The SECA Conference

Speakers and Schedules

Keynote & Featured Speakers

 Thursday, February 11, 2016

Carrie Reilly
2016 Directors' Seminar

The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus!

Designed to support administrators in the vital work that they do every day in early childhood programs, this year we’re focusing on the topic of
“leadership”, a critical factor in your success as an administrator. This session is based on the 2006 book The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus: How to Get Big Things Done in YOUR “Workshop” All Year Long.

You may or may not believe in Santa Claus – but the model that he provides and the management and leadership tips presented will be something we can all understand and remember. This hands-on, interactive session will provide a fun and practical leadership guide that will help you get big things done in YOUR workshop all year long!

Carrie’s main focus is helping teams and leaders become more effective. A believer that people learn best when having fun and actively involved….she brings enthusiasm, activities and humor to her training programs. Carrie is the Program Director for Executive Training ~ Team Quest.

Nancy P. Alexander & Juliette Semien
2016 Trainer Institute
Nailing Jelly to the Wall: Defining and Providing Technical Assistance in Early Childhood Education

Are you a technical assistant, coach, or mentor? Need to know more about how you can be effective and make lasting changes? Do you feel the job is like nailing jelly to the wall? The SECA Trainer Institute addresses the many skills and responsibilities of this important emerging field of work. Learn how to work with adults in a positive, effective way to support ongoing improvement. Join staff from the Northwestern State University Child and Family Network in Louisiana to learn from their experiences in the field.

Nancy P. Alexander is Executive Director of Northwestern State University Child and Family Network in Shreveport, Louisiana. She has a Master’s Degree from Northwestern and additional graduate hours in adult learning and early childhood education. Her work involves staff in their roles of helping program directors and teachers implement ongoing improvement. She is the author of two books, Early Childhood Workshops that Work: The Essential Guide to Successful Training and Workshops, and Nailing Jelly to the Wall: Defining and Providing Technical Assistance in Early Childhood, both published by Gryphon House.

Juliette Semien is a child care specialist for NSU Child and Family Network following over 10 years as a center director. Her job responsibilities include training and technical assistance. Additionally, she is a certified CLASS
observer and certified for interrater reliability with TS Gold. She has a BS in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in child development and family relations from Northwestern.

Kathleen C. Gallagher, Ph.D.
The Whole Child in Harmony: What It Means & What It Takes

Kathleen (Kate) Gallagher, Ph.D. is an educational psychologist and early childhood professional, with over 30 years of experience teaching and leading early childhood programs. She is a Scientist at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Gallagher designs and evaluates approaches that promote the development and wellbeing of young children, families, and early childhood professionals – particularly in the contexts of poverty, disability and cultural diversity. Dr. Gallagher’s passion and ability to communicate and elevate the importance of high quality early care and education are manifest in her talk at TEDxUNC 2015, “The Healthy Child: Assembly Required”.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Patrick Mitchell “The Down To Earth Dad”
How to Talk to Dads So They’ll Listen
...Getting (and Keeping) Good Men Involved!

Patrick Mitchell, known nationally as “The Down To Earth Dad,” shows preschool, kindergarten, and primary school educators, child-and-familyadvocates, policy makers and practitioners how to get good men optimally involved for the sake of children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development. Patrick is a columnist for Children’s Voice magazine published by the Child Welfare League of America in Washington, DC, directs the National Dads Matter!™ Project, and he’s the founding editor of The Down To Earth Dad monthly newsletter. The Down To Earth Dad provides school readiness and parent and family engagement “Family Storytelling Night” events, and staff trainings, for programs and schools across America. Patrick lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and is the father of three children.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Stephen Fite
The Magic of Music & Movement

As long as Stephen can remember, he has always loved music. At the young age of five he had big dreams of being the fifth Beatle. That whole British band thing never panned out, but, he has found something just as cool, if not cooler. He has realized his dream of playing before crowds of screaming fans - the very young variety. The bonus is that through his play he is able to touch their lives by aiding in their education.
Stephen Fite is an award-winning children’s musician/writer whose albums have received eighteen nationally recognized honors. Suitable for the classroom, car or living room, his upbeat brand of children’s music has been delighting students, teachers and parents around the nation for three decades. His Concert Tour draws over 70,000 teachers and children to theaters throughout the Southeast and Midwest while his trainings infuse educators with the passion he holds for music as a dynamic tool for teaching.



2015 Presenter Handouts

Using Hands-On Learning Manipulatives to Support Emergent Literacy and Math Skills - Session Outline, Dr. Donna Sanderson
Using Hands-On Learning Manipulatives to Support Emergent Literacy and Math Skills - Session Handout
Cap Kit Instruction Sheet

Providing cultural continuity to enhance positive outcomes for infants/toddlers - Session Handout, Betty Blaize

Intersection of Common Core Standards & Kindergarten Teaching Today (Slides) - Dr. Susan Griebling

The Brain Body Connection: Advocating Physical Activity in Our Schools (Slides) - Dr. Jaesook Gilbert
Handout 1
Handout 2


Children's Guide to the City: An Experience in Building Community - Moon Bishop
Parent Letter
Partner Letter
Partnership letter, Sample Excerpts

The Power of Illustration in the Young Child's Classroom - Susan Connick