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Wisconsin Core Competencies

 

Topics: Racial and Social Justice
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Working with Families and Children Living in the Warzone of Poverty. (Double Session)

Presenter:  Sara Schumacher

This session is designed to inform, inspire, and motivate participants to make a difference for children and families living in poverty.  It will provide opportunity for self-reflection, as well as tools and activities for educating, communicating, and working effectively with impoverished individuals. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of poverty, how poverty impacts learning, and what teaching and learning strategies are effective to help educators break barriers created by poverty to help everyone reach their full potential.

Core: FAM, COM Age Group: All Target Audience: Teachers, Home Visitors, Before/After School Staff

Location: SIERRA

Topics: Racial and Social Justice
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Courageous Conversations on Race.

Presenter:  Nar Doumbya

 

This session explores the concept of “implicit bias” – what it is, how it impacts our work as educators and administrators, and its negative effects on the communities of color we work with.  Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of implicit biases and effective strategies to disrupt them, experience ways of creating space for courageous conversations, and leave with a framework for action beyond our time together.

Core: FAM, DIV, COM, PRO Age Group: All Target Audience: All

Location: NORTH

Topics: Racial and Social Justice
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Sparks in my Growth: Recognizing MY Teachable Moments!

Presenter:  Terryl Wheelock

 

Teacher Development… Professional Development…  Common phrases, but what do they mean?  It’s more than having educational goals.  It also includes being reflective about one’s practices and attitudes.  Using our own “teachable moments”, we will look at what sparks us to consider changes within our teaching environments.

Core: PRE, PRO Age Group: Adults Target Audience: Teachers, FCC, Before/After School staff

Location: ROOM D

Topics: Leadership and Change
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Exploring Mentoring and Coaching with a Generational Lens in ECE Workplaces. (Double)

Presenters:  Barb Tengesdal and Tonya Hameister

 

Overcoming generational differences in developing mentoring and coaching relationships can be rewarding, but tricky, to navigate.  Negotiating relationships that grow professionals into new leadership roles takes sensitivity and practice.  This presentation will examine the current research on generational identity and effective mentoring of ECE leaders, with dialogue on ways to bridge generational gaps for more successful outcomes.

Core: PRO, ADM Age Group: Adults Target Audience: Teachers, Directors/Administrators

Location: SOUTH

Topics: Leadership and Change
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Gender Expansive and Transgender Preschoolers: How to Support These Young Learners. (Double)

Presenters: Karen Russell and Amy Alt

Children typically solidify their gender in the ages of 3-6, but what happens when your family, society, and your own body tells you are a boy or a girl, but your brain tells you something else? This is also the age when a child whose gender orientation is at odds with his or her biology begins expressing that disconnect. How can children so young express something so complicated? And how do we as adults know what to do with this information? How can we support preschoolers in expressing who they feel and truly are, while supporting other children and ourselves in this complicated expression? Come and we will explore these questions and more as we learn from and with each other. 

Core: DIV, COM Age Group: 4K, K Target Audience: Teachers, Directors, Special Ed, FCC, Before and After school  Staff

Location: LAGUNA

Topics: Racial and Social Justice
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Promoting Leadership Through Authentic Interactions.

Presenter: Amy Christianson

 

This interactive session will explore the various types of leadership styles, share how to promote leadership within your ECE setting, and discuss how to facilitate change within your organization.  Participants will create a leadership action plan and will have time to share ideas with others throughout the session.

Core: PRO, ADM Age Group: Adults Target Audience: Directors/Administrators, Trainers/Consultants

Location: ROOM E

Topics: Leadership and Change
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

The Why and How of Communities of Practice: A work-session to create and sustain job-embedded learning for your entire team.

Presenter: Catie Hein-Carter

 

Have you ever wondered why job-embedded learning is so critical to continuous quality improvement and professional development?  Have you ever wondered how to facilitate a community of practice that is led by your own team so you can sit back and watch the quality improve?  In this session, you’ll learn essential techniques on motivating, facilitating, and sustaining communities of practice, and you’ll have the opportunity to leave with a plan to implement your very own CoP!

Core: PRO, LRN, PRE, ADM Age Group: Adults Target Audience: Teachers, Directors/Administrators, Trainers/Consultants, Home Visitors

Location: ROOM F

Topics: Leadership and Change
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Nurturing Yourself While Taking Care of Young Children. (Double)

Presenter:  Soham Annette Wilkerson

 

This workshop explains why professionals need to take better care of themselves for their own health and for the modeling of a healthy, happy environment for young children.  We will look at research going back to Piaget on the importance of modeling to the current work of Bruce Lipton and conscious parenting.  We all have stress, but with new tools we also all have the ability to keep it from running our lives.  In part two of this workshop, we will move into many hands-on techniques, including meditation, movement, laughter, massage.  Some techniques are for adults, some for children.  Participants can expect to create an individualized plan for staying focused and releasing tension and anxiety.

Core: PRO, SAF Age Groups: Adults Target Audience: All

Location: UPPER DELLS

Topics: Social and Emotional Development
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Supporting Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Classrooms.

Presenter: Olga Neira

Dual Language Learners are a fast-growing population in our classrooms. Learning to effectively respond to their developmental and learning needs can greatly enhance social inclusion, second language acquisition, and readiness for school. This training gives participants a deeper understanding of the unique language development  trajectory of Dual Language Learners, highlights the crucial role of home language in early English language and literacy development, and engages participants in identifying tips and strategies for intentional teaching. 
Core: DIV, COM, INC Age Group: All Target Audience: All

Location: AZTEC

Topics: Social and Emotional Development
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Integrating Mindfulness in Early Childhood and Kindergarten Classrooms.

Presenter:  Astrida Kaugars and Jennifer Taylor-McBride

 

Integrating mindfulness techniques in early childhood and kindergarten classrooms has the potential to help children learn how to calm their minds and bodies, focus their attention, and observe the present moment.  This workshop will discuss how teaching mindfulness techniques can foster children’s social and emotional development, and present current research on the value of this practice.  Participants will have a chance learn about the Calm Classroom curriculum and practice mindfulness techniques that can be integrated into one’s classroom.

Core: DEV, LRN Age Group: PreS, 4K, K Target Audience: All

Location: ROOM C

Topics: Social and Emotional Development
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Understanding and Guiding Children’s Challenging Behavior.

Presenter:  Carla Little-Hildebrand

Our understanding of guiding children is shaped by our own experiences, the beliefs and values we hold, and the quality of our relationships with children, families and colleagues.  This session will engage you in personal reflection, share “best practices” as defined by our profession, and build your repertoire of tools and techniques – some drawn from Pyramid Model training on social-emotional competence.  Re-energize as you learn new strategies for delighting in the work you love:  caring for and supporting the growth of children through positive child guidance!

Core: GUI Age Group: Toddlers, PreS, 4K, K Target Audience: Teachers, FCC

Location: ROOM A

Topics: Social and Emotional Development
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

What Do Early Childhood Leaders Need to Know about Nature-Based Programming?

Presenter:  Pam Boulton

 

As leaders in early childhood programs, we are expected to support families and enhance children’s learning.  Whether we are Directors, Administrators, Group Leaders, Family Child Care Providers, Lead Teachers or are in other leadership positions, we determine the direction and quality of our programs.  Nature-based programming intensifies and deepens children’s learning, creativity and innovation, and can add significantly to overall quality.  We will discuss what it means to bring natural elements and environments into programs – from nature-inspired or focused to fully nature-based.  We will discuss why a nature focus makes such a difference, what it takes and how it is implemented.

Core: DEV, LRN, PRE, ADM Age Group: All Target Audience: Directors, FCC, Before/After School Staff, Trainers/Consultant

Location: ROOM F

Topics: Leadership and Change
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Be Intentional About Your Professional Development: Use the Registry as a Guide.

Presenter:  Joshua Vick and Christine Moldenhauer

Being a lifelong learner and growing professionally is critical to the early education profession.  Find out how to utilize your Registry account to not only track your continuing education, but also as a guide for your professional development.  Explore Registry resources, including Registry credentials to see how they are opportunities for professional growth in specialized areas.  Walk away from this workshop inspired to take the next step on your professional pathway.

