Primary Presenter Brief Bio

Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., is an author, public speaker and provider of professional learning experiences primarily in the field of early care and education. Nefertiti began her career doing what she loves, developing the minds of young children as a pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teacher in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Currently, Nefertiti is an Early Childhood Specialist and National Trainer with the Devereux Center for Resilient Children. In her role, Nefertiti conducts local and national presentations. She develops training curriculum, mentors trainers, and provides onsite and distance coaching. If you were to ever ask Nefertiti about her work she would reply, “I do what I love every day — this is such an amazing experience.”

Nefertiti earned her undergraduate degree from Virginia State University, her master’s degree from Chestnut Hill College, and her doctoral of education degree from Walden University. She is the co-author of two resources, Building Your Bounce: Simple Strategies for a Resilient You, and Socially, Strong, Emotionally Secure: 50 Activities to Promote Resilience in Young Children – Winner Of The 2012 Learning® Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award. Her research interest and the passion that guides her work revolve around better understanding how resilience contributes to effective
education for children, staff and communities. When she is not working, Nefertiti enjoys quiet moments alone reading or crafting, and spending time with family.

Type of Presentation

Regular Session

Topic Category

Strand 8: Family Child Care Track

Targeted Age Group

Adult Learners

Targeted Audience

Family Child Care

Brief Session Description

As we think about the most effective strategies to promote the overall well-being and happiness of children, we don’t always appreciate the need to focus on our own well-being, the health of our colleagues and organizations, and even the strengths of our communities. There is, however, plenty of research that directs us to do just that - to focus on the child within the context of the child’s family, school and community. This presentation will introduce the concept of the resilience cascade: how strong communities that collaborate can influence the health of organizations and staff, and how healthy adults can support the resilience of children. By gaining a stronger understanding of these important connections, participants will gain an appreciation for looking outside the box for strategies to support children. Participants will feel validated that taking care of themselves is not “selfish” or “self-serving,” but directly connected to the well-being of those in their care. Participants will also feel empowered to take a holistic, “big picture” view of resilience, leaving them with a new perspective on how to best support children and families.

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Start Date

23-1-2021 8:45 AM

End Date

23-1-2021 9:45 AM

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Jan 23rd, 8:45 AM Jan 23rd, 9:45 AM

The Resilience Cascade: Supporting Children, Families, Organizations and Communities

As we think about the most effective strategies to promote the overall well-being and happiness of children, we don’t always appreciate the need to focus on our own well-being, the health of our colleagues and organizations, and even the strengths of our communities. There is, however, plenty of research that directs us to do just that - to focus on the child within the context of the child’s family, school and community. This presentation will introduce the concept of the resilience cascade: how strong communities that collaborate can influence the health of organizations and staff, and how healthy adults can support the resilience of children. By gaining a stronger understanding of these important connections, participants will gain an appreciation for looking outside the box for strategies to support children. Participants will feel validated that taking care of themselves is not “selfish” or “self-serving,” but directly connected to the well-being of those in their care. Participants will also feel empowered to take a holistic, “big picture” view of resilience, leaving them with a new perspective on how to best support children and families.