WAEYC Conference
Washington Association for the Education of Young Children
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Friday FA Session - 9:00am-11:30am or 11:45am

FA03: Rhythm in Life, presented by Aaron Nigel Smith, One World Chorus


Rhythm in Life workshop participants will explore hand drumming techniques along with African rhythms and songs. There will be an exploration of how drumming connects basic math, science, history and culture concepts, and a lively discussion about what it means to be in touch with your personal rhythm, classroom rhythm, and community rhythm. The Rhythm in Life workshop provides an opportunity to practice teamwork, collaboration and community building.
About the presenter: Aaron actively promotes the positive effects of music and movement as an integral part of early education through his recordings as well as his enrichment program, FUNdamentals of Music and Movement. Launched in 2002 in Los Angeles, FUNdamentals is now the program of choice for over 100 schools nationwide! The up tempo, hook-filled tunes created for his curriculum get kids literally jumping off the floor while exploring key developmental concepts. His songs have been described as some of the best targeted music for kids today.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: ALL

FA04: Early Childhood Teacher Prep Council Meeting (Day Two)


ECTPC Business meeting and State partner updates
Small group collaborative work sessions on: NAEYC Standards for teacher prep, AAS-T for ECE, definition of ECE BA Degree, on-going PD, quality field experience, infant and toddler, culturally responsive professional development guidelines, and potpourri. This session will be immediately followed by a working lunch.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development
Who Should Attend: Early Childhood Teacher Prep Council Members and Partners

FA05: Professional interactions with Families, Co-workers and Community, presented by Heather Myton-Cross


In this session we will define professionalism and discuss what professionalism looks and sounds like when interacting with Families, co-workers and the community.
About the presenter: Heather is currently the Program Supervisor and Lead Toddler Teacher at Green Lake Preschool in Seattle. She has a Masters in Education from Chaminade University as well as a 0-3 Montessori Credential and has worked in the Early Childhood Education Profession for over 20 years in a variety of positions.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership
Who Should Attend: ALL

FA06: Inclusion Strategies for Child Care and Preschool: Supporting Children of All Abilities, presented by Stefanie Eilers


This presentation will focus on providing practical strategies for including children with special needs, developmental delays, and/or challenging behaviors in child care (including center-based or family home child care) and preschool programs. Topics covered include: types of accommodations, strategies for including children with specific types of special needs (such as autism spectrum disorders), ensuring every child feels like a full member of the classroom, recognizing functions of behavior, behavior supports, sensory processing supports, working with therapists, when to refer or seek additional assistance, and community and internet resources related to inclusion. There will be time for questions and discussion related to specific scenarios in your classroom or program.
About the presenter: Stefanie is a birth-3 special educator and family resources coordinator for Northwest Center Early Intervention, and previously served as Program Director at Northwest Center Kids Greenwood (formerly Queen Anne), an inclusive early learning program. She holds a B.S.Ed. in Special Education, an M.Ed. in Special Education/Early Childhood Intervention, and teaching licenses in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education.
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 | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals

FA07: How Children Use Cause and Effect to Make Sense of the World, presented by Jane Hu, University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS)


Causal understanding is a big part of how children learn about the world. Whether they’re watching two adults have a conversation, a ball roll down a hill, or a light switch flick on and off, children’s early experiences help them learn about the physical and social rules of the world. In fact, some researchers believe that observing cause and effect is the primary way kids make sense of world. In this session, we’ll discuss how children’s understanding of causality develops in the first few years of life, and what they’re able to learn from causes and effects they encounter.
About the presenter: Jane is an Outreach Specialist working with the Outreach and Education team. Before joining the I-LABS outreach team, Jane earned a B.A. in psychology at Yale University and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied preschoolers’ social learning.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development
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

FA08: Wow, this is Fun! Developing Science through Music and Movement, presented by Mike Longoria, a.k.a. Dr. Mike


Science should be and CAN BE exciting and meaningful during the early childhood years. Science and young children make perfect companions based on the child’s natural curiosity and their love for music and expressive movement. Songs and movement can be used as a basis for developing interest in science, while promoting science knowledge and understanding.
About the presenter: Mike has a Ph.D. in early childhood education and has over 24 years of early childhood experience in the capacity as a Pre-K, kindergarten, and special education teacher, Head Start administrator, University professor, independent consultant, curriculum developer, and recording artist. Dr. Mike’s passion, knowledge, and innovative approach to early childhood education makes learning what it should be…fun, energetic, powerful, engaging, inspiring and exciting.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: ALL

FA09: Supporting Social and Emotional Development in Young Children, presented by Miriam Dressler


Early education classrooms often focus strongly on cognitive and physical development, but experience and research shows us that social and emotional skills are equally important to a young child’s learning success. In this workshop we will explore the importance of social and emotional health in young children and how we can build capacity in these skills.\
About the presenter: Miriam is the founder and partner of Bloom Early Education. She has been teaching, training and developing people since 1992. Miriam is currently a lead validator for the National Accreditation Commission (NAC) and has successfully guided many childcare programs through the accreditation process. She is also a Professional Development Specialist for the CDA Council. Miriam’s highly interactive and fun approach to learning and teaching has people coming back for more.
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 | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals

FA10: Understanding Muslim Families and Their Culture, presented by Aishah Jalani, Medina Academy


Understanding Muslim Families and Their Culture will give an overview of the world’s Muslim population, the core beliefs of Muslims, the values of Muslim families and family life, social orientation, cultural courtesies and customs, and practical implications when dealing with Muslim families.
About the presenter: Aishah is an educator and administrator whose focus and work is on Islamic education for the past 20 years. She holds a M.A. in Organizational Leadership. She is Montessori-certified in both early childhood education and early elementary. Her passion is to nurture, mentor, and coach teachers to do their best teaching and to help programs build strong partnerships with immigrant and refugee families. She is involved in a study with the University of Washington on the value of child-pet interactions in the development of moral intelligence based on the teachings of Islam. Her educational philosophy: “There are two lasting bequests we could hope to give our children. One of these is roots; the other wings” – Hodding Carter
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Ongoing Measurement of Child Progress
Who Should Attend: ALL