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Welcome to the 2017 Specialist Conference! In order to receive training certificates, you must create a personalized schedule. Not sure how to create your personalized schedule? Check out this guideAn easy way to find sessions in your track is to click on Track in the menu on the right. If you can’t get it to work after reading the guide please email tmock@ohsa.net. Posting about this conference on social media? Please use #OHSASC2017.

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Wednesday, April 5
 

9:00am

CACFP
This session will focus on the new Child and Adult Care Food Program meal pattern that will be in effect starting October 1, 2017.  In this 3-hour session, participants will learn about the new meal pattern requirements and how to implement them within a Head Start setting.  Participants will be able to work together on guided activities, review available resources, and ask ODE CNP Child Nutrition Specialists your CACFP questions.  Participants who attend the full training will meet the CACFP annual renewal training requirement. Food Program Coordinators and Authorized Representatives for the CACFP are encouraged to sign up. Additional staff are welcome, space permitting.

Intended audience: Health

Speakers
avatar for Shirley Wu

Shirley Wu

Child Nutrition Specialist, Child Nutrition Programs; Oregon Department of Education
I'm a child nutrition specialist on the community team at the Oregon Department of Education's Child Nutrition department. In the community team, we work with the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program. I'm also a registered dietitian who loves to work on nutrition education, particularly with child and maternal nutrition topics.


Wednesday April 5, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Juniper 2

9:00am

Culture of Safety and Active Supervision
Has your program had some “near misses” related to the safety of children in the center, on the playground, during transitions, and on the bus?  This session will focus on preventive strategies, including active supervision, creating a culture of safety, and creating supportive systems to ensure that children are safe while under your care.

Intended audience: Health, QTL
 

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Nelson

Sandy Nelson

Grantee Specialist, ICF
Sandy Nelson has more than 30 years of experience in early learning and Head Start. From her initial position as a preschool teacher, she advanced through the program to center director, to associate director of early learning programs for a non-profit, and finally as the assistant superintendent for early learning programs at a regional educational service agency. She is currently a grantee specialist with the Region 10 Training and Technical... Read More →


Wednesday April 5, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Juniper 1

9:00am

Implementing PBC… Thinking Outside of the Box!
The session will provide a brief overview of the Practice Based Coaching model as well as provide an opportunity to review the new HSPPS related to coaching and describe various ways to implement PBC, to fidelity in your program. 

Michael Connor from the ELD will join us at 11:45 am to discuss an upcoming initiative around coaching in OPK.

Intended audience: QTL

Speakers
avatar for Yvonne Burke

Yvonne Burke

Early Childhood Specialist, ICF
Yvonne Burke has worked in the early learning field for 30 years and has worked in Head Start for the past 20 years. | She began her career as a Preschool Teacher, moved into the position of a Child Care Director, and then into Head Start as a Child Development Manager with F.A.M.E. Head Start. Eventually, she then transitioned to a Child Development Coordinator and subsequently worked as a Regional Coordinator for Puget Sound ESD Head... Read More →
avatar for Michael Connor

Michael Connor

Preschool Program Specialist, Early Learning Division/Oregon Department of Education
avatar for Katy Keehn

Katy Keehn

Early Childhood Specialist, ICF
Katy Keehn has over 35 years of experience in the field of Early Learning, working with children, families and staff in birth-to-five & family support settings. Katy has been providing training & technical assistance to Region 10 Head Start and Early Head Start grantees for the past 4 years, assisting programs with planning professional development, collecting & analyzing data, increasing Parent, Family & Community Engagement... Read More →


Wednesday April 5, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Golden Eagle A

9:00am

Implementing Strategies to Enhance Attachment in Infant Mental Health
Limited Capacity seats available

Secure attachment is the foundation of healthy social and emotional development for
infants. In this workshop, we will explore models of infant attachment including the
Circle of Security, and how it influences social-emotional development and regulation.
We will look at our own attachment systems and how they influence our work with
infants, toddlers, and their families. Participants will gain strategies to improve their
attachment with families and to improve the attachments between infants and
caregivers in the families they work with.

Approved for SET 2 hours.

Intended audience: EHS, Health, PFCE, QTL 

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 PSU’s ITMH Program, is an Oregon Registry Master Trainer, an Infant Mental Health Consultant, and has been providing... Read More →


Wednesday April 5, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
High Desert

1:00pm

Welcome
Join us for a quick orientation to the Specialist Conference. You will also be introduced to the Track Coordinators. The Track Coordinators have been hard at work since last year's conference planning for this week. They are your points of contact during the Conference for any questions.

