Anyone in the preschool education field or who supports early childhood education is invited to attend the Lifelong Learners Preschool Summit, a free two-day event hosted at the University of Central Arkansas with the support of the Conway Chamber of Commerce and Lifelong Learners.

The summit is held to give area preschool educators the recognition and support for the important work they do every day with local preschool children.

The sessions will also give three TAPP credit hours. Anyone in charge of a home-based center, a private or public preschool, and preschool center owners and directors are encouraged to join.

The first breakout session is a brief overview of the new professional development titled, "Common Core State Standards Training for Early Educators." The session will focus on the purpose of Common Core and how it affects the work of an early educator. It is presented by Jamie Morrison Ward, chief resource and training officer with CurriculA+Concepts.

The second session will provide educators with a model for teaching and implementing planning strategies for preschool children. Learn why teaching children to plan, do and review is an important school readiness skill. Participants will take home information to be able to implement Plan, Do and Review in their preschool classrooms. This session is presented by Michelle Ford, Conway program director with Lifelong Learners.

The third breakout session will present early childhood providers with a variety of teaching strategies and creative classroom behavior management tools using fun, engaging activities. Presenters will provide many examples of effective ways to enhance learning for all preschoolers with and without disabilities. The session will be hands-on and interactive. Participants will be provided with handouts and take home activities that will help them implement the strategies immediately after training. This portion of the event will facilitated by Judy Clay, early childhood coordinator with Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative, Dr. Tricia Benish, early childhood behavior specialist and licensed psychologist, and Joanna Blocker, early childhood special educator.

Joanna Blocker, Early Childhood Special Educator

The summit will be held at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center on UCA campus Friday, May 31 from 5-6 p.m., with a dinner reception and preschool teacher of the year award ceremony, set for 6:30-7:30 to follow; and Saturday, June 1, from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

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