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Welcome to the 2017 Spring Conference! In order to receive training certificates, you must create a personalized schedule. Not sure how to create your personalized schedule? Check out this guide! If you can’t get it to work after reading the guide please email tmock@ohsa.net.

OHSA reserves the right to substitute, alter or modify the advertised speakers and/or topics without any recourse or liability whatsoever. Any substitutions, alterations or modifications will be updated on this site as soon as possible. 
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Wednesday, May 3
 

1:00pm

Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Donna Schnitker

Donna Schnitker

Director, Head Start of Harney County


Wednesday May 3, 2017 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Walla Walla

1:30pm

Let It Go, Just Let It Go
The stress reduction keynote titled Let It Go, Just Let It Go is both entertaining, yet informative. Recent surveys report more than half of our employees hate their jobs. The number one reason cited is the stress associated with today's business environment. Having spent twelve years as CFO and CEO of Hospitals, Kent Rader has experienced this stress first hand. This keynote program takes participants on a journey they won't want to end. It begins by showing participants the origins of stressful feelings and how humor is a proven tool in combating these feelings. Kent offers practical ways to include more humor in your life, along with stories that are guaranteed to make you laugh. If you need anything else, just let me know. Have a great week, take care, and always remember laughter matters.

Speakers
avatar for Kent Rader

Kent Rader

Kent Rader Speaks
Known as the "World's Cleanest Comedian and Speaker," Kent Rader helps people and associations learn and experience how laughter matters in reducing stress and building quality organizations. Kent graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri with a B.S. in Accountin... Read More →


Wednesday May 3, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Walla Walla

3:00pm

Break
Drinks and Snacks provided: Coffee/Tea -  Assorted Whole Fresh Seasonal Fruit & Brownies

Wednesday May 3, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Director Meeting
Wednesday May 3, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cayuse

3:30pm

Parent and Friend Networking- Parent Cafe
Join me for a Parent Café!
Our earliest ancestors gathered around the warmth of a fire and talked together to share interests, wisdom, and support for one another as they imagined the future together.  Parent Cafés are built on the assumption that people already have within them the wisdom and creativity to confront even the most difficult challenges, that the answers we need are available to us, and that we are wiser together than we are alone!

At the end of this session, the participant will be able to:
  • Describe the general flow of a Parent Café
  • Describe how Parent Cafés strengthen protective factors in families

Moderators
avatar for Kathy Adams

Kathy Adams

ACE Interface, LLC
Kathy Adams has over a decade of experience bringing community leaders - parents, foster parents, nonprofits, government, faith communities, and philanthropy - together to dialogue and strengthen relationships. Kathy facilitates dialogue using multiple structured formats, including... Read More →

Wednesday May 3, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Walla Walla

3:30pm

Staff Networking- Responding To Families in Culturally Sensitive Ways
This session helps participants increase their awareness of their own cultural assumptions and how these assumptions may affect their interactions with families from cultures different from their own.  Activities are designed to allow participants to explore in depth their own cultural roots and then focuses on developing culturally responsive relationships with families.

Speakers
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Tara Gray

Education Supervisor, Oregon Child Development Coalition
avatar for Myrna Gregory

Myrna Gregory

Therapeutic Teacher, Community Action Head Start
| My name is Myrna Gregory and I am proud to call Mid Willamette Valley community action Agency my second home . I have been in the Child development field since 2001 and with Head start for 11 years with post Graduate degree in primary Education from Glasgow University . I e... Read More →


Wednesday May 3, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Umatilla
  • Intended Audience Staff
 
Thursday, May 4
 

7:30am

Breakfast
Coffee/Tea - French Toast, Topped with fire roasted cinnamon apples and caramel sauce, served with whipped butter and link sausage, freshly baked breakfast breads, fresh seasonal fruit, Yogurt

Thursday May 4, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Cayuse

8:30am

Essential Organizational Supports for Continuous Improvement
Decades of research show the promise of high-quality early childhood education for promoting children’s success in school and life. To support early childhood programs in delivering on this promise, the field has invested a great deal of resources in “program improvement.” How can we be more confident that these investments and our efforts will result in improving teaching and children’s learning over time? Research in early education and K-12 settings have identified five organizational supports essential to improvement—effective instructional leaders, collaborative teachers, engaged families, supportive environments, and ambitious interactions and instruction (Bryk et al. , 2010). This session will describe the evidence and illustrate the power of these supports in early childhood programs with real life examples. As a result, participants will feel more confident and prepared to lead the improvement of instructional interactions in their programs.

 At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Identify the five organizational supports essential to continuous quality improvement
  • Discuss opportunities and challenges for early childhood programs to strengthen these organizational supports and realize better outcomes for children and families

Speakers
avatar for Debra Pacchiano

Debra Pacchiano

Vice President, Translational Research & Improvement, Ounce of Prevention Fund
Please talk with me about how to assist ECE administrators with strengthening their instructional leadership practice and their organization's climate and conditions to provide teachers with sustained supports for high-quality implementation and continuous improvement of teaching... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Yakima

8:30am

Nurturing the Silent Spirit
Good health, mental health, and personal self-care are key ingredients for building and sustaining healthy programs, healthy classrooms, and healthy home environments. This session will provide opportunities and activities that will enhance participant's ability to bring balance into body, mind, and spirit for leading happier and healthier lives.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to: 
  • Assess/understand the personal level of wellness and develop wellness goals. 
  • Transfer information, knowledge, skills, and promote staff wellness in personal and professional roles.

Speakers
avatar for Helen Visarraga MSW

Helen Visarraga MSW

Owner, Intercultural Solutions Consulting
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, trainer, and consultant for early care and education programs in the areas of Mental Health, Trauma Informed Care, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. I like sharing and exploring new and innovative ways of understanding human behavior along... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Umatilla

8:30am

Taking the Confusion Out of Health Care Coverage, and other medical programs that serve families’ health needs
Health care coverage is vital to ensuring family stability and positive educational outcomes for children. The presenters will discuss: eligibility and enrollment into the coverage that best fits your family; how the Affordable Care Act affects you and your loved ones; how to obtain coverage on your own or with assistance; updates on Oregon Health Plan (OHP) eligibility and enrollment process; and how to find local help with enrollment and troubleshooting issues. You’ll also hear the personal experience from a trained enrollment assister at a Head Start Center that has been helping families sign up for OHP, as well as information on Oregon’s new I’m healthy!/¡Soy sano! Program. Please come with your questions, and we’ll help answer them! 

By the end of this session, participants will:
  • Get their questions answered about health care coverage options in Oregon. 
  • Learn about the readily available help in the community for getting health coverage for the entire family, accessing health care benefits, and know who in their local area can help with enrollment and when issues arise about eligibility and coverage.

Speakers
avatar for Marina Cassandra

Marina Cassandra

Regional Outreach Coordinator, Oregon Health Authority
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Amy Coven

Outreach and Education Coordinator, Health Insurance Marketplace


Thursday May 4, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Walla Walla

8:30am

Implementing Infant Mental Health Principals (scheduled until 12 pm)
What is meant by Infant Mental Health, and how does it affect my work?  We will explore the tenants of infant mental health, including attachment, the impacts of family and culture, risks and resiliency, and Infant Mental Health (IMH) as a field of practice.  We will examine tools and resources to support families.

 At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Identify the ways that relationships between infants, parents, and providers are the core of healthy social-emotional development.
  • Identify strategies to promote resilience for families.

Speakers
avatar for Paige Light

Paige Light

Endorsement Director, Oregon Infant Mental Health Association
Paige Light is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and Postgraduate Certificate in Infant/Toddler Mental Health. She helped found the Oregon Infant Mental Health Association and is currently the Endorsement Coordinator for ORIMHA. Paige has been a faculty member of... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm
Round Up

8:30am

Scholarship Committee (scheduled until 3 pm)
The scholarship committee will meet to score submitted application forms and determine the 2017 OHSA scholarship winners. We will also discuss any changes that should be made for the 2018 process. More information on scholarships is available at http://www.ohsa.net/blog/category/scholarships/

Please note that if you have submitted a scholarship application you are not to attend this meeting because of conflict of interest.

