read to succeed professional development

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Read to Succeed Professional Development is designed to increase equity of access to high-quality professional development for early childhood professionals and caregivers. We offer two types of trainings: weekly webinars and individual sessions. 

Weekly Webinar Series

These weekly early childhood webinars occur live on Tuesdays at noon CST via Zoom. All sessions are eligible for Tennessee Department of Human Services credit certificate. Certificates are provided after viewing the webinar and completing a reflection form via the unique Google Form link for each webinar.

Recordings of these webinars are moving to a new platform for a better user experience. Currently some are located here and some are on the new platform. The new site is still free to use but will require you to register. View our calendar of upcoming webinars.

11/29/2022: A Discursive Public Health Approach to Wrongdoing and the Wrongdoer | Presenter: Dianne Williams, MBA, MSC, PhD

Punishment as retribution belongs to a penal philosophy that is archaic and discredited by penologists. Our correctional system, whose raison d’etre is correcting or rehabilitating wrongdoers, serves instead to protect society against crime and exact such punishment on wrongdoers that they are expected to refrain from future wrongdoing regardless of the underlying reasons for the initial engagement in criminal activity. This logic assumes that man is a rational, pleasure-seeking creature who can be prevented from engaging in antisocial and illegal behavior simply because of the prospect that the pain of punishment will outweigh the benefits gained from the commission of the crime. This is another assumption that may again be misplaced if recidivism rates and prison population are any indication.

About the Presenter: Dr. Williams brings a wide range of international conflict-related training experience. She has a strong background in the Caribbean and Latin America, in particular around criminology, conflict resolution, mediation, restorative practices, restorative justice and cultural competency. In her previous life, she was a criminologist and consultant and has done coursework at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, the International Institute for Restorative Practices and the National Defense University William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, where she is a rostered adjunct instructor. She is a clinically certified criminal justice specialist, a certified sentence mitigation specialist, a certified social and behavioral research investigator and a certified mediator. She is a licensed trainer of trainers in restorative practices, a crime prevention through community engagement and a crime prevention through environmental design specialist. Dr. Williams has numerous publications and has presented at conferences internationally.

11/15/2022: A Trauma-Responsive Approach to Child Rearing | Presenter: Annie Paraison

Conscious Discipline is a curriculum focused on teaching adults to self-regulate to support children’s social-emotional development. The curriculum focuses on educators, mental health professionals and families. In this session, we will discuss the content of the curriculum as well as culturally responsive ways to engage with families building relationships. This session is part of our conscious discipline and social-emotional learning series and is appropriate for teachers, instructional coaches, leadership, and caregivers of children of all ages. One hour of TN DHS credit is available upon completion of a reflection form/quiz.

About the Presenter: Annie graduated from Vanderbilt University in May 2008 and worked on a Master of Science in early childhood public policy and advocacy in 2014 at Walden University. She is completing certifications in leadership and management, women in executive leadership, diversity, and inclusion, as well as licenses in American insurance. She spent most of her professional career in the nonprofit sector working in early childhood and elementary education. Years of working with adults who work with children and families from all backgrounds have garnered insights supporting life-changing practices by strengthening self-love and empowerment, healing, and collective achievement. Wisdom harnessed from Dr. Becky Bailey, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Brene Brown, Dr. David R. Hawkins, Elena Aguilar and others, as well as a commitment to embody personal teachings have provided access to self-empowerment and healing that gave birth to her overall professional goal of providing access to frameworks promoting healing and access to personal and collective achievement. She enjoys dancing, reading, learning, spending time with loved ones and peaceful rainy afternoons at home with wine. Her identity as a lifelong learner, a freedom advocate, and her innate desire to be of service and teach others the frameworks promoting personal freedom are the features contributing to her life’s purpose.

11/8/2022: Regional Intervention Program (RIP) Services Overview | Presenter: Melissa Binkley

This webinar will give an overview of the who/what/where of the Regional Intervention Program (RIP). RIP provides all Tennessee caregivers, parents and professional staff with resources and support for families with young children struggling with challenging behavior. One hour of TN DHS credit is available upon completion of a reflection form/quiz.