Core: PRO Age Group: Adults Target Audience: Teachers, Directors/Administrators, Special Ed Teachers, FCC, Before/After School staff

Location: ROOM B

Topics: Leadership and Change
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Taking a Leadership Role in the Family Child Care Field.

Presenter:  Amy Nogar

 

Join us for an open forum discussion of what it takes to be a leader in the field of family child care.  Together we’ll explore ways to become a leader in your individual business and at the local, state or national level.  Some of the topics we’ll touch on include:  Professionalism, Respect, Continuing Education, and Advocacy.  Find out what kind of leader you are and discover ways you can start to make a difference. 

Core: PRO Age Group: Adults Target Audience: FCC

Location: AZTEC

Topics: Leadership and Change
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Race and Equity Work as a Center/School Director – Where Do I Start?

Presenter:  Erin Trondson

 

There is increased pressure on educational settings to respond to the racism, bias, and inequities in our communities.  This pressure, along with the intense emotion we feel around issues of race and equity, can leave leaders and administrators paralyzed and unsure of what to do and how to work toward change.  But as leaders we are called upon to be part of the solution by working to ensure that our centers and schools are not contributing to the problems of educational debt and achievement gaps.  This workshop will raise awareness of the Race to Equity project and support directors and administrators in gathering tools, resources, and action steps to create an educational climate that is equipped to navigate equity and racial challenges.


Core: DIV, PRO, ADM Age Group: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, 4K and K Target Audience: Directors/Administrators 

Location: NORTH

Topics: Racial and Social Justice
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

A Terrible Thing Happened… Strategies for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma.

Presenter:  Michelle Weirich

 

Children who witness or experience trauma often have thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in the immediate aftermath and long after the event has passed.  As an educator, have you wondered how to help these children in your classroom regulate their emotions?  The strategies recommended in this workshop use a non-judgmental approach aimed at helping the child process and express his/her feelings through a variety of different methods. 

Core: DEV, GUI, FAM Age Group: Infants, Toddlers, PreS, 4K, K Target Audience: Teachers, Directors, FCC, Home Visitors, Parents

Location: ROOM A

Topics: Social and Emotional Development
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Culturally Responsive Care and Language Learning for Native Children in Wisconsin.

Presenter: Mary Thundercloud-Eary, Rachel Thundercloud and Lisa Pesavento

 

This workshop is designed to give the participants background knowledge on Native Americans and assistance in evaluating the books and materials that may be used in early education programs.  Hoocak Ee Cooni Learning Center is revitalizing a language and developing a curriculum for the children who attend.  Come learn how it supports the children, families, and community who enroll.  See images from the program, explore materials, and gain some historical and modern perspectives on Native children in Wisconsin 

Core: DIV, DEV, LRN Age Group: Infants, Toddlers, PreS Target Audience: Teachers, Trainers/Consultants

Location: ROOM E

Topics: Social and Emotional Development
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Children in Nature: An Equity Issue Seen Through a Public Health Lens.

Presenter: Sonya Sankaran

 

Come learn about a community approach to connecting children to nature, and build your understanding of the value of getting ALL children outdoors.  Health data suggests that there is a disparity regarding who does and who doesn’t get reasonable exposure to the outdoors, beginning in the very early years.  Madison is one of seven cities nationwide selected to work on making a difference with a community approach that engages child care, public K-12, the public health department, and the city’s parks system.

Core: COM, LRN, SAF Age Group: All Age Group: All

Location: ROOM D

Topics: Racial and Social Justice
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Mindfulness for Educators: Holding Ourselves with Awareness.

Presenter:  Emily Hagenmaier

 

Mindfulness – the practice of noticing our experience with kindness, curiosity, and non-judgment – can be a transformative tool in supporting emotional awareness, executive functioning, attention, empathy, and kindness.  These are qualities we seek to nurture in our children.  By connecting first to our own experience, we can simultaneously support children’s social and emotional development.  This workshop will incorporate simple drop-in practices that can be accessed throughout a busy workday to reduce stress and increase gratitude, attunement, and efficacy.

Core: PRO, SAF Age Group: Adults Target Audience: All

Location: ROOM C

Topics: Social and Emotional Development
Date: Friday, November 10, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Ramps and Pathways.

Presenters:  Carmen Rivers, Michelle and Breanne

 

This workshop is based on the book, Ramps and Pathways, written by Rheta DeVries and Christina Sales.  First we will use a power point presentation to ensure all participants have the same foundational knowledge about constructivist approach, factors that influence learning, the scientific method, a collaborative learning environment, and the scientific variables they will be exploring.  Then there will be time for exploration of materials while participants solve design challenges at four different stations using loose part materials. We will end with reflection and making connections to teacher opportunities, along with a review of the 10 principles outlined in the book.


Core: LRN, PRE Age Group: PreS, 4K, K Target Audience: Teachers, FCC

Location: UPPER DELLS

Topics: STEM + ART = STEAM
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

STEAM’N – Intentional Planning Around Children’s Interests. (Double)

Presenter:  Angel Stoddard

 

This idea-provoking session takes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) up a notch!  Come find out what the N includes.  Learn why STEAM’N is critical in today’s early childhood classroom, and how you can incorporate these skills to support early learning and school readiness while maintaining the integrity of a play-based curriculum.  Together we’ll combine intentional planning around children’s interests using STEAM’N skills as the foundation.  You will participate in activities you can use right away, but more importantly you’ll leave knowing why these skills are so important to the children in your classroom.

Core: LRN, PRE Age Group: PreS, 4K, K Target Audience: Teachers, Directors/Administrators, FCC, Before/After School staff, Parents

Location: NORTH

Topics: STEM + ART = STEAM
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Facilitating Play-Based Learning and Health with Farm to ECE.

Presenters:  Jill Groendyk and Deb Moses

 

The implementation of Farm to Early Care and Education activities can improve the health of both children and teachers… plus Farm to ECE is fun!  Presenters will provide a firm understanding of the core areas of Farm to ECE and the benefits of implementing it in the early years.  They will share and demo examples of play-based Farm to ECE activities for children at every stage of development.  Teachers and staff will be able to confidently implement some of these ideas the very next school day.

Core: DEV, LRN, SAF Age Group: Toddlers, PreS, 4K, K Target Audience: All

Location: ROOM A

Topics: Play-based Learning
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Arts Integration in Early Education: Building Bridges to Reach ALL Children.

Presenter: Crystasany Turner

This interactive workshop will challenge participants to analyze different strategies on how to make art more than just time on the weekly schedule. Participants will gain an understanding of arts integration concepts, participate in model lessons, explore the connections between the arts and WMELS, and acquire resources to develop integrated lessons. You will learn to use the arts to develop literacy skills while honing intuition, reasoning, dexterity, and imagination. You will also reflect on how to use drama, visual arts, music and movement to build bridges to reach children of different backgrounds and learning styles. 

Core: DEV, DIV, LRN Age Group: Toddlers, PreS, 4K, K Target Audience: Teachers, FCC

Location: ROOM C

Topics: Play-based Learning
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Play into the Future You Envision… and Want (Double Session).

Presenter: Gerry Slater

 

Take on the challenge of writing your very own proposal (with a team if you like) that outlines a unique year-long learning experience you would like to develop for pre-school age children!  Your presenter will first provide background information from the organization Building a New Foundation to include guiding principles and provocative questions.  Then your presenter becomes your proposal-writing guide and assistant; he will invite you to first of all identify and purge the filters you carry around as a result of doing “business as usual,” so you can innovate and get in touch with your inner child.  Then you’ll have some time to work on your proposals, share unique features with the group, react to the proposals you hear, and finally discuss the experience and process you participated in.  A plan for post-conference learning will conclude this workshop experience.

Core: DEV, OSA, PRO, LRN, PRE, SAF, ADM Age Group: PreS, 4K, K Target Audience: Teachers, Directors/Administrators, FCC, Before/Afterschool staff, Trainers/Consultants, Special Ed Teachers

Location: LAGUNA

Topics: Play-based Learning
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Infant Environments and Activities.

