Dan St. Romain, educational consultant, will be the keynote speaker at the 26th annual Excellence in Early Childhood Conference at Chadron State College Feb. 20 and 21.
Romain will present free to the public Friday Feb. 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the CSC Student Center Ballroom. His presentation will feature information on accentuating the positive by giving children the building blocks they need for healthy development.
In additional to being a national presenter, Romain is an educational consultant to educators serving kids of all ages. According to his website, he is passionate about helping adults shift their perspective on behavior by understanding the best ways to provide support given the challenges posed with today’s learners. Romain is a recently published children’s author, and has developed his “songs and lessons” for teaching kindergarten through second grade students the behaviors for learning in the classroom setting.
Romain will present all day at the conference on Saturday Feb. 21 about mixed messages focusing on healthy development, prevention, and interventions.
New to the conference this year is an Early Childhood Networking Reception on Friday Feb. 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the CSC Student Center Ballroom. The reception provides participants the opportunity to connect with other child care professionals.
Two additional pre-session options are available this year on Friday Feb. 20. The first option is a session about Social Emotional Early Learning Guidelines presented by Andrea Nelson, Early Childhood Special Educator at ESU 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is an additional $15 fee for lunch and materials provided in this option if the participant is registered for the conference, otherwise this session will be $25 for the public. The second option consists of three sessions focusing on preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome and preventing child abuse and neglect from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Those interested may register for the conference following the link on the Early Childhood Conference 2015 webpage at www.csc.edu/ecc. For questions regarding registration, please contact Erin Sorensen at 308-487-3600, extension 103.
The basic registration fee for the conference is $40. Participants may purchase Romain’s book “How Are You Feelin’ Juan Pablo Chameleon?” for $5 at the time of registration. This book can be purchased later at the event for $8.
—Miranda Wieczorek, College Relations Liaison