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TA05: Wriggle, Wiggle, and Spin! Attention Challenges or Schematic Learning? By Miriam Dressler
“A schema is a pattern that a child likes to repeat in their play” (Harper 1990) Have your ever observed children spinning around the room, rocking during group time, or lining up their toys in a perfectly straight line? What is going on here? In this session we will investigate and define nine schemas, and what we can do in the classroom to honor schematic learning and provide meaningful support for them as a child’s style
of playing and learning.
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 8
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development
Who Should Attend: ALL

TA06: Fundamentals of Anti-Bias Education, by Erin Soper with Sarah Felstiner
How do I prepare for and respond to children’s questions about fairness, difference, and what they notice in the world? What is bias and how does it show up in early childhood classrooms? What are the core goals and key practices of Anti-Bias education? This facilitated session is for people who want to examine Anti-Bias education fundamentals. Come spend a morning learning and working together to strengthen connections to equity and social justice through the work you already do. Bring your own questions and experiences, take away resources and strategies for supporting children’s social-emotional development and learning through Anti-Bias education.
About the presenter: Erin Soper is the Program Supervisor at Hilltop Children’s Center in Seattle. She has been teaching, facilitating, and mentoring for over 15 years in Reggio-inspired, emergent, place-based, and nature preschools. Erin is passionate about social justice and equity and earned a B.A.E. in Interdisciplinary Child Development, M.Ed in Environmental Education, and the following certificates: K-8 Teaching with P-3 endorsement, Non Profit Leadership and Administration, Washington P-3 Executive Leadership, and Northwest Natural History.
Age Group Addressed: Birth through Age 8
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals

TA07: “Growing up WILD”, by Julie Tubbs Luthy
You’ll receive and be trained on the fabulous “Growing up WILD” activity guide designed for ages 3 - 8. The guide contains 27 nature based themes with background information, outdoor activities, healthy snacks, ways kids can help, math, art, songs and more. Most of the activities work best for the older end of the target age and most take place indoors. This is an excellent companion guide to the “Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood”, with very little overlap. In addition, you’ll learn fascinating things about Pacific NW plants and animals and outdoor activities to guide discovery. Join us for a fun workshop and be ready to hit the ground running with a new nature based bag of tricks!
About the presenter: Instructor Julie Tubbs Luthy has been a naturalist for over 30 years helping people nurture a respect and awe for their natural surroundings. She thoroughly enjoys teaching people of all ages and her enthusiasm is contagious. She holds a master’s degree in Environmental and Science Education. Her field experience includes work in national parks, nature centers and Seattle’s Discovery Park. She currently offers environmental ed. programs through her own business.
Age Group Addressed: Age 3 through Age 8
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Parents/ Relatives | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | Home Visitors | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals
This session has a $30 Materials Fee. Participants will receive one activity guide.

TA08: Positive Discipline and the Wheel of Choice, by Shelly Perera
Positive Discipline offers numerous tools to help teachers empower students’ abilities to problem solve. This session will focus on the Wheel of Choice by providing lesson plans to practice and use in the classroom. Students will be able to consult the Wheel of Choice for problem solving solutions, thus helping them to be more independent and have greater self-control.
About the presenter: Shelly Perera, founder of Small World Montessori, and Grow Positive is a trainer and speaker on the topics of Leadership, Montessori, Positive Discipline and Special Needs. She has owned her preschool for over 20 years. She has a wonderful husband of 30 years and two fantastic sons, ages 20 and 13. Her hobbies are running, reading, and traveling.
Age Group Addressed: Age 3 through Age 8 and higher
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Interactions
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 | Home Visitors | Therapists - PTs, OTs, SLPs | P-3 Educators | K-12 Educators | Interested Professionals

TA09: No Walls, No Problem! Lessons from an All-Outdoor Preschool on Overcoming Barriers to Taking Learning Outside, by Rachel Franz
Nature is a crucial element in a preschooler’s learning experience, but there are many barriers to truly getting children outdoors. This session explores those barriers to access--including gear, equipment, fear/anxiety, socio-cultural context--and seeks to reframe them into manageable challenges that can be overcome. Participants will see examples from an innovative all-outdoor preschool in Seattle, WA and be challenged to get out of their comfort zone and create a plan to spend a whole day outside. Participants will come away from this session with a personalized Action Plan for how they can advocate for increased outdoor time for their preschoolers to families, administrators, and co-workers.
About the presenter: Rachel J. Franz is Director of Education and founding Lead Teacher at Tiny Trees Preschool, an all-outdoor preschool in Seattle-area public parks. She holds an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Champlain College and is focused on helping families navigate media and consumerism in positive, healthy ways. Rachel is a certified Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has presented on topics ranging from incorporating nature into early childhood settings to the influence of picture books on children’s consumerism. Rachel is also a board member on the PNW Chapter of WAEYC.
Age Group Addressed: Age 3 through Age 5
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 | Family Resource Coordinators | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals

TA10: Getting the Ball Rolling - A Group-Based Parent Coaching Approach to Early Autism Intervention, by Robin Finalyson and Ashley Penney
Participants attending this session will learn about early behavioral signs of autism, understand the rationale for providing services in a short-term parent-implemented group format, and receive an overview of the elements of the group. Simple strategies to promote early communication and social interactions will be covered.
About the presenter: Robin Finlayson, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA is a behavior and education consultant at the UW Autism Center and a board certified behavior analyst. She is also a Ph.D. student in Special Education at the University of Washington. Robin provides home-, clinic-, and community-based ABA services for children with autism and their families. She also provides community trainings and student and classroom consultation across Washington State. She is passionate about serving diverse and under-served communities and disseminating effective, evidence-based,
and culturally responsive practices to educators, parents, and other individuals affected by autism. Ashley received her PhD at the University of Washington in Special Education in 2016. Ashley is passionate about providing high quality, developmentally appropriate ABA services to young children with autism and believes that parents and families are an integral part of success. Ashley’s areas of clinical and research focus are very young children with autism, community-based services, and parent support and coaching.
Age Group Addressed: Birth to Age 3
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Families and Community Partnerships
Who Should Attend: ALL