About the Presenter: Melissa Binkley, MS is the program director at the Regional Intervention Program (RIP) with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Melissa provides support and oversight of a nationally and internationally recognized parent-implemented, professionally supported program for young children and their families who are experiencing challenging behaviors. Melissa served for two years as the early childhood training and technical assistance coordinator at the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Regional Intervention Program. She has worked for more than 10 years in child-serving agencies to support promotion, prevention and intervention efforts around fostering cognitive and social-emotional development in young children and addressing challenging behaviors. She most enjoys working alongside children and their caregivers as they make plans and solve problems. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and physics from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science in child and family studies from the University of Tennessee. A native of Arlington, Va., she lives in Nashville with her husband and toddler.

About the Regional Intervention Program (RIP): Mission: Empowering parents and caregivers with the confidence that they have the tools to address their children’s behavior through a model-based approach, individualized to each family.

The Regional Intervention Program (RIP) is a parent-implemented, professionally-supported program for young children and their families who are experiencing challenging behaviors. RIP has been serving families with young children since 1969. This unique, internationally-recognized program guides parents in learning the skills to work directly with their own children while they receive training and support from experienced RIP families.

“When we didn’t know what to do next, RIP gave us a plan, a guide. Not only has RIP helped us now, but it’s given [us] a grasp on strategies our family needs for life.” — RIP parent/graduate

11/7/2022: Supporting Diverse Learners | Presenter: Koleyna Kohler

Every student with a disability has their own set of strengths, interests and needs. This session will provide a review of disabilities and strategies for teachers to use to support and include diverse learners. We will explore how to create a structured environment to create a classroom that celebrates differences. We will review different positive reinforcement systems and explore our role in teaching independence. This session will provide information and strategies to support students with disabilities in your schools and organizations. One hour of TN DHS credit is available upon completion of a reflection form/quiz.

About the Presenter: Koleyna Kohler is the Executive Director of FUNctional EDventures where she works to disrupt society’s idea of inclusion by providing wrap-around support for the student, families, and teachers. Koleyna is credentialed as an Education Specialist in Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe grades K-12 in both California and Tennessee and extensively trained in Crisis Prevention (CPI), Brainspring Phonics, STEP Assessment, and Trauma-Informed Teaching.

11/1/2022: Interdisciplinary Connections and Drama | Presenter: Jackie Komos

Join Jackie Komos of Nashville Children’s Theatre as she presents, “Interdisciplinary Connections and Drama.”

In this series, participants learn easy, accessible ways to engage students using drama skills and exercises. Topics build on ideas presented in the previous webinar but can be taken alone. Exercises presented in this series align with Tennessee state standards for theatre, MNPS standards for social-emotional learning and additional content areas based on the specific workshop (ex: Activating Stories’ activities align with ELA standards). In this session, participants will learn how drama skills and exercises can be integrated into different academic subjects (for example: ELA and Science) and used in STEAM activities.

This session is part of a four-part series. View missed sessions in our archive at unitedwaynashville.org/rts-training. 1 hour of TN DHS credit is available after completing a reflection form/quiz.

About the Presenter: Jacqueline Komos (Jackie) serves as Nashville Children’s Theatre’s education and engagement manager where she collaborates with Middle Tennessee’s community organizations and schools to connect children and families with transformative theatrical experiences and as a teaching artist working in the classroom (virtual and in-person) with youth ages three to 18. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Jackie has performed and taught at multiple theatres in Ohio and Tennessee. Her favorite memories, outside of Nashville Children’s Theatre, include her years performing with the Ohio Light Opera and touring with Columbus Children’s Theatre playing her favorite fairy tale characters. Working at Nashville Children’s Theatre is Jackie’s dream job—she couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to utilize the performing arts to help youth achieve their full potential and discover all the possibilities life has to offer. Jackie enjoys combining her passions for social justice and the arts together—whether it be providing artistic opportunities for those with little access to the performing arts or devising theatre that inspires dialogue, empathy and action about the important issues of today.

About Nashville Children’s Theater: Mission: Believing the culturally curious child is the future, Nashville Children’s Theatre nurtures the next generation of global citizens by providing transformational theatrical experiences which reflect our evolving community, instill profound empathy, and foster personal discovery.

Vision: Nashville Children’s Theatre aims to be recognized as an accessible and inclusive haven empowering all young people in Middle Tennessee through cultural literacy and creative exploration.

10/25/2022: Leading with Emotional Intelligence, part 7: Positive Intent | Presenter: Elandriel Lewis

Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and manage your emotions while recognizing and navigating the emotions of others. This series will provide a deep dive into the emotional intelligence skills needed to support a healthy and productive organizational culture. Session seven explores how when we see others in a positive light, we open the door to growth. Choosing to see the best in others is a form of extending love and support to each individual as they are and as they have the potential to become. This session will provide information and strategies to support positive intent. This session is appropriate for everyone and is part seven of an eight-part series. View missed sessions in our archive at unitedwaynashville.org/rts-training. One hour of TN DHS credit is available upon completion of a reflection form/quiz.

About the Presenter: Elandriel Lewis is the manager of early learning and training at United Way of Greater Nashville where she works with community early childhood teachers and leaders to ensure lifelong educational and personal success for children and families. Elandriel believes that every child deserves safe, stable, nurturing relationships and time outdoors to support academic and social-emotional growth.

10/18/2022: Leading with Emotional Intelligence 6: Acceptance and Empathy | Presenter: Elandriel Lewis

Join Elandriel Lewis as she presents, “Leading with Emotional Intelligence, part 5: Free Will and Choices.”

Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and manage your emotions while recognizing and navigating the emotions of others. This series will provide a deep dive into the emotional intelligence skills needed to support a healthy and productive organizational culture.

Session six explores how when we can begin to accept the moment as it is now, we can engage empathy to support others in making positive choices and taking responsibility for their actions. This session will provide information and strategies to support acceptance and empathy in your organization.

This session is appropriate for everyone and is part six of an eight-part series. View missed sessions in our archive at unitedwaynashville.org/rts-training. One hour of TN DHS credit is available upon completion of a reflection form/quiz.

About the Presenter: Elandriel Lewis is the manager of early learning and training at United Way of Greater Nashville where she works with community early childhood teachers and leaders to ensure lifelong educational and personal success for children and families. Elandriel believes that every child deserves safe, stable, nurturing relationships and time outdoors to support academic and social-emotional growth.

10/11/2022: Understanding Behavior: An Introduction to Behavior Theory | Presenter: Ashley Jasinski

Join Ashley Jasinski of the Regional Intervention Program (RIP) as she presents, “Understanding Behavior: An Introduction to Behavior Theory.”

In this session, we will learn the elements that define behavior and why behaviors occur. We will also discuss general theory and principles on how we can change behavior. From this session, participants will have a better understanding of behavior, what we have control over (and what we don’t!) and how to successfully influence behavior.

This session is part of our social-emotional learning series and is appropriate for teachers, instructional coaches, leadership and caregivers of children of all ages.

1 hour of TN DHS credit is available after completing a reflection form/quiz.

About the Presenter: Ashley Jasinski is the technical assistance and expansion coordinator for the Regional Intervention Program (RIP) with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. RIP is a positive parenting program for families with children under age six with behavioral concerns. Ashley has her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in early childhood development and learning; and her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling with a dual specialization in early child populations and childhood abuse and trauma. Ashley has more than 20 years of experience working with behaviors and the early childhood populations through her role as a counselor, preschool teacher, ABA line therapist, early childhood programming coordinator and RIP program coordinator at a local Tennessee RIP site. Ashley loves helping empower families and educate community members through training on impact of ACEs, Positive Behavior Management tips and techniques and social-emotional learning. Besides her passion for early childhood populations and empowering families, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

10/4/2022: Activating Stories Through Drama | Presenter: Jacqueline Komos

Join Elandriel Lewis as she presents, “Leading with Emotional Intelligence, part 5: Free Will and Choices.”

