2022 In-Person Early Learning Conference
June 23, 2022
St. Frances Episcopal School
8:30 am - 3:30 pm CST
Member Schools: $150.00 per person
Non-Member Schools: $165.00 per person
6 CPU Hours
Join us as we gather in person for the first time in almost three years to learn and grow together as early learning professionals! The SAES Early Learning conference will be a one-day conference where you will learn hands-on techniques for making your classroom the most “child centered” that it can be. The faculty at St. Francis will be presenting a variety of early learning topics including:
Learning Through Play: Preparing Young Learners for the Future
Michelle Staller, MEd: (Primary II, fours and fives, teacher)
This session will explore the types and stages of play, as well as the importance of play in developing executive functioning skills. We will look into why play is important to young learners’ cognitive and social-emotional development and will answer the question, “How can I create playful practices and environments in which young children can thrive?”
Drama and Early Childhood Education: Bringing out the star in Every Child
Brittny Bush: (Primary School Drama Teacher)
This session will offer a glimpse into the benefits of drama in early childhood education. Through creative play with books and songs, children expand their vocabularies while also exploring their emotions and building confidence.
Young Explorers and Investigators: Using the Project Approach in Early Childhood Education
Maggy Britton, MEd: (Pre-primary, twos and threes, teacher)
The Project Approach is a research-based method that engages children and promotes curiosity and problem-solving. This session will teach you the stages of the approach through the specific lens of early childhood and will describe how to guide students through the process of supporting children and their many interests.
Leading with Love
Kenyetta Wynn, EdD: (Head of Primary School)
With so many challenges facing today’s administrators, how can we remain empowered and excited about the work we do each day. Join this session to discuss how to remain invigorated while continuing to lead with love.
Intentionally Nurturing Children’s Spirits
Kenyetta Wynn, EdD: (Head of Primary School and DEI Coordinator)
Young children have experienced so many changes in the past two years. Through the use of literature and carefully created spaces, early childhood educators can intentionally provide loving, supportive learning environments that nurture children’s spirits.
From Trash to Treasure: Using Loose Parts to Inspire Children’s Critical and Creative Thinking
Andrea Scriber (Primary I, threes and fours teacher)
In this session, you will learn how what appears to be trash may actually be a treasure for a young child. Offering loose parts for children to use in your classroom promotes critical thinking and encourages children to use their imaginations to solve problems and add adventure to children’s play.
Daily News and Story Writing (School Literacy and Culture - Rice University)
Vanessa Vierra (Assistant Director, Bilingual Early Literacy, School Literacy & Culture)
Rice University, Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
The National Institute for Literacy tells us that oral language development provides “a critical foundation for reading, writing and spelling” and is in fact the “engine of learning and thinking.” This session will provide teachers with research into practice ideas for extending everyday conversations with children and show how quality teacher/child interactions build relationships, promote speaking and listening skills, vocabulary development, and higher-level thinking.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Memorial City Area
11080 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77043
Discounted Room Rates:
King Room: $110.00
Double Room: $115.00
- Breakfast included in room rate
- Free Parking