North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children

Pre-Conference Options

Pre-Conference Day
Thursday, September 13, 8:45 am – 4:00 pm, with a lunch break on your own

Pre-Conference Session Option 1: The Many Lenses of Conscious Discipline: Looking at Implementation, OOPs Moments, Successes and more through the Lens of Child, Educator and Administrator

Dr. Bailey will join Conscious Discipline (CD) Certified and Master Instructors as well as others touched by the power of CD for an incredible Pre-Conference experience immersing you fully in this evidence-based trauma-informed, brain based, self-regulation practice.  We will spend the day exploring the many lenses of practical application, transformational change and intentional implementation through the reflective lens of child, adult and administrator.  We will also touch on how implementation will be modified for those who have experienced trauma.  Whether you are just starting out or have been practicing Conscious Discipline for years, you will find connections and inspiration to transform your practice as a teacher, administrator, mental health specialist or parent.

Conscious Discipline is an evidence-based, research-backed methodology and trauma-informed approach. It is recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), and received high ratings in 8 of 10 categories in a Harvard analysis of the nation’s top 25 social-emotional learning programs. The Harvard study’s authors say, “Conscious Discipline provides an array of behavior management strategies and classroom structures that teachers can use to turn everyday situations into learning opportunities.”

Pre-Conference Session Option 2:  PreK-3 Leadership: Building Rigorous and Robust Learning Environments presented by Dr. Adam Holland

This session is for leaders of all types in PreK-3 spaces, including principals, center directors, district administrators, coaches, and teachers.  Successfully navigating the worlds of PreK and K-3 is a challenge rarely addressed by licensure programs.  For those in leadership roles, the unique challenges and opportunities become real on a daily basis.

We will discuss topics like how to maintain academic rigor in early childhood and elementary spaces while still supporting developmentally appropriate teaching, personalizing learning environments for individuals, and embracing the PreK-3 early learning continuum.  Participants will learn strategies around developing a vision and becoming instructional leaders.  Ample time will be included for discussion, practice, and questions.

Adam Holland, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG). He currently works on the North Carolina Early Learning Network, a partnership between FPG and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction providing early learning communities with professional development and technical assistance to support preschool children with disabilities and their families, FirstSchool, a PreK-3 reform effort, and the Abecedarian Approach, one of the most cited early childhood programs in the US.  Dr. Holland’s research interests center on motivation as a lens for understanding classroom management, children’s social-emotional learning, and academic engagement.  He has presented both nationally and internationally on these topics to teachers, administrators, and other researchers. 

* You will receive 5 additional contact hour credits by attending either of these Pre-Conference Sessions.

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