2013 Annual Leadership Symposium & Hawai‘i Early Childhood Conference

Leadership Symposium
Friday, October 11, 2013

LOL (Laughing Out Loud): Maintaining Relationships and Reducing Stress 2
Working with children all day can be tiring and overwhelming. Teachers are often focused on assessment, documentation, standards and changes that can strain staff and administration relations. Learn to “Laugh Out Loud” with games, activities and stories practiced at UHMCC that strengthen relationships by building on camaraderie and relieving tensions.

  • Alyson, Navarro, Yuki Hwang & Kristi Kawahara-Xu, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Children’s Center
  • NAEYC/ASK: Leadership & Management/MAN Focus: ALL

In Our Garden!
See real-life experiences and projects that were created with children to connect them to nature, nutrition, culture and wellness. These projects were created to maximize limited spaces and budgets while keeping children in a mixed-age inclusion class engaged, involved and excited.

Setting Performance Benchmarks
The publication of HELDS and potential changes to science standards create an opportunity for schools to develop performance benchmarks meaningful to their unique circumstances and objectives while addressing current standards. UHMCC shares the what, why and how of it new performance benchmarks, and where it would like to go from here.

Early Childhood Conference
Saturday, October 12, 2013

 Spontaneous and Intentional Curriculum That’s FUN!
Peek into our curriculum designed for 2 and 3 year olds using the children’s answers to the question “What do you like to do for fun?” See how we designed and intentional curriculum to build upon the children’s strengths and challenges while building relationships with one another.

Little Yogis: Promoting Peace, Body Awareness and Literacy

Join us as we share our journey using yoga with toddlers and preschoolers. This play based approach incorporate imagination, songs, exercise, and children’s literature. Even a young novice will leave inspired to share yoga with children so that they feel a deepened sense of self-confidence.

Storybook Cooking
See how classroom teachers provided reflective, age- appropriate literacy experiences connected to multi-cultural storybooks through cooking and other activities. Find out how we extended these storybooks by integrating sensory and dramatic play, art and math with toddlers and preschoolers! We highlight eliciting and enriching language expression, especially for English Language Learners.

Fostering Language and Thinking in Place-Based Science Through Small Group Collaboration and Connections to Children’s Everyday Experiences
Come and learn about strategies to promote children’s language and thinking by making connections to what they already know from their homes and communities—all in the context of Science! Working with session leaders, educators will identify place-based science topics and develop activities that incorporate the strategies learned.

  • Mary Lennon, Academic Support, Department of Educational Psychology and Rebecca Luning, Program Manager, Mohala Na Pua, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Gemma Nicholl Medina,  University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Children’s Center
  • NAEYC/ASK: Curriculum/PLE Focus: All Teachers
  • “Mohala Project: Garden Systems and Beyond”  Powerpoint Presentation
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