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Keynote: Pathways LA 

Keynotes ~ Workshops ~ Training

Educators  ~  Parents  ~  Caregivers  ~  EC Students


Angela presents her keynotes and workshops using a lecture format and PowerPoint display infused with music and movement activities. Her “ah-ha” moments spark creativity and engage participants from both an early childhood-oriented and an adult learner's perspective. The lengths of her presentations vary, as do the activities, depending upon the audience. She speaks to audiences young and old on the subjects of early childhood development, early math, simple science, creativity, and literacy.


The length of training is negotiable. All attendees are encouraged to participate and collaborate in a break-out or two, creating their own memorable experience and sharing ideas as a practical model. Because of the nature of her activities and the high level of audience participation, her training is not recommended while dining.

All music and book titles are available for convention goodie bags at a discounted bulk rate, the purchase of which can supplement her speaking fee.


Her musical activities are free to use in any training or workshop. Simple notify her by email prior to use and be sure to reference her website as the source on the hand-out.


In-Service Workshop: Sponsored by CM School Supply

Next UP!
  • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
    Child Development Research Center
    August 2021   In-person ** Completed

  • Spring 2022... Monthly IMLS Grant STEM workshops at
    Children's Museum of La Habra in conjunction with Cal Tech

    In-person  ** January -May 2022   Completed

  • CalTech ESTEM Conference, CA
    Children's Center At Cal Tech

    Workshop: "Open-Ended Questions

       ** Virtual Feb 19,2022 10:30 a.m.  Completed



  • BCDI, Atlanta, GA, Early Childhood Summit

       General Session:
       "Equipping and Supporting in a Multicultural World"

       Loudermilk Conference Center

        In-person ** Feb. 23, 2022  Completed


    Pasadena Convention Center

       Workshop: "My Shadow Moves with Me"
       In-person  1.5 hours **

  • Stanislaus County OED
    Child Care Resource and Referral Program

       General Session:  2-hours
       In-person **  May 14, 2022 from 8:10 to 10:10 

  • Imperial County OED
    Early Care & Education Programs

       Dual Workshops 1.5 hours each

       "The Art of Asking Open-ended Questions"
       In -person ** May 21, 2022, at 8:30 am and 1:15 pm

         * Completed

  • Imperial County OED
    Early Care & Education Programs
    General Session: 3-hours

       My Shadow Moves with Me: Simplifying Science"

       Rescheduled for Sept. 2022 

  • California - CACFP


       Oct. 17-19, 2022

        Sacramento, CA


  • National CACFP


       Apr 11-13, 2023

       San Diego, CA


------------------------- COVID - CANCELLED - BELOW


  • FSA Conference, Riverside, CA

       Workshop and General Session: "Open-Ended Questions"

       Feb. 22, 2020


  • HIPPY, Mobile, AL

       Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters

       (2)  Workshops

       Apr 27-29, 2020


       ** Cancelled - COVID!

  • Lassen County Office of Ed., Susanville, CA

       Student and Educator's Workshop

       Apr. 21 to 25, 2020

      April 24th and 25th are pending for Educators

       ** Cancelled - COVID!

  • Region 9 Head Start STEM Conference, Sacramento, CA

       (2) Workshops

       May 4-7, 2020

       May 5th at 1:30 to 2:30 pm  "My Shadow Moves With Me"
       May 5th at 3:00 to 4:00 pm "Dollar Store STEM"


       ** Cancelled - COVID!

  • ICES., Mariposa & Yosemite

       Infant/Child Enrichment Services

       4-hr Educator's Workshop

       May 30, 2020


      **  Rescheduling!

Book your Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

Training Now! 

"Angela Russ provides in-service training to educators, parents, and child care providers at our four store locations.  Here workshops are engaging, inspiring, and educational. She always has a standing ovation and leaves the attendees begging for more. Angela's quick and informative tips and tools can easily be implemented in any classroom. Her techniques on how to use music and movement to reach and teach are a huge hit with every attendee, and her workshops sell out every time we invite her."

                                                                                                                              -  Jeff Rajcic, Owner, CM School Supply

Store Locations:
Long Beach, Riverside, Upland, and Anaheim


"Body Shakes and Brain Waves:

Moving and Learning Through Early Childhood"
Keynote / Workshop


Understand how young children benefit from experiences that lead to the development of neural connections. Learn how to enhance their learning process and reinforce concepts within the Early Learning Framework. How do you get their attention and keep it? What are the benefits of using music and movement activities? Discover ways to enhance comprehension, boost retention, create effective interactions, and stimulate learning in a child's world.


