Early Childhood Education Conference

2017 Call For Presenters is Now Open

39th Annual Early Childhood Education Conference -  April 28-29, 2017

Submit your proposal here: https://goo.gl/NVR7oj

Keynote Presentations from 2016

Dr. Dipesh NavsariaDr. Navsaria

Books Build Better Brains: Early Brain and Child Development and Promoting Literacy

  • Hear about the critical importance of the first thousand days of life in brain development
  • Learn the key role human relationships and interactions are during that early time period
  • Understand the concepts of toxic stress and how early adversity leads to lifelong issues
  • Hear practical examples and current research which highlight these areas. 
  • Understand programming principles and framework that may help address these issues

Pediatrician, occasional children's librarian, public health professional and child health advocate, Dr Navsaria practices primary-care pediatrics at a community health center working with under-served populations.  He is involved in advocacy training for residents, medical students, and practicing physicians. 

Dr Navsaria is strongly engaged with early literacy programs, particularly around ideas of early brain and child development.  A dynamic speaker, Dr Navsaria lectures locally, regionally and nationally on early literacy, early brain and child development, child health advocacy and technology.


Dr. Ann Brand   

Tending the Heart of Education: Mindfulness Practices for Educators Dr. Ann Brand

Teachers are at the heart of education. Yet when teachers are not tending to their own well-being, they are not able to bring all of their gifts and skills into the classroom to support optimal child growth and development. Facilitating a healthy learning environment for children starts with self-care for the caretaker. Mindfulness is one simple practice that supports teacher well-being. This talk explores the concept of mindfulness, presents research supporting it's benefits, and introduces simple practices that can be used both in and out of the classroom to support educator well-being and a healthy classroom climate.

  • Hear about the importance of the health and well-being of the teacher for supporting optimal child growth and development.
  • Understand the concept of mindfulness and how cultivating our ability to pay attention can be of benefit in the classroom and out.
  • Learn about the benefits of mindfulness for emotional, mental, and physical well-being as supported by cutting edge neuroscience research.
  • Discover how mindfulness can support interpersonal relationships in our professional and personal lives.
  • Learn simple mindfulness practices that can be used both in and out of the classroom
    to support educator well-being and a healthy classroom climate.

Dr. Ann Brand is a Lecturer in the School of Education at The University of Wisconsin-Stout and Program Specialist for Mindfulness Training for Arts Integration Menomonie. She holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with an emphasis on child development and families. Ann is an accredited mindfulness teacher through The Mindfulness Training Institute. She offers professional development for educators in Wisconsin and teaches mindfulness classes in the community in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Early Registration 

Early Registration Deadline:
April 1st, 2016

 Contact Information

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

Email:   profed@uwstout.edu
Phone: 715.232.2793
Fax:      715.232.3385

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