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Welcome to the 2016 OHSA Parent Leadership Conference! We hope you enjoy your conference experience. If you’re new to using Sched, please check out this guide! You will receive attendance certificates for the sessions you add to your schedule through this site. Please post about the conference on social media using #PLC2016.
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Wednesday, January 13
 

1:00pm

Welcome
This brief session will help orient you to the Parent Leadership Conference and your fellow attendees.

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 January 13, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Jefferson

1:30pm

Keynote: Live Courageously and Empower the Children
Single parenting is often fueled with overwhelm, stress, and exhaustion, however, shame, fear, and not feeling good enough also play vital roles in parenthood. These issues are often overlooked and create a trickle-down effect--manifesting in parents' lives through the jobs they have, the self-confidence they possess, and the relationships they develop which prohibit them from being leaders in their own lives, families or communities. Then they begin to trickle down in their children through their school work, behaviors, and social skills. Discover how to educate single parents on what it takes to tackle these issues that affect their lives daily so they can live courageously, lean into leadership, and empower their children to do the same.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:
  • Stand in her/his own power and worth by receiving real strategies to become a leader in their own life.
  • Recognize fear and shame, while discovering how to better communicate with those around them and shine their light to the world.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Rector

Jessica Rector

The Single Mom Movement
As a single mom herself, Jessica Rector founded The Single Mom Movement because she believes in order to empower our children, single moms need to first be empowered. In The Single Mom Movement, we do this through inspiring and empowering single moms, to stand in their power, walk in their worth, and share their voices. Our mission is to also change public perception of single moms, but first single moms need to change how they... Read More →


Wednesday January 13, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Jefferson

3:00pm

Break

Snacks - Drinks Provided (Coffee/Tea/Water-Tortilla Chips & Salsa - Fruit)


Wednesday January 13, 2016 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Foyer

3:15pm

Executive Function and Social Emotional Development: Understanding the Relationship
This session will provide families and professionals with activities and strategies that support components of Executive Function (EF) that relate to Social and Emotional development for children, birth to three, with diverse abilities. We will provide information on how components can be identified and strategies for teaching young children in across? environments. Participants will learn how to integrate key components of EF into everyday routines and activities.
  • Participants will have an understanding of EF and how it impacts a child’s social and emotional developmental trajectory based on research.
  • Participants will examine, practice and select strategies to strengthen EF skills (self-regulation, working memory, inhibit/emotional control, shifting, planning and organizing) that impact child’s social and emotional development.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Serra Acar

Dr. Serra Acar

Project Coordinator, The Research Institute at Western Oregon University
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 →
avatar for Mandy Stanley

Mandy Stanley

Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education


Wednesday January 13, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Jefferson I

3:15pm

The Reflection You See Is a Lie

Ninety-nine percent of what you see in the world is a direct reflection of yourself. Think about it, it’s easier for you to pick out the things you dislike about yourself than anything positive and good. And how you see yourself affects EVERY aspect of your life including how others treat you, the conversations you have, the relationships you possess, the money you make, how you parent, and your actions, thoughts, and beliefs. Seeing yourself in a new way will change how you parent, lead, love, work, connect, and live. Increase your self-esteem, and you will transform your life!


Speakers
avatar for Jessica Rector

Jessica Rector

The Single Mom Movement
As a single mom herself, Jessica Rector founded The Single Mom Movement because she believes in order to empower our children, single moms need to first be empowered. In The Single Mom Movement, we do this through inspiring and empowering single moms, to stand in their power, walk in their worth, and share their voices. Our mission is to also change public perception of single moms, but first single moms need to change how they... Read More →


Wednesday January 13, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Jefferson III

3:15pm

Understanding Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education
Learn about EI/ECSE eligibility and services and the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). Understand important terms and definitions, and learn how to be the most effective advocate for your child throughout the process. Learn the importance of a positive vision for the future, and healthy IFSP team dynamics!

By the end of this session participants will:
  • Participants will understand important definitions from IDEA such as eligibility, FAPE, natural environments, and LRE.
  • Participants will learn about parents' critical role on the IFSP team, how to communicate with the IFSP team, maintain healthy team dynamics, and develop a positive vision for their child's future. 

