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Saturday SC Sessions 2:30pm - 4:30pm

SC01: Mealtime Matters, by Katy Levenhagen, Snohomish Health District

Children spend up to a third of their time in child care preparing to eat, eating and cleaning up after eating. Mealtime is important for children to learn how to accept new foods, and practice social, physical and self-help skills. We will explore the attributes of a mealtime environment that contributes to food acceptance and school readiness and minimizes struggles and food rejection.

About the presenter: Katy Levenhagen has been a Child Care Nutrition Consultant serving early learning and child care providers for 18 years. She has dined with over 1000 children in Snohomish,King and Pierce counties. Her consultations and trainings focus on promoting and demonstrating mealtime practices that impact a child’s growth and development and influence food acceptance.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency:

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

SC02: Want to Read a Story? Using Novel Effect in the Classroom, by Melody Furze, Novel Effect


In this session we will provide teachers with a demonstration of a literacy app that uses technology to enhance experiences for their audience and to show ways the app can be used in the classroom.

About the presenter: Melody Furze is a co-founder of Novel Effect and has been working for the past ten years as a teacher of students with visual impairments in Boston, Vermont, New Mexico and Washington. She is currently an early interventionist/ vision impairment specialist and director of educational development at Novel Effect Inc.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development

Who Should Attend: Interested Professionals

SC03: Diversity and Equity Issues for Directors and Owners, by Patricia Nan Anderson, The Skillful Teacher


You understand the importance of supporting diversity and equity, for your families and also to support your credibility in the community and the marketplace. But how can you work with staff whose ideas are limiting? How can you manage parents who find diversity uncomfortable? And how can you be certain your policies reflect your value for all people? Get some ideas and the validation you need, right here.

About the presenter: Dr. Patricia Nan Anderson is an expert in child development and learning with over thirty years’ experience in innovative programming, public speaking and guidance of parents and teachers of young children. She is author of numerous books and articles, including Parenting: A Field Guide , Developmentally Appropriate Parenting and Everyday Equity. Dr. Anderson is the Director of The Skillful Teacher, a DEL-approved training organization at www.TheSkillfulTeacher.org. She is a professor of Early Childhood Education at Walden University and a ChildCare Exchange Exceptional Master Leader.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Program Planning and Development

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

SC04: Anger and Consequences Versus Empathy and Solutions, by Kathy Slattengren, Priceless Parenting

It’s natural to feel angry when children misbehave. However when we respond with harsh words and consequences, the children’s focus often turns to our response instead of their poor choices. We’ll look at why blame and shame don’t work well and how empathy can lead to solutions to children’s problems.

About the presenter: Kathy Slattengren, M. Ed., has helped thousands of parents and teachers from across the United States to Australia through Priceless Parenting. Priceless Parenting offers online classes, presentations, coaching and books. Participants excitedly report their success in replacing yelling and threatening with calm, confident responses. When children’s behavior is really pushing your buttons, you’ll discover ways to set effective limits, invite cooperation and have a lot more fun together!

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Interactions

Who Should Attend: ALL

SC05: An Invitation to Nap by Chessie Snider, Seattle Children’s Research Institute


We often think of sleep as a requirement for the itty bitty bodies that attend our childcares. This will be a reflection of that idea through the pedagogical lens of Reggio-Emilia, a day-time sleep dialogue based on the experience of early childhood educators, what the researchers say, and what we can learn from each other on the topics of: The Purpose of Sleep, Research Findings on Naps, the Culture of Sleep, and a Model for Discussing Naps in Early Childhood facilities. Resources on Healthy Sleep will be provided. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will have a broader understanding of the physiological needs of children in their care, be able to converse about those needs, and be able to advocate for those children utilizing practical experience and research.

