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Washington Association for the Education of Young Children
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Thursday TB Sessions- 1:30pm-5:00pm

TB04: Preschoolers, Private Parts & Playmates: Sexual Behavior in Young Children, by Amy Lang, Birds & Bees & Kids

In this session, professionals discover talking to kids about sexuality, their bodies and safety doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming. Amy’s engaging, humorous and inspiring style shows adults how to turn conversations and situations they dread into something they can handle like a pro.

About the presenter: Nationally known sexuality educator, speaker and author Amy Lang, MA helps ECE professionals discover talking to kids about sexuality, their bodies and safety doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming. Amy is an expert in childhood sexuality and sexual abuse prevention. She is a Darkness to Light facilitator. Though her business, Birds + Bees + Kids® Amy helps adults of all beliefs have easy, open and effective conversations about sexuality, love and relationships with children. For additional information visit www.BirdsAndBeesAndKids.com

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development

Who Should Attend: ALL

TB05: The Art of Documentation, Whitney White, North Seattle College, Seattle Department of Early Learning and Education


For many teachers, documentation is an authentic way to assess children, but it can be so much more than an observation. Learn how to make documentation work for you, your students, and for their families, by exploring different types of documentation, their purposes, and how to make learning visible. This session will be a hands-on exploration of documentation. You will leave with a “how-to handbook” on creating beautiful and engaging documentation, examples of high-quality documentation, and articles to help inform your practice.

About the presenter: Whitney White began her career teaching PreK in the District of Columbia Public Schools. In D.C., she became an instructional coach and professional development specialist. Since moving to Seattle in 2015, Whitney has worked with Soar Academy Charter School, Northshore School District, and OSPI as WaKIDS Trainer. Currently, Whitney teaches at North Seattle College and works for the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Ongoing Measurement of Child Progress

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

This session has a $25 materials fee, and participants will receive a how to workbook that includes examples of high quality documentation and articles to further participants practice, materials to apply their learning (building documentation panels), printed posters of documentation to bolster understanding.

TB06: Hands-on training with “Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood”, by Julie Luthy, Nature Adventures 

You’ll receive and be trained on the amazing “Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood” activity guide, designed for ages 3-6. This can be a wonderful companion to Growing up WILD (see session TA06) with more activities for the younger children. There are over 130 experiences that engage children in outdoor play and exploration. Each of the main topics includes neighborhood walks, background, art, discovery table, math, woodworking, and dramatic play. Included is an accompanying music CD that encourages children to sing, dance, and move. In addition, you’ll learn fascinating things about Pacific NW plants and animals. Join us for a fun workshop and be ready to get your kids outside!

About the presenter: 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 | Parents/Relatives | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | Family Resource Coordinators | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals

This session has a $30 materials fee, and participants will receive the Curriculum Activity Guide.

TB07: Supporting Social and Emotional Development in Infants and Toddlers, by Miriam Dressler, Bloom Early Education 

Early education classrooms often focus strongly on cognitive and physical development, but experience and research shows us that social and emotional skills are equally important to a young child’s learning success. In this workshop we explore the importance of social and emotional health in young children and how we can build capacity in these skills.

About the presenter: Miriam Dressler is the founder and co-owner of Bloom Early Education in Edmonds, WA. She is a published author with Redleaf Press, and co-wrote “Prove It! Achieving Quality Recognition for Your Early Childhood Program (2010). Miriam provides consulting services to the early childhood education field for quality improvement and teacher coaching.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development

Who Should Attend: Child Care Center | Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) | Parents/Relatives | Family, Friend, Neighbor & Relative Care Giver | P-3 Educators | Interested Professionals

TB08: Improving Toddler Behavior with Developmentally Appropriate, Evidence-Based Strategies by Angel Fettig, PhD, University Of Massachusetts Boston

This presentation will identify common undesirable toddler behaviors, identify triggers behind these behaviors and strategies for eliminating the behavior. We will discuss what “good” toddler behaviors look like, how to reinforce them and review developmental milestones that are foundational for “good” behavior. There will be an overview of how delays, and sensory needs affect behavior, adjusting expectations, and making accommodations to interventions. This session addresses children ages two to three.

About the presenter: Angel Fettig received her doctorate in special education with a concentration in early childhood from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in 2012 at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked as an investigator on the National Professional Development Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has worked with young children and their families for over 10 years as a teacher, researcher, trainer and consultant. Dr. Fettig’s research focuses on supporting families and early education professionals in addressing challenging behaviors in natural environment and inclusive settings.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Child Growth and Development

Who Should Attend: ALL

TB09: Positive Behavioral Support for Preschoolers using Developmentally Appropriate Strategies, by Ariane Gauvrea, University of Washington 

This workshop will draw upon a review of current research and practical wisdom to present strategies designed to support young children’s (ages three to eight) mental health by decreasing problem behaviors and increasing children’s social and emotional competence. Evidence based strategies presented will include developing positive relationships with children, families, and colleagues; teaching children to identify and respond to feelings; teaching children to manage anger and control impulse; and how to resolve conflict peacefully.

About the Presenter: Ariane Gauvreau, Ph.D., is the Field Director, the Haring Center, at the University of Washington. Prior to earning her doctorate, Ariane was a preschool special education teacher and home visitor. Her research interests include sustainable interventions for young child with autism, the application of technology in early childhood classrooms, and teacher education for special educators.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment

Who Should Attend: ALL

TB10: Understanding and Improving Speech and Language Development, by Stephanie Holt, Lots To Say Speech Therapy Clinic 

Children learn & develop so much in the first years of life. This course provides foundational knowledge in understanding typical speech & language development for children from birth to age 8. Knowing what to expect in the next stages of development helps professionals plan & guide children to reach their fullest potential. You will learn strategies to develop activities to help foster & expand the development of speech & language abilities that can be implemented throughout the day.

About the presenter: Stephanie Holt, MS, CCC-SLP has ten years experience providing quality skilled, individualized speechlanguage therapy services targeting skills necessary to improve children’s communication skills. We believe that communication is everywhere, every day and that everyone working with children can assist in developing speech and language skills.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment

Who Should Attend: ALL

TB11: Peanut Butter and Jelly! Completing the Relationship Based Professional Development (RBPD) Sandwich, by Janine Meyers and Savannah Stannard, Child Care Resources 

As a follow up to Peanut Butter: RBPD that sticks or for those that have a foundational understanding of RBPD work, Peanut Butter and Jelly takes a deeper look at RBPD practices by examining Cultural Responsiveness and Reflection as key components in the RBPD puzzle, or to put it another way…the Jelly that makes the RBPD sandwich sweet and satisfying!

About the presenters: Janine Meyers is an early learning professional with a diverse perspective, having lived and taught in many places around the country and around the world. Janine is a passionate educator, focusing on quality improvement in home and center based ECE programs. Her most recent adventure partners her with Co-Facilitator Savannah Stannard and many other amazing people at Child Care Resources in King County, where she serves as a PreRating Lead for the Early Achievers program.

Savannah Stannard: As a Pre-rating Lead for CCA WA of Pierce and King Counties, she supports RPBD staff in one of the most diverse areas in the state. Having worked at both ends of the age spectrum, she has a solid understanding of both ECE and Adult Education best practices. Savannah possess a strong cross-cultural awareness and strives to bring a racial equity lens to all aspects of her work.

WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Professional Development and Leadership

Who Should Attend: Leadership/Administrators | Child Care Center | P-3 Educators | Adult Educators | Interested Professionals