Presenters and Workshops

Registration 

Registration is Open!

 Early Registration Deadline: 
April 1st, 2018

 Contact Information

Professional Education Programs and Services
221 10th Avenue East, Suite 140
Menomonie, WI 54751

Email:   ececonference@uwstout.edu
Phone: 715.232.5022
Fax:      715.232.3385

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40th Annual Early Childhood Education Conference

We have some exciting presentations coming in 2018!
This page will be updated as things are finalized.


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Email your suggestions to ececonference@uwstout.edu


 

 

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: CULTURAL DIVERSITY INFLUENCES ON ESL STUDENTS’ LITERACY LEARNING                                                                                                                                                        
Najla Albaiz, Instructor, University of Alabama at Birmingham                                                                          
Fatimah Hafiz, Instructor, University of Alabama Birmingham

Presenters will discuss the importance of cultural contexts in literacy learning. Two ESL literacy teaching experiments from tow different countries will be examined and the presenters will discuss practical plans and activities to enhance ESL literacy learning quality along with family collaboration. This session is relevant to young, ethnically diverse children’s literacy learning. It will help ESL teachers identify the best practices that improve children’s reading skills. It will also help them investigate concerns related to bilingual students’ literacy learning along with teacher-family collaboration to enhance pupils’ learning. The session aims to raise awareness regarding the important role of classroom environment, teaching methods, and the quality of content and materials in teaching and learning. Recommended practices and resources will be provided.                
(Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary)

ROUTINE: VALUABLE FOR ALL, ESSENTIAL FOR SOME
Linda Armas, Speaker, Author, Educational Consultant, Prepare Parents

Does it seem dreamy that children put things away when they are done using them? Can you imagine peaceful meal times, and youngsters that nap willingly? Teachers and caregivers everywhere feel the frustration and exhaustion of reminding children to follow simple, everyday expectations. For young children – especially those with special needs – routine affords children the focus to optimally follow directions, learn, and experience. Author of, THE FREEDOM OF ROUTINE, Linda Armas shares her Create-a-Routine framework that will guide you in promoting desired behaviors while nurturing relationships.
(Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

“INTO THE SPOTLIGHT” - 2018 CHIPPEWA VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE SPRING PUPPET SHOW
Melody Brennan, Early Childhood Instructor, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire
Julia Lorenz, Instructor and Department Chair, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire

Back by popular demand, the CVTC Early Childhood Education and Child Care Services Programs present, “Into the Spotlight”, a puppet extravaganza. The show will be presented at the Chippewa Valley Technical College on Wednesday and Thursday, April 18-19. On Friday, April 20, “Into the spotlight”, presents one show in Menomonie, as part of the 40th UW-Stout Early Childhood Education Conference (Get Inspired with Hands-on Fun!). CVTC’s puppet show is aimed at an audience ages 3 to 6.  It stars a unique cast of puppets (each created by a CVTC student) that have an exciting adventure while they encourage young children to sing and move to favorite songs.                                                                                                 
 (Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, New Teachers, Administrators)

CURIOSITY AND CREATIVITY WITH EARLY LEARNERS
Melody Brennan, Early Childhood Instructor, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire

Learn about some visual thinking and discussion strategies to get children engaged and actively participating in learning experiences. The use of modern technology can also enhance instruction and participants will explore applications (ECE) in a manner that is engaging to activate prior knowledge and expand children’s thinking. Experiences to promote collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity that support diverse learners needs, interests, and abilities will be shared.  
(Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

MINDFULNESS IN TEACHING
Inna Dolzhenko, University of North Texas

This workshop focuses on the development of teachers’ social-emotional learning (Dolzhenko) competencies through mindfulness. Mindfulness is defined as a present-moment, nonjudgmental awareness. Mindfulness prevents burn-out, enhances joy in teaching, increases a teacher’s ability to be the best teacher they can be, and enhances positive relationships between teachers and students. Mindfulness activities teach emotion and attention regulation as well as stress coping strategies. The presenter will describe and model mindfulness techniques and demonstrate sample instructional activities for preschool students. The participants will practice using mindfulness techniques and brainstorm how they might integrate mindfulness in the classroom curriculum, in their teaching, and daily life.                                                                        
(Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers)

