Fall 2024 Jamboree

 

Join us for the Fall 2024 Palmetto Pre-K Jamboree, two half days of free virtual professional development on Monday, July 29, 1 - 4 p.m. and Tuesday, July 30, 9 a.m. – noon. The presentations are for early childhood professionals dedicated to serving four-year-olds in South Carolina. Collaborating with esteemed partners First Steps 4K, Head Start and the departments of Education and Social Services, this event promises valuable insights and practical classroom learning opportunities. Let’s come together to help nurture our young learners and advance our collective commitment to quality early childhood education in our state. All attendees can qualify for S.C. Department of Social Services Endeavors credit hours.

 

 

Conference Schedule at a Glance

Monday, July 29 

1 - 2:45 p.m.           Plenary One: Welcome & Keynote: Dr. Kimberly Johnson

3 - 4 p.m.                Breakout Session One


Tuesday, July 30 

9 - 10 a.m.               Breakout Session Two

10:15 a.m. - noon     Plenary Two: Keynote: Mallory Mbalia & Wrap-up 

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Keynote Session One (Monday, July 29, 1 - 2:45 p.m.)

Welcome by Martha Strickland

Keynote presentation:

Today I think I'll T.E.A.C.H.

Presented by: Dr. Kimberly Johnson (Simply Creative Works)

Dr. Kimberly P. Johnson, Simply Creative Works

Dr. Kimberly Johnson will share her experiences and encourage you to take the time to get to know your families and your co-workers through teaching and learning. This session will present common sense ways to increase creativity and resiliency among our learners. Participants will leave this invigorating session ready to release positive behavior, self-efficacy, teamwork, and improved communication through literacy. For some of our families YOU are their everyday COACHES – so let’s get in there and TEACH!

Breakout Session One (Monday, July 29, 3 - 4 p.m.)

CHOOSE JUST ONE SESSION TO ATTEND

Breakout Session -
Option #1

Presenter: Janice Kilburn, PhD (SC First Steps) 

The Chemistry of 4K to 5K Transition Success: Secret Sauce Ingredients

(1 hr)

The transition to kindergarten is a big deal for rising kindergartners and their families. It is an important developmental milestone that involves logistical, symbolic, and even personal factors. It can set children on a trajectory to school success – or challenges to success – that can persist throughout their educational experiences. Be inspired to think about how PreK teachers can contribute to successful kindergarten transitions for their children and families.

Breakout Session -
Option #2

Presenter: Heather Googe, PhD (Pyramid PIECES)

Have you heard about Pyramid PIECES?

(1 hr)

Join us to learn about Pyramid PIECES and the supports available to early care and education providers throughout the state. We will discuss strategies to support teachers to prevent challenging behaviors in young children. You will also learn about the Pyramid PIECES Behavior Support Network and how they can help you if you have a child with significant challenging behaviors in your program.

Breakout Session -
Option #3

Presenters:
Kelli Williams, Ed.S. & Candy Walsh (Lexington School District 1)

Propelling Play: Navigating the Development of Play in 4K

(1 hr)

Pre-K educators, administrators, curriculum coordinators, and passionate advocates of early childhood education—this workshop was created with you in mind! Whether you're a rookie road tripper or a seasoned navigator, join me and gain tools for paving the way for lifelong learning and growth. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own insights and experiences, collaborate with colleagues, and walk away with a toolkit of ideas, resources, and inspiration to enrich their preschool programs through purposeful play.

Breakout Session -
Option #4

Presenters:
Lydia Carnesale, PhD (University of South Carolina/USDE)

Puentes: Bridging educators and families to support young MLs

(1 hr)

This session will introduce participants to the foundations of social and emotional development and its connection to challenging behavior, while also providing several key Pyramid Model practices educators can begin using in their classrooms to support all young students.Build better bridges by learning the best way to collaborate, connect and support young MLs and their families in early childhood spaces.

Breakout Session -
Option #5

Presenters:
Kate K Chappell, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, Victoria Davis, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE & Amy Shapley-Farrell, MA (University of South Carolina College of Nursing)

Puentes: Ready for every child: Inclusive settings for children's health needs

(1 hr)

Explore resources and planning tools to prepare for children with specific health needs in preschool settings, including SC-based tailored training. Presenters will lead attendees through scenarios involving chronic and acute health needs and discuss strategies and tools that can help support staff feeling prepared and ready to respond while supporting positive preschool experiences for all children. We will review how to recognize and navigate common and emergent health situations in the preschool setting. Come learn about resources to support safe and inclusive environments for children with diagnoses including allergic reactions, seizures, cerebral palsy, hearing and vision differences, and sickle cell anemia.

Breakout Session -
Option #6

Presenter:
Bonnie Darlene Faucette (South Carolina Child Care Resource & Referral)

STEAM- Block Play

(1 hr)

Integrating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) into early childhood education is crucial for fostering a holistic and engaging learning environment. Block play, a hands-on and versatile activity, provides an ideal platform to introduce these concepts to young learners. Educators can stimulate critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity by encouraging children to explore, experiment, and create with blocks. This training session aims to equip educators with practical strategies and activities to seamlessly incorporate STEAM principles into block play, maximizing children's learning potential and development. Through this approach, we can prepare young minds for a future of innovation and inquiry.

