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Saturday SB Sessions 11:00am - 12:30pm or 12:45pm


SB02: Run Your Classroom Without It Running You! By Shaunene Edwards
Do you run your classroom or is it running you? Teachers lose an average of 5-9 hours weekly dealing with minor misbehavior. In this motivational session, you will learn innovative and effective strategies to improve student behavior. Come learn how to eliminate up to 70% of of classroom discipline problems. Leave the session motivated and renewed, with simple techniques that you can put into practice in your classroom on Monday!
About the presenter: Shaunene is a veteran teacher with over 30 years of educational experience. She holds degrees in Elementary and Special Education, and a M.Ed in Educational Leadership. She is a national trainer in classroom management with the Center For Teacher Effectiveness. Shaunene has a deep passion to help all children learn and succeed. Her presentations are based on best practices, and she shares powerful, engaging strategies that all educators will be able to use right away.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: ALL

SB03: Art and the Young Child, by Stephanie Travers
You don’t have to be an artist to do art with young children. Most of the time its not about what you make, but what you are doing with the materials. Art is about expression, experience and joy. You will learn that art isn’t just about paint. You will explore different mediums and learn how to successful use art in your class regardless of the age group. You will also learn how to build your art supplies for little money, prepare for projects and fix those “art disasters”. Lastly, you will be able to know the best ways to display and document the “learning” of each piece of artwork.
About the presenter: I have worked with children for 25 years. One of my favorite things has always been doing big messy art projects. No matter what the age of the child is, there is always joy when they explore with art.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: ALL

SB04: 3 Qualities of Outstanding Educators, by Nicoline Ambe
The qualities of a great educator are as varied as the students they teach. Educators work with students who differ by skill level, language, ability, temperament, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. To nurture excellence in each student, an educator must have unique qualities that accommodate the learning needs of his or her students.
About the presenter: Dr. Nicoline Ambe is a Speaker, Educator and #1 Best Selling Author of several books. She has taught in several elementary schools, colleges, and universities across Canada and the United States for more than two decades.
Dr. Ambe’s primary mission is to help parents raise high achieving children. Through teaching and speaking, she has helped many parents develop great relationships with their children, resulting in academic excellence.
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WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | P-3 Educators | K-12 Educators | Interested Professionals

SB05: Potty Training 101, by Barbara Hudson
Come learn the ‘Pee Pee on the Potty’ song! This class is designed for both teachers and parents of children with or without developmental delays, including autism. This is a practical, behavioral approach of teaching children the potty routine to maximize potty training success. Come away with an overview of the potty training process and clear steps for home or school implementation.
About the presenter: Barbara Hudson M.Ed. is a special education teacher at Sorenson Early Childhood Center in the Northshore School District where she has worked since 2007. She has over 20 years experience in both special education and general education. She has a passion for early intervention and bridging the gap between home and school environments.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth, Development and Learning
Who Should Attend: Parents/Relatives | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | P-3 Educators | K-12 Educators | Interested Professionals

SB06: Puppets Do More Than Bite/Enhancing Language and Social Skills, by Judi Gibian-Mennenga
Through many observations, evaluations, and discussion with ECE staff, I have found many boxes of puppets stuffed on a shelf, with an explanation that all “their children do” are bite and fight with the puppets. Children as well as teachers, need to be taught the “appropriate use” of puppets through modeling and instructional support .
Adult learners, just like children, learn best by active engagement. This workshop begins with modeling the introduction and use of a variety of puppets. Participants will then be asked to practice and demonstrate the use of some of these puppets. A variety of “puppet projects” will be introduced and participants will have a chance to role play with them.
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.
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: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | Home Visitors | P-3 Educators | K-12 Educators
This session has a $10 Materials Fee. Participants will use a materials to make a variety of puppets.

SB07: Big Feelings: Using Children’s Literature to Talk about Emotions in Pre-School, by William White
Preschool is a time of big emotions, and children’s literature is a powerful tool for helping children recognize and deal with emotions. In this session, participants will learn how to create opportunities for social-emotional teaching in almost any children’s book. Classic and new children’s books will be highlighted and participants will practice building emotional teaching into their everyday book reading practice. Participants will walk away with a plan for supporting children’s emotional development.
About the presenter: William L. White Jr., Ed.S., worked for 10 years as a special educator. He received his Masters of Education in Special Education from Virginia State University and an Education Specialist degree in Special Education with a focus in early childhood education from The George Washington University. Currently, William is a doctoral student in the college of education with a focus on the best practices to build successful inclusive environments for children with disabilities.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development
Who Should Attend: ALL

SB08: Tinker Time! by Allie Bishop Pasquier
There is nothing more engaging for young children than the process of play, especially when they get to solve exciting problems. The world is a puzzle just waiting to be solved, and getting our hands into things that move, light up, and buzz is an exciting way to engage kids - and adults - in the process of play and exploration. In this workshop, participants will play with circuits, take-aparts, LED lights, and more. Rather than focusing on products to make and take home, this workshop helps you think about offering children engaging materials to explore. You’ll learn about the logistics of sourcing these materials and bringing them into your setting, as well as some basics on documenting their play to share with families. Watch children’s creativity come alive with simple materials!
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

SB09: A Child’s Place on the Planet: Environmental Education for Young Learners, by Khodi Kaviani
Effective environmental education in the primary grades can create inspiring lessons in the core subject areas. In this
hands-on session, discover engaging activities that foster environmental stewardship while building primary math,
language, and social studies skills. Engage in role-playing, problem-solving and concept mapping activities. Receive
electronic lessons matched to state standards.
About the presenter: Dr. Khodi Kaviani is an Associate Professor of Education at Central Washington University,
with interests in Civic and Democratic Education, Multicultural Education, Media and Education in the Middle
East. Khodi has nearly 30 years of teaching and administrative experience. He earned his Ph.D. in Education and a
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