Intended audience: everyone

Speakers
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, Safety, and Nutrition Manager. Tristin enjoys giving back to the community. She has served as both an Americorps and VISTA volunteer. Dr Mock had a private naturopathic... Read More →


Wednesday April 5, 2017 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Golden Eagle Ballroom

1:30pm

Keynote: Reducing Stress and Preventing Burnout - Evidence-Based Practices That Work
In this ever changing, and often stress filled field, skills to sustain one’s personal resilience and prevent the burnout that constant stress can cause, are critical. Not only in order to maintain personal and career satisfaction, clear thinking leadership, but also to sustain one’s health and a sense of humor, on the job and elsewhere. In this talk Robin tackles the important subject of stress in your life: what it is, how it impacts your physical and mental health as well as your work and your relationships. Learn how to reduce it, manage it and increase your resistance to it. Get key skills to sustain yourself year round. The following is a list of physical, mental and emotional reactions that occur when people are too stressed. Which of these look familiar to you? Have any more than 2 – 5 times a month?
  • Frequent headaches or upset stomach? 
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? 
  • You’re sicker than you used to be? 
  • Wake up tired or feeling slow? 
  • Inability to think clearly? 
  • You’re grumbling, not whistling, on your way to work? 
  • Feel upset often with your family or coworkers? 
  • Your teamwork is suffering? 
  • Find yourself complaining more than laughing? 
  • Feel anxious, overwhelmed, resentful or angry often? 
  • Too tired or angry to enjoy yourself when you finally have the time to? 
Learn to stop a stress reaction in seconds, regardless of what is going on around you. Gain skills to release accumulated stress that is negatively impacting your attitude and your health. Find out which situations trigger a stress reaction and how to work with them successfully. Robin will teach techniques to stop and slow the biological downshift into unhealthy stress mode, along with research-driven practices that increase the clarity of your thinking as well as your resistance to stress and burnout. These techniques can be used at work and at home. You will learn to:
  • Push the ‘pause’ button and think clearly when stress is occurring around you 
  • Assess your personal stress levels and your unique stress indicators 
  • Understand how stress, upset and worry negatively impact accurate judgment 
  • Be able to stay calm, no matter what - relax the tension in your body immediately 
  • Identify what 6 self-care practices prevent burnout based on recent research 
  • Appreciate the connections between play, hobby-time and workplace adaptability

Intended audience: everyone

Speakers
avatar for Robin Rose

Robin Rose

Trainer, Speaker, Consultant, Robin Rose Training & Consulting
Robin Rose is a renowned trainer, speaker and consultant with over twenty-five years’ experience. Her expertise is in teaching people how to stay calm, professional, and effective, especially during high-stress, high-pressure situations. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College. After fifteen years as college faculty, she formed her own company and moved into the public, government agency... Read More →



Wednesday April 5, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Golden Eagle Ballroom

3:00pm

Break
Coffee/Tea/Hot Choc - Asst Fruit Tray and Lemon Bars

Wednesday April 5, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Prepare!
This presentation discusses disasters that can occur in our geographic area and the three essentials of being informed, making a plan, and building a kit.

Intended audience: Health 

Speakers

Wednesday April 5, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Juniper 2

3:30pm

Child Passenger Safety Restraints on School Buses
Limited Capacity seats available

How to correctly identify and use child safety restraint systems on school buses and understand best practice guidelines when transporting children on school buses.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Have a basic understanding of identifying and correctly using child safety restraint systems on school buses.
  • Be able to understand best practice guidelines for transporting children.
Intended audience: Transportation

Speakers
avatar for Woody Johnston

Woody Johnston

Child Safety Program Educator, Randall Children's Hospital
avatar for Kyndra Lathim

Kyndra Lathim

Child Passenger Safety Health Educator, Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel


Wednesday April 5, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Golden Eagle D

3:30pm

Do Ants Have Teeth? Teaching Science Through Meaningful Inquiry That Engages Children’s Minds
Project-based investigations enable children to actively explore topics that are relevant to their lives. Children learn to communicate, think mathematically, test hypotheses, and think like scientists. These methods of learning help children build on process skills that are critical to future school success. Participants will explore the many ways in which children observe and explore, make connections, solve problems, organize information, and communicate and represent their ideas within a classroom community that is engaged in a long-term, project-based investigation.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Discover how in-depth, project-based investigations support content learning in the preschool classroom.
  • Learn strategies for incorporating science learning experiences throughout investigative studies.
Intended audience: QTL

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Danahy

Laurie Danahy

Early Childhood Education Consultant, Laurie Danahy Consulting, LLC


Wednesday April 5, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Golden Eagle A

3:30pm

Effective Recruitment & Retention - Thinking Out-of-the-Box
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn to evaluate hiring plans to reach the correct audience. Is the appropriate job title and description being used to invite applicants? Who is your competition for talent? Are there options to hire potential when experience is not available? And once hired, learn how to track and evaluate retention and turnover. Retain employees through ongoing internal "marketing" of benefits of working for the Agency.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Develop an effective hiring plan for each position needed consisting of the critical components required to recruit the desired applicants.
  • Track and evaluate retention and turnover and as a result develop an internal marketing plan to increase employee commitment and satisfaction.
Intended audience: HR

Speakers
avatar for Sharilyn A. Cano

Sharilyn A. Cano

Human Resources Consultant, MM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
“EMPLOYEE COMMITMENT, NOT JUST COMPLIANCE” | Sharilyn Cano holds a Masters degree in Management with an emphasis in non-profit leadership from Southern Oregon University and has more than 25 years of experience in Human Resources. Her knowledge includes all facets of human resources management to ensure legal compliance with both state and federal regulations and systems to ensure that employer risk and liability are limited. In... Read More →


Wednesday April 5, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
High Desert

