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FB01: NAEYC 5 Guidelines for Effective Teaching, by Jeanie Pittman
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) defines five key aspects of the teacher’s
role and offers guidelines which support a teacher’s journey to help children learn best.1. Creating a caring community of learners 2. Teaching to enhance development and learning 3. Planning curriculumto achieve important goals 4. Assessing children’s development and learning 5. Establishing reciprocal relationshipswith familiesIn this session, you will identify the unique roles you hold as an early childhood teacher and use professional languageto define what you do in your own classroom. Clearly identifying the roles of a teacher, will help you improve your own teaching practice and empower you to better communicate with colleagues, families, and your community about the importance of your job as a teacher. Come ready to celebrate and identify how you already support children’s development. Also, be willing to do some deep thinking about how you can improve your own teaching practice and set future goals for your professional development.
About the presenter: Jeanie Pittman currently holds a BA in Elementary Education and an OSPI certificate w/P-3 and K-8 endorsements. She also holds an MA in Organizational Leadership. She has taught in a family cooperative preschool setting, K-12 classrooms, and recently retired from Washington State University Department of Human Development. Jeanie’s expertise is the preparation of early childhood teachers. Currently, Jeanie is a care provider for her young grandchildren and keeps active in the early learning profession by providing STARS trainings as well
as volunteering for WAEYC.
Age Group Addressed: Adults
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | P-3 Educators | K-12 Educators | Adult Educators | Interested Professionals

FB02: Reciprocal Imitation Training an Evidence Based Strategy to Teach Play Skills to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, by Cassie Borges and Katy Bateman
One of the defining characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) includes challenges seen in development of social skills ie. play skills for all children with ASD. Research identifies that play is an important skill set for children, as engagement in high quality play skills leads to positive outcomes across a variety of domains including placement in educational settings. Teaching play skills is pivotal and critical to a child’s development. This presentation delves into Reciprocal Imitation Training (RIT) a naturalistic developmental intervention that teaches generalized spontaneous imitation to teach young children a variety of play skills in education, home, and clinic settings. Procedures to embed teaching and learning goals into functional play will also be discussed. Lastly, data collection systems and methods for data based decision making will be explored.
About the presenters: Cassie Borges M.ED., BCBA, LBA graduated from the University of Washington in 2016 with a teaching certification and Masters in Education focusing on early childhood special education and Applied Behavior Analysis. During the program, She obtained her practicum and student teaching experience at the Experimental Education Unit. Cassie became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and licensed in the state of Washington in 2018. Currently, she is working at the University of Washington Autism Center in Tacoma. Cassie’s areas of interest
include early intervention, community outreach, as well as, parent and teacher training with the goal of empowering children, families, schools, and communities with the tools for success. She enjoys providing evidence based and high quality ABA services in the clinic and home setting. Katy Bateman, Ph.D., BCBA-D is a Research Scientist at the University of Washington (UW) She completed her doctoral degree under Dr. Ilene Schwartz, and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Bill Therrien at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, Virginia. Katyworked on many research grants and projects at UW and UVA. Katy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral, and has extensive experience working with young children diagnosed with Autism SpectrumDisorder. Katy has worked in a variety of settings providing ABA services to children with autism in schools, clinics, and home contexts. She worked extensively on the research and practice side of Project DATA (Developmentally Appropriate Treatment for Autism), a school-based early intervention program at the Experimental Education Unit (EEU), located on the University of Washington campus. Her work focuses on services for young children with autism in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), as well as in Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) programs. Katy is passionate about ensuring that all children have access to high quality instruction. Among others, her research interests include parent mediated interventions and quality of life for children and families affected by autism Additional projects include topics covering overall sustainability of interventions, school-based behavior consultation, and interventions targeting social-communication for children with autism and other related disabilities.
Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 8
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Interactions
Who Should Attend: ALL

