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Anya coaches parents to become the mentor and amazing parent they’ve always wanted to be for their kids. By transforming and opening the communication between parents and their children, Anya helps parents have deep and connected conversations about anything. Anya’s specialty is helping parents talk with their kids about sex, to ensure that their kids have safe and healthy sexual relationships from the start.


Turn your Conflicts into Strengths! Increasing harmony and connectedness through understanding – and effective problem-solving

Description: Child behavior expert Rebecah Freeling has an exceptional gift for seeing kids’ problem behaviors in a positive light, and she’s going to share this gift with you! Because whether you’re a parent or a teacher, when you understand the true extent to which “bad behavior” is shaped by the child’s intentions and natural temperament, the behavior is no longer a problem; instead, it’s an awesome opportunity. Your frustration levels decrease; you’re more able to stay in your role as leader; and most important, because you understand what’s shaping the behavior, you’re much better equipped to respond in a way that gets the child on your side.

Rebecah Freeling

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Rebecah Freeling is a speaker, trainer, and child behavior expert specializing in children with impulsivity, emotional volatility, difficulty “listening,” ADHD, aggression and bullying, and other behavior that’s really, really challenging for parents, teachers – and other kids! Along with her coaching programs, which help parents resolve kids’ problem behavior quickly – and in a way that empowers everyone in the family – she has also developed the Failproof Family Meeting for Spirited Kids, a practical, step-by-step process that gets strong-willed kids to want to cooperate. One of Rebecah’s greatest joys is to help parents and teachers create environments that reflect their children’s personalities and turn their weaknesses into strengths. Rebecah also loves kayaking, and cats.


How to Tame the Toys: Implement key organized systems at home and increase the joy of play

Description: Learn easy ways to get organized at home in less time than you think. Implement a few key systems for toys and books and rely less on screen-time, reduce your family chaos, and provide an environment for your kids to thrive.

Sarah Hembree

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Sarah helps transform your family chaos into functional and organized systems. She is also a co-op mother, teacher & board member. She offers online learning courses at www.nesthappysf.com and loads of free tips on social media (nesthappy) for less stress, less screen-time, and more joy!


Welcoming Support Group for Parents of Transgender, Gender Expansive, or Gender Questioning Children
(English / Español)

Description: We’ll create a welcoming space for parents to share experiences, concerns and get support. We will take a few minutes for social time to encourage everyone to reach out to each other and connect. We will be addressing all concerns including schools, coming out to family, social transition, finding the right doctors and therapists, and more. We will share appropriate resources and share our “best practices.”

Angelica Guerrero and Janna Barkin

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Angelica has served as founder, director and teacher of Billygoats/Cabritas, Learning from Nature Pre-School in San Francisco since 2005. She was inspired to start this outdoor-based "backpack school" (escuela de mochilazo) for 2-3 years olds by her work with indigenous communities in Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico and the Children’s Hospital in Mexico City. The philosophy is that nature provides all the necessary elements for learning in the early years and this includes looking at our true selves as human beings, exploring and embracing our right to be who we are and express our identity in our unique ways without comparison nor expectation in our gender identity or abilities.

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Janna Barkin is a proud mother of a transgender son and a passionate advocate for transgender youth rights. She served as director of the Novato Parents Nursery School, a cooperative preschool in Novato, CA, and at the SFJCC Rosenberg Early Childhood Center in San Francisco. Currently, Janna focuses her attention on gender advocacy and education, and she also provides support and coaching for transgender youth and their families. Her book He’s Always Been My Son (August 2017 Jessica Kingsley Publishers) was a #1 bestseller. Learn more at www.hesalwaysbeenmyson.com

 


5 - 5:30 pm   Closing remarks