Presenters:  Colleen Adams and Cassie Ripp

 

Tired of trying to fit the preschool curriculum into the infant world? Then join us as we discuss infant environments and activities.  We will discuss developmental milestones, goal setting, and how we combine all the knowledge we have to intentionally plan activities and our environments for children under one year of age.

Core: DEV, LRN, PRE, ADM Age Group: Infants, Toddlers Target Audience: Teachers, FCC, Home Visitors, Parents

Location: SIERRA

Topics: Infant and Toddler Development
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

“Let Them Be Little” because they know what they’re doing!

Presenter:  Sarah Bucio

 

During this hands on and interactive workshop, the presenter will share examples of play-based learning from the perspective of her own child care program.  We will learn about the value of following a child’s lead and giving young children opportunities for open-ended exploration and endless amounts of joy.  With exploring and joy comes learning that is meaningful, and the perfect foundation of future lifelong learning. 

Core: Dev, LRN Age Group: Infants, Toddlers, PreS Target Audience: Teachers, FCC, Parents

Location: ROOM D

Topics: Infant and Toddler Development
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Being with Babies; Beginning with Ourselves.

Presenter:  Peggy Haack

 

Affirming the lives of infants and toddlers needs to begin with affirming our own roles as infant-toddler educators.  This workshop focuses on three big ideas:  Caring for infants and toddlers is important and valuable work; self-reflection on our own disposition and well-being to undertake this work is crucial; and supports are needed from our peers, our programs and the broader community to do our jobs well. 

Core: DEV, PRO Age Group: Infants, Toddlers Target Audience: Teachers, FCC

Location: ROOM F

Topics: Infant and Toddler Development
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Facilitating Play-Based Learning and Health with Farm to ECE.

Presenters:  Jill Groendyk and Deb Moses

 

The implementation of Farm to Early Care and Education activities can improve the health of both children and teachers… plus Farm to ECE is fun!  Presenters will provide a firm understanding of the core areas of Farm to ECE and the benefits of implementing it in the early years.  They will share and demo examples of play-based Farm to ECE activities for children at every stage of development.  Teachers and staff will be able to confidently implement some of these ideas the very next school day.

Core: DEV, LRN, SAF Age Group: Toddlers, PreS, 4K, K Target Audience: All

Location: ROOM A

Topics: Play-based Learning
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

The Power of Observation and Making Learning Visible.

Presenters:  Staci Hefty and Kelly Blondin

 

When we take the time to observe children in play, we can learn so many things.  We can learn about their wonderings, about their perspectives, and about the information they have already learned.  Large or small, learning is happening in everything that children do and it is our job (and thrill!) as teachers to share that learning with the world.  This session will help educators learn how to make observation and documentation a natural part of your daily practice, and to understand the true benefit from such experiences for children, teachers, and families alike.

Core: DEV, OSA, COM, PRE Age Group: All Target Audience: Teachers, Directors/Administrators, FCC, Trainers/Consultants

Location: ROOM E

Topics: Play-based Learning
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Vision Milestones.

Presenter:  Shelby LaTona

Proper visual development is critical to ensuring a child has a healthy vision for life.  Participants will learn what milestones to expect in the child’s first year of life, and how to help children meet milestones.  The presentation also informs participants about how visual development can look different for children with special needs, neurodevelopmental conditions and in some high-risk populations.  Participants will get a brief overview of common children’s eye problems and learn what resources are available.

 

Core: SAF Age Group: Infants, Toddlers, PreS, 4K, K, Adults Target Audience: All

Location: ROOM B

Topics: Infant and Toddler Development
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Introducing WISELearn: On-line resources for Wisconsin Educators by Wisconsin Educators.

Presenter:  Carrie Holden

 

If you are looking for one place to find lesson plans and other resources that are based on Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards, then this is the session for you.  Attend to learn more about WISELearn and how it can support your lesson planning process.  WISELearn is new, exciting and full of surprises.  Resources are created and shared by peer educators from across the state.  In this session, you will learn how to locate developmentally appropriate resources within WISELearn using several search factors.  You will also learn how to add your own resources into WISELearn.

