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Washington Association for the Education of Young Children
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Saturday SB Sessions 11:00am - 12:30pm or 12:45pm

SB01: Integrating Science, Math, Social Studies and Literacy for Earth’s Sake, by Jennifer Wyld, Oregon State University


Discover activities and techniques for building literacy and numeracy skills in the primary grades while introducing science and social studies content around environmental themes. Engage in inquiry-based activities -- games, role-playing and cooperative group exercises -- that build academic skills and broaden ecological and geographical awareness.

About the presenter: Dr. Jennifer Wyld is a Post-Doctoral Scholar at Oregon State University, where she recently received her Ph.D. in Science Education and Teaching at the College and University Level, Her focus is on Free-Choice Learning. She has 25 years of experience in Montessori education. Jennifer received a M.Ed. in Montessori Elementary Education from Loyola University, a M.A. in Geography and a B.A. in Latin from University of Texas-Austin.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment

Who Should Attend: P-3 Educators | K-12 Educators | Interested Professionals

SB02: Giggles & Wiggles! It’s Circle Time, by Sharron Krull, Play Power & Discount School Supply


Join in this hands-on participatory workshop demonstrating a variety of techniques and props for presenting music, movement, rhythm instruments, songs, fingerplays, stories, puppets, and creative activities. Have fun, get inspired, and take home lots of new ideas to make your group time more enjoyable and active for all children.

About the presenter: Sharron Krull is a passionate, enthusiastic and inspiring early childhood educator. Sharron has a B.S. in education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her teaching experience spans over 45 years, encompassing nearly all areas of early childhood education. She is a veteran preschool teacher, having taught and directed at parent cooperative preschools for 20 plus years. Sharron has also taught park and recreation programs, school-age childcare programs, parenting classes, and elementary school. She has been an instructor of child development courses at several California community colleges and has been trained in Creative Curriculum, the HighScope® Education Through Movement Curriculum, I’m Moving I’m Learning Program, and The Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment

Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Home Visitors | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals

SB03: Go Fly a Kite! Put Together a Fabulous Workshop, FAST, by Guila Muir, Guila Muir and Associates


Using the Kite Method, learn a process to create active training for adults. Practice steps to build an interactive, relevant learning experience that engages participants 100%.

About the presenter: Guila Muir is principal of Guila Muir & Associates, a Seattle-based firm creating leadership by developing professionals’ training, facilitation and presentation skills.Since 1993, Guila’s engaging, highly energetic style has transformed businesses and organizations across the United States and in Canada. Her clients include Headstart, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, and literally hundreds of other national and international organizations. Guila has also worked as an adjunct professor in Seattle University’s Graduate School of Education. She published “Instructional Design That Soars: Shaping What You Know Into Classes That Inspire” in 2013. Since then, it has become an essential tool to develop and deliver effective courses, training sessions, and Webinars across the globe.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership

Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Family Resource Coordinators | Therapists - PTs, OTs, SLPs | Healthcare Staff | Adult Educators | Interested Professionals | ALL

SB04: Numeracy through Play with Tiny Polka Dot, by Daniel Finkel, Math for Love


Numeracy through Play with Tiny Polka Dot. Numeracy, or numerical literacy, is a vital focus of learning for young children. Done right, numeracy is a source of joy and personal empowerment, and sets the foundation for success in math for the future. In this session, we’ll review the science and best practices of teaching and learning numeracy. We’ll then explore a tool Math for Love has developed for playful and meaningful numerical understanding in children ages 3 - 8 called Tiny Polka Dot. This award-winning game deck is colorful and adaptable, and full of games and puzzles that make it easy to learn numeracy through play. Everyone who attends will receive a Tiny Polka Dot deck.

About the presenter: Dan Finkel is the Founder and Director of Operations of Math for Love, a Seattle-based organization devoted to transforming how math is taught and learned. A teacher of teachers and students, Daniel works with schools, develops curriculum, leads teacher workshops, and gives talks on mathematics and education worldwide. Dan is one of the creators of Prime Climb, the beautiful, colorful, mathematical board game, and of Tiny Polka Dot, the number-loving learning game for young children. He is also co-architect of Seattle Public School’s Summer Staircase math program.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment

Who Should Attend: ALL

This session has a $10 materials fee, and participants will receive a deck of Tiny Polka Dot Cards.

SB05: Let’s Play! (Reboot) Using Music and Drama Games to Reach Academic Learning Targets, by Leslie Larkin, Epiphany School


We all know that integrating the arts into the general curriculum creates a joyful and engaging learning environment. More and more classroom teachers have taken the leap and started incorporating music and drama into their own teaching, despite feelings of insufficient training in this area or perceived lack of ability. Throw your doubts away and join us! Participants will leave this session with an arsenal of “tried and true” games and activities, as well as a greater understanding of how to differentiate for students’ learning profiles, deeper knowledge of participants’ own learning preferences, and strategies for using the arts to target important academic goals for all learners.

About the presenter: Leslie Larkin has been the music and drama specialist at Epiphany School in Seattle, Washington for 17 years. A native of New York City, she worked as a freelance flutist, coach and flute teacher, before discovering her passion for music education. Leslie recently received her Master of Education in Arts Integration from Lesley University and is excited to further explore innovative methods of reaching all kinds of learners.

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 | Therapists - PTs, OTs, SLPs | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals

SB06: Play Attention: A Sensory Approach to Mindfulness in the Classroom, by Renee Metty, With Pause

Young children are already in the moment, so let’s learn fun ways to integrate mindfulness in the classroom. As children get older a growing number of them lack self-regulation, impulse control, focus and concentration. By bringing awareness to their awareness at a young age we can strengthen this life skill that can be used throughout their lives. Let’s prepare them to be learning ready and better able to handle their experiences with a greater ease. These skills are essential both in school and life and can be learned in fun and exciting way. The presenter will guide you through some mindfulness activities, specifically designed for our youngest children that will help you create optimal conditions for learning in the classroom. Combining the senses and basic practices, you will learn how mindfulness can be easily integrated into whatever you are already doing in your day. These practices for children will also help you reconnect your mind and body. Walk away practical tools that you can use immediately with yourself and your children to manage stress and promote self-regulation, learning readiness and a positive classroom environment. These developmentally appropriate practices will provide a renewed sense of hope for both you and your students.

About the presenter: Renee Metty, M.Ed, M.Ed, MSCI, is the founder and facilitator of With Pause and The Cove School, organizations providing mindfulness education to children, as well as training for the professionals and parents who care for them. She has studied with the Mindful Schools leaders as well as Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Amy Saltzman and Susan Kaiser Greenland. She continues to develop her own learning of mindfulness, compassion and coaching with a strong interest in how stress is held in the body and ways to release it. Renee practices daily mindfulness and meditation as well as attends several silent retreats throughout the year.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Program Planning and Development

Who Should Attend: ALL

SB07: Conversations in Co-Teaching, by Chessie Snider, Seattle Children’s Research Institute

When opinions are different, emotions are high, and the topic is important we can have some of the most fruitful conversations following some helpful guidelines. From float teacher to mentor teacher to administrator and researcher, all roles have something in common: the need to address issues as they arise in a respectful manner. Chessie is dedicated to opening the conversation up about educating ourselves on how to successfully engage in conversations. We’ll discuss, watch some modeling, and practice amongst ourselves. Attendees will take away an understanding of the Pinch Theory, what qualifies as a “Crucial Conversation,” and have a listening inventory that can be used in their programs.

About the presenter: Chessie Snider has worked in early childhood settings for the past 13 years and currently works at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Woodland Hall Preschool. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Washington and has studied early childhood education at North Seattle College. Her interests include how early childhood education affects communities and the neuropsychological well being of families and children; and the effects of policy and programs on early childhood and family outcomes. Chessie is currently working on her prerequisites for a Master’s in Early Childhood Education Health Policy while considering PhD programs.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership

Who Should Attend: ALL

SB08: What is a Consultative Stance? How Can it be Combined with a Relational Health Focus and Used to Transform Relationships and Practices in ECEC? (Part 2 of a 2-part session), by Marie-Celeste Condon, Private Practice

We know relationships are the center of quality work and outcomes for children in ECEC. It’s harder to know how to focus observations in classrooms and conversations with teacher-caregivers in ways that shift thinking and behavior and hearten relationships with tricky children and adults. Relational health (RH) is a new, unifying, transformational concept in pediatric care. During Part 1 of this 2 part session, we’ll explain its relevance in ECEC. We’ll watch brief video clips of interactions between teachers, caregivers, infants and young children, and practice identifying indicators of mutual capacities that are the hallmarks of RH during the first 1000 days of children’s lives, and precursors of executive functioning during the preschool years. These are key concepts and practices in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health-informed work in ECEC settings.

About the presenter: Marie-Celeste Condon, PhD, is an Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant in private practice. Dr. Condon has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Early Childhood Special Education through the University of Houston, certification in Infant-Family Habilitation and Infant Mental Health, and a Doctorate inSocial Welfare throught the University of Whatington. She did her post-doctoral work at the Center for Health Care Improvement for Marginalized Populations. She is applying for endorsement as a Level IV Clinical Mentor in Infant Mental Health. Dr. Condon’s research focuses on reflective practice consultation and relational health during the first 1000 days of life.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership

Who Should Attend: ALL

This session has a $10 materials fee, and participants will receive handouts, article reprint, materials that participants will use during interactive activities.

SB09: Transform How You Approach Challenging Behavior Using Play and the Theater Arts, by Barb O’Neill, Transform Challenging Behavior


Learn the strategies you need to successfully support children exhibiting challenging behavior. Whether the problem is hitting, biting, throwing toys, or children not following directions you will get the necessary tools for designing effective, strengthsbased interventions. Through a combination of case study examples, interactive exercises, and video clip reflections you will be introduced to the “Transform Challenging Behavior Method” and be guided in applying the strategies to immediately help the children in your classroom or program. You will leave with increased confidence in your ability to support even the most
challenging children and with concrete tools for doing so. 

About the presenter: Barb O’Neill, Ed.D. helps early childhood teachers and programs transform children’s use of challenging behavior using play and the theater arts, as well as more traditional approaches. She has previously worked as a preschool teacher, special education teacher, university professor, and director of a Reggio-inspired center. She has researched and published on the use of improv-based play intervention and interactive oral storytelling as tools to promote the inclusion of children with disabilities in early childhood classrooms. Barb has also written about the ways that theater improv and storytelling can promote social-emotional development and prevent children’s use of aggressive behavior. She provides trainings, coaching and consulting to programs struggling with behavior or that want to more successfully include children with disabilities.


WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment


Who Should Attend: ALL


SB10: The Drama Triangle The Trap and Solutions, by Paul Figueroa, Peace Enforcement LLC


Put the fun back in your day! Learn effective strategies to help you not get caught up in the “trauma and drama” some of your students experience. Receive effective tools to stay detached, help them achieve their dreams and make your teaching day more productive.


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 Amazon.com.


WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership


Who Should Attend: ALL

SB11: Rooting Your Work in a Strong Image of the Child, by Tanya Andrews, Children’s Museum of Tacoma


Guidelines, rules and regulations, oh my! It is easy to be overwhelmed by the number of regulations that must be observed in the care and education of young children. In such we sometimes lose connection with the reasons we entered this work in the first place. This session will invite participants to reconnect with their image of the child, understand how prioritizing this lens in the creation of environment and curriculum aids in the healthy and joyful development of young children, and some strategies for building a strong image of the child culture throughout your institution.

About the presenter: Tanya Andrews, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, has worked in the museum field since 1993. Andrews is Secretary of the Association of Children’s Museums’ Board of Directors and chair of the Association’s International Task Force, as well Board President of First 5 FUNdamentals, Pierce County’s early learning coalition. Under Andrews’ leadership the Children’s Museum was honored as a finalist for the National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Other awards include University of Washington Tacoma Non Profit Leader of the Year 2016, Tacoma
Chamber of Commerce New Tacoma Award, and the Association of Children’s Museum Promising Practice Award.


WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Families and Community Partnerships
Who Should Attend: ALL