"Thank you to our sponsors"
never stop learning! -Final Program- Wisconsin Early Childhood Association 55th Annual Conference October 22-24, 2009 Thank you to our sponsors... WECA Children’s Champion Associate Sponsors Area Sponsors Evening networking reception Pre-conference sessions Heath & Wellness workshops generously sponsored by: generously sponsored by: generously sponsored by: Welcome As conference manager for the 55th annual WECA conference, I want to thank you for not only choosing to further your profes- sional development, but also for the important work you do each and every day as an early childhood educator or provider. Your dedication to the field and continued support of WECA helps en- sure that every child in Wisconsin has access to the highest quality early learning experiences. It is my hope that our annual event is your turn to “learn, play, grow, and collaborate!” This year’s conference focuses on social emotional skills and features a variety of outstanding presenta- tions covering the multiple issues we face in our work. It is your time to celebrate and enjoy being with others who share in your challenges and successes. It is your time to grow profes- sionally and to experience the richness of this ever expanding world of ours. We hope that you will be inspired and empowered! A special thank you to our WDEC collaborators who help to or- ganize the workshops. And thank you to our many dedicated volunteers and presenters. We couldn’t do it without you! Andrea Murray Conference Manager Table of contents For your information 2 Schedule of events 3 Special events 4 Roundtables 5 Exhibitors 6 Information tables 7 Planning your sessions 8 Workshops 9 Continuing education record 18 Membership information 19 Notes 20 For your information Don’t leave home without this final program! WECA members Each registered attendee receives one program with registra- WECA members will be honored during the closing celebra- tion. Due to supply costs, there will be a small charge for ad- tion and by having special ribbons on their nametags. A Mem- ditional copies. ber Hospitality Room will also be available during the confer- ence. If you are not currently a WECA member, you can join Program changes at the information tables near the exhibit hall or by submitting Prior to the conference, workshop changes will be posted at the form on page 19. wisconsinearlychildhood.org/conference. Last-minute work- shop changes and cancellations will be posted at the regis- Children at the conference tration table. Please check there for updates throughout the The WECA annual conference is about children, not for chil- conference. While we make every effort to minimize these dren. For safety reasons, children are not allowed in the confer- changes, they are unavoidable and we ask for your under- ence meeting rooms, luncheons or exhibit hall. By all means, standing. bring your family to the Kalahari with someone to entertain them while you attend the conference. Workshops and room capacity We have made every effort to offer a large selection of work- Cancellation/refund policy shops with plenty of seating during each time slot. You do not Refunds of pre-registration fees will be made upon receipt of need to pre-register for sessions. Some workshops may be full a written request postmarked no later than September 30, 2009 by the time you get there so please have a second choice in to the WECA office. No refunds will be made after this date. mind! A $20 processing fee will be deducted from all refunds. There will be a $30 fee for all returned checks. For your comfort No matter what, meeting rooms are always too cold for some, Endorsement and too warm for others. You are strongly encouraged to dress Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) encourages comfortably and in layers to accommodate the sometimes fluc- the exchange of diverse opinions at the conference. Ideas pre- tuating facility temperature and your personal thermostats. sented do not necessarily reflect the association’s official posi- tion on any given issue. WECA assumes no responsibility for Presenter’s market place any statement of fact or opinion presented at the annual con- A table will be set up in the exhibit hall for presenters who ference, nor does acceptance of advertising or exhibits imply have materials they wish to sell. Any presenter planning to endorsement of any products or services by the organization. utilize this table will inform you at his/her workshop. There is You are urged to discuss with or write to individual exhibi- no selling of merchandise during workshop sessions. A sched- tors/ presenters about any concerns you may have about prod- ule will be posted at the table. ucts, services, or practices. 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HD2 Classical Music Service 88.7 WERN HD2 Classical Music. wpr.org 24 hours a day. 2 Schedule of events THURS OCT 22 12:30 - 1 p.m. Registration South Atrium 1 - 5 p.m. Pre-conference sessions FRI OCT 23 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Registration South Atrium 8 - 9 a.m. Continental breakfast Ballroom C/D 9 - 11:45 a.m. Session A 11:45 a.m. - 7 p.m. Exhibit hall open Ballroom A/B (Find Courage to Explore in the exhibit hall) 11:45 a.m. - 6 p.m. Silent auction bidding Ballroom A/B 6 p.m. Pick up silent auction items Ballroom A/B 12 -1:45 p.m. Professional development luncheon -OR- Ballroom C/D lunch on your own 2 - 3:15 p.m. Session B 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. Session C 5 -7 p.m. Networking reception Ballroom A/B SAT OCT 24 7 - 8 a.m. Continental breakfast South Atrium 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. Registration South Atrium 7:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m. Exhibit hall open Ballroom A/B (Find Courage to Explore in the exhibit hall) 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Silent auction bidding Ballroom A/B 7:45 - 8:45 a.m. Session D 9 - 10:15 a.m. Session E 9 - 11:45 a.m. Session E/F 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Session F 12 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch break/roundtable discussions Ballroom A/B (pre-purchased box lunches available for pick up in the exhibit hall) 1 - 3 p.m. Pick up silent auction items Ballroom A/B 1:30 p.m. Exhibit hall closes 3 - 4:30 p.m. Keynote & closing celebration Ballroom C/D 3 Special events FRI OCT 23, 12 -1:45 P.M. FRI OCT 23, 5 - 7 P.M. Professional development luncheon Networking reception Treat yourself to a special luncheon in your honor! Join us for Your conference days will be filled the annual “Professional Development Luncheon” and “Above with learning, training, and profes- and Beyond Awards” banquet with keynote speaker Hedda sional development. But you also Sharapan. This is your time to celebrate the accomplishments need time just to chat with other of your colleagues and honor the work that you do each and people who do the same work you every day. This event is co-hosted by T.E.A.C.H. Early Child- This event is do--people who understand what hood® Wisconsin. generously you go through on a daily basis. sponsored by The networking reception is your Hedda Sharapan spent 43 years work- Nasco time to socialize with colleagues ing with Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and enjoy special dedicated time in and at the small non-profit Fred Rogers the exhibit hall. This event is free and all booths will be open. started called Family Communications, Mingle, shop, and enjoy complimentary appetizers. In addition, Inc. She holds a master’s degree in child a cash bar will be available. It is an event that can’t be missed! development and currently works as the director of childhood initiatives. Hedda continues to build on Fred Rog- ers’ legacy through speaking at confer- ences, writing for articles, books, and websites, and developing professional development materials for early childhood educators. Help us celebrate 10 years of T.E.A.C.H. in Wisconsin: 1999 – 2009! Happy Anniversary! We can impress you with numbers: we’re talking about 6,854 scholarships awarded in this decade, which translates to over T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood 79,000 credit hours that our partnership with individuals and WISCONSIN is celebrating 10 years! programs helped to support. We can impress you with stories: it is indeed a fact that our very first scholarship recipient is now an instructor at MATC-Milwaukee, teaching in the ECE Asso- ciate degree program! Now we want to impress you with our spirit of celebration and invite your participation in the fes- tivities. At the Professional Development Luncheon, we will be ceremoniously cutting the “official” 10-year anniversary cake… and eating it, too! THANK YOU for the gifts you share: your commitment to pro- viding high quality early care and education, your dedication to young children and their families, and your pursuit of profes- sional growth through attendance at our conference. Be sure to celebrate with us at the Professional Development Luncheon & closing ceremony! T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Wisconsin & R.E.W.A.R.D. Stipend Program are administered by Wisconsin Early Childhood Association. 4 Special events SAT OCT 24, 12 - 1:30 P.M. SAT OCT 24, 3 - 4:30 P.M. Roundtable discussions Keynote & closing celebration I’m a Teacher (Not a Babysitter)…Songs from the early childhood Back by popular demand, we are offering roundtable discussions profession, Stuart Stotts during the Saturday lunch break. Roundtables are hosted by your You may have taken your children to see Stuart perform. And friendly affiliate leaders and WECA staff. These are informal dis- you may have seen his session at last year’s conference in Ap- cussions that give you an opportunity to join colleagues with a pleton, or another venue. Stuart travels all over Wisconsin (and common interest (and earn a little extra credit, too). Feel free to the country) giving presentations for school districts and early bring a lunch along if you’d like. The roundtable discussions will childhood programs on the role music plays in children’s de- take place in the far end of the exhibit hall. Look for signs listing velopment. Whether or not you’ve seen Stuart perform before, the topic and facilitator. you are in for a special treat today! Stuart has put the finish- ing touches on a project he embarked on in 2008, which was Some of this year’s hot topics: supported in part by WECA. In that project, Stuart interviewed • Best practices to prevent H1N1 flu problems in your program people just like you: adults involved in the world of child care • Men in child care as providers, directors, licensors, and more. Stuart shares his • QRIS and quality early childhood programs powerful songs with us to acknowledge and celebrate the work • Christian child care programs: special opportunities & issues we do. And he has assembled a choir to join him on stage to • Celebrating holidays when your families are diverse shout this message to the rafters: “We are teachers! Not babysit- • Working in a 4K program? Talk with others doing the same ters!” Maybe if we shout it loud enough, someone will listen. At thing least we’ll get the place jumping! Refreshments will be served, • Turning your early childhood experience into college credit and T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Wisconsin has a special gift • for you to take home: a commemorative 10-year anniversary CD featuring several songs by Stuart Stotts, dedicated to the child care workforce and T.E.A.C.H. Stuart Stotts is a songwriter, storyteller BOX LUNCH PICK-UP and author. He’s worked with young If you ordered a box lunch, please pick it up children and families for over 20 years. in the Exhibit Hall from 12-1 on Saturday. He gives over 200 performances a year, Preregistration and payment is required. You and has several recordings. “Celebrate,” which Stuart made with performer Tom will need to present the ticket you received at Pease, has become a classic for those registration in order to receive your box lunch. who sing with young children. Stuart was invited to present at this year’s national T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® conference in North Carolina, and was quoted by NAEYC president Sue Russell in Young Children. You can find more information about Stuart on his website at stuartstotts.com. 5 Exhibitors Abrams Learning Trends Danya International education, with hands-on materials. Comprehensive, thematically organized pre-K Will be recruiting for Head Start reviewer p: 800-421-5354 program materials. consultant position. w: lakeshorelearning.com p: 800-227-9120 p: 202-441-3857 w: AbramsLearningTrends.com w: danya.com Learning Props Educational games and books for bilingual American Income Life Discovery Toys and English preschool learning. Resources in Offering free life insurance for WECA mem- Safe educational toys, books, games, and English, Spanish & Chinese. bers. music for children of all ages. p: 262-619-1119 p: 262-502-9777 p: 715-370-3104 w: learningprops.com w: ailife.com w: discoverytoyslink.com/rhondaschultz Lifetouch Preschool Portraits Autism Society of Wisconsin Feingold Association of the United States Photography portraits for preschool aged Information, referral, advocacy, education and Information and support on the dietary link children. support to those affected by autism in Wiscon- to behavior, learning, and health. p: 952-826-5015 sin. p: 631-369-9340 w: lifetouch.com p: 888-428-8476 w: ADHDdiet.org w: asw4autism.org Nasco Hansen Fundraising Services, Inc. Offering the lowest guaranteed prices on the B&K Fundraising Full-service fundraising company featur- widest variety of early childhood materials, Joe Corbi's Pizza and cookie dough fundrais- ing quality pizza products and premium gift furniture, and carpets in the industry. ing. Family friendly products. catalogs. p: 800-558-9595 p: 262-537-2293 p: 800-236-1022 w: eNasco.com w: bkfundraising.com w: hansenfundraising.com North Side Music Break Through, Inc. Harrison and Company Music CDs & DVDs, Monkey Mitts, rhythm Offering book sales of "IQ of 63, So What! Education furniture and supplies. instruments, and song cards. Going Beyond Everybody Else's Expecta- p: 630-782-6077 p: 715-832-4014 tions.” w: harrisonandcompany.com w: northsidemusicwi.com p: 715-554-2739 w: bendanderson.com Just Jewelry Presenter's Booth Incredible jewelry at even more incredible Denise Meyer & Leslie Leline, workshop C&D Silkscreening/Embroidery prices! presenters, will be selling their materials. Sportswear designed for educators and other p: 262-716-3166 adults who work with children. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers p: 317-535-1003 Kaplan Early Learning Company Multinational posters with universal themes. Educational materials and classroom supplies p: 608 231-2445 w: canddsilkscreening.com for birth to eight. w: rpcvmadison.org p: 800-334-2014 Celebrate Children Foundation Invests resources in quality early childhood & w: kaplanco.com Tootsie's Tidbits Early learning games & organizational items. family development experiences. Kathy Poelker/Look At Me Productions p: 715-423-3005 p: 608-266-6953 Teacher resource materials, including books, w: tootsiestidbits.com w: celebrate-children.org CDs, & DVDs. CJ's Puzzles & Crafts p: 847-658-0050 Usborne Books Wood puzzles, storage boxes, table top blocks w: kathypoelker.com Fun, educational, colorful and engaging and sandboxes, card holders, domino holders, children's books. Earn 25-50% in free books puppet holders, & geo boards. Kerlin Bus Sales & Leasing, Inc with a book fair! p: 715-868-2411 Thomas Built's MyBus is a multi-functional p: 608-767-1410 student activity bus designed to be safe, easy w: buybetterbooks.info Commercial Recreation Specialists to maintain, and durable. Recreational products that promote creative p: 260-352-2722 UW-Platteville play and developmentally appropriate play. w: mybus.kerlinbus.com UW-Platteville offers all four child care p: 608-848-8781 credentials. w: crs4rec.com Lakeshore Learning Materials p: 608-342-1347 Products for early childhood and elementary w: uwplatt.edu/cont_ed 6 Information tables Venture Sculpture