Core: DEV, PRO, LRN, PRE Age Group: All Target Audience: All

Location: AZTEC

Topics: STEM + ART = STEAM
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

What’s Art Got to Do With It?

Presenters:  Mary Catherine Green and Heidi Heller

 

True process art provides far-reaching benefits for both children and their teachers, and since it requires neither language nor skill, and since there is no “right” outcome, all children can experience success and build self-confidence.  Reflecting on prior “art” experiences, art experiences during the training, and the choices we make in our programs, we will deepen our understanding of the affect process art can have on stress levels, behavior, and learning.  Meeting the needs of every child has never been more challenging and this training provides insights into how process art can help children be successful, and teachers able to address the diverse needs of every child in their care.

Core: DEV, GUI, OSA, INC, LRN, PRE Age Group: Toddlers, PreS, 4K, K Target Audience: All

Location: SOUTH

Topics: STEM + ART = STEAM
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Play: Experience the Joy and Reflect on the Learning.

Facilitated by WECA Staff & Friends

You will discover at this year’s WECA conference an experiential room for hands-on play within the Exhibit Area.  During two individual workshop times (this is not a double session), this area will be available to conference participants to go deeper into the play experience.  Come in and mess around with playful materials.  This is a self-directed, self-initiated experience; the environment is the teacher!  You can experience solitary play as well as cooperative play, make some new friends and discover what it feels like to be in the moment with your most creative self.  Participants will be provided with suggestions for play, provocative questions, and playful problems to solve.  Facilitators of play will be on hand to support and enrich your play experience.  All participants will be required to reflect upon and document their play experiences to receive Registry credit.

Core: LRN, DEV, PRE Age Group: Children of all ages, Adults Target Audience: All

Topics: STEM + ART = STEAM
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Teaching Play Through the Use of Visual Modeling and Repetitive Reading.

Presenters:  Sarah MacFarland and Sue Melville

 

Some children struggle with play.  In this interactive workshop, attendees will learn about different types of play; how to encourage play – including the use of visual supports, modeling, and literacy supported play schemes; and reasons why some children struggle.  Strategies will be shared, and attendees will have time to interact with materials and brainstorm ways of adding visuals to their own early education programs.  We will also discuss the use of repetitive read-aloud activities and how this strategy can be used to model and encourage sequencing, story retelling, and dramatic play. 

Core: DEV, INC, LRN Age Group: Toddlers, PreS, 4K, K Target Audience: Teachers, Directors/Administrators, Special Ed Teachers, FCC, Home Visitors, Parents

Location: ROOM A

Topics: Play-based Learning
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Discovering Science.

Presenter: Lisa Jones

 

This workshop will provide training to early educators on how to incorporate science concepts into their programs.  Science will be explored through hands on activities.  Additionally, participants will learn how to incorporate science materials in their learning environments.

Core: LRN, PRE Age Group: Infants, Toddlers, PreS, 4K, K, Adults Target Audience: Teachers, FCC, Before/After School

Location: UPPER DELLS

Topics: STEM + ART = STEAM
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Making Math Opportunities Every Day.

Presenter:  Karen Narlow

 

Math happens around us every day.  Come and explore how you can incorporate math opportunities into your daily schedule.  Learn about activities you can do with your children to instill in them mathematical knowledge about the world around them.

Core: LRN, PRE Age Group: PreS, 4K, Adults Target Audience: Teachers, FCC

Location: ROOM E

Topics: STEM + ART = STEAM
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Why Stumps, Bolts, and Buttons Matter: Investigating the Value of Loose Parts.

Presenter:  Heidi Duren

 

Loose parts are not just a fad; these materials support foundational learning with children of all ages.  Come explore these materials the best way how:  hands-on and with a passionate guide to offer questions, experiences, and a little bit of history and guidance of best practices.  We will discuss indoor and outdoor use, storage, acquiring plentiful loose parts, safety issues, and adult roles to support loose parts play.

