Monday, June 12, 2017 8:30 a.m. to Wednesday, June 14 at 4:30 p.m.

The 4th Annual UCF Early Childhood Graduate Summer Institute welcomes you to join us for three days of interactive workshops and networking with other professionals, graduate students, and UCF College of Education and Human Performance faculty on Early Childhood Education. Professionals and students from all disciplines (education, counseling, social work, psychology, communication disorders, etc.) that are engaged in any aspect of Early Childhood Education are welcome, including educators, principals, administrators, advocates, practitioners, and all agency staff.  Attendees will receive a certificate for 21 In-Service hours; cannot be applied towards university credit.

Session Tracks

Track 1 - Child and Family Advocacy in Early Childhood

Three different kinds of advocacy will be the focus of this workshop: 1) an overview of Florida and U.S. Congressional procedures and ways to communicate; 2) steps to take to advocate for play in learning environments; and 3) steps parents can take in schools to advocate for their children with special needs.

Presenter: Dr. Anne Culp

Track 2 - Making Inclusion Work Through Collaboration

During this session, the presenter will focus on ways to “Think win-win-win-win-win” when considering and planning inclusion. The session will help learners examine considerations of the needs of the student being included, the students, the teachers, the family’s needs and desires, and the community to maximize the benefits of inclusion.

Presenter: Dr. Elizabeth Theis and Dr. Maritere Gaymer-Callaway

Track 3 - Doctoral Work and Grant Writing in Early Childhood

This session will focus on an introduction to the Education Ph.D. Early Childhood Track and will provide participants with some practical suggestions for grant writing in early childhood development and education.

Presenters: Bingbing Zhang, Lisa Kovac, and Yixuan Ji

Track 4 - A 3-Step Solution to Challenging Behaviors Using Conscious Discipline®

In this session, participants will learn how to incorporate brain-based strategies into their teaching practices to help children stay connected and engaged in the learning process. Using a 3-step process, participants will learn how to respond instead of react to challenging behaviors. Through classroom examples and practice, participants will learn how to analyze the behaviors of the most difficult children and create strategies to help them be successful.

Presenters: Laura Crouter and Polly Beebe

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