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April 1st, 2017

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Menomonie, WI 54751

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39th Annual Early Childhood Education Conference

April 28-29, 2017

Due to strong response, registration is closed.

To be put on a waiting list, email your name to
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The Early Childhood Education Conference has been approved for 
.5 continuing education units (CEUs) per day of conference

DOUBLE SESSIONS FOR MINNESOTA PROFESSIONALS

LIST OF PRESENTATIONS AND LOCATIONS

Final room assignments will be available the day of the conference.


The Effects of Trauma on Young Children and Their Families
Over 25% of American children have experienced or witnessed trauma by the age of 4.  Working with children and families who have experienced trauma can be challenging. In this workshop we will explore different types of trauma, how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) can affect the long term health and social development of children and adults, and how to engage with families who are working through trauma.
Friday, Session 2  
Saturday, Session 3  
Stephanie Adrihan, Early Intervention & Special Education Teacher, Walworth County Birth to Three
Stephanie graduated UW-Stout in 1998 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and later obtained licensure in Early Childhood Special Ed from UW-Milwaukee. Stephanie has over 13 years experience as an early intervention teacher with Walworth County Birth to Three working with families in thier homes. Stephanie sees the family as a child's first and most important teachers and believes in building their capacity to take a lead in their child's development and education.
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Building Family Centered Practices Into Your Early Care and Education Programs
When families and early childhood professional are partners in education, outcomes improve for children.  This session will discuss the key principals of family centered care and provide strategies for building trusting relationships with families. While most early childhood professionals are comfortable working in classrooms with children, many are uncomfortable when it comes to their interactions with families. This session will offer tools that help build meaningful partnerships with the families of the children in our programs.
Friday, Session 3  
Stephanie Adrihan, Early Intervention & Special Education Teacher, Walworth County Birth to Three
Stephanie graduated UW-Stout in 1998 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and later obtained licensure in Early Childhood Special Ed from UW-Milwaukee. Stephanie has over 13 years experience as an early intervention teacher with Walworth County Birth to Three working with families in thier homes. Stephanie sees the family as a child's first and most important teachers and believes in building their capacity to take a lead in their child's development and education.
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Electronic Addiction in the Classroom: Strategies for a Healthy Balance
Do you struggle with behavior issues, disrespect,  inattention & mood swings in class?  These symptoms can be part of a larger issue. Electronic addiction can trigger chaos in the brain. Learn about the neurological impact of easy electronic  access. Discover how electronic access is helpful, how it's hurtful, and innovative alternatives so your classroom has a  healthy balance for students success. Participants will learn how daily usage impacts  the brain and the effect “Electronics Stress”  has on students’ behavior, learning, classroom  environment, and peer dynamics. They will learn warning  signs of Electronic Addiction, alternatives, and  guidelines for healthy usage.
Friday, Session 2
Saturday, Session 3   
Barb Andrus, Certified Parent Coach, Mad2Glad
Barb Andrus is a Certified Mad2Glad Parent Coach.  As a Family Specialist for over 35 years, 27 of those years spent in Early Education, she is passionate about early intervention and is skilled at helping parents understand how the brain works and improving relationships with their children.  Using cutting-edge strategies from the Mad2Glad Blueprint, Barb helps parents reveal the best version of themselves while raising happy, confident children.


Routines:  Essential For Some, Valuable For All
We do some things every day – wake up, get dressed, brush teeth, etc. To do things the same way, and in the same sequence is to create a routine. After a while, we don’t think about the routine; we just do it! Being on “automatic pilot” for part of our day frees us to give our best attention to unfamiliar, challenging, or more desirable things that surround us. Helping children to create routines will minimize nagging, and give them the focus necessary to optimally learn and experience everything else!
Friday, Session 3  
Saturday, Session 3  
Linda Armas, Educational Consultant, Prepare Parents LLC
Linda Armas has educated at-risk preschoolers, and Kindergarten through Grade 4 students over a thirty plus year teaching career. Linda facilitated decades of evening classes for parents, trained numerous preschool/childcare center staffs, and presented at conventions. Hear how to instruct parents to maximize their efforts with tried and true, best practices. Linda’s personal and passionate delivery not only engages audiences, but arms them with effective strategies with youth.  She is the author of "The Freedom of Routines" and offers webinar parenting modules available to both parents and schools.


Childhood Trauma and Bibliotherapy: Using Books to Talk with Kids about Hard Things
This presentation will address two primary objectives. First, an understanding of the impact and expression of trauma in children aged 0-6. Secondly, how to identify and utilize age-appropriate children’s literature within the trauma context, including life stresses from children’s perspectives. Attendees will leave this presentation with multiple strategies and resources for initiating conversations with children. Each participant will receive a book compliments of Mayo Health System.
Friday, Session 3 and Session 4
Saturday, Session 2  
Julie Bates-Maves, Clinical Mental Health Counseling faculty, UW-Stout
Dr. Julie Bates-Maves is a UW-Stout Associate Professor and 2014 Outstanding Teacher of Year award winner.  Her keynote and breakout sessions deal with infant and toddler mental health.  Sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System, these sessions will help you understand the cornerstones of mental health in small children.
Kate Kramschuster, Educational Materials Center Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Kate manages the University Library's Educational Materials Center, a special collection designed to support UW-Stout's teacher education programs by providing examples of learning resources typically used at the Pre K-12 levels of instruction. She also teaches information literacy classes and assists students, faculty, and staff at the library reference desk.


Communicating with Families
This presentation will outline some simple do's and don'ts when it comes to communicating with families.  Attendees will explore communication strategies for face to face, formal, and informal conferencing as well as communication using technology.  Participants will leave this session with some simple yet effective tips that are applicable in any early childhood setting.
Saturday, Session 2  
Brenda Bonesteel, Second Grade Teacher, School District of Mondovi
I am a UW-Stout alumna and a lifelong learner with a special interest in technology.


Creating a Successful Student and Teacher Relationship Through Home-School Connections
We will be exploring a variety of successful interactions and methods using home school connections to create a warm, safe, and nurturing climate where the children feel valued and accepted unconditionally as important members of their classroom community.
Saturday, Session 4  
Ayuko Boomer, Early Childhood Educator University of Minnesota Shirley G Moore Lab School
Ayuko Uezu Boomer is an Early Childhood Educator working at the University of Minnesota Shirley G Moore Laboratory School for the past 10 years.  Her teaching philosophies are influenced by socio-cultural and constructivist theories and the practices of the schools of Reggio Emilia. She has a special interest in parent education and collaboration with families.


Self-Care is a Teaching Tool: Mindfulness Practices for Educators DOUBLE SESSION
NOTE: Double session. Teachers are the most important resource in the classroom. When educators engage in self-care to manage stress and increase wellbeing, they are better able to be present in the classroom to cultivate a supportive, engaging learning environment. In this experiential workshop, participants will engage in mindfulness and movement practices to cultivate calm, clarity, and compassion. Resources for making self-care a part of your daily routine, both in and out of the classroom, will be shared.
Friday, Session 3 and 4
Ann Brand, Lecturer, School of Education, Program Specialist for Mindfulness Training-AIM, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Ann Brand, Ph.D. 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, WI.


Integrating Technology (APPS) in the ECE Classroom DOUBLE SESSION
Note: Double session. In this session you will learn how to utilize applications (apps) in a manner that is engaging and entertaining for young children. Use of modern technology can enhance
curriculum instruction for Early Childhood Education. Emphasis will be on exploration in the use and development of apps being used in the classroom. Kaitlyn and Melody will recommend apps, classroom management tips for iPad use and more.
Saturday, Session 3  and 4
Melody Brennan, Assistant Professor, Program Director for Early Childhood Education, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Melody Brennan is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-
Stout. As of 2016, Dr. Brennan is also serving as the Program Director for the Early Childhood Education program. She previously held
positions as an elementary and middle school teacher in the Wayzata School District in Minnesota and as a preschool teacher and
director in Eau Claire, WI. Dr. Brennan was awarded the Maybelle Ranney Price Professorship for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Kaitlyn Orrock, Kindergarten teacher Spring Lake Park School District
Kaitlyn Orrock has been teaching for 4 years in the Spring Lake Park School District. She is a Kindergarten teacher who loves getting to mix her passion for teaching with twenty first century technology in the classroom. She is a graduate of the Early Childhood Education program at the University of Wisconsoin-Stout. She also has a minor in Early Childhood Special Education.


