Tuesday, June 28, 2022 (DAY 1)

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 (DAY 2)

IDEA Knowledge You Need to Advocate for Preschoolers with Disabilities and their Families

Speakers
Sharon Walsh
Audience Level
Intermediary
Room
Diamond 4

his session will be an open discussion on the important topics you need to understand to advocate for young children with disabilities under Part B of IDEA including parent rights, child find and evaluation, eligibility, Individualized Education Programs (IEP), Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), child records, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and extended school year. The implications of two other federal laws – Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act – will also be discussed.

How to Help Our Youngest Children and Their Parents in Court: It's Everyone's Responsibility

Speakers
Judge Douglas Johnson, J.D.
Audience Level
Foundational
Room
Ruby 7

Participants will learn the importance and value of a quality Protective Custody Hearing. We will discuss how to implement this hearing through the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges' Enhance Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Abuse & Neglect Cases. Participants will understand why and how the law requires reasonable efforts services and mandatory findings which benefit both child and parent and hold all stakeholders accountable. The first hearing is the responsibility of all involved. It sets the direction and is predictive of the permanency outcome.

Bringing Mindfulness and Compassion to Early Childhood Professionals: CHIME

Speakers
Jaclynn Foged, M.S. Lynn DeVries, M.S.
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Childhood Services
Room
Diamond 10

The CHIME Program provides education and guidance on how to incorporate mindfulness and reflection into your daily routine, teaching and caregiving. Engaging in mindfulness and reflective practice has many benefits for health and well-being, including reduced stress, improved emotion management, increased focus and attention, and enhanced relationships.

Intended Audience

Teachers and directors.

What is Coaching and Is It for Me?

Speakers
Gina DeFreece Becky Dunlap‐Morton, M.S.
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Education
Room
Diamond 7

Do you frequently hear the term "early childhood coaching" and wonder what it means? OR What does it mean to coach in Early Childhood in Nebraska? Join us for a quick overview to discover how coaching is different from consulting, mentoring, or other technical assistance models. We'll briefly explore the foundations of coaching including adult learning theory, relationships, and approaches to coaching, and you'll leave with a resource outlining the 5 key coaching strategies that support ongoing learning and growth when working with providers, teachers, directors, and parents.

Nebraska Early Childhood Strategic Plan: A Dynamic Plan By and for Nebraskans

Speakers
Susan Sarver, Ph.D.
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Education
Room
Diamond 6

The Nebraska Early Childhood Strategic Plan is an intentional and dynamic plan for improving the early childhood experiences of children birth through age 8. The strategic plan is based on findings from a comprehensive needs assessment in 2019 and active engagement of stakeholders across the state. The overarching vision is to provide all Nebraska children and their families with access to quality early childhood services that support children's healthy development from birth through age 8.