Looking for a speaker or keynote for your early childhood conference/ workshop?

Dawn Prof Pic 2015I offer workshops and training for those in early care and education. My innovative trainings are filled with energy, enthusiasm, and active learning. Content based on research and best practice is worked into the curriculum along-side interesting activities.

Workshops and training sessions may be provided on-site, at a business location, or at a professional conference. Below are the titles of my sessions, although others could be designed specifically for your group. Each workshop is typically two hours in length.

I live in MN but would love to come and learn more about your group!  Connect with me for details about availability and pricing. Scroll down to view my availability calendar. ~Dawn Braa, MAEd.

*MOST POPULAR* Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Songs and Stories Participants will learn early childhood songs and stories using American Sign Language. Your group time will come alive through the use of sign. Guaranteed to provide you with content you can incorporate with children right away!

Parent Aware: (4) Curriculum Implementation,  (8) Supporting Development. Knowledge & Competency Framework: II.B: Promoting Cognitive Development. CDA: Physical & Intellectual Development

*MOST POPULAR* Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Songs and Games Participants will learn early childhood songs and games using American Sign Language. Incorporate sign language songs and games into your daily schedule. Use them as transitions or full activities. Ignite the child’s mind and body!

Parent Aware: (4) Curriculum Implementation,  (8) Supporting Development. Knowledge & Competency Framework: II.B: Promoting Cognitive Development. CDA: Physical & Intellectual Development

*NEW* Learning with Loose Parts/Loose Parts Curriculum How can we effectively develop a child’s creativity and problem-solving skills? Give them loose parts! Loose parts play provides decision-making opportunities: to choose, to build, to invent, to collaborate, to move, to consider, to manipulate, to combine, and so on. See for yourself the originality and connections to formal learning that unfold from loose parts play!

Parent Aware: (4) Curriculum Implementation,  (8) Supporting Development. Knowledge & Competency Framework: II .A: Promoting Positive Learning Experiences. CDA: Physical & Intellectual Development

*OFTEN NEEDED*  Sudden Unexpected Infant Death/Abusive Head Trauma This class meets MN DHS Licensing training requirements for both Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and Abusive Head Trauma (AHT). Content includes recommendations to reduce Sudden, Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) including SIDS, suffocation, and other sleep related infant deaths; safe sleep environments; MN Child Care regulations related to safe sleep; as well as symptoms and consequences of abusive head trauma, risk factors for abusive head trauma; and strategies to use when stressed, angry or frustrated.

Parent Aware: Abusive Head Trauma, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death. Knowledge & Competency Framework: VII.A: Establishing Healthy Practices. CDA: Safe, Healthy Learning Environment

*NEW* Honoring Diversity Every child needs a champion…perhaps it’s you! Explore concepts of diversity, along with perceptions, and personal philosophies. Examine best practices in honoring diversity and accommodating all children, while reflecting on strategies for sensitivity with families.

Parent Aware: (4) Curriculum Implementation,  (8) Supporting Development. Knowledge & Competency Framework: II.A: Creating Positive Learning Experiences (2 Hours) CDA: Physical & Intellectual Development (2 Hours)

Partnerships with Parents This innovative workshop will help teachers understand and explore different methods for home-school communication. Good communication techniques equal better relationships with parents.

Parent Aware: (4) Curriculum Implementation,  (8) Supporting Development. Knowledge & Competency Framework: III: Relationships with Families. CDA: Productive Relationships with Families

Talking About Touching Talking About Touching is a personal safety curriculum regarding safe and unsafe touch, including sexual abuse prevention. This class is appropriate for child care providers, teachers, and parent/caregivers. Empower a child to be safe!

Knowledge & Competency Framework: VII.A: Establishing Healthy Practices (2 Hours) CDA: Safe, Healthy Learning Environment (2 Hours)

Exploring Nature Children today are often connected to gadgets. Research tells us that hands-on, experiential play is the best way for young children to learn. Participants will identify ways for children to explore the outdoors and connect with nature in this hands-on session.

Parent Aware: (4) Curriculum Implementation,  (8) Supporting Development. Knowledge & Competency Framework: II.B: Promoting Cognitive Development. CDA: Physical & Intellectual Development

Play, Passion, and Professionalism…Where Are You? Play, passion, and professionalism are all critical elements in the field of early childhood. Unfortunately, when put through the daily grind of early care and education, these elements can get pushed aside. It’s time to reclaim your passion and get serious about play! Learn. Love. Lead. Be the best version of YOU!

