Conference Workshops

2014 Conference Workshop Descriptions

Conference Workshops have been approved for .5 CEUs per day of conference.

Workshop Locations

Daily Schedule
Session I: 9:00 am to 10:15 am
Session II: 10:30 am to 11:45 am
Lunch Noon - 1:00 pm (no  sessions during lunch)
Session III: 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm
Session IV: 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm

001  Start Small-But it's Never too Late! Addressing Racist Narratives in Young Children and Their Teachers
Virginia Lea, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Research tells us that many children in the United States learn to embody and begin to think, consciously and unconsciously, in terms of negative, hierarchical, race and class categorical narratives at a very young age. This workshop explores ways in which we can interrupt and transform these negative, ongoing patterns – a desirable goal if we want to create a more equitable and inclusive society. 
Friday I: Memorial Student Center, Badger Room
Saturday I: Memorial Student Center, Badger Room

002 Creative Activities to Inspire Every Child
Wendy Sessler, Teacher, Color "R" World, LLC
Shell Sturgis, Teacher, Color "R" World, LLC
Are your teaching methods meeting the needs of every student? We will compare two teaching methods and explore a variety of learning styles. Then get ready for some creative, motivating songs, games and activities that incorporate these concepts and are sure to inspire your students to learn their letters, colors, shapes and numbers.
Friday I: Memorial Student Center, Northwoods Room
Saturday I: Memorial Student Center, Great Hall A

003 My Favorite Themes
Maggie Olson Keenan, Head Teacher, Child and Family Study Center, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Christy
Janke, Head Teacher, Child and Family Study Center, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Bring your note pad and join Maggie Keenan and Christy Janke, two highly creative head teachers in the Child and Family Study Center. Jot down their favorite themes and ideas to make your classroom come alive!
Friday I: Hertiage Hall 103
Saturday IV: Heritage Hall 103

004 Promoting Focus, Self-Control and Perspective Taking in Children
Karen Zimmerman, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Child development researchers have found that the executive functions of the brain begin developing in young children and don't fully mature until early adulthood. These executive functions affect school and life success. Ways to promote focus, self-control and perspective-taking in children will be described.
Friday II: Memorial Student Center, Badger Room
Saturday II: Memorial Student Center, Badger Room

005 Read me a Story! The Best New Books for Young Children
Kate Kramschuster, Educational Materials Center Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Children's books can be used to support the curriculum, enhance language development and critical thinking skills, and pure enjoyment. This session will provide attendees with the opportunity to view and explore some of the best new children's literature, and provide tips for selecting and using developmentally appropriate books for infants through age 5.
Saturday II: Heritage Hall 208

006 Moving to Math
Julie Torkelson, Retired Early Childhood Teacher, Minneapolis Public Schools
Come and explore new ways to enhance math readiness skills. Learn new activities and songs that make learning fun.
Friday IV: Memorial Student Center, Oakwood Room
Saturday II: Memorial Student Center, Oakwood Room
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007 When They Feel Good...You Feel Great!
LuAnn Neuenschwander, 5 Year Old Kindergarten Teacher, Gillett Elementary
Amber
Osterman, 4K/Kindergarten Teacher, Osseo/Fairchild Elementary School District
As educators, we often don't realize how even the smallest caring gesture can have a huge impact on our students. Get terrific and motivating ideas in this session showing students that you care about them in an environment were learning can flourish!
Friday III: Heritage Hall 208
Handouts

008 BLOCKBUILDING Blast-Off: Using Block Building to Boost Learning in Math, Literacy, and Science
Judy Gifford, Director, Child and Family Study Center, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Maggie
Olson Keenan, Head Teachers, Child and Family Study Center, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Come and learn how to incorporate STEAM - science, technology, engineering, arts and math in your blockbuilding area. See what is happening in the Child and Family Study Center at UW-Stout.
Friday II: Heritage Hall 103
Saturday II: Heritage Hall 103

009 Enhancing Young Minds Through Signs: Songs and Stories
Dawn Braa, Child Development Instructor, Dakota County Technical College
Come and learn how to introduce children's favorite songs and stories using sign language. On Monday morning when you use this strategy, your group time will come alive!
Friday III: Jarvis Hall Science Wing 112
Handouts

010 Understanding Family Dynamics and the Impact of the New Baby
Karen Zimmerman, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Come and learn the effects of infants on relationships and how it changes them. Research studies show that after the first baby is born, two-thirds of couples experience a significant drop in relationship satisfaction. Navigating the transition to parenthood and strategies used to improve relationship quality of the couple and baby will be shared including warm fathering.
Friday III: Memorial Student Center, Badger Room
Saturday III: Memorial Student Center, Badger Room

011 Characteristics of a Successful Early Childhood Teacher
Maggie Machesky, Associate Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Come and participate in a vibrant interactive session by exploring the professionals skills and attributes that define a successful early childhood teacher in the 21st century.
Friday IV:Applied Arts 320
Saturday III: Memorial Student Center, Birchwood Room

012 Music and Dance at the 3 R Ranch
Colleen Hannafin, Performer, Colleen and Uncle Squaty
Brian
Schellinger, Performer, Colleen and Uncle Squaty
Come celebrate with a new collection of music that will explore the 3 R's of Reading: Rhythm, Rhyme and Repetition. Interactive workshop featuring songs with these patterns naturally built into them, examples include segmentation, consonant blends (alliteration) onomatopoeias and more. This will be presented through a singing, moving or dancing format, offering many different styles of music, to stimulate learning in all young minds and rich diversified interest.
Friday II: Price Commons, Glass Lounge
Handouts

013 Preschool/Pre-K Lab Tour
Angela Hellendrung, Head Teachers, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Maggie
Olson Keenan, Head Teachers, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Come meet the lab teachers and tour a developmentally appropriate setting for preschool and Pre-Kindergarten children. Cameras welcome!
Friday III: Child and Family Study Center
Saturday III, Child and Family Study Center

014 Going Nuts(less)! Peanut Allergies in School and Childcare Centers
Jo Hopp, Food Allergy Educator, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Did you know that food allergies affect 8% of young children with peanut and tree-nut allergies being the most common and that number is rising? This session will introduce you to this critical issue and why it is necessary for you to learn about these life-threatening allergies. Attendees will leave with access to a packet of information they can share with their colleagues.
Saturday I: Memorial Student Center,  Birch Room

015 Digital Photography in the Classroom
Allison Feller, Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Digital photography is a master key to enhancing classroom environments and learning. Come and learn how Allison Feller, a Child and Family Study teacher, uses digital photography for curriculum, bulletin boards, parent letters, anecdotal records, assessment, teacher-made materials and more.
Friday III: Heritage Hall 230
Saturday III: Memorial Student Center, Northwoods Room

016 Celebrate Good Times
Julie Torkelson, Retired Early Childhood Teacher, Minneapolis Public Schools
Do you want to create long lasting memories? Come and celebrate special days, literacy and math. Learn new activities and ideas that help create those lasting memories. Get ready to move and have some fun.
Friday III: Memorial Student Center, Oakwood Room
Saturday I: Memorial Student Center, Oakwood Room
Handouts

017
Make it Math
Julia Lorenz, Instructor and Department Chair, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Early learning standards encourage exploration in many areas of math. Come and see fun teacher-made materials that will help children explore math, through hands-on learning materials and exciting group activities. Handouts will be available online on the conference website.
Friday II: Memorial Student Center, Oakwood Room

018 Communicating with Parents: Keeping the Lines Open
Gregory Cleveland, Parent
Ever suspect a child has a disability? How do you share your thoughts with a parent so they don't overreact and take it the wrong way - or worse? In this workshop, the presenter, a parent of children with special needs, will share his experiences and those of other parents when you suspect a child may have a disability.
Friday IV: Heritage Hall 131
Saturday IV: Memorial Student Center, Cedarwood Room

019 Teaching with Your Strengths
Rachael Stuart, Child Care Teacher, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Everyone wins when teachers use their strengths - teachers themselves, children, parents and colleagues. You, too, can be a winner! Come and learn tips and strategies for increasing your effectiveness and self-satisfaction.
Friday I:Heritage Hall 153
Saturday III: Memorial Student Center, White Pine Room

020 A Mindful Approach to Self-care for the Classroom Teacher
Brian McAlister, Director, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Facilitating a healthy learning environment for students starts by taking care of yourself. This session will introduce the concept of mindfulness, review the research behind its effectiveness, and provide opportunities to engage in mindful practices based in yoga and meditation that can be used at home, at work, and in the classroom.
Friday IV: Heritage Hall 176

021 Ignite Your Themes! - CANCELLED
Lisa Krom, Preschool Educator, University of Minnesota-Duluth Children's Place


022
Healthy Eating: Creative and Nutritious Snacks and Classroom Activities
Allison Freeman, Nutritional Coordinator, Child and Family Study Center, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Food needs to be an important part of the early childhood classroom experience. Come and learn from the Child and Family Study Center nutritionist regarding how to incorporate nutritious snacks, interactive cooking activities and education into your classroom. Helpful resources will be provided for you to take back to your program.
Friday III: Jarvis Hall Science Wing 243
Saturday I: Heritage Hall 105

023 Using a Multisensory Approach to Gardening with Children -CANCELLED
Beth Britt, Early Childhood Teacher, Elk River Public Schools
Sally
Dannenberg, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, River Bend Education District


024
Music, Movement, Motivation and More
Debbie Clement, Arts Enrichment Specialist: Author/Illustrator, Rainbows Within Reach
Get your dancin' shoes on! Let's get up, get active and get movin'! It's time to stem the tide of childhood obesity. Get those knees up! Keep the oxygen flowing. Incorporate "crossing-the-midline" in your choreography. Build patterns and sequences that scaffold one upon another for the ultimate brain building bonanza. Get more "bang" for your brain-buck! Simple songs and dances that will motivate even the most reluctant to join the fun; puppets and props in a print rich environment; sign language. It's all here.
Friday I: Heritage Hall 148
Saturday II: Heritage Hall 131

025 Motor Skills Through Creating Books
Carol Carlin, Adjunct Professor, Viterbo University
Hands-on activities related to creating individual student books serve the dual purpose of developing fine motor skills while creating tools to foster development of early literacy skills. The primary focus of this workshop will be to create a variety of sample books from readily available materials, explore applications for early literacy reflecting the various WMELS, INTASC and NAEYC standards as they relate to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Observation and assessment of student learning, cultural diversity, and creative expression are central to this process. Ownership of books the children made "all by themselves" is a bonus.
Saturday I: Heritage Hall 103
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026 Choose to Reuse: Enhancing Your Environment with a Limited Budget
Jayne Montgomery, Assistant Teacher, Head Start
Ideas and projects to enrich your learning environment while using trash instead of cash.
Friday IV: Heritage Hall 182

027 And How Are the Children?
Linda DeMoe, Retired Early Childhood Instructor, Chippewa Valley Technical College
In a world where life is challenging and stressful, it is critical that we make sure our children are our number one priority. Based upon years of studies and recent brain development research, we know that increasing a child's self-worth is significant in the process of raising a child who will be a peaceful, productive, caring and compassionate adult. So, how are the children? This workshop will focus on what we can all do to create an emotional environment that is a safe place for a child to explore and expand their self-esteem. We will look at strategies and guidance techniques that will help to develop a strong self-worth in the children we care for.
Friday I: Memorial Student Center, Ballroom A
Saturday I: Memorial Student Center, Ballroom A

028 Integrating Arts: Experiencing and Expressing
Madeline Huston, Adjunct Professor, Viterbo University
Integrating arts throughout the early childhood experience honors the natural curiosity of youngsters while opening doors to creative approaches to mastering Common Core Standards. The totality of early childhood skill development, physical, intellectual and social, is successfully incorporated into a fun-filled approach to learning that recognizes cultural and individual diversity. Developmentally appropriate activities include movement, music, drawing, bookmaking and printing, all centers around children's literature, targeting appropriate Common Core Standards. Activities encourage parental involvement as youngsters respond to "what did you learn in school today" by showing their parents while reinforcing the lessons learned.
Friday I: Memorial Student Center, Great Hall

029 Lyrics to Literacy: Read a Song and Sing a Book
Debbie Clement, Arts Enrichment Specialist: Author/Illustrator, Rainbows Within Reach
Join a national award winning author/illustrator in an upbeat exploration of her work. The text of the books are based on brain research and multiple intelligence theory. Self-esteem, earth science and civics for children. Crossing the midline. Puppets, props and costumes. See children's art projects that extend the illustrative style in open-ended projects that instill a love of literacy-all on a budget with materials on hand. You're invited to be delighted!
Friday II: Heritage Hall 148

030 Infant Toddler Lab
Marcia Wolf, Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Allison
Feller, Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Rachael Stuart, Child Care Teacher, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Join us for a tour of the UW-Stout Infant and Toddler Lab. There will be a short information session and then the rooms will be open for exploring and picture taking. The head teachers will be available to answer any questions.
Friday II: Heritage Hall 165
Saturday Il
Heritage Hall 165

031 Visual Aids and Strategies for Early Childhood Settings
Mandy Bass, Early Childhood Special Education, South Washington County Schools
Learn about a variety of visual aids and strategies to use in early childhood settings. This information can be applied to any special or regular education setting, even at home! Bring your camera to capture ideas for your own settings, and bring a creative mind for some hands-on experience with making a quick and simple visual aid.
Saturday II: Memorial Student Center, Birchwood Room

032 Infant Massage
Christy Haller, Certified Infant Massage Instructor, Mayo Clinic
Learn basic infant massage techniques proven useful as calming communication between infant and caregiver. Infant massage supports one-on-one time with an infant, while reducing stress levels in the infant and encouraging relaxation, improving sensory awareness and relieving discomfort from colic and teething. Bring a doll or stuffed toy for practice.
Friday IV: Memorial Student Center, White Pine Room

033 Making Magic Happen with Teacher-Made Books
Jamie Lynch, Early Childhood Education Instructor, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Learn how to design and create appropriate books that support and enhance your toddler curriculum. Many ideas will be presented to help you incorporate familiar experiences, people and environments into creative and meaningful literature designed specifically for your classroom.
Friday I: Memorial Student Center, White Pine Room

034 Circletime and Beyond for Two and Three Year Olds
Kathy Preusse, Early Childhood Education Instructor, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Learn how to invite, delight, and ignite toddler circle times while enhancing language and early literacy through the use of toddler appropriate books, songs, finger plays, and props. Come and learn as Kathy will show you how to implement circle times that contain motivational strategies as well as extension activities that span all areas of the curriculum.
Friday II: Memorial Student Center, White Pine Room

035 The Use of American Sign Language with Hearing Children
Denise Meyer, Owner, Sign Bridge Language Systems
Learn how to use simple American Sign Language (ASL) with hearing infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Signing has been demonstrated to reduce frustration and show better verbal development for preverbal children.
Friday II: Heritage Hall 460
Saturday I: Memorial Student Center, Cedarwood Room

036 Circle of Friends: Circle Songs, Dances & Games
Colleen Hannafin, Performer, Colleen and Uncle Squaty
Brian
Schellinger, Performer, Colleen and Uncle Squaty

Let's "Ring-around-the-Rosie" and "Rumble to the Bottom" with our "Circle of Friends". Learn music and movement songs presented in a circle setting, adaptable for individual, partner and group spaces. Materials presented include simple math-geometric shapes, number recognition-traditional songs and gross motor movement.
Friday I: Price Commons, Glass Lounge

037
Instilling Character Traits in Young Children
Carrie Speikers, Owner, Treasured Learners, LLC
Manners, cooperation, thoughtfulness, caring and MORE! This training helps the provider teach children to recognize positive character traits, respectful behaviors and manners. We will learn why it is important to teach children to be good citizens at home, at child care and within their community.
Friday I: Memorial Student Center, Birchwood Room

038 Pre-Writing in the Pre-K/Preschool Classroom
Abby Linwood, 3 and 4K Teacher, St. Clare School
Most children love to write! But what is appropriate and what is asking too much? We'll talk about the importance of pre-writing activities that will help children develop the fine motor skills needed to be great writers. Let's step away from the pencil and paper and explore new ways to teach your students how to begin writing.
Friday IV: Memorial Student Center, Northwoods Room
Saturday II: Heritage Hall 182

039 Publishing Options for your Children's Picture Book
Eileen Ziesler, Early Childhood Consultant and Author, Toad House Publishing
Once upon a time, 30 years ago, there was a poem. A book grew out of that poem and a small publishing company, Toad House Publishing. Eileen Ziesler has now published four children's picture books, a novel, and is working on additional books, dabbling also in e-books. Come AND learn various strategies for bringing your stories into print in this entertaining look at becoming a published author.
Friday I: Memorial Student Center, Maplewood Room
Saturday II: Memorial Student Center, Maplewood Room
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040 The Use of American Sign Language to Teach Mathematical Concepts
Denise Meyer, Owner, Sign Bridge Language Systems
Recent research indicates that children who learn mathematical concepts with the aid of manual gestures retain 90% of what they learn, compared to a retention rate of 30% when manual gesture is not employed as a teaching aid. In this session, participants will learn simple American Sign Language to introduce along with mathematical concepts for preschool-aged children in a fun and interactive way. Prior experience with American Sign Language is not necessary to attend this session.
Friday III: Heritage Hall 460
Saturday II: Memorial Student Center, Cedarwood Room