Speakers
CS

Caitlin Shockley

Program Coordinator, FACT Oregon


Wednesday January 13, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Hood

3:15pm

Roberts Rules and Parliamentary Procedure
Participants will learn and put in practice parliamentary procedures and find out why we have to do this in Head Start Policy Councils and Boards.

Speakers
avatar for Karelia Harding

Karelia Harding

PArent Engagement and Equity Manager, OCDC
Throughout her career, Karelia Harding has ignited her passion by serving marginalized children and families. Karelia’s service career began as a teacher in the public schools; she then spent seven years as a Program Director for the Camp Fire Boys and Girls in the Portland Metro area. Since 2002 Karelia has been working to empower farmworker families at OCDC, where she currently serves as the Policy Council Coordinator. Her role includes... Read More →


Wednesday January 13, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Washington

3:15pm

Job Search Techniques and Resources
This workshop will provide attendees with current websites for job search, training, and resources. A "Resume Analyzer" will also be used to help learn more about the importance of resume appearance, substance, structure and flow, relevancy, content, and red flags. Attendees should bring their resume! Finally, handouts to help prepare for interviews and some mock interview practice will be provided.

By the end of this session participants will be able to:
  • Make resume revisions that will improve the chances of being selected for an interview and discuss how to prepare for interviews.
  • Access specific websites for job search and training and learn more about community resources for the unemployed.

Speakers
avatar for Shan Weggeland

Shan Weggeland

Workforce Development Specialist, Community Solutions for Clackamas County


Wednesday January 13, 2016 3:15pm - 6:15pm
Mazama
 
Thursday, January 14
 

7:45am

Breakfast

Roaring Start

Scrambled eggs, crisp bacon strips and sausage links, breakfast potatoes, assorted pastries, muffins and a fresh fruit display - juice


Thursday January 14, 2016 7:45am - 8:45am
Jefferson

9:00am

Nurturing Touch Communication For Families - How to Teach It
JoAnn Lewis will present information on communication skills and teaching proficiencies for nurturing touch, with principles from the International Association of Infant Massage for children and parents, as well as caregivers and staff of organizations. This course will provide participants with breathing and touch techniques which enhance loving communication, honor choice, and respect. This will educate participants regarding the importance of touch for healthy growth and development at all ages. She will offer information regarding education connection by touch communication as well as describing the benefits of nurturing touch and massage for the infant/child and the parent/caregiver. JoAnn Lewis is an LMT and an Internationally Certified Trainer of Educators in Infant Massage with the USA Chapter and is the main contact for the Pacific Northwest region and teaches at many colleges from Seattle to SF. She resides in Ashland, Oregon and is the Director of FMEC where they teach weekly classes in nurturing touch massage to all ages of people.

 At the end of this session participants will be able to:
  • Define and utilize effective relaxation skills that will encourage the establishment of healthy teaching rapport with the parent/caregiver.
  • Describe the benefits and basic teaching techniques of Nurturing Touch / Massage for communication between the infant/children and the parent/caregiver and others.

Speakers
avatar for JoAnn Lewis, LMT, CEIM

JoAnn Lewis, LMT, CEIM

Licensed Massage Therapist and Public Educator, Family Massage Education Center


Thursday January 14, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Hood

9:00am

Financial Planning - A parent's guide to spending and saving
This presentation goes over the six laws of wealth, good rules of thumb when it comes to spending, ways to reduce spending and how to track and budget your money.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:
  • create SMART financial goals and will have developed a plan to save for those goals.
  • create a working budget that addresses; "pay yourself first" in order to reach financial goals.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Parks

Jane Parks

Soc. Services Manager, Head Start of Harney County


Thursday January 14, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Jefferson I

9:00am

Parent Involvement in Policy
This session will provide families with activities and strategies that support components for understanding roles of serving on policy and advisory councils, serving as a member of a decision-making group, the process’ involved in policy and advisory councils and top tips for parents to be involved within Oregon policy systems.
  • Participants will examine Oregon’s systems and decision-making groups to build their skills on getting started in decision-making groups, important policies to understand that are specific to Oregon, and knowing, reading and understanding data to support their participation in the decision-making groups.
  • Participants will have an understanding roles for serving as a member of a decision making group, the process involved in decision making groups, tips and tools to help support them during membership of decision making groups.

