We closed our playschool last Friday so that our staff could attend the North Carolina Association of Educators of Young Children conference in Raleigh, and what an awesome experience it was.
We don’t go to this conference every year, because of the cost, but when I heard that the keynote speaker was Dr. Becky Bailey, I was determined to take as many of the staff as could go this year. I have been hearing great things about her work in social and emotional learning for a couple of years now, and last year we sent two of our staff members to a two day workshop she led in Winston-Salem. They both came back saying that it was a life altering experience.
Fifteen of us were able to hear her speak last Thursday and Friday, and I think we all agree with that description. Through her keynote address and two workshops, we learned some wonderful new techniques and attitudes that we are excited to begin incorporating into our program over the course of the school year. I know that I speak for all those who were able to go in saying how grateful we are for the opportunity to continue learning about how best to meet the needs of the children we teach.
To find out more about what we learned from Dr. Bailey, you can visit her website: www.consciousdiscipline.com. I particularly recommend reading “Becky’s top ten things to do”.