We hope to be done before noon, but depending on the number of applications may not finish until later.

Moderators
avatar for Joy May

Joy May

PFCE Supervisor, Southern Oregon Head Start
I am a Parent, Family and Community Engagement Supervisor for the Southern Oregon Head Start program. My Head Start experience includes work in both the Education and Family Services components and stretches over 25 years. I encourage and support the application process for b... Read More →
avatar for Tristin Mock

Tristin Mock

Executive Director, Oregon Head Start Association
Dr Tristin Mock has been the Executive Director of OHSA since October 2013. Before becoming the ED she served on the OHSA Board as the Secretary having been elected to a staff at large position. Tristin worked for Mid-Columbia Children's Council for three years as their Heath, Sa... Read More →

Thursday May 4, 2017 8:30am - 3:00pm
Happy Canyon

10:00am

Break
Drinks and Snacks provided: Coffee/Tea -  Assorted Whole Fresh Seasonal Fruit & Dessert Bars

Thursday May 4, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
TBA

10:30am

Designing and Implementing Early Childhood PBIS Family Nights: A How To
This session provides a deep dive into the design and implementation of informative and engaging Early Childhood PBIS family events. Participants will engage in a meaningful exploration of designing an educational event through program description, material sharing, and discussion of relevant outcome data. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to organize and implement events with accessible materials for all learning styles.

 At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Describe a practical approach to organizing and facilitating educational EC PBIS family events.
  • Implement strategies for engaging families in dynamic family events.

Speakers
avatar for Renee Van Norman

Renee Van Norman

EI/ECSE Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education



Thursday May 4, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Yakima

10:30am

Healthy Food on a Budget
Kristen Harper will discuss how to shop for healthy foods on a budget. Learn what foods are healthy. Learn where you can buy healthy foods that are cost-effective.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Understand what foods are healthy
  • Where to buy healthy foods that are cost-effective

Speakers
avatar for Kristen Harper

Kristen Harper

Founder, Speaker, Health & Wellness Expert, Perfect Health Consulting Services, LLC
Kristen Harper is a speaker, entrepreneur, and health and wellness expert. As a role model and motivator, Kristen has a unique connection with her audience that derives from her own personal journey towards wellness and happiness. | | Kristen founded her company Perfect Heal... Read More →



Thursday May 4, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Walla Walla

10:30am

Why Did They Do That?!' Behavioral Economics and Understanding Parental Choice Around Child Safety
Keeping children safe can involve many complex interactions between individual, education, and environment. Why do parents make the choices they do regarding the safety of their child(ren)? Learn about behavioral economics, public health theories and motivational interviewing. The application of these topics will allow you to influence parents and caregivers to make safer choices for their children.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to: 
  • Define behavioral economics.
  • Name three ways of 'rolling with resistance' when working with parents/caregivers.

Speakers
avatar for Amber Kroeker

Amber Kroeker

Child Injury Prevention Program Coordinator, Randall Children's Hospital


Thursday May 4, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Umatilla

12:00pm

Lunch
Dollar per Child Collection

Coffee/Tea/Hot Choc - Wine Country Picnic
Grilled chicken sausage, wine cured salami, roasted turkey breast, grilled sliced pesto-chicken breast and roasted cracked pepper beef.  Imported and domestic cheeses, Roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, grilled mushroom slices, sliced tomato, pickle, shaved onion and leaf lettuce.  Assorted artisan breads and grilled flatbread.  Tomato, sweet onion and field greens with gorgonzola, balsamic and olive oil, Couscous salad with roasted peppers lemon and parsley, Spinach salad with fresh fruit and huckleberry vinaigrette, Dessert assorted decadent dessert bars

Thursday May 4, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Oregon Trail

1:30pm

Financial Capability for Families and Practitioners
This hands-on workshop will introduce financial empowerment concepts to workshop participants and offer activities that can be used with family members and clients. We will discuss SMART goals, budgeting, paying down debt, and avoiding predatory lending.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • leave with a better understanding of how values influence spending habits and goal setting
  • leave with the tool of SMART goals to assist them in achieving their financial goals


Speakers
avatar for Sailor Holladay

Sailor Holladay

Family Opportunity Economic Improvement Program Manager, CASA of Oregon


Thursday May 4, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Umatilla

1:30pm

Learn How to Host Your Own Parent Café (scheduled until 5 pm)
Are you interested in learning to host conversations that matter?  If so, this session is for you!  Through experiential learning, you will be guided through the process of preparing and hosting a Parent Café.

