WAEYC Conference
Washington Association for the Education of Young Children
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Thursday TA Sessions - 9:00am-12:00pm or 12:15pm

TA03: Compassionate Classrooms: Creating Trauma-Informed Early Learning Environments, presented by Mary Allison Brown, Reflecting Relationships


A child’s brain develops more rapidly during the first three years than at any other point in the lifespan. As a result, the impact of traumatic experiences during this time has a direct and significant effect impact on the structure of the brain. This results in a decrease in a child’s ability to regulate emotions, an increase in symptoms of anxiety, and other behaviors that can be disruptive in a classroom setting. In this session, you will learn how trauma impacts brain development and how to implement a compassionate, trauma informed approach in the classroom setting. Implementing a trauma informed approach is critical to ensuring that all children have a safe, nurturing environment in which to thrive.
About the presenter: Mary Allison has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Washington. She is also a graduate of the infant mental health graduate level certificate program at the Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development. Mary Allison is a licensed clinical social worker and certified clinical trauma professional. She works in private practice providing home-based infant mental health therapy as well as infant and early childhood mental health consultation to Early Head Start, Head Start, and ECEAP.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Families and Community Partnerships
Who Should Attend: ALL

TA04: Developing Executive Function Skills through Play, presented by Kerry Beymer, Department of Early Learning


This workshop is designed to explore how children think and learn. One of the most important ways babies and young children learn is through play. In fact play is often called “the work of childhood”. Focusing on three components of executive function - working memory, self-regulation and mental flexibility - we will discuss ways to build on those skills through play.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth, Development and Learning
Who Should Attend: ALL

TA05: Reading Rocks: Building a Strong Literacy Foundation through Music and Movement, presented by Jocelyn Manzanarez, Musically Minded


Reading Rocks! That’s right, reading is cool and it lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Through music and movement even the youngest child can begin building the skills necessary to get ready to read. Learn the six key pre-literacy skills and how music and movement strategies can make early literacy development fun and inspire a lifelong love of reading. Regardless of background in music, Jocelyn will give a variety of ideas on how to incorporate music and movement through rhymes, chants, rhythm, songs, stories and instrument play that get kids wild about literacy.
About the presenter: Jocelyn has a master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Washington. She is a certified K-12 music educator in Washington state as well as a Washington S.T.A.R.S. trainer. Jocelyn started Musically Minded, Inc., with the hope of reaching our very youngest children.
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 | Home Visitors | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals
This session has a $10 materials fee. Participants will receive a CD of music to accompany the training.

TA06: “Growing up WILD”: Book, Fun Activities and Nature Tidbits to Share and Amaze Your Students, presented by Julie Luthy, Nature Adventures


You’ll receive and be trained on the fabulous “Growing up WILD” activity guide. The guide contains 27 nature based themes with background information, outdoor activities, healthy snacks, ways kids can help, math, art, songs and more. In addition you’ll learn fascinating things about Pacific NW plants and animals and outdoor activities to guide discovery. Join us for a fun day and be ready to hit the ground running with a new nature based bag of tricks!
About the presenter: Julie has been a naturalist for over 30 years helping people nurture a respect and awe for their natural surroundings. Her enthusiasm for the natural world 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.
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 | K-12 Educators | Interested Professionals
This session has a $30 materials fee, and participants will receive The Growing Up WIld Curriculum Activity Guide.

TA07: Developing Language through Reading and Writing, presented by David Matteson, David Matteson and Associates, Inc.

Too many young children struggle with language, which has huge implications for their learning. By understanding how language development aligns with literacy development, teachers can truly lay a strong foundation for all of their students. Through the use of lecture, modeling, and hands-on activities, this session will explore how language and literacy unfold for young children and the classroom practices that support a more developmental approach to instruction.
About the presenter: David is a nationally recognized early learning consultant whose work is based on that of Margaret Mooney, Marie Clay and other early learning researchers. His focus is on emergent literacy connected with comprehension, stages of development, and the interaction between reading and writing. David has over 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery ® teacher, and coordinator of teacher and school development through The Learning Network ®. He is the author of the DMA Writing Benchmark Series, the Emergent Reading Assessment, the Above the Line Reading Series, and several writing journals. David is also the co- author of Assessing and Teaching Beginning Readers and Assessing and Teaching Beginning Writers.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: ALL

TA08: Teaching Through Leading, presented by Shelly Perera, Small World Montessori, Inc

Are you looking for new ways to LEAD your classroom this year? Teaching through leading will provide a foundation for teachers to practice leadership in their classroom and in their school. You will learn the difference between teaching and leading and be able to recognize why leading is more powerful. Together we will brainstorm about our own leadership styles and gain insights from each other on how to lead our classrooms effectively.
About the presenter: Shelly has owned and operated Small World Montessori for 20 years. Recently, she established a non-profit, Small World Educational Services, to benefit young children in family shelters and to provide assistance to young children with special needs.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | P-3 Educators | K-12 Educators | Adult Educators | Interested Professionals

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TA09: Play Attention: A Sensory Approach to Mindfulness in the Classroom, presented by Renee Metty, With Pause/The Cove School

Young children are already in the moment, so let’s learn fun ways to integrate mindfulness in the classroom. As children get older a growing number of them lack self-regulation, impulse control, focus and concentration. By bringing awareness to their awareness at a young age we can strengthen this life skill that can be used throughout their lives. Let’s prepare them to be learning ready and better able to handle their experiences with a greater ease. Combining the senses and basic practices, you will learn how mindfulness can be easily integrated into whatever you are already doing in your day. These practices for children will also help you reconnect your mind and body. Your role as a teacher is paramount in this process.
Walk away practical tools that you can use immediately with yourself and your children to manage stress and promote self-regulation, learning readiness and a positive classroom environment. These developmentally appropriate practices will provide a renewed sense of hope for both you and your students. Through this interactive and experiential workshop, we will use sharing, pairs, small groups, games, mindfulness practices, stories and humor along with some didactic teaching to help deepen your understanding of mindfulness and how it can be integrated into your classroom.
About the presenter: Renee has a master’s degree in special education. She is the founder and facilitator of With Pause and The Cove School, organizations providing mindfulness education to children, as well as training for the professionals and parents who care for them. She continues to develop her own learning of mindfulness, compassion and coaching with a strong interest in how stress is held in the body and ways to release it.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Program Planning and Development
Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Parents/Relatives | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals

TA10: Science: The Art of Making Sense of the World, presented by Kim Owen, Words Reflected


Attendees will explore the many ways to capture children’s natural curiosity by incorporating science into everyday activities and every learning center in the classroom while meeting the requirements of the ERS tools and the Washington’s Early Learning and Development Guidelines. In either small groups or pairs, attendees will have the time to explore examples of materials that can be made out of recycled items, as well as make their own materials to use in their classrooms.
About the presenter: Kim has worked in Early Childhood Education since 1988 in a variety of programs and roles from teacher to coach to Quality Initiative Coordinator. She has been developing and conducting training on a variety of topics since 1991.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment
Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals

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