In this series, participants learn easy, accessible ways to engage students using drama skills and exercises. Topics build on ideas presented in the previous webinar but can be taken alone. Exercises presented in this series to be used with students align with Tennessee state standards for theatre, MNPS standards for SEL and additional content areas based on the specific workshop (ex: Activating Stories’ activities align with ELA standards).

In this session, participants will explore how drama exercises bring books to life and how to, as facilitators, support their students’ use of theater skills to create characters, explore settings and investigate the themes of a story through active play. This session is part of a four-part series. View missed sessions in our archive at unitedwaynashville.org/rts-training. One hour of TN DHS credit is available upon completion of a reflection form/quiz.

About the Presenter: Jacqueline Komos (Jackie) serves as Nashville Children’s Theatre’s education and engagement manager where she collaborates with Middle Tennessee’s community organizations and schools to connect children and families with transformative theatrical experiences and as a teaching artist working in the classroom (virtual and in-person) with youth ages three to 18. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Jackie has performed and taught at multiple theatres in Ohio and Tennessee. Her favorite memories, outside of Nashville Children’s Theatre, include her years performing with the Ohio Light Opera and touring with Columbus Children’s Theatre playing her favorite fairy tale characters. Working at Nashville Children’s Theatre is Jackie’s dream job—she couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to utilize the performing arts to help youth achieve their full potential and discover all the possibilities life has to offer. Jackie enjoys combining her passions for social justice and the arts together—whether it be providing artistic opportunities for those with little access to the performing arts or devising theatre that inspires dialogue, empathy and action about the important issues of today.

About Nashville Children’s Theater:
Mission: Believing the culturally curious child is the future, Nashville Children’s Theatre nurtures the next generation of global citizens by providing transformational theatrical experiences which reflect our evolving community, instill profound empathy, and foster personal discovery.

Vision: Nashville Children’s Theatre aims to be recognized as an accessible and inclusive haven empowering all young people in Middle Tennessee through cultural literacy and creative exploration.

Click here to view previous webinars in the archives.

Early Childhood Vid-Con

Our 2022 VidCon: “Building Strength through Resilience” features eleven free high-quality professional development webinars from July 25 – July 28. Each session is eligible for Tennessee Department of Human Services credit certificate. Certificates are provided after viewing the webinar and completing a reflection form via the unique Google Form link for each webinar.
 

7/25/2022 - PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION A: A FIGHTING CHANCE - SUPPORTING YOUNG CHILDREN EXPERIENCING DISRUPTIVE CHANGE

Dr. Jane Humphries and Kari Rains share practical solutions and approaches to build resilience in children during difficult times.

Children today are living and learning to function in many societal circumstances, some more complicated than others. Early childhood providers can either reel from this changing landscape of society and ignore the impacts on young children and their families or continue to seek out information, resources and activities that support their classrooms. This presentation lends practical solutions and approaches to give children a fighting chance not only in the classroom or program environment, but also in daily life. It is our belief and experience that early childhood professionals can largely impact the trajectory of children’s lives.

Three hours of TN DHS credit is available upon completion of a reflection form/quiz.

About the Presenters: Dr. Jane Humphries experience in the early care and education field has included being a childcare director of an NAEYC accredited program that experienced and was resilient after a major man-made disaster, child and parenting specialist, college instructor, researcher, and program administrator of several government funded initiatives in Oklahoma. She has also been an author of several articles featured in Exchange® and her latest book co-authored with Kari Rains titled, A Fighting Chance: Supporting Young Children Experiencing Disruptive Change, due to be published by Redleaf Press® in May 2017. Besides founding her own company, Creative Educational Strategies & Services LLC which is dedicated to quality professional development and products for young children, Dr. Humphries is the developer of products that were designed to help children who need sensory stimulation to calm themselves. She currently serves as an adjunct instructor in the Human Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Central Oklahoma and has taught for 15 years as an adjunct in the Early Childhood Administration graduate program at National Louis University. Personally, her two-year-old son was one of the children playing out on the playground years ago just 6 blocks away when the Federal Murrah building in Oklahoma City was bombed. Years of experience and observing his resiliency throughout his life has allowed her to see first-hand the importance of engagement from a parent perspective and managing further disruptive change events in his life. She has earned undergraduate degrees in Family and Child Development, a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, and a doctoral degree in Occupational and Adult Education from Oklahoma State University.