STEAM Bins at Home & School
STEAM incorporates science, technology, engineering, art, and math ideas and concepts. Think that’s too technical for preschoolers? Melody and Maggie will share learning experiences that promote collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in everyday STEAM related activities that can be completed at home or school with young children. While working with materials, we will also practice the art of engaging children in informal conversations while supporting the development of STEAM academic language.
Saturday, Session 2  
Melody Brennan, Assistant Professor, Program Director for Early Childhood Education, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Melody Brennan is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-
Stout. As of 2016, Dr. Brennan is also serving as the Program Director for the Early Childhood Education program. She previously held
positions as an elementary and middle school teacher in the Wayzata School District in Minnesota and as a preschool teacher and
director in Eau Claire, WI. Dr. Brennan was awarded the Maybelle Ranney Price Professorship for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Maggie Kennan, Instructional Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Maggie has worked as a head teacher at the Child and Family Study Center for six years.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a master’s degree in education with a special education certification from UW-Stout.  She teaches the four and five year olds and her classroom serves as 4K classroom within the Menomonie School District.  She lives in Menomonie with her husband and two year old son and baby girl. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family visit extended family in Trempealeau.


Digital Media and Our Little Ones
Technology is everywhere, including in the hands of our little ones. We know that relationships are key to working with young children, so understanding how to use digital media as a tool to strengthen relationships and guide children is important. Join us to learn how digital media can enhance your skills in working with children, how to support growth and development  through digital media and new programs to reach out to parents to share this information.
Friday, Session 4  
Kristen Bruder, Family Living Agent, UW-Extension, Dunn County
Kristen Bruder is a Family Living Educator for the University of Wisconsin Extension in Dunn County. She holds a Master degree in School Counseling from UW-Stout and undergraduate work in Family Studies and Psychology from UW-Eau Claire.  She has worked with community partners for over 15 years to empower individuals and families to bring about transformative change by giving them the tools and resources to be more fulfilled, balanced, and energized in their own lives.


Happy Teachers, Happy Children
Teaching should be good for our soul, but sometimes our jobs take more than they give. Learning should be a joyful adventure, but sometimes children experience more anxiety and reluctance than courage and discovery. In this interactive workshop, we'll use a variety of playful activities to explore the alchemy of happy classrooms. We'll share promising strategies for rediscovering our happiness as teachers, and how to help students of any age find their bliss. Learn hot ideas from positive psychology and cool tools you can use immediately. We also welcome your wonderings and wisdom.
Friday, Session 3  
Saturday, Session 3   
Kym Buchanan, Associate Dean, UW-Stevens Point
Kym is the Associate Dean of the School of Education at UW-Stevens Point.


Shaping Healthy Children With Farm to Early Care and Education
What do visiting a farm, tasting local carrots, and planning a garden have in common?  They are all farm to early care and education activities!  Learn more about farm to early care and education and its benefits at this interactive session.  Leave with resources, strategies, and tips to bring the local farm to your early care and education activities and to your site.
Friday, Session 4  
Jill Carlson Groendyk, Farm to ECE Trainer, Community GroundWorks
Jill Carlson Groendyk is a Farm to Early Care and Education Trainer at Community GroundWorks.  In this position, Jill develops resources and training materials to assist ECE providers in cultivating school gardens, purchasing local food for meals and snacks, and developing hands-on learning connected to nature and food.  Jill has a background in community health and sustainability and earned her master's degree in natural resources and the environment.
Beth Hanna, Outreach Manager, Community GroundWorks
Beth Hanna is the Outreach Manager at Community GroundWorks.  In this role, she supports school garden and farm to early care and education activities across Wisconsin by connecting educators with resources and training.  Beth has a master's degree in nutrition and previous experience as both a classroom teacher and a public health educator.


Maker Spaces and Hands-on Learning in a Fab Lab
Understand how simple digital technology can be used to support STEM concepts and multi-disciplinary learning. Experience projects for preschool through the primary grades using accessible digital technology in the fab lab.
Saturday, Session 3  
Laurence Charlier, Tech Ed Teacher, Menomonie High School
Laurence Charlier is a Technology Education teacher at Menomonie High School. He has provided training at fab lab workshops for students and teachers through at UW-Stout and in his current capacity as a high school teacher. He enjoys all things technology and has enjoys seeing learning come alive for students
Kyle Gregerson, 3rd Grade Teacher, River Heights Elementary School
Kyle is always pursuing maker projects for his classroom. He enjoys engaging students in hands-on projects and understands the value these projects bring to the learning environment.


Trusting Your Instincts: Seeing Early Onset of A Disability, and Knowing What to Do
What's the difference between "quirky," "weird," "normal," and "a little behind the others?" Many communicative disabilites like Autism Spectrum Disorders can start showing through a child's behaviors as early as 18-24 months. In this presentation, we will look at knowing what you see, trusting your training and instincs, and communicating with parents, fellow teachers and other professionals when you suspect early onset of a disability.
Friday, Session 3
Friday, Session 4
Greg Cleveland, Parent of and advocate for  children on the autism spectrum
Greg Cleveland is a father of two boys on the Autism Spectrum. For over 15 years he has worked with teachers, support staff, administrators, doctors, counselors and other professionals regarding how to work with and best practices to communicate with his boys. Those techniques have been shared over and over again in classrooms at UW-Eau Claire and UW-STOUT, and at the Early Childhood Education Conference. He and his wife Janet live in Eau Claire, WI.


Natural Playgrounds
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Children’s Nature Academy is a nature inspired early learning program where children connect with the natural world through hands on experiences.  The program is located on 112 acres of property just outside of Eau Claire.  In this session, learn what activities you can do to teach and inspire early learners.
Friday, Session 4  
Lisa Coen, Children's Nature Academy Director, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Lisa has been working in the field of early childhood education since 1986, in a combination of teaching and administration roles.  She has a Bachelor or Science from Bemidji State University in education and a Masters degree in adult education and leadership.  The UWEC Children’s Nature Academy is a nature inspired early learning program where children connect with the natural world through hands on experiences.  The program is located on 112 acres of property just outside of Eau Claire.


UnSelfie: How to Promote Empathy-Building Skills with Young Children
New research shows that empathy is a strong predictor of childrens' happiness and success. Based on the book UnSelfie by Michele Borba, you will learn strategies to help children become compassionate, empathetic and self-regulated learners.
Saturday, Session 4  
Laine Crump, Preschool Teacher, Children's Country Day School
Laine Johnson Crump has been an educator for 10 years.  She is currently a lead teacher at Children's Country Day School in Mendota Heights, MN. She has two energetic dogs, three lazy cats, and a long-suffering husband.  In the summer, she can be found in the garden, raising monarch butterflies, and helping children get as muddy as possible.
Hillary Rausch, Preschool Teacher and Laura Leckband, Director Children's Country Day School
Hillary has a BS-T in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood emphasis from Winona State University. She has been teaching at Children's Country Day School for 9 years.   Laura Leckband has an MS in Early Childhood Studies from Walden University and a BS-T in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood emphasis from Winona State University. She has been a teacher and director at Children's Country Day School for 10 years.


Parts of Me Are Excellent!
The one thing we all strive for daily is . . .happiness. What we may not realize is that maybe we need to stop the pursuit of happiness and just be happy. Harmony and contentment could be much closer than you realize. This presentation will give you the opportnity to laugh, to cry and to find some peace within your daily life. Listen to the many ways to build self-esteem in yourself as well as those around you. Bring an open mind and an open heart and prepare to be transformed!
Saturday, Session 2  
Linda DeMoe, Professional Motivational Speaker
Linda DeMoe is a mother of two and has been a teacher, department chair, high school coach, Head Start preschool teacher and too many other roles in life to mention.  She has both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from UW-Stout. Linda has been honored with a number of teaching awards and including the Wisconsin Vocational Association Teacher of the Year, the American Vocational Association Teacher of the Year, as well as the Chippewa Valley Technical College Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Her experiences and challenges have helped to create this presentation.


