Join internationally known early childhood educator, Ellen Booth Church, at our NJ District Spring Education Conference on April 13, 2018.
She will be a lively Keynote Speaker and Breakout Session leader, speaking on "Mind and Hearts Together: Inseparable Tools for Learning", "Don't Forget Your Funny Bone" and "Terrific Transitions: Using Transitions to Teach and Manage Behavior". She is dedicated to creating connection between social emotional learning and academic skills. There are so many ways we can encourage children to use their minds and hearts together daily. Come explore great ideas you can take right back to your classroom.
Ellen was born in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY to a family of musicians and educators. She spent a good amount of her childhood making music and dancing in the woods. Her family's creative playful approach to living inspired her to study early childhood education and to later become a Preschool and Kindergarten teacher at the Campus School of the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Her unusual approach of combining cognitive learning experiences with creative play caught the attention of several publishers and she became an educational consultant and author for Scholastic Publishing.At the same time, Ellen began teaching Early Childhood courses at the college and later became an Assoc. Professor of Early Childhood at SUNY Farmingdale, NY.
Ellen had the pleasure of working with Helen Benham and Jackie Carter in developing Early Childhood Today (formerly Pre-K Today) magazine for Scholastic. She wrote the Circle Time and Ages and Stages (5 year olds) columns for the magazine. If you go to scholastic.com and type in her name in the search bar...all of her years of articles are there for you to use.
Ellen is currently writing and consulting for a variety of publishers and schools around the world. She is the Barnes & Noble Kids' Expert Circle and Environments, Inc.
Ellen has fallen in love with India and has been spending the last two years assisting with creating preschool programs for Kinderpillar. She goes every year to work with the teachers and families.
Ellen has a new book coming out in May 2014 for Gryphon House publishing. Getting to the Heart of Learning explores the concept that ALL learning is Social Emotional Learning. But how do we do that? The book if filled with activities and ideas you can use tomorrow in your classroom.
Also at the Spring Education Conference:
Rick Porter (Lutheran Church Extension Fund) will present how to use the new "Mission-in-site "tool through LCEF to better help gather information to help our church and schools in their changing environments and demographics. How we can target our communities and their needs.
Stay tuned for more information and registration, beginning late January 2018!
"500 Years After The Reformation - Now What? Church and Ministry in the 21st Century"
Sponsored by the Atlantic District, New England District, and New Jersey District.
LOCATION: Ocean's Edge Resort (Cape Cod, MA)
DATES: Monday, October 16 at 11:30amto Wednesday, October 18 at 11am
Download a registration form here.
From Rev. Rick Serina (Christ the King, Ringwood),
Conference Planning Committee
Fellow NJ Clergy,
Let me take a second to remind you about the Tri-District Convocation and Pastors' Conference we are holding with the Atlantic and New England Districts, at Cape Cod in October (Monday, Oct. 16 - Wednesday, Oct. 18). I have spent more time than I should have working on this, but it is going to be a blast.
In light of some of the conversations our District President has initiated regarding church and ministry, we are tackling the topic: "500 Years after the Reformation-Now What? Church and Ministry in the 21st Century." Our speakers are John Nunes, President of Concordia College-New York; Larry Rast, President of CTSFW; and John Pless, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at CTSFW. All are good friends and collaborators of mine and they will address the challenges we face from a variety of different perspective. In what ways has the American context shaped how we do ministry and what we people expect of us? How have that context and those expectations changed over time? How do Lutherans globally approach church and ministry in different ways and ask different questions? How have cultural changes in recent years affected that ministry and how best might we respond to them-reactively, proactively, pragmatically? This is just a smattering of ideas the presenters have run by me.
Registration has already opened and will close Monday, September 11. Download a registration form here. The cost for the conference (which includes lodging on the Cape, all meals from dinner on Monday through breakfast on Wednesday, plus receptions and breaks) is $458 for a single room, $325 for a double, or $650 for pastor and spouse. I know the amount is a little daunting for most continuing education budgets, so the district has set aside additional funds to help those whose funding is limited ($150 for individual pastors, $250 for pastor/spouse). Please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tony if you are interested in the district subventions.
But do not let money be an obstacle this time around: this is a terrific opportunity to convene with 150-200 other pastors from across the greater Northeast who deal with many of the same challenges as you do, and to do so in a beautiful, historic location.
Christ the King-Ringwood
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