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OKFutures Moving Forward

2019 Professional Development Conference

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OKFutures Moving Forward: 2019 Professional Development Conference will support early childhood education professionals as well as parents. This conference's goal is to help participants develop skills in managing behaviors, child/adult interactions, trauma and other existing barriers when working with children, birth to five-years-old.

Training

With multiple training opportunities this conference has something for every parent and provider in the early childhood field. Event attendees can choose between four different tracks. Each one will highlight an important part of developing better outcomes for children. In addition, by attending this conference, professionals can earn six formal training hours through the Center for Early Childhood Professional Development (CECPD) or six Continuing Education Units (CEUs)* and all qualifying attendees will recieve a $40 stipend.

 Before registering, read the detailed description of each track, so that you can tailor your experience for the perfect fit.

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Track One:

Trauma Informed Care

Unfortunately, many children have had traumatic experiences early in life. These children have a variety of developmental needs, and it can be a challenge for professionals to build effective strategies and provide appropriate support. In addition, parents and caregivers can play a very important role in helping children heal from traumatic experiences. As such, this six-hour session will focus on broadening participants understanding of infant and early childhood mental health; improving participants ability to recognize signs of trauma and other relationship disruptions; and increasing participants skills to respond to children who've experienced trauma with empathy as well as create a nurturing environment.

Track Two:

Infant and Toddler Care

This six-hour session will focus on the basic concepts of early social-emotional growth and socialization. With an emphasis on the impact relationships have on learning, Infant and Toddler Care will use research to inform and faciliate responsive caregiving. By the end of this session, participants will understand how early experiences effect brain development and be able to identify strategies for supporting positive behavioral outcomes.

This training is an excerpt from the Program for Infant and Toddler Care (PITC). Those interested in completing all PITC modules, free of charge, will receive additional information on-site.

Track Three:

Brain Development

Decades of research indicate that the early years are a period of exponential brain development. As such, participants in Tracks Three and Four will enjoy a morning session about this topic with emphasis on communication and language development. From communication milestones for children from birth to five-years-old to strategies that support early communication skills and multi-language learners, this session will make everyone a better communicator.

The Importance of Play

Children learn through play, and in fact, play's importance on healthy development is grounded in a strong body of research. Presented by Lakeshore Learning, in this session participants will dive into this research to gain a clearer understanding of how play promotes cognitive, physical, social and emotional development in children. They will learn how to effectively plan and promote intentional play that sparks children's curiosity. Moreover, as a result of this training, participants will be able to: 1) explain the importance of play on a child's development; 2) create an environment that empowers children to pursue creative play; and 3) provide high quality interactions with children to enhance play.

Track Four:

Brain Development

Decades of research indicate that the early years are a period of exponential brain development. As such, participants in Tracks Three and Four will enjoy a morning session about this topic with emphasis on communication and language development. From communication milestones for children from birth to five-years-old to strategies that support early communication skills and multi-language learners, this session will make everyone a better communicator.

The Happy Teacher Project

Don't worry, be happy! Join Kyong-Ah Kwon, associate professor at the University of Oklahoma, and her collaborators as they present their research findings as part of "The Happy Teacher Project." This project identifies ways to support early childhood teachers' physical, psychological and professional well-being. Specifically, this session will detail the team's work including surveys, health assessments, and interviews and give professionals the tools they need to build a positive, healthy work environment.

 

*Continuing Education Units

The Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness is currently seeking approval of six credit hours for Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs). 

Attendees can enjoy this conference for only $15 that includes lunch and snacks. In addition, qualifying attendees will receive a $40 stipend for their participation. Click "Register" below for the registration form for your preferred conference location.

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Ada

East Central University

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Tahlequah

Northeastern State University

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Durant

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

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Thackerville

WinStar World Casino & Resort

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Enid

Stride Bank Center

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Tulsa

Osage Casino Hotel

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Lawton

Apache Casino Hotel

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Wyandotte

River Bend Casino & Hotel

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Norman

NCED Hotel & Conference Center

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Agendas

No matter your location, we have you covered with a detailed agenda for each training track including break times and presenters. Check it out!

Presenters

All of our presenters are set to bring their expertise and insight to create an engaging experience for attendees. We'd like to say a big thank you to each one of our presenters for their support of this conference!

Amy Huffer, Ph.D.

Trauma-Informed Care - Norman & Live Stream

Amy Huffer graduated with her master's in social work from the University of Oklahoma and earned her doctorate in human science from Oklahoma State University. She specializes in infant and early childhood mental health and currently supports efforts of Zero to Three to change the trajectory for infants, toddlers and their families impacted by the child protection system. Previously, she assisted with the research and dissemination of the Attachment and Bio-Behavioral Catch-Up (ABC) intervention through the University of Delaware and served as Oklahoma’s Early Childhood Trainer and Consultant where she worked to develop and strengthen infant and early childhood workforce across the state. Huffer has supported infant and early childhood mental health consultation for early education settings and additionally supported research efforts in the field of infant and early childhood mental health. Huffer has been endorsed by the Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health as an Infant Mental Health Mentor and regularly provides training and reflective consultation to professionals serving infants, toddlers and their families.

To learn about the rest of our presenters click on each location below.

Ada

Tahlequah

Durant

Thackerville

Enid

Tulsa

Lawton

Wyandotte

Norman

 

 

Thank you!

We couldn’t do it without you! Thank you to all of the following partners for their support of the OKFutures Moving Forward: 2019 Professional Development Conference.