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Mini-Conference 2019

The annual Northeast Kansas Early Childhood Educators Mini-Conference returns this Spring on Saturday February 23rd, 2019. 


We'll offer two two-hour sessions, from 8:30 to 10:30, then 10:45 to 12:45, three classes offered each session. 

Due to lower than expected enrollment, and for the sake of efficiency, we've decided to move our Mini Conference 2019 from Kennedy Elementary to our Positive Bright Start offices.  


The 2019 Mini Conference will be held this Saturday February 23rd at the 

Positive Bright Start Administrative Office,

1900 Delaware St, Lawrence KS, 66046


Check-in begins at 8am, and Session One will start promptly at 8:30am.

Also for the sake of efficiency, we've decided to reduce the number of class offerings to just one class in Session One. The Session One class will be Sensory Regulation and Cognitive Development, instructed by Kristina Poracsky. 


Session Two will begin at 10:45am and all three classes -- Improving Attachment with Amberlee Johns and Kacey Lawrenz, Art and Science with Kim Rack and Pat Pisani, Just Add Water with Lisa Zwiener -- will all be held.  


We apologize for any inconvenience.


all classes are KDHE approved 


B.)   Sensory Regulation and Cognitive Development, with Kristina Poracsky

Kristina's class will provide a general understanding of how over-sensitivity and under-responsiveness can have a direct effect on cognitive development and challenging behavior, plus information on when it is appropriate to ask for specialist intervention.  

Core Competency: Child Growth and Development

Level: 2


A.)   Improving Attachment Through Classroom Connections, with Amberlee Johns and Kacey Lawrenz

A fresh conference offering, in this class early educators will learn about the basics of attachment and how it  develops, explore how stress and trauma impact a child's self-esteem and how they communicate their attachment needs, and how to build attachment connections in the classroom environment.   

Core Competency: Interactions with Children

Sub-Area: Providing Individual Guidance

Level: 3


B.)   Art and Science, with Kim Rack and Pat Pisani

First offered in 2015, and updated for this conference, Pat and Kim will guide participants through hands-on activities for the classroom that utilize children's natural creativity and curiosity to learn age appropriate science concepts while discovering the magic and beauty of art.  

Core Competency:  Learning Environment and Curriculum

Sub-Area: Promoting Creative Expression

Level: 2

C.)  Want Healthy Kids, Just Add Water, with Lisa Zwiener

This class will review the importance of staying hydrated with water, and what water does for our bodies. At this training, providers will also receive materials for a week-long curriculum on teaching children about the importance of drinking water. We will do some fun hydration related crafts and taste test some no added sugar flavored waters

*Friday February 8th Early Bird Discount*
Register 6 or more participants by Friday February 8th, $35 each
Register as an individual by Friday February 8th, $40 each
After February 8th, fee is $50 per person


You can register for Mini Conference 2019 by returning a paper form, plus your fee payment  to our office.



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