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Friday FA Session - 10:30am-12:00pm or 12:15pm


FA02: Early Childhood Teacher Prep Council (ECTPC): Day Two
The Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Council of Washington is a professional organization of ECE educators. Their purpose is to: Promote collaboration and articulation between preparation programs at associate degree granting institutions and institutions that grant bachelors, master, and/or doctoral degrees; Inform policy makers and have an influential voice on the policy decisions that affect the preparation of Early Childhood Education teachers in the State of Washington; Encourage research and interpretation of research that improves the quality of teacher preparation and early childhood programs; Collaborate with other groups and agencies working in ECE; Encourage credentialing, certification, and best practices standards for various levels of ECE Instructional personnel; Be aligned with the national associations: ACCESS (American Associate Degree Early Childhood Educators); National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators: and National Association for the Education of Young Children
Who Should Attend: This session is intended for members of ECTPC only

FA04: Time Management for Managers Too Busy For Time Management, by Miriam Dressler
How long is your To Do List? Probably endless! Many early childhood managers feel the same way. There simply isn’t enough time to get it all done. Not True! In this session we will take a unique look at managing your time to suit your tasks - and finally get to the bottom of that list!
About the presenter: Miriam is the founder and co-owner of Bloom Early Education in Edmonds, WA. She has been teaching and training in the education field for the last 30 years. She is a WA MERIT trainer, as well as the co-author of “Prove It! Achieving Quality Recognition for Your Early Childhood Program”. Miriam is a current lead validator for the National Accreditation Commission (NAC) and has successfully guided many childcare programs through the accreditation and quality improvement process. Miriam has presented at many national conferences in the last few years including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEYC), the Washington Association of Child Care Professionals, and the WA State Family Child Care Association. She will be speaking at several conferences throughout the country this year.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership
Who Should Attend: ALL

FA05: Secrets to Supporting Preschool Gross Motor Development, by Mary Lynn Hafner
Motor development is the growth that occurs when a child moves their body in their environment. How well are your students moving? Is recess their main opportunity? I argue that the playground is not enough to develop a variety of motor skills. Our brains work better when the body moves.
What can we do to help our students? The first secret to optimizing gross motor development is to know the motor milestones. The second secret is all about your ability to engage your students. The rest of the course will dive into 5 practices of guided motor discovery that will maximize your student’s participation, enhance their creativity, and build self-confidence at all skill levels.
About the presenter: Dr. Mary Lynn Hafner has been a physical therapist for over 22 years, with a seven-year side hustle teaching preschool movement classes. She teaches a weekly drop in movement class at the Sammamish YMCA, is the owner of My Neighborhood Physical Therapist, and is the volunteer coordinator for a “story collection project” at a local nursing home. She promises to maintain the audience’s attention with lively discussion, active participation and lots of gross motor examples and activities for the classroom. Her book, The Joy of Movement: big motor activities and games for preschoolers will be released in the Fall 2018 with Redleaf Press.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Parents/Relatives | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | Home Visitors | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals

FA06: Emotional Intelligence, by Paul Figueroa
In this training you’ll learn how to develop self awareness and use this to build and maintain effective relationships. You’ll discover how to not get so caught up in misunderstandings, how to rethink assumptions and understand different perspectives. You will be able to enhance relationships, create a positive influence in your workplace and produce the results you want.
About the presenter: Paul Figueroa is an award winning and highly sought after inspirational speaker, trainer, facilitator and coach. He served as a police officer with the King County Sheriff’s Department in Seattle, Washington for over 12 years. He left law enforcement in 1998 and has been helping people young and old to live happier lives ever since. Paul travels all across the country providing workshops and keynotes at numerous conferences that support children and he’s also provided parent support workshops and staff, manager and leadership training for Head Start, Early Head Start, ECEAP, Public School, Preschool and Child Care organizations all over the United States. He’s received “The Governor’s Child Abuse Prevention Award” in recognition of his work with children and families and has appeared on Radio Disney along with the Today Show. His first book, “Listen, Your Life is Calling – The Journey Home” is now available on his website and at
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Interactions
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Family Resource Coordinators | Home Visitors | Interested Professionals