3:30pm

Improving Family Engagement Practices through the The Family Engagement Self-Assessment Tool
This session will introduce participants to the Family Engagement Self-Assessment Tool (FE-SAT). The FE-SAT is an interactive, reflective tool that provides organizations the opportunity to identify strengths of their family engagement strategies as well as areas for improvement. The FE-SAT provides teams with research-based criteria to assess how well their activities align with practices thought to support the best outcomes for families and children. Participants are encouraged to attend the session in teams to begin work on their own local FE-SAT process.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • complete the Family Engagement Self-Assessment Tool with partners/staff in their community or organization.
  • begin to identify strengths of the family engagement work and reflect on areas that may need additional attention.
Intended audience: PFCE

Speakers
avatar for Mackenzie Burton

Mackenzie Burton

Research Assistant, Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services
avatar for Lindsey Patterson

Lindsey Patterson

Research Associate, Center for Improvement of Child & Family Services, Portland State University


Wednesday April 5, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Golden Eagle B

3:30pm

Supervising Early Head Start Home Visitors
Limited Capacity seats available

An Early Head Start home visitor's work is complex. In order to effectively supervise home visitors, it is important to paint a clear picture of what "good" EHS home visits and group socializations look like, and to establish best practice guidelines. This session will outline key home visitor skills, knowledge, and approaches that a supervisor can cultivate through training, coaching, observation, feedback, and reflection. Specifics observation strategies and tools will be highlighted. And resources will be shared.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Identify key elements of effective home visiting.
  • Identify various Home Visiting and Group Socialization Observation tools.
Intended audience: EHS

Speakers
avatar for Mary Foltz

Mary Foltz

Principal, Mary Foltz & Associates, LLC
I enjoy helping programs design and implement effective management systems and high-quality services for children and families, and have had the honor of doing so for over 35 years.


Wednesday April 5, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Golden Eagle C

3:30pm

Director Meeting
Topics include:
  • Program Updates 

Moderators
avatar for Annie Soto

Annie Soto

Executive Director, Head Start of Lane County

Speakers
avatar for Michael Connor

Michael Connor

Preschool Program Specialist, Early Learning Division/Oregon Department of Education


Wednesday April 5, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
River Run Event Center 1730 Blue Heron, Redmond, OR 97756
 
Thursday, April 6
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Coffee/Tea/Hot Choc/Chilled Fruit juice- Fluffy Scrambled eggs with thick sliced bacon and tender link sausage, served with country potatoes,  biscuits with gravy, served with yogurt. granola, milk all the fixings,and seasonal fruit medley

Thursday April 6, 2017 7:00am - 8:00am
Juniper 1

7:00am

Director's Breakfast
Coffee/Tea/Hot Choc/Chilled Fruit juice- Fluffy Scrambled eggs with thick sliced bacon and tender link sausage, served with country potatoes,  biscuits with gravy, served with yogurt. granola, milk all the fixings,and seasonal fruit medley

Thursday April 6, 2017 7:00am - 8:30am
River Run Event Center 1730 Blue Heron, Redmond, OR 97756

8:30am

Immunizations in Oregon
Participants will gain a basic understanding of vaccines and school immunization law in Oregon. The importance of immunizations, the diseases they prevent and an overview of vaccine status of children in Oregon will be discussed. Information will be provided about school requirements and the reporting process as well as common questions parents ask about vaccines and how to respond.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • answer basic questions about school vaccine requirements.
  • provide general information about the importance of immunizations.
Intended audience: Health 

Speakers
JJ

Jill Johnson, RN

Immunization Program Coordinator, Deschutes County Health Services


Thursday April 6, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Juniper 2

8:30am

Bus Monitor Training
Bring in your training resources and be prepared to discuss what the best practices are to meet the revised Performance Standards.

Intended audience: Transportation

Moderators
avatar for Velda Brigham

Velda Brigham

Transportation Manager, Mid-Columbia Children's Council

Thursday April 6, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Golden Eagle C/D

8:30am

Understanding Wage Compensation Challenges in Oregon
Limited Capacity seats available

With the recent changes to Oregon's minimum wage and consistently low budget increases, wage compression is another challenge to maintaining a sound and sensible salary schedule. Identifying the critical points of wage compression and the positions affected in the agency's salary schedule is the first step in determining what the agency will need to do to keep wages marketable and competitive and develop an appropriate action plan for the next 3-5 years.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Identify the critical compression points and affected positions in the agency's salary schedule.
  • Initiate development of an action plan to correct wage compression.
Intended audience: HR

Speakers
avatar for Sharilyn A. Cano

Sharilyn A. Cano

Human Resources Consultant, MM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
“EMPLOYEE COMMITMENT, NOT JUST COMPLIANCE” | Sharilyn Cano holds a Masters degree in Management with an emphasis in non-profit leadership from Southern Oregon University and has more than 25 years of experience in Human Resources. Her knowledge includes all facets of human resources management to ensure legal compliance with both state and federal regulations and systems to ensure that employer risk and liability are limited. In... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
High Desert