041 Children's Memories From Past Lives
Robert Salt, Professor and Department Chair, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, UW-Stout
Review of research on children's memories of other lifetimes, how these memories affect them in the present, and how early childhood staff and parents can respond to these memories.
Friday III: Heritage Hall 176

042 Successful Science: A Child's Connection to the World-CANCELLED
Barbara Aronson, Child and Family Study Center, University of Wisconsin-Stout

043 Creative Art and Fun for Everyday
Michelle Espelien, Director, Crossroads Preschool
Spend time learning wonderful free art exploration activities that can relate to any theme or a specific storybook. There will be many ideas and projects on display to see and ask about. All activities are classroom tested and teacher and child approved! Come ready to learn and share all the great activities presented.
Friday III: Memorial Student Center Ballroom A

044
H.O.T.S. (Higher Order Thinking Skills) for Early Childhood Education Social Studies
Melody Brennan, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Strategies and ideas for implementing H.O.T.S. (Higher Order Thinking Skills) into social studies curriculum for early childhood. This session highlights concrete evidence supporting social studies concepts and standards that incorporate developmentally appropriate practice while engaging in critical thinking skills. Participants will leave the session with ideas and examples of teaching tools ready to incorporate into classrooms.
Friday IV: Memorial Student Center, Maplewood Room
Saturday IV: Memorial Student Center, Oakwood Room

045 Literacy Strategies in the Early Childhood Years
Eileen Ziesler, Early Childhood Consultant and Author, Toad House Publishing
Strategies and research related to building a love of reading in infancy will provide the background for developing classroom strategies for increasing the interest of young children in literacy activities. These strategies will cover large group, small group and individual activities.
Friday II: Memorial Student Center, Maplewood Room
Saturday III: Memorial Student Center, Maplewood Room
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046 The Relationship: Teaching/Learning Connection - CANCELLED
Rusty May, School Counselor, School tools TV.com


047
A Global Perspective on Early Childhood Education
Sapna Thapa, Assistant Professor,  University of Wisconsin-Stout
Take a cross cultural journey viewing a slide series with Sapna Thapa and discover the evidenced-based practices used in developing countries.
Friday II: Heritage Hall 153
Saturday III: Heritage Hall 182

048 Let's Get Physical with Zoo-phonics
Charmaine Turpin (Atkins), Educational Consultant, Zoo-phonics, Inc.
Teach your students the alphabet at the same time they are developing their motor skills. Learn physical games that tie into language arts, including Zoo-robics.
Friday IV: Heritage Hall 148
Saturday I: Heritage Hall 182

049 So What Am I Waiting For?
Linda DeMoe, Retired Early Childhood Instructor, Chippewa Valley Technical College
The one thing we all strive for daily is happiness. What we may not realize is that maybe we need to stop the pursuit of happiness and just be happy. Harmony and contentment could be much closer than you realize. This presentation will give you the opportunity to laugh, to cry and to find some peace within your daily life. Listen to the many ways to build self-esteem in yourself as well as those around you. Bring an open mind and an open heart and prepare to be transformed. With the attitude that everyone matters, I invite you to attend this workshop and reflect upon what is important in your life.
Friday II: Memorial Student Center, Ballroom A
Saturday II: Memorial Student Center, Ballroom A

050 Storytelling Without Books
Sherry Wolfer, Early Childhood Consultant, Let's Dig In, LLC
There are many different ways you can tell a story without using a book. Explore the different techniques of using flannel board stories, draw stories, flip chart stories, acting out stories, magnetic board stories, sign language stories, string board stories, tangram stories and cut and tell stories in this workshop.
Friday I: Heritage Hall 176
Saturday I: Memorial Student Center, Walnut Willow Room

051 Art and the Young Child
Cheryl Bevins, Head Start Teacher Assistant, Altoona Early Education Center
This presentation will include curriculum areas, learned or developed through art, activities focusing on the process, ideas for inspiring creativity of the young child, and hands-on experimenting, as time allows.
Saturday IV: Memorial Student Center, Walnut Willow Room

052 Making Charts with Pre-K and Kindergarten Children
Melissa Seehaver, 4-year Kindergarten Teacher, New Auburn Elementary 
This session has some fabulous ideas for making charts with preschool-aged children. These charts foster language development and give children the opportunity to see their ideas expressed on paper. A handout will be provided and numerous examples will be shared.
Saturday II: Jarvis Hall Science Wing 156

053 Wee Recyclers: Tips for Teaching Environmental Education
Anna McCabe, Senior Waste and Recycling Management Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
This session is a must for every early childhood teacher. All young children who care about the earth and the things living on it can become Wee Recyclers. Wee Recyclers develop an understanding that by reducing, reusing and recycling, they are helping to preserve our natural resources. In this workshop, participants will learn how to teach young children to become Wee Recyclers with simple, entertaining and hands-on activities. Wee Recyclers materials are designed for use with 3-5 year olds in child care settings. All participants will receive free environmental education materials and activities.
Friday III: Heritage Hall 413B
Saturday IV: Heritage Hall 148