WHAT DOES DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICE LOOK LIKE?
Janet Duening, Chaive Success

We all know that children learn through play, so why is it so hard for us to implement that? Rating systems, school readiness, curriculum, and checklists often dictate how we run our classrooms. Join me for a few ideas that will help you maximize learning through play, while showing everyone that learning IS happening.                
(Preschool, New Teachers)

CALMING THE CHAOS
Amber Eckert, Instructional Specialist, UW-Stout Child and Family Student Center

Come on in and see the many ways chaos is redirected in the 4 and 5-year-old room at the Child and Family Study Center. Take a look at our transition times, lining up, large group activities, individualized help, books and much more. This session is geared more for beginning teachers, but all are welcome.                               
(Preschool, New Teachers)

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PRESCHOOLER – THE FUN WE HAVE EVERYDAY!
Michelle Espelian, Director, Elim Preschool

Welcome to a fun and participation encouraged class that shares many ideas about how preschoolers learn, along with ideas and activities to present through the course of the day! There will be activities in all learning areas including science, math, games, literature, group time, songs and movement, and art. There will be ideas
presented ranging from child directed and explored, to teacher presented and guided. Come willing to share some of your tried and true activities for learning the alphabet, numbers, and all the wonderful themes that we present to preschoolers about the world in which they live! Everything we do will have a strong emphasis on child directed activities and play inspired learning! Sharing ideas with teachers for the past 15 years is so inspiring to me.                                                             
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool)

PLAY INSPIRED LEARNING IN PRESCHOOL CLASSROOMS
Michelle Espelien, Director, Elim Preschool

We have all seen so much research on the way children learn and how play inspired learning is one of the best ways for presenting activities to children. Come to class and learn about tried and true ways to present activities to children and ways to present what we know to parents. Activities and handouts will be shared on the importance of play and how we can present activities to children that are not only fun and engaging, but also have great learning potential. Our parents look to us as professionals to teach their children and we are here to tell them how and why we do it the way we do. Come prepared to share what you do in class!                                                 
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, New Teachers)

Full STEAM Ahead in Early Childhood - EXTRA FEE PAID DURING REGISTRATION                                                        
Jean Feldman, Teacher, Author, Instructor of Adults, Consultant

In this double afternoon session you'll explore what the letters in STEAM mean to you as an early childhood educator. You'll discover that you already know more than you think you know! When you set up the learning environment with interesting, hands-on materials and encourage your students to ask questions and experiment you are STEAMing ahead! Highlights will include: *Firing up children's brains *Questioning strategies *Science through the senses *Every day technology in the classroom *Engineering, designing, and building *Hands-on math *Integrating reading and writing with blank books *Creative art projects.
NOTE: you must bring the following:
1)  Scissors
2)  Hole punch
3)  Cardboard paper
4)  Empty food box (cereal or cake mix)
Other supplies are provided.
(Infant,/toddler, preschool, kindergarten, primary, new teachers)

NEUROBIOLOGY AND CONNECTION WHEN WORKING WITH CHILDREN
Andy Felton, Assistant Professor, UW-Stout

This presentation will focus on understanding the ways in which the brain and body work together as well as ways of effectively working with children. This presentation will provide information regarding the various parts of the brain, how the body responds to different stimuli, and how the two work together. Information will then be provided on how to effectively address both mind and body through developmentally appropriate modalities such as play, expressive arts, and verbal.                  
(Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers)

HOW SENSORY PROCESSING DIFFERENCES AFFECT CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR AND LEARNING
Teresa Gillen, Occupational Therapist, Points of Stillness

This presentation will explore how to identify basic signs and symptoms demonstrated by children who may be over or under-responsive to sensory stimuli. These differences often impact behaviors, learning, and classroom participation. Learn how to identify some basic signs of sensory processing differences and some basic classroom strategies to help those students and the rest of the class.                    
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers)

TRANSITION SONGS: MOVING YOUR DAY ALONG                                                                               
Colleen Hannafin, Music/Movement Trainer, North Side Music

