The following keynote addresses are available for your conference or gathering. Each keynote can be tailored in time or content to meet the needs of your audience. Many other early childhood-related topics (please see “Workshops”) are available as keynotes upon request.
DON’T MISS THIS ONE!: A Rolicking Evening Event for Early Childhood Conferences:
Grown Ups Night Out (90 min.)
After a long day of workshop sessions, join in a fun-filled evening of lighthearted singing, interactive games and, in a first for our field, Richard pokes good-natured fun at crying babies, snot-nosed kids, persnickety parents and hand-print holiday turkeys with his special brand of stand-up comedy (PG-rated, if appropriate) created especially for stressed-out, paint-covered, marker-stained early childhood professionals! Let’s ‘fess up about all the things we moan about to each other after the parents and children have gone home! Click here for a humorous sample!
Keynotes For All Audiences:
The Spirit Of Play (45 – 90 min.)
This fun, engaging keynote address explores why children need to play, how they are learning through play, the changing face of play in contemporary society and the role of the adult who facilitates children’s play. The keynote looks at children’s play from neurological, developmental, anthropological and cultural perspectives. As you may have already guessed, this interactive keynote includes audience games, songs and a healthy balance of intellectual and laughing matters.
Keynotes For Professionals:
Zen and the Art of Early Childhood Education (60 – 90 min.)
Many of us think of “early childhood” as more than a stage of development or a career choice. Join Richard as he shares his story and elicits the stories of his audience members. Laugh, cry and cheer as we reflect together on why we choose play, why we choose anti-bias work and why we choose to give young children meaningful learning experiences. What does it mean to place ourselves in positions of service? How do we balance our humanity and our professionalism in an ever-changing world? How are we community builders? Get ready for a keynote that will provoke your thinking, engage your emotions and nourish your spirit!
Early Childhood Professionals: The Heroes of Our Time (45 – 90 min.)
This powerful, fun, thought-provoking keynote address includes music, opportunities for reflection, interactive discussions with the audience about the stresses and triumphs of the early childhood teacher/caregiver, singing, poetry and (believe it or not) dancing in the aisles! Audiences come away cheering, energized and filled with honor for the unique contribution they are to society.
Becoming Reflective, Intentional Practitioners (60 – 90 min.)
This keynote provides an opportunity for both teachers and directors to consider the values of reflection and intentionality in how they go about their work. We will explore the ideas of mindfulness and metacognition as we consider why we react and interact with children, families and colleagues the ways we do. We will explore what it means to make intentional, professional choices each day. Audience members will also be given opportunities to share their own strategies and learn from the wisdom of each other.
Inspiring The Creative In Children (45 – 90 min.)
This keynote takes the more traditional lecture approach and discusses aspects of artistic creativity and creative/critical thinking in young children and the adult professional’s role in nurturing these skills. I explore and explain broader definitions of “creativity”, discuss its natural role in child/human development and the personal and professional implications for early childhood professionals.
What’s Love Got To Do with It? (90 min.)
This keynote requests interactivity from participants as we explore Love, its various meanings and its place in early childhood curriculum and professionalism. I discuss love from a neurological perspective and relate it to early attachment theory. I then facilitate exercises in which participants reflect, interact and discuss ideas with each other around their affective and behavioral experiences of love. I close by providing a powerful guided imagery exercise in which participants explore how they balance who they are as loving persons and as professionals.
Room To Grow: Early Childhood Environments (90 min.)
This interactive keynote addresses the role of the room environment in shaping children’s behaviors and capacities to learn. Participants are given seven key considerations to keep in mind when designing or reviewing their own classroom spaces. The keynote closes with a special guided imagery exercise in which audiences members are invited to explore their own childhood environments and to see the possible connections to their adult personalities and behaviors.
Keynotes For Parents:
Parenting in the Twenty-First Century (45 – 60 min.)
This keynote, which focuses on inspirational insight and practical strategies, looks at five aspects of successful parenting: Loving, Learning, Guiding, Communicating and Playing. Explore the challenges and strategies of parenting today. Consider thought-provoking ideas on how to prepare children for a future world we cannot begin to imagine.