054 Limits and Consequences
Brook Berg, Family Living Agent/Assistant Professor, Eau Claire County University of Wisconsin-Extension
This session will focus on the challenges of addressing inappropriate behavior. Children need both love and limits to feel secure and to develop self-control. Therefore, guidelines for setting limits and using consequences will be addressed. This session is most appropriate for pre-K and kindergarten teachers.
Friday II: Heritage Hall 105

055 Ethics and Moral Development in the Digital Age
Elizabeth Buchanan, Endowed Chair in Ethics, University of Wisconsin-Stout
This session will introduce principles of ethics and ethical frameworks as they pertain to the educational setting. Moral development and the complexities of the digital age ground the discussion, which will provide participants with an understanding of challenges facing their students and themselves as professionals.
Saturday II: Memorial Student Center, White Pine Room

056 Self-Care and the Early Care Professional
Maggie Machesky, Associate Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Stout
This session will take participants on a journey of how children and families affect early childhood professionals' physical and mental health. The contents will make you cognizant of these phenomena and discover ways to immunize yourself so you remain a vibrant, caring teacher who continues to enjoy her profession.
Friday III: Applied Arts 320
Saturday IV: Memorial Student Center, Birchwood Room

057 Happiest Toddler on the Block
Erin Bluhm, Early Childhood Trainer, Bluhm & Grow Childcare Consulting
This training will explore Dr. Harvey Karp's innovative approach to working with "uncivilized" toddlers. By learning Dr. Karp's "The Ten Basics for Raising a Happy Toddler" we will discover techniques to help calm outbursts, stop tantrums before they start, and build loving and respectful relationships with the toddler in your care.
Friday IV: Memorial Student Center, Walnut Willow Room

058 Freedom of Movement
Phyllis Porter, Early Childhood Trainer, Educarer, Inc.
This workshop helps us understand the benefits to infants of allowing complete freedom of movement during their first year. It will provide an alternate to "tummy time".
Friday III: Robert S. Swanson Learning Center, Room 206

059 Building Effective Strategies for Children with Challenging Behaviors
Eileen Ziesler, Early Childhood Consultant and Author, Toad House Publishing
This workshop will focus on proactive strategies designed to work with the brain of the child in the early childhood years. The values of both proactive and reactive strategies will be explored. Audience participation is requested.
Friday III: Memorial Student Center, Maplewood Room
Saturday IV: Memorial Student Center, Maplewood Room
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060 Resiliency Training - Working in your Classroom with ADHD, LD, and Asperger's Students
Ruth Harris, Director, Northwest Reading Clinic, Ltd.
This workshop will present insight, methods, materials, accommodations, and specific language that enhance self-concept and promote strategies thinking. Resiliency will be presented as a crucial element for emotionally healthy children and a healthy learning community.
Friday IV: Heritage Hall 105

061 Cultural Scaffolding: Development of Language and Literacy in Bilingual Children
Sapna Thapa, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Volumes of research suggests the development of speech and meaningful language in the first language is an important precursor for acquiring literacy skills for reading and writing in a second language for bilingual children (Drury & Robertson, 2008; and DCSF, 2007). This presentation will explore development of language and literacy in bilingual children.
Friday III: Heritage Hall 153
Saturday IV: Heritage Hall 182

062 Shake, Rattle, and Roll
Candy Peck, Infant and Toddler Teacher, Little Learner's Preschool
Sue
Smith, Infant Teacher, Especially for Children
We will demonstrate how toys and activities made from simple household items promote children's development through creativity and exploration. This how-to seminar covers more than 30 toys and activities teachers can do with infants and toddlers and young preschoolers.
Friday I: Memorial Student Center, Oakwood Room

063 Having Fun with the Alphabet
Michelle Espelien, Director, Crossroads Preschool
Welcome back for another fun year learning new and creative ways to teach your children the alphabet. Learn classroom tested and child approved ways to coordinate with your alphabet teaching! Activities in art, music, science, free art, movement and free play will be presented! Come inspired to learn (and share!) great, fresh ideas for your classroom.
Friday IV: Memorial Student Center Ballroom A
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064 Science Time
Sherry Wolfer, Early Childhood Consultant, Let's Dig In, LLC
You don't have to be a scientist to do or have science in your classroom. Explore this "hands-on" workshop that contains easy and inexpensive science experiments, science activities and science table top props that you can do with children from two years old through one hundred plus years old.
Friday II: Heritage Hall 176
Saturday II: Memorial Student Center, Walnut Willow Room

065 Creating your Bag of Tricks!
Carrie Speikers, Owner, Treasured Learners, LLC
You have planned your day, have activities prepped and ready to go and a daily schedule that keeps the children you care for engaged. Bad weather, challenging behaviors, feeling unwell, etc. sometimes even the best laid plans go awry. Let's work together to create a "Bag of Tricks" or ideas that you can use to bring your group together and get back on track. We will also discuss daily schedules, transition times and other challenges that you need to think about and prepare for.
Friday II: Memorial Student Center, Birchwood Room

066 It Can Happen to You: Allegations of Abuse in the Child Care Field
Lynn Moller, Paralegal
You love children and working with them and can't imagine a better job. Yet one day the unthinkable happens and you are accused of harming a child in your care. What do you do? Should you talk to the police? Your licensor? Child services? Do you need an attorney? Unfortunately, once accused, the stigma is hard to overcome. Learn what you can do to protect yourself.
Saturday I: Jarvis Hall Science Wing 146
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067 The YoungStar Journey
Sharon Ivers, YoungStar Technical Consultant, Western Dairyland - Child Care Partnership
Kari
Stroede, YoungStar Coordinator, Western Dairyland - Child Care Partnership
YoungStar, Wisconsin's Quality Rating & Improvement System, is celebrating its 4th birthday in 2014. Join us for this overview of what YoungStar is, what YoungStar means to the community of Early Childhood Education, and where YoungStar can take you! Bring your questions!
Friday II: Jarvis Hall Science Wing 113
Saturday IV: Heritage Hall 105