Transitions between activities can provide a positive classroom balance and can be a learning experience itself. This presentation will feature a balance of activities using songs and chants for those times a day that you move your children from one activity to the next. From outdoor play to hand washing, snack time, circle time, and so on. Come sing and move along while improving language skills and vocabulary, develop better self-esteem and discipline, while creating a calm, orderly environment.                                                                                                                        
(Preschool)

GO ANYWHERE & DO ANYTHING WITH THE GREEN SCREEN!
Tonya Keim, 4/5 Preschool Teacher, Harmony Kids Learning Center
Kinzee Hovey, 4/5 Preschool Teacher, Harmony Kids Learning Center
Amanda Reiter, 3/4 Preschool Teacher, Harmony Kids Learning Center

Let your students walk on the moon, fly through the sky like Superman, or swim away from a hungry shark, all using a green screen app! Our session will show you how our students use green screen technology to create not only silly photos but also engaging monthly news broadcasts, stories, and songs! We will bring our green screen and Reiter along for you to create your own fun! Where will you go? What will you do?  
(Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary)

ENGAGING ALL LEARNERS
Terry Kohlmeier, Assistant Professor, ECE, UW-Stout
Ruth Nyland, Associate Professor,  ECE, UW-Stout

This session will provide participants with strategies for engaging all children, including diverse children with language, physical, cognitive, and social-emotional characteristics from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Participants will identify best practices to enhance learning environments for all types of learners, learn strategies to provide appropriate classroom engagement of all learners, and gain knowledge on how to improve on-task behavior regardless of learner differences. Participants will be engaged through discussion, modeling, and guided practice.
(Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers)

TEACHER-MADE MATERIALS
Kristin Korkowski, Instructional Specialist, UW-Stout
Nicole Bobo, Instructional Specialist, UW-Stout

This presentation will provide ideas on creating simple, yet effective teacher made materials that won’t break the bank. These materials are focused on ages 1-3, but examples will be provided on ways to extend and enhance them to better suit pre-UW and kindergarten aged children. Participants will also be given the opportunity to make their own teacher-made material to take home.                            
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool)

A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP SHOULDN’T BE A DREAM
Val Krage, Early Childhood Instructor, Viterbo University

Sleep is critical to healthy growth and development, and necessary for the well-being of individuals of all ages. Unfortunately, many young children are not getting the sleep that they need. According to the National Sleep Foundation, children are sleeping an hour less sleep per night than they did 100 years ago. Sleep deprivation has been linked to learning and attention issues, depression, injury, diabetes, growth problems, juvenile obesity, and illness in general. In this workshop, we will review how much sleep individuals of all ages need and the symptoms of sleep deprivation, discuss the societal influences on sleep habits, and explore strategies for setting the stage for a good night’s sleep for the entire family.                                                  
(Infant/toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

BEYOND BOOKS: CREATIVE SPACES, ARTWORK, AND TEACHER RESOURCES AT THE Viterbo-STOUT LIBRARY
Kate Kramschuster, Educational Materials Center Director, UW-Stout
Tami Weiss, Education, Executive Director, Arts Integration UW-Stout
Jeanne Styczinski, Children’s Book Author and Illustrator, Coordinator of Menomonie Collaborations

The P.A.I.N.T.-Stout Library’s Educational Materials Center (UW) is a special collection of over 20,000 resources including children’s books, curriculum materials, puppets, activity kits, and much more. In 2016-2017, Arts Integration EMC (Menomonie) provided authentic teaching and learning experiences for A.I.M-Stout students and local children to collaborate and create large-scale projects, including: a “Mini UW” theater for dramatic play and puppetry; creative centers for structured and experimental arts-based activities; murals and sculptural elements to inspire imagination; and a variety of hands-on teaching and learning spaces. The Mabel is now a laboratory designed to enhance teacher competence, confidence, and well-being. Join Art Education Professor Dr. EMC Weiss, author/illustrator Jeanne Tami, and librarian Kate Styczinski for an informal drop-in session to view the artwork, learn about the Kramschuster grant, and interact with new books and educational resources provided at A.I.M-Stout.                                                                                                   
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

