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Saturday SA Sessions 8:30am - 10:30am


SA01: Promoting Positive Behavior through Oral Discourse Practices, by Phyllis Hallam
Currently, teachers lose five to nine hours of classroom time in a week by repeating directions and reminding students of appropriate behaviors. Paying attention to young children’s classroom discourse practices illuminates how teachers can remove these time traps and create much more effective conversations and positive classroom environments. Hghlighting culturally-based differences will guide teachers away from harmful misconceptions. For example, awareness of African American students’’ discourse practice of “backchanneling” in a non-mainstream form of demonstrating engagement, not disrespect.
About the presenter: PJ Hallam, Ph.D. recently retired from the literacy office of the CA State Department of Education (CDE) to volunteer in her granddaughter’s kindergarten class. She was the CDE consultant for MTSS and UDL, based on her many years of being a resource specialist. She also taught ELA at Riverview Middle School in Bay Point, CA before obtaining her doctorate in Language, Literacy, and Society from UC Berkeley. Her presentations are widely acclaimed for their substantial content as well as high entertainment value.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Parents/Relatives | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | P-3 Educators | K-12 Educators | Interested Professionals

SA02: Creative Keys To Musical Magic, by Tiana Traylor
Come learn dozens of ways to engage children in a music circle using their own ideas with instruments, props, and felt boards. Build, math, language & movement skills. Traditional and original songs, felt board patterns included.
About the presenter: Tiana Traylor has been Directing and Teaching Early Childhood Education for over 30 years. She has a Masters in Human Development and an AAS in ECE and has two published all original children’s CDs.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: ALL

SA03: Play Nicely with Parents! By Lauren Leiker
Most of us who work in early childhood chose this profession because we love working with children, and we are good at it! Working with adults, particularly parents of the children we teach, may not be quite as much fun, or come to us as easily. But, we all know that it is crucial to develop and maintain healthy communication between parents and teachers. This presentation will address some of the biggest hurdles to developing these relationships, affirm teachers in what they are already doing well, and offer some new strategies and resources for creating strong parent/teacher partnerships.
About the presenter: Lauren has worked in the field of Early Childhood for almost 30 years. She has experience in the roles of nanny, teacher, preschool director, parent education instructor, child care director, and parent coach. She holds a Masters of Education degree from Seattle University, and is a Certified Parent Coach through the Parent Coaching Institute and Seattle Pacific University. She is currently a parent coach with the Hallowell Todaro ADHD Center and has her own practice as a PCI Certified Parent Coach working with parents one-on-one, speaking to groups, and facilitating workshops for parents and teachers. She loves working with children and has a particular interest in helping parents and teachers to dive deeper in their relationships with children so to serve children in a more mindful and present way.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Families and Community Partnerships
Who Should Attend: ALL

SA04: Guided Story Play: Ways of Bringing Dramatic Storytelling Into the Classroom, by Chelsea LeValley
In this hands-on workshop, participants will be exposed to dramatic arts based pedagogy designed to inspire creative, physicalized engagement with literature. The presenter will provide accompanying research and resources to support the accessibility of future implementation in the classroom.
About the presenter: Chelsea is an actor, teaching artist, program developer and works primarily in the Seattle region with PreK-college students using dramatic arts in the classroom and rehearsal studios. BFA Elon University, graduate of the Seattle Children’s Theater Apprenticeship Program, Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab graduate, and presents at conferences around the country on various curriculum she’s developed through foundry10. She’s passionate about building creative leadership, professional development tools for teachers, and modeling vulnerability in the classroom.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | K-12 Educators | Adult Educators | Interested Professionals | ALL

SA05: Growing Your Outdoor Play Area: How to Use What You Have and Transform it into What Your Young Students Need (and Want), by Cassandra Ellis
What began as a cut-out area next to the parking lot, our Play Garden is now an engaging natural multi-level area surrounded by neighboring massive pine trees. With our new afternoon BEE Outdoors nature-based preschool beginning in September 2018, we are in the process of transforming our Play Garden into an outdoor classroom that welcomes the whole child. We model the path of transforming an outdoor space into exactly what your children need and want to learn in developmentally appropriate ways.
Utilizing visual maps and frameworks, the Question Formulation TechniqueTM, fun, collaboration at its finest, and Bloom Early Education’s Learning Outcomes Progress Note, we will learn how to transform an outdoor space into a regularly utilized outdoor classroom.
About the presenter: Cassandra Ellis is a Washington State approved STARS Trainer, Lead Teacher at Bloom Early Education (Edmonds, WA) of the Kindergarten class, Co-op class, and starting in the Fall, co-Lead Teacher of the BEE Outdoors program. Cassandra has her BA in Education and Youth Studies (Beloit College), Basic and Advanced Early Childhood Education Certificate (UCLA), and is a holistic fitness teacher (Nia Technique) and Kidding Around Yoga certified children’s yoga teacher. She is innately curious, which likely led her to working with young children and in nature.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | P-3 Educators | K-12 Educators | Adult Educators | Interested Professionals

SA06: Managing Challenging Behavior in Young Children, by Judi Gibian-Mennenga
One of the most difficult tasks facing teachers today is managing their students with challenging behaviors. Most of the research in behavior management has supported that Positive Behavioral Management rather than the use of Punitive Measures is much more effective in supporting long term and permanent change. The continual use of “time out” needs to be replaced with a systematic, research based use of individual strategies to help each student develop the ability to manage and control their own behaviors.
Teachers need a collection of tools and strategies in which to draw out positive behavioral management rather than reacting with punitive measures.
About the presenter: May, 2016 I retired as an early childhood and special education professor from Dominican University, outside of Chicago. This was after completing 47 years in the field of early childhood and special education. My experience spans a wide range in this profession, from teaching, administration, owner of early childhood center, to founding the first preschool in Colorado to include preschool children with special needs. Additionally, I have taught early childhood and special education at the college level for the last 15 years. Many of those years included supervising, coaching and mentoring teachers in their classrooms.
I have completed two masters, one in ECE and the second one in Special Education. I have been a member of NAEYC since 1971 and a founding member and on the board of the Colorado AEYC.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Interactions
Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | Home Visitors | P-3 Educators | K-12 Educators

SA07: People, Space, and Materials : Planning for Children’s Free Play by Allie Bishop Pasquier
In this workshop, participants will engage in a hands-on exploration of the factors that make a learning environment a wonderful place for children’s independent inquiry through play. Free play is an essential part of whole child development: it is how we are wired to learn about our world. Even very young children’s lives are increasingly structured, with far less time for playful, child-directed learning - the kind of learning where children find and solve their own problems to deepen their understanding of big ideas. Participants will reconnect with their own playful selves through hands-on play with interesting materials, followed by activities, ideas, and dialogue around curating a play-positive learning environment. We will focus on the people (children and adults), physical spaces (both indoor and outdoor) and open-ended materials and how those factors interact to create engaging, interactive, playful environments.
About the presenter: Allie Bishop Pasquier is an Early Childhood Educator, and the founder and curator at Play Lab, a Bellingham based project that works at the intersection of art and play. She works with children, families, and educators to promote playbased, interactive curricular practices in all kinds of settings, from homes to schools to communities.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: ALL

SA08: The Joys and Challenges of Working with Toddlers, by Linda Crisalli
This workshop will delve into the joys and challenges of working with young children - ages one to three. We will cover interacting with toddlers; supporting physical, cognitive/language and social emotional development; and dealing with challenging behaviors, including tantrums, separation anxiety, and biting.
About the presenter: I have been actively involved in the field of Early Learning for over four decades in a wide variety of positions and settings. I have a BA in Early Childhood Education, a post grad certificate from the Collaborative Leadership Institute, extensive additional training, and I was honored with the designation Exchange Leadership Initiative in 2014. I am passionate about teaching and supporting the standards of best practice. I think of myself as a purveyor of early learning resources for owners, directors, teachers and parents of young children. I am also a proud mother and grandmother.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth, Development and Learning
Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | K-12 Educators | Interested Professionals

SA09: Engaging Families in Reflective Practice, by Sarah Felstiner
How do we encourage families to join us in studying children’s learning? By weaving Learning Stories into a year-round plan for partnership, we can meaningfully engage families in curriculum planning, documentation, and assessment. Using examples from Hilltop Children’s Center we’ll discuss effective strategies for authentic collaboration between families and educators.
About the presenter: Sarah Felstiner is the Education Director at Hilltop Children’s Center where she has worked for over 20 years as a classroom educator and administrator. During that time Sarah has supported Hilltop’s transformation from a traditional neighborhood daycare to an internationally recognized school of inquiry and professional training organization. Sarah presents and consults locally and internationally, through the Hilltop Educator Institute and as a member of Harvest Educators Collaborative, and was recently selected as a “Master Leader” by Exchange Magazine.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Families and Community Partnerships
Who Should Attend: ALL