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Washington Association for the Education of Young Children
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Friday FB Sessions - 1:30pm - 3:00pm

FB04: From Chaos to Calm: 7 Secrets to Turn your Circle Times Around, by Jocelyn Manzanarez, Musically Minded 


Tired of feeling like a peace keeper at circle time? Jocelyn Manzanarez is a dynamic, high-energy early learning speaker who will share seven secrets to turn your circle times around. Based on research and many years of classroom experience, she will demonstrate effective ways to tackle challenges that may be standing in the way of learning and fun.This fast-moving breakout session is packed full of felt stories, songs, movement games and more. Participants will gain valuable skills to use when they return to their early learning sessions on Monday morning.

About the presenter: Jocelyn received her BA from the University of Montana in Music Education and her MA in Music Education from the University of Washington in 2005. She is a certified K-12 music educator in Washington state as well as a Washington STARS trainer. After moving to Washington State, she taught elementary general music for one year in Port Orchard and 3 years in Enumclaw. While Jocelyn greatly enjoyed her time there, she felt children needed to have their “inner musician” awakened sooner than Kindergarten. She is a frequent trainer for Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Childcare Resources, and King County Library Systems.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development

Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Parents/Relatives | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver

This session has a $10 materials fee, and participants will receive Cd or digital download of songs from training.

FB05: Culturally Sensitive Parent Communication, by Laura Chandler, Hands On STARS


The Pacific Northwest is growing rapidly into a diverse population. Childcare professionals need to prepare themselves to engage successfully with parents from a variety of cultures. This class will help participants find resources to educate themselves about cultures. It will also cover ways to improve general parent-provider communication techniques.

About the presenter: Laura has worked in child care since 1988. The last 10 years as the curriculum coordinator for a large center doing training for staff. She also has been a STARS trainer since 2000.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Families and Community Partnerships

Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center

FB06: Picky Eaters vs. Feeding Disorders: Recognizing the Differences, by Sarina Murrell, ChildStrive 


Research shows that 25 percent of children suffer with some degree of a feeding disorder. In children with developmental, neurological, or genetic disorders, that number rises to 80 percent. It is important to understand the underlying causes of a child’s feeding/ food reactions and refusals to determine whether a child is a selective eater or the more common “picky eater” in order to foster participation and progression of skills. In this session, participants will receive guidelines and research related to distinguishing picky eaters from children with feeding disorders. In additional, they will be provided with resources and references to better support the children, parents and service providers using a team approach to improve feeding outcomes.

About the presenter: Sarina Murrell, MS,CCC-SLP graduated from the Medical Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of Washington. She has served in pediatric inpatient and outpatient settings at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Some specialized populations with whom she has served include premature/NICU infants, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - ABA preschool setting, nonverbal children, and children from nonEnglish-speaking households. She currently works at ChildStrive early intervention as a home service provider and as the SLP Department Lead.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Health, Safety, and Nutrition

Who Should Attend: ALL

FB07: Early Learning STREAM, by Teresa Walker, Central Washington University


An early learning adventure with blocks leads to the creation of a book titled: How Many Blocks Long by Curious Preschool Mathematicians. The journey highlights STREAM elements and connections to NAEYC Standards through classroom and home involvement opportunities. At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to identify STREAM elements throughout the project, be able to analyze the NAEYC connections and be able to create family centered engagement opportunities to promote STREAM.

About the presenter: Teresa Walker is an Associate Professor in Early Childhood Education at Central Washington University and owner of LearningScapes, Inc.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment

Who Should Attend:ALL

FB08: Gratitude Leadership, by David George Brooke, That Gratitude Guy


David Brooke presents an enlightening and empowering presentation that gives one the tools and techniques to take charge of their life. Whether you have suffered personal/professional losses, or are just looking to manage the stress in your life, then this is the presentation for you. By using simple exercises to break old habits and beliefs, one is able to re-form and re-focus their life on a very positive track. By utilizing gratitude principles, attendees are able to more successfully fend off the negative forces that work against us all, and create a very positive and healthy set of coping skills.