DIFFERENTIATION STRATEGIES FOR THE PRESCHOOL CLASSROOM
Melody Krouse, Kaukauna Area School District

Do you have students who refuse to participate or run away from teachers? Maybe you have a student who blurts out or won’t sit still. In this session, we will collaborate and discuss how behavior can guide differentiation in the early childhood classroom. This session focuses on social-emotional behaviors and reminds teachers to think outside the box to help all students learn at their level.                                            
(Preschool, Kindergarten, New Teachers)

PLAY MATTERS
Chris Lace, YoungStar Technical Consultant, Child Care Partnership

“So that’s what they’re learning!” We often say we offer a play-based curriculum and that play is the work of childhood. How can we intentionally foster learning through children’s play experiences? Join us for a hands-on, play-based workshop that will help you identify what and where children are learning. Take a tour of multi-age experiences and discover how the domains of learning are everywhere! Find simple things you can do to help children learn while exploring their world. Experience your own ”Ah-Ha!” moments in this fun and unique workshop.
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE: CHANGING THE WORLD ONE BOOK AT A TIME
Dr. Melinda Langeberg, Viterbo University

How can we change the world? One book at a time! For centuries, society used the story to build culture. Stories build morals and ethics. Additionally, neuroscience has discovered a connection between a story’s dramatic arc and a human’s ability to feel empathy (Viterbo, 2012). Social activists agree that societal change happens not only on the school house steps but also on the parent’s lap. This important genre is often overlooked; however, it is a framework for peace and for social change.  
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

Zak: HOW TO PROMOTE EMPATHY-BUILDING SKILLS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN
Laura Leckbank, Education Director, Children’s Country Day School
Hillary Rausch, Lead Teacher, Children’s Country Day School
Laine Crump, Lead Teacher, Children’s Country Day School

New research shows that empathy is a strong predictor of children’s happiness and success. Based on the book, Laine by Michele Unselfie, learn strategies to help children become compassionate, empathetic and self-regulated learners.
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, New Teachers, Administrators)

BODY FLOW WITH INFANTS
Dawn Lees, Infant Lead Teacher, Mount Olivet Day Services

Explore daily life in an infant room without contraptions. How does this work in a group setting? Exchange strategies for success, balancing the individual needs of children, and keeping your team afloat. What about the parents? Identify avenues for instilling respect that builds strong beginnings. Each participant will be asked to reflect learning and experience to gain confidence in their practice.         
(Infant/Toddler, New Teachers, Administrators)

LOW COST AND FREE CENTER IDEAS
Kim Lewandowski, Kindergarten Teacher, Eagle River Elementary School
Brenda Liermann, Kindergarten Teacher, Eagle River Elementary School

Participants will enjoy finding new ideas or recall an old idea to use again in a different way.  The focus will be on math / number centers created by using what you already have within your classroom.
(Kindergarten)

HOW CAN WE GET CHILDREN TALKING ABOUT FEELINGS? USE INTENTIONAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES AND
TEACHABLE MOMENTS                                                                         

Claire Lind, Instructor, Early Childhood Education, Chippewa Valley Technical College - Eau Claire

We know that young children experience very strong feelings, but sometimes they do not know how to express them in a pro-social way. The ability to express feelings appropriately and notice feelings in others is known as “emotional literacy.” In this workshop, participants will learn how to use both intentional learning experiences (activity plans) AND teachable moments to facilitate meaningful dialog with children about the expression of feelings. Presenter will share stories, written resources, and literature that promotes the learning of emotional literacy skills. Participants will use materials to create a learning experience that they can use in their classrooms on Monday morning!               
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten)

CARE PROVIDERS NEED TIME TO RELAX AND PLAY: WHEN, WHAT, WHY, AND HOW?             
Claire Lind, Instructor, Early Childhood Education, Chippewa Valley Technical College - Eau Claire

Participants will reflect on the effect role play has in their lives. Life balance and stress-reduction strategies will be discussed. To reinforce the workshop’s key messages, participants will engage in hands-on relaxation and play experiences. Come prepared to reflect, share ideas, and have fun! (While ideas for children may surface, the focus of this session is on adults).                                    
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators, Anyone)

WHAT’S DOT?: MATHEMATICAL THINKING IN A PRESCHOOL CLASSROOM
Jeffery Maas, Lead Teacher, University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Preschool at the Park
Fay Maas, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Kathy Sundeen, Assistant Teacher, University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Preschool at the Park

Sometimes teaching isn’t about adding “more”. It’s about doing the same thing in a “different” way. During this interactive presentation we will examine how “number dot cards” are used in a variety of contexts. We will describe how simple “number play” evolves into highly complex mathematical thinking. We will also examine the roles teachers play in managing and understanding this complex, emergent learning environment. It is our contention that teachers must reinvent the lens through which they view learning. We will share the “lens” we are developing in the hopes that others may find it useful.
(Preschool, new teachers, administrators)

BUILDING INCLUSIVE CLASSROOMS
Sarah MacFarland, Instructor, UW-Stevens Point
Kylie Johnson, Student, UW-Stevens Point

Based on current research, we will present practical ways for teachers to create an inclusive classroom for students with differing needs. We will discuss the following strategies of how to increase classroom UW; friendship and social skills; classroom routines and activities; and developmentally appropriate practices that encourage communication.                                                                          
(Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

ADVANCING SCIENCE LEARNING USING INTERACTIVE SCIENCE NOTEBOOKS
Kevin Mason, Associate Professor of Science Education, UW-Stout

Teachers in Northwestern Wisconsin have been learning how to use interactive science notebooks to deepen their students’ understanding of science and engineering through the Advancing Science Learning (UW) project, a project funded by a Wisconsin Improving Teacher Quality (ASL) grant. This presentation will introduce teachers to interactive science notebooks and provide strategies for how to use them in the classroom. Participants will be given a science notebook at the beginning of the presentation, learn how to set up the notebook, and use the notebook during the presentation. The presentation will explain how interactive science notebooks can be used to engage students in science and engineering practices, assess students’ prior knowledge, formatively assess student understanding, and reflect on learning.
(Kindergarten, Primary)

PLAY IS SERIOUS LEANING AND SERIOUS BUSINESS!
Michael McHorney, Executive Director, Children’s Museum of Eau Claire

Professionals will participate in a highly interactive and experiential learning experience. A case study of the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire will be shared on how it has become an educational as well as economic engine. Participants will be able to walk away with tools to advocate for play in their own communities as well as the state and national level.                                                                        
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Administrators)

MAKER MOMENTS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD
Michael McHorney, Executive Director, Children’s Museum of Eau Claire

So, you think they can’t make it? Wrong! It is possible to make anything at anytime with a child of any age so long as you adapt the experience to be age appropriate. Participants will see, touch, learn, and grow their way through interacting with maker products and tools. During the hands-on experience, participants will learn how children as young as two years of age can begin learning on high impact maker kits like little Bits.                                                                                        
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool)

MOVING INTO SPRING AND SUMMER WITH MUSIC
Fran McKinney, Fran McKinney & Friends

Movement, singing, instruments, and books will fill your spring and summer learning when you participate in this energetic workshop. Seasonal activities will be expanded, such as trips to the farm, zoo, and pond. Examples of dance and movement will be paired with songs and literacy to enrich your curriculum. Invite all learners to engage and join the session and be ready for spring!                                                               
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten)

PRACTICAL TO CALM CHALLENGING BEHAVIOR
Samantha Moe, Certified Parent Coach, Mad2Glad

Is there a “difficult” child who drains your energy and nothing seems to work? Brain research tells us that the “fight or flight” stress response is responsible for intense behavior but misses a critical piece – specifically, professional skills to more effectively calm challenging behavior and regain control. During this interactive workshop, you will learn practical solutions rooted in neuroscience to enjoy work again!                                                                                                                          
(Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators, Counselors)

HANDS-ON FUN WITH FARM TO EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION
Deb Moses, Farm to ECE Trainer, Community Groundworks
Jill Carlson Groendyk, Farm to ECE Trainer, Community Groundworks