FA07: Bring Back the Joy Through Music and Movement, by Jocelyn Manzanarez
With so much focus on academics in early childhood, teachers are finding themselves forced to teach young children in ways they know are not developmentally appropriate. This often leads to teacher burn out because the fun factor has been eliminated for everyone involved. Join Jocelyn in this highly-engaging, hands-on workshop as she shows how to teach concepts in all domains of learning using music and movement. Participants will not only learn songs, dances, stories and more, but they will be able to explain to parents and administrators why providing a student-centered, play & experiential environment enhances a student’s receptiveness to learning.
About the presenter: Jocelyn Manzanarez is the owner of Musically Minded. Founded in 2003, her Seattle-based company provides music and movement classes for children ages birth-5 in childcare centers and preschools. She believes every child deserves meaningful experiences with music beginning at birth. Jocelyn is on a passionate mission to provide rich opportunities for children not only through her company’s weekly music and movement classes, but by also educating classroom teachers and parents on the benefits of integrating this uniquely human experience into the lives of children. She has written and recorded 100s of children’s songs that are used in childcare settings throughout the United States. She has also created a curriculum, Circle Time Success, designed for classroom teachers to use at circle time. She is a certified K-12 music educator in Washington state as well as a Washington state S.T.A.R.S. trainer. Jocelyn received her BA from the University of Montana in Music Education and her MA in Music Education from the University of Washington in 2005. Jocelyn and her husband, Eric, live in Maple Valley with their budding musicians, Maciella and Natia.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Family Resource Coordinators | Home Visitors
This session has a $10 Materials Fee. Participants will gain access to online materials to use in the classroom to facilitate the activities learned in the training. This includes recordings, videos, printables and lesson plans.

FA08: Supporting Children’s Thinking Through Questioning Strategies and Inquiry, by Marley Jarvis
Children are like scientists: they naturally use the cycle of inquiry to ask questions and test theories about the how the world works. In this session, we will introduce concepts related to early Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills and give an overview of recent research that shows just how alike children and scientists really are! This session will introduce the cycle of inquiry as a way of learning and will review some developmentally appropriate ways to support children’s questioning, inquiry, and natural curiosity. In addition, we will discuss strategies for moving away from the educational paradigm of “adults as experts” and towards a new paradigm of “adults as facilitators” in supporting young children’s learning.
About the presenter: Marley Jarvis, Ph.D. is an Outreach and Education Specialist at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington. Dr. Jarvis holds a B.A. in Biology and Environment and Technology Studies from Carleton College and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Oregon, and is a former Adjunct Professor in Biology at the University of Oregon. She focuses on both formal and informal education and science outreach, with a long-standing interest in how people learn throughout their lives.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Interactions
Who Should Attend: ALL

FA09: ECE Special Education: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, by Davida Sharpe-Haygood
During this session, participants are challenged to examine their early childhood and special education practices from a lens of true diversity, inclusion, and equity; Answering the important question whether structured programs for students with cultural, linguistic, and ability differences is done in a way that truly provided an effective learning environment of respect and protection of their rights.
About the presenter: Davida Sharpe-Haygood MAED has her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She is currently full-time faculty at Pierce College and Adjunct Faculty at Rasmussen college in the Early Childhood Departments. Davida is currently a doctoral candidate at Grand Canyon University where her focus research interests include ECE and Special Education. As a native to Phoenix, AZ Davida was raised with a mother who moved up from an elementary school teacher, to Principal of a special education elementary school, and retiring as a superintendent of education. Davida’s mother instilled in her the passion, knowledge, expertise, and excitement to advocate for children with special needs. Through Davida’s education and work she has since evolved her focus of special education to include the importance of authentic assessment, evaluations, curriculum implementation, and interventions through a lens of equity.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Ongoing Measurement of Child Progress
Who Should Attend: ALL

FA10: How to Take a Chill Pill and Empower Children Through Four Sensible Strategies, by Scott Liebler
There’s an ancient martial arts technique that creates instant serenity, strength and energy in the body and mind. This sequence of activities will also build a foundation of character, confidence and coordination in children. Learn how to keep the effects of Whinnoreah, rusharreah and ragerreah to a minimum while providing your children with four priceless gifts to keep them Moving and Improving!
About the presenter: Scott Liebler is a teacher, writer, trainer and motor development specialist working primarily with early childhood and special needs populations since 1985. He developed his unique Funsical program to provide a fun and effective curriculum for developing children’s strength, balance, endurance and coordination using movement, music and vocalization activities. The activities are based on techniques used by professional educators, medical professionals and therapists to help children achieve optimal learning, communication and physical performing abilities.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Interested Professionals