Spring 2024 Jamboree


2024 Spring Palmetto Pre-K Jamboree
Emotional Development: Rooted in Self-Regulation

The Palmetto Pre-K Jamboree on Friday, March 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an enriching exploration of emotional development rooted in self-regulation. This free virtual professional development opportunity is tailored 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 nurture the emotional well-being of our young learners and advance our collective commitment to quality early childhood education. All attendees can qualify for S.C. Department of Social Services Endeavors credit hours.

Conference Schedule at a Glance

Friday, March 1 

  • 8:30 - 10 a.m.                        Plenary One: Welcome & Keynote

    Presented by: Tonya Byous, Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor
  • 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.                 Breakout Session One

    - Lunch Break -

  • 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.                    Breakout Session Two 

  • 1:30 - 3 p.m.                          Plenary Two: Keynote & Wrap-up 

    Presented by: Chazz Lewis, Early Childhood Specialist & Podcast Host

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Keynote Session One (8:30 - 10 a.m.)

Welcome by Martha Strickland

Keynote presentation:

Someone’s Early Childhood is in our Hands

Presented by: Tonya Byous (Conscious Discipline)

This keynote presentation will focus on Conscious Discipline’s Adult First Model. Takeaways from this keynote:

1. Conscious Discipline is an adult-first model.
2. We have to practice and strengthen skills before we can strengthen others.
3. Identify the 5 steps of regulations (for adults)

Breakout Session One ( 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.)

CHOOSE JUST ONE SESSION TO ATTEND

Breakout Session -
Option #1

Presenter: Jessica Sharp (SCPITC)

Expectations vs. Reality: Child Behavior and Developmentally Appropriate Practice

(1 hr)

This session will focus on the challenges that happen when our expectations of children's behavior clash with the realities of child development. We will discuss developmentally appropriate practice and strategies to support teachers and children in the classroom.

Breakout Session -
Option #2

Presenter: Susan Kirby (Conscious Discipline)

It Takes Two! Me Co-Regulating You!

(1 hr)

During this Conscious Discipline session we will explore the 5 Steps of Self Regulation for adults and children. Once adults have internalized and utilized the skill of self-regulation, we are prepared to teach the skill to others. Learn why the language we use with children during their upset is so delicate and how a regulated adult can choose the intention to teach children the skill of self-regulation. It is only through a regulated adult that children are able to learn this amazing life skill!

Breakout Session -
Option #3

Presenters:
Jennifer Stark & Kim Spigener (SC Department of Education)

Nurturing Responsive Relationships and Designing Supportive Environments

(1 hr)

Beginning early in life, executive function is key for helping preschool children understand and manage their emotions, feel empathy for others, establish healthy relationships, set positive goals, and make responsible decisions. Participants will connect SC-ELS and assessments to the Pyramid Model. Participants will leave an understanding how to implement their learning to curriculum design, daily routines, transitions, and anecdotal notes to support the growth and development of all children, especially children with diverse learning needs.

Breakout Session -
Option #4

Presenters:
Nichole Hudgens & Carrie Trivedi (SC Pyramid PIECES)

Pyramid Model: At the Helm of Classroom Success For All Young Students

(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.

Breakout Session -
Option #5

Presenter:
Delores Rock (SC First Steps)

Self-Regulation: Together We Can - One Parent at a Time

(1 hr)

Coaching parents to partner with you in modeling, and teaching self-regulation skills to their children is vital to every child having success not only in the classroom but in life. To get parent buy-in you will use tools such as ASQ:SE-2, parent instructional hand-outs, and parent-teacher conferences to work towards a win-win, at home and at school. Together parents and teachers can assist every child in developing the skills needed to begin to master the art of self-regulation.

Breakout Session -
Option #6

Presenter:
Bonnie Darlene Faucette (SC CCR&R)

Strategies using the Pyramid Model -Self Regulation

(1 hr)

The training provided participants with a foundational understanding of the critical role self-management strategies play in nurturing children's emotional and social development. The training outlines five key steps, offering a structured framework for implementation and ensuring alignment with the SC Early Learning Standards. Emphasizing a holistic approach, the program addressed the interconnected nature of emotional, social, and academic development. Practical implementation tips were shared, allowing participants to apply the strategies in real educational settings, with consideration for age-specific adaptations and special needs adaptations.

Breakout Session -
Option #7

Presenter:
Emily Durham (Palmetto Shared Services Alliance)

You Can't Be My Friend!

