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


FA04: Beyond Growth Mindset: Using a Coaching Model to Bring out Children’s Greatness, by Tracy Cutchlow, Zero to Five 

Children act according to who they believe they are. How can we keep them in touch with their strengths, even in challenging moments? This perspective -shifting talk will describe children’s three healthy needs for growth: connection, experience, and power. This lens allows us to easily look for a child’s underlying need in the moment and help the child meet that need in a way that’s OK with us. Such an approach avoids power struggles, de- escalates challenging behavior, and takes our own heightened emotion out of the picture. We’ll talk about how to use three simple coaching steps, called Language of Listening®, to create a relationship where children feel seen and heard, are redirected in a way that truly meets their need, and regularly get proof that they have the many strengths you know they have.

About the presenter: Tracy Cutchlow is the author of “Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science” and the editor of “Brain Rules” and “Brain Rules for Baby.” She reaches thousands of parents and educators with her writing on parenting, which has appeared in publications from the Huffington Post to the Washington Post. She is on the board of the Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS). Her book, “Zero to Five,” is used by pediatricians, support -group facilitators, home visitors, childcare providers, and parents for its approachable, easy- to- use format. She lives in Seattle with her husband and 5-year-old daughter.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Interactions

Who Should Attend: ALL

FA05: Gaining STEAM: An Inquiry-Based Approach, by Amelia Bachleda with Marley Jarvis, University of Washington with 

Children use experiences to build theories about the world. Participants will learn developmentally appropriate ways to support children’s emerging STEAM skills - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. This session will provide playful strategies to create environments and inquiry-based activities that build STEAM skills.

About the presenters: Amelia is an outreach specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. I-LABS is an interdisciplinary center that studies early learning and brain development. Amelia gives talks and workshops about early childhood and brain development to the early learning community. She has a PhD in neurobiology and specializes in developmental neuroscience.

Marley Jarvis is an Outreach and Education Specialist at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington. Before joining the I-LABS Outreach team, she oversaw the Science Communication Fellowship Program at Pacific Science Center through the Portal to the Public initiative. Dr. Jarvis holds a B.A. in Biology and Environment and Technology Studies at Carleton College and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Oregon and the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. Dr. Jarvis has given dozens of conference presentations, public talks, seminars, and workshops on how people learn and public engagement. She specializes in translating complex research topics into relevant and interesting stories for different audiences.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment

Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Parents/Relatives | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | Home Visitors | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals

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FA07: Emphasizing the E in STEM, by Laura Chandler, Hands On STARS

What are the thinking skills to nurture for engineering? We will cover that in this workshop. Then with the engineering thinking skills in mind we will then look at activities that provide opportunities for young children (toddler to age five) to develop these skills.

About the presenter: Laura has worked at a childcare center for 28 years as a classroom teacher 18 years and as a curriculum coordinator and staff trainer for 10 years. She has an ECE Degree from North Seattle and a BS in environmental science. For more information you can go to my website at

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment

Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | Parents/Relatives | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver

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FA08: Teachers and Parents: How to Work Together Without (too many) Frustrations, by Stephanie Travers, The Early Learning Center at Crossroads 

This workshop will help de-stress and hopefully strengthen your parent-teacher relationships. It will also give ideas on good communication, strategies on how to handle difficult parents, how to start a dialogue with parents of children that might need a referral for extra developmental programs and what to do when you just want to scream at them, “NO THANK YOU”! There will also be an opportunity to share what works well in your programs and what you hope to change with your classroom parents’ and your relationship.

About the presenter: Stephanie has worked with children and their families for over 25 years. She has been a teacher in the infant room, toddler/twos room, preschool room and even worked with school age children. She has been a director for many years then opened a preschool on Whidbey Island, which closed in 2016 to retire. But, she couldn’t stay away, she is currently a Center Director at an Early Learning Center in Burlington, WA. Stephanie and her husband(Gregg) have 4 children and live on Whidbey Island with their two youngest children, Ethan and Elizabeth, while their older boys, Cody and Dillon live in Bellingham, WA.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Families and Community Partnership

Who Should Attend: ALL

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FA09: Collaborating with Interpreters and Cultural Considerations for Families with Limited-English-Proficiency, by Sarina Murrell, ChildStrive

Participants will reflect on cultural identity of language and receive information on how to expand their understanding of cultural-linguistic differences. Participants will also discuss and work through some strategies to collaborate more effectively with interpreters. They will receive resources and recommendations to assist them when serving families with limited English proficiency.

About the presenter: Sarina Murrell, MS,CCC-SLP graduated from the Medical Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of Washington. She has served in pediatric inpatient and outpatient settings at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland and Seattle Children’s Hospital. She currently works at ChildStrive early intervention as a home service provider and as the SLP Department Lead. Sarina is a bilingual English-Spanish provider and has a passion for empowering clients that require the services of interpreters

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment

Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Parents/Relatives | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals

FA10: Early Childhood Teacher Prep Council (ECTPC)

The Early Childhood 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

This session is intended for members of ECTPC only