068  FUNdamentals of Handwriting: Pre-Handwriting Activities for Preschool
Carol Armann, Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed, Zaner-Bloser
Kathleen Wright, National Product Manager, Handwriting, Zaner-Bloser
Research show that there is a clear link between handwriting and literacy development and that handwriting needs direct instruction. Join Carol H. Armann, OTR/L and Kathleen Wright, National Handwriting Program Manager, for a FUN interactive pre-handwriting workshop where participants will explore hands-on gross and fine motor activities to support early childhood handwriting skill development.
Saturday II: Jarvis Hall Science Wing 150

069 Strategies for Working with Students in Poverty
Renee Chandler, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Attend this session to develop a deeper understanding of what it means to live in poverty so that you can foster more meaningful relationships with parents and students. Students in high-poverty schools have unique needs and benefit from specific strategies. Learn how to design your instruction and set up your classroom environment to best meet the needs of students who are living in poverty. This session is led by a teacher/researcher who has real-life experience working in high-poverty schools.
Friday II: Applied Arts 320

070 Early Literacy, Language and Math Learning through Music and Books
Fran McKinney, Early Childhood Music Specialist, Screen Porch Music
Energize your curriculum when you pair music with books, visual materials and movement activities. Learn songs, finger plays and activities to develop language and emergent literacy skills. Published and original books will be demonstrated with accompanying songs to engage your children with a variety of learning styles.
Saturday I: Memorial Student Center, White Pine Room

071 Lullabies and MORE for our Youngest Learners: Tickles and Tunes and Books, Oh My!
Fran McKinney, Early Childhood Music Specialist, Screen Porch Music
This workshop will give you tools to expand your teaching and interaction with infants and toddlers. The youngest infant already responds to music. You will participate in simple fingerplays and books, adult/infant movement activities and other music experiences. These tools will not only promote early learning, but will increase communication and interaction. It will be an active and fun session celebrating the wonder of our youngest friends. Speaking of friends, please bring along an infant/toddler-sized stuffy friend to help you totally experience the activities. I will bring extra stuffies—no worries if you forget!
Friday III: Memorial Student Center, Birchwood Room

072 Transferring to UW-Stout
Dang Yang, Multicultural Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Stout
This informational workshop targets students who are currently attending vocational/technical institutions or 2-year UW-institutions or 2-year colleges who are interested in completing their Early Childhood degree at a 4-year UW-institution, specifically UW-Stout. The emphasis of this workshop is to help students navigate through the transfer process and to address the challenges, uncertainties and questions that they may have.
Saturday I: Memorial Student Center, Maplewood Room

073 Media and Technology: The Impact on the Lives of Infants and Toddlers
Karen Zimmerman, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Stout
What researchers have learned about infants and toddlers related to television, screen time, and touch screens will be shared.  The effects of electronic media will be examined including the effects on toddler language development.  Recent findings on the media environments and television viewing diets of infants and toddlers and their parents views on this will be addressed.  Come join us and share your insights and observations about media and technology for young children.
Friday IV: Memorial Student Center, Badger Room
Saturday IV: Memorial Student Center, Badger Room

074 Music Play with Purpose
Special Keynote Session Sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System
Jim Gill, Musician and Author, Music Play for All Young Children
Over the years Jim Gill's music and books have received, among other honors, five awards from the American Library Association. Early childhood professionals, however, are most interested in the fact that Jim Gill's Music play is created with a purpose, based on graduate studies in child development and 20 years of experience leading play programs for families with children with special needs. In this energizing session, Jim Gill helps explain the purpose behind his play. His active music play provides a context for children to develop abilities, such as self-regulation, essential to school success. Jim's clever word play and rhymes in the context of active movement games also provide broad opportunities for literacy development. Teachers and care providers will leave the session with a repertoire of music play activities that can be put to immediate and purposeful use in their program. Best of all, they will leave the session understanding the power of play to inspire, in children, agility in thought and a love of learning.
Friday IV: Memorial Student Center, Great Hall
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075 Using "The Cycle of Teaching and Learning" To Support Emergent Curriculum
Barbara Murphy, Director, Stanley G. Moore Laboratory School, University of Minnesota
Amy Vavricka, Lead Teacher, Stanley G. Moore Laboratory School, University of Minnesota
Ayuka Boomer, Lead Teacher, Stanley G. Moore Laboratory School, University of Minnesota
Elizabeth Criswell, Lead Teacher, Stanley G. Moore Laboratory School, University of Minnesota
Marie Lister, Lead Teacher, Stanley G. Moore Laboratory School, University of Minnesota
Ross Thompson, Stanley G. Moore Laboratory School, University of Minnesota
Many teachers struggle with "outcome-based" education and other bureaucratic expectations when trying to keep children's interests at the center of curriculum planning. Come and hear how to use the Learning Cycle: a model of instruction that promotes critical thinking and places children at the center of their learning.
Friday III: Jarvis Hall Science Wing 114

076 Got Dirt? Start a Garden with Children
Diane Klemme, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Not sure how to begin gardening with children? This session will provide you the basics on beginning a garden, recommendations for plants, recipes for produce, and how to enjoy the garden through all seasons. Suggestions for starting seeds in inexpensive seed pots will be shared. The "Got Dirt" UW-Extension curriculum will be highlighted. You will be planting seeds!
Friday I: Heritage Hall 105

077 Green Eggs and Ham: Inspiration for Reaching Reluctant Learners
Kym Buchanan, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
How can we foster a love of learning and for trying new things, especially "icky" subjects like science? Dr. Seuss' timeless adventure "Green Eggs and Ham" offers compelling principles and creative advice. Let's collaborate on strategies for students who say, "I will not eat them!" 
Saturday II: Jarvis Hall Science Wing 146