8:30am

Concepts and Tools for Improved Engagement
Working effectively with complicated families can be challenging. This workshop takes key tenets from Multnomah County’s Assertive Engagement Training and applies these concepts and skills to the families we serve. In this workshop, participants will be offered a framework for understanding the experience of at- risk families. Participants will learn how to avoid some common pitfalls and how to use a few simple skills to promote healthy engagement. Anyone who works with complicated families and wants some new ideas for how to work with them will enjoy this workshop.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Better understand the experience of families living through hardship, poverty, and other complications in their lives.
  • Understand and have access to a series of concepts and tools that will promote positive relations and engagement with our most complicated families.
Intended audience: EHS, HR, QTL, PFCE

Speakers
avatar for Kenan Ginsberg

Kenan Ginsberg

Attendance Specialist, David Douglas School District
Kenan is a Licensed School Social Worker who has worked with at-risk children and families for 22 years. Kenan is employed by the David Douglas School District where he supports families that are struggling with attendance. Kenan has also trained social service workers in Portland for the past 4 years. He teaches a series of perspectives and skills that are used to promote excellent connection and relations with complicated families. He also... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm
Juniper 1

8:30am

High Quality Early Learning Environments that Support Social and Emotional Learning
Join us in exploring how the early learning teaching and learning environment can be structured to improve social and emotional outcomes for young children. This session will includes interactive opportunities to:
  • learn about the essential components of a quality setting that include universal design, evidence-based curriculum, quality classroom interactions, formative assessment, and family engagement; 
  • explore and discuss Oregon’s new Early Learning and Kindergarten Guidelines that provide learning standards for children ages three through the end of kindergarten in the domains of language, literacy, mathematics, approaches to learning, and social-emotional development; and
  • examine the research-based characteristics of preschool and kindergarten classrooms that best support approaches to learning (motivational skills) and social-emotional development for children of all abilities.
At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Understand Oregon’s new Early Learning and Kindergarten Guidelines to help provide learning standards for children ages three through the end of kindergarten.
  • Understand essential components of a quality early learning environment including universal design, evidence-based curriculum, formative assessment, and family engagement that are supported through research-based practices that support social-emotional development and approaches to learning.
Intended audience: QTL, EHS

Speakers
MS

Mandy Stanley

EI/ECSE Specialist, Oregon Department of Education
avatar for Kara Williams

Kara Williams

PreK-3rd Grade Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education


Thursday April 6, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm
Golden Eagle A

8:30am

Section 504, Title II & Students with Disabilities in Public Schools and Head Start
Limited Capacity seats available

An ODE civil rights education specialist will discuss the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and explain the responsibilities of public schools and Head Start in educating students with disabilities. He will also answer your burning questions about Section 504 and Title II. 

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Explain the responsibilities of public schools and Head Start programs in educating students with disabilities.
  • Discuss the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 
Intended audience: QTL, Health

Speakers
WC

Winston Cornwall

Civil Rights Education Specialist, Oregon Dept. of Education


Thursday April 6, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm
Board Room

8:30am

Supporting Staff thru Reflective Supervision
By slowing down and being reflective, staff are able cultivate greater understanding, compassion, and effectiveness with children, families, and with co-workers. In this session participants will explore the guiding principles, the benefits, and the key elements of reflective supervision. In addition, they will have the opportunity to practice some essential reflective supervision skills. Common barriers and special considerations will be discussed.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Identify the key elements of reflective supervision.
  • Use the skill of inquiry to promote reflection.
Intended audience: EHS

Speakers
avatar for Mary Foltz

Mary Foltz

Principal, Mary Foltz & Associates, LLC
I enjoy helping programs design and implement effective management systems and high-quality services for children and families, and have had the honor of doing so for over 35 years.


Thursday April 6, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm
Golden Eagle B

8:30am

Director Meeting
Topics include:
  • Federal Update- Region X Office of Head Start (9-11 am conference call)
  • Payroll advances (HSOLC)
  • Health insurance
  • Wage survey
  • Criminal Background Registry (CBR) Process 
  • Performance Standards- what programs are succeeding at/ struggling with HSPS implementation, FBAs and the new standards, who does it, where can we get training?
  • State Updates
  • Future of Head Start with the new administration
  • Extending duration (funding, staffing patterns)
  • Preschool Promise 
  • OPK 
  • Enrollment challenges
  • Change Management
  • Health & Safety requirement from Oregon Office of Child Care 
  • ORIMHA Reflective Supervision grant and endorsement for Infant Mental Health staff
  • Coaching models
  • Early Head Start Expansion
  • Equity expectations related to the assessment 
  • Collaborative agreements 
  • OPK service modification plans (anyone looking to modify current schedule to allow for 6 hour days within the same current number of hours)
  • Annual equity deliverables: Yearly training? Yearly reports? Goals?

