Program Schedule

2017 Planned Keynote:

Neuroscience for Kids

Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D., Executive Director
 Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, University of Washington

2017 Session Descriptions Listed Below Schedule

(Please check back for more descriptions)

2017 Program Schedule

Registration and Check-In begins: 7:30 am
Exhibits: 7:30 am-3:00 pm

Morning Refreshments: 7:30 am-8:30 am
(Coffee/Beverage Service: All day/duration of event)

Welcome/Overview: 8:15 am-8:30 am

Exhibitor Break: 8:30 am - 8:40 am

Shaken Baby Syndrome Training: 8:30am - 11:30am

Session Block A:

  • Concurrent Block A: 8:40 am - 9:45 am

  • Roundtable Block 1A: 8:40 am - 9:10 am

  • Roundtable Block 2A: 9:15 am - 9:45 am

Session Block B:

  • Concurrent Block B: 9:50 am - 10:55 am

  • Roundtable Block 3B: 9:50 am - 10:20 am

  • Roundtable Block 4B: 10:25 am - 10:55 am

Exhibitor Break: 10:55 am-11:10 am

Lunch: 11:10 am-12:10 pm

Session Block C:

  • Concurrent Block C: 12:10 pm - 1:15 pm

  • Roundtable Block 5C: 12:10 pm - 12:40 pm

  • Roundtable Block 6C: 12:45 pm - 1:15 pm

Session Block D:

  • Concurrent Block D: 1:20 pm - 2:25 pm

  • Roundtable Block 7D: 1:20 pm - 1:50 pm

  • Roundtable Block 8D: 1:55 pm - 2:25 pm

Closing Keynote Session: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Door Prize Pick-up/CEU Distribution (hardcopy requests only):
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Special Training

> Shaken Baby Syndrome Training

Becca Elbert,Program Analyst, Child Care Partnership

This train the trainer event is designed for teachers or leaders
in the field of early care and education. The curriculum meets
the Department of Children and Families requirements for all
persons providing care and supervision to children under 5 for
Shaken Baby Syndrome. Participants will learn about the
most recent research around SBS and how to train others in
the importance of keeping children safe.

Session Block A Descriptions

Concurrent Sessions

> The Relevance of Play

Jill Klefstad, Professor, Teaching, Learning and Leadership,
University of Wisconsin-Stout

This presentation will demonstrate the importance of play in the lives of
young children. Most of what children learn cannot be taught but rather
what they learn through play. Ideas that will be shared are grounded in
Reggio Emilia and inquiry-based learning.

> Principles of Caregiving: Infants and Toddlers

Lindsay Barnhart, Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Raise awareness for your students about the importance 
of early interactions with young children and what their 
role is during those interactions. Ten principles of caregiving,
the how and what of interacting with young children will be
discussed. Information is adapted from Infants, Toddlers,
and Caregivers by Gonzalez-Mena & Widmeyer Eyer and
includes an activity that can be used with students


> Department of Children and Families

Anne Carmody, Child Care Licensing Specialist, Department of
Children and Families, State of Wisconsin

The Mission of the Department of Children and Families is to improve
the economic and social well-being of Wisconsin’s children, youth and
families. The Department is committed to protecting children and youth,
strengthening families, and supporting communities. Updates on
licensing for group and family child care regulated centers will be

> Educational Neuromyths: Separating Fact from Fiction in Teaching and Learning

Mike Mensink, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Psychology,
University of Wisconsin-Stout

While the brain is the source of all learning and memory, researchers
are only beginning to examine applications of neuroscience to teaching
practices. Yet many misconceptions about teaching and the brain
already exist, commonly referred to as “educational neuromyths’. This
talk will examine the history and research behind several educational
neuromyths, and their detrimental effect on the preservice teachers’
knowledge and beliefs about the brain.

Roundtable Descriptions

> Fashion Without Fabric

Brittnee Anderson, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher,
Southwest Jr. High, Forest Lake School District

Fashion Without Fabric is a project were students create designs and
garments using materials that are not from fabric, i.e. duct tape,
bubble wrap, etc.

> UW-Stout Tech Design Student Internships

Susanna Bordelon, Sarah Bethany Steger and Megan,
Vande Walle, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Tech Design Students Internships

Come and hear UW-Stout Tech Design students share their
experiences of Internships this summer as a wedding gown
designer intern, an Abercrombie and Fitch Intern, and a
Kohl’s Department store intern.