(1 hr)

Childcare providers often here the phrase, “You can’t be my friend!” in the classroom. This is a coping mechanism for some children when they are engaged with their peers and don’t like the kind of play, or they don’t get to decide the play, or they feel threatened by a peer with more social skills than they have. Families find this hard to handle because they want their child to be liked by everyone and to do well with others. Care providers need to know how to diffuse this for the child and the family.

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Breakout Session Two (12:15 - 1:15 p.m.)

CHOOSE JUST ONE SESSION TO ATTEND

Breakout Session -
Option #1

Presenter:
Jessica Sharp (SCPITC)

Expectations vs. Reality: Child Behavior and Developmentally Appropriate Practice

(1 hr)

This session will focus on the challenges that happen when our expectations of children's behavior clash with the realities of child development. We will discuss developmentally appropriate practice and strategies to support teachers and children in the classroom.

Breakout Session -
Option #2

Presenter:
Susan Kirby (Conscious Discipline)

It Still Takes Two To Problem Solve!

(1 hr)

True Self-regulation offers us the ability to problem solve and go beyond simply calming down. Being able to reflect on “what triggered me to become so upset” will allow children to internalize true coping skills to support and manage their emotional upset. The goal is never to stop the behavior, it is to see what is being communicated and how we can interpret that communication. Problem solving happens in the calm, relaxed and alert brain state and Conscious Discipline identifies that as the last step of the 5 Steps of Self Regulation.

Breakout Session -
Option #3

Presenters:
Bonnie Darlene Faucette (SCCCR&R)

Nature in the Early Care and Education Environment

(1 hr)

In this session teacher will connect nature play in the Early Care and Education (ECE) environment. This refers to the intentional integration of natural elements and outdoor/indoor experiences into the learning and play experiences of young children. This approach recognizes the importance of nature in promoting holistic development, fostering a connection to the environment, and enhancing overall well-being.

Breakout Session -
Option #4

Presenter:
Nichole Hudgens & Carrie Trivedi (SC Pyramid PIECES)

Pyramid Model: At the Helm of Classroom Success For All Young Students

(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.

Breakout Session -
Option #5

Presenter:
Delores Rock (SC First Steps)

Self-Regulation: Together We Can - One Parent at a Time

(1 hr)

Coaching parents to partner with you in modeling, and teaching self-regulation skills to their children is vital to every child having success not only in the classroom but in life. To get parent buy-in you will use tools such as ASQ:SE-2, parent instructional hand-outs, and parent-teacher conferences to work towards a win-win, at home and at school. Together parents and teachers can assist every child in developing the skills needed to begin to master the art of self-regulation.

Breakout Session -
Option #6

Presenter:
Emily Durham (Palmetto Shared Services Alliance)

You Can't Be My Friend!

(1 hr)

Childcare providers often here the phrase, “You can’t be my friend!” in the classroom. This is a coping mechanism for some children when they are engaged with their peers and don’t like the kind of play, or they don’t get to decide the play, or they feel threatened by a peer with more social skills than they have. Families find this hard to handle because they want their child to be liked by everyone and to do well with others. Care providers need to know how to diffuse this for the child and the family.

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Keynote Session Two (1:30 - 3 p.m.)

Welcome & Wrap-up by Martha Strickland

Keynote presentation:

Behaviors that Challenge Us
Presented by: Chazz Lewis (Early Childhood Specialist & Podcast Host)

Discover effective techniques to identify and overcome personal triggers, while gaining practical strategies to support children through challenging behaviors. Prepare to enhance your understanding and develop valuable skills to navigate and positively influence behavior dynamics in the classroom.

Keynote Presenters

Tonya Byous, Conscious Discipline certified instructor

Tonya is dedicated to the field of education. She is an advocate, instructor, coach, and mentor. Her introduction to Conscious Discipline was life changing. Tonya’s focus is to ensure that educators have access to transformational information and to be the support to help them sharped skills. She lives by the moto: Charity first, service to others, and to use your God given talent.

Chazz Lewis, Early childhood education specialist and podcast host

Chazz “Mr.Chazz” Lewis spent years using his own classrooms as living laboratories, developing a more conscious, informed, joyful and dignity-driven and inspired approach to learning, leading, and elevating others. His philosophy began to find relevance far beyond the classroom and has found a home everywhere from parenting to education, personal development, and organizational leadership. And he shares his ideas in a fun, playful, and accessible way, training thousands of teachers, and with his following on Tiktok and Instagram.

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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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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 described was supported 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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