The SECA Conference

Speakers and Schedules



Keynote & Featured Speakers

 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Daniel J. Hodgins
2015 Director's Seminar
Developing the Successful Team: Supporting Diversity for Staff and Parents

Click here for the Director's Seminar Flyer

The 2015 Seminar is focused on our theme, From the Front Porch:  Community and Culture.  As directors, you’re dealing not only with new cultural norms among many of your staff, you’re also encountering these same issues with the parents of children you serve.

Daniel Hodgins is an internationally recognized presenter and author of two books titled:  Boys: Changing the Classroom, Not the Child and his new book: GET OVER IT: Relearning Guidance Practices. His work has been featured in national publications including, International Cooperative Nursery and Early Childhood News.

As a consultant, Daniel works with educators, parents and other professionals, helping them understand research based theory and how to adapt curriculum and environments that support the continued development of children and families.  Daniel has a unique grasp of children and family issues learned from over 36 years of experience working as a teacher, director, educator and parent in both the private and public sector.

 

Constant Hine
The 2015 SECA Trainers’ Institute
Make Learning Stick! Using the 4 M Strategy for Engaging Adult Learners


Participants will deepen and broaden their understanding of using a systematic approach to engage adult learners based on Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences and strategies based on Constant Hine’s  4M’s of Adult Learning (Magnetic, Meaningful, Memorable and Mobilizing) to get your message to stick.

Teaching strategies to best reach and engage adult learners through their preferred “doorway” or strong intelligence will be presented in this session. Participants will learn to become more intentional at planning and incorporating effective instructional strategies for teaching and meeting diverse needs of adult learners.

Constant Hine lives in Denver, Colorado and is an early childhood consultant, adult educator, coach, and author with a M.A. in Education.   She works with educators, care-givers, business professionals, and managers throughout North America. Constant has been the owner and president of Horizons In Learning since 1988. Horizons In Learning offers professional development services including: college level courses, seminars, consulting, mentoring, coaching.  Constant is known as a coach's coach, broadening and deepening the skills and mastery of coaches and mentors.  Over 15 years ago Constant Hine developed a Coaching For Success Program, a model for facilitating ongoing professional development efforts using a continuum of intentional facilitation strategies.

 

Dr. Rebecca Isbell
Professor Emerita, Early Childhood Consultant, and Author
Creating Amazing Environments that will Inspire Learning and Literacy in the Early Childhood Classroom

The environment in which young children live has a tremendous impact on their development.  This session will focus on ways to design and implement classroom spaces that match children’s way of knowing and help them reach their potential.  It will include many practical ways to inspire communication and literacy learning that will engage children in meaningful experiences.  Discussion will include: evaluating your classroom space, determining what changes could be made, how to begin, implementing the improvements, and reflecting on the process.   During the session, participates will be able to view and analyze “real” early childhood classrooms and gain ideas from these visuals that can be implemented in their own classroom. An extensive handout will provide additional information that can be used in early childhood classrooms and programs.





Friday, January 16, 2015

 

Donald Davis, Storyteller

Click here to listen to Donald's SECA Radio interview.

Donald Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories.  "I didn't learn stories, I just absorbed them," he says as he recounts tales and more tales learned from a family of traditional storytellers who have lived on the same Western North Carolina land since 1781.  Davis grew up hearing gentle fairy tales, simple and silly Jack tales, scary mountain lore, ancient Welsh and Scottish folktales, and-most importantly-nourishing true-to-life stories of his own neighbors and kin.

Davis remembers, "I discovered that in a story I could safely dream any dream, hope any hope, go anywhere I pleased, fight any foe, win or lose, live or die.  My stories created a safe experimental learning place.”

For Donald Davis, storytelling is a way of giving and living life.  He invites each listener to come along, to pull deep inside for one's own stories, to personally share and co-create the common experiences that celebrate the creative spirit.  For Donald Davis storytelling ",...is not what I do for a living...it is how I do all that I do while I am living."

"I could have listened all morning to Donald Davis...his stories often left listeners limp with laughter at the same time they struggled with a lump in the throat."
Wilma Dykeman
The New York Times



Daniel J. Hodgins
Boys:  Changing the Environment, Not the Child

•    Do boys really learn differently than girls?
•    How can I nurture attachment and bonding while being firm?
•    How do I deal with challenging issues with boys?
•    What does a supportive environment for boys look like?

Many teachers and parents are asking these questions and more.  Increase your awareness of boys:  how they learn, how to educate them based on brain science research, and how to create the ultimate environment that supports boy’s needs.

Daniel Hodgins is an internationally recognized presenter and author of two books titled:  Boys: Changing the Classroom, Not the Child and his new book: GET OVER IT: Relearning Guidance Practices. His work has been featured in national publications including, International Cooperative Nursery and Early Childhood News.

As a consultant, Daniel works with educators, parents and other professionals, helping them understand research based theory and how to adapt curriculum and environments that support the continued development of children and families.  Daniel has a unique grasp of children and family issues learned from over 36 years of experience working as a teacher, director, educator and parent in both the private and public sector.



Dr. Rebecca Isbell and Dr. Shirley Raines
Spellbinding Stories and Songs from Our Front Porch Swing to Yours
 

Southerners have a rich cultural heritage that is filled with wonderful stories and foot stomping songs.  These creative forms of expression bind us together as families and communities and teachers and children. Today, listen to stories that will inspire you and demonstrate important moral lessons. Participate in music that will stir your soul and make you clap your hands. Build your collection of stories and songs that can be passed on to the children with who you work and help them feel a sense of pride in our roots.  Get your day off to a great start with stories, songs, humor and joy!





Saturday, January 17, 2015


Johnette Downing

Johnette Downing is a multi-award winning musician and author presenting concerts and author visits for children, and keynotes and workshops for educators globally. Dedicated to cultural exchanges and fostering literacy through her music and books.  Johnette has performed in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Central America, North America and the Caribbean.  Johnette’s presentations celebrate childhood and speak to a child’s interests in an engaging, interactive, thought-provoking, educational, entertaining and culturally respectful way; earning her a reputation for being the “Musical Ambassador to Children.”

Downing has garnered multiple awards including eight Parents’ Choice Awards, four iParenting Media Awards, two Parent’s Guide To Children’s Media Awards, four National Parenting Publications Awards, a Family Choice Award, two Family Review Center Awards, Family Review Center Gold Award, Family Review Center Best of the Year Award, an Imagination Award and a Haiku International Association Honorable Mention Award.