Integrate activities that lay a strong foundation for language, early literacy, mathematical, and social development skills.

Models are presented from an adult-learner's perspective and workshop attendees demonstrate their understanding by participating in break-outs that inspire originality and the design of age-appropriate activities. Angela helps you put theory into practice and reminds you what it’s like to be a kid again.


In-Service Workshop: Sponsored by CM School Supply

"Math, Motion, and Connecting the Thoughts"

"It's Never Math Time. It's Always Math Time."
Keynote / Workshop

Educators - Child Care Providers - Parents


It's NEVER math time! It's ALWAYS math time! Early math is the easiest math to teach! Can you show me how to put away the forks and spoons? Match your shoes? Build on what children already know by expanding upon their natural curiosity, desire to help, and their innate capacity for active, multi-sensory learning. Show them how to connect the thoughts, as well as, the dots. Help them recognize and visualize math concepts through experiences in their everyday environment.  Integrate motor skills, affordable activities, and instructional support using "The CLASS" principles to create optimum learning conditions as children blend content strands, connect ideas, solve problems, and make sense of their world.

Whether it’s circle, story, meal, or free-play time, it's ALWAYS math time! The most powerful mathematics for young children is brought forth by the teacher from their own self-directed, intrinsically motivated activities.


Angela doesn't just explain the whys and the wherefores, she

encourages attendees to practice out-of-the-box thinking and put math into perspective.

"Angela Russ-Ayon was the highlight of our San Juan Unified School District Early Childhood Professional Development this year. Her dynamic energy and enthusiasm are contagious. In attendance was our entire crew of home-based teachers, infant-toddler teachers, and Head Start preschool educators. The teachers were up moving and grooving right along with Angela, a great sight to see. She presented "Body Shakes and Brain Waves," and we were very impressed with how she tied in the educational components, child development, and smoothly transitioned into uplifting musical activities. Her break-out sessions also encouraged the attendees to get creative and active, and practice age-appropriate "CLASS" principles. Angela is not only an exciting motivational speaker. She brings in a positive, energetic musical experience. Most definitely, a two thumbs up training for our staff. The evaluations they sent back were terrific too. One infant toddler teacher commented on how she is going to bring her CD on her home visits and share it with the families. We are desirous of having her back in August to present to our kindergarten and first-grade teams."

                                                                                                                        Jennifer Berdrow, TOSA, for San Juan USD

"Jump, Quack, Listen, Scribble, Track:
Early Language and Literacy"

Keynote / Workshop


Early literacy encompasses much more than learning the alphabet, making letter sounds, and zipping through a book. It begins the moment a child is born, making caregivers the gateway to children's school readiness and future academic success. Learn ways to help promote young children's interest in language and literacy using their own curiosity, activities, and memorable experiences. Discover the many ways to read a book. Explore and build upon their observation of print in their natural world. Strengthen the role you play in fostering learning and improving important literacy skills.

Angela doesn't just explain the whys and the wherefores, she encourages attendees to practice out-of-the-box thinking with novel activities and active participation.

Just for Children

Her interactive performances and author readings are best presented to children age 3-8, but her author visits are geared for children early primary through high school. She modifies her approach to make her presentations age-appropriate, and captivate her audience.

"Sing! Sang! Sung!"
Early Childhood ~ Interactive Performance


Accompanied by music soundtracks and using age-appropriate props, Angela steps children through a collection of songs that nurture their silly side, promote creative play, capture their attention, and get them moving.  An engaging performance for small and large groups of supervised children in a variety of settings, including libraries, schools, bookstores, community centers, and performing arts centers.


Optional add-ons... 

... a reading of one of her award-winning picture books.

... parachute play for smaller groups of 20 or less.

"Read and Write Right!"
Grades 3 thru High School ~ Author Visits


Angela shares the developmental process of one of her picture books, as she walks children through the do's and don'ts of creating one. Using imagery that generates verbal responses, she informs them about the intricacies of the publishing world such as thumbnails, illustration, text placement, and getting paid, then finales with the reading of her book (time permitting). Important points and lengths are modified for age-appropriateness. Available for attendees at a bulk discount is her informative resource guide, How to Self-Publish a Children's Picture Book using Amazon KDP. PowerPoint presentation. Screen and projector are required.