078 Educating for Positive Peace
James Handley, Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Peace educators use their educational skills to teach about peaceful conditions and the processes that create them. Peace education provides, in students' minds, a dynamic vision of peace to counteract the violent images that dominate our culture. Peace can be learned in multiple subjects including reading, writing, social studies, science, art, and music. This session focuses on teaching peace throughout our educational system.
Saturday II: Memorial Student Center, Northwoods Room

079 Mind Over Matter: The ABCs of Positive Thinking
Diane Marshman, Head Teacher, Anew Dimension Child Enrichment Center
Children require Early Childcare Educators to have much patience and energy in caring for them. We will explore strategies to incorporate positive thinking in an ABC fashion. A is for attitude; and attitude to alleviate stress in your life. B for the power of the brain and its impact on your body. C is for keeping calm and carrying on. Please come join us and learn the ABCs of positive thinking in a whole new way.
Friday I: Memorial Student Center, Willow Walnut Room
Saturday I: Jarvis Hall Science Wing 156

080 Art Exploration for Teaching Literacy with Young Children
Tami Weiss, Associate Lecturer  and Program Director, University of Wisconsin-Stout
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to create art experiences for young learners through material exploration tied to learning objectives from other discipline areas. Artistic development of the young child, correlating activities to discover ways to manipulate art materials will be discussed. Models for documenting child's artistic process will be demonstrated in this workshop.
Friday I Memorial Student Center, Great Hall C

081 Supporting Children and Families with Special Needs9
Ruth Nyland, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
When families learn of a child's disability or differing ability level, they often feel that society has left them behind. This workshop will provide resources for the professional, as well as, the parents. Additionally, different strategies will be presented to provide empowerment to both parents and professionals. 
Friday III: Heritage Hall 313
Saturday III: Heritage Hall 148

082 Apps for ECE   
Melody Brennan, Assistant Faculty Early Childhood Education, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Kaitlyn Orrock, Academic Specialist, Northpoint Elementary, Spring Lake Park School District

Learn how to utilize applications (apps) in a manner that is engaging and entertaining for young children. Use of modern technology can enhance curriculum instruction for Early Childhood Education. Emphasis will be an exploration into the use and development of apps being used in the classroom. Kaitlyn and Melody will recommend apps, classroom management tips for iPad use and more.
Saturday III: Memorial Student Center, Oakwood Room

083 Fluency is the Key: Unlocking Alternatives to Round Robin Reading in the Elementary Classroom
Emily Hines, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Because of deficiencies in reading fluency skills are identified as a specific learning disability (SLD) in Wisconsin, educators should have some tools to add to their reading tool box for fluency. During this session, educators will develop an understanding of alternative reading strategies to Round Robin Reading through research and example ideas which can be incorporated into the classroom.
Friday I: Memorial Student Center, Cedarwood Room
Saturday III: Heritage Hall 105


084 Feel the Rhythm
Margaret Nelson, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Marcia Wolf, Senior Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Are you unsure about how to "feel the rhythm" in your classroom? This session will give you the tools to help you put rhythm into your classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to "feel the rhythm" through hands on experiences with musical instruments, songs and movement.
Friday Session III & IV: Heritage Hall 159

085 Staff Relationships: A Peaceful, Productive Partnership
Kaye Ketterer, T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Counselor, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association
Quality early childhood education requires a staff that works together peacefully, has healthy relationships, and has fun together. This workshop will include discussion on communication styles, dealing with conflict as a source of growth, and look at NAEYC's code of ethical conduct. Participants will also have fun playing games that respect how we are similar and how we are unique.
Friday III: Memorial Student Center, Willow Walnut Room

086 Achieving Your Professional Development Goals
Kaye Ketterer, T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Counselor, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association
Professional development is a process of change and growth that will span your career; it's about planning, setting goals, building skills and making improvements. This is an opportunity to reflect on your professional path, learn how you can advance your YoungStar rating through higher educational qualifications, finance your education with a T.E.A.C.H. scholarship, receive educational credit for knowledge you already have, and access WECA's Professional Development Counseling Service.
Friday II: Memorial Student Center, Willow Walnut Room
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087 Teacher and Child: Building Curriculum Together
Marty Watson, Preschool Director, Dodge Nature Preschool
Joey Schoen, Assistant Director/Lead Teacher, Dodge Nature Preschool

Throughout the seasons at Dodge Nature Preschool, teachers and children build a meaningful curriculum that is inspired by their shared experiences in nature. We will tell our story through the use of photographs and video footage of our students and teachers engaged in an authentic learning process. We will discuss the foundations that support our effective use of emergent curriculum - an understanding of the children in their environment, seeing the role of the teacher as a co-learner, an excitement about working with materials, and establishing a process for documentation and recollection and their connection to the Reggio Emilia Approach.
Saturday III: Jarvis Hall Science Wing 156

088 Focus on Phonemes: Understanding Phonemic Awareness and its Role in Emergent Reading
Kimberly Martinez, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Do you really know what phonemic awareness is? Do you understand the part it plays for children as they learn to read? In this session, you will leave with a clear understanding of phonemic awareness and how it is an essential foundation for young children as they become readers. You will learn phonemic awareness yourself with fun, engaging activities.
Friday III: Memorial Student Center, Cedarwood Room

089 Nurturing Young Minds with Stories and Fun
Emily Hines, Assistant Faculty Early Childhood Education, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Emily will share popular folktales, traditional and new, like “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!” She will show how to use simple props and involve children in the retelling of stories. Leave the session with a wealth of ideas to implement with young children while having fun in the process!
Friday II: Memorial Student Center, Cedarwood Room
Saturday II: Heritage Hall 105


