Workshop 1: Introduction to ERP: Concepts and Techniques
- Workshop description: Emotionally Responsive Practice is based on our core concepts and techniques, which were developed to support the emotional development and well-being of children in early childhood and elementary grade classrooms. This session focuses on how children’s developmental issues and life experiences come into the classroom, and how teachers can recognize and respond to these in helpful ways.
- Presenter: Rachel Hass
Workshop 2: Una Introducción a los conceptos y las técnicas de la Práctica Emocionalmente Responsiva (ERP) – In Spanish
- Workshop description: La práctica emocionalmente responsiva (ERP) se basa en nuestras técnicas y conceptos centrales, que se desarrollaron para apoyar el bienestar y el desarrollo emocional de las niñas, niños y niñes en clases de primera infancia y primaria. Esta sesión se enfoca en cómo los problemas de desarrollo y las experiencias difíciles o traumáticas en la vida de les niñes entran al salón de clases, y cómo les maestres pueden reconocerlos y responder a ellos ayudándoles a establecer relaciones saludables para que puedan aprender y crecer.
- Presenter: Andrea Fonseca
Workshop 3: Teddy Bears in Classroom Practice 101*
- Workshop description: Learn how integrating transitional objects like teddy bears into classroom life can strengthen teacher-child relationships, promote empathy and prosocial behavior, and build a safe and sound school community.
*This workshop requires participants to bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal to the session and have some craft materials handy.
- Presenter: Felice Wagman
Workshop 4: Nourishing the Black Mind West of Africa: Supporting Our Children and Families in Our School Communities
- Workshop description: Nourishing the Black Mind is a way to start conversations within the black community about reducing the stigma of mental illness and cultivating ways of mental hygiene that are unique to Black consciousness and experiences. As a part of this effort, we will focus on reintroducing young Black minds to traditions of their ancestors in order to foster a more dynamic approach to mental health that involves movement, sunshine, storytelling and sound as healing forces.
- Presenter: Romelle Moore
Workshop 5: The Multiple, Magical, Healing Benefits of News of the Day
- Workshop description: News of the Day is an inviting and containing practice that gives children the time, space, and support they need to create coherent narratives of their experiences. During this daily healing practice, children are invited to share their news with the class while the teacher takes dictation. When we listen to and write down our students’ news, we are teaching them that their words are worth hearing, writing, and reading. We are teaching them that if they can talk, they can write. And most importantly, we are helping our students feel seen, heard, and loved. Come learn about the multiple, magical, healing benefits of News of the Day.
- Presenter: Erin Berté
Workshop 6: Exploring Windows, Mirrors and Sliding Doors: Helping young children find comfort, joy, and opportunities for positive identity development through rich literature experiences
- Workshop description: In this workshop participants will develop criteria to select books that support young children’s social and emotional wellbeing; books that reflect positive cultural, racial, gender, and language diversity. Participants will develop techniques to use books to invite children’s questions, concerns, and interests within a safe and contained classroom environment. Participants will also explore strategies to extend children’s literature experiences to other areas in the classroom, particularly areas that integrate play.
- Presenter: Michele Ryan
Workshop 7: Quilting Our Collective Stories: Reconnecting to Play as a Means of Self Expression*
- Workshop description: Storytelling through symbol, image, and colors happens organically when creating a quilt square. Many cultures have versions of quilting to hold stories and teach future generations. In this workshop, we will explore using the expressive arts to share stories, build community, and diminish isolation. Participants will learn about using the practice of quilt making in classrooms, as well as in adult and family communities. Participants will be invited to use materials to recall and celebrate play, and will use a digital platform to create a visual quilt that will hold our collective narrative. This workshop always builds surprising connections and provides a therapeutic outlet for expression, while teaching a technique that you can bring back to your classroom or school community. The stories that people share when they work with materials help us realize that we have more in common than we have differences.
*This workshop will require that you bring paper, glue, scissors, crayons or markers, and fabric scraps (if you have them) to the virtual room.
- Presenter: Margaret Blachly
Workshop 8: Singing IS Emotionally Responsive Practice: Play Is The Catalyst
- Workshop description: Through a song, while singing, (even if for a short time), the dynamic of the group (or dyad) can change-momentarily, deeply, and surprisingly-because intentional sound, faces, gestures, and melody is brought into the space. This workshop invites you to focus your ERP eyes, ears and responsive heart as you engage with children through singing.Betsy Blachly will demonstrate how certain types of musical moments can help guide the participants into self reflection, guided by ERP beliefs and philosophy. She will encourage you to take charge of your singing interactions and spontaneous ideas of word play, tempting you to abandon your self doubts about your musical ability.If hesitant about your singing, this session will help you to find some bravery. Songs, (along with the vibrations that occur) open up the imagination of children and can hold the apparent emotional impact in the sound and the associations. While simultaneously inviting children to try out a new word or two, a gesture, or emit a non verbal reaction, spontaneous interactions with peers, and leaders occur. This is the catalyst of play;Miriam Webster declares that catalyst is an “agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action.” An ERP practitioner relies on play to achieve change. A singing ERP practitioner relies on play within sound to open up to the authentic reactions that cannot be controlled. Mutual delight, solid self regard thanks to the pleasure factor, myriad possibilities abound with what feels like abandon;Through simple analysis we will notice the musical reasons for this phenomenon and how self realization might be discovered.One of the advantages of exchanging thoughts amongst participants on Zoom is that we can explore and unpack certain songs (with song sheets) thoughtfully.
- Presenter: Betsy Blachly