Moderators
avatar for Annie Soto

Annie Soto

Executive Director, Head Start of Lane County

Speakers
avatar for Michael Connor

Michael Connor

Preschool Program Specialist, Early Learning Division/Oregon Department of Education


Thursday April 6, 2017 8:30am - 5:00pm
River Run Event Center 1730 Blue Heron, Redmond, OR 97756

10:00am

Break
Coffee/Tea/Hot Choc - Asst Fruit Tray and Cookie

Thursday April 6, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
TBA

10:30am

Health Coordinators teaming and debrief
Connect with other Health Coordinators throughout the state and a time to discuss any issues, concerns or program information sharing. Planning for any possible Health cluster meetings in the Summer. Rebecca Timmen will provide updates from the National Center.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Network with other Health Coordinators/Managers across the state.
  • Identify future supports for the individual's success in their current role.
Intended audience: Health 

Moderators
avatar for Melissa Ivey

Melissa Ivey

Health & Nutrition Coordinator, Head Start of Yamhill County
I've worked for HSYC for over 14 years. My background is Human Services. I was a Family Advocate for over 6 years before becoming the Health & Nutrition Coordinator. As a past parent, I understand the concerns with having someone come into your home. People can talk to me about learning the responsibilities as a Supervisor and Health Coordinator and the transition from line staff to Supervisor.
RT

Rebecca Timmen

OHS Region 10 TTA Health Specialist, ICF

Thursday April 6, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Juniper 2

10:30am

Human Resources and the New HSPPS
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how the new Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) affect how you conduct Human Resource management. We will cover the extensive new background checks; changes to health requirements; new position qualifications and competencies; elimination of performance appraisals and probationary period; and much more!

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Understand how the major HSPPS changes affect Human Resource management.
  • Begin to develop strategies for implementing HR HSPPS changes in their own organization.
Intended audience: HR

Speakers
avatar for Liz Kyle

Liz Kyle

HR Director, Clackamas County Children's Commission


Thursday April 6, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
High Desert

10:30am

Impaired Driving
What does it feel like to drive impaired? Come experience it first hand! We will use a brake reaction timer and drug and alcohol goggles. We will also review drug and alcohol laws.

Intended audience: Transportation 

Speakers
avatar for Velda Brigham

Velda Brigham

Transportation Manager, Mid-Columbia Children's Council
avatar for Diane Clinkscales

Diane Clinkscales

Transportation and Facilities Manager, NeighborImpact Head Start


Thursday April 6, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Golden Eagle C/D

12:00pm

Lunch
Coffee/Tea/Hot Choc - County Living Buffet
Mixed Field Greens, Black Bean & Corn Salad Sauteed Seasonal Vegetables- Loaded Baked Potatoes - Baked Chicken - Vegetarian Lasagna, Chef's choice of dessert

Thursday April 6, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Juniper 1

12:00pm

Director's Lunch
Coffee/Tea/Hot Choc - County Living Buffet
Mixed Field Greens, Black Bean & Corn Salad Sauteed Seasonal Vegetables- Loaded Baked Potatoes - Baked Chicken - Vegetarian Lasagna, Chef's choice of dessert

Thursday April 6, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
River Run Event Center 1730 Blue Heron, Redmond, OR 97756

1:30pm

Building Kids’ Resiliency and Empathy in Tough Times: Family culture and language for healthy brains and powerful hearts
Life for Head Start families may be more stressful now than ever, given the current economic and political climate -- including heightened animosity surrounding race/ethnicity, religion, and national origins. We now know the damage done to health and cognitive development by the chronic stress of poverty and trauma, absent any protective buffer. However, a child with sufficient resiliency is able to survive and even thrive in the face of such adversity. In this interactive workshop with a language educator and former Head Start parent, participants will learn how crucial to resiliency is a child’s strength in home language / culture, combined with positive learning of classmates’ or community language / culture. We will explore how this area of nurturing responsive practice contributes to successful outcomes in the Social-Emotional, Cognitive, and Approaches to Learning domains, and how programs can best engage with students, families, and community partners to that end. We will also consider how these language / culture activities can build children’s empathy skills -- necessary for fighting the rise of poverty and discrimination, and shaping their world to be one they want to live in.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Understand 1) how resiliency impacts a child’s cognitive and social-emotional health and development, and 2) how cultural and linguistic knowledge, identity, and relationships build resiliency.
  • Develop programming to build children's resiliency and empathy via language / culture -- enabling the child to 1) survive harmful stress, 2) thrive under difficult life circumstances, and even 3) shape his/her world for the better.
Intended audience: PFCE, QTL, Health

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Blackburn

Jesse Blackburn

Adjunct Instructor, Portland State University


Thursday April 6, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Golden Eagle B

1:30pm

Creating Effective Job Descriptions
Limited Capacity seats available

Job descriptions are one of the most important components of team development and workforce management within every organization. We use them to identify and select qualified candidates, hold employees accountable to performance standards, and make critical decisions about workforce planning and job duty assignments. Job descriptions also outline the scope of job duties for would-be candidates, selected employees, and even supervisors who manage the team. To be truly effective, they should be clear, practical and responsive to the needs of the organization. Join us for this interactive and informative program as we learn how to develop and write legally compliant, ADA-friendly, powerhouse job descriptions.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Identify strategies to increase the effectiveness of job descriptions and make them ADA-compliant.
  • Learn how to distinguish between essential and non-essential functions
Intended audience: HR

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bouman-Steagall

Jennifer Bouman-Steagall

Attorney / Trainer, Red Kite
Red Kite founder Jennifer Bouman-Steagall is engaging, dynamic, compelling, entertaining, and genuinely passionate about her work, or so people say (see our Testimonials). She also happens to be a highly skilled management-side employment litigation attorney with over 17 years of experience representing Oregon and Washington employers. | In 2010 Jennifer left law firm life to open a solo private practice called Employment Law Outsourcing... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
High Desert