About the presenter: David George Brooke - That Gratitude Guy, has been a speaker, teacher, coach, and bestselling author for over 25 years. He is a former Nordstrom store manager, and has managed in the corporate world for over 30 years. He is the author of “The Brooker’s Daily Gratitude Journal”, “Happiness Starts With Gratitude”, and Gratitude Nuggets to Chew On” He recently shared the stage with Bill Gates Sr. at a regional Rotary conference, and is currently conducting workshops for our US Military. With over 750 gratitude videos posted on YouTube, thousands have seen his message, and he is now considered a leading authority on gratitude and how living a life of gratitude can enhance and improve your life.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership

Who Should Attend: ALL

FB09: Unconscious Bias in Early Childhood Education; Let’s Go Deeper, by Krissy Kim, Pierce College 

This session will be a follow up and deeper discussion based on the keynote presentation. Participants will have the opportunity to explore their own unconscious bias and learn how this bias impacts our work with children and families. They will also discuss how unconscious bias helps to sustain disproportional in special education referrals and childhood suspension rates, as well as increases opportunity gaps. The connection between microaggression and unconscious bias will also be examined. Let’s make the unconscious, conscious so that we can help create a more equitable early learning system.

About the presenter: Krissy Kim has been teaching at Pierce College since September 2007. She became the Director of Education Programs in July 2012. She has over 25 years of experience in the field including private child care, ECEAP, family literacy programs, laboratory preschool, and elementary schools. She has an ATA in Early Childhood Education from Olympic College, a BA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College, an MS in Instruction from Drexel University, and a Doctorate of Education through Northeastern University.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership

Who Should Attend: ALL

FB10: Relationships, Reflection and Thinking Together with Infant-Toddler Teachers and Home Visitors, Marilyn Chu, Western Washington University 


Consider how to use reflective and relationship-based practices to facilitate professional development for infant-toddler teachers and home visitors. If you are a supervisor, director, mentor-coach or college instructor, consider ways to engage teachers in dialogue with other teachers and families to make meaning of young children’s daily interactions. In this session, you will gain strategies for embedding reflective practice in small group discussions between teachers and families of young children and compare and contrast what relationship-based, reflective, family-centered and care and education means to those supporting 0-3 workforce development.

About the presenter: Marilyn Chu, ED.D, is a professor of Early Childhood Education, Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. She teaches courses in early childhood education fundamentals, infant/toddler development, child guidance, families and community partnerships and child abuse and neglect. In work with family literacy, campus child care, Head Start, and bilingual paraeducators, she has emphasized mentoring partnerships to develop culturally and linguistically relevant education programs for adults and children.

Who Should Attend: Administrators | Child Care Centers | Home Visitors | P-3 Educators | Adult Educators | Interested Professionals

FB11: Gaining STEAM: An Inquiry-Based Approach, by Amelia Bachleda with Marley Jarvis, University of Washington with 


Children use experiences to build theories about the world. Participants will learn developmentally appropriate ways to support children’s emerging STEAM skills - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. This session will provide playful strategies to create environments and inquiry-based activities that build STEAM skills.

About the presenters: Amelia is an outreach specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. I-LABS is an interdisciplinary center that studies early learning and brain development. Amelia gives talks and workshops about early childhood and brain development to the early learning community. She has a PhD in neurobiology and specializes in developmental neuroscience.

Marley Jarvis is an Outreach and Education Specialist at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington. Before joining the I-LABS Outreach team, she oversaw the Science Communication Fellowship Program at Pacific Science Center through the Portal to the Public initiative. Dr. Jarvis holds a B.A. in Biology and Environment and Technology Studies at Carleton College and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Oregon and the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. Dr. Jarvis has given dozens of conference presentations, public talks, seminars, and workshops on how people learn and public engagement. She specializes in translating complex research topics into relevant and interesting stories for different audiences.

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