2017 Trainer Summit - Session Descriptions

Thursday, October 5, 2017


Pre-Conference Sessions

Teaching the Art of Training: Module 1, Delivery Skills – Katie Hoffman

In this course, participants will become well equipped to deliver pre-designed curriculums. Included in this course is a discussion of trainer competencies, adult learning basics, and facilitation skills, as well as consideration of the impact of culture communication, and presence on training ffectiveness. The course design also includes a Personal Development Plan (PDP) built into each section, to enhance the transfer of learning and encourage self-reflection.

Teaching the Art of Training: Module 3 – Dea Anderson

In this course Participants will be introduced to the principles associated with designing content-based training. Among other topics, participants will develop training objectives, discuss the use of the learning cycle in training design, and consider evaluation strategies for measuring the effectiveness of a training session. Participants will apply their knowledge using the Training Approval Request form developed by the MN Center for Professional Development

Universal Multicultural Instructional Design – Vicki Hawley

Using the MN UMID Framework may involve practical challenges like time and content-rich sessions. Plan/analyze training strategies to deepen reflection and practice.

  1. Use the MN UMID Framework to plan ways to bridge trainer expertise and participant experience.
  2. Identify and problem-solve practical challenges that trainers may face when implementing UMID. 
  3. Revise activities in order to promote deeper reflection, thinking, and skilled practice


Friday, October 6, 2017

KEYNOTE - THRIVE: Energizing You Life and Career from the Inside Out

Does life and work leave you feeling drained, depleted, and overwhelmed at times? Research shows, unmanaged stress leads to burnout and burnout destroys personal and professional dreams, goals, and aspirations. Would you like to learn how to thrive in the midst of change and adversity? Thriving in the midst of change and adversity begins with cultivating an attitude of gratitude, fostering a positive stress response style, and developing healthy workplace relationships. Let international speaker and leadership coach, Dr. Jermaine Davis teach you how to energize your life and career from the inside out by helping you recharge your personal and professional batteries. This presentation is based on Dr. Jermaine’s bestselling books, How to Stay Motivated Even When You Don’t Feel Like It and Leading with Greatness! Get ready to laugh, learn, and of course have FUN!

Achieve: Course Approval – Tara Hudson and Heywon Chung/Achieve

Identify guidelines for successfully creating and submitting your course for approval by Achieve (MNCPD). Break down the online submission form and explore the acceptable criteria necessary for completing each field, including how to upload outline forms and other documents. Understand how the importance of clear and consistent course information benefits early care and education professionals. Identify course proposal timelines for approval and how to complete required revisions.

Decrease Your Stress: Increase Your Success – Being the Best Trainer You Can Be – Raelene Ostberg

After years of training and thousands of affirming evaluations, I still left a recent presentation in tears: The time got away from me; I had a "difficult" participant; I experienced a technology blip; I knew I could have done better - should have done better. My husband informed me: "You are really doing a difficult job, you know!" I am. We are. During this training, you will

  • Share common challenges you experience as a trainer and brainstorm solutions to those challenges
  • Identify the impact of stress on your thinking and responses during stressful situations
  • Learn hands-on methods to train your brain to stress less and enjoy more and apply those stress-busting strategies to your specific work as a trainer
  • Experience a variety of training techniques and reflect on how you could use these in your trainings

Dripping, Dried and Preoccupied: When the Brain Can’t Learn – Rachel Daley

In this session, trainers will look at adult learning and specifically focus on brain development and how to gage, improve, and motivate learning for adults. As trainers, we often talk about the child's brain as a sponge - the adult brain is not quite as fluid as the child's brain and the adult brain isn't quite as receptive to soak up all of the learning presented - we have to think about the over-stimulated person, the checked out participant, and the participants who aren't engaged in the training. How can we turn those learners into engaged and insightful participants?