Kari Rains, a Child Development Specialist, has over a decade of clinical work in the early intervention program provided in the state of Oklahoma. In this work, Kari worked to find practical solutions for families and early childhood teachers and directors who have few resources within the rural areas of Oklahoma. This includes providing practical solutions to those living and working with children struggling with social and emotional regulation issues. Kari is also a mother of a child that was diagnosed ADHD/Sensory Processing/Tourette’s which has allowed her to see first-hand the realities of being a parent whose child has difficulty with change and as an early childhood professional. She has served as an adjunct instructor, published two books and numerous research articles in the field of child development to include articles in Exchange®. Co-author with Dr. Humphries on their book titled, A Fighting Chance: Supporting Young Children Experiencing Disruptive Change and published by Redleaf Press® in May 2017, this will be a must have resource. Teaming with Dr. Jane in 2013, it is their mission to assist those who work with children and adults who struggle with social/emotional regulation issues. Kari earned her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her master’s degree in Child Development, both from Oklahoma State University.

7/25/2022 - PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION B: BUILDING CHILDREN'S RESILIENCE THROUGH LITERATURE

Get ready to invigorate your classroom and school through innovative Anti-bias Literacy Practices. Hear from Allen Rosales on how the Anti-bias Literacy Approach has transformed how teachers engage children with high quality instructional read alouds. You will be introduced to the Anti-bias Literacy Framework and tools that will support your planning and implementation of meaningful storybook and representational drawing experiences.

Three hours of TN DHS credit is available upon completion of a reflection form/quiz.

About the Presenter: Allen Rosales has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked in the field for over 28 years. During that time, he has held the role of teacher, education manager, coach, professor, national presenter, author, and now Senior Program Advisor for the Carole Robertson Center for Learning. 

 

7/26/2022 - SESSION 1: PUSHING PAST CONFLICT WITH ADULTS

In this workshop, Dr. Angela teaches how to use the Push Past It! framework to deal with conflicts with adults. The workshop explores negativity bias and meaning making to discover the needs of others. The workshop uses a strength-based lens and skilled dialogue to resolve conflicts. Be ready to dance and push past conflicts with humor and music.

1.5 hours of TN DHS credit is available upon completion of a reflection form/quiz.

About the Presenter: Dr. Angela Searcy holds a B.A. with teacher certification though the state of Illinois, a M.S. degree in early childhood development from Erikson Institute, with a specialization in Infant Studies and a Doctorate in Education with a specialization in Response to Intervention and Assessment. Her research centers around brain-based learning assessed by the CLASS assessment and its’ correlation to aggressive behaviors in preschool classrooms. Angela is currently a candidate in Erikson Institute’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate program.

She is the owner and founder of Simple Solutions Educational Services, a professional development company. An educator since 1990 Angela has experience at all levels of education including infants, toddlers, preschool, 6th grade, 8th grade and 9th grades. A credentialed developmental therapist through the state of Illinois and former neuro-developmental specialist, Angela has specialized training in neuroscience. Angela is currently a mental health/ educational consultant, an adjunct faculty member and seminar leader at Erikson Institute, and the author of Push Past It! A Positive Approach to Challenging Classroom Behaviors with Gryphon House Publishing. Her Book Elevating Equity is due for release next year.

