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FC01: Power to the Profession! Who, What, Why and How! Facilitated by WAEYC board members in collaboration with other Washington early learning leaders.
Are you interested in ECE professionals having more respect and status, higher compensation, recognition as the important professionals that they are? Join us for an interactive session on the NAEYC sponsored Power to the Profession initiative to learn who is behind this movement, what they want to accomplish and how you can be involved. The session will include information sharing, active reflection and discussion and an opportunity to help WAEYC think about how best to engage early learning professionals in the state around the issues related to professional status, compensation and best practice.
About the presenter: Brenda Boyd is the current Vice-President and past President of WAEYC and faculty in Human Development at WSU an Michael Koetje is the most recent past President of WAEYC and is the District Director of Child Development Centers at Pierce College. Sally Holloway is the ECE Project Director with Whatcom Community College and Jeanie Pittman is a former WAEYC board member and retired faculty at the WSU Global campus in Human Development.
Age Group Addressed: Adults
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership
Who Should Attend: All professionals who want to know how NAEYC is supporting the early learning field and how they can be involved in Washington.

FC02: What’s the Hurry? Let’s Slow Down to Develop Naturally, by Cassanrda Ellis and Heather Kindem
The norm is to speed things up and dumb things down for children. The norm is for weekly themes and educators as task managers. In speeding up, we lose what makes learning ACTUALLY happen. So, how are children’s bodies, minds, hearts, and souls faring? This session will enhance participants understanding of what slowing down could mean in their learning environments. Participants will learn new methods of slowing down with children such as nature-based learning, the Happenings Mat ©, tea time, Classroom Agreements, Active Listening, breathing techniques, making amends, long term projects, allowing for boredom and repetition through specific methods of introducing new enrichments and books, and more. Why not make the time to develop naturally?
About the presenter: Cassandra Ellis is an educator who connects with all ages. She is lead teacher of Bloom Early Education’s BEE Outdoors nature-based multi-age preschool program. Cassandra is also the owner of the Kinship School, offering programs rooted in nature-based learning, yoga and mindfulness, creative movement, and intergenerational learning. Cassandra is a STARS trainer, CDA PD Specialist, and certified to teach children’s yoga and mindfulness and holistic barefoot dance fitness. Learn more about Cassandra at www.thekinshipschool. com and Heather Kindem has worked with Montessori preschoolers as a Breathing and Feelings/Needs Specialist for ten years. She creates materials that support the socio-emotional learning of young children, including The Happenings Mat. Her training includes: K-8 WA Teacher Certification, Masters in Curriculum and Instructional Systems and Masters of Public Health-Health Education and Mindful Schools courses: Mindful Educator, Mindful Communication and Difficult Emotions. She has assisted with a 5-day Creating a Compassionate Classroom course and participated in a 7-day Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training with Jon Kabat Zinn.
Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 8 and higher
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Interactions
Who Should Attend: ALL

FC03: Preparedness and Emergency Planning for Childcare Centers, by Michael Chapman and Heather MacDermott-Havey
Learn about systems to enhance or create preparedness training and plans for emergency management! This session will present ideas on effective emergency planning and response within an early learning program. Creating systems of communication within the center as well as fostering relationships with campus and community departments in regard to emergency planning, training and response. Topics covered will include: First Aid management and training components, managing supply needs and execution of drills in the center. Shelter in place, lock down and disaster drills, as well as management of updating information for staff, families and police/fire departments. Tools suggested for written documentation for licensing and accreditation, training and review practices. Learn about communication ideas for your families, staff and talking to children about preparedness. Whether you are just getting started or looking to enhance your emergency planning you will be presented with ideas from a Fire Dept. Captain and Assistant Director who can share perspective from both experiences.
About the presenter: Michael Chapman is the Assistant Director of WSU Children’s Center. Michael has worked for 31 years as an ECEAP Teacher, Mentor Teacher and Therapeutic teacher. Along with his work in early learning he has also been a Firefighter, Crew leader, Fire Captain/EMT, Strike Team leader for the past 28 years. His experience in both fields of work have provided insight on safety, emergency and preparedness practices for early learning and child care programs. 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: ALL
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Health, Safety, and Nutrition
Who Should Attend: ALL

FC04: Peek-A-Boo I Support You! Interacting and Observing in Infant & Toddler Spaces, by Carrie Brennan
Brain research tells us that children make up to 1,000 new neural connections every second during the first three years of life. That’s 480,000 new connections firing every minute in a typical infant room, and up to 840,000 in a toddler room. We know that our interactions, routines, and activities matter, but with such a quick rate of change, it’s hard to know if what we are doing is working. In this workshop we will explore relationship-based strategies for observing and interacting with infants and toddlers so that we can help support their growth during this
impactful time of life.
About the presenter: Carolyn Brennan, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Western Washington University. Carolyn started her career in early learning as a toddler teacher in a Reggio Emilia inspired program. She has since earned a PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Washington, along with a graduate certificate in Infant Mental Health. At Western she teaches early childhood teacher preparation courses with a focus on infants and toddlers, child development, curriculum, and equity.
Age Group Addressed: Birth to Age 3
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development
Who Should Attend: Interested Professionals