Speakers
CS

Caitlin Shockley

Program Coordinator, FACT Oregon
avatar for Mandy Stanley

Mandy Stanley

Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education
CT

Cassandra Trout

Coordinator, Oregon's Alliance for Early Intervention


Thursday January 14, 2016 9:00am - 11:15am
Mazama

10:00am

Director Meeting
Megan Irwin will be joining us and so will Dawn Woods as we discuss licensing.

Moderators
avatar for Annie Soto

Annie Soto

Executive Director, Head Start of Lane County

Thursday January 14, 2016 10:00am - 2:00pm
Washington

10:15am

Break
Snacks - Drinks Provided (Coffee/Tea/Water -Popcorn & Fruit)

Thursday January 14, 2016 10:15am - 10:30am
Foyer

10:30am

Financial Capability for Families and Practitioners

This hands-on workshop will introduce financial empowerment concepts to workshop participants and offer activities that can be used with family members and clients. We will discuss SMART goals, budgeting, paying down debt, and avoiding predatory lending.
  • Participants will leave with a better understanding of how values influence spending habits and goal setting 
  • Participants will leave with the tool of SMART goals to assist them in achieving their financial goals 

Speakers
avatar for Sailor Holladay

Sailor Holladay

Family Opportunity Economic Improvement Program Manager, CASA of Oregon


Thursday January 14, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Jefferson III

12:00pm

Lunch

Butcher Block Deli Buffet

Mixed Green Salad, assorted dressings, Willamette Valley red potato salad, deli platter ( Roast beef, turkey, ham, cheddar, Swiss, Pepperjack cheeses), lettuce, tomatoes and onions, fresh fruit platter, assortment of fresh breads (gluten free), condiments, freshly baked cookies


Thursday January 14, 2016 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Jefferson

1:30pm

Budgets and Financial Personalities
Participants will learn the importance of creating budgets and learn their fiscal personalities.
  • Participants will learn to create personal budgets and how to use them
  • Participants will learn about their personality types and will get tools to support them to be more financially responsible

Speakers
avatar for Karelia Harding

Karelia Harding

PArent Engagement and Equity Manager, OCDC
Throughout her career, Karelia Harding has ignited her passion by serving marginalized children and families. Karelia’s service career began as a teacher in the public schools; she then spent seven years as a Program Director for the Camp Fire Boys and Girls in the Portland Metro area. Since 2002 Karelia has been working to empower farmworker families at OCDC, where she currently serves as the Policy Council Coordinator. Her role includes... Read More →


Thursday January 14, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Jefferson I

1:30pm

Start Safe: A fire and burn safety program for preschoolers and their families
Fire and burns are in the top 5 leading causes of unintentional injuries and death in young children. Start Safe is designed to teach preschoolers and their families about fire and burn safety. The training will focus on key safety messages and actions to reduce fire and burn injuries. Regardless of role, Start Safe will provide education and resources to reduce the risk of fire and burn injuries to young children and their families. Free resources and tools will be provided to participants.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:
  • Develop a home escape plan and help others do the same.
  • Teach 3 key fire and burn safety messages to young children and parents/caregivers.
Fire and burns are in the top 5 leading causes of unintentional injuries and death in young children. Start Safe is designed to teach preschoolers and their families about fire and burn safety. The training will focus on key safety messages and actions to reduce fire and burn injuries. Regardless of role, Start Safe will provide education and resources to reduce the risk of fire and burn injuries to young children and their families. Free resources and tools will be provided to participants.

Speakers
avatar for Shawna Fenison

Shawna Fenison

Youth Training Specialist, Office of State Fire Marshal
Did you know that fire and burn injuries are in the top 5 leading causes of unintentional injuries and death in young children. Our session will discuss the problem and offer solutions to teach both children and their parents/caregivers how to reduce fire and burn injuries. Please join us for a fun interactive workshop.


Thursday January 14, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Jefferson III

1:30pm

Understanding Sensory Integration
This workshop will focus providing parenting educators with tools and resources on communicating with parents on behavior concerns that might come up in the classroom or at home that relate to sensory needs in young children. Presenters will take participants through an exploration of strategies and resources to support parents of children with sensory needs.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:
  • Identify resources available and have an understanding of family impact.
  • Identify current theories on sensory integration. 
  • Participants will examine resources. 
  • Participants will have an understanding of family impact. 

Speakers
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Amber Ryerson

Program Support Specialist, The Research Institute, Western Oregon University
avatar for Mandy Stanley

Mandy Stanley

Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education


Thursday January 14, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Mazama

3:00pm

Break
Snacks - Drinks Provided (Jumbo Cookies & Fruit)

Thursday January 14, 2016 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Foyer

3:15pm

Nurturing Touch Communication For Families - How to Teach It
JoAnn Lewis will present information on communication skills and teaching proficiencies for nurturing touch, with principles from the International Association of Infant Massage for children and parents, as well as caregivers and staff of organizations. This course will provide participants with breathing and touch techniques which enhance loving communication, honor choice, and respect. This will educate participants regarding the importance of touch for healthy growth and development at all ages. She will offer information regarding education connection by touch communication as well as describing the benefits of nurturing touch and massage for the infant/child and the parent/caregiver. JoAnn Lewis is an LMT and an Internationally Certified Trainer of Educators in Infant Massage with the USA Chapter and is the main contact for the Pacific Northwest region and teaches at many colleges from Seattle to SF. She resides in Ashland, Oregon and is the Director of FMEC where they teach weekly classes in nurturing touch massage to all ages of people.

 At the end of this session participants will be able to:
  • Define and utilize effective relaxation skills that will encourage the establishment of healthy teaching rapport with the parent/caregiver.
  • Describe the benefits and basic teaching techniques of Nurturing Touch / Massage for communication between the infant/children and the parent/caregiver and others.

Speakers
avatar for JoAnn Lewis, LMT, CEIM

JoAnn Lewis, LMT, CEIM

Licensed Massage Therapist and Public Educator, Family Massage Education Center


Thursday January 14, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Hood

3:15pm

One Person Can Change a System
Dr. Michael Nichols shares that "One person is capable of changing an entire system". We will explore ways that we can change our 'systems' at home, work, and school - by simple actions that develop and strengthen personal connections.

By the end of this session you will be able to:
  • Identify three emotional characteristics that help people feel more connected and supported.
  • Relate to the influence of positive-styles of communication on our individual self-concept.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Spitzer

Elizabeth Spitzer

Owner, Expressive Connections
Elizabeth (Liz) Spitzer co-founded 'Expressive Connections' with her husband to share a simple tool that helps create space for positive styles of communication in the home: the Appreciation Board®. Since that time Liz has become more in tune with a deep want in many and therefore encourages, motivates and inspires others to do 'three As': Acknowledge, Affirm and Appreciate. Through her own life experiences, listening and noticing she... Read More →


Thursday January 14, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Jefferson III

3:15pm

Leadership and Communication Styles
Participants will learn about how leadership is connected to the way we communicate.
  • Participants will receive tools to support them in positive leadership
  • Participants will learn about their communication styles and how to support each other in this area

Speakers
avatar for Karelia Harding

Karelia Harding

PArent Engagement and Equity Manager, OCDC
Throughout her career, Karelia Harding has ignited her passion by serving marginalized children and families. Karelia’s service career began as a teacher in the public schools; she then spent seven years as a Program Director for the Camp Fire Boys and Girls in the Portland Metro area. Since 2002 Karelia has been working to empower farmworker families at OCDC, where she currently serves as the Policy Council Coordinator. Her role includes... Read More →


Thursday January 14, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Jefferson I

3:15pm

Preparing for a Successful Transition to Kindergarten
Learn about the process of transitioning out of early childhood special education and into kindergarten! You will understand the difference between the IFSP and IEP, be prepared for your first IEP meeting, learn healthy team dynamics, how to keep a positive vision for the future, and the critical role parents have on the IEP team.

By the end of this session participants will:
  • Understand important definitions from IDEA, such as FAPE and LRE, and differences between ECSE and school-age services.
  • Understand the role of parents on the IEP team, healthy team dynamics, and how to hold onto a positive vision of their child's future and be an effective advocate. 

Speakers
CS

Caitlin Shockley

Program Coordinator, FACT Oregon


Thursday January 14, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Washington

3:15pm

Safe Sleep
This training will identify the definitions of Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Discuss risk factors for SUID/SIDS and misconceptions/changes in known risk factors. Explore preventable risk factors and the cumulative effects of risk factors. We will examine factors that go into providing a safe sleep environment and discuss the current recommendations. We will discuss the process that happens with law enforcement and the medical examiner if a death occurs and why the process is important. We will also discuss resources available both locally and nationally.

Learning objectives:
  • Discuss risk factors and protective factors for SIDS
  • Identify common misconceptions about infant risk and safety

Speakers
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Jenna Sanders

Trainer, Quality Improvement Specialist, Community Action Child Care Resource and Referral of Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties


Thursday January 14, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Mazama
 
Friday, January 15
 

7:45am

Breakfast

NW Scramble

Scrambled eggs with sauteed mushrooms, chives and tomatoes, bacon strips and sausage links, herbed breakfast potatoes, fresh biscuits, country gravy and a fresh fruit display- Juice


Friday January 15, 2016 7:45am - 8:45am
Jefferson

9:00am

The Birds + Bees for Parents of Preschoolers: Bodies, Boundaries and Baby-Making
Preschoolers are curious about bodies, babies and different kinds of families. In this fun and interactive workshop, you will learn how to talk to your young child about their bodies, how to keep them safer from abuse and when to fill them in about how babies are made. The sooner you start the talks, the safer your children will be! Through her business, Birds + Bees + Kids, Amy Lang, MA helps parents of all beliefs learn how to have easy and effective conversations with children about the birds and the bees.

By the end of this session participants will be able to:
  • Talk to their children about their bodies and boundaries in an age appropriate and non-shaming manner.
  • Start talking to their young children about how babies are made in an age appropriate manner.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Lang

Amy Lang

Sexuality + Parenting Expert, Birds + Bees + Kids
I'm a sexuality and parenting expert as well as a lover of adult coloring, wine, books and movies. I'm a native Oregonian -- born and raised in Ashland and now live in Seattle. I'm happily married to my first husband and we are totally enjoying our 15 year old son. Really.


Friday January 15, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Jefferson

9:00am

Becoming Your Child’s Health Advocate, Part 1: An Introduction for Families
Information to help families of children with special health care needs navigate health care systems, communicate effectively with providers and understand their child’s “medical home”. Good for families whose children have frequent medical or therapy appointments.

By the end of this session participants will:
  • Learn to evaluate information on their child's condition.
  • Learn about your child's health plan.

Speakers
avatar for Shauna Signorini

Shauna Signorini

Family Liaison, Oregon Family to Family Health Information Center


Friday January 15, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Hood

9:00am

Every Child Ready to Read
Participants will learn about different strategies to support their children around their literacy goals and help them get ready to read.
  • Participants will receive tools to support their children literacy goals
  • Participants will learn how to support their children in their different age stages around their literacy goals

Speakers
avatar for Karelia Harding

Karelia Harding

PArent Engagement and Equity Manager, OCDC
Throughout her career, Karelia Harding has ignited her passion by serving marginalized children and families. Karelia’s service career began as a teacher in the public schools; she then spent seven years as a Program Director for the Camp Fire Boys and Girls in the Portland Metro area. Since 2002 Karelia has been working to empower farmworker families at OCDC, where she currently serves as the Policy Council Coordinator. Her role includes... Read More →


Friday January 15, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
Mazama

9:00am

Principles on Family Engagement
Join me in interactive session on learning about 7 key principles to use to support your programs in engaging diverse families.  You will look at researched resources to help your program identify a definition of family engagement, websites you can use to help train staff, measurements to help ensure your program and staff are using methods that support family engagement.  
  • Participants will learn about researched definitions to family engagement, 7 key principles to use in their programs on diverse family engagement.
  • They will gain skills to be able to use measurements for sustaining their programs and classrooms ability to engage families.

Speakers
avatar for Mandy Stanley

Mandy Stanley

Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education


Friday January 15, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
Washington

10:30am

Break
Snacks & Drinks Provided ( Dessert Bars - Fruit)

Friday January 15, 2016 10:30am - 10:45am
Foyer

10:45am

Networking
This time is being set aside to meet with your fellow parents to discuss ideas, exchange contact information, etc. 

Moderators
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 →

Friday January 15, 2016 10:45am - 11:30am
Jefferson

11:30am

Closing Session
During this time, you will share with the group what the highlights of the conference were for you. What was the most important thing you learned? What information will you share with others?

Moderators
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 →

Friday January 15, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Jefferson