Conference attendees only need to preselect and register for preconference workshops.

Regular session workshops are open to all attendees on a first come, first served basis. You do not need to preselect regular conference workshop sessions when you register for conference. We recommend arriving early to the workshops that you want to attend.


Parents as Teachers “Idea-Thon”:  Help Shape the Future of Early Childhood Home Visiting!

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In an effort to engage conference participants in a fun, innovative activity during the Annual International Conference, Parents as Teachers, in partnership with PNC, GlobalHack, and The Education Hub will be offering an ‘Idea-Thon’ pre-conference session from 9am to 3pm on Monday, October 14th.

Conference participants may register for this special innovative opportunity as a Pre-Conference session.  The session will be held in Innovation Hall (4220 Duncan Ave) in the Cortex Innovation District in partnership with Ed Hub STL.

During the ‘Idea-Thon’ participants will be able to pitch ideas for addressing challenges they see in their work. After a down-select process, the most popular concepts will move on and small teams will be formed. These small action teams will then have several hours to brainstorm, ideate, and polish their new idea. Near the end of the activity, each team will have an opportunity to do a report out to their peers for additional feedback. These final ideas will also be shared with the larger group of attendees of the conference to decide how this might be used in the future.  This session has a maximum capacity of 40 participants for this session.

About the Location & Presenters:

Cortex: Founded in 2002, Cortex is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that oversees the development of the Cortex Innovation Community, a 200-acre urban hub of innovation and entrepreneurship located in St. Louis, Missouri.

Cortex is one of the region’s largest innovation campuses, physically designed and actively curated to accelerate high-growth startups and advance established innovative corporates. Cortex is a nationally and internationally recognized innovation hub that supports all technology sectors.  At Cortex, they believe that entrepreneurship is an avenue to personal empowerment, and we strive to create a place where businesses and the people who create, work for and access them are supported. The Cortex Innovation Community sits between St. Louis’ Central West End and Forest Park Southeast neighborhoods, and is surrounded by nationally ranked universities and medical centers.

GlobalHack drives social impact through technology. They organize events that kick start community-focused software projects and deliver accessible computer science education opportunities for kids.

The Education Hub [Ed Hub STL] is a physical and intellectual space for everyone-regardless of where you fall in the educational landscape to experiment, collaborate, and innovate, by providing a platform for educators to collide through the following programs and events, we build an inclusive, collaborative, and multi-disciplined community of practice to creatively solve our region's most entrenched educational challenges.

**Please note:  Attendees will be shuttled to the Cortex Innovation District at 8:30am on Monday, October 14, and will return to the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 3:00pm, in time for the opening of the conference.  Lunch will be provided with this Pre-Conference session.

Penelope and Data Driven Practice – The Basics

Brian Hall

For users who are new to Penelope or still struggling with the basics, this session will help you become more adept at entering data and learning how the data can help you serve your families. We will explore how to efficiently navigate the system, document family records and personal visits, and run reports to monitor services. In order to participate in this session, you need to be active in either the Live or Sandbox environment. Bring a laptop or tablet to the training, so that you can follow along and practice as we go.

Penelope and Data Driven Practice – For Experienced Users

Karen Hoerchler

For users who are comfortable entering family-level data (visits, screenings, FCA, etc.), we'll dive deeper and help you use the data to better serve families. We will explore how to enter staff and program activities, use the collaboration suite to schedule and track tasks, and run reports to monitor services. In order to participate in this session, you need to be actively entering data in the Live environment. Bring a laptop or tablet to the training, so that you can follow along and practice as we go.

Top to Bottom Leadership

Kathy Pillow-Price and Nicholas Long

Leadership is about knowing yourself, knowing others, and knowing how to lead teams. This interactive workshop will explore the role of personality and values and will extend to leadership theory built upon the foundational principles from John Maxwell's "The 5 Levels of Leadership." This session is all about creating and developing leaders! Join us as we interact and discuss how to equip leaders at ANY level to grow and become more effective. According to Maxwell, “Everything rises and falls on LEADERSHIP.”