1:30pm

Executive Functions: Moving from theory to practice for children with Developmental Delays including Autism
This session will provide early childhood educators with activities and strategies that support Executive Function (EF) in young children with developmental delays including Autism. EF describes the processes that affect a child’s ability to self-regulate, use working memory, pay attention, and engage in planning and goal setting. It is important for educators to directly and explicitly teach and reinforce EF skills, as all skills can be developed and enhanced with practice and feedback. This is beneficial for all children, but particularly so for those with developmental delays including Autism. In addition to offering strategies during daily routine activities; evidence-based resources and activity plans will be shared.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • have an understanding of EF and how it impacts a child’s development particularly for children with diverse abilities based on research and practice.
  • learn, practice and select strategies to strengthen EF skills (self-regulation, working memory, inhibit/emotional control, shifting, planning and organizing) in preschoolers with diverse abilities.
Intended audience: QTL, EHS

Speakers
avatar for Serra Acar

Serra Acar

Project Coordinator, The Research Institute, WOU
Serra is a Project Coordinator at The Research Institute, Western Oregon University. Serra works on projects with an early childhood/early learning focus. Serra received her Ph.D. in Early Intervention from the University of Oregon. Serra's primary areas of expertise include family-centered practices in early intervention/early childhood special education (EI/ECSE), developmental screening, and personnel preparation. She has over 15 years of... Read More →
avatar for Patricia Blasco

Patricia Blasco

Associate Fellow/ Associate Professor, Western Oregon University and Oregon Health Sciences University
Patti is a Senior Fellow at Western Oregon University (WOU), and at TRI, works through the Center for Educator Preparation and Effectiveness (CEPE) and the Center on Early Learning. At WOU, Dr. Blasco is the Project Director for Project PEPI to infuse inclusion curricula into coursework at the community college level in the state of Oregon. She is CO-PI on Project PIECE, a five year professional development project to recruit, retain, and... Read More →
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Mandy Stanley

EI/ECSE Specialist, Oregon Department of Education


Thursday April 6, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Juniper 2

1:30pm

Revised Performance Standards
We will review and discuss implementation of the revised Performance Standards and the implications for your program.

Intended audience: Transportation

Speakers
avatar for Velda Brigham

Velda Brigham

Transportation Manager, Mid-Columbia Children's Council
avatar for Diane Clinkscales

Diane Clinkscales

Transportation and Facilities Manager, NeighborImpact Head Start


Thursday April 6, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Golden Eagle C/D

1:30pm

Inspiring Creative and Innovative Play in Young Children through Loose Parts Materials
Participants will examine how to develop exciting play opportunities for children using beautiful and alluring everyday materials to stimulate the senses, creativity, action, and inquiry based on the work of Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky. The purpose is to help awaken creativity and joy in early childhood settings and support play-based learning, both in children and adults.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Analyze how the use of "loose parts" (e.g., materials that are captivating, open-ended and mobile) in ECE settings support the development of critical thinking and creativity while satisfying a child's natural curiosity and love of learning through interacting with their environment.
  • Test the benefits of using found objects and materials that children can move, manipulate, control and change while they play through a hands-on activity.
Intended audience: PFCE, EHS, QTL

Speakers
avatar for Aoife Rose Magee

Aoife Rose Magee

Magee Consulting, LLC


Thursday April 6, 2017 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Juniper 1

1:30pm

My Brain and Me
Using The Neurorelational Framework (NRF) this session will provide insights, activities, processes, and understanding of four brain systems that are impacted by exposure to chronic toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences. The Neurorelational Framework is a trauma-informed care model that helps us understand that the nature and function of the mind and brain are shaped by experiences, especially those involving emotional relationships in early childhood. A revolutionary way of understanding how to work with children who have been exposed to traumatic experiences. (3-hr Set Two Training on Oregon Registry).

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
  • Have a working knowledge of the four brain systems impacted by adverse early childhood experiences.
  • Have a working knowledge of key research in the neurobiology of trauma informed care and the application to their work with families and children. 
Intended audience: EHS, QTL, Health, PFCE

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 the developmental continuum. I love the opportunity to pay forward what I have learned over a thirty year career working with administrators, staff, teachers, and... Read More →



Thursday April 6, 2017 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Golden Eagle A

3:00pm

Break
Coffee/Tea/Hot Choc - Asst Fruit Tray and Pretzels

Thursday April 6, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Annual Employment Law Update
Limited Capacity seats available

Top-level management expects strategic internal partners to know and understand not only how employment laws are changing, but also how those changes will impact the organization. The changes in recent years were enough to make a person’s head spin like Oregon’s new paid sick leave and the 2016 FLSA changes. Add to the mix potential changes on the horizon from the Trump administration and the Oregon legislature, and we have ourselves a hot mess.  Join us for this unique and interactive program as we explore the employment law changes taking effect in 2017, the employment law changes on the horizon from this year’s legislative session, and how we might be able to use those changes to improve your bottom line results.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Review recent changes in employment law affecting Oregon Head Start programs.
  • Explore the immediate impact of these changes in employment law on individual organizations.
Intended audience: HR

