South–Central Early Education Conference
February 17, 2018 8:30 AM–February 17, 2018 3:45 PM
Happy Hands Education Center
8801 South Garnett Road
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
Nurturing Relationships Marked by Love and Boundaries
Are you looking for an opportunity to renew your professional and spiritual growth? As Christian early educators, we understand the importance of nurturing all children and loving them right where they are so that trust is built between the child and teacher allowing for dynamic growth and development in each student. Our conference theme, Nurturing Relationships Marked by Love and Boundaries, will direct the conference sessions to focus on modeling Jesus' love to our students while creating healthy boundaries in the classroom. Join early educators and develop a deeper understanding of ways to provide an engaging early education classroom environment that will allow children to feel safe, loved, and accepted.
Cristy Roberts, National Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor
Cristy Roberts has been a pre-K classroom teacher, childcare director, Head Start Site Director, and Early Head Start and Head Start Training Specialist. She is currently the training director for the Early Childhood Education Institute at the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa, OK. Her true passion is teacher mental health, and she has a "let's just do this" way of motivating staff to stretch and grow. Cristy connects with the participants while sharing her knowledge and love for Conscious Discipline through her real life experiences of being a mom and grandmother. She is very open, honest, and engaging, with a laidback, witty style.
Cristy has been a trainer for over 20 years and has helped families, classroom teachers, childcare centers, head start agencies, and school districts commit to transformational change with Conscious Discipline!
|8:30 AM||Registration Opens|
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Happy Hands Education Center, 8801 South Garnett Road, Broken Arrow, OK 74012
$30 per person, ACSI Member School (includes lunch)
$40 per person, Non-member School (includes lunch)
Reminder: Member schools must have staff added to your school roster in ConNEXUS in order to register for the conference. Please contact the ACSI South-Central office if you require assistance.
ACSI ConNEXUS Premium
Access to ConNEXUS Premium is complimentary to all delegates from ACSI member schools who register for a 2017–18 EE conference. It will be available from the time of registration through October 31, 2018. Contact the South-Central regional office for more information.
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