Erikson faculty and alumni present at Opening Minds

[img_caption src=”https://www.erikson.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015-Opening-Minds-thumb.jpg” align=”right” alt=”Opening Minds logo”]Erikson faculty and alumni present on a variety of topics at this year’s Opening Minds conference in Chicago from January 22 to 24.

The conference brings together the top people in the field of early care and education from industries including education, administration, health and wellness, medicine, nursing, social service, policy, and government.

Erikson presentations

Set in the City: Using Urban Children’s Literature to Build Early Literacy Skills
Jane Fleming, Professor
Session participants will explore urban children’s literature and learn more about how these titles can be especially motivating to young children, and supportive of their emergent and early literacy skills.

Appropriate Approaches for Using Digital Tools to Support Family Engagement
Amanda Armstrong, TEC Center
Through hands-on experience and group discussions, attendees will gain ideas for selecting, using, and evaluating various digital tools in the classroom to enhance home-school connections and family engagement.

Maker Culture and Makerspaces
Erikson alumnus Brian PuerlingM.S. ’11, holds a live session during the conference from the Catherine Cook School, where he is director of education technology. Viewers will get an inside look into classrooms to see what technology tools and programs are in place at the school.

Achieving Biliteracy in Early Childhood Programs
Teachers Sara Robles, M.S. ’12, and Susan PryorM.S. ’09, describe how they use the Biliteracy Unit Framework. Participants will learn developmentally appropriate strategies related to oral language, reading comprehension, word study, writing, and cross-linguistic transfer.

The CLASS Measure: Infants, Toddlers, and Effective Interactions
Erika Flores, M.S. ’09, explores the Infant and Toddler CLASS measures, their alignment with children’s typical developmental stages, and practical suggestions for using the measures in classrooms.

OPENING MINDS 2015: See full schedule