FB03: Integrating Meta-Emotion into Early Learning Classrooms, by Hannah Mechler
Meta-emotion approaches used by adults have been found to be associated with children’s social competence and emotion regulation abilities. This session will focus on meta-emotion by explaining various types of approaches and how each may affect children’s social and emotional development. In addition, tips will be provided about how to model positive meta-emotion approaches when working with children using Developmentally Appropriate Practices. The session will also delve into the importance of multiculturalism by looking at how children’s emotional
expressions may vary based on their cultural norms.
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: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Parents/Relatives | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | P-3 Educators | K-12 Educators | Interested Professionals

FB04: Pressing Pause: Using Video to Learn, Reflect and Connect, by Miriam Packard with Carrie Brennan
Curious about starting or improving your use of video in your classroom or center? Video has the potential to be a powerful tool for supporting children’s learning through observation and assessment, reflecting on your own teaching practice, and connecting with families. It can also feel challenging in terms of obtaining and using the right technology, getting necessary permissions, and capturing meaningful video in busy classrooms. In this applied workshop you will watch examples of how other teachers use video, learn some technology tips, engage in video analysis, and envision how you might use video in your unique setting. Not only will you take away from this session some concrete tools
and strategies to help you get started or refine your existing use of video, you will also be prepared to share with families, colleagues, or teachers you coach or guide why video is such an effective tool for children and teacher learning.
About the presenter: Miriam Packard, Ph.D. is the coordinator of the Early Care & Education B.A. program in the College of Education, University of Washington. She provides program and faculty leadership and teaches early childhood teacher preparation courses related to child development, curriculum, equity, and professionalism. She previously served as the higher education coordinator for the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning after years of experience as an infant, Head Start preschool, and kindergarten teacher and elementary curriculum
coordinator. Her research focuses on early childhood teacher preparation, video-mediated teacher learning pedagogies, online learning, and methods for effectively supporting teachers to engage in equitable practices with children and families. Miriam received a Washington state K-8 teaching certificate through Seattle Pacific University with a concentration in Language & Literacy and a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences & Human Development from the University of Washington.
Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 8 | Adults
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, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | P-3 Educators | K-12 Educators | Interested Professionals

FB05: #naturesowhite: Decolonizing the Outdoors of Color, by Khavin Debbs
Intergenerational trauma, lack of representation, and colonization have all contributed to the narrative that families of color don’t engage in nature. In this session, we will look deeper into why these things happen, as well as some solutions for getting more black and brown children in nature!
About the presenter: Khavin has been in ECE for over 15 years, and taught 1-4th graders for 5 years. She received her Bachelors degree from The Evergreen State College with a focus on Environmental Education, and received her masters from Anticoch University/Islandwood in Urban Environmental Education. Her recent work passion has been to increase representation of POC in the outdoors, including indigenous knowledge, and get more POC outside!
Age Group Addressed: Age 3 through Age 5
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Families and Community Partnerships
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Parents/Relatives | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | Family Resource Coordinators | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals

FB06: Supporting Classrooms with Challenging Children, by Miriam Dressler
Teachers often struggle to manage their classrooms when they have children with challenging behaviors. This struggle often ends up with children sitting in the office to have their behavior corrected by somebody else. However, this is not a effective strategy for the child or the teacher. This session is designed for program managers, and looks at how to support classrooms and teachers when things get challenging with strategies and techniques that work!
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: Adults
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Program Planning and Development
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Adult Educators | Interested Professionals

