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2021 Northeastern Minnesota Early Childhood Summit

Part I of a two-part Summit Series • Thursday, April 22 • 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. • Live via Zoom
Beyond Behavior: Be Curious, Not Furious
The struggle in helping children manage their behavior better is to understand why they are doing what they are doing. It’s easy to become angry when children begin to exhibit acting out behavior. We jump to conclusions and assume they are angry, defiant or violent. But in many cases disruptive, even explosive behavior stems from a lack of skills. While these challenging children let us know they’re struggling through some fairly common defensive and offensive behavior, they are unique when it comes to the combination of underdeveloped skills that can result in these behaviors. This session will help you to become “curious instead of furious,” about the issues underlying their behavior.

Rick Griffin wowed attendees at the Nurturing the Northland Conference in Duluth held in Spring 2019, and we are thrilled to bring him back to engage, inform, challenge, and encourage 2021 Summit participants!

Meet our Keynote Speaker, Rick Griffin
Rick Griffin, M.Ed., is Director of Training and Curriculum Development for the Community Resilience Initiative, the nation’s first community resilience network. Rick has a Master of Education degree and uses his education to develop cuttingedge content and deliver engaging presentations. As the former Executive Director of a trauma-informed therapeutic residential program for struggling teens, he has firsthand experience with developing and implementing strategies and structures that foster resilience. His experience allows him to consult seamlessly with schools, businesses, and community organizations. He continues to be on the leading edge of training design for trauma and resilience-based programs.

Please Register in Advance
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details and Zoom link. The Summit is designed primarily for PreK-Grade 3 educators, early care and education specialists, child care providers, administrators, superintendents, school board members, social workers, mental health providers, and other professionals who work with young children and their families.

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