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

FB03: Maximizing Employee Happiness Through Gratitude, presented by David Brooke, “That Gratitude Guy”

David George Brooke – That Gratitude Guy - presents an empowering workshop that gives your employees effective tools to maintain a positive attitude in the workplace. Surveys say that 75-80% of employees working today hate their jobs. Harnessing the incredible power of gratitude, along with simple exercises to break old habits and beliefs, gives employees the tools to more effectively communicate through an attitude of gratitude and appreciation. 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, life coach, and bestselling author for over 25 years. His published works include “The Brooker’s Daily Gratitude Journal”, “Happiness Starts With Gratitude”, and a number of other books on gratitude.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development
Who Should Attend: ALL

FB04: The Power of Play Based Learning, presented by Sarah Bien and Michelle Sanders, Hilltop Children’s Center

It is widely recognized that play is the most important job of childhood, but it can be difficult to hold fast to developmentally appropriate practices in an era of standards based assessment. We will consider the many ways in which play based learning supports children’s in born intellectual dispositions and natural inclinations, and lays the framework for academic learning.
About the presenter: Sarah has been in the fields of Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education for twenty-five years. She holds an Master’s degree in Educational Counseling, and is Certificated in P-3 Executive Leadership.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development
Who Should Attend: ALL

FB05: Designing 30-Minute Mini-Workshops To Present In Your Staff Meetings, presented by Miriam Dressler

The staff meeting is a perfect vehicle to give your staff a ‘shot of training’ to support their performance and professional development. This workshop walks you through the steps to create these Mini-Workshops to be fun, purposeful, and have an immediate impact on classroom performance. Great for managers who don’t love presenting training!
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: Professional Development and Leadership
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Adult Educators | Interested Professionals

FB06: Embracing ‘E’ in STEM/STEAM, presented by John Funk, University of Utah/Discount School Supply

Come and enjoy this very special session focused on basic engineering activities and thinking that can occur in an early childhood setting. You’ll learn how basic hands-on activities can be adjusted to support more engineering-based skills.
About the presenter; John has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and has been a Classroom Teacher (K-2) for 25 years. John h been a college instructor and professor for 18+ years (class instructor and pre-service teacher supervisor). He served on the NAEYC “Young Children” journal editorial board for three years and is the Past President of Utah AEYC.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Parents/Relatives | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | Home Visitors | P-3 Educators | K-12 Educators

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FB07: The Journey to Reflective Teaching, presented by Cassidy Walker, Milgard Child Development Center - Pierce College

Reflective teaching is just that - reflective. It is something that educators should always be practicing, reflecting upon, and practicing again. That is why I consider is a journey - it never ends. Come engage in a dialogue about documentation, child development, classroom environment, and self care - all of which contribute to reflective teaching.
About the presenter: Cassidy Walker is a teacher at Milgard Child Development Center on the Pierce College campus. IShe has an Associates of Arts degree and several certificates in Early Childhood Education from Pierce College. She has been working in the field since 2012, and in 2015 had the pleasure of transforming her space into an Early Head Start classroom.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership
Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals

FB08: Let’s Get Physical with Zoo-phonics! Presented by Charmaine Turpin

This session will provide an introduction to the Zoo-phonics Program and give attendees an opportunity to learn the basics of the program through a hands-on presentation. Participants will be given an opportunity to participate in the physical aspect of this unique methodology. The presenter will show how to teach children to lock the sounds and shapes of the alphabet into memory through a body movement that directly relates to the Zoo-phonics Animal/Letter, allowing them to utilize the alphabet immediately. Attendees will participate in physical activities that tie into language arts including traditional games, Zoo-Robics and the Jump Rope Rap.
About the presenter: Charmaine is the National Sales and Event Director for Zoo-phonics Inc. She is also a trainer of teachers and educational consultant. She conducts inservices across the US for Head Start, public and private preschool through first grade teachers. She is a member of NAEYC, SECA, NKA, NHSA and an affiliate member of SCAEYC, NCAEYC and VACE.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: ALL


FB09: Why do I need a Bachelor’s Degree? Presented by Krissy Kim, Pierce College, with Samantha Dolan and Anne Garrett, North Seattle College

In this session, we will discuss the research on the positive impact of having a bachelor’s degree - both on child outcomes and the benefits on recipient’s life. Participants will also learn about the various options for obtaining a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education in Washington State.
About the presenter: Krissy has been teaching ECE classes part-time since 2001 and has been full time at Pierce College since September 2007. She became the Director of Education Programs in July 2012. She has over 20 years in the field, including teaching in private child care centers, Head Start/ECEAP, and family literacy programs. She has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Olympic College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College, a Master’s Degree in the Science of 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: Early Mathematics – Building Strong Foundations for Success, presented by Anne Gallagher, OSPI

This session will provide an overview of the research on the importance of early math to school success. During the session, participants will build an understanding of fundamental early numeracy concepts that will promote mathematical thinking and enthusiasm through play and classroom activities. The Learning Pathways in Numeracy document, created by OSPI, and early mathematics activities will be introduced as resources to help to improve student learning outcomes in numeracy.
About the presenter: Anne is the Director of Mathematics for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction leading state-wide initiatives to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards and shifts in mathematics instruction. She is the lead mathematics advisor for the national K-12 OER Collaborative and is on the board of the Washington State Math Council. Prior to her work at OPSI, Anne served as a professor of mathematics at Arizona Western College and was the project director of a federal STEM grant to support increasing the number of STEM degrees earned by students. She developed a dual credit program for the regional high school STEAM programs. Anne began her teaching career in 1990 at Portland Public Schools and taught secondary mathematics for over 20 years. She also served as a program manager and instructional technology specialist for the K-12 science, technology, and arts magnet program and as an elementary math specialist. Anne supported teachers as an instructional leader for Systems Thinking in K-12 Education, designed curriculum and professional development in using dynamic modeling and systems thinking to support math and science instruction.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: ALL