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FA01: 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

FA02:Young Boys: Proving a Goodness-of-Fit Explored Further, by Francis Wardle
The keynote addresses a vast variety of issues that impact a lack of goodness-of- fit for young boys in early child- hood programs and elementary schools. The breakout session will encourage participants to explore and examine any of these issues that they wish to address.
About the presenter: Francis Wardle grew up on a mixed farm in the wild border country between England and Wales. His early years were filled with damming swift streams, herding sheep, hiking on the local hills, and playing in yellow gorse and purple heather. It was an ideal environment for a very curious, active young boy. Francis came to the US with his family when he was 16 years of age. After attending University he began his formal teaching experience at Da Nahazli School, an alternative school in Taos, New Mexico, and then continued to teach at PACERS school in Kansas City, Missouri. He has had over 20 years of experience with Head Start in a variety of capacities. For four years he was the educational director for Children’s World Learning Centers. Since 1997, as a member of Partners of the Americas, Dr. Wardle has visited Brazil on many occasions, building playgrounds, and studying education, culture, and race. Currently he teaches classes for the School of Advanced Studies, at the University of Phoenix, and early childhood education classes for Red Rocks Community College in Lakwood, Colorado.
Age Group Addressed: ALL
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development
Who Should Attend: ALL

FA03: Building Confidence and Competence: Effective Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators, by Rachel Donnelley
As professional development opportunities for early childhood educators expand, it can be challenging to identify which ones will effectively support teacher and child learning. This session will connect emergent research in teacher development with shared personal experiences to help participants understand the hallmarks of effective professional development.
About the presenter: Rachel is an experienced educator of children and adults. She has a Bachelor’s degree in human services, a Master’s in teaching, and a Doctorate in organizational leadership. She has worked as the Director of Teaching and Learning at Giddens and as the Director of Early Childhood at the Jewish Day School, among other leadership and teaching positions in Seattle/Bellevue and San Francisco. Rachel is a National Board Certified teacher in Early Childhood and a Klingenstein Fellowship recipient for Independent School Leadership. She currently serves at the Director of the Elementary Center at St. Thomas School in Medina, Washington.
Age Group Addressed: Adults
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | P-3 Educators | K-12 Educators | Adult Educators | Interested Professionals

FA04: Sharing - Through The Ages and Stages of Child Development, by Miriam Dressler
Sharing is often considered to be a ‘gold standard’ behavior for young children, and every teacher spends a lot of energy in getting children to be good at it. But what does it take to learn how to share, and what does it take to teach children how to share? This session will explore what sharing looks like at each developmental stage for the child, and what teachers can do to support the development of this high-level social skill.
About the presenter: Miriam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education, a Masters Degree in Early Education, and a Certificate in Adult Education & Training. She is the founder and co-owner of Bloom Early Education. which includes the BEE Academy of Early Learning in Edmonds, WA. Miriam is an approved WA STARS/ MERIT trainer, lead validator for the National Accreditation Commission (NAC) and a CDA Professional Development Specialist.
Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 5
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development
Who Should Attend: ALL

FA05: The Language of Nature, by Jaime Taylor and Paul Caggianese
This session will explore how nature exploration promotes the prosocial development of children. It will also cover the benefits of partnering with families outdoors.
About the presenter: My name is Jaime Taylor and I have had the honor of working at Clark College for the past 5 years. A deep love of nature has always been a part of my life from a young age, something that I have shared with my own children, and now something that I share with the children that I work with. Paul has had the pleasure of serving children and families for 20 years now. He states the best part of life is being a
collector of stories and observing the natural curiosities of children.
Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 8
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 | Home Visitors | Interested Professionals

FA06: Building Cognitive Capacity to Improve School Readiness, by Steve Erwin
This interactive session for advanced teachers will explore the recent research as it not only relates to school readiness but positively impacts executive functioning and self-regulation skills. This session can benefit ECE programs by challenging teacher to reflect and consider changing their pedagogical approach to include the most recent research. Making the changes can result in increasing learning opportunities for all children regardless of a child’s social and economic conditions.
About the presenter: Steve Erwin has spent over 40 years working in a variety of capacities to support and advocate for young children and families. He has a BA degree in Child Development and post graduate work in Preschool Special Education. His work experience includes being Head Start and State Preschool administrator. Recently he worked at the Child Development Lab at CSU, Chico. He is currently the National Early Childhood Specialist for Kaplan Early Learning Company.
Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 5
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: ALL

