Keynote: Pathways LA
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
"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
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. 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.
“My Shadow Moves With Me:
Encourage young children to explore science early: observe, predict, and seek evidence by experimenting. Pique their curiosity by providing opportunities for them to investigate their natural world. Preschoolers learn best by playing and doing. Help children learn by building on existing foundations and connecting STEM concepts in a variety of core subject areas, or across domains using the physical science of light as an example. Come 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.
FSA Conference, Riverside, CA
Workshop and General Session
Feb. 22, 2020
ESTEM Conference, Pasadena CA
Childrens Center At Caltech
February 28, 2020
Book Tour, New York, NY
March 10 - Mar. 16, 2020
BCDI, Atlanta, GA
General Session, Brain Breaks, and Workshops
March 20 - 21, 2020
** Rescheduled to present at NBCDI, Washington, D.C.,
Oct. 31 - Nov 2nd, 2020
National CACFP, Atlanta, GA
Apr 14 - 15, 2020
** Cancelled! Next year, Las Vegas, NV
HIPPY, Mobile, AL
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters
Apr 27-29, 2020
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
Region 9 Head Start STEM Conference, Sacramento, CA
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"
ICES., Mariposa & Yosemite
Infant/Child Enrichment Services
4-hr Educator's Workshop
May 30, 2020
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Child Development Research Center
June 6, 2020
2020... Monthly IMLS Grant STEM workshops at
Children's Museum of La Habra with Cal Tech
** Museum is closed through April 2020
Book your Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Training Now!
Angela is back in school. Book now, her schedule will be limited.
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 children in a variety of settings, including libraries, schools, bookstores, community centers, and performing arts centers.
... 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"
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.
"50 Dollar Store Math and Science Ideas"
Parent and Caregiver Workshop
A creative way to encourage parents, home providers, and preschool staff to engage with young children in and around the kitchen and garden using affordable tools and easy STEM concepts. Both are places that 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 that promote motor and cognitive development. Encourage building, predicting, experimenting, tinkering, observing, exploring, problem-solving, and creating! No excuses.
"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
"Let's Do This!"
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.
SING! PLAY! MOVE! LEARN! TEACH!