WAEYC Conference
Washington Association for the Education of Young Children
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Saturday SB Sessions 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 12:45 p.m

SB03: Creative Expressions Through Art and Sensory Activities, presented by Nichole Flores, City of Tukwila/Tukwila Learning Center


Come play and open your imagination to the creative world of art and senses! During this workshop we will explore 101 ways to create an empowering space filled with art and sensory tub activities. Children need these experiences everyday to enhance their learning but sometimes we don’t always know where to turn for fresh ideas. Participants will engage in some hands on activities and go home with a list of some old and new ideas to incorporate at home or in their preschool classroom.
About the presenter: Nichole has 15+ years experience working directly with young children of all ages. She spent most of her years working with children with special needs and as a preschool teacher in California. Currently, Nichole is a lead preschool teacher and mentor for the City of Tukwila where she helps direct the City’s play based program. Nichole is an artist herself and loves sharing artistic ideas for young children with other teachers and families.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
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 | Interested Professionals

SB04: Making Training Count! Improving Classroom Teacher Practices, presented by Linda Fragoso, Bloom Early Learning Training & Consulting


Using our understanding of adult learners and the different learning styles, this session will focus on obstacles that may prevent teachers from applying their knowledge and how to support the transfer of learning into the classroom. After a brief presentation on the various types of training and a review of their current practices, participants will review a selection of ‘connection’ activities and ideas which connect training to practice, and identify ways in which they can use these ideas with the types of training they use in their programs. Time will be given to allow participants to create a training plan with follow-up procedures in place.
About the presenter: Linda is a Quality Specialist & Trainer for Bloom Early Education. Linda received her Child Development Associates Credential and Associates in Early Childhood Development before earning her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education Leadership from Rasmussen College. Linda has worked in the early childhood field for fifteen years. She taught Preschool and Kindergarten for several years before moving into a school director position. Linda is a MERIT trainer for Washington State. She travels all over the state training early childhood education topics.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | Interested Professionals
This session has a $10 materials fee. Participants receive handounts to accompany the presentation.

SB05: Is this Normal? The Top 5 Preschool Development Questions Answered, presented by Mary Lynn Hafner, Independence Rehab; YMCA of Sammamish


We will have a lively discussion and review of current evidence related to the top 5 questions that preschool teachers and parents ask a physical therapist. Topics discussed: flat feet, W-sitting, crossing midline, toe-walking, & pre-handwriting skills.
About the presenter: Mary Lynn has been Licensed Physical Therapist since 1996 with her doctoral degree achieved in 2012. She is a compassionate patient advocate with strong understanding of the continuum of patient care, and an educator experience in the fields of physical therapy and early movement childhood education.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | Parents/Relatives | P-3 Educators

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SB06: Combining the Arts and Diverse Learning Styles To Cultivate a Joyful and Inclusive Classroom Environment, presented by Leslie Larkin, Epiphany School


Participants in this session will explore arts integration through several well-known Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. They will walk away with a greater understanding of how to differentiate for students’ learning profiles, deeper knowledge of participants’ own learning preferences, and strategies for using the arts to target important academic goals for all learners. All the while maintaining a sense of joy and inclusivity in the classroom.
About the presenter: Leslie has been the music and drama specialist at Epiphany School in Seattle, Washington for 16 years. A native of New York City, she worked as a freelance flutist, coach and flute teacher, before discovering her passion for music education. Leslie received her Master of Education in Arts Integration from Lesley University and is excited to further explore innovative methods of reaching all kinds of learners.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Parents/Relatives | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | Therapists - PTs, OTs, SLPs | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals

SB07: Men That Matter: Engaging Fathers & Strengthening Families! Presented by Lindsey Wilson, Lindsey Wilson Consulting


This interactive skill building session will focus on fathers’ as their children’s first and best teacher. Concentrating primarily on infants and toddlers we will explore research examining father engagement and its unique impact on child development. We will also discuss ways to make programs more father friendly and/or inclusive examining best practices and rapport building strategies.
About the presenter: Lindsey is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Early Childhood Specialist who graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato. With a Master’s in Counseling and Student Personnel, her focus areas are family poverty, human service delivery and community development. Her research and outreach focus is on empowering and engaging vulnerable families in particular low-income fathers.
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 | Family Resource Coordinators | Home Visitors | Interested Professionals

SB08: ABCs of Special Education, presented by Judi Gibian-Mennenga, Dominican University


This workshop is designed for Early Childhood care givers, administrators, and parents, supporting the entry level to the experienced. This presentation provides a general overview of the legal requirements as determined by IDEA, the referral process and a general understanding of specific disabilities.
The goal of this presentation is to foster a better understanding of children with special needs and how we can support them in the Traditional ECE environment.
About the presenter: Judi recently retired from Dominican University after completing 47 years in the field of early childhood and special education. She has been a teacher, director, and owner of early childhood centers, and founded the first preschool in Colorado to include preschool students with special needs in a traditional classroom. This was long before inclusion was the acceptable philosophy. Judi has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Illinois University and a second masters in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She has been a member of NAEYC since 1971 and a founding member of the Colorado AEYC.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Program Planning and Development
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Parents/Relatives | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | Home Visitors | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals

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