7/26/2022 - SESSION 2: INTEGRATED INSTRUCTION: PRE-LITERACY, SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING, AND MATHEMATICS

Dr. Maria Trejo’s presentation provides examples of how to develop and deliver integrated lessons to reduce teacher burden, address multiple developmental foundations, increase children vocabulary in context, and engage parental or care-giver support.

1 hour of TN DHS credit is available upon completion of a reflection form/quiz.

About the Presenter: Dr. Maria Trejo has a long career as teacher, administrator, and advocate for children and communities. She has worked with early childhood and preschool educators and programs for the last 20 years. She is a national and international consultant and coach in the areas of literacy, mathematics, and program implementation Pre-K to university. Her unique expertise has been working with struggling readers, under performing students, and communities. Maria had a long career with the California State Department of Education implementing educational policies, supporting program initiatives, and securing resources. She was a principal contributor to the development of Early Childhood Curriculum Frameworks for the state of California.

7/26/2022 - SESSION 3: HOW RESILIENCE GROWS OUR YOUNG LEARNERS

Lindsey Frank presents “Butterflies to “Blooms”: How Resilience Grows Our Young Learners.” Explore together how resilience becomes the foundational skill within our young learners. When we partner resilience with learning, our butterflies (students) can fly! During this session, you will learn resilience-building strategies and fun activities for both you and your learners, and how resilience can lead to deeper learning.

1.5 hours of TN DHS credit is available upon completion of a reflection form/quiz.

About the Presenter: Lindsey J. Frank, M.Ed., is dedicated to connecting with children, their families, and education professionals around the world through wellness. She has taught and supported students ranging from early learning through junior high across diverse learning environments. Her passion is connecting teaching practices, wellness, and social and emotional learning (SEL) within education. She is an educator, SEL specialist, Learning Behavior Specialist, well-being coach, mindfulness and meditation teacher, and certified yoga instructor for adults and children. Lindsey is the author of Big Change, Better You, Beautiful World and is published in Educating Mindfully: Stories of School Transformation Through Mindfulness.

Website: TheButterflyWithin.Me

7/27/2022 - SESSION 4: leadership resilience: ThRIVING THROUGH STRESS AND UNCERTAINTY

In this inspirational and engaging training, participants explore what it means to be resilient and how leadership affects the resilience of any business. Leah Mangrum and Amy Wilcox discuss principles of resilience and provide strategies for working this “resilience muscle” that can be implemented immediately.

1.5 hours of TN DHS credit is available upon completion of a reflection form/quiz.

About the Presenters: Leah Mangrum is a Small Business Support Specialist with TN Child Care Resource & Referral where she supports new and existing directors in the Mid-Cumberland region. She found her passion for leadership development during her former experience as a director of a licensed childcare agency in Nashville, though she has held a variety of roles in the early childhood profession over the past two decades. Leah has contributed to the profession in recent years by serving on the Executive Board of NAAEYC, participating in a middle TN director support group as well as a “Teacher Pipeline, Partnerships & Policy Work Group ” in association with TN Blueprint for Early Childhood Success. Leah currently serves on TACEE governing board.

Amy Wilcox has served in the Early Childhood field for over 20 years working with children, families and teachers as an Educator and ECE Director. Currently serving as an Early Childhood Quality Coach for Mid-Cumberland CCR&R. She works with DHS licensed programs in Williamson County by providing resources, training and coaching. Amy is very involved in the Nashville Area Association for the Education of Young Children NAAEYC currently serving on the Board as Past President. She volunteers and serves on the board of the Friends of the Brentwood Library and volunteers with Adopt a Golden Nashville. She received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

7/27/2022 - SESSION 5: SUPPORTING RESILIENCE THROUGH THE OUTDOORS

Building resilience skills in young children requires intentionality in process as well as in the environment in which it is taught. A large body of research shows that the outdoor space is an exceptional tool that can provide support for building resilience in children and adults. This session provides concrete techniques for integrating social-emotional learning and time outdoors to optimize outcomes for all.

1.5 hours of TN DHS credit is available upon completion of a reflection form/quiz.