Knowledge & Competency Framework: VI: Professionalism. CDA: Maintaining Professionalism

Ouch! That Hurts: Understanding and Supporting Children Who Bite Although biting is a typical behavior in infants and toddlers, it can be upsetting for families and providers (children too!) This session takes a closer look at why children bite, how to respond effectively, and strategies to support children through this developmental phase.

Parent Aware: (4) Curriculum Implementation. (8) Supporting Development. Knowledge & Competency Framework: II.C:  Promoting Social & Emotional Development. CDA: Social & Emotional Development

Creative Activities This interactive workshop includes hands-on activity ideas to implement right away. Creative activity topics include: literacy/books, movement, creative art, cognitive, teamwork, and music.

Parent Aware: (4) Curriculum Implementation. Knowledge & Competency Framework: II.E: Promoting Creative Development. CDA: Physical & Intellectual Development

The ABCs of Positive Guidance  If you work with young children, you’re probably going to en-counter challenging behaviors at some point! This workshop provides participants with opportunities to explore positive guidance techniques and communication strategies.

Parent Aware: (4) Curriculum Implementation, (8) Supporting Development. Knowledge & Competency Framework: II.C: Promoting Social & Emotional Development. CDA: Social & Emotional Development

If Every Child Is An Artist…Authentic Art Experiences Pablo Picasso’s famous quote, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”, should cause us to reflect on what role we play as teachers and providers in the creative potential of the children in our classrooms and homes. How can we be sure that we offer the right environment, the right materials, and the right instruction? Attend this workshop to join in the discussion and implement ideas tomorrow!

Parent Aware: (4) Curriculum Implementation. Knowledge & Competency Framework: II.E:  Promoting Creative Development. CDA: Physical & Intellectual Development

Building Your Blog Blogging has benefits. This workshop will showcase a successful blog of a local early childhood instructor. Tips and techniques will be shared about how to build a blog of your own and the benefits of doing so.

*Use the calendar below to preview my availability. Limited availability for June and August. Now booking for September 2017- May 2018.  An empty month means I have no availability for that month…my schedule books up quickly! Feel free to contact me with other suggested dates as well, although not guaranteed. Please CONTACT ME to book a date

TRAINING EXPERIENCE

  • 2016- Milestones Energize! Conference, MN. Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Songs and Stories. Learning with Loose Parts.
  • 2016- United for Children Conference, MN. KEYNOTE- Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Songs and Stories. Every Child Is a Artist…Authentic Art Experiences.
  • 2016- Caring for a Lifetime Conference, MN. Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Songs & Games. Ouch! That Hurts: Understanding and Supporting Children that Bite.
  • 2016- 10th Annual Early Childhood Professional’s Conference, MN. Play, Passion, and Professionalism…Where Are You? Creative Activities.
  • 2016- Kids First Conference, MN. SUID/AHT. Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Songs & Stories.
  • 2016- Minnesota Early Childhood Conference, MN. If Every Child is an Artist…Authentic Art Experiences. Ouch! That Hurts: Understanding and Supporting Children that Bite.
  • 2016- SCLFCCA Fall Conference, MN. SUID/AHT. Play, Passion, and Professionalism…Where Are You?
  • 2016- Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Conference, MN. Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Songs & Stories.
  • 2015- Child Care Choices Conference, MN. If Every Child is an Artist…Authentic Art Experiences. Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Songs & Stories.
  • 2015- 20th Annual Midwest Child Life Conference, MN. Using Sign Language to Empower Children and Ease Stress.
  • 2015- Children Are Our Future Conference, MN. Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Songs & Games.
  • 2015- HLFCA Conference, MN. If Every Child is an Artist…Authentic Art Experiences.
  • 2015- Pamper the Provider Conference, MN. If Every Child is an Artist…Authentic Art Experiences. Ouch! That Hurts: Understanding and Supporting Children that Bite.
  • 2015- NAFCC National Conference, MN. Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Songs & Games.
  • 2015- MLFCCA State Conference, MN. Play, Passion, and Professionalism…Where Are You?
  • 2015- Higher Learning Commission National Conference, IL. Guiding Students in Professional Behaviors and Attitudes for Internships. (Co-presented)
  • 2014- Hatch Early Learning Expert Series Webinar. Authentic Art Experiences.
  • 2014- Children: Our Future Conference, MN. Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Songs & Stories. Creative Activities.
  • 2014- Pamper the Provider Conference, MN. Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Songs & Games.
  • 2014- Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Training Day, MN. Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Songs & Games.
  • 2013- Hatch Early Learning Expert Series Webinar. Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Sign Language.
  • 2013- Early Learning Expert Investigations Webinar. Building a Better Blog.
  • 2013- UW-Stout Early Childhood State Conference, WI. Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Songs & Stories.
  • 2012- MNAEYC-MNSACA State Conference, MN. Creative Activities.
  • 2012- UW-Stout Early Childhood State Conference, WI. Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Songs & Stories.
  • 2012- Child Life Council National Conference, DC. Using Sign Language to Empower Children and Ease Stress.
    • Ranked #4 in Top 20 Presenters (Out of 100)
  • 2011- UW-Stout Early Childhood State Pre-Conference, WI. Creative Activities.
  • 2011- UW-Stout Early Childhood State Conference, WI. Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Songs & Stories.
  • 2010- UW-Stout Early Childhood State Conference, WI. Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Songs & Stories.
    • Ranked #1 Session

