The event focuses on curriculum ideas for children, from birth to eight years old. It attracts infant and toddler caregivers, preschool teachers, kindergarten and primary teachers, curriculum specialists, administrators and parents.
About 75 presentations, including many by UW-Stout faculty and staff, are scheduled in various buildings along with a vendor fair in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center.
Most sessions will be held Friday and Saturday. Preconference workshops and early-bird sessions will be held Thursday. Some of the presentations are:
• “Lyrics, Language and Laughs,” by Jill Klefstad, UW-Stout associate professor
• “Bringing STEM to Life,” Holly Larson and Kyla Manske, Sparta school district
• “Ethics and Moral Development in the Digital Age,” Elizabeth Buchanan, director, UW-Stout Center for Applied Ethics
• “Bringing Out the Best in Children and Families,” Paula Smith, school psychologist, Eau Claire school district, and Lucy Weidner, consultant
• “Getting the Picture: Tips for Using the Digital Camera,” by Bill Wikrent, Learning Technology Services, UW-Stout
• “Inspiring Environments for Toddlers,” Jamie Lynch, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout
• “Understanding and Promoting Emotional Competence In Children,” Ann Brand, associate lecturer, UW-Stout
• “Initiating Inquiry through Science, Math, Literacy and Music to support Inquisitive Minds and Hands on Learning,” Jill Klefstad, associate professor, UW-Stout; Erica Klefstad, Edgerton school district; Alyssa Duffy, Eau Claire school district
• “Educating for Positive Peace,” James Handley, lecturer, UW-Stout
• “Are You Smarter Than Your Smartboard?” Melody Brennan, assistant professor, UW-Stout
• “Creating Stimulating Environments using Teacher Made Materials,” Angela Hellendrung, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout
• “Read that Again! Choosing Developmentally Appropriate Storybooks for Young Children,” Katie Kramschuster, University Library, UW-Stout
Registration remains open online or in person when the conference opens.