FC05: Being an Ally: Trans and Non-Binary Professionals, by Alex Grennan
This workshop will be a presentation on current research about Trans and Non-Binary professionals in Early Childhood Education. My hope is to share my research and experiences related to finding and creating space for Trans and Non-Binary professionals.
About the presenter: I am a graduating student of the BAS in ECE program at North Seattle College and an early childhood educator of 7 years. As I continue to learn and teach in this profession I see a need for better understanding of Trans and Non-Binary people.
Age Group Addressed: Adults
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership
Who Should Attend: ALL

FC06: Music & Movement through the Seasons, by Jamaica Stevens
Sing and Dance throughout the Year with Music and Movement Activities for Every Season. Come learn simple ways to integrate music and movement into your daily curriculum in this hands-on workshop! Learn creative ways to use books, toys and other props that you can find throughout your classroom or childcare to keep your students engaged and focused throughout the year. Explore simple ways to change classic children’s songs and create new ones to build vocabulary, spark creativity and foster imaginative play! Find new ways to use music and movement activities in the classroom to promote early literacy and help your students understand basic math and science concepts!
About the presenter: Jamaica Stevens founded JAMaROO Kids in 2004 after teaching preschool for 7.5 years and studying the performing arts since childhood.
Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 5
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Home Visitors

FC07: Reinforcement and Redirection, by Brittney Andrade and Kimberlee Turner
As children develop, their understanding of what is right and wrong does as well. It is important as educators to help them understand this distinction and to foster an environment for positive learning and growth. In this course, we will discuss what positive reinforcement and redirection are and how they can be used in an early childhood classroom to benefit children’s development.
About the presenter: Brittney currently works for Successful Solutions Training in Child Development as a E-Learning Curriculum Specialist and Instructor. Brittney has a wealth of early childhood education experience, including navigating the NAEYC accreditation process and working in an Early Achievers center. Brittney is currently working on a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Walden University. She also holds a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from Rasmussen College and a Bachelors in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University.
Kimberlee also currently works for Successful Solutions Training in Child Development as a E-Learning Instructional Coordinator. She has a Master of Science Degree in Higher Education from Walden University. She also graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Developmental Psychology and a minor in Psychology. She has worked with children diagnosed with autism as an ABA Therapist and Registered Behavior Technician in both an in-home setting and center-based setting. As the oldest child, she helped care for her younger brother who has disabilities, and this led her to a strong desire to work with children who are affected by disabilities.
Age Group Addressed: ALL
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Interactions
Who Should Attend: ALL

FC08: Sing with Your Kids! By Jocelyn Manzanarez
Singing encourages children to express emotions, sharpen communication, foster creativity and find joy in learning across the curriculum. Yet, the number of teachers singing with their kids has drastically decreased over the last few decades. Why? Because teachers think their singing voice isn’t good enough. Join Jocelyn as she challenges this limiting belief and guides even the most voice conscious teachers how to use songs to create joyful and inviting learning environments kids can’t wait to return to each day. From tradition songs and nursery rhymes to brand new
tunes, participants will leave with a mix of melodies they can’t wait to share on Monday!
About the presenter: Jocelyn Manzanarez is on a passionate mission to share the power of music and movement with early childhood educators. Jocelyn 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, in-home daycares and preschools. She has written and recorded hundreds of children’s songs as well as created a curriculum, Circle Time Success, designed for classroom teachers. She is a certified K-12 music educator in Washington state and a certified
trainer for Washington State’s Department of Children, Youth and Families.
Age Group Addressed: Age 3 through Age 5
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Interested Professionals

FC09: Pedagogical Leadership – Doing the Right Things to Support Young Children’s Learning, by Steve Erwin
Early Childhood Programs have an ethical responsibility to use current research to inform their practice. Making a decision to do things right verses doing the right thing with children is paradox for programs. This interactive session for directors and teachers will explore this recent research as it not only relates to school readiness but positively impacts executive functioning and building a child’s cognitive capacity. During the presentation participants will be asked to examine their current practice as it relates to this research and decide if what they are doing is the “right”
thing for children.
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 and adjunct faculty at CSU, Chico. He is currently the National Early Childhood Specialist for Kaplan Early Learning Company.
Age Group Addressed: Adults
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Interested Professionals

FC10: Partnering with Families of Premature Babies, by Marianna Ross
Most families who experience the birth of a premature baby have had traumatic experiences and medical challenges before they ever walk through your door. These babies can be more susceptible to illness and are likely receiving services from several sources. In this session, Marianna will share her personal story about being the mom of two premature infants, one born at 36 weeks and one born at 30 weeks. She will also share concrete resources providers can use in their work with preemie families.
About the presenter: Marianna has worked with children in both child care and public school settings. Her current work at Child Care Aware of Washington has her focusing on professional development for Early Achievers Coaches and participants. Both of Marianna’s children were born premature and she is passionate about helping people understand the unique challenges experienced by families of premature babies. She holds a Bachelor’s in Human Communication from Southern Oregon University and Master of Arts in Teaching from George Fox University
Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 3
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Family and Community Partnerships
Who Should Attend: ALL