Breakout Session -
Option #7

Presenter:
Emily Durham (Palmetto Shared Services Alliance)

Time and Space Matter

(1 hr)

It is often said that the classroom is another teacher in the classroom. Both space and time are part of what the classroom does to affect child behavior and learning. In this interactive session, early childcare providers will learn strategies to use the classroom to improve their space and timing to enhance child behavior and learning.

 

Breakout Session Two (Tuesday, July 30, 9 - 10 a.m.)

CHOOSE JUST ONE SESSION TO ATTEND

Breakout Session -
Option #1

Presenter:
Emily Durham & Susan Kear (Palmetto Shared Services Alliance)

Classroom Management

(1 hr)

Classroom management is necessary but can be hard to learn. The dynamics in the classroom can change from year to year as the children or your co-teacher change. There are certain strategies that will work no matter what. Today we are going to look at ways to always have a classroom that works for you and the children.

Breakout Session -
Option #2

Presenter:
Heather Googe, PhD (Pyramid PIECES)

Have you heard about Pyramid PIECES?

(1 hr)

Join us to learn about Pyramid PIECES and the supports available to early care and education providers throughout the state. We will discuss strategies to support teachers to prevent challenging behaviors in young children. You will also learn about the Pyramid PIECES Behavior Support Network and how they can help you if you have a child with significant challenging behaviors in your program.

Breakout Session -
Option #3

Presenter:
Shayla Pettigrew (SC First Steps)

Improving the Family-School Connection with G.P.S.

(1 hr)

Developing an authentic family-school partnership is like taking a family trip, it involves good planning skills. Participants in this session will identify the key components of family engagement and discuss ways to create an individual family engagement plan before getting to your destination.

Breakout Session -
Option #4

Presenters:
Kelli Williams Ed.S. & Candy Walsh (Lexington School District 1)

Propelling Play: Navigating the Development of Play in 4K

(1 hr)

Pre-K educators, administrators, curriculum coordinators, and passionate advocates of early childhood education—this workshop was created with you in mind! Whether you're a rookie road tripper or a seasoned navigator, join me and gain tools for paving the way for lifelong learning and growth. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own insights and experiences, collaborate with colleagues, and walk away with a toolkit of ideas, resources, and inspiration to enrich their preschool programs through purposeful play.

Breakout Session -
Option #5

Presenter:
Lydia Carnesale (University of South Carolina/USDE)

Puentes: Bridging educators and families to support young MLs

(1 hr)

This presentation will highlight best practices when engaging Young Multilinguals, connecting curriculum to home languages and building strong connections with their families.

Breakout Session -
Option #6

Presenters:
Kate K Chappell, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, Victoria Davis, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE & Amy Shapley-Farrell, MA (University of South Carolina College of Nursing)

A Spectrum of Support: Supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

(1 hr)

This session will provide an overview of the common characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and strategies for addressing challenging behaviors and barriers for children with ASD in the childcare setting. Presenters will lead attendees through scenarios involving characteristics of ASD and discuss and tools that can help staff respond proactively and effectively while supporting an inclusive environment for all children. We will briefly review the diagnostic criteria for ASD and the characteristics and behaviors commonly seen in the childcare setting and provide concrete strategies and supports for addressing these needs. Come join us to better understand ASD and learn ways to make your interactions more positive and productive.

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Keynote Session Two (Tuesday, July 30, 10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

Welcome & Wrap-up by Martha Strickland

Keynote presentation:

Watch to Wonder: Joyful Learning with Fred Rogers Productions

Presented by: Mallory Mbalia, M.Ed. (Fred Rogers Productions)

Mallory Mbalia, Fred Rogers Productions

Welcome to the Neighborhood! Join Mallory Mbalia, Director of Learning and Education from Fred Rogers Productions (FRP), as she shares ways that current programming carries forward the timeless lessons from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and Fred Rogers. Hear about legacy ties as well as the innovative ways that the current content and resources support social-emotional learning and executive function, problem solving with STEM, and curiosity and the natural world. Mallory will share different engagement and outreach opportunities that have been executed in communities to meet families where they are and extend the learning beyond the screen. Joy integration is powerful for connected learning opportunities. Walk away with a deeper understanding of series including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Donkey Hodie, Alma’s Way, Peg + Cat, and Through the Woods, as well as new ways of sharing it in your own neighborhoods and the educational opportunities it offers. Participants will walk away with free resources and new ideas as well as an understanding of the power of co-viewing and the ways to go from viewing to doing and watch to wonder.

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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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Go to the Registry Login and enter your information. The system will look for your account and guide you through the steps to connect with it. 

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 has been supported for the past five years by the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative Preschool Development B-5 Grant from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

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