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bouman-Steagall

Jennifer Bouman-Steagall

Attorney / Trainer, Red Kite
Red Kite founder Jennifer Bouman-Steagall is engaging, dynamic, compelling, entertaining, and genuinely passionate about her work, or so people say (see our Testimonials). She also happens to be a highly skilled management-side employment litigation attorney with over 17 years of experience representing Oregon and Washington employers. | In 2010 Jennifer left law firm life to open a solo private practice called Employment Law Outsourcing... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
High Desert

3:30pm

One Key Question(R): Patient-centered Pregnancy Intention Screening
To reduce unintended pregnancy, improve preconception health and improve maternal and child health outcomes, providers should screen women for their pregnancy intentions on a proactive, routine basis. In order to identify preventive reproductive health care needs of women, One Key Question® involves asking "Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?" and providing follow-up care based on her response. It has the potential to increase women’s access to comprehensive contraception and preconception care with a patient-centric screening.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Describe the One Key Question(R) screening and follow-up care/referral algorithm.
  • Describe effective birth control options and preconception care advice.
Intended audience: EHS, Health

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Rosenau

Hannah Rosenau

Program Director, Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health
Hannah Rosenau is the Program Director with the Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health (OFRH). Her passion for reproductive justice, women’s health, and public policy brought her to work at OFRH to improve health care delivery systems in the state. Hannah primarily works on the One Key Question® team initiative to integrate preventive reproductive health into primary care. She coordinates with health centers and direct service... Read More →


Thursday April 6, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Golden Eagle B

3:30pm

Parent Cafes and Learning Picnics: Parenting Education at Head Start
Parent Cafes and Learning Picnics are family-friendly activities designed to support people in acquiring fresh communication skills and changing tired parenting behaviors. We'll discuss ways to invite people into relationships that teach and heal. We'll explore the role of parenting education in a healthy society, and think about how to implement evidence-based programming in a busy world.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Describe three best practices in effective parenting education
  • Understand the concept of Parent Cafes
Intended audience: PFCE

Speakers
avatar for Felicity Elworthy

Felicity Elworthy

PFCE Manager, Southern Oregon Head Start
Parenting, family and male engagement, innovative approaches to funding. Teaching adults. Art and literacy. Independent development accounts (IDA's).


Thursday April 6, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Juniper 2

3:30pm

Transportation Track Planning for Next Year
What topics should be covered next year? Who will be the track coordinator? Are there other emergent topics to discuss?

Intended audience: Transportation

Track Coordinators
avatar for Diane Clinkscales

Diane Clinkscales

Transportation and Facilities Manager, NeighborImpact Head Start

Thursday April 6, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Golden Eagle C/D
 
Friday, April 7
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Coffee/Tea/Hot Choc/Chilled Fruit juice- Belgian Waffles, with butter, syrup and strawberry toppings, served with scrambled eggs, thick sliced bacon, tender link sausage, yogurt, granola , milk,and seasonal fruit medley

Friday April 7, 2017 7:00am - 8:00am
Juniper 1

7:00am

Director's Breakfast
Coffee/Tea/Hot Choc/Chilled Fruit juice- Belgian Waffles, with butter, syrup and strawberry toppings, served with scrambled eggs, thick sliced bacon, tender link sausage, yogurt, granola , milk,and seasonal fruit medley

Friday April 7, 2017 7:00am - 8:30am
River Run Event Center 1730 Blue Heron, Redmond, OR 97756

8:30am

Orientation is an Event while On-boarding is a Process
Limited Capacity filling up

Great workplace culture doesn't happen by accident. Studies show that 80% of educational agencies do either a poor or mediocre job of acclimating new employees. The monetary price tag - is only part of the cost you pay for a poor hire. Failed hires hurt morale. They increase workload. They create stress. And repeatedly losing new hires makes your management team appear incompetent. This session will teach you how to teach agency culture to new employees. The most critical element of onboarding.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Learn a step by step onboarding process covering the first 90 days of employment.
  • Understand why onboarding can't be accomplished by the hiring specialist alone.
Intended audience: HR

Speakers
avatar for Bonnie Clark

Bonnie Clark

Human Resources Specialist, Head Start of Lane County
Bonnie Clark comes to you as a Human Resource Specialist. During her time at Head Start of Lane County, she has been privileged to add Recruitment as one of her main focuses during the high demand in the education field. | | Ms. Clark has been in the HR field for nearly 5 years. Prior to Head Start, she started practicing HR and Payroll in Construction/Concrete as an HR Admin. This is where the love of HR began and she can confidently... Read More →
avatar for Irina Grigorian

Irina Grigorian

Head Start Assistant Regional Manager, Head Start of Lane County
Irina has worked with Lane County Head Start for 15 years, serving as Family Advocate and currently holding the position of Regional Manager. As a multilingual employee having lived in Russia, Armenia and the United States, Irina uses this background to craft language that communicates agency expectations for diverse personnel. Her latest work involved collaborating with a team to create the employee handbook used by Head Start of Lane County... Read More →
avatar for Tim Rochholz

Tim Rochholz

Human Resources Director, Head Start of Lane County
Tim Rochholz is completing his second year as Director of Human Resources for Head Start of Lane County.  Tim previously served as a Executive Board Member of Head Start of Lane County during his previous 34 year career in K – 12 education. He also served as the President of Oregon School Personnel Association. | Tim started his career as a middle school Teacher and then worked as an Athletic Director, elementary and middle school... Read More →


Friday April 7, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
High Desert

8:30am

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 have:
  • An introduction to several Imagination Yoga poses and techniques to make them fun for the young child.
  • Identified ways to introduce Imagination Yoga to the children they work with.
This is an experiential class. Please dress in clothing appropriate for yoga.

