Early Childhood Education Conference

45th Annual | April 19 and 20, 2024
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Jim Gill                         Jim Gill

         A Joyous Way to Learn!
     Friday's Keynote Presentation 

In this energizing keynote session, Jim will share examples of his work - both books and songs - that teachers and care providers can bring back to their classrooms, playrooms, and family rooms. Most importantly, Jim will discuss how his unique creations in music play inspire young children not only to move but to regulate their movements . . .  not only to sing but to make connections between the words they sing and the printed work and the world of numbers. 

         Music Play with Purpose
  Friday's Breakout Presentation

This session is a great follow-up to Jim's keynote address. It is filled with the musical inspiration you'll need to keep energized!

In this lively session, Jim Gill shares additional musical games and explains, in greater detail, the purpose behind his play. His active music play provides a context for children to develop abilities, such as self-regulation, essential to school success. Jim's clever wordplay and rhymes in the context of active movement games also provide broad opportunities for literacy development. You'll bring some inspiration, useful in the morning and afternoon, back to your work with young children!

Jim's Biography

                   Raelene Ostberg

Finding Joy: Reduce Stress and Break Through Barriers to Increase Your Joy Factor and Get the Genuine Happiness You Deserve.

Saturday's Keynote Presentation 

When you work in a career that consumes your heart, mind, and sometimes sanity, it can be difficult to just leave it behind. Taking care of others can become the main mode of operation and the most important person might just get left behind – you. Discover methods to crush the obstacles that increase stress and steal your joy.  Feel energized in your critical role in caring for and educating young children. Have fun and get inspired by listening to entertaining, real-life stories that show the easy-to-apply strategies in action. Construct your personal joy plan that will bolster feelings of gratitude, reduce stress, and help make your unique journey on this earth become a rewarding adventure!    

Raelene's Biography

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