Integration of Social and Emotional Learning Strategies into the Classroom Curriculum
This workshop focuses on social-emotional learning (SEL) strategies and mindfulness techniques. These techniques and strategies help children understand and regulate emotions, cope with stressful situations, care about others, build positive relationships, and model prosocial behaviors. The presenter will describe SEL curriculum and mindfulness techniques, and demonstrate sample instructional activities, guiding the audience through the steps of project-based lessons. Handouts will be distributed on social-emotional learning skills, strategies and techniques, lesson plan guidelines, and sample instructional activities. The audience will be engaged in sample lesson activities and interactive guided discussion in which participants share similar instructional interventions that they have experienced.
Friday, Session 3
Friday, Session 4  
 Inna Dolzhenko, University of North Texas
Currently, Inna is a Ph.D. student in the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program at the University of North Texas with a concentration in Early Childhood Studies. She has a strong background in social and emotional learning and experience with teaching international students. Inna has taught at the Pre-K, elementary, and college levels and is currently serving as a teaching fellow in the undergraduate teacher education program.
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Circle Time Makes Us CRAZY!
Is your circle time chaos? Are the children misbehaving and not even listening anymore? Are you totally stressed out during group time? Attend this class to learn developmentally appropriate activites to get you through your circle time without losing your sanity. This class offers alternative ways to plan and implement our group times.
Friday, Session 4 
Saturday, Session 2 
Janet Duening, Executive Director, New Beginnings Child Care
Janet Duening is from New Beginnings Child Care in Eagle River. She has been in the early childhood education field for 18 years. She and her husband are foster parents to three wonderful children currently and they have six children all together. I love being able to mentor colleagues from an "in the trenches" perspective.


All In A Preschool Day
Welcome to a wonderful activity filled presentation of activities to do every day in your preschool classroom! Activities range form fine motor, art, alphabet learning, language, literature, math and science to large motor play and games. Ideas for child centered learning activities as well as teacher presented activities.  The ideas presented can be used on a daily basis as well as incorporated into theme learning. Come ready to share and learn!
Friday, Session 3  
Friday, Session 4
Michelle Espelien, Director, Elim Preschool
Michelle Espelien is passionate about her work and, she says, it is the challenges, children, teachers, and families, that keep her passionate. She has been a teacher for 35 years and is in her 12th year presenting at the Early Childhood Conference. Currently she is the director at a preschool in Northeast Minneapolis.  To her, preschool is a time filled with wonder and amazement and she looks for the light in a child’s eyes when they learn something new.  Michelle enjoys presenting new ideas, projects, and activities, to teachers and is always thrilled to listen and learn from the wonderful women and men who attend her presentations.
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The Process of Play and Learning
We all know how important play is in an early childhood classroom. We also are aware of what parents and administrators want to "see" happening in a preschool setting. Let's meet and talk about ways children learn and what they learn in the classroom centers that we set up. Focus will be on play and how important it is to a young child's development. Handouts will help teachers answer parents' questions, and asure them that learning with play is what children need.
Saturday, Session 2  
Michelle Espelien, Director, Elim Preschool
Michelle Espelien is passionate about her work and, she says, it is the challenges, children, teachers, and families, that keep her passionate. She has been a teacher for 35 years and is in her 12th year presenting at the Early Childhood Conference. Currently she is the director at a preschool in Northeast Minneapolis.  To her, preschool is a time filled with wonder and amazement and she looks for the light in a child’s eyes when they learn something new.  Michelle enjoys presenting new ideas, projects, and activities, to teachers and is always thrilled to listen and learn from the wonderful women and men who attend her presentations.
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Toddler Two.....Look What We Can Do!
Enhance your curriculum by learning new songs, story time ideas, and small group activities.  You can use these next week in your toddler classroom!
Friday, Session 3  
Allison Feller, Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Allison Feller has over 15 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education teaching within a variety of educational settings where she has gathered many ideas to share.  She has teaching experience in preschool, in-home licensed family child care, elementary school before and after school programs and most currently as an Instructional Specialist in Child and Family Study Center Lab School at U W Stout.  This is her fifth year presenting at the Early Childhood Conference.


Fostering Relationships Through Play - NOTE: Part 1 and Part 2 of this double session presentation will be presented on both Friday and Saturday
NOTE: Double session. In this session, attendees will learn about child development and how play can be used to foster and strengthen relationships.  This training can be beneficial to parents, teachers, clinicians, and child care providers.  Session one will provide information about the needs of children and how we as adults can effectively communicate and meet their needs through play.  Members will be introduced to and begin practicing basic methods established in Child Centered Play Therapy (Landreth, 2012).  The second session will provide an opportunity for attendees to further engage in play and further implement training from part one.
Friday, Session 2 & 3
Andy Felton, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Andy joined the Clinical Mental Health Counseling faculty at UW-Stout this past fall.  Though he is native to Wisconsin, and excited about being back, he was away for ten years.  During that time he completed his Masters and PhD and counseling while providing counseling services to children, families, and adults in both Virginia and Wyoming.


Fostering Relationships Through Play - NOTE: Part 1 and Part 2 of this double session presentation will be presented on both Friday and Saturday
NOTE: Double session. In this session, attendees will learn about child development and how play can be used to foster and strengthen relationships.  This training can be beneficial to parents, teachers, clinicians, and child care providers.  Session one will provide information about the needs of children and how we as adults can effectively communicate and meet their needs through play.  Members will be introduced to and begin practicing basic methods established in Child Centered Play Therapy (Landreth, 2012).  The second session will provide an opportunity for attendees to further engage in play and further implement training from part one.
Saturday, Session 3 & 4
Andy Felton, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Andy joined the Clinical Mental Health Counseling faculty at UW-Stout this past fall.  Though he is native to Wisconsin, and excited about being back, he was away for ten years.  During that time he completed his Masters and PhD and counseling while providing counseling services to children, families, and adults in both Virginia and Wyoming.


Emergent Literacy on the Road to Reading
Literacy development begins very early. Children learn about reading and writing by observing and interacting with readers and writers and through their attempts to read and write. In this session, participants will learn the developmental sequence and key literacy skills preschoolers acquire on their journey to reading. Participants will leave this session with the tools they need to create literacy rich classroom environments that are aligned with state standards.
Friday, Session 4  
Heidi Frankard, Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University
Heid Frankard is an Associate Professor in Early Childhood Studies at Metropolitan University. She has worked in the field as an early childhood teacher, early childhood family specialist, early childhood specialist, college instructor, and researcher.
Carmen Cook, Assistant Professor, Metropolitan State University
Carmen Cook is an Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Studies at Metropolitan State Unviersity. She has worked as a preschool teacher, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, child care coordinator and as an instructor at multiple universities.


Spice Up Your Staff Meetings
School culture is the glue that helps people find passion and purpose in their work and unites the staff around shared values and beliefs.  Nurture your school culture as you add a little sparkle to staff meetings and gatherings—make it fun for everyone!  Intended for teacher-leaders as well as administrators, this interactive session is about getting people involved, sharing viewpoints, and building community.  Specific tips, techniques, and innovative ideas to enhance staff meetings & gatherings will be explored. Let’s have some fun!
Friday, Session 2   
Saturday, Session 3  
Judy Gifford, Director and Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Currently serving as director of the Child & Family Study Center at UW-Stout, Judy Gifford has over thirty years of experience in teaching young children from birth through second grade.  She loves to spend time with her family, enjoys music, reading and being outdoors.  Judy is passionate about infusing the arts into curriculum for everyone!


Learning with Nature Inside and Out
Come explore the "ins" and "outs" with nature.  Discussion and activities will be shared on how you can take learning for preschoolers outdoors.  We also will talk about ways to bring nature inside the classroom!
Friday, Session 3 - Friday Session is CANCELLED
Saturday, Session 2    
Angela Gilbertson, Instructional Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Stout
I am starting my 6th year as a Head Preschool Teacher at the Child & Family Study Center where I teach 3 and 4 year olds.  I absolutely adore and treasure spending time outside of school with my family, which includes my husband, daughter and cat.  When I do have some spare time I enjoy craft projects, camping, playing board games and reading.