"The Nutrition Mission"

Author Visit
Schools ~ Libraries ~ Special Events
Preschool - 3rd Grade Presentation


Angela features one of her picture books and walks young children through the importance of eating right and making healthy choices using verbal responses, fun imagery they can relate to, and songs such as "Does a Pumpkin Pump," I'm Growing," and "Shake, Mix, Pound, Roll."  Includes: eating a rainbow of colors, drinking more water, eating too much sugar, portion control, and helping parents out in the kitchen... time permitting. Presentations are modified for age-appropriateness.

SCHOOLS & OTHER VENUES - PowerPoint presentation, verbally interactive, with an infusion of activity. Screen and projector are required.


LIBRARIES -  Angela forgoes the projector in lieu of colored cards. Verbally interactive, with an infusion of activity. For smaller audiences.

Especially for Caregivers

"Dollar Store STEM: Creative and Affordable

 Ways to Support Early Learning"
Parent and Caregiver Workshop


A creative way to encourage parents, home providers, and preschool staff to engage with young children in and around school and home using affordable tools and easy STEM concepts. Inspire simple lessons and extensions involving science, technology, engineering, and math in a young child’s real world. Learn how to make STEM learning exciting, educational, and inexpensive in the early years by making the Dollar Store your go-to resource. Spend $5 or $50. Includes great ideas to share during outreach and "homework" that promote motor and cognitive development. Encourage building, predicting, experimenting, tinkering, observing, exploring, problem-solving, and creating! No excuses.

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“My Shadow Moves With Me:

Simplifying Science!”



Encourage young children to explore science early: observe, predict, and seek evidence by experimenting. Pique their curiosity by providing them opportunities to investigate their natural world. Preschoolers learn best by playing and doing. Help them learn by building on existing foundations and connecting STEM concepts in a variety of core subject areas across domains using the physical science of light as an example. Create curriculum webs that help you plan activities. Discover how to design and display simple preschool science activities/stations that emphasize hands-on experiences and require minimal explanation from you.


Angela doesn't just explain the whys and the wherefores, she encourages attendees to practice out-of-the-box thinking and introduce science all day long. ** Additional science concepts are covered depending upon time permitting.


"How to Ask Open-Ended Questions

to Support Thinking, Learning, and Developing"


Ask open-ended questions to encourage children’s curiosity, creativity, and reasoning skills. Not just any questions will do. Equip children to solve problems and understand the world around them by asking questions that promote brain processing. Help them relate new information to past or present experiences while developing speech and language skills, building confidence in their abilities, learning to express their thoughts and ideas, and expanding upon what they already know. Learn how intentional instructional support using open-ended questions accommodates development across domains, especially during observations for assessment. Walk away with solid questions that encourage children to pause, think, experiment, and reflect. We'll put theory into practice using preschool and kindergarten scenarios.



  • Understand how open-ended questions foster children’s high-level thinking skills

  • Recognize the structure of close-ended vs. open-ended questions

  • Learn how intentional instructional support accommodates development across domains

  • Understand the difference between encouragement and praise

  • Practice developing open-ended questions in various scenarios

"Just Don’t Bore Them:

Explore your Creative Side"
Keynote / Workshop


Explore your creative side. Young children are not sedentary learners. As a child associates learning with fun and musical play, abstract concepts become concrete. Learn how to introduce educational concepts, improve cognitive skills, and capture attention.  Through play, children improve tracking, eye-hand coordination, language skills, listening skills, and much more. ​

Work with affordable props such as laces and scarves (time permitting). Learn how to engage children with music and motor skills by physically interpreting concepts, expanding on existing activities, breaking out-of-the-box, and freeing your imagination.

Angela Russ presented at our 2019 spring workshop.  Center staff and family child care providers enjoyed Angela's positive energy with an energetic and informative guide to teach children simple math skills through song and play.  Participants were sad to see the day end and are already asking for a repeat training!  Child care staff left the training better prepared and rejuvenated to share what they learned.  An amazing day with a skilled presenter. 


Debbie Guy, Plumas Rural Services

Coordinator Child Care Resource & Referral Program, Quincy, CA  4-2019

Angela Russ-Ayon - Parent Training -Fami

"Let's Do This!"

Family Engagement


Parents actively engage with their young children (Pre-K, preschool/kindergarten) and participate in simple, fun activities that build cognitive skills: clapping games, manipulating scarves and laces, and parachute play. Parents are introduced to activities that can be practiced at home. They are encouraged to not only participate but to create, design, discuss, move, think, reflect, and share their ideas. 

References Furnished Upon Request