Core: DEV, GUI, DIV, COM, PRE, SAF Age Group: Toddlers, PreS, 4K, K Target Audience: Teachers, Directors/Administrators, FCC, Before/Afte rschool Staff, Parents

Location: SOUTH

Topics: STEM + ART = STEAM
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Play to Learn – Experience and Science.

Presenter:  Luis Vaela

 

Play is the natural way in which children learn and how they learn best … so no more worksheets!  Through intentional play, children are able to be taught a variety of objectives embedded in music, art, and games.  Using games in play creates a compelling need to know, ask, examine, assimilate and master certain skills and contents.  This workshop will provide examples of how learning a language can be taught through games and play. Tools will be shared to aid programs in developing their own curricula based on games.  Let’s work to create joyful learning experiences for children.

Core: LRN Age Group: All Target Audience: Teachers, Directors/Administrators, FCC, Before/After School staff, Parents

Location: ROOM C

Topics: Play-based Learning
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Nature and Play Lead to Learning, Creativity and Innovation.

Presenter:  Pam Boulton

 

“Spreading the Seeds of Wonder” is the tagline for the Wisconsin Nature Action Collaborative for Children, WiNACC.  Wonder is the basis for children’s learning and for development of creativity and innovation.  We will explore the importance of being intentional about facilitating play that includes our natural world, both indoors and out.


Core: DEV, LRN, PRE Age Group: Toddlers, PreS, 4K, K, Grades 1-3 Target Audience: Teachers, FCC, Before/Afterschool staff

Location: ROOM C

Topics: Play-based Learning
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

The Benefits of Infant Massage.

Presenter: Soham Annette Wilkerson

 

This workshop will focus on the work of the World Institute of Nurturing Communication and the Triad Family Model, the work of Bruce Lipton on epigenetics and training for certified infant massage instructors for families.  We will work from a power point presentation to discuss the many benefits of a healthy environment, nurturing touch, and compassionate communication.  Included are some video clips of current research, followed by small circle discussions after each.

Core: GUI, FAM, COM, SAF Age Group: All Target Audience: Teachers, Directors/Administrators, FCC, Before/After School staff, Trainers/Consultants

Location: ROOM F

Topics: Infant and Toddler Development
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

News and Updates from Child Care Licensing.

Presenter:  Anne Carmody

Staff from the Bureau of Early Care Regulation in the Department of Children and Families will share information on new initiatives that may affect child care programs.  We will discuss streamlining and reorganizing the licensing rules, changes to caregiver background checks and other changes that may be coming in the future.

Core: PRO, ADM Age Groups: Adults Target Audience: All

Location: ROOM B

Topics: Infant and Toddler Development
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Hot Topics in Infant and Toddler Care.

Presenter:  Jamie Tramte Brassfield

 

What do swaddling, co-sleeping, restrictive equipment, breastfeeding, and continuity of care have in common?  They all evoke an emotional response or reaction in us as teachers and caregivers.  Let’s look at our reactions to these topics and others that you may bring to the table, as we discuss how we can support infants, toddlers and their families while providing the highest quality care in our child care settings.  Join us as we examine some of the “hot topics” in infant and toddler care.

Core: DEV, GUI, FAM Age Group: Infants, Toddlers Target Audience: Teachers, FCC

Location: ROOM D

Topics: Infant and Toddler Development
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Play: Experience the Joy and Reflect on the Learning.

Facilitated by WECA Staff & Friends

You will discover at this year’s WECA conference an experiential room for hands-on play within the Exhibit Area.  During two individual workshop times (this is not a double session), this area will be available to conference participants to go deeper into the play experience.  Come in and mess around with playful materials.  This is a self-directed, self-initiated experience; the environment is the teacher!  You can experience solitary play as well as cooperative play, make some new friends and discover what it feels like to be in the moment with your most creative self.  Participants will be provided with suggestions for play, provocative questions, and playful problems to solve.  Facilitators of play will be on hand to support and enrich your play experience.  All participants will be required to reflect upon and document their play experiences to receive Registry credit.

Core: LRN, DEV, PRE Age Group: Children of all ages, and adults Target Audience: All

Topics: STEM + ART = STEAM
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm