ECE Virtual Conference Presenters and Workshops

43rd Annual | April 22 - May 31, 2022
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2022 Virtual Presentations

Why do they do that?

Alisha PrangeWhy do They do That? 
Alisha Prange, Little Knights Preschool Teach, ECFE Teacher, and S.M.A.R.T Presenter, A Chance to Grow, Inc. 

Wet sleeves and shirt collars? Meltdowns at clean-up time? Explore the "why" behind common behaviors that tend to be labeled as "misbehaviors" in your classrooms. Learning the "why" behind the behaviors can help you better understand what the child is trying to tell you. Along with that understanding, participants will be equipped with tips and tricks to help ease the frequency or intensity of these behaviors ranging from shirt chewers to meltdowns at transitions.  
(3 to 5-Year-Olds) (Child Development) 

From Playscape to Naturescape: Helping Transform Your Center

Andrea BierbrauerFrom Playscape to Naturescape: Helping Transform Your Center 
Andrea Bierbrauer, Naturalist/Early Childhood Specialist/Volunteer Coordinator, Heckrodt Wetland Reserve 

This workshop will empower teachers with the background knowledge needed to introduce environmental education into their centers/schools. After this workshop participants will have resources and ideas on how to bring environmental activities into their centers through science and sensory. They will learn how to incorporate processed-based art activities into their science curriculum. Participants will also be able to get concepts on how to showcase environmental education within their own “backyard” at their centers. Through this workshop, we hope to make environmental education more exciting and accessible to all learning centers. 
(1 to 5-Years-Old) (Learning Experiences, Strategies, and Curriculum) 

More than “Your Child Did Great!” Building Trust and Positiv

Ayuko BoomerBuilding Trust and Positive Relationships with Caregivers to Nurture Children's School Experience
Ayuko  Boomer, Early Childhood Specialist, Child Development Lab School, University of Minnesota

Educators will learn the importance of communication and transparency and deepen the parent-teacher relationships to enhance and support the child’s learning. Educators will also develop language and communication skills that will enhance the relationship and trust between the parents and the educators, thus furthering the goals to provide the best education and experience for the child.
(1 to 5-year-olds) (Family Systems and Dynamics, Professionalism)

It can be Done with Toddlers too! Navigating Outdoor Educat

Ayuko Boomer It can be Done with Toddlers too! Navigating Outdoor Education with 2 and 3-year-old Children
Ayuko  Boomer, Early Childhood Specialist, Child Development Lab School, University of Minnesota

his session will discuss the possibilities of outdoor education with toddlers and young preschool-age children. Although we will touch upon all the seasons, we will specifically focus on and discuss activities that can be done during the cold winter season. Attendees will also learn about the necessary preparation and communication involved with families in making the transition for outdoor education.
(2 1/2 to 3-year-olds) ( Child Development, Learning Experiences, Strategies and Curriculum, Family and Community Relationships, Planning, Reflection, and Evaluation)

Let's Get Physical with Zoo-phonics! 

Dana SchuetzeLet's Get Physical with Zoo-phonics! 
Dana Schuetze, Consultant, Zoo-phonics, Inc.
Zoo-phonics is a multi-sensory phonics program. Zoo-phonics uses animals in the shape of lowercase letters along with a physical body movement to lock the sounds and shapes of the letters into memory. The capital letters are also intertwined with the animal making a connection to both the lower - and uppercase letters. In this way, the children have a reference using visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile modalities to access information. Through these Zoo-phonics techniques, you will find many new teaching ideas for phonemic awareness, phonics, segmenting and blending VC/CVC words, incorporating literature, and much more. Lessons use the hierarchy of learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing through playful and physical activities that will capture the excitement of young learners. 
(1 to 5-Year-Olds) ( Learning Experiences, Strategies, and Curriculum) 

Sign Language is for Everyone
Dawn KoplitzSign Language is for Everyone
Dawn Koplitz, American Sign Language Interpreter, Dawn Koplitz Interpreting, LLC

American Sign Language (ASL) can establish communication between children and the adults that care for them before the child is able to speak. Also, because it's a visual language, it creates brain connections that benefit cognitive growth. Learn about what affects hearing, ways to incorporate ASL into your routines, and signs to use in your childcare setting.
(Infant to 5-year-olds, Adults) (Diversity, Special Needs, Learning Experiences)
Viewing "Challenging Behaviors" Through the Lens of Social

Dawnita GalloViewing "Challenging Behaviors" Through the Lens of Social/Emotional Development
Dr. Dawnita Gallo, Minnesota State University Moorhead

During this presentation, we will look at challenging behaviors, the ones we see every day in our childcare classrooms and homes. Together we’ll explore social and emotional development; looking specifically at some of today’s biggest challenges children are experiencing in this developmental area. We’ll identify some of the many reasons that it is important for early childhood educators to support healthy social/emotional development. And finally, using the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards as our lens, we will strategize interventions and learning experiences to support the young child’s healthy social and emotional development.
(1 to 5-year-olds) ( Child Development, Learning Experiences, Strategies and Curriculum, Guidance and Nurturing)

Full STEAM Ahead! Using Picture Books and Music to put STEAM

Debbie ClementsFull STEAM Ahead! Using Picture Books and Music to put STEAM into Your Day!
Debbie Clement, Author, and Illustrator

Join Debbie Clement, author/illustrator and music woman as we build bridges to S.T.E.M. concepts through her picture books and music including choreography and some simple sign language. Participants will get to be the first on Earth to be led through Debbie's newest scientifically accurate, nonfiction, STEAM extravaganza picture book on all things Monarch butterfly: from metamorphosis to migration. "Mighty Wings" is certain to engage and amaze your pre-readers, keeping them longer on the page as they play the 'I Spy' game and search for repeating elements within the illustrations. The professionally created technological marvel of a book trailer is certain to be a big hit -- as it is FREE on YouTube: technology INDEED! You're invited to be delighted. 

Lyrics to Literacy: Read a Song and Sing a Book

Debbie ClementLyrics to Literacy: Read a Song and Sing a Book
Debbie Clement, Author, and Illustrator

Join a picture book author and illustrator for singing, moving, signing, and up-beat presentation of integrating picture books into the classroom. We will learn the songs in sign language to support your teaching them for end-of-year celebrations. We will take a quick look at children's open-ended art responses to my book illustrations. There will be movement songs as well, to get your class up and moving in celebration of spring. We'll take a look at the puppets and props that can bring songs to life and make a big impression while augmenting the learning and retention, as well as infusing fun and laughter into the day. All of the songs in the presentation were designed around brain research -- focusing on patterns, rhythm, rhyme, and repetition.

Balanced Stimulation Insights for Optimal Brain Development

Deborah McNelisBalanced Stimulation Insights for Optimal Brain Development 
Deborah McNelis, Founder, Brain Insights 

The human brain is an amazing and complex organ that allows each of us to think, feel and act. The brain systems that regulate those activities are largely shaped by experience. This presentation provides you with brief and easy-to-understand insights to share the importance of balanced stimulation, so brains are not under-stimulated or over-stimulated to cause dysregulation. Additionally, you will be provided with ideas to support the optimal development of children as you implement the understanding gained. 
(2 1/2 to 5-Year-Olds) (Guidance and Nurturing) 

Making a Significant Impact Happens in the Earliest Months

Deb McNelisMaking a Significant Impact Happens in the Earliest Months
Deborah McNelis, Founder, Brain Insights 

You have likely heard that brain research reveals that the earliest years of life are the time of the most rapid development. Have you seen the more recent information on the earliest months? There are many misconceptions and myths about what babies actually need. In this presentation, you will become enlightened with insights on what actually makes the most significant difference toward optimal development. 
(2 1/2 to 5-Year-Olds) (Guidance and Nurturing) 

Neuro-Nurturing®: Brain Science and Realizing Potential 

Deb McNelisNeuro-Nurturing®: Brain Science and Realizing Potential 
Deborah McNelis, Founder, Brain Insights 

When the brain feels a sense of trust and security it is then able to relax and is ready to learn. This security is essential to establish from birth, preparing the brain for learning, self-regulation, critical thinking, resiliency, empathy, problem-solving, and getting along with others. Beginning with a newborn it is essential that physical and security needs are met, and nurturing interaction and an abundance of play is consistently provided. This is Neuro-Nurturing®. 
(2 1/2 to 5-Year-Olds) (Guidance and Nurturing) 

Early Childhood Multilingual and Multicultural Milieu

Deborah WheelerEarly Childhood Multilingual and Multicultural Milieu
Deborah Wheeler, Assistant Professor, Department of Child and Family Studies

Preparing for an equitable and inclusive early childhood classroom includes being equipped with the knowledge and skills that are needed to teach multilingual and multicultural students. Learn how to create a multicultural and multilingual milieu with effective strategies and methods.
(2 1/2 to 5 year-olds, Adults) ( Diversity, Learning Experiences, Strategies, and Curriculum)

Providing Environments that Encourage and Support all Aspect

Hope BallentineHope Balletine, Assistant Vice President of Operations, Boys and Girls Clubs of Dane and Walworth County