About the Presenters: Jessica Yuill is the Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) Senior Outreach Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation. Jessica guides ECHO’s professional development work and supports outreach to partners and communities that support young children. She has previously worked as an early childhood educator, an early literacy home visitor, and as a family engagement liaison. Jessica believes that all children and families deserve access to nature, and she is passionate about supporting communities in creating opportunities for all children.

Elandriel Lewis is the Senior Manager of Early Learning and Training for the United Way of Greater Nashville where she works with community early childhood teachers and leaders to ensure lifelong educational and personal success for children and families. Elandriel believes that every child deserves safe, stable, nurturing relationships and time outdoors to support academic and social-emotional growth.

7/27/2022 - SESSION 6: NAVIGATING BIG FEELINGS USING BOOKS AND A CONFIDANT

Using the strong tradition of puppetry with the Nashville Public Library, we demystify that puppets can only be used by professionals, or people who are comfortable with acting, and explain how children automatically connect and feel comfort from a puppet friend or even a stuffed animal. We explain how combining this cozy confidant with books chosen not only to help kids understand their feelings but also how to deal with them, giving adults much needed tools to navigate big emotions.

1.5 hours of TN DHS credit is available upon completion of a reflection form/quiz.

About the Presenters: Susan Frizsell’s years of teaching experience with preschool, elementary and middle school art inspired her to create fun and engaging lessons to keep students’ attention while teaching state standards. Now, she’s passing along what she’s learned to teachers as curriculum coordinator and training specialist for Nashville Public Library’s Bringing Books to Life.

Marie Preptit serves as the program coordinator for Nashville Public Library’s Bringing Books to Life. She possesses a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Spanish from Belmont University. Marie coordinates day-to-day programming, partner relations, data collection and outcome reporting. She also conducts story times, teacher training and workshops for parents, all while supervising part-time outreach assistants. She brings to the program experience as a preschool teacher as well as a preschool administrator.

 

7/28/2022 - SESSION 7: THE ROLE OF HISTORICAL TRAUMA: SHIFTING FROM BUILDING RESILIENCE TO PROMOTING HEALTH

This session focuses on the role of historical trauma on the mental health of children and families. Much of the current trauma-informed movement is concentrated on building individual resilience, while ignoring the role of historical trauma and the systemic structures that prevent healing. During this session, the presenters talk about historical and racial trauma, including institutional barriers that continue to traumatize children and families on a daily basis. Participants learn how to promote healing within their programs and organizations.

3 hours of TN DHS credit is available upon completion of a reflection form/quiz.

About the Presenters: Dr. Ebonyse Mead is the Birth to Kindergarten Clinical Instructor at Georgia Southern University and president of the Educational Equity Institute. For 18 years, Ebonyse has worked in communities to improve health and educational outcomes for children of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Since 2016, Ebonyse has provided statewide training on diversity, inclusion and equity with a particular focus on examining structural barriers to educational equity, implicit racial bias, and culturally responsive instruction to the early childhood workforce in North Carolina.

Dr. Jen Neitzel is the Executive Director of the Educational Equity Institute, which is focused on eliminating the educational and opportunity gaps within communities through systems level change. Prior to this work, Jen was a Research Scientist and Technical Assistance Provider at FPG Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill for 15 years. During her time at FPG, her work focused on implicit bias; disparities in suspensions and expulsions; trauma; and culturally responsive anti-bias practices. Jen presents frequently at state and national conferences and is widely published in peer-reviewed journals. She also is the author of the book Achieving Equity and Justice in Education through the Work of Systems Change.