Effective Coaches Build Relationships and Build Bridges – Kristen Wheeler-Highland and Nancy Hafner

Research has shown that coaching and relationship-based professional development (RBPD) provides the most impact to influencing change in practice through sustained professional development experiences. In this workshop we will differentiate the distinct roles of coach/mentor/consultant, in order to identify which role is most applicable to a given relationship or situation. This session will explore the oftentimes highly emotional and personal relationship experience that a coach may encounter. By demonstrating the five principles of the Powerful Interactions (Jablon, Dombro, & Johnsen, 2016) coaching model, participants will gain new skills and strategies to implement this supportive process of RBPD.

Empowering Millenials – Kylie Cooper

The National Association for the Education of Young Children has articulated their mission of advancing the profession of early childhood. In doing this, the organization aims to create a common vocabulary and mission to be shared by all educators. What does this mean for the newer educators in the field?There is no shortage of information about engaging millennials. This millennial-led session will open a conversation about the future of early childhood, and explore recent research from millennials in the workforce.

Everything You Need to Know About Training You Learned in Kindergarten – Sara Mulso

Training can be stressful and wonderful all at the same time. Remembering that the cornerstones of great training are basic skills that you have known all along can provide reassurance that we are providing the best training for participants.

Growing Your Role: Using the Trainer Self-Assessment Tool – Sharon Bergen and Cory Woosley

Trainers play an important role in the development of Minnesota’s early childhood work force and the improvement of quality in programs impacting young children. In order to best serve early childhood professionals, trainers must also critically evaluate their own skills and seek professional development that aligns with their professional needs. In this session participants will be introduced to a recently developed self-assessment tool for early childhood trainers. Participants will also learn valuable skills related to goal setting and processional development planning based on self-assessment. A recently developed observation and coaching system will also be explained as part of this interactive session.

Having Hard Conversations – Kristen Wheeler-Highland

Having a conversation with someone that you don’t want to have; a conversation that is hard is nerve wracking. Your inner voice tells you that you need to have the conversation to improve (fill in the blank) but still you dread it, or procrastinate it. Hard conversations are never “not hard,” but hard is relative. This workshop will help staff understand the process for planning for and handling hard conversations. Hard conversations can be awkward and uncomfortable, but you can learn some tips, tools and language to make them more professional, empathetic and effective.

How to Avoid Death by PowerPoint: Creating Awesome Presentations – Dawn Braa

How many bad presentations have you seen? What an opportunity for you! You want people leaving your training thinking, "Wow! That was good!" Attend this session to learn effective strategies for creating awesome PowerPoint presentations and tips for avoiding "Death by PowerPoint." Practical techniques and strategies for presenting with greater impact will be shared, along with ideas for incorporating multimedia and technology for engagement.

This session includes application so be sure to bring your laptop, etc. with a few of your PPT files to work from.

MN KCFs for Trainers – Sheryl Warner

Minnesota's Knowledge and Competency Framework (KCF) outlines what early childhood professionals need to know and what they need to do when delivering quality care. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) created the KCF in 2015 to replace the Minnesota Core Competencies and align with Board of Teaching Standards. This session introduces and explains the KCF, then applies it to authoring and facilitating workshop presentations.

Presenting Training Curriculum to Meet State and Federal Requirement – Scott Parker, Jim Janececk and Michelle Beedle

This session will focus on the state and federal policies that guide training requirements for professionals working with young children. These include the Child Care and Development Block Grant as well as state licensing statutes. Minnesota has developed multiple courses to help professionals meet these standards and trainers play a key role in ensuring that providers have access to this training. This session will provide background on the state and federal regulations, courses that have been developed, and technical assistance around the delivery of these courses including information on how to handle difficult questions and when to refer to state or county licensing for assistance.

Responding to Provider’s Cultural and Linguistic Difference in Training – Hannah Riddle

Applying cultural competence to our practice as trainers can be a challenge. Balancing the expectations of licensing and best practice while respecting providers’ cultural backgrounds requires considerable amounts of tact and empathy. In this class we will talk about how to apply the concept of cultural competence to achieve learning environments where providers feel safe. We’ll cover the impact of language and how to effectively work with interpreters as well.

The New and Improved ECIPS – Barb Wagner

Come learn about the updated and expanded Early Childhood Indicators of Progress. Walk through some of the new components and participate in activities that will hopefully shed some new light the tool and provide you with new connections to trainings and your work within the Early Childhood Field.

Training with an Inclusive Lens: Fostering a Climate of Trust, Community, and Professionalism – Dr. Jermaine Davis

Are your training programs diversity friendly, inclusive, and welcoming? Do you know how to build trust and establish credibility before, during, and after your presentations? As audiences become increasingly multicultural, multiethnic, multilingual, and multifaceted it is imperative for trainers to be able to work effectively across ALL dimensions of diversity. Training with an Inclusive Lens is a program designed to help trainers connect with their audience members on a deeper and more impactful level.

In this engaging and interactive presentation, audience members will leave with practical tips and ideas for fostering training climates that are respectful and inclusive of everyone. As a masterful storyteller, Dr. Jermaine Davis will share real-world training scenarios and highlight trust building activities taken from his bestselling books, Be Diversity Competent and Leading with Greatness! If you would like to take your training programs and facilitation skills to the next level – then this training is definitely for you.

Update on MN RBPD Competencies & Credential – Beth Menninga and Kim Stone

Join us to get acquainted with new RBPD resources by examining RBPD competencies, exploring RBPD research implications and reflecting on your own RBPD practice.



Saturday, October 7, 2017

Closing - Troy Dvorak

Decades of research show there are consistent differences between students who do well in college and those who do not. Those differences are not explained by what studying strategies you use. Personal characteristics and skills you are never taught make all the difference. If you want to succeed, you must LEARN HOW TO LEARN.

Cross-Cultural Competence is Not as Hard as it Looks – Angele Sancho Passe

Cross-cultural competence is needed by everyone: teachers, directors, children, families, and trainers, American-born and immigrant. It is not simple but it is an easily reachable goal if we embark on the journey with optimism. This workshop is designed to help trainers reflect on their current practices, and learn best practices to continue to improve the way they train in our multicultural and multilingual global society. It is meant to be practical and applicable immediately in their daily work. It includes elements of NAEYC ethical standards, best practices in adult development, and the principles of Integrated Multicultural Universal Design in Education.

More Than the Mandatory: Creating Sessions that are Powerful and Authentic – Jamie Bonczyk and Kristen Wheeler-Highland

In this workshop, attendees will take an introspective look at themselves.  Identity exercises will help participants discover how they are similar and what makes them unique as trainers. This work is the foundation to understanding ourselves, our values, our belief systems and how we connect with those that we seek to provide professional development for.  Hands on opportunities will be offered to explore connecting across communication styles, generations and cultures. In addition, participants will engage in activities borrowed from the worlds of Improvised Theater and Performance Story Telling. This session is not to be missed by those looking construct or refine their personal brand as a professional trainer.

Out of the Box Training Ideas: A Maker Space for Training – Sharon Bergen and Cory Woosley

Are you interested in trying new ideas? Do you wonder about connecting to the next generation of learners in different ways? In this highly interactive session participants will look at attributes of adult learners, especially millennials and the next generation of professionals. Participants will explore some ‘nontraditional’ training techniques such as the flipped classroom, innovative use of video, and more. Bring your creativity as time will be provided to brainstorm, exchange ideas, innovate with others, and explore!

Respecting Our Difference as We Recognize Our Similarities – Cindy Goldade

Discover and honor how each of us are wired for learning and living! Each person's unique profile has a huge impact on how new situations are approached and how stress is handled. Understanding why some blurt and others restate, some doodle and others fidget is invaluable as an Adult Trainer. Knowing some quick tools to help reset from stress can support us as well as those that arrive at our workshops stressed out! You will gain a new understanding of yourself and those you encounter.


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