At the end of this session, the participant will be able to:
  • Describe the Strengthening Families Protective Factors
  • Co-host a Parent Café

Moderators
avatar for Kathy Adams

Kathy Adams

ACE Interface, LLC
Kathy Adams has over a decade of experience bringing community leaders - parents, foster parents, nonprofits, government, faith communities, and philanthropy - together to dialogue and strengthen relationships. Kathy facilitates dialogue using multiple structured formats, including... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Walla Walla

1:30pm

Effective Instructional Leadership and Teacher Collaboration: the Driver and Vehicle for Improving Teaching and Learning (scheduled until 5 pm)
To successfully improve teaching and learning, recent research has underscored the importance of effective instructional leadership and strong teacher collaboration. In this session, participants will gain a greater understanding of their role as instructional leaders in supporting teachers to advance improvement. Key competencies that will be discussed include: establishing a shared vision and philosophy, building trust and collective responsibility through inclusive decision making, providing instructional guidance, supporting data use, and facilitating on-the-job professional learning. Participants will consider ways to re/define roles and responsibilities for their leadership team to ensure sufficient time for administrative leadership and management, as well as instructional leadership and coaching. Participants will also gain new resources and tools to support their inclusive, instructional leadership efforts, including a step-by-step process for collaborating with staff to analyze data, set goals, and create plans for improvement.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to: 
  • Describe early childhood instructional leadership competencies and teacher collaboration strategies key to improvement and connect them to revised Head Start performance standards
  • Create plan for collaboratively analyzing data and developing program goals for the coming year

Speakers
avatar for Michael Connor

Michael Connor

Preschool Program Specialist, Early Learning Division/Oregon Department of Education
avatar for Tammy Value

Tammy Value

Senior Manager, Professional Development Implementation, Ounce of Prevention Fund
Tamara Value is the Senior Manager of Professional Development Implementation for the Ounce of Prevention Fund’s Advancing Center Based Quality Division.  Her recent work with the Ounce has included developing and delivering targeted training, technical assistance and a suite of resources to instructional leaders throughout... Read More →


Thursday May 4, 2017 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Yakima

1:30pm

Linking the Causes of Challenging Behavior with Strategies for Positive Child Guidance: Birth to Five (scheduled until 5 pm)
Participants will examine the common causes of challenging behavior in early childhood. Participants will explore positive guidance strategies to address challenging behavior. Participants will examine behavior in the context of personal factors that cause behavioral challenges including: developmental stages, temperament, and other issues such as trauma or disability. Participants will examine the influence of environmental design, negative caregiving climate, family dynamics and cultural factors on a child's behavior. Using resources from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFL), special consideration on how general, targeted and intensive interventions can be used for behavior will be outlined. Attendees will have an opportunity to practice linking probable causes of behavior with appropriate guidance strategies.

 At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • identify common causes of challenging behavior in early childhood settings.
  • link positive guidance strategies to address challenging behavior.

Speakers
avatar for Aoife Rose Magee

Aoife Rose Magee

Magee Consulting, LLC


Thursday May 4, 2017 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Round Up

3:00pm

Break
Drinks and Snacks provided: Coffee/Tea -  Assorted Whole Fresh Seasonal Fruit & Cookies

Thursday May 4, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Imagination Yoga: Inspiring Kids to Move
Join us for this fun and interactive workshop where you will be introduced to the Imagination Yoga curriculum designed specifically for the needs of Head Start. You will learn developmentally appropriate kids yoga poses, 1 adventure (kids yoga flow) that supports early literacy skills and activities to intentionally practice kindness, calm and concentration. Integration ideas for teachers, home visitors, parents and healthy family champions are discussed. At the end of the workshop, self-care strategies for the participants will be explored and practiced. Please wear comfortable clothing, yoga mats will be provided.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  •  Teach several Imagination Yoga poses and techniques to make them fun for the young child
  • Identify ways to introduce Imagination Yoga to the children I work with