About the presenter: Sleep has been at the root of Chessie’s work for the past three years as she studies alongside Epidemiologist and Sleep Researcher, Dr. Michelle Garrison, at Seattle Children’s Research Institute while continuing her career in early childhood education. As a researcher for the Sleep Health in Preschoolers Study and early childhood educator for the past 13 years, Chessie conducts home visits with participant families and nurtures curiosity and self care in young children. 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 Science in Research and intends on keeping her hand to the pulse of Early Childhood Health.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment

Who Should Attend: All

SC06: Can You Teach Me Know? By Christie Rogers, Finish Line Coach



Get all your students on the same network – your network. Just like a calling plan, these instructional strategies will give you valuable educational minutes in each day. Set your students up for success with this plan. Set yourself up for success. When you get them ‘in’ your network by promoting these core strategies, you will be amazed at the flow of your day. It will then leave you to the business of teaching! This presentation will have you nodding your head and affirming your conviction of bringing out the best in every student as it brings out the best in YOU.

About the presenter: Christie Rogers, Coach and Motivational Speaker, is a highly regarded coach and facilitator passionate about helping frustrated teachers get back to what they do best – TEACH. Unlike many Motivational speakers or Facilitators, Christie Rogers has conversations with her audience not lectures. She uses humor and wit to inspire and create a playful environment for her audience. Creating awareness and allowing authenticity to take place is her biggest asset. She works with teachers, students, administrators, parents to name a few as she specializes in Differentiated Instruction and Classroom Management for Time to Teach. She also owns Finish Line Coaching as she is a Certified Professional Coach (PCC) and member of the International Coaching Federation. So, what do you want? What is your desired outcome? And if you got it, what would you have?

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment

Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Parents/Relatives | K-12 Educators | Adult Educators | Interested Professionals

SC07: Panel on Reflective Supervision: Where is it Going Well, What Impact is Being Made, and What are Next Steps, by Dr. Gina Lebedeva, Children’s Communication Corner

Now that Reflective Supervision and Consultation (RSC) is gaining foothold as a best practice in early learning, let’s hear more about what it is really like in reality from a variety of our colleagues. In a facilitated panel discussion, we highlight where in our communities reflective supervision and consultation (RSC) relationships are already going well, and will envision possible next steps for greater reach. Panelists will describe their stories and experiences with RSC and what they have gained, and engage with participants on ways to enhance current practices, particularly around supporting families who are building their resilience or facing adversity. Panelists will include perspectives from healthcare, parent voice, mental health, policy, and early intervention and education. Bring your questions and provocations!

About the presenter: Dr. Gina Lebedeva uses a transdisciplinary strengths-based approaches to support families and professionals in early learning. A certified speech and language pathologist, she uses principles of infant mental health and reflective facilitation, specializing in the first five years. She has taught at University of Washington Department of Early Childhood and Family Studies, and she serves as an advisor and consultant throughout the early learning community, and is an advocate for relationship-based quality improvement systems. She was the founding director of the Outreach division at the UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, and served as the Interim Director of Education at the Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center in Seattle. Dr. Lebedeva holds a PhD in speech and hearing sciences from the University of Washington, and a Magna Cum Laude degree in psychology and linguistics from Cornell University. She plays the oboe, is a homegrown Steelers fan, and has three children.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership

Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Family Resource Coordinators | Home Visitors | Therapists - PTs, OTs, SLPs | Healthcare Staff | P-3 Educators | Adult Educators | Interested Professionals

SC08: Creative Keys to Musical Magic, by Tiana Traylor, Little Acorn Inc.

Build creative, divergent thought, by elaborating on new and familiar songs using the children’s ideas. Use Props, instruments & felt boards: So many ideas! Tape recorders encouraged!

About the presenter: Tiana Traylor has 3 chidlren and has been a preschool Teacher for over 30 years. She has an MA in Human Development and an ECE degree, she owns her own school for 17 years. Tiana has 2 published, original children’s CD’s, one of which won a Parent’s Choice Award

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment

Who Should Attend: ALL

SC09: Alleviating Burnout , by Paul Figueroa, Peace Enforcement LLC


In these times, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with your job and burn out. Paul shares ways of changing your perspective, managing time and getting you – and/or your staff – back on track.


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