WAEYC Conference
Washington Association for the Education of Young Children
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Saturday SA Sessions 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

SA03: DAP and P-3 Professional Learning: “Yes, K-3rd Grade Teachers – Early Learning Includes YOU!” Presented by Marilyn Chu, PhD, Western Washington University and Kaye Marshall, Mount Baker School District


This session will examine how one NW rural communities’ shared understanding of how young children learn and develop across the P-3 (prenatal to grade 3) age span is growing to include DAP for primary teachers. Join with the presenters to explore how learning and thinking together as a P-3 community of practice deepens everyone’s learning. We will discuss our experiences with communicating strategies, identifying barriers, and finding language that is helping to communicate to teachers, families and administrators how children ages 5-8 can meet standards in DAP educational programs and classrooms.
About the presenter: Marilyn is a teacher-educator at Western Washington University who focuses on teaching and writing about infant-toddler programs, mentoring and coaching P-3 teachers and ways to support culturally responsive P-3 early learning programs.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Family Resource Coordinators | P-3 Educators | Adult Educators | Interested Professionals

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SA04: Guiding Early Literacy Development through Play and Reflective Practice, presented by Sarah Bien, Hilltop Children’s Center


Come and gain a greater understanding of children’s literacy development through guided play and rich environments. Develop opportunities to increase the depth and breadth of reflective practice to guide your appraisal of children’s literacy development.
About the presenter: Sarah has been in the fields of Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education for twenty-five years. She holds an M Ed in Educational Counseling, and is Certificated in P-3 Executive Leadership. She greatly enjoys leading professional development activities, co-designing IEPs, and writing about child development. However, her favorite is hanging out with kids, to read, chat and paint together.
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 | Family Resource Coordinators | Home Visitors | P-3 Educators

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SA05: Things to Do With Busy Toddlers and Two’s, presented by Stephanie Travers, The Ebey Academy


Managing toddlers and two-year-olds can be challenging. This workshop help those of you that have the privilege to work with this high energy group to survive the day. We will talk about; strategies for group management, easier transitions, happy circle times, painless art and activities. As well as as potty training and other developmental milestones.
This workshop is great for those that first time teachers, or if you’re the teacher subbing or breaking the toddler teacher or even the seasoned teacher looking for new ideas. So bring your notebook and your inner toddler. You should walk away feeling more prepared and excited to work with busy Toddlers and Two’s!
About the presenter: Stephanie has been working with young children for 25 years. She was a Director at a small childcare centers as well as large corporate programs.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Program Planning and Development
Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Interested Professionals
There is a $10 materials fee for this session. Participants will receive handouts and a goodie bag with supplies for successful circle time or “just in case” moments

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SA06: Including Kids With A Little Extra, presented by Ashly Williams and Melanie Harrington, Williams-Harrington Family


In this session participants will discuss how to include children in child care settings who have Down Syndrome. This will included personal stories, tips on how to connect with parents. Participants will also learn helpful tips on how to make the partnership successful for both the family and the child care center.
About the presenters: We are two stay-at-home moms who want to make the world a little more accepting. We both have children who have Down Syndrome. Our goal is to help others learn more about Down Syndrome so people can be more accepting and inclusive.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Families and Community Partnerships
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 | Interested Professionals

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SA07: Levels, Spaces and Holes: Transforming Your Sand and Water Table with Cheap and Easy-to-build Constructions, presented by Tom Bedard, St. Paul Public Schools


Children tell the story of discovery and joy at the sand and water table through photos and videos in a PowerPoint presentation that offers multiple examples of children exploring cheap and easy-to-build constructions in and around the sensory table. The constructions are made from common and inexpensive materials such as cardboard boxes and duct tape. Participants will be asked to reflect on their own attitude about play around the sensory table through a set of play axioms drawn from years of observing and documenting children’s play at the sand and water table. Participants will be given a simple framework for building in and around the sensory table that includes seven straightforward elements and dimensions. The elements and dimensions are based on children’s exploration and experimentation with the constructions. The framework is flexible, so can be used in any program. Participants will be inspired to see how easy and inexpensive it is to expand play around the sensory table with simple constructions.
About the presenter: Tom has a M.Ed., in Early Childhood Education from the University of Minnesota. Awards include: Minnesota Teacher of the Year finalist (2009); Kate Davidson Tanner Award from MnAEYC (2013). He has worked in the field for 38 years and taught thousands of children representing diverse backgrounds and abilities, in all age groups including infants. My particular interest in the field is the sensory table. Through international, national, regional and local presentations since 2003 and through blogging since 2010, I have created opportunities for practitioners and parents around the world to re-imagine what is possible at the sensory table.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | Parents/Relatives | Family Resource Coordinators | Therapists - PTs, OTs, SLPs | Interested Professionals

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SA08: Responding in Healthy Ways to Kids’ Challenging Behavior, presented by Kathy Slattengren, Priceless Parenting


When young children have stressful home lives, their behavior often reflects that stress. Trying to eliminate the poor behavior without acknowledging the underlying issues does not work well. We’ll explore how to talk to kids about their strong feelings and give them better tools for expressing those feelings. We’ll also look at controlling our own anger so that we avoid blame, shame and harsh words. When we can respond from a place of empathy, we can guide children to finding better solutions to their problems.
About the presenter: Kathy has a M. Ed., and has helped thousands of parents and teachers from across the United States to Australia through Priceless Parenting. Priceless Parenting offers online classes, presentations, coaching and books.  Participants excitedly report their success in replacing yelling and threatening with calm, confident responses.  When children’s behavior is really pushing your buttons, you’ll discover ways to set effective limits, invite cooperation and have a lot more fun together!
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 | P-3 Educators | K-12 Educators | Interested Professionals

SA08 Handouts