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Washington Association for the Education of Young Children
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Friday FC Sessions - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

FC03: Using The Escalation Cycle to Coach Parents in Supporting Challenging Behavior at Home, presented by Colin Gasamis


The purpose of this presentation is to help early childhood practitioners collaborate with parents or other adult caregivers in implementing routines at home through assisting them in understanding the escalation cycle, sometimes referred to as The Cycle of Challenging Behavior.
About the presenter: Colin is a Doctoral Student in Special Education at The University of Washington. He is a Research Assistant on The Preschool Autism Literacy Project (PALS), a NIH grant funded inquiry into literacy skills for preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). His research interests are designing and implementing literacy and social behavior interventions for children at-risk for specific learning disabilities and their parents and applied implementation science in Special Education.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Families and Community Partnerships
Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Parents/Relatives | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | Home Visitors

FC04: Hands-on Activities for Global Citizenship in the Primary Classroom, presented by Dr. Khodi Kaviani


Broaden children’s awareness of the world around them while building knowledge and skills in core subjects and fostering empathy and cooperation. Engage in role-playing, games and problem-solving activities for the K-3 classroom. Participants receive a free lesson plan of activities matched to state standards.
About the presenter; Khodi is an Associate Professor of Education at Central Washington University, where he teacher courses in Elementary Social Studies Methods, Classroom Management and Assessement. Dr. Kaviani has a total of 26 years of teaching and administrative experience. He earned his Ph.D. in Education and M.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington, and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Western Washington University.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: P-3 Educators | K-12 Educators

FC05: Accounting Basics, presented by Alan Strand


This training builds the skills and knowledge to operate a professional and transparent accounting function, including functional accounting and cost allocation; preparing and presenting reports; and accountability and transparency. Learn strategies to efficiently manage your financial resources. Participants will identify key financial terms, review and analyze financial statements and develop their financial understanding. A background in Finance is not required.
About the presenter: Alan Strand passionate about supporting Child Care Aware of Washington’s mission by making sure finance and accounting tasks happen smoothly. Alan has more than 15 years of accounting, finance and business management experience with nonprofit organizations in Washington and California. His extensive experience in nonprofit accounting, coupled with an ability to communicate affably and effectively about the topic, led to his role at the University of Washington, Tacoma, as faculty in their Nonprofit Management Certificate Program. Alan most recently ran his own consulting business, focused on supporting nonprofits who used his expertise and background to help strengthen their financial practices.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Interested Professionals

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FC06: What Does Infancy Do For The Rest of a Child’s Life: Neuro, Scensory & Motor Perspectives, presented by Christine Robersts, Nurturing Pathways, Inc


From newborn to walking the first year lays down the foundation for neurological, sensory and motor processing. What can we learn by paying attention to a baby’s early motor development? Why does crawling, creeping, and sensory stimulation matter? Does how we carry, hold, and transfer our babies matter? What is the down side of sitting up too soon? Container care? Screen time? What role might this be playing in the tidal wave of sensory motor issues in preschoolers? Discover how early motor patterns organize the sensory motor loop between the brain and body. Learn what you can do to support whole body, whole brain development starting in infancy.
About the presenter: Christine founded Nurturing Pathways®, a creative dance program providing comprehensive development for babies to four years. Her work is endorsed by Seattle pediatrician, Dr. Naomi Katz, biologist and educator, Dr. Carla Hannaford and Vaughnetta J. Barton, Executive Director of the Foundation for Early Learning. Christine’s message that movement is the gateway for learning reaches over 1000 people annually. She has been a featured speaker with National Association for the Education of Young Children, National Head Start Association and ZEROTOTHREE National Training Institute. Christine consulted with Creative Curriculum to create and write 50 Mighty Minutes for Infants, Toddlers and Twos and ZEROTOTHREE to develop the first national online degree course, Mentoring Infant and Toddler Teacher Project for Head Start. Christine is an Infant Developmental Movement Educator through Body-Mind Centering® and Certifies Instructors in her Nurturing Pathways program annually.
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 | Family Resource Coordinators | Home Visitors | Therapists - PTs, OTs, SLPs | Healthcare Staff | P-3 Educators

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FC07: I to You to We: Preschool Skills and Strategies for Social Emotional Competence, presented by Bill Stinson, Emporia State University


This presentation will discuss life skills needed for the social-emotional development of young children but also present a variety of interactive strategies and experiences to enhance connecting and understanding the feelings and actions of others with their own.
About the presenter: Bill has been involved in early childhood education for over 35 years. This experience includes being a preschool-elementary school teacher, university teacher of pre- and post-graduate pedagogy courses, and a supervisor of student teachers for Emporia State University. He has presented at various early childhood conferences including Kansas AEYC, Regional AEYC affiliates, NAEYC, and Head Start. He is the author of several books on creating active learning environments for teachers on early childhood including To Move To Learn To Grow: Movement Experiences for Young Children; Lazy Dogs and Snoozing Frogs: Quieting and Relaxation Activities for Children; and When I’m Happy, I’m Healthy: Health Activities for Special Children.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development
Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | P-3 Educators

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FC08: The Problem with “Process Over Product”, presented by Candice Hoyt, Toolbox for Teaching


The value of young children’s visual art creation is not fully addressed by “process over product”. To begin this session, we will construct a definition of “art” and attempt to classify various activities as “process” or “product”. You will learn how to create and implement a Provocation – a free exploration of materials the teacher has chosen intentionally and presented to children in order to develop their art-making skills and comfort with specific art materials and tools.
About the presenter: Candice has 15+ years experience with children birth through grade 5, including as a lead twos teacher. When developing and teaching college courses and STARS trainings, she draws from this experience, her education in Psychology (BA), Early Childhood Education (MA) and Higher Education Teaching and Learning (MS), and her continued involvement in ECE classrooms. She leads Toolbox for Teaching, a team of trainers with a wide range of expertise, provide custom STARS trainings and consultations. Candice’s key areas of interest and expertise include: art, toddlers & twos, helping young children with anxiety, positive behavior guidance, family partnerships, and adult technology skills.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: ALL

FC09: The Part of Art that’s from the Heart: Art Activities that Promote Critical and Creative Thinking, presented by John Funk, University of Utah/Discount School Supply


When chosen carefully, art activities can promote and generate creative and critical thinking. Learn the many uses of paper, paint, crayons, tools, hands, feet, and partners to inspire engagement in young children. Participants will participate in activities and apply principals to determine the thinking skills involved. This workshop will explore the relevancy of ‘thinking outside the box’ and how art activities can be used in every academic domain.
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: Child Growth and Development
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | Parents/Relatives | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | Home Visitors | P-3 Educators | K-12 Educators | Adult Educators | Interested Professionals

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FC10: How To Become A State Approved Trainer, presented by Maria Joyner, Department of Early Learning


This session will serve as an informational presentation on the State Approved Trainer application process including changes to the process that have been implemented this year. Time will also be given for current trainers and providers to ask questions about navigating the MERIT system.
About the presenter: Maria is a Professional educator and Professional Development Specialist with the Department of Early Learning in Olympia, Washington. Maria holds degrees in Education and Fine Arts from the University of Washington and the University of North Texas. Maria has fifteen years’ experience delivering instruction to adults in the Higher Education setting and has spent 8 years in the K-12 system. She has served on the faculties of Pacific Lutheran University, Saint Martin’s University, and Pierce College. At DEL Maria manages the State Approved Trainer process and provides customer service and outreach with professional development records and training in MERIT.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership
Who Should Attend: Interested Professionals | ALL