FA07: Small Ways to Prevent BIG Behaviors, by Courtney Butorac
How do you handle a variety of behaviors in the classroom? Do you feel like you are always reacting to behaviors rather than preventing behaviors? This presentation will help you understand the function of a behavior and then give an overview of a variety of ways to prevent challenging behaviors in the classroom. It includes reinforcement systems, language strategies, environmental strategies, sensory regulation strategies and visual supports. These strategies will be doable for general education teachers, special education teachers and many can be used by parents or caregivers in the home. This session will focus on children age 5 and above.
About the presenter: Courtney has worked with children and adults with disabilities for 25 years as a special education teacher, behavior therapist, camp counselor and parent. Her specialty is working with school age students, K-5, with significant social or behavioral challenges, particularly students with Autism and/or ADHD. She is also a member of the district’s behavior and autism intervention team (BAIT) and works with teachers across the Seattle School District to improve their services for students with social and behavioral needs. Courtney has given many presentations for the district on how to improve social skills services to students, as well as been a guest lecturer at UW and Seattle Central. In addition, Courtney recently authored a series of books about children with Autism, called “The A-team”, which gives students top secret missions on how to act in certain social situations. Courtney has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Washington, and her Board Certification in Behavior Analysis.
Age Group Addressed: Age 5 through Age 8
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth, Development and Learning
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Parents/Relatives | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | Home Visitors | Interested Professionals

FA08: Leadership as an Action Verb, by Heather MacDermott-Havey
Being an effective leader is not about your title, but rather the actions and skills of how you implement leadership within your center. This workshop will look at the unique qualities of effective leadership and provide ideas that build a tool box of skills in reflective, inclusive and servant leadership. A real look at how we find time to balance all the tasks of leadership, with the heart of leadership. Leaders who understand their individual characteristics and the impact they have on others can be thoughtful about actions taken to create a coaching environment successful for all (including yourself) on the team. We will discuss the multi-generational workforce, ongoing communication and effective feedback, ideas to foster communication amongst the team. We will look at different personality types and ideas to navigate understanding and communication. This workshop is great for administrators, teachers, coaches and others who are leading the way in early learning at your center or program.
About the presenter: Heather MacDermott-Havey, M.Ed. is the director of the WSU Children’s Center. Heather has worked for more than 30 years in the field of ECE, where she has held positions of teacher, child advocate, parent educator, education coordinator, and director. Her experience includes development of early learning programs, teacher and leadership development training, as well as administration. She has her certificate in Tidal Leadership and uses strength based mentoring in leadership practices at the WSU Children’s Center.
Age Group Addressed: Adults
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Family Resource Coordinators | Adult Educators | Interested Professionals

FA09: Promoting Children’s Brain Development, by Hannah Mechler
This session will focus on factors that promote children’s brain development, including a discussion about nature (genetics) and nurture (the environment) and how these interact to influence children’s development. Specific examples include an exploration into how children’s attachments to their caregivers, sensitive attunement, and home environments can promote rich opportunities to nourish children’s brain health. Stressors within children’s environments will also be introduced to further describe its role with affecting brain health. The session will also describe how early learning centers may promote children’s brain development by focusing on developmentally appropriate practices, diversity/multiculturalism, and various teaching pedagogy.
About the presenter: Hannah Mechler is an Early Childhood Education faculty member at Grays Harbor College. She has been teaching in higher education for nine years and has also been a preschool teacher and a substitute teacher (K-12). Her research interests include: meta-emotion, factors that impact children’s social/emotional development, and parenting dynamics.
Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 8
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development
Who Should Attend: ALL

FA10: Practical Skills for Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom: Supporting Children of All Abilities, by Amy Bender and Laura Kneedler
Challenging behaviors in child care can be one of the most difficult and frustrating tasks facing early learning providers. Join us as we present practical tools and research-based strategies geared toward positive, proactive behavior management in the classroom. Participants will learn that all behavior is communication, how to interpret what children are communicating, practice brainstorming replacement behaviors, and how to support children through challenging behaviors. We will utilize research from a cognitive-behavioral, sensory, and trauma-informed lens to guide our conversation. Participants will have opportunities to engage in exercises and collaborative conversations that build upon these ideas and generate solutions for challenges that are being experienced in the classroom.
About the presenter: Amy Bender is the Operations Director for Northwest Center’s two inclusive early learning programs for children aged birth to five and the Program Supervisor for IMPACT (Inclusion Mentorship Program for Increasing Access in Childcare Team). She supports a team of educators and inclusion specialists to create positive and supportive environments where children of all abilities thrive and are active participants in their classrooms. Amy holds a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Childhood Psychopathology and Child Development. Amy has over 12 years’ experience supporting children and families through early learning programs, day treatment preschool settings, and providing direct therapeutic services to children and families.
Laura Kneedler is the Chief Education and Therapy Officer at Northwest Center and leads a talented team of nearly 100 teachers, therapists, and support staff to serve over 600 children annually. With over 14 years of experience, Laura has worked in a variety of settings including public schools, therapeutic child care centers, and as an early childhood classroom teacher for over 10 years. Laura holds a BS in Education/Health & Human Development from Montana State University and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Concordia University, as well as a
certification in infant and toddler development.
Age Group Addressed: Age 2 through Age 5
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth, Development and Learning
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Teachers | Students | Interested Professionals