Identifying and Supporting Autism and Developmental Disabilities in the Preschool Environment
As Early Childhood Professionals, our goal is to provide a high quality environment and developmentally appropriate activities for all children in our care.  Professionals with experience in typically developing children and also children who show developmental differences recognize the importance of understanding and knowing what to do when they see unusual or concerning behaviors in the preschool setting.
The Early Childhood Professional is well versed in typical developmental paths as infants and children grow and learn.  This experience provides them with a good background against which developmental concerns regarding a particular child may become apparent.  It is good to know what our professional resources are in cases such as this, and what steps should be taken if concerns arise.  
This talk provides videos to help identify unusual and clinically significant behaviors, a decision tree regarding steps to take when behaviors are of concern, a guide of how to communicate and interact with parents regarding developmental concerns or differences, a guide of how to communicate and interact with professionals regarding developmental concerns, and finally, a guide of how to help parents find appropriate services.  You will learn that it takes a little time and thought to develop a plan for helping a child and his or her family.  Specific information will be given regarding who can help parents and how you can follow-up with them.  Further, you as an Early Childhood Professional will feel reassured that you know what to do when a situation arises. Come listen and ask questions in this professional forum regarding developmental differences and what to do about them.
Friday, Session 4  
Saturday, Session 2
Tamlynn Graupner, Co-founder and CEO of the Wisconsin Early Autism Project
Dr. Sallows is cofounder and President of the Wisconsin Early Autism Project and has been working in the field of autism for over 25 years.  Dr. Graupner is cofounder  and CEO and her research through the UW Waisman Center involves studying the brain bases of the symptoms of autism.  Both are dedicated to continuing to find new ways of addressing autism.  If that results in reporting a higher incidence of ASD, it does not mean an epidemic.  It will mean more attention to and perhaps improved means of intervention at a younger age.
Glen Sallows, Co-founder and President of the Wisconsin Early Autism Project



 Finger Plays and Action Songs: Playing With Words
Learning with music and movement from fingers to whole body! Finger-plays develop rhythm of words (language development) while introducing new vocabulary, math concepts, following directions and develop listening skills. Traditional and original finger-plays and action rhymes to use with your hands, puppets, felt and magnet boards and props that will make your songs pop!
Saturday, Session 3  
Saturday, Session 4  
Colleen Hanafin, Director, North Side Music
Colleen has a been a clinician for teacher workshops for 35 years. Her duo "Colleen and Uncle Squaty" have been training and performed for over 30 years.  They have seven award-winning recordings for the classroom teacher and the children they work with.  They also have published over 40 Song Cards with props and CDs.  In 2014 their lyrics to an original song “Circle of Friends” was published in India, as part of an early childhood education curriculum text book titled Reading Express.
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Kingian Non-Violence: What Is Peace, and Is It Possible to Achieve
This session will focus on kingian non-violence classroom practices for teachers and students to use in classrooms. As teachers seek intentional ways to manage their classrooms, they commonly draw upon established classroom and school rules, peer mediation, PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports), and even classroom meetings. Often, these techniques fall short. By the time children are between the ages of 8-12 they should have well-developed values such as empathy and caring. If these values do not develop, as they should, then antisocial behavior such as bullying and aggression will be evident by third grade. Therefore, early grade intervention and teaching is imperative. Nonviolence education provides the necessary support and ideals that help children develop a sense of morality, justice, honesty, and kindness. It also allows teachers and students to provide a meaningful contribution to building peaceful communities.
Friday, Session 3  
Jim Handley, Senior Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Jim Handley is a Senior Lecturer of Peace Studies and Geography at UW-Stout.  He has trained with civil rights icon Bernard LaFayette over the past several years to develop a deep understanding of the philosophy and strategies of nonviolence taught by Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.  The training has resulted in Handley becoming a Certified Level II Nonviolence Trainer.  Jim is currently serving as the Nonviolence and Peace Studies Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies and facilitates nonviolence trainings on college campuses throughout the state.  He serves as the advisor to Stout Students UNITE which is a student organization made up of informed student-activists dedicated to nonviolent social change. Handley is a scholar-activist who teaches students the theory and philosophy of nonviolent social change along with the skills and methods to apply that knowledge.  He strongly believes that education is a critical component to creating communities based on justice, respect, and love.


Resiliency Training for Emotionally Healthy Children
This workshop will present insights, methods, materials and specific language that will enhance self-concept and promote strategic thinking. Resiliency will be presented as a crucial element for emotionally healthy children and a healthy learning community.
Friday, Session 2  
Ruth Harris, Director, Northwest Reading Clinic
Ruth Harris is the Director of the Northwest Reading Clinic, Ltd., in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Ms. Harris is a specialist in Attention Deficit Disorders, Reading and Learning Disabilities, and Emotional Disturbance. In her private practice in Eau Claire, Ruth relates to students, parents, teachers, and physicians as she facilitates the development of a successful individualized treatment plan for her students. She has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in Reading and Learning Disabilities at UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout.
Ruth has a Master of Science in Reading Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, and Emotional Disturbance.  Her publication, “What Works: A Process Approach to Learning” has been helpful to teachers and parents alike.



The Registry & Achieve MNCPD: Aligining Your Professional Goals
This workshop is a collaboration between The Registry and the Minnesota Center for Professional Development (MNCPD) for those working in the childhood care and education profession in Minnesota or Wisconsin. Being a lifelong learner and growing professionally is critical for your career. Find out how to utilize MNCPD and Registry resources to not only track your continuing education, but also guide your professional development. Walk away from this workshop inspired to take the next step on your professional pathway.
Saturday, Session 3  
Ashley Jeske, PDAS Specialist and Registry Support
Ashley joined the Registry in 2013 after moving to Madison. She has worked in the early care and education field as a Sunday school teacher, a nanny and a lead teacher in a group child care program. Ashley has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Psychology. She’s previously worked in customer service positions at a library and in retail settings. At The Registry, Ashley processes trainer applications, reviews trainings, and assists the Director of Professional Development.
Julie Christensen, Public Outreach and Engagement Specialist
As a parent, Julie understands the importance of quality child care and education. Prior to joining The Registry in July 2016, Julie worked for over five years in the nonprofit sector for organizations such as the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and Channel One Food Bank and Food Shelf. She also has over five years of experience in higher education focusing on community relations, career services, and teaching business courses.


The Other Mother: An Intimate Look at a Non-traditional Family Consisting of a Single Mother and Adopted Children
In this presentation, I narrate and critique modern societal norms of motherhood through reflection on my own experience as a single parent of an adopted child whose identity, due to race and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, is vastly different from my own. My interest in this topic was especially peaked by Andrew Solomon’s work in his new book Far From The Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity (2013). Solomon refers to vertical identity as that passed down through strands of DNA and horizontal identities as those traits that the child does not share with his/her parents. I acknowledge both vertical and horizontal identities and discuss both the implications of my choice to parent and my choice to narrate my story. I argue that society can no longer afford to consider single parenting as an alternative life style. Nor can single female mothers afford to be demonized by politicians and controlled by the dominant white patriarchal hegemonic forces that silence us and marginalize our existence. I look at representations in the media that both problematize identity politics and celebrate single mothers of transracial families.
Friday, Session 3  
Glenda Jones, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Dr. Glenda Jones was born and raised on a dairy farm in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has spent most of her life in school either as a student or a teacher. She has taught 7-12 grade public school in Utah and New Mexico, community college at Malcolm X College in Chicago, and university courses in Writing and Literature as well as Women’s and Gender Studies for the University of Illinois-Chicago and University of Wisconsin-Stout. She is in her 10th year of working as an associate professor at UW-Stout. Since she began her career at UW-Stout, she has adopted two babies, opened her home to a foster child and is now the host parent of a high school student from Italy. She considers her family work to be the most challenging and important work she does. Her son, now eight years old, has Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has severe apraxia, and has visual and hearing impairments. Glenda Jones will share her story of adoption, early challenges with her son’s health, his diagnoses, and challenges and successes with Individualized education. She will talk about her choice to expand her family, and how she has learned to blend rather than balance work, life, and single parenthood.


Creating a Classroom or Center Website NOTE: Attendees will need to bring a computer and have a gmail address. CANCELLED
Bring your laptop or device! Come to our workshop and you will create a classroom or center website using google sites! You will make a one stop shop to display all of your professional information and make your own web page with links to all the common sites your students use. Still not convinced? You can use your website to display learning targets, showcase student work, showcase your work, embed newsletters, videos, pictures,or documents, make announcements to students and parents and archive documents for students to access later! You don't want to miss this!
Friday, Session 4  
Emily Juneau, 4K Teacher, Manawa Elementary School
Emily Juneau is a graduated from UW-Stout in 2012 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and certificate in Early Childhood Special Education. She has been teaching 4K in the School District of Manawa for four years. This will be Emily's second year presenting at the Early Childhood Stout Conference.
Sam Mosey, Technology Director, Athletic Director, and Building and Grounds Director, School District of Manawa
Sam Mosey is a graduate of UW-La Crosse from 2009. He has been the Technology Director at the School District of Manawa for two years. This will be Sam’s second year presenting at the Early Childhood Stout Conference.