TRAINING FEEDBACK/TESTIMONIALS

  • Energetic — great info!
  • WOW! Thanks! (Loose Parts)
  • Awesome speaker! Fun! Good Session (Sign Language)
  • I love trainings by Dawn. Her excitement and dedication are contagious!
  • Dawn is always excellent! She would be a great keynote.
  • Loose Parts — Loved this class! Lots of great ideas!
  • Great ideas for “loose parts” — lecture and hands on were both interesting.
  • Super facilitator!
  • Hand out was great. Interaction with other participants was great.
  • Went home with a new perspective on play — great session!
  • She was enthusiastic and a great presenter!
  • Best class I have ever taken! Fun and learned things I never knew- sign language!
  • Fun and helpful to me.
  • Cool and funny, I love her!
  • Dawn did a terrific job all day! Her morning session was an amazing, motivational presentation. Many games, songs, & learning activities in the afternoon. Can’t wait to share new ideas with the kids!
  • GREAT ideas!
  • Tons of ideas, loved this session.
  • Awesome.
  • Too many new ideas for activities to pick just one! I will be using lots! Great training.
  • Dawn was amazing, inspirational, engaging!! She would make a rock star keynote speaker.
  • Very enthusiastic.
  • Great presenter.
  • Anything Dawn teaches is excellent- always a great choice.
  • She did very well.
  • Dawn has so much excitements and passion- she makes all classes interesting!! She is great!
  • WOW! Great job to this lady!
  • Very high energy and lots of good examples.
  • On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest, those who completed the form rated your workshop at 4.9!!  Needless to say, they loved you! There were many positive results including: Marvelous; tons of fun; love her; amazing; full of energy; give her a 10.
  • 5 out of 5. Presenter is great! So engaging!
  • Great class – loved it!
  • Wow! Busy Learning! Great! Personable fun gal!
  • Great lively fun presentation!
  • Fun and exciting. Kept it interesting.
  • By far the best training I have been to in a long time.
  • Very fun class.
  • Very great workshop!
  • Fun!
  • Lots of fun
  • Excellent – would recommend having her again.
  • Fantastic! Very informative – learned a lot!
  • Learned a lot! Was a great workshop.
  • So good!! Awesome!
  • Was a great presenter. Glad I took this session.
  • Very, very fun – she’s really good.
  • She was a great speaker. I really will add what I have learned into my tools of teaching.
  • Very good 🙂
  • Interactive, well informed, energetic presenter.
  • Comprehensive, knowledgeable and flexible.
  • Great class- I hope to see more of her!
  • I was moved to this class because Super Hero class was cancelled. When I found out it was sign language, I cringed and set myself up for a two hour session of boredom. Boy was I wrong! Dawn was a ton of fun and I seriously LEARNED sign language (especially songs) that I am already using my day care. Great speaker . . . fantastic class!
  • Wish you had an excellent column for Dawn. She engaged the group from the minute she started talking. She made sign language do-able and made it feel like it was worth the effort to add it to our programs. Fabulous! I would give her 5 stars.
  • You did an outstanding job! People got very active after their “lessons” –talking about how they use signing and also talking about all the new ways they plan to do so based on your session and encouragement. The number of people who came to the live session kept climbing to 242 and almost everyone stayed to the very end (about 237 I think) and that speaks volumes! Again from those of us here at Hatch we thank you so much for closing out our Spring series in such an interesting and strong way.
  • The webinar was wonderful! I really enjoyed your presentation, as did the participants, as you can see from the comments. Anyway, you can see the webinar was well received, and much appreciated from the comments and survey data. I personally appreciate your gracious willingness to participate and your gracious response to what might have been considered an intrusive interruption. Thank you again for presenting. I hope you will come back in 2014.
  • Needless to say, your talent is needed again in 2014 to ensure our conference’s success!  Moreover, any sessions that you would be willing to share with our attendees would be welcome. Dawn, just an add on, I think you had the highest rating again of any presenter 4.9 on a 5.0 scale:  AWESOME; I am so impressed! Let me know what you would like to do next year.