Caring for our Children, Caring for Ourselves

This special three-day conference will bring together teachers and administrators working with three-year-olds to first graders across the greater Houston area and Texas Gulf Coast whose classrooms, schools, homes or personal lives were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

As early childhood educators, we know that children look to us as helpers and desperately need opportunities to engage in meaningful conversations about Hurricane Harvey and other traumatic events. In order to do this, we must first attend to our own well-being. This special three-day conference for teachers and administrators of three-year-olds to first graders will support the emotional needs of early childhood professionals while also providing specific ideas for supporting the young children in our care.

As early childhood educators, we must ask ourselves, “How might we create safe spaces in our classrooms for children to share their stories, thoughts, and fears?” Research tells us that young children learn and heal through play. Play offers children open-ended opportunities to engage in extended conversation and express their emotions in a safe environment. It also provides opportunities for teachers to promote early literacy development in educationally sound ways.  

Join a community of teachers committed to thinking deeply about ways in which we might best support the emotional needs of both adults and children who have experienced trauma. Participants will take home books and materials to replenish their classrooms as well as hundreds of classroom ideas. 

Details

Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
SLCSCS18 Save the Children and Rice School Literacy and Culture Staff On-campus July 23, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; July 24-25, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, July 23, 2018

SECTION: SLCSCS18
INSTRUCTOR: Save the Children and Rice School Literacy and Culture Staff
FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: July 23, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; July 24-25, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
START DATE: July 23, 2018

Instructor: Save the Children and Rice School Literacy and Culture Staff

This special program has been made possible through a partnership between Save the Children and Rice University.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: July 23, 2018

End Date: July 25, 2018

Schedule: July 23, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; July 24-25, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Length: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Fee: Full scholarships provided by Save the Children/Rice University

Location: Fondren Library at Rice University

PD Hours: 25

Note: This program is currently full and no longer accepting registrations. Similar content will be covered at our Fall Early Literacy Summit on Sept. 29, 2018. Please select FALL EARLY LITERACY SUMMIT for details.

This special program has been made possible through a partnership between Save the Children and Rice University.

Participants will take part in a special Journey of Hope: Care for Caregivers workshop to process their experiences and promote their own well-being. They will also learn specific ways to support children’s healing and sharing of stories through classroom-based play.

Interactive workshops will empower teachers to:

  • Process their own experiences and emotional needs so they can be more fully present and attentive to the needs of children
  • Learn to use classic children’s materials such as books, blocks and baby dolls to create safe spaces for children to share their thoughts and emotions
  • Become part of a community of learners and caregivers

 

Participating teachers will receive:

  • Classroom materials and professional development valued at more than $1,000 at no cost to the individual or school
  • Documentation of up to 24 clock hours of professional development from Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture program