2016 Workshop Handouts

Complete Workshop Descriptions

Special Full Day Sessions - 2016 Conference


Training and Technical Assistance Professionals Course
1a. Thursday: Training and TA Professionals Foundations Course
1b. Friday: Training and TA Professionals Trainers Course


2. Professionalizing the Field of Early Education: Improved Compensation is Key
Laura Dresser, Center on Wisconsin Strategy; Katherine Magnuson, Institute for Research on Poverty

3. Strategies for Supporting Learning through Play: Practical Help for Children When Play Isn't Easy
Mary Joslin, WDEC; Cindy Prendergast, CESA 1
Activity Observation Checklist PowerPoint Supporting the Standards
Important Definitions

Friday October 14, 2016

4. Opening Keynote with Gwen Simmons, NAEYC
NAEYC Power to the Profession
5. Wildlife Sanctuary Off-site Session & Tour This session includes transportation and lunch.
Mary McCabe and Amy Milz, Green Bay Area Public Schools;
Mike Reed and Jane Morse, Wildlife Sanctuary; Dr. Scott Ashmann, UWGB

6. Continuing the Conversation with Gwen Simmons
Gwen Simmons, Senior Director, Affiliate and Member Relations NAEYC

7. All Gone, More, Empty & Full: Infants, Toddlers & the Language of Math 
Pamela Bennett, Steps Along the Way ECE Consulting 

9. Circle Time Makes us CRAZY!
Janet Duening, New Beginnings Child Care
Circle Time PowerPoint  Circle Time Handout 

10. Using Sign Language to Promote Social & Emotional Development
Suzette Garay PH.D, Baby Signs 4 U LLC; Pamela Stemper, Know & Grow Institute LLC

11. Brain Development: You REALLY Are Making A Difference!  
Deborah McNelis, Brain Insights

12. Creating Intentional Learning Environments
Michelle Moland, YWCA Child Care and Learning Center; Kathy Pickering and Sharon Tilly, NWTC

13. My WI ChildCare EBT Card Updates
Kevin Sime and Jonathan Ward, DCF

14. Developing Collaborative Partnerships for Students with Special Needs
Michelle Ogorek, CESA 1; Wendi Schreiter, CESA 8

15. Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice
Karen Russell, CESA 2; Peggy Haack, WECA; Mary Joslin, WDEC
PowerPoint Resource List

16. Empowering a Child's Best Teacher (Parents!)
Bev Schumacher, Learning Props LLC

17. Early Literacy - Research and Practice
Mary Beth Boettcher and Vicki Tanck, NWTC


Lunch & Learn Sessions: A fun selection of lunch-hour learning sessions.
Purchase a lunch when you register or bring your own.

19. Supporting Math and Science in Children's Play 
Abby Abrisham, C. P. Child Care Inc.

20. From Books to Bucks: Linking Literature and Money for Young Earners  
Jennifer Guenther, Economics Wisconsin
Handout  Lesson Plan Template

21. Felt Board Fun 
Michelle Powell, Felt Lady


22. Integrating Brain-Specific Activities into Your Busy Day
Haley Hennlich, Sonshine Learning Center

23. Understanding Autism – Strategies and Supports
Diane Nackers, Autism Society of Fox Valley

24. Nurturing Yourself While Taking Care of Young Children
Annette Soham Wilkerson, Saint Augustine College


25. Wages, Benefits, Education and Turnover: What We Know and Where We Go
Amy Schuster and Ruth Schmidt, WECA

26. Getting the Most out of Your After School Program 
Jenele Baldwin, Park's Edge Preschool

27. Infants & Toddlers: Those Amazing Minds
Pamela Bennett, Steps Along the Way ECE Consulting

28. Building Literacy Skills Each and Every Day
Mary Beth Boettcher, NWTC

29. News and Updates from Child Care Licensing
Anne Carmody, DCF

30. Strategies for Addressing Biases
Nar Doumbya, WECA

31. 10 Steps to Becoming a "Breastfeeding-Friendly" Program
Amber France, Wood County Health Department

32. Shaping Healthy Children with Farm to Early Care and Education
Beth Hanna, Community GroundWorks; Daithi Wolfe, WCCF
Getting Started Resources Purchasing for FCC Procurement Handout

33. How Do Grown Ups Bounce? The Resilience Advantage 
Amy Tamsen, Virtues Facilitator


35. NEW! Strategies for Addressing Biases, Continuing the Conversation
Nar Doumbya, WECA

36. Paying for Poverty
Rebecca Breda, WECA

37. Circle of Support: A Leader's Role in Building a Professional Staff
Peggy Haack, WECA

38. Best Practices or Mistaken Practices? Developmentally Appropriate Practices with Infants and Toddlers
Joan Klinkner, NWTC

39. Make Animals a Part of Your Nature Education Program
Laura Peszko, Shining Stars

40. Observation and Assessment: Development through the Eyes of Time
Karen Narlow, 4C for Children
Handout PowerPoint

41. Phonemic Awareness in 3D
Andrea Peterson, Read Naturally, Inc

42. The Power of Play Explained to Parents (and Other Adults)
Angel Stoddard, UW Milwaukee

43. NAFCC Accreditation Supports
Xochitl Ortega, WFCCA

Saturday October 15, 2016


45. Opening Keynote: Early EdTalks
Sue Vincent Reigniting Your Passion
Robin Fox Embracing Diversity
Dipesh Navsaria From Receptors to Relationships


58. Tour of Green Bay Area Child Care Programs This session includes transportation and lunch.
Carina Platt, TJ's Come Play with Me; Michelle Moland and Dawn Weier, YWCA; Janet Mincks, Encompass Rosebush


46. Focus Session: Turning your Passion into a Vision and Your Vision into Reality
Sue Vincent, Encompass EEC

47. Focus Session: Welcoming ALL Families into Your Program
Robin Fox, UW Whitewater

48. Focus Session: Early Experiences Elevate Everything
Dipesh Navsaria, MD, UW School of Medicine and Public Health

49. Tools and Strategies to Support Challenging Behavior - Beyond the Basics Part 1 
Angel Stoddard, UW Milwaukee

50. Designing Supportive Environments for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma
Michelle Weirich, BTC

51. YoungStar Updates for 2017/18
Bridget Cullen, DCF

52. Using Visual Supports for Teaching Students with Autism
Shanna Rufener, Durand School District

53. Building Relationships with Infant/Toddler Families
Carrie Scruggs, The Source for Learning

54. Play to Learn
Luis Varela, Play To Learn

55. Getting the Most out of Your After School Program 
Repeat Session from Friday-See #26.

56. Nurturing Yourself While Taking Care of Young Children Part 1
Repeated from Friday-see #24. Part 2 takes place after lunch. You may attend one or both sessions.

NEW! 57. “No way” and “You can’t make me!” Increasing Cooperation the Conscious Discipline Way
Kay Zastrow, Conscious Discipline


59. Child Care Chat
Vickie Blazek, Vickie's Family Day Care; Beth Bue, Teddy Bear Family CC

60. Tools and Strategies to Support Challenging Behavior - Beyond the Basics Part 2 
Angel Stoddard, UW Milwaukee

61. A Terrible Thing Happened….Resources for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma 
Michelle Weirich, BTC

62. WMELS in Action! Implementing Early Learning Standards
Jeanne Labana, WECA

63. Inclusive Practices and Resources for High Quality Care in Wisconsin
Monty Marsh-McGlone, DCF

64. Music and Mayhem with Mr. Nick
Nicholas Salimes, Mr. Nick Presents

65. Free Range Babies
Jamie Tramte Brassfield, FCRNEW; Janet Mincks, Encompass EEC

67. Nurturing Yourself While Taking Care of Young Children Part 2
Repeated from Friday-see #24. Part 1 takes place in the morning.

68. Crisis Prevention and Response rescheduled from Friday
Brian Dorow and Angela Todd, WCTC

69. Kale Salad, Laundromats, and Obama:
How Cultural Competency Creates Transformative Learning Experiences

Alvin Irby, Barbershop Books

Contact Andrea Murray with questions at 608-729-1053 amurray@wisconsinearlychildhood.org

1.        Strategies for Supporting Learning through Play: Practical Help for Children When Play Isn't Easy  



As early childhood professionals you know the importance of play, but do you know how to effectively communicate this to parents and colleagues?  Are you able to connect play skills to learning standards? Do you know how to observe play skills and develop a plan for supporting higher levels of play to support learning?  Do you have a variety of adult strategies that you can use? This session will provide tools and strategies to help those working with young children to successfully address the challenges of supporting children who are not making learning gains through play.  Using both videos of play and case studies you will identify strategies to support children in pretend and role playing, verbalizing during play, persistence, turn taking and problem solving. Participants will be able to: Describe the importance of play for young children's learning Connect skills developed through play to the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards and Wisconsin Academic Standards; Identify two strategies for communicating the importance of play to parents and colleagues; Discuss factors that influence play difficulties; Practice using a play observation checklist; Identify adult strategies to support children in pretend and role playing, verbalizing during play, persistence, turn taking and problem solving; Develop a plan for supporting a child based on a case study or a child in their setting. Mary Joslin, WDEC Core: INC, LRN Age group: Tod-4K Target Audience: Everyone