> Inspiring and Appropriate Environments for Infants and Toddler

Jamie Lynch, Early Childhood Instructor, Wisconsin Indianhead
Technical College – Rice Lake

Discover practical ways to design the early childhood environment into a
meaningful space that will enrich and support infants and toddlers. A
variety of ideas will be shared to create a developmentally appropriate
environment, including examples of room arrangement, furnishings,
materials, lighting, acoustics, color and more!

Session Block B Descriptions

Concurrent Sessions

> Tour of the Child and Family Study Center

Allison Feller, Interim Director, Child and Family Study Center,
University of Wisconsin-Stout

Visit the Child and Family Student Center at UW-Stout, which serves as
a lab school for early childhood teacher education and observation site
for related majors. Providing comprehensive programming for children
six weeks of age through six years, the center is accredited by the
National Association for the Education of Young Children. The tour
will include the Infant & Toddler Lab, Preschool Lab and sensory

> Bake for Good with King Arthur Flour


Paula Gray, Manager, Bake for Good Kids, King Arthur Flour

It’s easy to bring our FREE Bake for Good Kids Program to your
students. With your guidance and our materials kids bake rolls
and donate them to a food pantry in your town. Learn how
Bake for Good Kids self-directed works, how to access resources
and practice roll-shaping techniques. Take home a Bake for
Good Kids baking kit!



> Create a Career-Ready Program with RealCare™ Experiential Learning Tools

Kelly Greig, Account Manager, Reality Works

In this session, learn how these evidence-based programs combine
interactive activities, complete curricula and hands-on simulators for
infant care skills, parenting, health sciences exploration, childcare
and eldercare careers. Hear stories from instructors on program best
practices and incorporating core academics into lessons.

> Getting Started with ProStart

Alexandra Newman, ProStart Coordinator, Wisconsin Restaurant
Association Education Foundation

Wondering if the ProStart Program will work for you? This presentation
will go over the basics of running a ProStart Program in a school of any
size, including curriculum information, facility needs, connecting with
your local restaurant industry members, and common misconceptions
about ProStart.

Roundtable Descriptions

> ACP and CTE: A Collaborative Team

Angie Schmoker, Family and Consumer Sciences Education Teacher,
Baldwin-Woodville Area School District
Kit Smestad, School Counselor, Baldwin-Woodville Area School District

CTE departments are vital in implementing and promoting academic and
career planning. Baldwin Woodville High School will share their journey
of ACP Implementation, with overview and specific programming ideas
to get the ball rolling in your district. Please bring any ideas you would
like to share

> Interactive Notebooks in the Family and Consumer Sciences Classroom

Stephanie Love, Family and Consumer Sciences Education Teacher,
Johnson High School, St. Paul School District

Interactive Notebooks enable students to be creative independent
thinkers and writers. In my classroom, they are used for note taking
and other class activities and the students can then process the
information presented in class. In my high school Culinary Arts class,
I use them to help organize student thoughts, extend learning and
reduce clutter. This session will be sponsored by WAFCS Protégé
Plus (Mentor and Mentee program). Both new and seasoned
teachers are encouraged to attend.

> the Power of Eggs

Delaine Stendahl, Family and Consumer Sciences
Education Teacher, Whitehall Memorial Schools

This presentation will focus on the powerful role that eggs play in food
preparation. Delaine will share her unit she presented at the Home
Baking Association Annual Conference as the 2016 Home Baking
Teacher of the year. These lessons are part of her food science and
nutrition high school course.

Session Block C Descriptions

Concurrent Sessions

> Curiosity and Creativity with Early Learners

Melody Brennan, Early Childhood Education Instructor,
Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire

Learn about some tried and true 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 (apps) in a manner that is engaging
to activate prior knowledge and expand children's thinking.
Learning experiences that promote collaboration,
communication, critical thinking, and creativity will be shared.

> What’s NEW in the 2017 Child Care Resources Dropbox

Nancy Merwin, Family and Consumer Sciences Education Teacher,
Cuba City High School

Access best practices as Units as they appear as folders with Family
and Consumer Sciences Standards. Programs: ACCT, IT and CCT
Competency Lists and Portfolios.

> Supporting Students with Autism in the Classroom

Jennifer Reinke, Ph.D, LAMFT, CFLE, Assistant Professor of
Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin-Stout

In this session participants will explore proactive strategies that help
students with autism reduce environmental distraction and focus their
attention. Participants will leave with new ideas around things they can
do to prepare their classroom and effectively utilize communication
supports, implement routines and visual supports to encourage
optimal independence for students with autism.

Roundtable Sessions

> Interior Design Upgrades

Lynn Borski, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, Lincoln High
School, Wisconsin Rapids School District

In this session Lynn will share how she elevated her interior design
course by integrating the FCCLA Interior Design STAR event design
scenario into her lessons and final project. She will also share free
tools and resources on the web and right in your community to
enhance your curriculum. Lynn has taught interior design for four
years and her students have competed at state and national levels
for three years.

> Wells Fargo Hands on Banking

Kayleigh N. Cope, Outreach Community Coordinator,
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A

Wells Fargo Hands on Banking is a website designed to help promote
financial literacy beginning as young as preschool all the way up to
seniors and retirement. An interactive website where you can
independently take a course or printable materials for a lesson plan.
A fun way to help people of all ages become more financially educated;
and to help the communicates where we live, learn, work and grow
in to succeed.

> Rapid Methods for the Detection of Foodborne Bacterial Pathogens

Taejo Kim, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout

The rapid detection of bacterial pathogens and other microbial
contaminants in food is critical for ensuring the safety of consumers.
Traditional methods to detect foodborne bacteria often rely on
time-consuming growth in culture media, followed by isolation,
biochemical/molecular identification, and sometimes serology.
Recent advances in technology make detection and identification
faster, more convenience, more sensitive and more specific than
conventional assays.

Session Block D Descriptions

Concurrent Descriptions

> An Overview of the YoungStar Program (TEACH Program and Accessing Funds for Training)

Becca Elbert, Wisconsin Dairyland Community Action Agency

An overview of YoungStar from perspectives of Center, Parents, and
Students/Employees.What do our students need to know about
YoungStar for volunteering/working in a center?

> WTCS-Foundations of Teacher Education-Associate Degree Program

Katie Roberts, Education Director, Hospitality, Human Services
and Education, Wisconsin Technical College System

Students in the Foundations of Teacher Education program (formerly
Instructional Assistant) are trained to understand the complex issues
involving the education of today’s children.The program provides skills
for those who want to move directly into the classroom as a para-
educator, instructional assistant or reading aid and serves as a solid
base for those who want to continue their education, earn a bachelor’s
degree and become a licensed teacher.Students learn and develop
skills such as: help facilitate student learning in the classroom,
strategies to aid elementary/middle school instruction in reading,
writing, math and science, targeted training in guiding young
children’s behavior, proficiencies to work with children with
special needs.Support and instruction is provided by experienced
Technical College faculty and, during practicums, under the
supervision of a licensed teacher.

>Healthy Couple Relationships in Adolescence and Young Adulthood

Jennifer Reinke, Ph.D, LAMFT, CFLE, Assistant Professor of
Human Development and Family Studies, UW-Stout

This session will explore what healthy couple relationships “look like”
in adolescence and young adulthood. Participants will leave with
evidence-based relationship “tips” that can be shared with students
considering or already engaged in a dating relationship.

Roundtable Descriptions

> Integrating Real World Travel Opportunities into a Family and Consumer Science Program

Sarah Halverson, Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Teacher, Black River Falls High School

Have you ever thought of bringing the real world of travel to your FCS
program? I know we aren’t foreign language, but YOU CAN. There are
wonderful opportunities for you and your students to travel, taste and
see other cultures. Come and see how this can be done in your school.

> The Registry

Luanne Platt, Director of Professional Development, The Registry

Luanne has been with The Registry since 1998. She has worked in the
child care and education field in such capacities as classroom volunteer,
assistant teacher, lead teacher, director and administrator. Immediately
prior to joining The Registry staff, the center that Luanne managed
achieved NAEYC accreditation. Luanne approves trainers and training
sessions for the Professional Development Approval System, works with
conference organizers to coordinate Registry workshops and oversees
The Registry Ambassador program. Luanne also manages other
projects, oversees the timely issuance of certificates, codes four-year
college transcripts and acts as a liaison with State Licensing. She will
highlight the levels of education for Early Childhood.

> Registering for Skills Certificate Standards

Diane Ryberg, FACS Consultant, Department of Public
Instruction, State of Wisconsin

Access the DPI website for registering students in the
ACCT, IT, and CCT Skills Certificate Program. This is
the new system as of 2016-2017 and requires levels of security.