Intended audience: EHS, Health, PFCE, QTL

Speakers
avatar for Katy McInally

Katy McInally

Program Development, Adult Education, Imagination Yoga Teacher and RYT 200, Imagination Yoga


Friday April 7, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Juniper 2

8:30am

ODE Transportation Update
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation is designed to update participants concerning rule changes and practices within the state of Oregon as they relate to Student Transportation. Head Start sites who provide transportation should attend.

By the end of this session participants will be able to:
  • Prepare for future changes in the student transportation industry.
  • Prepare their organizations to meet the future challenges.

Intended audience: Transportation

Speakers
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Craig Pruitt

Progam Analyst, Oregon Department of Education


Friday April 7, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Golden Eagle D

8:30am

Parent, Family and Community Engagement Community of Practice
Explore the concepts of a Community of Practice as it pertains to Family Service work in Head Start and Early Head Start. Exchange resources and ideas with others engaged in the work. Recharge and take charge.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Connect with like-minded others
  • Apply lessons learned on returning to the work site
Intended audience: PFCE

Moderators
avatar for Felicity Elworthy

Felicity Elworthy

PFCE Manager, Southern Oregon Head Start
Parenting, family and male engagement, innovative approaches to funding. Teaching adults. Art and literacy. Independent development accounts (IDA's).

Friday April 7, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Golden Eagle B

8:30am

Using Responsive Teaching and Caregiving to Support Language Development in Infants, Toddlers, and Twos
Limited Capacity seats available

Daily routines and experiences such as diapering or playing with toys offer opportunities to build positive relationships with young children that foster trust and security while promoting rich language development. In this session, participants will explore strategies that they can use every day to create a language-rich environment, which helps children build language and literacy skills such as developing vocabulary, hearing the different sounds and rhythms of language, enjoying stories and books, and exploring writing.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Explain why it is important to create a language-rich environment in the first 3 years of life.
  • Describe strategies for intentionally supporting the development of receptive and expressive language skills.
Intended audience: EHS, QTL

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Danahy

Laurie Danahy

Early Childhood Education Consultant, Laurie Danahy Consulting, LLC


Friday April 7, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Golden Eagle C

8:30am

Director Meeting
Continuation from previous days.

Update from Public Affairs Counsel at 9 am via conference call.

Moderators
avatar for Annie Soto

Annie Soto

Executive Director, Head Start of Lane County

Speakers

Friday April 7, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
River Run Event Center 1730 Blue Heron, Redmond, OR 97756

9:30am

HR Strategies – Learning From Each Other
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring your most puzzling HR topics and strategize solutions with other HR professionals. We'll pick three or four topics for discussion and choose presentation topics for the 2018 OHSA Conference.

At the end of this session the participant will be able to:
  • Have strategies for solving some puzzling HR problems.
  • Know the topics for OHSA Conference 2018 HR Track.
Intended audience: HR

Track Coordinators
avatar for Liz Kyle

Liz Kyle

HR Director, Clackamas County Children's Commission

Friday April 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
High Desert

10:00am

Break
Coffee/Tea/Hot Choc - Asst Fruit Tray and Brownies

Friday April 7, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
TBA

10:30am

Closing Keynote: Rising Above When Circumstances Push Our Buttons
As managers and staff you often get caught in the middle; stuck between policy requirements & human need, between personalities & circumstances, and between problems & solutions. Like anyone, our buttons get pushed, but we are the ones expected to somehow rise above the emotion and “be better.” This is how you do that! When we wipe away the behavioral and contextual circumstances that typically define who we are and how we engage with others, we find a truer understanding of our deepest, unwavering core values. We begin to discover how we experience, engage with and respond to the people and the world around us - and why we do it this way. This knowledge leads to stronger relationships in every area of life; personally & professionally, children & adults, family & friends, and leads to achieving one's highest and greatest contributions to themselves and others. In this program we will offer the opportunity for each attendee to take this revolutionary assessment and couple it with a playful, insightful and eye-opening experience to unpack, understand and effectively apply the content and knowledge to one's life, career and relationships.

Please take the assessment before the session in order to have the best experience.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:
  • Understand your dominant and latent core values and how they effect and control your human interactions.
  • Utilize concrete language and techniques for changing the way you handle conflict, communication and problem solving.
Intended audience: everyone

Speakers
avatar for Steven Fulmer

Steven Fulmer

President/CEO & Chief Leadership Officer, Steven Fulmer, Inc.
I'm a husband, a father of two amazing girls, a sailor, a speaker, a writer and coach. I am passionate about helping people look into a mirror and find the courage to see a leader - and then act on that discovery!


Friday April 7, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Golden Eagle Ballroom