Preschool/4K Lab Tour
Join us for a tour of the UW-Stout Infant and Toddler Lab. There will be a short information session and then the rooms will be open for exploring and picture taking. The head teachers will be available to answer any questions.
Friday, Session 3  
Saturday, Session 3  
Maggie Keenan, Instructional Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Angie Gilbertson, Amber Eckert, Laura Pitt and Katie Sroka, Instructional Specialists at UW-Stout



Calming the Chaos
Come and see how chaos can be redirected in the 4 and 5 year old room at the Child and Family Student Center. From transition times, lining up, large group activities, individualized help for children, and much more.
Friday, Session 2  
Maggie Keenan, Instructional Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Maggie has worked as a head teacher at the Child and Family Study Center for six years.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a master’s degree in education with a special education certification from UW-Stout.  She teaches the four and five year olds and her classroom serves as 4K classroom within the Menomonie School District.  She lives in Menomonie with her husband and two year old son and baby girl. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family visit extended family in Trempealeau.
Amber Eckert, Instructional Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Amber works in the Child & Family Study Center at UW-Stout and presents regularly at the Early Childhood Education Conference at Stout.


The Twelve Gifts of an ECE Male Teacher
This presentation is a collaborative effort between the presenter who is an ECE professor at a four-year institution and two male pre-service teachers enrolled in the early childhood education program.  These two pre-service male students attended the NAEYC conference in 2015, and were encouraged and affirmed in their choice of being early childhood educators. They were challenged to identify   some of the gifts that they, as men, bring to the classroom compared to women. A qualtric survey was sent to both men and women in the field of early childhood education, and the results identified and defined twelve gifts, which male early childhood men feel they bring to young children as teachers. The survey results comparing men responses to women will be shared.
Friday, Session 3  
Jill Klefstad, Faculty, Early Childhood Education, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Dr. Jill is a professor in  Early Childhood Education at UW-Stout where she teaches a variety of courses for the program. Her favorite classes include the Intro to Early Childhood Education, Pre-school/Kindergarten Curriculum and Math course.  Dr. Jill especially enjoys supervising student teachers and to observe how students put theory into practice in classrooms.  Dr. Jill’s research interests include critical thinking and reflection, inquiry based learning and is passionate about how to recruit and retain men in early childhood education.
Brandon Belmont and Joe Raygor, UW-Stout Graduates of the Early Childhood Education Program
Brandon and Joe graduated from UW-Stout in ECE in December 2016.  They were instrumental in researching and conducting the study regarding the dispositions of male teachers and presented at the NAEYC conference in Fall of 2015.  They are currently looking for  teaching positions working with young children.


Inspire and Support: Become a Cooperating Teacher!
At the University of Wisconsin-Stout, the ECE faculty and staff recognize that it takes a village to nurture, inspire, and support teacher candidates to become outstanding professionals. The purpose of this session is to introduce UW-Stout's conceptual framework and assessment system to future cooperating teachers. Topics covered will include expectations of the student teaching triad: (student teacher - cooperating teacher - university supervisor) and current licensure requirements. This workshop satisfies DPl's requirement of training in the supervision of student teachers. A certificate of completion will be issued to all who attend.
Friday, Session 2  
Jill Klefstad, Faculty, Early Childhood Education, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Dr. Jill is a professor in  Early Childhood Education at UW-Stout where she teaches a variety of courses for the program. Her favorite classes include the Intro to Early Childhood Education, Pre-school/Kindergarten Curriculum and Math course.  Dr. Jill especially enjoys supervising student teachers and to observe how students put theory into practice in classrooms.  Dr. Jill’s research interests include critical thinking and reflection, inquiry based learning and is passionate about how to recruit and retain men in early childhood education.
Tracy DeRusha, Coordinator of Field Experiences, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Tracy DeRusha is a professor in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and coordinates the field experiences.


Teacher-Made Materials On A Budget!
Participants will get new ideas and resources to create teacher-made materials on a budget.  Attendees will have the opportunity to create their own ready-to-use craft during the seminar.
Friday, Session 3   
Kristen Korkowski, Child and Family Study Center, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Kristen Korkowski is a UW Stout alumna who started working in the Child and Family Study Center on campus in January of 2015 teaching in the Inspire Room with the 1-2 year olds.
Nicole Bobo, Universitiy of Wisconsin-Stout, Child and Family Study Center
Nicole Bobo is also a UW Stout alumna who started working in the Child and Family Study Center in January of 2015 teaching in the Imagine Room with 2-3 years olds.


Differentiation Strategies for the Preschool Classroom
Do you have students who refuse to participate or run away from teachers? Maybe you have a student who blurts out or won’t sit still.  In this session, we will collaborate and discuss how behavior can guide differentiation in the early childhood classroom.  This session focuses on social-emotional behaviors and reminds teachers to think outside the box to help all students learn at their level.
Saturday, Session 4  
Melody Krouse, 1st/2nd Grade Teacher in Wisconsin
Melody Krouse is a 1st and 2nd grade teacher at Trinity Lutheran School in Menasha, WI.  She is an alumna of UW-Stout. She has taught 4K in Sun Prairie, WI and at Head Start in Menasha.  Her classrooms have been full of challenging students who have taught her to think outside the box.  She believes if you listen closely you can hear what your students need.


Sensory Processing: Impact on Behavior and Learning
Learn from an occupational therapist how the senses, touch, movement, vision, hearing, taste and joint movement impact on learning and behavior. Learn practical sensory strategies to set up a calm state.
Friday, Session 3
Friday, Session 4  
Nancy Lawton Shirley, Occupational Therapist, Healing Waters Health Center
Nancy is an Occupational Therapist with Healing Center in Hudson, WI. In helping children find their true potential, Nancy believes in supporting body, mind, and spirit and in helping them connect to a positive sense of self. Learn methods which nuture and support rapid changes in a child's sensory motor mastery.
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Easy Letter and Literacy Activities
Easy letter and literacy activities for the kindergarten and first grade classroom. These activities will engage students at different learning abilities. The activities presented use free or low cost materials. Materials presented can be created easily and quickly to implement within your classroom on Monday.
Saturday, Session 4  
Brenda Liermann, 1st Grade Teacher, Eagle River Elementary
Brenda Liermann is a 1990 graduate from UW-Stout in Early Childhood Education. She received her second degree in Elementary Education from UW-Superior in 1993. She has a Master's Degree in Education from Viterbo University in 2008. She taught Kindergarten for thirteen years and is currently teaching First Grade at Northland Pines School District in Eagle River, Wisconsin.
Kim Lewandowski, Kindergarten Teacher, Eagle River Elementary
Kim Lewandowski is 1999 graduate from UW-Stout's Early Childhood Education program. She has a Master's Degree in Education from Viterbo University. She is Early Childhood Generalist, National Board Certified Teacher and taught Second and Third grade in public and parochial schools. She currently teaches Kindergarten at Northland Pines School District in Eagle River, Wisconsin.
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What's in a Name: Creating a New Lens for Preschool Learning
Sometimes teaching isn’t about adding “more," it’s about doing the ”same” thing in a “different” way.  During this interactive presentation we will examine how children’s names are used in a variety of contexts.  We will describe how these simple “name play” activities evolve into complex learning experiences.   We will also examine the roles that teachers play in managing and understanding this complex, emergent learning environment.  It is our contention that teachers must reinvent the lens through which they view learning.  We will share the “lens” we are developing in the hopes that others may find it useful.
Friday, Session 4  
Saturday, Session 2  
Jeff Maas, Lead Teacher, Preschool at the Park
Jeffrey Maas taught elementary school for 30 years in Madison, Wisconsin. After moving to Duluth in 2009, he served as Director of Curriculum Development for the Duluth Children’s Museum for four years.  He has been Lead Teacher for UMD’s Preschool at the Park for two years.
Kim Malone, Chid Care Teacher, Preschool at the Park and Dr. Fay Maas, Associate Dean and Associate Professor, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Kim Malone taught elementary school for over 20 years in California, Minnesota, and Oregon. She’s been assistant teacher at Preschool at the Park for a year. Dr. Fay Maas is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her research interests include language and cognitive development in early childhood.  She currently serves as Associate Dean in the College of Education and Human Service Professionals.


