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Thursday TA Sessions - 9:00am-12:15pm or 12:30pm


TA05: Foundations of Leadership, by Heather MacDermott-Havey
This workshop looks at the role of the leadership team to support the staff, program practices and participants in a high quality early learning program. Topics will include communication, even when the conversations are difficult, managing change, strength based annual reviews and using “real-time” feedback, creating enthusiasm and building teamwork. We will discuss multi-generational employees and approaches to engaging everyone’s contribution. This energetic presentation will include lecture, discussion and small group work, and conclude with ideas to build on your leadership.
About the presenter: Heather MacDermott-Havey, M. Ed. is the director of the Washington State University Children’s Center where she manages operations of an early learning program serving 170 children. Her experience includes using transformational leadership strategies as the supervisor of 30 staff members. Heather has over 25 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood, where she has held positions as a teacher, child advocate, parent educator, education coordinator and director. Her experience includes development of early learning programs, teacher and leadership professional training.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Adult Educators | Interested Professionals

TA07: “Growing up WILD”, by Julie Tubbs Luthy
You’ll receive and be trained on the fabulous “Growing up WILD” activity guide designed for ages 3 - 8. The guide contains 27 nature based themes with background information, outdoor activities, healthy snacks, ways kids can help, math, art, songs and more. Most of the activities work best for the older end of the target age and most take place indoors. This is an excellent companion guide to the “Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood”, with very little overlap.
In addition, you’ll learn fascinating things about Pacific NW plants and animals and outdoor activities to guide discovery. Join us for a fun workshop and be ready to hit the ground running with a new nature based bag of tricks!
About the presenter: Instructor Julie Tubbs Luthy has been a naturalist for over 30 years helping people nurture a respect and awe for their natural surroundings. She thoroughly enjoys teaching people of all ages and her enthusiasm is contagious. She holds a master’s degree in Environmental and Science Education. Her field experience includes work in national parks, nature centers and Seattle’s Discovery Park. She currently offers environmental ed. programs through her own business.
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 | Home Visitors | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals
This session has a $30 Materials Fee. Participants will receive one activity guide.

TA08: Reflective Practice and Anti-Bias Education, by Sarah Felstiner
As reflective educators, we aim to keep children’s experiences and perspectives at the heart of our work, while supporting them to become competent citizens in a diverse world. By promoting Anti-Bias Education in our classrooms and schools, we encourage children’s social development and bring focus to our own awareness of equity issues. In this workshop, we’ll examine the goals of Anti-Bias Education, discuss contexts that foster social learning, and investigate how a reflective teaching practice can enhance cultural competence for children, 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: Child Growth and Development
Who Should Attend: All

TA09: Understanding Trauma, by Katie Stateman-Weil
Early trauma experiences can have emotional, behavioral, neurobiological, and developmental consequences throughout children’s schooling and adult lives. This workshop will examine the ways in which exposure to traumatic experiences can influence young children’s development, with a specific focus on the behavioral and learning challenges we see in early childhood education classrooms. Concrete strategies for supporting and working with children who have experienced trauma as well as tools to support children in learning important self-regulation techniques will be discussed.
About the presenter: Katie Statman-Weil, LCSW, MS, teaches at Portland State University, where her courses focus on equity and guidance strategies that improve social and emotional development and self-regulation for all learners. She consults and speaks on the topic of early childhood trauma, challenging behaviors, and mental health nationally and internationally. Katie has a forthcoming book on creating trauma sensitive classroom environments being published by Redleaf Press. Katie is also a foster parent for children who are involved with the child welfare system.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development
Who Should Attend: All