Attendees should expect to learn how to create an environment that supports growth in all aspects. To be able to create activities that are engaging and support active learning as well as support cross-disciplinary learning. We would work and create an ideal setup in a classroom.
(1 to 5-year-olds) (Child Development, Learning Experiences, Strategies and Curriculum, Health, Safety, and Nutrition)

The Art of Creating Purposeful, Engaging, and Oh So Appropri

Jamie LynchThe Art of Creating Purposeful, Engaging, and Oh So Appropriate Toddler Environments 
Jamie Lynch, Early Childhood Education Instructor, Northwoods Technical College, Rice Lake 

Discover practical ways to transform your classroom into a meaningful space that will enrich, guide, and support the toddlers in your care. A variety of ideas will be shared to help you create an interesting, calming, and welcoming environment. Tips will be included on effective room arrangement, furnishings, lighting, sound, organization, activities, color, and more! 
(1 to 3-Year-Olds) (Learning Experiences, Strategies and Communication) 

Movement Anchors Learning

Katie HansenMovement Anchors Learning
Katie Hansen, Minnesota Learning Resource Center, Assistant Director

Explore how S.M.A.R.T Pre-K is a program that helps children’s brains and bodies get ready to learn. Learn fun activities for developing motor skills, balance and coordination, eye-hand coordination, and much more. This session shares fun, hands-on, brain-stimulating activities. Learn how your children can be S.M.A.R.T. children!
(3 to 5-years-old) (Child Development)

Cooking Counts

Laura PittCooking Counts
Laura Pitt, Instructional Specialist, Child & Family Study Center, UW-Stout

Cooking with children can be fun! I will be sharing the benefits of cooking in the classroom and at home. There will be recipes to share and suggestions on how to make it a meaningful experience.
(3 to 4-year-olds) (Health, Safety and Nutrition)

Introduction to the world of Outdoor Learning

Luke ParkerIntroduction to the World of Outdoor Learning 
Luke Parker,

This presentation will focus on the rapidly growing concept of Outdoor Learning (OL). This session will introduce Outdoor Learning before investigating how Outdoor Learning operates within education. Example topics that will be covered within the session include the following: Defining Outdoor Learning.Theories of taking students into the outdoors. How to structure Outdoor Learning programs across various schooling levels. The benefits of Outdoor Learning programs. Analysis of existing programs. Providing example structures for Outdoor Learning across the curriculum. This presentation will also cover information on tips and tricks gained from assisting thousands of educators in implementing Outdoor Learning programs within various levels of education. All attendees will also be provided a copy of Luke's upcoming book on Outdoor Learning which includes more than 200 example activities that can be implemented across various educational levels.
(3 to 5-year olds, Adults) ( Learning Experiences, Strategies, and Curriculum)

Music and its Potential to Support Social-Emotional Learning

Music and its Potential to Support Social-Emotional Learning in Children 
Dr. Julie Bates-Maves, Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, UW-Stout and Marcia Wolf, Senior Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout

This presentation will explore the impact of integrating music into the classroom. Impacts of music on the brain and social-emotional health will be discussed. Ideas for infusing music into early learning through music activities, songs, and lesson plans will also be offered.

Objectives include:

1. Identify the areas of growth and development affected by the inclusion of music into the daily routine for children.
2. To experience developmentally appropriate music activities for infants and toddlers which can enhance their social-emotional health.
3. To observe how music affects the growth and development of children through immersive examples such as videos, demonstrations, and children's literature.

Dr. Julie Bates-Maves
Dr. Julie Bates-Maves

Julie Bates-Maves, Ph.D., LPC, is a professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of Wisconsin–Stout and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Wisconsin. Her teaching and research interests are centered on trauma, addiction, and reducing stigma. She is also the mother of two young boys, ages 6 and 2.



Marcia Wolf
Marcia Wolf

Marcia Wolf, MS, is a Senior Instructional Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s Child and Family Study Center. She has taught infants and toddlers for the past 21 years and currently teaches in the 4K preschool classroom. Her passion lies in sharing music with the young children she teaches and with the college students who come to her classroom to learn. She is also the mother of 4 grown children and the grandmother of 4.



STEM @ Home

Orinthia HarrisSTEM @ Home 
Orinthia Harris, Ph.D., STEMearly LLC 

Let’s face it… CoVid 19 and this global pandemic have left many parents frustrated and burned out! It has also caused a lot of stress and trauma. Many parents desire to create a stress-free environment where their kids can be actively engaged and learning, and not simply watching a screen. However, not having the right tools can cause added stress. Creating a STEM-rich environment at home should not cause stress.  STEM @ Home is a virtual bilingual workshop designed to train parents and students on Best Practices for creating a STEM-rich environment at home. There are three concepts that we stress in this video. #1.STEM is Freeing. #2. STEM is a Foundation. #3. STEM is Fun. Understanding these three concepts will enable participants to create a STEM-rich environment @ Home that will yield many positive results. 
(3 to 5-Year-Olds, Adults) (Family Systems and Dynamics) 

Practical Tools to Support the Overwhelmed Parent

Samantha MoePractical Tools to Support the Overwhelmed Parent
Samantha Moe, Creator of Mad to Glad Blueprint, Certified Parent Coach and Owner of Samantha Moe and Associates

Do you geek out on brain science but have a hard time making it practical? Now more than ever, parents need simple and effective tools to create peace at home. Learn specific, indispensable language -- based on the Mad to Glad BlueprintTM -- to guide parents into action and transformation. Reduce families’ fighting, yelling, and frustration, and increase listening connection and satisfaction.
(2 1/2 to 5 year-olds) (Child Development, Family Systems and Dynamics, Special Needs, Disabilities and Inclusive Practices Learning Experiences, Strategies and Curriculum, Guidance and Nurturing, Observation, Screening and Assessment, Family and Community Relationships)

Free PDF for Parents on Calming Challenging Behavior

Best Practices for Intentional Teaching

Shucrea Victor-CameronBest Practices for Intentional Teaching
Shucrea Victor-Cameron, Owner/Doctoral Candidate, Intentional Teaching Consulting, Services, Inc. 

Intentional teaching requires wide-ranging knowledge about how children develop and learn. Intentional teaching doesn’t happen by chance, intentionality is a result of being deliberate. Moreover, it requires early childhood professionals to be inspired, equipped and supported. Early childhood professionals will be provided with BEST intentional teaching practices to guide them through an organized scope and sequence that supports targeted teaching and outcomes. 
(Infant to 5-Year-Olds) ( Planning, Reflection, and Evaluation) 

Shortcuts & Sunshine

Stacey SchultzTake Back Time: Teaching Outdoors
Stacey Schultz

It's time to take back time and start teaching outdoors. How much time do you spend lining up, waiting in the hallway, and reteaching behaviors?  Get ready for tips and tricks on how to move and shake and learn outdoors in our ever-changing, high expectation learning day!
(4 TO 5-year-olds, Adults) ( Child Development, Learning Experiences, Health, Safety, and Nutrition, Planning, Reflection and Evaluation)


Puppet Play Storytime

Susan FulcherPuppet Play Storytime 
Susan Fulcher, Puppeteer, Suzette's Puppets 
Have you always wanted to use a puppet in your classroom but are a little intimidated about making it talk? Well, this workshop will rid you of the fear of using a puppet by teaching you the proper way to use a variety of puppets. You will also learn how to make use of puppets to entertain and educate your kiddos by way of telling simple stories, playing games, and singing silly songs. 
(3-Years-Old) (Learning Experiences, Strategies, and Curriculum) 

Nursery Rhyme Mathematics

Terrie SchmoldtNursery Rhyme Mathematics  
Terrie Schmoldt, Advanced Learner Specialist, Oregon School District 

We’re going beyond phonemics and rhyming! We are measuring, estimating, graphing, and having fun. We will conclude with a field day of Nursery Rhyme Olympics! 
(3 to 5-Year-Olds) (Learning Experiences, Strategies, and Curriculum)

Better Words from Adults Equal Better Children's Outcomes:

Wendy SchaetzBetter Words from Adults Equal Better Children's Outcomes: Strategies to harness the power of language patterns for instant and future success
Wendy Schaetz, 

The information in this presentation is perfect for educators, caregivers, and parents. You'll practice creating immediate, beneficial changes in children's learning, social skills, behavior, communication, confidence, and motivation! You'll be able to identify strategies and use them to create more successful outcomes while positively influencing the young children in your classrooms and homes. As a Speech/Language Pathologist and Board Certified Consulting Hypnotist, I cannot ignore grown-ups using language patterns that create the OPPOSITE of what they are trying to achieve. Learn strategies you'll be able to implement immediately, as you discover how easy it is to say things in a different way to get better outcomes. When you start regularly using the RIGHT word patterns you'll be amazed at how easy and natural it is to gain children's cooperation, reduce their stress and fears, bolster confidence, enhance learning, avoid bad habits, and much more.
(Adults) ( Family Systems and Dynamics, Special Needs, Learning Experiences, Health, Safety and Nutrition, Family and Community Relationships)