 

7/28/2022 - SESSION 8: realizing resilience through community: parent peer support and the regional intervention program (RIP)

The TDMHSAS Regional intervention Program (RIP) is a parent-implemented, professionally supported program for young children and their families who are experiencing challenging behaviors. RIP has been serving families with young children since 1969. This unique, internationally recognized program guides parents in learning the skills to work directly with their own children while they receive training and support from experienced RIP families. Peer support and valuing lived experience has been central to the RIP model since its inception. In this session, explore the data that demonstrates why these parent-peer connections are so vital to parent resilience and how RIP makes it happen every day. In this session, attendees will: learn about the history and model of the Regional Intervention Program (RIP); understand the philosophy behind program’s central commitment to Parent Implementation, which is woven throughout both day-to-day programming and overall operations; discuss how both Parent Implementation and shared community and leads to resilience for parents. Particularly when working to address challenging behaviors; walk away with strategies for engaging parents to build family resilience and support Early Childhood Education Environment & Family partnerships.

1.5 hours of TN DHS credit is available upon completion of a reflection form/quiz.

About the Presenters: Jasmine Davis is a Parent Case Manager for the Regional Intervention Program (RIP). In this role, Jasmine works closely with families who are experiencing challenging behaviors, teaching strategies and techniques to manage their child’s challenging behavior. Prior to this role, she graduated the RIP program with her son. Jasmine loves supporting and empowering families.

Jaime Herndon is the Program Coordinator for the Regional Intervention Program (RIP) with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. RIP is a parent-implemented, professionally-supported program for families of young children who are experiencing challenging behavior. Jaime is a Certified Family Support Specialist in the State of Tennessee, where she serves RIP families with the unique perspective of having completed the program her with her own family. Her personal experience with the program sparked a desire to join RIP’s mission of empowering parents as teachers and advocates for their children.

Ashley Jasinski is the Technical Assistance and Expansion Coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services’ Regional Intervention Program (RIP). RIP is a positive parenting program for families with children under the age of 6 with behavioral concerns. Ashley received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in Early Childhood Development and Learning; and Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a dual specialization in both Early Child Populations and also Childhood Abuse and Trauma. With her over 20 years of experience working with behaviors and the early childhood populations through her role as a counselor, preschool teacher, ABA line therapist, Early Childhood Programming Coordinator, and RIP Program Coordinator at the Columbia RIP site; she has a passion for helping families with young children. Additionally, Ashley is a certified trainer in PACEs, CARE Model and Pyramid Model which she uses to empower families and educate community members through training on PACEs, Positive Behavior Management tips and techniques, and Social Emotional Learning. Besides her passion for early childhood populations and empowering families, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

Melissa Binkley, MS, is the Program Director for the Regional Intervention Program (RIP) with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. In this role, Melissa provides support and oversight to an internationally recognized, parent-implemented, professionally-supported program for young children and their families who are experiencing challenging behaviors. She has worked for over 15 years in child-serving agencies to support Promotion, Prevention, and Intervention efforts around fostering cognitive and social emotional development in young children. She most enjoys working alongside children and their caregivers as they make plans & solve problems. She lives in Nashville with her husband and toddler.

7/28/2022 - SESSION 9: fostering personal resilience AS A LEADER

We pour into others, but are you pouring into yourself? This session explores practical and applicable ways to build your resilience as a leader to better support your team.

1 hour of TN DHS credit is available upon completion of a reflection form/quiz.

About the Presenter: A dynamic and passionate Education Management Professional with more than 15 years of experience, Alyssa Dituro loves early childhood education. She is a TACEE, NAEYC, and AIMHiTN member and has an Infant Mental Health endorsement. She is the executive director of McNeilly Center for Children in East Nashville.

Virtual Individual Sessions

These customizable sessions are designed to meet partner needs. Individual trainings can be scheduled by contacting:

Elandriel Lewis
Senior Manager, Early Learning and Training
elandriel.lewis@unitedwaygn.org

Read to Succeed’s Professional Development program covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Social-Emotional Learning and Trauma-Informed Practices, including Skills for the Classroom
    and the Workplace
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Instructional Coaching
  • Outdoor Learning, Play and Emergent Curriculum
  • Developmentally Appropriate Academic Best Practices
  • Curriculum and Assessment Specific Training (Frog Street Curriculum, Conscious Discipline
    Curriculum and Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment)