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Presenters Needed for Early Childhood Educators Conference

SCOE Co-Sponsoring 20th Anniversary NCECE Event

Ready, Set, Go: Leading the Way to School Success

The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is seeking presenters for the 20th Anniversary Northern California Early Childhood Education (NCECE) Conference, scheduled for August 3-4, 2009, at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West.

Potential presenters are invited to submit proposal ideas. Organizers are asking that some of the presentation proposals focus on "social-emotional development." In addition, past NCECE participants have expressed a desire for more hands-on workshops in the areas of science, art, mathematics, nutrition/cooking, storytelling, and autism. Other possible appropriate workshops include: strategies for teaching English Learners, identifying and adapting the curriculum for children with special needs, strengthening early literacy skills, and Kindergarten transition.

Please take this opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with early childhood educators, administrators, and staff who attend this conference.

At the NCECE Conference, Steven Winlock, Ed.D, will be the keynote speaker for Monday, August 3rd. He has been an educator for over 30 years, a TV personality, patron of the arts as well as a theatre performer, a family man, and an active community member. He will address the impact that preschool educators have on closing the achievement gap.

Jerry Tello will serve as the keynote speaker on Tuesday, August 4th. He is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of family strengthening, community mobilization, and culturally based violence prevention/intervention issues. Mr. Tello will speak on Nurturing and Teaching Children and Raising Children in Tough Times.

Linda Brault will be a featured speaker on Tuesday, August 4th. Linda directs several statewide training projects and was an early childhood special education teacher for more than 18 years. She will speak on healthy social-emotional development with an emphasis on preventing challenging behavior.

Other presentations will include hands-on science, art, mathematics, and language and literacy, as well as strategies for teaching English language learners and identifying and adapting the curriculum for children with special needs.

The NCECE Committee is also announcing that a "Make It and Take It" evening session is planned for Monday, August 3rd, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Sacramento Hilton. Staff will present several hands-on projects, which conference attendees may take home with them, along with a resource packet. This special session is offered to all conference attendees at no additional charge. Childcare providers, who are not able to attend the conference during the day, are invited to attend the evening session for a small fee of $10.

For registration information, please call (916) 228-2506.