Pesticides: What Have Researchers Found About How They Affect Children?
Where are pesticides found? Do you know if there are pesticides in the food or water you serve? In this session, we'll discuss what scientific researchers have found about how pesticides affect children's learning. Then we'll explore tools to identify low/no pesticide food and design a menu.
Friday, Session 2
Friday, Session 3    
Lynn Markham, Land Use Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Lynn Markham is a Land Use Specialist with the Center for Land Use Education at UW-Stevens Point. Her focus is helping people learn about how our food choices affect our health, our kids’ health, and the drinking water of the community. Lynn enjoys growing, cooking, and eating good food as well as enjoying the outdoors with her family.


Advancing Science Learning: Teaching Elementary Earth Science Concepts
Learn how teachers used engineering problems to teach students about a wide variety of earth science concepts! Elementary teachers in northwestern Wisconsin are using engineering problems to deepen their students’ understanding of earth science concepts and the science and engineering practices of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Advancing Science Learning (ASL) project partnered 12 school districts in northwestern Wisconsin with faculty members from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  This presentation will briefly share the background and goals of the ASL project and provide you with real tools to use in the classroom.
Friday, Session 4  
Kevin Mason, Associate Professor, University of  Wisconsin-Stout
Kevin Mason is an Associate Professor of Science Education in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  He previously held positions as a chemistry and physics teacher at Chippewa Falls High School and Middleton High School.  Dr. Mason has served as the Program Director for Science Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout since 2006.


Movement Anchors Learning!
Educators will learn the physiological and neurological basis for "Movement Anchors Learning".  They will experience activities that can be taken directly into their classrooms hat will enhance attentiveness, learning, and retention. We empower teachers to effectively use movement to improve behavior and attention, allow for brain and body maturing, increase learning readiness, and anchor the learning they expect children to master.  Participants will understand how brain development and readiness skills directly impact childrens’ success or struggles with living and learning. This workshop will change how teachers think about children and learning readiness and understand how important movement is in learning.
Friday, Session 3  
Saturday, Session 4    
Jessica McFarland, Minnesota Learning Resource Center Assistant Director, A Chance to Grow
Jessica McFarland is the Assistant Director of the Minnesota Learning Resource Center, a program of A Chance To Grow located in Minneapolis, MN. Prior to training educators nation-wide in the S.M.A.R.T. program, Jessica taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First grade in Minneapolis.
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Moving into Spring and Summer with Music and Literacy - CANCELLED
Movement, singing, instruments and books will fill your spring and summer learning when you participate in this energetic workshop. Seasonal activities will be expanded, such as trips to the farm, zoo and pond. Examples of dance and movement will be paired with songs and literacy to enrich your curriculum.  Invite all learners to engage and join the session and be ready for spring!
Friday, Session 4  
Fran McKinney, Early Childhood Teacher and Music Specialist, Screen Porch Music
Fran currently teaches Toddler Music at the Central Wisconsin Children's Museum and at the UW-Stevens Point Suzuki Early Childhood program for infants,,toddlers and their families. She taught Early Childhood students with learning challenges for 30 years in the public schools. She pairied music and literacy with her students, as it brought a variety of sensory modes to the learning experience.


Songs, Movement and Books for our Youngest Learners - CANCELLED
Music learning begins before birth. In this workshop, we will explore ways to move, sing and play with infants and toddlers to promote learning, interaction and early language. These strategies will not only delight your young ones, but will create valuable teaching moments for you. Come with your favorite stuffy for interaction, learning fun!
Saturday, Session 2  
Fran McKinney, Early Childhood Teacher and Music Specialist, Screen Porch Music
Fran currently teaches Toddler Music at the Central Wisconsin Children's Museum and at the UW-Stevens Point Suzuki Early Childhood program for infants,,toddlers and their families. She taught Early Childhood students with learning challenges for 30 years in the public schools. She pairied music and literacy with her students, as it brought a variety of sensory modes to the learning experience.


It Takes Attention to Change: The Brain, Behavior and Self Perception
ATTENTION! ATTENTION! The brain learns from what we pay attention to. This workshop looks at how experiences influence the brain and then affect behavior. With the realizations you gain through this presentation, you will better understand how you can have a positive impact on behavior and self perception.
Saturday, Session 2  
Deborah McNelis, CEO, Brain Insights
Deborah is overjoyed with the response to her passion to create awareness of the critical importance of optimal early brain development. She has an ability to easily communicate this valuable understanding in a way that inspires. Deb is an author, international speaker, educator and parent. As a Brain Development Specialist and founder of Brain Insights LLC, Deborah has developed the unique Brain Development Series and Naturally Developing Young Brains activity packets. She has been seen in several national publications, heard on radio interviews and webinars worldwide and receives rave reviews for her engaging and insightful presentations. Her enthusiasm is considered to be contagious.
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Brain Development: You ARE Making a Difference!
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 an easy to understand overview of brain basics from birth. You will be inspired by how much more you understand about how the brain impacts behavior and learning.
Friday, Session 4  
Deborah McNelis, CEO, Brain Insights
Deborah is overjoyed with the response to her passion to create awareness of the critical importance of optimal early brain development. She has an ability to easily communicate this valuable understanding in a way that inspires. Deb is an author, international speaker, educator and parent. As a Brain Development Specialist and founder of Brain Insights LLC, Deborah has developed the unique Brain Development Series and Naturally Developing Young Brains activity packets. She has been seen in several national publications, heard on radio interviews and webinars worldwide and receives rave reviews for her engaging and insightful presentations. Her enthusiasm is considered to be contagious.
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Why Being Colorblind Prevents Us From Seeing Bias, Prejudice, and Stereotypes
Learn and understand what supporting differences in the classroom can look like. For the last couple of decades we have been told that being COLORBLIND is best practice in working with children across race/ethnicity.  With the best of intentions, our programs and schools have focused on what we have in common and all but ignored what makes us different.  We know today that these practices have failed communities of color.  We also know that anti-bias education should be a part of everyday practice. Without our help, young children can internalize stereotypes, bias and prejudice, causing lifelong damage to both children and communities. But just exactly how do we make it happen?  Sometimes we wait in vain for teachable moments that never arrive, because children are picking up on non-verbal cues that let them know that their teachers would prefer not to discuss race, gender, disabilities or other instances of systemic unfairness. This workshop will help teachers see what anti-bias education looks like and help them envision the steps they can take to build positive, developmentally appropriate, anti-bias frameworks in their classroom/center.
Friday, Session 2  
Saturday, Session
Nancy Michael, Director, Amazeworks
Nancy Michael is the executive director of AMAZE, a nonprofit organization that has being working with adults to imbed anti-bias education in schools, early childhood programs and faith based programs since 1996. Nancy has 20+ years in program development and training experience.  She has presented trainings and workshops at the national conferences for the National Association for Early Childhood Education, Head Start, National Association for Multi-Cultural Education, National Association for School Social workers, and the National Black Child Development Institute.

Calm Challenging Behavior! Learn Eight Core Strategies
Discover why some children push the limits and feel the need to control the environment. Explore the eight core strategies that will transform chaos to calm in the learning environment.  Understand what causes children to act out and engage in power struggles and learn strategies to alleviate these issues.  Participants will examine strategies critical to creating a peaceful, positive learning environment.  Regain your confidence, appreciation, and motivation to better support children's development.
Saturday, Session 2  
Samantha Moe, Certified Parent Coach, Mad2Glad
Samantha Moe is a Certified Parent Coach whose passion is teaching practical ways to decrease stress.  Founder of the holistic and innovative Mad2Glad Blueprint, she guides caregivers in her step-by-step approach to dramatically reduce defiance and disrespect and re-establish confidence and authority.