Speakers
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Jamie Dix

Imagination Yoga
avatar for Jessica McClintic

Jessica McClintic

Imagination Yoga



Thursday May 4, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Happy Canyon

3:30pm

Let's Get Physical with Multi-Sensory Learning!
This session will provide an introduction to the Zoo-phonics Program and give attendees an opportunity to learn the basics of the program through a hands-on presentation. Participants will be given an opportunity to participate in the physical aspect of this unique methodology. The presenter will show how to teach children to lock the sounds and shapes of the alphabet into memory through a body movement that directly relates to the Zoo-phonics Animal/Letter, allowing them to utilize the alphabet immediately. Attendees will participate in physical activities that tie into language arts including traditional games, Zoo-Robics and the Jump Rope Rap.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Teach the alphabet sounds, the foundation of the reading and spelling process, through the Zoo-phonics cast of Animal Characters.
  • Teach children to lock the sounds and shapes of the alphabet into memory through a body movement that directly relates to the Animal/Letter, allowing them to utilize the alphabet immediately.

Speakers

Thursday May 4, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Umatilla
 
Friday, May 5
 

7:30am

Breakfast
Coffee/Tea - Scrambled Eggs with sausage links, served with breakast potatoes, freshly baked breakfast breads, fresh seasonal fruit, Yogurt

Friday May 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Cayuse

8:30am

Host Program Presentation- Umatilla-Morrow Head Start and Eastern Oregon University Head Start
Our hosts will be covering their implementation of Conscious Discipline and innovative strategies for school readiness.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Kleng

Rob Kleng

Family & Community Partnership Mgr, Eastern Oregon Head Start


Friday May 5, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Walla Walla

10:00am

Break
Drinks and Snacks provided: Coffee/Tea -  Assorted Whole Fresh Seasonal Fruit & Tortilla chips with black bean and corn salsa, Guacamole and sour cream

Friday May 5, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
TBA

10:30am

Business Meeting

Call to Order- Donna Schnitker, President
February Minutes submitted for approval- Dasia Collins, Secretary
Treasurer's Report - Nancy Perin
OHSA Committee Reports

  • PIC- Donna Schnitker
  • Scholarship- Joy May

Networking Group Reports

  • Directors- Kim Brick
  • Staff- Tara Gray
  • Parents/Friends- Aaron Vela

National Head Start Association Report- Dasia Collins
Region X Head Start Association Report- Tristin Mock
Head Start Collaboration Director Update- Shawna Rodrigues
Strategic Plan Approval
Meeting Adjourned


Moderators
avatar for Donna Schnitker

Donna Schnitker

Director, Head Start of Harney County

Speakers
avatar for Joy May

Joy May

PFCE Supervisor, Southern Oregon Head Start
I am a Parent, Family and Community Engagement Supervisor for the Southern Oregon Head Start program. My Head Start experience includes work in both the Education and Family Services components and stretches over 25 years. I encourage and support the application process for b... Read More →
avatar for Tristin Mock

Tristin Mock

Executive Director, Oregon Head Start Association
Dr Tristin Mock has been the Executive Director of OHSA since October 2013. Before becoming the ED she served on the OHSA Board as the Secretary having been elected to a staff at large position. Tristin worked for Mid-Columbia Children's Council for three years as their Heath, Sa... Read More →

Board Members
avatar for Dasia Collins

Dasia Collins

Parent/ OHSA Board Secretary, Head Start of Lane County
Proud parent of one child, my "Mini Me" and Owner/ Administrator for Wilsons Inside & Out Construction. It has been a privilege to represent my community for the last two years as a OHSA parent, and serving as a Parent Board Member and Secretary for OHSA, RXHSA, and board of dir... Read More →
TG

Tara Gray

Education Supervisor, Oregon Child Development Coalition
NP

Nancy Perin

Director, Neighborhood House

Friday May 5, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Walla Walla