Low Cost, High Quality, Mini-Conference for Early Childhood Educators
Outdoor Learning and Inclusive Spaces
April 18, 2020 8:30am-12:30pm
$20 Registration Fee Includes Breakfast
and 3 Clock Hours of Professional Development
Registration and Breakfast
Evaluation and Door Prizes
Boxes for Tiny Gardeners: Mobile Gardening
Nature Play Everyday
Inclusive Outdoor Spaces
Preventing, Identifying, and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect with Emphasis on Social Emotional Wellness
As the founder and Executive Director of SMART Family Literacy, Elizabeth originated SMART Parties twenty years ago to engage her son with Down's Syndrome in the excitement of reading aloud. From that idea, SMART Family Literacy emerged as a literacy outreach program reaching a large portion of Galveston County and is continuing to expand its positive impact. With a continued dedication to literacy, healthy life choices, and supporting the dual language learner, Elizabeth is also a Texas Certified Teacher with a Special Education emphasis. Her musical approach to instructional techniques will help with behavior management strategies, cognitive goals, and language fun.
Dr. Elizabeth Beavers - University of Houston Clear Lake - College of Education - Assistant Professor of Special Education
Dr. Beavers areas of expertise include special education and early childhood, developmental disabilities, language and literacy development, and instructional and intervention pedagogy.
In 2013, Dr. Beavers was named the Teacher Educator of the Year by the Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children.
Candy Hattingh - Advocacy Center for Children of Galveston County, Community Education Coordinator
The Advocacy Center for Children of Galveston County is a non-profit organization that coordinates all of the agencies in Galveston County who treat, investigate and prosecute cases of child abuse. Candy has worked in Galveston County for 10 years, 7 of those in the legal field in various capacities from managing a law office, running a bail bond company and directing an organization for offender education.
Katie Chennisi is a Chronic Disease Specialist with the Nutrition and Chronic Disease Prevention Division at Harris County Public Health (HCPH). In this role Katie oversees some of the work of the Healthy Living Matters childhood obesity prevention collaborative. Prior to coming to HCPH, Katie was the coordinator for the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System, helping make quality professional development opportunities more accessible to individuals working with young children. In addition, Katie has over 6 years of experience in the social services field. Katie grew up in the Dominican Republic and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Psychology. In 2002 she moved to Houston and in 2010 obtained her Master’s in Public Health from the UTHealth School of Public Health.
To respect the planning time of our presenters, and to allow for adequate resources, registration for SMART Family Literacy Workshops will close one week prior to the event. Because your payment reserves you space at the workshop, all sales are final.
Providing low cost local professional development to Galveston's Early Childhood Professional Community would not be possible without the following entities:
Odyssey Academy for graciously allowing us to use their facilities
Lakeshore Learning for generous door prize donations
Galveston's Historic Pleasure Pier for exciting door prizes
Workshop volunteer staff for giving up their Saturday mornings!
SMART Family Literacy donors and partners such as the Moody Foundation, the Kempner Fund, Moody Methodist's Permanent Endowment Fund, the Ippolito Charitable Foundation, Valero, DSW Homes and so many more.