Tiny Scientists
Learn easy, simple and super fun ways to bring science into your classroom.  We’ll discuss the need for teachers to encourage curiosity in children and how to break down big science ideas for your little ones.  You’ll leave with tons of ideas for hands-on science learning for your classroom or center as well as a complete detailed science unit lesson plan from the Lily Pad Lab to get you started.
Friday, Session 2
Saturday, Session 4    
Vanessa Moessner, Owner, The Lily Pad Lab
Vanessa is a wife, mother of three and owner of the Lily Pad Lab.  Vanessa took her experiences as a high school science teacher and love for Early Childhood Education to develop a unique learning environment for kids and families based in science and exploration at the Lily Pad Lab.  She loves spending time playing and learning with little ones and watching the Lily Pad Lab families grow.


The Important of Early Experiences: How Playing IS Kindergarten Readiness!
During this session Lisa will identify the seven things we need to do with children each day. These seven things make up the foundation that supports the house of higher learning.  There is nothing wrong with the “academic” expectations within this house: reading, writing, math…  the trouble is that many early childhood educators are being pressured to build a house where there is no foundation.  And you do not need to be an architect to know that if you build where there is no foundation, the house will come crashing down!  Playing is “getting them ready” and through an investigation of each of the “seven things,” Lisa shows you how.  This session has become one of Lisa Murphy’s most popular and oft requested workshops. By making time to create, move, sing, discuss, observe, read and play we are getting children ready not just for kindergarten, but for life!
Friday, Session 2  
Lisa Murphy, Early Childhood Specialist, CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc.
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My Teaching Brain is Full of Ideas!
Brain Breaks, Attention Grabbers, Phonemic Awareness, Math Facts, Technology, Ready to Write, Hands-on Centers, Transition Tips . . .Oh My! Amber and LuAnn's quick and easy ideas, activities and teaching tips will add more time, energy, and enjoyment to your day. You'll take away ideas for tweaking your learning environment, too!
Saturday, Session 3  
Saturday, Session 4
Amber Osterman, Kindergarten Teacher, Osseo-Fairchild School District
Amber Osterman has a bachelors of science in Early Childhood Education from UW-Stout.  She has worked in the field for 12 years and is currently a kindergarten teacher at the Osseo-Fairchild School District. She enjoys reading Mo Williams books, singing songs that teach, and is always ready for a challenge with her students!
LuAnn Neuenschwander, Kindergarten Teacher, Gillett School District
LuAnn is a "people person" who likes to have fun. This will be evident in the presentation she does with Amber. She teaches in the Gillett School District in Shawno, Wi, and has presented at previous conferences at Stout. We are glad she is back!


Hands on ABC's and 123's
Come and get ideas for hands-on preschool activities with items you may already have at your center. Feel free to bring ideas to share.
Friday, Session 2  
Laura Pitt, Instructional Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Laura has taught preschool over 25 years with 3 of these years being at the Child & Family Study Center.  She is a teacher in the 3 year old class.   She also works in the training of education majors by having student teachers and practicum students in her class.  Laura and her husband have 4 children and are enjoying their first year as empty nesters.  Laura enjoys reading, walking and connecting with friends."
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Supporting Authentic Student Reflection Through Art
Using inspiration from famous artists, their work, and their processes, you will come away with a variety of simple project ideas that will allow you to get to know your students (and allow your students to get to know themselves) in new, creative and meaningful ways. Learn how to use Abstract Expressionist art production to foster authentic reflection in children!
Saturday, Session 4  
Samantha Plasch, Art Educator
Art Educator
Hannah Saphner, Art Educator



Organize for Success: Minimize Stress and Increase Productivity
Do you find your “to do” list is often longer than you’d like?  Do you find that there are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done?  Do you feel like you work, work, work, but never get ahead?  Join us as we explore ways to organize three key areas of your career: time, space and tasks.  We will discuss strategies, share samples and provide plenty of time to learn from each other.
Friday, Session 4  
Kristy Prunty, YoungStar Technical Consultant, Child Care Partnership
Kristy Prunty has been in the early education field for over 10 years, wearing various hats from Teacher, Director, Consultant to Trainer.  She is currently a YoungStar Technical Consultant, providing services through Child Care Partnership in Eau Claire.  Kristy has three children of her own, ages 10, 7, and 5.
Leslie Thomas, YoungStar Technical Consultant, Child Care Partnerhip
Leslie Thomas has an Elementary Education degree from UW – River Falls and has been in the education field for 20+ years. Throughout the years, she has held a variety of positions: Teacher, School-Age Care Site Supervisor, School-Age Care District-wide Coordinator,  Faith-based Group Child Care Center Director,  Consultant and Trainer. She is currently a YoungStar Technical Consultant, providing services through Child Care Partnership in Eau Claire.  Leslie and her husband have two boys, ages 17 and 15.  She enjoys being a Hockey Mom and spending time watching her boys play high school hockey this year.


Working with Puppets can be Fun!  Limited to 25 participants!
This class will familiarize early childhood educators with the history of puppets, the variety of homemade and commercial puppets available and the best practices for engaging young children in conversation with puppets in both one-on-one and group settings. We will use hands on instruction to create a puppet and practice using it as our voice. We will explore how you can improve your classroom curriculum by integrating puppets into your daily activities to promote language development and literacy and how these techniques can be extended to other areas of your curriculum.
Saturday, Session 4  
Shelley Silkey, Owner, Silky Pets
Session is limited to 25. Shelley Silkey has been creating puppets and learning tools for over thirty years.  Her puppets have been used by schools, daycares, counselors, and families around the world for both learning and amusement.  Shelley first used her puppets in her own daycare and working as a kindergarten aide in the public schools.  She discovered that puppets could bring children’s stories to life through simple movements and hand gestures and found that children engaged more deeply with information presented through a puppet.  Since her retirement, Shelley has embraced her passion for puppet making full time and continues to create new learning tools to assist early childhood educators.  Her motto for life has always been:  “Life is limited only by your imagination.”  She is very pleased to have the opportunity to share her insights and experience with you today.


Working with Puppets can be Fun!  Limited to 25 participants!
This class will familiarize early childhood educators with the history of puppets, the variety of homemade and commercial puppets available and the best practices for engaging young children in conversation with puppets in both one-on-one and group settings. We will use hands on instruction to create a puppet and practice using it as our voice. We will explore how you can improve your classroom curriculum by integrating puppets into your daily activities to promote language development and literacy and how these techniques can be extended to other areas of your curriculum.
Friday, Session 2  
Shelley Silkey, Owner, Silky Pets
Session is limited to 25. Shelley Silkey has been creating puppets and learning tools for over thirty years.  Her puppets have been used by schools, daycares, counselors, and families around the world for both learning and amusement.  Shelley first used her puppets in her own daycare and working as a kindergarten aide in the public schools.  She discovered that puppets could bring children’s stories to life through simple movements and hand gestures and found that children engaged more deeply with information presented through a puppet.  Since her retirement, Shelley has embraced her passion for puppet making full time and continues to create new learning tools to assist early childhood educators.  Her motto for life has always been:  “Life is limited only by your imagination.”  She is very pleased to have the opportunity to share her insights and experience with you today.


Power to the Profession!
Moving Early Childhood Education forward as a professional field of practice will take ALL of our voices, most importantly the voices of those who do this critical work.  "Power to the Profession" is an intiative of the National Association for the Education of  Young Children (NAEYC) along with 14 other national organizations, to establich a shared framework of career pathways, knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards, and compensation that unifies the entire profession.  WECA staff is eager to facilitate this conversation.  Bring with you what tugs on your heartstrings or what keeps you up at night.  Let's talk!
Friday, Session 3  
Laura Simkin, Membership Services Coordinator, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association
Laura Simkin is WECA's Membership Coordinator and a T.E.A.C.H Scholarship counselor.  She began working at WECA in 2012.  Previous to WECA, Laura worked in early care and education for 25 years in a variety of settings in Illinois, Boston and Wisconsin.  Laura has a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Child and Family Studies and a master's degree from Wheelock College in Leadership and Policy in Early Care and Education.


Make Your Lessons Pop Using Power Point
Creating engaging and practical lessons for todders using technology can be challenging.  Come and learn creative ways to use Power Point to create lessons that are practical, yet engaging for the toddler classroom. NOTE: You are welcome to bring a laptop to this session
Friday, Session 4
Saturday, Session 3   
Rachel Stuart, Instructional Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Rachael Stuart is an instructional Specialist at the UW-Stout Child and Family Study Center. She teaches in a toddler classroom while mentoring student teachers and Infant and Toddler practicum students. She has presented at the Early Childhood Conference for the last 5 years.


