Opening Minds 2019 Early Education Conference

Personality Development

Understand how young children establish their individual patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving


A Brief Overview of the Issues in Education planned for each of the Learning Series which shape young children’s personalities

Select a Series to follow all 4 days OR pick and choose from any of the sessions being offered!

Opening Minds Early Education Social & Emotional Development Series: Social Emotional Learning is all about learning how to identify and manage our emotions, form healthy relationships, set and achieve positive goals as well as feel and show empathy for others. Young children’s social and emotional skills are learned through interactions with adults. What have young children learned from their family and community influencers long before meeting us? What are we teaching young children through our day-to-day interactions?

This Series will address Adverse Childhood Experiences; Trauma, Stress and Resilience; Understanding Children’s Behavior; Feeling Vocabularies and Social Communication, and tools to help children express their strong emotions in healthier ways when words aren’t enough: Art Therapy, Yoga, Mindfulness. 

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Opening Minds Early Education Health & Wellness Series: As we are all aware, human development begins long before birth. Intergenerational trauma, genetics, exposure to substances, the health of the mother, culture, socio-economic levels and a whole lot more impact an infant’s development and capacity to learn long before birth and entering our classrooms.

The 2019 Series will dig in to the Opioid Epidemic and the knowns/unknowns about exposure to opioids; precautions to consider now that marijuana has become a legal substance in a growing number of states as well as the ethical and legal responsibilities of mandated reporting; Nutrition; Physical Growth and Development; Play as well as resources and tools. Questions or suggestions for caring for the children? Include our 5th Nurse and Child Care Health Consultants Annual National Dialogue on your conference calendar.

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Opening Minds Early Education Leadership Series: A growing concern in education has been the high turnover rate, 33% for beginning teachers within their first three years of employment. We know teacher turnover disrupts learning and impacts the school environment. How can leaders create a school culture to reduce stress, burnout and turnover and at the same time make the grade expected in this climate of accountability?

This 2019 Leadership Series will shine light on what each of us need to be doing to create more supportive work environments which avoid burnout, reduce stress and prepare us and the children for an expertise economy.

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Opening Minds Early Education Curriculum & Instruction Series: What is the purpose of school? What are today’s real-life performance expectations? Expectations about what children ‘should’ know and be able to do by the time they are ready for their first paying job is changing at a rapid pace. How are we keeping up with these expectations? One way to examine how we are keeping pace is by looking at our curriculum and instruction goals.
Have you made the shift from uniformity and conformity to curricular goals which allow problem solving, collaboration, creativity and innovation to flourish? Do we need to change the way our classrooms are set up and how we teach?

The 2019 Early Education Curriculum and Instruction Series provides a roadmap to student engagement and teaching problem solving. Disciplinary Literacy, Reggio, and STEM are a few of the areas we will cover. We can’t forget the importance of building a solid base of knowledge. Children are born learning. With that in mind, we have included an Infant & Toddler four-day mini-series all its own to provide the key ingredients needed for a responsive caregiving environment. Every child has unique learning needs. Let us lend support and information to include children with special needs, and to offer immediate use ideas to walk away refreshed and ready-to-go when you return to your programs and schools.

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Opening Minds Early Education Family & Community Resource Series: Taking responsibility for the children in our care and classrooms as teacher, principal, social worker, librarian, nurse, O.T., P.T., artist or volunteer can feel isolating. Opening Minds USA is all about problem solving and connecting people to the resources that will be most helpful.

The 2019 Early Education Resource Series offers sessions about building understandings with children’s first teachers, their families, friends and communities. Connecting with all professionals educating and caring with young children and identifying the partners and resources to serve you best!

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04 Days

15 Content Areas

23 Credits

This is just a preview of what’s planned. More sessions, descriptions, and presenters will be added, regularly. Follow us on Facebook, to get updates in real time. The full schedule of listings will be available in January.