A.S.K. (Advancing Skills and Knowledge) CONFERENCE
Early Bird Registration until January 3, 2019 ($60) Group Registration deadline January 26, 2019 ($48)-10 or more registering together
After January 3, 2019, regular registration fee is $75.00 NO REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED AFTER: February 9, 2019
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Those in attendance include teachers, directors and administrators from early education and school age programs across North Carolina representing: child care; Early Head Start; Head Start; NC Pre-K; Smart Start; half day preschool; special education; health and human service agency providers and child advocates.
GROUP REGISTRATION & DISCOUNT A group discount is available for groups of 10 or more registering and paying together ($48 per person) by January 26, 2019. The later you register as a group, the less likely you are to get your first choice. To receive the group rate, fax your registrations forms to 919-403-6959. You will then phone in our payment by credit card.
CONFERENCE CHECK-IN Check-in will take place in the 2nd floor lobby of East Chapel Hill High School. During the conference if you have a problem or need additional information, you may go to the help desk. The desk will be open on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Folders with general information and schedules for the day may be picked up at the check-in table.
LUNCH A box lunch is available at the conference by purchase ($10.00) in advance. *We strive to work with our food service vendors to provide safe and delicious meals for those with dietary restrictions. Despite taking every precaution, we cannot guarantee that menu items are free of trace amounts of allergens or other ingredients
SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY We encourage all participants to arrive on time. Late entrances are disruptive to the presenters and other participants. As was true last year, there are several parking lots to use, and traffic monitors will be available early Saturday morning to help you. Parking is limited; please carpool if possible.
There are three sessions, each offering 1.5 hour workshops in the conference as well as a limited seating one-hour keynote address. If you wish to attend the keynote, you must pre-register. You will have only a 30-minute break before the keynote begins so order a box lunch with your registration or bring your lunch to the conference.Please note that if you choose to skip the keynote you will have a long break between sessions.
CEU SESSIONS There are five (5) in-depth CEU workshops for which you will receive .5 Continuing Education Units and a special certificate for participating.
EXHIBIT AREA We will again have an exhibit area with vendors for you to visit. Everyone who attends the conference will have a chance to win a collection of children’s books and toys. You will receive a ticket in your conference packet when you arrive. To be entered in the drawing, you will just need to fill out your ticket and drop it in one of the many boxes on tables in the exhibit area.
GET COMFORTABLE! Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Workshops will be in classrooms throughout the high school, so you will have a little walking to do.
PROGRAM CHANGES AND REFUNDS Refunds of registration fees will not be made. CCSA reserves the right to make changes in workshops and speakers, or to cancel workshops if enrollment criteria are not met or when conditions beyond our control prevail. In the event of inclement weather, a make-up date for the conference has been set for March 9, 2019. All registrations will transfer to the snow date in the event of a weather cancellation.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: MICHAEL BONNER 'Motivation Leads to Innovation - The Audacity to Get Up' He is an inspiring second grade teacher at North Carolina's South Greenville Elementary, where the majority of students have strenuous familial dynamics and many are homeless. The school is 100% FRL (free and reduced lunch) and is located in an impoverished neighborhood in Eastern North Carolina. In early 2017, Bonner was honored by Ellen DeGeneres in recognition of his positive and innovative educational approaches for children coping with the challenges of poverty. Ellen presented Bonner and his school with technical equipment to assist in the creation of music videos serving as aids to education.
RETURNING REGGIO EMILIA APPROACH Cultivating the Strong Potential of All Children Through the Hundred LanguagesYou can earn a .5 CEU by participating in three workshop sessions, a lunch-time seminar focused on the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood learning.This year participants will have the option of attending the lunch-time seminar or the keynote session. A special feature this year will be off-site tours. Ateliers will be added that highlight a language of expression. A brief introduction to the atelier will be followed by hands-on work with the materials. During the session participants will reflect on their experiences while thinking about their own context. You must attend Reggio sessions all day to qualify for the CEU credit.
FEATURED SPEAKER: STUART STOTTS Musician, Educator, Author Stuart’s highly interactive sessions give teachers songs, activities, and strategies that they can immediately implement with children. His work includes accessible and relevant brain research which reveals why his activities are important and successful with children.