Fair trade stone sculpture and ironwood carvings from third world artists. p: 847-872-2014 Wisconsin Department of Natural wpt.org/kids Resources Providing high quality environmental educa- tion materials to engage children in sensory and learning activities to help them explore Your online destination for kids Wisconsin's natural environment. p: 608-261-8453 and the adults in their lives. w: dnr.wi.gov/education/pltwildwet The Courage to Explore: Culture, Peace, & Anti-Bias Resources Explore culture, peace, and anti-bias in an area filled with resources on the concepts of diversity, culture, and peace, sponsored by WECA. Books, toys, musi- cal instruments and more invite your interaction and demonstrate inexpensive ways to develop these re- sources for your program. Visit this interactive display in the exhibit hall during hall hours Information tables: The following organizations will be providing valuable info & resources AFSCME/CCPT Madison Area Technical College Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental p: 608-836-4040 p: 608-258-2377 Health w: wisconsinccpt.org w: matcmadison.edu p: 608-442-0360 w: wi-aimh.org Child Care Information Center The Registry p: 800-362-7353 p: 608-222-1123 Wisconsin Division for Early Childhood w: dpi.wi.gov/ccic w: the-registry.org w: wdec.org Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin UWM-Center for Early Childhood Wisconsin Early Childhood Association & p: 608-221-3511 Professional Development & Leadership Local Affiliates w: chw.org p: 414-227-3223 p: 800-783-9322 w: sce-earlychildhood.uwm.edu w: wisconsinearlychildhood.org Kaplan Early Learning Company p: 800-334-2014 Viterbo University Wisconsin Family Child Care Association w: kaplanco.com p: 608-796-3388 p: 715-726-0185 w:viterbo.edu/earlychildhood w: wisconsinfamilychildcare.org Mad Science of Milwaukee, Inc p: 414-768-1678 Wellness Unlimited w: madscience.org/milwaukee p: 608-232-0210 w: wellness-unlimited.com 7 Planning your sessions Choosing which sessions to attend It is not necessary to register for individual workshops. You may attend any workshop as long as space permits. We do everything we can to identify popular sessions and plan room sizes accordingly. We don’t always guess correctly. Please have a second and third choice for each session. Workshop descriptions are followed by the audience level, age group, and Registry core knowledge area(s). This information should help you to choose sessions according to your level of experience, area of interest, and educational goals. Example: BEG/INT, Inf/T, DAP This session is best suited to a beginner or intermediate audience (BEG/INT), working primarily with or on behalf of Infants and Toddlers (Inf/T), and will provide information about children’s activities appropriate for their age and developmental level (DAP). Registry core knowledge areas: Corresponding Wisconsin Core Competencies, for professionals working with young children and AED Adult Education their families: COM Community Collaboration DAP Developmentally Appropriate Practices I. Child Development (DEV) DEV Child Development II. Diversity (DIV) DIV Cultural & Individual Diversity III. Facilitating Child Development (DAP) FAM Family Relationships IV. Health, Safety, and Nutrition (SAF) FIN Finance V. Child Guidance and Nurturing (GUI) GUI Child Guidance VI. Observing and Assessment (OBS) LEG Legal VII. Professional Practice (PRO) MAR Marketing VIII. Parenting and Family Dynamics (FAM) OBS Observation & Assessment IX. Community Relationships (COM) ORG Organizational Management PER Personnel Management For more information: visit collaboratingpartners.com PRO Professionalism REG Regulatory Policy & Standards SAF Safe & Healthy Environments SPN Special Needs For more information: visit the-registry.org 8 Workshops CROWN PALM Learning Discipline: Connecting Discipline, Communication and THURS OCT 22, 1-5 P.M. Relationships, Hedda Sharapan, Family Communications, Inc. Pre-conference Sessions Good, clear communication, combined with strong relationships provide children the support and tools they need to grow. Dis- cover how discipline can be an opportunity for teaching rather than punishment; with the goal of helping children move from CROWN PALM externally-imposed discipline to internal self-discipline. The What Do You Do With The Mad That You workshop format includes the use of provocative video seg- Feel?, Hedda Sharapan, Family Communi- ments, group discussions, and hands-on activities. ALL, All, cations, Inc. GUI/DEV A boy once asked this question of Mr. Workshop Rogers: "What do you do with the mad sponsored by IRONWOOD that you feel?" Answering it may be Kaplan Early Reaching Out to Our Youngest English Language Learners more important today than ever before Learning Company & Their Families, Ruth Reinl, CESA 4; Sue Albert, CESA 10; Pat as early childhood educators report an Spohrs, Norwalk/Ontario/Wilton School District increasing number of children who have Understand the developmental implications of having to learn difficulty with impulse control. In this session, Hedda will blend more than one language as a young child. Examine current re- the wisdom of Fred Rogers with her own developmental back- search and gain practical instructional techniques to effectively ground to provide strategies that help children develop self- work with children when you don't speak their home language. control and use constructive outlets when they're angry. There is Service delivery models for young children with disabilities, an additional fee for this event and pre-registration is required. whose first language is other than English, will also be explored. ALL, All, GUI/DEV ALL, Inf–4K, DIV CYPRESS BANYAN Promoting Social-Emotional Competence in Young Children: Using the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards to Guide Planning for Change, Julie Betchkal, CESA 11 Program Decisions, Arlene Wright, Wisconsin Model Early Learning Examine why intentional teaching of social emotional skills is so Standards Coach; Kath Mc Gurk, Department of Children and Fami- important. We will review the steps of the “Teaching Pyramid” lies; Terry Whitmore, 4K Director, Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools; developed by the Center For Social Emotional Foundations for Pamela Bennett, Meriter Children’s Center; Penny Chase, 4-C Early Learning (CSEFEL). Participants will complete a self-as- Madison; Terryl Wheelock, 4-C Milwaukee; Dotty Lillo, Director of Child sessment and map out next steps for program-wide implemen- tation. There is an additional fee for this event and pre-registra- Care Partnership Resource and Referral, Western Dairyland; Renae tion is required. ALL, All, DEV/GUI Blaschke, Head Start This session will assist participants to become familiar with us- ing the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. Participants will learn about performance standards (statements of what FRI OCT 23, 9 - 11:45 A.M. children birth to 1st grade should know and be able to do), the developmental continuum, sample behaviors of children and Session A sample strategies for adults. A panel representing directors and program managers of child care, education and disability man- ager of Head Start and 4K Directors of public schools will be interacting and sharing information regarding how the Wiscon- BAMBOO sin Model Early Learning Standards are used to guide decisions Introduction to Courage To Teach®, Mary L. Peters, Nicolet Techni- in their programs and services for children and families. Par- cal College ticipants will also have time to share their WMELS Stories and Renew your heart, mind, and spirit by exploring the inner land- interact with the panel presenters. BEG/INT, Inf–5K, DEV/DAP scape of your life as a teacher. Reconnect to your identity and integrity, identify and honor your gifts and strengths, and ac- WISTERIA knowledge your limits. Learn how this growth creates a context Making Your Program Boy-friendly, Father-friendly and Family- for careful listening and deep connection, honors diversity, and friendly (& it's good for girls too)!, Bryan Nelson, MenTeach.org facilitates safe spaces and trusting relationships. Examine the Do you wonder why fathers don’t visit your classroom as often connection between attending to the inner life of educators and as mothers? Is your classroom bursting with active boys? Come the renewal of education. BEG/INT, Ad, AED/PRO to this workshop to learn creative ways to make your program more male-friendly (which is beneficial for girls, too). You’ll 9 Workshops learn practical ideas on how to invite fathers and father-figures professional development opportunities are available statewide to get more involved in your program. ALL, All/Ad, AED/DEV/ to individuals working with children. An approval system for DIV/DAP/FAM/PRO training, trainers, and technical consultants has been developed to assure that instructors and consultants are qualified in their TAMARIND areas of instruction and that the training has quality content. "Why Does She Do That?" Finding Meaning in Infant’s and Tod- Come learn how PDAS benefits the workforce, trainers, and con- dler’s Challenging Behavior, Jen Bailey, Wisconsin State Based sultants. ALL, Ad, PRO Training & Technical Assistance Office Decoding the meaning of infant/toddler behavior is not a simple BAMBOO process, especially when they exhibit challenging behaviors. Community Approaches to 4-year-old Kindergarten Utilizing materials from Center on the Social and Emotional Jill Haglund, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; Danica Foundations for Early Learning, we will identify the characteris- Lewis, Oshkosh Area School District tics of challenging behaviors, learn about family circumstances Join us to learn more about community approaches to 4-year-old that impact infant/toddler development, and outline a process kindergarten. In a “4K community approach” child care centers, for implementing a support plan for responding to challenging family child care providers, Head Start programs, and the public behavior. INT, Inf/T, DEV/DAP/FAM school district collaborate to meet the needs of four-year olds in a way that works best for their community. School district 4K GUAVA coordinators and child care center directors will showcase the Beginnings, Endings & Living In-Between, Mary Jo Rozmenoski, accomplishments of several Wisconsin districts using a commu- Western Dairyland Head Start nity approach. ALL, Inf/4K, COM/FAM/ORG/REG Are issues in your work or personal life preventing you from moving forward? Caring for children is a big responsibility and CROWN PALM in order to be our best, we need to make sure we take proper My Kids Won't Eat That!, Susan Pritchard-Pederson & Judy Mays, care of ourselves. Mary Jo Rozmenoski speaks with compassion, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association sharing her life journey of joy, tragedy, reflection and healing. We know that eating fruits and vegetables is important to overall Come away from this session, knowing how to recognize life health. In the U.S. a whopping 90% of us fail to eat the recom- experiences as personal strengths, reframe problems into oppor- mended amounts each day. Explore how to serve a variety of tunities, and take charge to survive and live a healthy life. ALL, fruits and veggies in kid-friendly ways. Learn fun activities for All/Ad, AED introducing fruits and veggies to children and discover how to prepare and store fruits and vegetables, making them more eco- BALLROOM E nomical to serve. BEG/INT, All/Ad, DEV/SAF Come Sing and Dance With Me! Musical Fun With an Educational Purpose, Kathy Poelker, Look At Me Productions, Inc. IRONWOOD Dust off your dancing shoes for our music FUN! You'll want a Birth-to-3 and Preschool Special Education: How Does That partner to join you as you experience the unforgettable joy of Work?, Elizabeth Wahl, UW-Madison Waisman Center & Mary Joslin, music with Kathy Poelker, ASCAP award winning children's CESA 10 recording artist, author, consultant, and early childhood music This session will address a plethora of issues including: how to specialist. Learn simple partner dances even the youngest can connect with services for a child you are concerned about, how do successfully, and have fun with movement activities, music a child is identified as having special needs, how a team should games, drama experiences, and "stick-in-your-brain" songs that decide, who is involved, types of services available, and the sim- help children develop a wide range of skills. Each exercise is ilarities and differences between birth-to-3 and school services. carefully drafted to help children build a wide range of readi- BEG, Inf–4K, DEV/DIV/SPN ness skills. ALL, T–3rd, DEV/DAP/SAF BANYAN I Can Read Songs: Early Literacy Intervention, LaDonna Wicklund, FRI OCT 23, 2 - 3:15 P.M. Iowa City Community School District Reading Specialist Session B Joyful, song-based intervention can help all children (especially at-risk children) learn essential early literacy skills. Discover singing and dancing strategies that teach children the founda- tion of reading and writing. You will receive copies of the songs ACACIA for immediate implementation. ALL, 4K/5K, DEV/DAP Wisconsin's Professional Development Approval System, Luanne Platt, The Registry WISTERIA It is part of The Registry’s mission to ensure that high quality Stories in Motion: Drama in Inclusive Settings, Joan Collins & Edie 10 Workskops Baran, VSA Arts of Wisconsin with ideas for props, flannel boards, books, creative play, and Why just read your class a story when you can bring it to life? themes. ALL, Pre, DEV/DAP Creative drama provides a meaningful setting for early literacy skills and language development. Learn creative drama tech- BALLROOM F niques and activities to engage learners of all abilities, including It's Not Just a Piece of Wood: Introducing Wood-Working to Chil- students with mobility challenges, developmental delays, chal- dren, Cindy Gillett, CJ's Puzzles + Crafts lenging behaviors, and English language learners. Participants Preschool children are at just the right age to learn simple wood- will take away their own short drama lesson plans. BEG/INT, working. In fact, woodworking can be introduced in all curricu- Pre–5K, DAP/SPN lum areas, to teach life skills, science and math concepts, and so much more. Gain hands-on experience with wood and other PORTIA supplies provided. Bring your imagination and be prepared to Reflective Supervision: Promoting Professionalism & Leader- have fun! INT, Pre–3rd, DAP ship in Early Childhood Education, Joanna Parker, The Learning Gardens Focus on methods to create a culture of professionalism and ac- FRI OCT 23, 3:30 - 4:45 P.M. countability in your child care setting. The session will include Session C information on the philosophy of supervision, as well as the tools for interviewing, reviewing, and growing staff. ALL, Ad, AED/ORG/PRO ACACIA TAMARIND Working with Parents Who are Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual or Trans- Infant Attachment: The Importance of First Relationships, Lana gender, Robin Fox, UW-Whitewater Nenide, Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health Early childhood educators are well versed in how to meet the This workshop will center on attachment theory. Participants needs of many children and families, but one area in which most will learn more about attachment security and ways both par- lack training is the area of parents who are LGBT. In this work- ents and caregivers can support healthy adult-child relation- shop, specific examples of how to change environments, materi- ships with very young children. BEG/INT, Inf, DEV als and curriculum to provide a more welcoming program for members of the LGBT community will be shared. ALL, All/Ad, MANGROVE AED/DIV/FAM News and Updates from Child Care Licensing, Anne Carmody, Department of Children and Families BAMBOO This is an opportunity for family and group licensed child care Four-year-old Kindergarten Child Care Partners Networking Ses- providers, directors, and administrators to meet with staff from sion, Jeanette Paulson, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association & Jill child care licensing. We will share news and updates on current Haglund, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction initiatives in the regulation world as well as have an opportunity Voice your opinion in a facilitated discussion designed for child to dialog with licensing staff on issues and concerns that arise care directors and teachers who are part of 4K community ap- around the licensing rules. ALL, All/Ad, REG proaches. Participants will identify and discuss key issues for community site directors including: licensing, contracting, com- GUAVA munication with districts, team building, and scheduling. ALL, Using Humor as a Social Emotional Strategy, Ann Ramminger, UW All, AED Madison Waisman Center Humor can be an effective way to make yourself feel better, to CROWN PALM get along with others, and to help children maintain self confi- Developing Learners For The Digital Age of Literacy, Julie Steuber, dence while learning new behaviors. Explore how cartoons can Cardinal Stritch University; Sue Saynay, Racine Public School District; provide a snapshot of complex emotions and behaviors. Practice & RosalieSchatzman, Racine Unified School District using humor with other adults in good taste. Take ideas back The amazing human brain! Join this session to learn about the to your classroom, program, or setting to use with children and implications of this digital age of literacy on the brain devel- adults of all ages. INT/EXP, All/Ad, AED/DEV/GUI opment of young children. The more you know, the better you will be at incorporating new teaching strategies that maximize BALLROOM E healthy brain development. We will provide useful research and Elephants Have Wrinkles - Animal Songs for The Classroom, Col- demonstrate best practices that both support your work as an leen Hannafin & Brian Schellinger, North Side Music educator and invite parental involvement. BEG/INT, 4K–3rd, Join Colleen and Uncle Squaty for a workshop featuring songs, DEV/DAP/FAM chants, action, and movement focused on nature. Walk away 11 Workshops IRONWOOD affecting boys. Come away equipped with effective remedies for Are We Creating 'Praise Junkies'? Moving From Praise to Posi- reversing this trend for children from birth to elementary age, tive Feedback & Encouragement, Gaye Tylka, CESA 4 and a little beyond. This insightful discussion will be of benefit Examine the differences between praise, encouragement, and to parents, teachers, school administrators, mental health pro- positive feedback and the impact each has on building self es- fessionals, community service workers—in short, anyone who teem, positive behavior, and motivation in children. Participants has a stake in the success of boys. ALL, All, DEV/GUI/DAP/SPN will have an opportunity for self reflection and will leave with techniques that can immediately be put into practice. ALL, T– GUAVA 3rd, GUI Change Can Be Good! Wisconsin's New Quality Rating and Im- provement System, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families BANYAN Learn about the goals and challenges of Wisconsin's proposed Enhancing a Thinking Organization, Mark Sweet, Disability Rights Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Plenty of ques- Wisconsin tion and answer time will be given. ALL, Ad, MAR/ORG/PER/ In settings where momentum often rules the day, there are things PRO/REG that can be done to increase the thinking and creativity of all those who come in contact with children. More than a training MANGROVE event, there are ways to embed ongoing training into the daily Parent Involvement Increases Child Pre-Reading Skills: Results practice of creating inclusive environments for children. ALL, of an Experiment in Wisconsin Child Care Programs, Yae Bin Kim All, AED/OBS/ORG/PER/PRO/SPN & Dr. Dave Riley, UW-Madison; & participating program directors Everyone “knows” that parent involvement in ECE programs is WISTERIA a good thing, but no one has actually tested this idea with a real Using Occupational Therapy and Sensory Activities to Boost experiment, until now. Our results show that increasing parent Classroom Dynamics, Haley Hennlich, New Richmond School Dis- involvement in some specific ways leads to significantly greater trict 4K, St. Mary's School gains in children’s pre-reading abilities. Come learn how we Expose yourself to a variety of occupational therapy (OT), brain conducted the study, what we found, and hear from the partici- development, and sensory activities. Plan to have some very pating program directors how they implemented the program in hands-on experiences while you feel with your body how these their centers. INT/EXP, All, (FAM) strategies may impact children. Experiential learning, discus- sion, and hand-outs are all planned to provide you with tools to BALLROOM E truly enhance your classroom dynamics! ALL, All, DEV/GUI/ Get Up, Get Down, and Get Moving!, Kaye Ketterer, Wisconsin DAP/SPN Early Childhood Association and Chris Schneider, Plymouth Children's Center PORTIA Young children naturally love to move their bodies. Children Early Identification in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Do You See need to move their bodies! We'll learn why movement is good What I See?, Glenis Benson, Ph.D., Autism Spectrum Disorders for children (and adults) and why some children and adults may Consultant not want to participate. Come and join in the fun as we move According to the Center for Disease Control, Autism Spectrum and do activities that are easy and infectious! ALL, All, SAF Disorders (ASDs) occur at the rate of 1/150. In this session, early characteristics will be discussed so that personnel can be vigi- BALLROOM F lant with identifying potential cases of ASDs. Gone are the days Let's Play in Nature: Natural Science for Early Learners, Cheryl when we would look for the hand flap or finger flick. Current DeWelt Robinson and Sandra Bonnici Hoecherl, Madison Children's thinking dictates that we look for the absence of behaviors and not the presence of the repetitive motor movements. Attendees Museum This fun, interactive workshop provides educators with hands- will leave this session equipped with state of the art identifica- on experiences that support children's innate connection to the tion information and screening tools. BEG, Inf–5K, DEV/OBS/ natural world. Learn techniques that foster scientific thinking SPN and increase children's awareness of natural environments. In- door and outdoor activities that promote math, science, and lit- TAMARIND eracy concepts will be highlighted. BEG/INT, T–3rd, DAP Lost Boys and The Failure to Launch, Larry Griffin, Kaplan Early Learning Company Explore the dimensions of a troubling international trend toward an increasing number of unmotivated and underachieving boys who seem "lost" and who "fail to launch." Learn how changes in education, video games, prescription drugs, endocrine disrup- tors, and a deficit of positive male role models are negatively 12 Workshops CROWN PALM Can't We Just Get Along? Parent/Teacher Communication, FRI OCT 23, 5 - 7 P.M. Michelle Brown & Julie Stoffel, Cradle to Crayons Learning Center Special Evening Sessions Do you ever feel like parents in your program have no idea what goes on during the day? Are you looking for unique ways to doc- ument children's daily learning? Explore ways to build stronger BALLROOM C parent/teacher relationships by developing partnerships. Dis- The Wonderful Possibilities with Children and Nature, Gerry cuss communicating beyond morning greetings and daily notes. Make a plan to connect with parents, improve communication, Slater, Playworks4Kids, & Pam Boulton, UWM Children's Center & and have a record for children's portfolios. ALL, All, PRO Center for Early Childhood Professional Development and Leadership Join us in a unique experience consisting of hands-on exhibits and resource people who will guide your learning on the topic IRONWOOD of reconnecting young children with nature. Explore ways to What’s New at The Registry?, Jere Wallden, The Registry enhance your curriculum and engage with others who care as 2009 marks the unveiling of the new Registry website! The Reg- deeply as you do about the value of nature in children’s lives. istry online services have been expanded, improved and updat- ALL, All, AED/DEV/SAF/REG ed. Learn about new career levels that offer non credit options for advancement. You have to see it to believe it! ALL, Ad, PRO MANGROVE Child Care Information Center Film Festival, Lita Haddal, Child BANYAN Care Information Center When You've Tried Everything: Interventions for ADD/ADHD, Bring your popcorn and snacks and settle in for some quality Autism and Brain Disregulation, Arlene Martin & Leah Thompson, video viewing! The Child Care Information Center selected a hit Wellness Unlimited, LLC list of films for child care providers to preview for future use. All This presentation provides parents and teachers of young chil- of the videos in the CCIC collection may be counted toward con- dren information, strategies and goals to support children who tinuing education hours for relicensing purposes. Learn more have ADD, ADHD, Autism or other conditions of brain dysregu- about CCIC, which is funded by the State of Wisconsin to assist lation. Learn how a child's environment, specific food sources child care providers in solving their workplace dilemmas. ALL, and routines can directly affect a young child's developing brain Ad, ALL and behaviors. ALL, Pre–3rd, SPN CYPRESS SAT OCT 24, 7:45 - 8:45 A.M. Music Fun For Infants and Toddlers, Colleen Hannafin & Brian Schellinger, North Side Music Session D Come and explore the importance of music and how to nurture it at a young age. Build your curriculum through the use of de- velopmentally appropriate music for infants through 3 years of age. Explore lullabies, singing songs, finger & toe plays, bounc- ACACIA es, movement and singing with books. ALL, Inf/T, DEV/DAP A Kit to Succeed in the Child Care Business, Alana Ahrens & Dotty Lillo, Western Dairyland Need help with your child care records? Does staying organized PORTIA seem impossible? The Kit of Child Care Business Success makes How Providers Can Build Strength Together, Diana Smith & Brenda it easy for every in-home child care provider to stay organized Danielczak, AFSCME/CCPT and meet standards for the IRS, Licensers/Certifiers, and Food Share ideas on how providers can work together to influence Program. Join us as we show and explain the kit and teach you change in our field while building on the successes that we have how to implement it into your own in-home family child care. already had in improving quality for Family Child Care provid- ALL, Ad, FIN/LEG/MAR/ORG/REG ers. Learn more about economics, public policy, and advocacy. ALL, Ad, AED/PRO BAMBOO Could This be Grief?, Kristine Wurm-Stephenson, Family Services of TAMARIND Northeast Wisconsin Guiding Children Toward Success, Karen Apitz, Parents Plus, Inc Participants will learn how to recognize typical signs of grief in This presentation provides information on what educators, children at different ages. The workshop will also cover various providers and parents can do to promote social emotional com- ways to help children progress through the grief process in a petence for children. Topics include building relationships, healthy way. BEG, All, GUI/FAM/OBS constructing supportive environments, and effective parent in- volvement strategies. BEG, In–Pre, DAP 13 Workshops GUAVA BANYAN Learning Continues At Home, Bev Schumacher, Learning Props Creating Rooms of Wonder:Teacher Made Materials, Marcia Wolf & Regardless of our role in the early childhood community, we Lindsay Barnhart, UW-Stout all have an obligation to prepare the youngsters in our care for Help your classroom come alive with this creative session! Stud- learning success. Essential to that responsibility is fostering a ies have found that introducing novelty in the classroom can en- healthy partnership between families and educators. In this ses- hance brain development. Learn new ways to turn things you sion, explore projects, activities, and resources that help educa- already have (including recyclables) into teacher made materials tors and providers invite families to support learning activities and enhance the learning process of the children in your class- at home. INT/EXP, Pre–5K, DEV/DAP/FAM room. BEG, Inf/T, DEV/DAP BALLROOM E CYPRESS Play Lays a Foundation for Learning, Amy Peterson, Sheboygan Rhythms Of The Caribbean, Nelson Gill, Etcetera Records Reusable Resource Center See how contemporary Caribbean rhythms (calypso, soca, reg- Join Amy for a play process that inspires insight and changes in gae, punta and merengue) can act as a medium for teaching cog- approaches to early education. Even though free play is essential nitive, gross motor AND social-emotional skills. Nelson Gill will for healthy development, it is losing out to an emphasis on for- introduce the basic principles of creative music with an empha- mal academic training. Learn how play engages our brains and sis on multi-cultural songs with rhythms from the Caribbean. lays a foundation for learning, academic success, physical de- He will also demonstrate how you can incorporate musical ac- velopment, and social/emotional development. When provided tivities into your daily curriculum, and discuss the importance with a carefully structured setting, open-ended materials, and of musical expression in early childhood education. ALL, All/ a play coach, teachers and parents can refocus and rethink the Ad, DEV/DIV role of play in the development and education of children. BEG/ INT, All, DAP WISTERIA Development: It's Not Just For Kids, Mary Erickson Gerbig, Wiscon- sin Early Childhood Association SAT OCT 24, 9 - 10:15 A.M. Get us talking about children and we're quick to talk about their stages of development, the role self-esteem plays in their de- Session E velopment, and the importance of focusing on each individual child's needs. Join other early education teachers to reflect on your own development in similar ways. You'll come away from this workshop with some affirmations about yourself and a plan ACACIA for moving forward. Let no teacher be left behind! ALL, Ad, PRO Creating Food Smart Kids and Healthy Social Emotional Develop- ment, Dotty Lillo, Western Dairyland CESA 11 Head Start As processed food becomes more prevalent in young children's PORTIA diets, healthy options become harder to find. Pick up new tips Family First in Family Child Care, Celeste Swoboda & Elizabeth you can use to ensure that meals served are safe, healthy, and Swoboda, Teddy Bear Totland Childcare nutritious! ALL, All/Ad, AED/DEV/FAM/SAF If family comes first in your quality family child care center, this is the workshop for you! Come to network, ask questions, and relate to others in our field. ALL, All/Ad, FAM CROWN PALM Using Sign Language to Build Literacy Skills in Hearing Children, Denise Meyer, SignBridge Language Systems GUAVA Discover how the use of simple American Sign Language signs Make-n-Take with Hands 2 Grow, Cassie Payne & Mickey Miller, can dramatically enhance verbal, literacy and math skills in Hands 2 Grow Puppet Productions young hearing children. By learning to communicate with signs Looking for a great art project or a new way to tell your favor- before they are able to speak, young children may receive higher ite story? Come along with experienced puppeteers Cassie and IQ scores and engage in more sophisticated play. Participants in Mickey as they share a few simple ways to build puppets for this interactive training will learn more than 100 basic signs and your classroom. Join other puppet enthusiasts while building, effective strategies for incorporating them into daily activities. creating, and imagining all the ways puppets can be used! BEG/ Sign Language for use with special populations (developmental INT, All/Ad, DAP disability and English language learners) will also be addressed. BEG, All/Ad, AED/DIV/DAP/FAM/SPN 14 Workshops SAT OCT 24, 9 - 11:45 A.M. SAT OCT 24, 10:30 - 11:45 A.M. Session E/F Session F BAMBOO ACACIA Supporting Infants and Young Children with Social and Emotional Dr. Maria Montessori's Looping Strategy, Penny Urben, Milwaukee Difficulties, Janna Hack, Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health Public Schools & Michele Butz Craig, Montessori School Some child behaviors present challenges…even for the most Learn more about techniques Dr. Maria Montessori pioneered nurturing and capable caregivers. Spend time problem solv- based on her in-depth observations of how children learn. She ing, interacting, and reflecting in a safe environment with your believed multi-age groupings and "looping" (having the same peers and an infant and early childhood mental health specialist. teacher for a number of years) helped children's development Discuss strategies to support infants, toddlers and preschoolers and learning. Join us as we explain the how's and why's of loop- with social, emotional and/or behavioral difficulties. Seize this ing in a Montessori classroom and discuss its benefits for all chil- opportunity to reflect on your work and connect to colleagues dren. ALL, All, AED/DAP/SPN in your field. This workshop will be limited to 15 participants. ALL, Inf–4K, DEV/GUI/DIV/DAP/FAM/SAF/OBS/SPN CROWN PALM Learning to Look and Listen: Observing and Assessing Teachers, IRONWOOD Kirsten Suer, 4C-Madison Certification Specialist Reinventing the 3Rs: Remembering + Ritual + Respect = Rela- Foster reflective practices in your teachers by being a reflective tionship, Billie Ognenoff, Heart 'n' Home Family Child Care & Kelly leader! Directors, administrators, and trainers will learn strate- Matthews, A Place For You Consulting gies for assessing teachers in their programs. Explore ways to If you remember your grandma's pet name for you, even after establish trust and create a positive experience for your teachers all these years, this is the workshop for you! Join us for a highly when you observe their classrooms. Learn different methods of interactive session as we explore and identify those "intangibles" observation, techniques for using observations to assess teach- that make a lasting difference in a child’s life! Discover how ritu- ing practices and curriculum, and how to present findings in a als can help children make sense of time, themselves, and their supportive and effective way. ALL, Ad, AED/OBS/PER/PRO place in the world. ALL, All/Ad, DEV/DAP/FAM BANYAN TAMARIND Thought-Less Themes, Melissa Seehaver, New Auburn School Shaken Babies, Shaken Lives, Wendi Schreiter, CESA 7 & Delecia District Johnson, 4C Milwaukee How often do you wish for wonderfully thought-out themes Join us to fulfill the required Shaken Baby Syndrome training for without having to come up with all the ideas yourself? Come child care providers or use the time as a refresher course. Hear and get help organizing your theme ideas so that they are quick the powerful story of a Wisconsin family whose child suffered and efficient to plan. Examples of the thematic planning process, Shaken Baby Syndrome. ALL, Inf–Pre, SAF simple teacher made materials, and lots of idea sharing will have you ready to plan your next theme in no time! BEG/INT, Pre/4K, DAP MANGROVE Incorporating Sensory-Rich Activities in the Early Childhood CYPRESS Classroom, Jenine Cramer, ECSC Teacher/Consultant & Amy Car- Puppet Power: Putting Character Education into Everyday Prac- riere, CESA 10 Sensory-rich activities stimulate brain development in young tices, Jennifer Guenther, Rubicon Jt. 6 School District children, prepare them for learning, and help them interact with Meet Maggie-Lou the Marsupial and Montgomery the Spa- peers and their environment. This session will provide a hands- ghettiasaurus. Together they will demonstrate ways to build on opportunity for participants to look at, manipulate, and make students' characters- socially and emotionally- through simple sensory-rich materials and toys. There will be a materials fee of classroom strategies. Leave with a plan to have a "pet" promote $1-$2 for this session. INT, Inf–5K, DEV positive character in students. Geared toward those working with toddlers through 3rd graders. ALL, T–3rd, DAP WISTERIA From Difficult Moments to Great Opportunities: Communication Is Key, Leslie Leline, Author & Lead Teacher at Peninsula Preschool Start looking at frustrating moments with a child as perfect 15 Workshops opportunities to teach cooperation and problem-solving skills. to families, caregivers, physicians, and intervention specialists. Discuss the impact of the words you choose during difficult Learn how this tool can provide an important service for your times and learn positive ways to communicate so that children families, become an additional child assessment for your cur- in your care learn respect and self-confidence. ALL, Pre–3rd, riculum development, and enhance the overall quality of your AED/DEV/GUI/DAP/FAM program. BEG/INT, Inf–5K, AED/DEV/DIV/DAP/OBS/SPN PORTIA IRONWOOD Simple Ideas for Inclusion, Lorinda Krinke, United Cerebral Palsy of The Ins and Outs of Leading Workshops, Pam McQuin, Wisconsin Greater Dane County Early Childhood Association All children are unique! Learn how you can create a healthy Have you ever thought about presenting a workshop? We all environment where differences are understood and accepted. have knowledge and skills to offer others in the early childhood Leave with curriculum strategies, activities to help children ex- profession. Learn strategies for presenting to adults, share tips, plore differences, and easy adaptations which allow children's explore learning styles, plan for small and large groups, and abilities to shine. ALL, All, DIV more. Whether you are a novice or an experienced presenter, you're sure to gain some new ideas. BEG, Ad, AED GUAVA Assessing Quality: Join the Conversation!, Amy Schuster & Peggy BANYAN Haack, Wisconsin Early Childhood Association Play and Learn: A Community Program for Caregivers and We all talk about "quality," but do we all agree on what it means? Children, Rissel Sanderson, Helena Bosben, Tammy Pineda, Barbara Are quality rating systems a trend to be feared or embraced? If Alvarado, Teri Lynn Alexander, & the entire Madison Metropolitan money was not a barrier, what would you prioritize to improve School District Play and Learn team your program's quality? Join us for a lively conversation and Come and learn about Play and Learn, a program designed to learn more about what we are doing and where we're going with provide support, information and materials around early litera- a quality rating and improvement system inside and outside of cy and math development to family, friend and neighbor child- Wisconsin. INT/EXP, Inf–Pre, OBS care providers who care for children from birth to kindergar- ten entry and live in low-income neighborhoods. Sessions are offered by bilingual teachers who model the process of learning through play for the caregivers during weekly 3 hour sessions. SAT OCT 24, 1:30 - 2:45 P.M. Community buildings are used for the sessions and materials are transported to the session by the Play and Learn trucks. You Session G may be inspired to create a program like this in your commu- nity! ALL, Inf–5K, AED/DEV/DIV/FAM CYPRESS ACACIA Working With Children In Stressful Times, Renee Zaman, Consul- Sheamus: A Child with Autism Succeeds in Preschool, Mary Jos- tant lin, CESA 10; Jaki Mushel, Marshfield School District; Krista Hoglund, Explore different strategies teachers can use to support the needs Parent; & Sue Luchterhand, Marshfield Area Catholic Schools of children who are experiencing stress in their lives. When the Come for a panel discussion on how Sheamus, a child with economy is unstable, children count on us to offer them a peace- Autism, participates with his typically developing peers in a ful, supportive environment. Discuss and learn real tactics you preschool setting and how his special education needs are sup- can use immediately to support the children in your care! INT, ported by the school district. The panel will include Sheamus' All, DEV mother, his preschool teacher, Early Childhood Special Educa- tion teacher, and the CESA Program Support teacher. There will be an opportunity for conversation about how to successfully WISTERIA include children with disabilities in settings with their typically Communication Teams, Martha Hestad, CESA 3 developing peers. ALL, Pre/4K, DAP/SPN Does the right hand know what the left hand is doing? Learn to create partnerships that open lines of communication, in- crease access to information, and provide opportunities to share CROWN PALM resources. Discover how partnerships between parents, school ASQing Around: the ASQ Developmental Screener on Paper and personnel, and community providers can enhance children’s in Action, Lizzie Sexton, Children's Service Society of Wisconsin early language and communication development. Leave with Get introduced to the Ages and Stages Questionnaire®. Find out the necessary training and resources to communicate effectively how this quick, inexpensive, and easy tool can predict delays in with partners at home, child care and school. ALL, T–4K, DEV/ children's developmental with amazing accuracy. Discover ways DAP/FAM/SPN to use it in your classroom to bring developmental information 16 Workshops PORTIA WECA Board Of Directors Using Children's Photos in the Classroom, Judith Phillips, MATC President--Julia Townsend Milwaukee Children's Center & Debra Phillips, Easter Seals of South- Therese Ahlers eastern Wisconsin Discover multiple ways that children's photos can be used in Luke Chirhart the classroom. They can identify a child's space, enhance class- Jessaca Frost room activities, and help children understand the day's sched- Rita Kehl ule. Learn how photos can build great connections with families, Susan Schimke stimulate conversations, and help transfer classroom skills to the Celeste Swoboda home environment. BEG, Inf–Pre, DAP James Wartinbee Annette Wilburn TAMARIND Renee Zaman Strengthening Families: It's Up To YOU!, Delechia Johnson, 4C Milwaukee Member Advisory Council Wisconsin's child care providers are in the perfect position to Dawn Abel strengthen families. Join others to explore how the Strengthen- Kelly Borchardt ing Families initiative- an innovative, research-based strategy- can prevent child maltreatment by building on the strong re- Pam Boulton lationships that parents of young children typically have with Jessaca Frost their child care providers. Learn about five protective factors Robin Mainhardt and how they relate to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Laurie Ann Meyer BEG/INT, All/Ad, FAM/SAF Sharon Mras Susan Schimke GUAVA Rachael Sherfield More Finger Plays, Karen Koch-Hodgert, Kid's Kingdom Learning Carol Spoehr Center Celeste Swoboda Finger plays can set the climate in your classroom and help you Julia Townsend navigate children through transitions. This workshop is for new Jamie Tramte-Brassfield teachers who need some fun fingerplays and veterans who want Annette Wilburn some new ones. Please bring your favorites to share! ALL, All, DEV Affiliate Leadership Group Dawn Abel MANGROVE Carmen Behringer Process vs. Product Art, Julia Townsend, Woods Hollow Children's Jessaca Frost Center Focus on the benefits of creating art and learn to love the process Deborah Knoener more than the finished product. Be prepared to get messy while Nicole Leitermann creating your very own masterpiece. Learn how to parlay chil- Robin Mainhardt dren's art into a family-friendly fund raiser for your program. Laurie Ann Meyer ALL, Inf–5K, DAP Michelle Moland Sharon Mras BALLROOM C/D Patti Robinson Singing the Changes, Stuart Stotts, Musician Sheri Root Calling all singers…Learn and rehearse songs about child care Sue Schimke and then join Stuart- as a chorus member!- during his afternoon Annette Schladweiler keynote address. Celebrate the important and fulfilling work of Rachael Sherfield teaching and taking care of young children. ALL, All, AED/PRO Carol Spoehr Celeste Swoboda Joanne Tomasovic SAT OCT 24, 3 - 4:30 P.M. Jamie Tramte-Brassfield Keynote & closing celebration Patricia Waldron Ballroom C/D Dawn Wilson Sue Wrobel 17 Continuing education record Documenting your conference participation As of January 2009, Wisconsin has a new system for documenting your professional development. The Professional Development Approval System (PDAS) was created to allow practitioners in the child care profession a clearer idea of what kind of training they are receiving and accountability for those providing the training. For more information about PDAS, see the-registry.org, attend the PDAS session Friday at 2pm, or visit The Registry information table. The conference offers two levels of training through workshops, roundtables, Professional Development Luncheon, and special events: registered (1.25 hours) and Tier 2 (2.75 hours). Registered sessions will require only the sticker that you receive after your session for documentation. Affix the stickers to the grid below. Then turn this form in to The Registry. Be sure to keep a copy for your records! For Tier 2 sessions, your name will be entered into The Registry by WECA staff after the conference. If you need a Certificate of Attendance, please pick one up at the registration table. Pre-conference sessions: Thurs Session D: Sat 4 hours 1 hour Session A: Fri Session E: Sat 2.75 hours 1.25 hours Professional Development Luncheon Session E/F 1.5 hours 2.75 hours Session B: Fri Session F 1.25 hours 1.25 hours Session C: Fri Roundtable discussions 1.25 hours .75 hours Special evening sessions: FRI Session G: Sat 1.25 hours 1.25 hours Total credit hours available: Keynote: Sat Thurs: 4 hours 1.25 hours Fri: up to 8 hours Sat: up to 7.5 hours 18 Become a member MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) Celeste Swoboda, long time WECA member says: “If you services discount plan and a child safe kit. were to ask me, ‘Why should I join WECA?”’ I would say As a comprehensive member, in addition to all the basic ‘Why not?’ As an early childhood professional, you need to benefits previously listed, you also receive five or six pro- feel that your voice is important. We need people like the fessional publications from NAEYC on topics of interest to staff at WECA supporting early childhood issues when we child care and education professionals. can’t participate because we’re doing our jobs as early child- hood professionals. So please join me in joining WECA and Members can choose a local affiliate or the Wisconsin Fam- encourage your colleagues to join our association as well. ily Child Care Association (WFCCA) from the list and re- Together we can be a stronger voice for quality programs ceive benefits from that group as well. Local chapters in- for young children and quality jobs for ourselves. And you clude: get so many valuable benefits!” Central Chapter Chippewa Valley AEYC Here’s what you get from a basic WECA membership: Dane County AEYC • Discounts on continuing education offered through Great Rivers AEYC WECA, your local affiliate, the National Association Kenosha AEYC Valley AEYC for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the Milwaukee AEYC Wisconsin Family Child Care Association (WFCCA). NEW ECHO Chapter • Choice of Young Children or Teaching Young Children, North Central AEYC professional journals, featuring articles about profes- Northwoods AEYC sional development, lesson planning, how to involve Sheboygan AEYC parents, etc. South Central AEYC • Quarterly WECA newsletters covering special topics, St. Croix Valley AEYC featured members of the workforce, training remind- Valley AEYC ers, advocacy information, and more. Whitewater Chapter • WECA Action Alerts, providing a mechanism to en- Wisconsin-at large: WFCCA gage the voices of those who work with young children and their families in advocacy efforts to promote the Become a member: The quickest way to become a member development of sound public policy. is to visit wisconsinearlychildhood.org/members and sign • Meetings and activities sponsored by the Affiliate up online! group in your area. • Shopping discounts of 10% at NASCO, and discount If you mail your membership form: Complete the form below coupons at the Johnson Creek Outlet Mall. and mail with payment to: NAEYC Membership, P.O. 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