WAEYC Conference
Washington Association for the Education of Young Children
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Saturday SC Sessions 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

SC03: Learning and Growing Together Through Songs and Stories, presented by John Farrell


John Farrell shares participatory songs and stories that fit perfectly with early childhood curriculums. Topics include animals, nature, science, books, kindness, cooperation, reading, writing, empathy, storytelling, math, humor and more. You’ll learn songs, strategies and song writing activities you can use right away. Song titles include “Working Together,” “How Much is 100?,” “Moving Up!” “The Earth is Our Home,” “Habitat,” and more…
About the presenter: John is an internationally acclaimed songwriter, author, and peace educator. He was chosen to receive a 2016 “Freedom Through Literacy” Award from Judith’s Reading Room. For over 20 years he has been doing assembly programs, workshops and family concerts at schools, conferences, and community events. He has visited more than 1500 schools in 23 countries around the world. John’s songs and stories focus on understanding, empathy, nature, literacy, and more.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: All
There is a $30 materials fee for this session. Participants receive 1 book, 1 CD and MP3’s from the session.

SC04: Moving Beyond Materials, presented by Connie Dougherty


What is high quality care? Purchasing the right materials is sometimes the easy part! It’s time to move away from counting our toys and have an energetic discussion about realistic expectations, appropriate daily schedules, suitable group time, and related topics. Come prepared to delve into these issues with other professionals, and then hear what respected resources say. This class supports Early Achievers by focusing on parts of the Environment Rating Scales, but is useful for all early learning professionals.
About the presenter: Connie is the Professional Development Administrator for Child Care Aware of Olympic Peninsula. She is a former licensed family home provider, preschool teacher, and private school principal, and has written and taught many popular classes for early learning professionals throughout Washington.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP)

SC05: “Beautiful Mess”: Finding Value in Chaos, presented by Tiffany Pearsall, Corbett Preschool and Kristen Peterson, Butterfly Hill Nature Preschool


Feeling frustrated with all this mess? Kristen and Tiffany LOVE the mess, and want you to see the value in it too! In this workshop, we will take a closer look at play residue, and mix in some child development research. Learn some new vocabulary needed to link the apparent chaos of play-based learning to developmental domains, and leave armed to defend your Beautiful Mess to curious onlookers.
About the presenter: Tiffany has a bachelor’s degree from Reed College and a master’s degree from Lewis and Clark college. She is a play advocate and passionate preschool teacher. Tiffany currently works for a small school district east of Portland and promotes play for all ages. She co-hosts an early learning podcast, “Q&A with T&K,” wherein her and Kristen Peterson answer reader-submitted questions about ECE, education, childhood, and life in general. Tiffany’s educational interests include promoting DAP through play, making positive changes within the educational system, staying current on ECE research, and educating future teachers.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development
Who Should Attend: ALL

SC06: Young Children, New Media and Early Literacy: Your Librarian as Media Mentor, presented by Joy Feldmen and Kristin Piepho, Sno-Isle Libraries


Ready or not, young children are increasingly exposed to a variety of digital media through iPads, smartphones, tablets, eReaders and more. How can we help support young children in developing a healthy digital diet? In this session, we will explore research, best practices and recommendations on how to evaluate apps and other media to support early literacy. We will also share what resources your public library may be able to offer you and your families.
About the presenters: Kristin and Joy are librarians at Sno-Isle Libraries, serving Snohomish & Island Counties. They both have a passion for children’s literature and early literacy. Both Kristin and Joy have been serving families and young children for over a decade and have shared hundreds of stories with thousands of children. Kristin and Joy offer regular free STARS classes at Sno-Isle Libraries along with a group of specialist trainers.
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 | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals

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SC07: Numeracy through play with Tiny Polka Dot, presented by Dan Finkel, Math for Love


Children are drawn to counting and playing with numbers from a young age. Our goal as educators is to provide rich opportunities that keep kids playing while they explore the fundamentals and make deeper connections. Tiny Polka Dot is a card deck that emphasizes the visual properties of numbers, and builds from the basics of counting, cardinality, one-to-one correspondence, and subitization to games that involve addition, subtraction, and more. In this presentation, we’ll explore the development of numeracy in children 3 - 8, and see how the games you can play with Tiny Polka Dot can help create a natural and encouraging environment that helps take numeracy to take root.
About the presenter: Dan is the Founder and Director of Operations of Math for Love, a Seattle-based organization devoted to transforming how math is taught and learned. A teacher of teachers and students, Dan works with schools, develops curriculum, leads teacher workshops, and gives talks on mathematics and education throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond, including his TEDx Talk “Five Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching.”
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: ALL
There is a $15 materials fee for this session. Participants receive their own set of Tiny Polka Dot Cards.

SC08: Understand the CLASS Tool and Strategies for Improving Teacher-Child Interactions, presented by Melissa Kelley-Knutsen


Years of research shows that from infant to pre-k classrooms (and beyond), the quality of relationships between teachers and children influences lifelong learning and achievement. The more we help teachers hone their classroom interactions, the more children succeed—now and for the rest of their lives. Learn more about CLASS through videos, discussions, and activities.
About the presenter: Since joining Teachstone in 2013, Melissa has supported teachers with one-on-one coaching through the MyTeachingPartner (MTP) program and provided CLASS observation and coaching trainings. Now, as the Regional Director for states within the West Coast, Melissa’s passion, knowledge, and dedication to the field supports large-scale CLASS implementations that empowers teachers and supporting staff to help students succeed academically and emotionally.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Interactions
Who Should Attend: ALL