FB07: Building A Legacy of Safety: How to Stay Safe and Integrate Abuse Prevention Strategies Into Your Curriculum or Practice, by Christine Keating
A child’s safety is an adult’s job and protecting children from sexual abuse is one of the most important parts of the job for every professional working with children. This workshop will help educators, care providers, and other professionals build a legacy of safety for children by teaching them how to provide the children in their care with the life skills needed to begin a foundation of safety that will last their lifetime. We will discuss the dos and don’ts of mandatory reporting, how to identify red flag behaviors, how to respond to parents’ concerns about safety, how to keep your staff safe as well as the children in your care, how to integrate safety into your curriculum, what is normal behavior and when to be concerned, how to identify and overcome common obstacles (language, culture, gender, age, etc.) and much, much, more! Attendees will walk away with easy-to-implement strategies that make safety lessons fun and not scary, even for very young children.
About the presenter: Christy Keating is the owner, CEO, and principal presenter at Savvy Parents Safe Kids. As a licensed attorney, Christy spent nearly twenty years as felony prosecutor in the King County Prosecutor’s Office in Seattle, where she spent the latter part of her career specializing in the prosecution of sexually violent predators. Immersed in the world of sexual assault and child sexual abuse, Christy developed a deep understanding and expertise in predatory tactics and abuse prevention strategies. She now enjoys educating parents, caregivers, educators, and other professionals so as to help stop these problems before they happen, rather than addressing them after the fact. Christy is also credentialed through the Parent Coach Institute and Seattle Pacific University as a Certified Parent Coach® and has spent more than a decade working with parents. Christy is a Certified Positive Discipline Educator and a Certified Gottman Educator and loves educating and coaching parents through her sister company, The Heartful Parent. Learn more about Christy’s work at and
Age Group Addressed: Birth through age 8 through and higher
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Health, Safety, and Nutrition
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Family Resource Coordinators | Home Visitors | Therapists - PTs, OTs, SLPs | Healthcare Staff | P-3 Educators | K-12 Educators | Interested Professionals

FB08: The Brain Architecture Game, by Darcie Donegan
This game is a hands-on experience developed by Harvard University’s Center for the Developing Child that builds understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development– what promotes it, what derails it, and with what consequences for society. Small groups will work to build a model of a brain representing functionality and the ability to withstand stresses in the first 8 years of life. Come and have fun playing while learning more about the brain and a great method to share the info with others.
About the presenter: Darcie has been teaching ECE/ED at WCC since 1995, and has a BA from University of Washington, and an MA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College, specializing in early childhood and adult education. She has worked with young children and their caregivers for more than 35 years in various capacities, including preschool teacher, center director, parent educator, trainer, and consultant. Darcie has also been an international consultant through the Soros Foundation and taught in many different countries. She is a Washington State DEL approved trainer, and the author of the ten Parenting Preschoolers modules for Washington State’s Organization of Parent Education Programs (OPEP), and helped write the STARS Basic 30 hour course. One of her special interests is in early brain development and she received two grants from DEL to teach and test executive functioning.
Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 8
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development
Who Should Attend: ALL

FB10: Using the Relationship-based Professional Development Standards for Continuous Growth, by Vasilya Mendybaeva
Investing and supporting adults who care for children, youth and families in our communities is essential for the overall health of our society. Relationship-based professionals play a key role in this effort by using their relationships to support active skills-building within the context of an individual, and so, increasing the likelihood of changing practice. This type of work is complex. Recognizing this, DCYF has revised the Relationship-based Professional Development (RBPD) Standards to capture the essential knowledge and skills necessary for impactful human capital development. During this session, participants will: (1) receive an overview the revised standards, (2) explore how the tool can be used for continuous growth, and (3) learn about DCYF’s vision for growing the relationship-based workforce.
About the presenter: Vasilya Mendybaeva is a Professional Development Coordinator for the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. She is invested in supporting the relationship-based professional workforce, and advancing administrative leadership professional learning opportunities in the state. Her professional work includes managing a state-wide training program, supporting regional implementation of a quality rating and improvement system, training program administrators, and conducting early learning quality assessments. When she’s not working, she enjoys hiking up mountains, tending her vegetable garden, adventuring with her six-year-old, and reading.
Age Group Addressed: Birth to Age 3
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Families and Community Partnerships
Who Should Attend: ALL