090 T-H-E-M-E-S Rock!
LuAnn Neuenschwander, 5 Year Old Kindergarten Teacher, Gillett Elementary
Amber Osterman, 4K/Kindergarten Teacher, Osseo/Fairchild Elementary School District

All children learn through hands-on experience! So what better way to teach Math, Science, Writing and Reading than through thematic centers? Thematic Centers are an ideal way to promote young children's neural connections in their rapidly developing brains and foster language, physical, social cognitive and emotional development. Studies show children learn best from repetition. Moreover, teachers find using a theme is a powerful way to present important concepts and integrate all curriculum areas. This session will provide you with some new, exciting and meaningful ways to stimulate the child's curiosity to learn as well as build on previous learning. Included will be a wealth of teacher-made materials to support themes. Come and learn how to add discovery and wonder into your classroom.
Saturday III: Memorial Student Center, Ballroom A
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091 Games Galore!
LuAnn Neuenschwander, 5 Year Old Kindergarten Teacher, Gillett Elementary
Amber Osterman, 4K/Kindergarten Teacher, Osseo/Fairchild Elementary School District

Teaching has never been more fun! In this session, learn how to create fun and motivating literacy and math games by using Amber and LuAnn's engaging, teacher-tested ideas. Apply these techniques to keep the play in your whole group, small group and individual instruction. Bring your camera!
Saturday IV: Memorial Student Center, Ballroom A

092 Teacher Reflections on Learning
Dawn Lees, Early Childhood Teacher, Mount Olivet Intergenerational
How does the Reggio Inspired role of "teacher as researcher" promote learning? Visit the Reggio Inspired Network of Minnesota web site at mnreggio.org in preparation of discussion. What is the research? How is evidence gathered? What are the relationships? Think with the Italians educators and listen to one another as we reflect on processes and promote collegiality. What are the tensions between authentic learning and knowledge building processes? How might using tools such as "Indicators of Progress" help frame long term explorations based on a hypothesis children express?
Friday II: Memorial Student Center, Northwoods Room
Saturday I: Heritage Hall 148


093 Meaning and Marks: The Development of Children's Writing 
Dawn Lees, Early Childhood Teacher, Mount Olivet Intergenerational
Explore the inner workings of preschoolers as they use their whimsical logic to create traces, gain meaning and control marks. Create a language landscape that embraces your children and families. Refresh your approach to navigate as you observe children's interest and decipher phonetic and grapheme codes to promote literacy. 
Friday III: Memorial Student Center, Northwoods Room
Saturday II: Heritage Hall 148

094 STEM and Storybooks
Kate Kramschuster, Educational Materials Center Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Stout
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) is a hot topic in education, and research shows that it is beneficial to introduce these principals at a young age. This session will introduce attendees to a variety of fiction and non-fiction books for children ages 2-6 that promote skills found in STEM education such as inquiry, curiosity, and problem-solving.
Saturday III: Heritage Hall 208

095 
Kindergarten and the Common Core
Rose Silveria, Kindergarten Teacher, Milwaukee Public Schools
What are the three shifts in Math and Literacy instruction? Are you confused or overwhelmed when you think about the changes the Common Core will bring to your teaching? Come and get the scoop. We will talk about the Key Standards for Mathematical Practice and for Mathematical Content. We will also talk about the three shifts in Literacy instruction and share web sites that give us many ideas for meeting the Common Core Standards. This is a challenge we are all able to succeed at.
Friday II: Micheels Hall 185
Saturday I: Jarvis Hall Science Wing 142

099  Creative Activities to Inspire Every Child
Renee Ernsting, Assistant Director, Child Care Partnership
The Environmental Rating Scales are designed to assess quality in early childhood programs. They focus upon many interactions that occur in a child care program, including interactions between children, interactions children have with the environment, interactions between children and providers, and interactions between providers and parents.  The scales also look at features of the environment that are supporting those interactions, such as space, schedules, and materials. Different versions of the scales are customized to the unique needs for different types of programs: ECERS (Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale) is used in preschool classrooms, the ITERS (Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale) is used in Infant and Toddler Classrooms and the FCCERS (Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale) is used in the family child care home. At this workshop, participants will explore the scales, find out how the scales are scored and learn about some common areas for quality improvement.
Friday IV: Memorial Student Center, Cedarwood Room
Saturday III: Jarvis Hall Science Wing 142
Handouts

100  Collect & Create It 
Tina Sand, Preschool Teacher, Lewiston-Altura Elementary 
The cost of creative things seems to be so very much! Attend and you will find new ideas with a reused teachers touch. If you are looking for cute and wacky art, then here is where your day should start. Patterns, projects and games galore will fill your mind and leave you wanting more. 
Friday I: Applied Arts 320

101  How Do Children Become Peaceful?
Rebecca Janke, Executive Director, Growing Communities for Peace
Are some just born this way or are there specific things that we adults can do to tap this capacity within all children? The answer is yes we can do things that not only tap it but cause it to reach proportions that actually allow you and the children to build a culture of peace and nonviolence in your classroom, daycare or home.
Friday IV: Heritage Hall 153
Saturday III: Jarvis Hall Science Wing 146

102 Creating Stimulating Environments using Teacher Made Materials
Angela Hellendrung, Head Teacher, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Come and enjoy this creative session to your classroom come alive. Learn how to make invitng teacher made materials to enhance the early learning process. This session is a must since studies show the importance of novelty in the classroom to enhance brain development.
Friday IV: Memorial Student Center, Birchwood Room
Saturday I: Memorial Student Center, Northwoods Room


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Early Registration Deadline:
April 1, 2014