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Friday, February 28, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST
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Missouri Western State University 
4525 Downs Drive
Blum Union, Second Floor
Saint Joseph, MO 64507

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Bobbie Cronk 
United Way 

15th Annual Directors' Symposium: Brains Under Construction

February 28, 2020
9 am to 4 pm (registration at 8:30)
Missouri Western State University
Blum Union, Second Floor

Brad Mears, Professor at University of Central Missouri, will present the opening keynote: Understanding Brain Based Differences. This session will begin with a basic introduction to the developing human brain, and will shed some light on why the needs of children are so diverse. We will specifically discuss how brainbased differences impact behavior, learning and even play.

Breakout sessions will include:

Intruder Training/Safety
Presented by Sheldon Lyon, Executive Director, St. Joseph Safety and Health Council

Human Resources Law
Presented by Josh Emberton, Attorney, Polsinelli

Reaching Children Experiencing Trauma
Presented by Jean West, Social Work and TLC Certified Trauma Consultant and Trainer, St. Joseph School District

Coaching Your Staff
Presented by Ashley Phillips, Early Childhood Programs Director, Community Action Partnership

And more!

We will regroup and finish our day with the closing keynote, presented by Will Stuck.

Who should attend?
Anyone who has or aspires to a leadership role in a childcare facility in Missouri or Kansas would benefit from attending the Directors’ Symposium. Directors, assistant directors, lead teachers, trainers, coaches, and owners are the primary audience. 

What is included?
Lunch is included in your registration fee. In addition, all attendees will receive a small gift item, and there will be a drawing for door prizes.