Farm to Groundworks and experiential learning go together like Wisconsin sweet corn and freshly-made butter! This an easy match because the best way to learn about healthy and local food is to grow it, taste it, stir it, and shake it. Learn how you can match fun Farm to ECE activities with Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards as well as health and wellness goals for children, families, and staff. Leave with resources and tips to confidently use these ideas in your classroom.   
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, New Teachers, Administrators)

EARLY BRAIN AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health

Dr. Navsaria will discuss the critical importance of the first thousand days of life and the key role human relationships and interactions play during that time period. The concepts of toxic stress and how early adversity leads to lifelong issues will be reviewed, with practical examples and discussion of research which highlights these areas. Tools and principles that help address the issue will be discussed, providing a practical framework for those who work with children and families. Two-generation approaches to programs and policies will be provided, enhancing how we serve *both* parents and children synergistically.
(Infant/toddler, Preschool)

FUN-tastic Phonemic Awareness Ideas
Amber Osterman, Kindergarten Teacher, Osseo-Fairchild School District
Luann Neuenschwander, Kindergarten Teacher, Gillett School District


We will provide you with activities to teach and reinforce these critical beginning reading skills, while your little ones think they are just having fun.  We will focus on ways to include sensory, game play, and other hands-on activities into your phonemic awareness curriculum while addressing the standards. Your kinders will be begging for more! 
(Kindergarten)

THE PERFECT PLATFORM FOR CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
Becky Payne, Speech Language Pathologist, Nature’s Edge Therapy Center
Laura Dietsche, Occupational Therapist, Nature’s Edge Therapy Center

Climb a tree, play in the dirt, build a fort, plant a flower, discover bugs, BE A KID. Research has proven that children thrive on play experiences in the natural outdoor environment. Sadly, many children experience limited outdoor play secondary to time, weather, and/or electronics. A speech therapist and an occupational therapist who provide therapy services on a ranch will discuss how to make the most of your outdoor surroundings, and how to cultivate natural developmental play experiences while using traditional therapy techniques such as, emotional regulation programming, healthy limits, visuals, and the utilization of a visual schedule. Children are meant to be KIDS, which means playing hard and getting dirty in the great outdoors. Let’s not be the ones to limit this experience. Join us for a fun, rewarding and educational session that will make even the oldest adult want to get some sunshine and get messy!
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

HANDS ON LEARNING THROUGH PLAY IN PRESCHOOL
Laura Pitt, Instructional Specialist, UW-Stout Child and Family Student Center

As Early Childhood Educators, we know that the children learn through play. This session will provide hands on learning ideas that promote exploration, problem solving, and language development. There will be some STEM activities, as well as literacy and math activities, all geared for preschool. Many of these ideas use items that you may already have in your center to make preparation for the activities easier. You may even walk away with new ideas for Monday morning! These activities are easily adaptable to your program and the interest level of your students.                     
(Preschool)

POWER TO THE PROFESSION: DISCUSSIONS ON COMPETENCIES AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS
Laura Simkin, WECA  Membership Director and TEACH Counselor, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association

This interactive training will connect early childhood educators to WECA, and what responsibilities should educators have based on their educational attainment? Conversations will be captured and provided to NAEYC&#’;s as feedback for a policy agenda for young children in which you have a say. Your voice is important!
(Infant/toddler, preschool, kindergarten, primary, new teachers, administrators)

ANIMATING CIRCLE TIME WORKSHOP
Rachel Stuart, Instructional Specialist, UW-Stout

Integrating technology into teaching at a toddler level can be challenging. Come learn how to create animated circle times using NAEYC. I will share several of my own creations and do a hands-on tutorial that will result in you leaving with your first animated UW.                                                                                                   
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, New Teachers)

FORGOTTEN GAMES: IMPACT OF CHILDHOOD GAMES ON WELL-BEING AND LEARNING
Sapna Thapa, Associate Professor, UW-Stout
Shehrish Thapa, Mental Health Counselor
 

This presentation will talk about the impact of technology and urbanization on play. Through this session, we will share some of the forgotten games that we played as children and how these games can be therapeutic as well as enhance learning and general well-being. The session will also impact basic knowledge related to play-therapy for children who have undergone trauma.                                                        
(Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers)

Circle Time on Parade and Transition Tips
Julie Torkelson, Retired Early Childhood Teacher, Pre-K/Kindergarten

Circle time should reflect the needs and interests of your children. Improve your children’s cognitive and social skills with fun-filled activities that promote early literacy skills and math concepts, language development and cooperation. Guiding children smoothly through daily transitions is essential. Get some new ideas for transitional activities that children will love!                                 
(Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers)

A Terrible Thing Happened…..Strategies for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma
Michelle Weirich, Lead ECE Instructor, Blackhawk Technical College

Children who witness or experience trauma often have thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in the immediate aftermath and long after the event has passed. As a teacher, have you wondered how to help these children in your classroom regulate their emotions? The strategies recommended in this workshop use a non-judgmental approach aimed at helping the child process and express his/her feelings through a variety of different methods.
(Infant/toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New teachers)

LET’S MAKE MISTAKES TOGETHER! UNDERSTANDING EMPATHY AS A MATTER OF PERCEPTION – EXTRA FEE PAID DURING REGISTRATION                                                        
Dr. Tami Rae Weiss, Assistant Professor, College of Education, UW-Stout

This double afternoon session with Dr. Tami Rae Weiss in the format of the “wine and canvas” phenomenon, you will create a step-by-step painting project (minus the wine, sorry!). Participants learn to embrace discomfort as a sign of learning and growing – and to do so without fear or failure. “Let’s put aside our fixation on having right answers and achieving perfection and, rather, we will find beauty in our mistakes; we will find strengths in our weaknesses; and we will celebrate the endless possibilities that our uniqueness allots us!”                                                                                      
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers)

TEACHING SOCIAL JUSTICE WITH Torkelson
Rhondalyn Whitman, ECE Teacher, 123 Look at Me Early Learning Center
Jan Govin, Administrator, 123 Look at Me Early Learning Center

Learn about free materials available for schools from the Southern Poverty Law Center (ECE) Teaching Tolerance Project! The award-winning video, “Starting Small” will be shown. Govin online lesson plans and educational materials will be reviewed.              
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators, Counselors)

MATH EVERYDAY IN EVERYWHERE
Stephanie Winkel, Owner and Provider, Twinkling Stars Child Care and Preschool

This training will renew the energy of professionals working in the early childhood field. It will discuss brain development and the importance of building a solid foundation of mathematical knowledge. In addition, the trainer will give ideas regarding simple mathematic games and activities to be implemented in early childhood
settings.                                                                                                       
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool)

MUSIC AND MENTAL HEALTH: BUILDING A STRONG FOUNDATION FOR EARLY LEARNERS
Marcia Wolf, Sr. Instructional Specialist, UW-Stout
Julie Bates-Maves, Associate Professor, UW-Stout

This presentation will explore and discuss how the integration of music into infant and early childhood classrooms can support mental health in young children. The
foundations of mental health in infants and preschoolers will be discussed, as well as the known impact of music in the brain. Further, ideas on how to infuse such principles into early learning, with examples of music activities, songs, and lesson plans, will be included.                                                                                                 
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, New Teachers, Administrators)

INFANT/TODDLER LAB TOUR
Marcia Wolf, Sr. Instructional Specialist, UW-Stout
Allison Feller, Interim Director, Infant and Child Study Lab, UW-Stout

Join us for a tour of the Feller-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 you may have.                
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, New Teachers, Administrators)

SCIENCE TIME
Sherry Ann Wolfer, Early Childhood Consultant, Let’s Dig In

You don’t have to be a scientist to do or have science in your classroom. Learn how to incorporate science into all areas of the 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.                                                                                                             
(Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers)

MAKE IT YOUR OWN 12-MONTH CREATIVE CURRICULUM
Tabitha Zimmer, Head Start Lead, Sturgeon Lake Clubhouse Daycare

Approve, ready-made – make it your own curriculum. All your required information is already added, you just need to add your own materials that you have laying around the house. Once you have collected your data and entered in your information, you can use this 12 months – at a glance creative curriculum – year after year. It’s a lot of work at first, but once it’s done, it’s done! No more wondering what you need to do year after year.
 (Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, New Teachers, Administrators)