S.T.E.M. for STEM:  Strengthening Pathways For the Trauma-Informed Brain

Dionne Patterson

Using Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) is a powerful way to strengthen the brain stem. The brain stem is the part of the brain where trauma is processed. It is also responsible for management of sensory input - a young child's primary mode of exploration - and discovery and learning. In this training, participants will learn about treasure baskets and heuristic play - an infant/toddler approach to S.T.E.M. - as well as sensory S.T.E.M. activities for preschool age children. Using engaging hands-on activities, we'll explore the power of STEM for STEM!

A Race-Conscious Lens: Creating Courageous Spaces for Racial Equity Conversations

Suzy Green, Audrey Pool, Stacie Daniels, Bruce Eggers and Miriah Essman

Race plays an essential part in how we make sense of ourselves and the world around us. As home visitors, it is imperative that we recognize our unique position to have conversations about racial equity as children are growing and developing – especially if we want them to achieve their full potential. This workshop will build awareness of implicit biases and develop mindful inquiry skills to facilitate conversations with families about race and parenting. Participants will leave this workshop with a Racial Equity Planning Guide and ideas on how to implement the PAT model through race-conscious lens.

Addressing Trauma in Young Children and Their Families

Patsy Carter

This workshop will take a comprehensive look at the impact trauma has on children and families, as well as staff. Topics to be explored through different mediums include prevalence, impact on brain functioning and related behaviors, perceptions and relationships, and how we can respond to mitigate the impact. Other areas of focus include: what it means to be trauma informed and where to start, and how trauma is interwoven with some of our toughest social issues such as violence, poverty and substance use.

Mothers and Babies: An Evidence-Based Intervention for Home Visiting Programs to Prevent Postpartum Depression

Darius Tandon, Melissa Segovia, Alicia Diebold and Jaime Hamil

This interactive pre-conference workshop will give an overview of an evidence-based postpartum depression preventive intervention — Mothers and Babies (MB) — and walk through the MB curriculum. It will include the perspective of a state-level administrator on how MB can be integrated into a state home visiting network and aligns with MIECHV benchmarks. A PAT home visitor will share how she has implemented MB. At the end of the workshop, participants will have a deeper understanding of MB and how it can be implemented in their home visiting program or network.

Using the Family Map to Enhance Family Engagement

Leanne Whiteside-Mansell

Family Map Inventories is a systematic way for programs to identify risk, highlight strengths and engage families. This training session will provide interactive education on interviewing skills, how to deal with sensitive topics, and how to link the Family Map to support and services. The training places emphasis on how to engage families as partners and identify meaningful family goals related to healthy child development. Participants will practice skills with opportunities for clarification and feedback from trainers. Each participant will conduct a role-play interview.

What does it mean to be an Educator for the Future?

Stephen Zwolak

According to Lume, "The POWER TO CHANGE SOCIETY LIES IN CHANGING THE WAY YOUNG CHILDREN ARE AND TEACHERS ARE TAUGHT.”  Lume’s Approach is a framework and a way of being with children, families and ourselves rooted is a deep understanding that children's emotional development is the foundation for lifelong health, growth and learning. This session is a must-attend for tomorrow's educators or those interacting with young children.’

Our Self-Care - Their Self-Esteem

Dr. Patricia Starks Howard

“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” - Eleanor Brown.  
Recognizing the growing need for self-care and realizing the need to be well physically, emotionally, and spiritually, this workshop will be a breath of fresh air. Participants will be informed and entertained through a slide presentation, surveys, videos, games, and handouts. The following topics will be discussed: Burn-out, Importance of self-care, Care exhaustion,  Resiliency, Prevention, and Support.    

The Foundations of Effective Father Engagement

J. Michael Hall

How to effectively work with fathers to impact child outcomes is the main topic of the session. This training will provide a framework and best practices for professionals who want to truly engage fathers (and the whole family) for the sake of the children we are all working to educate. Participants will explore the research base of father engagement and the best practices from an organization that has worked face to face with over 210,000 fathers. Educators and directors should attend this interactive training session.