Leadership:  Leading By Example
Mastering leadership is about character and the behaviors you exemplify daily.  Embracing authentic leadership with universal leadership promises will positively change the culture of an organization. Learn how to set the direction, engage and hold stakeholders accountable, ensure processes that facilitate focus, and, most importantly, lead with character.
Saturday, Session 3
Saturday, Session
Renee Surdick, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Having completed a graduate program at Georgetown University in leadership coaching, Renee works with individuals and companies to strengthen their leadership skills.  She is a senior project manager with the Discovery Center and program director of the Bachelor of Science in Management and online degree completion program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  She also facilitates a CEO Peer Council with senior leaders in manufacturing.


Forgotten Games: Impact of Childhood Games on Well-being and Learning
This presentation will talk about the impact of technology and urbanization on play. Through this session, we will share some of the forgotten games that we played as children and how these games can be therapeutic as well as enhance learning and general well-being. The session will also impart basic knowledge related to play-therapy for children who have undergone trauma.
Friday, Session 2  
Sapna Thapa, Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Dr. Sapna Thapa is an Assistant Professor of early childhood education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout with over 25 years of expertise in early childhood education, care and development. Her research interests are in the areas of diversity, equity and quality in Early Childhood Educational policies and practice.
Shehrish Thapa, Mental Health Counselor, Portland, Oregon
Shehrish Thapa has an M.S. in Mental Health and is currently working as a Level III Mental Health counselor in Portland, Oregon. She has undergone trainings and course work related to play therapy during her MS degree and currently works as a Mental Health Counselor in Portland, Oregon.


Leaping into Literacy and Kid-Friendly Math Centers for 4 and 5 Year Olds
Find new ways to develop and enhance literacy with young children. We will be using music and movement and flannel board activities to reinforce readiness skills. Learn how to create math centers that really work and children will love.
Friday, Session 2  
Saturday, Session 4  
Julie Torkelson, Retired Early Childhood Teacher/Minneapolis Public Schools
Julie taught Kindergarten and Special Education in the Minneapolis Public Schools for 31 years. After retiring, she starting her educational business Katie and Company and continues doing workshops for early childhood teachers and child care providers. She has been married for 46 years and has 3 grown sons and 3 beautiful grandchildren.
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Let's Get Physical with Zoo-phonics!
This session will provide an introduction to the Zoo-phonics Program and give attendees an opportunity to learn the basics of the program through a hands-on presentation. Participants will be given an opportunity to participate in the physical aspect of this unique methodology. The presenter will show how to teach children to lock the sounds and shapes of the alphabet into memory through a body movement that directly relates to the Zoo-phonics Animal/Letter, allowing them to utilize the alphabet immediately. Attendees will participate in physical activities that tie into language arts including traditional games, Zoo-Robics and the Jump Rope Rap.
Friday, Session 3  
Saturday, Session 3  
Charmaine Turpin, Educational Consultant, Zoo-phonics
Ms. Turpin is an educational consultant for Zoo-phonics in Sonora, CA. She conducts inservices across the US for Head Start, public and private preschool through first grade teachers. She has been employed with Zoo-phonics for the past 26 years and has eight years early childhood experience. She is the mother of twins with cerebral palsy.

Nutrition: Beyond the Basics
We are all aware of how important it is to eat healthy, but why is it so difficult to do?  We will discuss a variety of barriers and offer solutions such as ways to streamline your cooking, find fresh foods without breaking the bank and fun ways to get children involved and eating new foods!
Friday, Session 2  
Barb Wagner, Executive Director/Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association
Barbara Wagner is currenlty the Executive Director of the Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association. She has worked with a variety of programs both in home and center based and also trains Nationwide.  Her passion is to support caregivers so in turn, they can provide what is best for children.  Barb holds a degree in Early Childhood Development and is currenlty obtaining her Master's degree in Early Childhood as well.


Wellbeing, Learning, and Change
Dr. Tami Rae Weiss shares her passion for the arts and Holocaust education that has grown out of the close relationship she has with Eva Schloss, Holocaust survivor and step-sister to Anne Frank.  Weiss talks about art as a way that children communicate their understanding of world by expressing emotions and experiences that are difficult to voice. Weiss and Schloss speak together nationally, sharing Eva’s story as a testament to the strength of the human spirit, something we can promote in children in early childhood.  Weiss shows images of paintings made by Eva’s brother, Heinz Geiringer, while he and Eva were in hiding from the Nazi’s for nearly 2 years. Heinz Geiringer and Anne Frank were brilliant young artists (Anne a writer and Heinz a painter/poet) whose art helped them to stay alive and maintain hope while in hiding.  Although both tragically perished in the Holocaust, their art keeps their memories alive today. Eva, Heinz, and Anne help us humanize an otherwise unfathomable tragedy of the Holocaust.  In her book, “The Promise”, Eva echoes the words of her father: “Everything you do leaves something behind; nothing gets lost. All the good you have accomplished will continue in the lives of the people you have touched.” Be inspired at this presentation, as you learn about Eva’s story and see and read Heinz’s artworks to experience the arts as essential to wellbeing, learning and change.
Saturday, Session 2  
Tami Rae Weiss, A.I.M. Executive Director and Program Director of Art Education, University of Wisconsin-Stout



Teaching Emotional Intelligence to Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children
Emotional intelligence is an essential skill  in the development of young children’s social emotional health.  Learn the five steps of emotion coaching and develop a practical strategy for encouraging the development of emotion regulation skills while building positive relationships.
Friday, Session 3  
Jennifer Wickham, Psychotherapist, Mayo Clinic Health System
Graduate of UW-Stout with a masters in guidance and counseling, Jennifer has always had an interest in children.  She has worked at the Eau Claire Academy for 10 years, and has been at Mayo Clinic Outpatient Behavioral Health for 13 years specializing in


YogaCalm For Social Emotional Health
Through regular practice of Yoga Calm, parents and patients are reporting that the children are talking more about how their body feels when they are emotional and have been able to use YogaCalm strategies to regulate strong emotions enabling them to return to a mental state conducive for learning.  Recent research indicates results of yoga calm implementation in schools has decreased behavior problems, classroom disruption and increased academic performance. Yoga Calm emphasizes social emotional learning. Emotion coaching is a strategy for teaching and supporting emotional intelligence in children. This five step strategy blends well with YogaCalm and can be used with very young children through adulthood.
Saturday, Session 2  
Jennifer Wickham, Psychotherapist, Mayo Clinic Health System
Graduate of UW-Stout with a masters in guidance and counseling, Jennifer has always had an interest in children.  She has worked at the Eau Claire Academy for 10 years, and has been at Mayo Clinic Outpatient Behavioral Health for 13 years specializing in psychotherapy for  infants, children, adolescents and families.  She also writes a blog on mental health topics at the Mayo clinic in Eau Claire.


Infant/Toddler Lab Tour
Join us for a tour of the UW-Stout Infant and Toddler Lab.  There will be a short information session and then the rooms will be open for exploring and picture taking. The head teachers will be available to answer any questions you may have.
Friday, Session 2  
Marcia Wolf, Senior Instructional Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Marcia has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and M.S. in Home Economics with certification in Early Elementary from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  She is a Senior Instructional Specialist, Head Teacher at the University of Wisconsin-Stout Child & Family Study Center and has been there for 16 years.  She has been a presenter at the National Association for the Education of Young Children as well.
Allison Feller, Instructor, University of Wisconsin-Stout and Rachel Stuart, Cooperating Teacher, University of Wisconsin-Stout



Amazing Babies! 101 Experiences For The Very Young
Young children are amazing! This presentation will inspire participants with new ideas for gathering times for infants and toddlers.  The participants will be inspired through videos, hands-on viewing of materials and active participation in the session.
Friday, Session 4  
Marcia Wolf, Senior Instructional Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Marcia has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and M.S. in Home Economics with certification in Early Elementary from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  She is a Senior Instructional Specialist, Head Teacher at the University of Wisconsin-Stout Child & Family Study Center and has been there for 16 years.  She has been a presenter at the National Association for the Education of Young Children as well.
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