17th Annual Early Childhood Educator Conference:  Friday, March 15, 2019 9-3 PM
Sold Out!!
Back by Popular Demand!!   Kim John Payne, M.Ed.

Being At Your Best When The Kids Are At Their Worst:
The Simple Classroom Approach to Emotional Self Regulation

I don't really have a problem staying professional and keeping it together on the outside, but inside I can sometimes be so frustrated. I think the kids know that something does not match up and they push me even more. This workshop helped me bring the two together. It feels a whole lot better.”  Kris Shriver, Educator

6 Professional Development Hours awarded in a Certificate of Attendance. This conference includes material applicable to the needs of diverse learners and children with special needs.  EEC Core Competency Areas 1, 2, 8.
Location:  Middlesex School, 1400 Lowell Road, Concord 

Registration information below.


In the morning lecture we will look at how to stay engaged on the often frustrating and unpredictable “classroom dance floor” while at the same time watching from the calm and loving “teachers balcony.”
Specifically we will explore (from 9 AM to Noon, when we break for catered lunch) What prevents us from being at our best?

  • If it’s hysterical, it’s historical. Finding our own voice.
  • Rediscovering the gift of a normal day.
  • Feeling seen and valued by the class.

The presentation culminates in learning a simple and moving visualization that puts your hands back on your educators “emotional driving wheel”, opening up a whole new range of responses that connect you to the kids.

In afternoon workshop (from 1 to 3 PM) take A DEEPER DIVE INTO EMOTIONAL SELF-REGULATION:

Making A Small Do-Able and Powerful Plan That Works.  We explore:

  • How to shift taking it personally.
  • No more nagging and repeating yourself. 
  • Feeling the freedom to be direct and intense rather than frustrated and angry.
  • Breaking out of old unwanted emotionally triggered pattern.
  • Attuning to the early warning signs of escalation.
  • Use what was great about our own childhood school experiences, toss out the rest.
  • Sort out what is the “Magnetic North” of mass popular culture vs the “True North” of your classroom values.

At the heart of this workshop is learning Compassionate Response.  This is a tried and proven practice that directly works to break us out of unwanted patterns of escalating “action – reaction” patterns with your children, tweens and teens, and frees us to find our own voice -- right in the moment when we need it most.

About our Presenter:  Kim was with us last year, addressing children’s anxiety and worry.  Participants requested we invite him back to speak on emotional self-regulation.  An Australian, Kim was originally trained as an Early Childhood Educator.  He has, for 25 years, worked throughout the world as a counselor, consultant/researcher and educator. The author of many books, including the #1 best-selling parenting book Simplicity Parenting, he has been helping families and educators explore issues such as social difficulties with classmates, attention and behavioral issues at home and school, and emotional issues like defiance, aggression and low self-esteem. Soon to be published: The Simplified Classroom.

Registration Information     Registration Closed - Contact CPT if you want to be put on wait list

Registration Fee of $90.00 includes lunch buffet. Conference registration deadline is Wednesday March 6, 2019.  
 (We need to have final numbers for caterer by this date.)

Two Ways to Register: (1) Complete the mail in form and mail with check in full amount made out to: “Center for Parents and Teachers” or (2) Pay online at eventbrite (with an additional eventbrite fee, the total online charge equals $92.59)    


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