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Sunday, January 27
 

12:59pm

1:00pm

Community of Practice: Coaches
Topics of discussion:
(1) Data coaches collect and use throughout the year.
(2) Develop quality goals and actions plans.
(3) Define coaching roles vs. supervisory roles.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Steffen

Ann Steffen

Early Childhood Specialist, STG International


Sunday January 27, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Suite D

1:00pm

Community of Practice: ERSEA
Topics of discussion:
Coming Soon!

Speakers
avatar for Joan Keeler-Pellman

Joan Keeler-Pellman

Program Manager, Family Forum


Sunday January 27, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Banyan

1:00pm

Community of Practice: Inclusion & Disabilities
Topics of discussion:
Coming Soon!

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bibler

Jennifer Bibler

Department of Public Instruction
avatar for Michelle Ogerek

Michelle Ogerek

Statewide Early Childhood Coordinator, CESA 1



Sunday January 27, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Crown Palm

5:30pm

 
Monday, January 28
 

7:59am

8:59am

9:15am

9:30am

Keynote: Dr. Becky Bailey!
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Becky Bailey

Dr. Becky Bailey

Founder, Conscious Discipline
Becky A. Bailey, Ph.D., is an award-winning author, renowned teacher and internationally recognized expert in childhood education and developmental psychology. She touches thousands of lives each year through live events and over 1.5M of her top-selling books are in circulation, and... Read More →


Monday January 28, 2019 9:30am - 11:30am
Convention Center ABC/FGH

11:30am

Book Signing with Dr. Becky Bailey
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Becky Bailey

Dr. Becky Bailey

Founder, Conscious Discipline
Becky A. Bailey, Ph.D., is an award-winning author, renowned teacher and internationally recognized expert in childhood education and developmental psychology. She touches thousands of lives each year through live events and over 1.5M of her top-selling books are in circulation, and... Read More →


Monday January 28, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Convention Center ABC/FGH

12:00pm

1:29pm

Session 1 (1:30 - 3:00pm)
Monday January 28, 2019 1:29pm - 1:30pm

1:30pm

Getting On-Board with The Registry: Using Membership to Benefit You and Your Program
Find out how Registry membership can serve as a one-stop-shop to house your training history and plan the next step in your career pathway.

Registry Membership is also an important piece in program quality rating assessment. Learn how data from individual Registry Memberships can benefit your Head Start Program.

Speakers
avatar for Jody Gennrich

Jody Gennrich

Director of Operations, The Registry
As the Director of Operations, Jody is the team lead and responsible for operational policies and procedures. Jody has been with The Registry since 2001. Her background includes working as a preschool and school-age teacher in a group child care program. Her focus now is promoting... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Vick

Joshua Vick

Director of Communications & Outreach, The Registry
Joshua believes in the importance of quality care for all of Wisconsin's children. He has experience teaching, having taught English in Beijing for more than 6 years, and also working in the childhood care and education field upon returning to the United States. Prior to joining The... Read More →


Monday January 28, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Bamboo

1:30pm

Learning Continues at Home
Learning is not defined by the walls of the classroom. Student achievement is a result of School + Home contributions. This session will explore the process of sharing information and enlisting families to support their student’s learning.

FAM, LRN, COM

Speakers
avatar for Bev Schumacher

Bev Schumacher

President, Learning Props LLC
Bev Schumacher brings practical knowledge to her training from 35 + years in the education field. Her passion is early learning and parent engagement.  As President of Learning Props L.L.C she created educational games and books focused on school-readiness & props for working with... Read More →



Monday January 28, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Cypress

1:30pm

Neurologically Integrated Pictograph Mnemonics Transforms Beginning Literacy Acquisition
Learning 26 letter names, sounds, and motor movements through memorization is challenging and especially so for the children who tend to become under-served. Learn how pictograph mnemonics enables students as young as 4K to rapidly master the alphabetic principle to automaticity without sacrificing valuable play time, or being overly academic.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Meyer

Robert Meyer

Publisher, Ventris Learning
President Robert Meyer has 18 years of territory sales, sales management, marketing, product development and general management experience in the K-12 publishing industry. Prior to co-founding Ventris in 2013, Meyer worked as Wisconsin Account Executive for the Scholastic Corporation... Read More →


Monday January 28, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Portia

1:30pm

1:30pm

The Ear and Hearing: developmental implications for infants and young children - Cancelled (Weather)
Permanent Sensorineural hearing loss is the most prevalent birth condition, affecting ~3 per 1000 births in Wisconsin. Fluctuating hearing loss caused by Otitis Media with Effusion is most prevalent and persistent during the first 2 years. This session will address the hearing system, types of hearing loss and the implications for each area of development.

DEV, INC, SAF

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Seeliger

Elizabeth Seeliger

Program Director - Audiologist, Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health


Monday January 28, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Banyan

1:30pm

Wisconsin Asthma Coalition: Asthma and Environmental Assessment Program - Cancelled (Weather)
The Wisconsin Asthma Coalition’s asthma and environmental assessment program is designed for child care providers to learn how to prevent asthma symptoms in children. The program will offer ways to reduce exposure to environmental asthma triggers in child care centers through low- to no-cost methods.

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Farrell

Brittany Farrell

Project Manager – Asthma, Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin
Brittany is the project manager for the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition initiative. In this role, Brittany works with partners from diverse professional backgrounds throughout the state to improve asthma management, enhance quality of life, reduce disparities and prevent asthma-related... Read More →
avatar for Langston Verdin

Langston Verdin

Program Leader – Strategic Partnerships, Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin
Langston is program leader of strategic partnerships at the Alliance. In this role, he builds community-based partnerships to improve asthma management, enhance quality of life, reduce disparities and prevent asthma-related deaths. In addition, he oversees the management of the Wisconsin... Read More →


Monday January 28, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Crown Palm

1:30pm

Coaching to Support Curriculum Fidelity
This session will focus on how coaching supports education staff to build confidence and preparedness in implementing their curriculum with fidelity. We will explore resources available to assist in developing coaching goals and action plans around curriculum implementation. Participants will have an opportunity to develop a coaching action plan specific to their needs.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Steffen

Ann Steffen

Early Childhood Specialist, STG International


Monday January 28, 2019 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Acacia

1:30pm

Developing Welcoming Early Childhood Settings for Families with LGBTQ* Members - Cancelled (Weather)
We will start with terminology, after which we will cover data and research related to parents who are LGBTQ* and their experiences in schools. Then, through open discussion, reviewing materials and scenarios, the participants will better understand the lived experiences of parents who are LGBTQ*. Additionally, the participants will be able to think about their own programs and plan changes they can make to forms, policies, curriculum, family involvement to develop more welcoming spaces.

DIV, COM, ADM

Speakers
avatar for Robin Fox

Robin Fox

Interim Dean, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater College of Education and Professional Studies



Monday January 28, 2019 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Wisteria

3:00pm

Parent Orientation
Monday January 28, 2019 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Bamboo

3:00pm

Break
Monday January 28, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
TBA

3:29pm

Session 2 (3:30 - 5:00pm)
Monday January 28, 2019 3:29pm - 3:30pm

3:30pm

Exploring Reflective Practice: Deepening Understanding of Ourselves in Our Work and the Families We Serve
Our work depends on our relationships with children & families, and we carry an emotional load in doing our jobs. Reflective Practice is an integral part of our work with infants, young children, and families. It is a set of tools as well as a frame of mind, creating the space to explore feelings, responses, and experiences in the work. This workshop will explore how reflective practices help in navigating our biggest challenges and offer hands-on tools for starting or continuing our practice.

Speakers
avatar for Abby Halloran

Abby Halloran

Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist, The Rainbow Project



Monday January 28, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Banyan

3:30pm

Growing Bodies, Brains and Hearts!
This session will include some research and background about the brain and body connections in the early years of development. You will leave this session with ideas to take back to your children as well as a new perspective on how the body can teach the brain to think! Get ready to move a little, laugh a little and learn something new!

Speakers
avatar for Janie Lundstrom

Janie Lundstrom

Teacher, School District of Onalaska
avatar for Sarah Mumaw-Flury

Sarah Mumaw-Flury

Teacher, School District of Onalaska


Monday January 28, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Suite E

3:30pm

ROUTINES: Valuable for All, Essential for Some
Nag-no-more! Discover how the ROUTINES RULE! framework promotes positive behavior, stimulates responsibility, and enhances classroom & family harmony. Children with difficulties & disabilities thrive, as automaticity of routines allows them to attend to challenging tasks. All children will optimally live, learn and experience as you implement these strategies in your role.

FAM, GUI, COM

Speakers
avatar for Linda Armas

Linda Armas

Education Consultant, Prepare Parents



Monday January 28, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Ironwood

3:30pm

Take Off Your Dancing Shoes - Cancelled (Weather)
Are you tired of dancing to your student’s choreography? Then it’s time to stop the dance and stand your ground with proven techniques that will transform your classroom. In just one hour, you will learn proven techniques that will decrease low-level behaviors, increase instruction time and systematically teach ALL students appropriate, on-task behavior. Walk away refreshed and renewed with timeless techniques that you can use in your classroom TODAY!

LRN

Speakers
avatar for Jean Balke

Jean Balke

Teacher, Independent Educator Advocate
National Educator TrainerJean is a veteran teacher of 28 years and counting. While in the public schools, Jean taught 1st and 2nd grade as well as moderate and severe special education. Throughout her years, Jean has grown passionate about helping teachers implement effective strategies... Read More →



Monday January 28, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cypress

3:30pm

Transforming the Status and Well-Being of the Early Childhood Workforce
Achieving the quality of early education that we know will impact a child’s life trajectory cannot happen without transforming the status and well-being of early childhood educators. Telling the stories of why we do what we do, why it matters that we do it well, and what we need to support children’s success is at the heart of this transformational process. Come to this session to hear about some lessons we’re learning, some efforts that are underway, and some ways that you can contribute to creating change.

PRO, PRE

Speakers
avatar for Peggy Haack

Peggy Haack

Outreach Coordinator, WECA



Monday January 28, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Portia

3:30pm

Trauma Informed Care
Attendees will increase an understanding of the effects of trauma on development, behavior, & relationships. An overview of the long term effects of ACE's will be covered. An emphasis on ways protective adult relationships can facilitate adaptive coping & a sense of control will be included. Attendees will learn ways to prevent caregiver burnout from vicarious/secondary trauma. The foundations for beginning to understanding how to help families who are exposed to trauma will also be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Arnold

Sarah Arnold

Psychologist, SSM/Agnesian Healthcare
Sarah enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Her approach with children includes a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) & play therapy. Her therapy style allows families to feel comfortable to address their struggles while gaining coping strategies.Her... Read More →


Monday January 28, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Bamboo

3:30pm

Triple P: Positive Parenting Program Seminar
Attendees will get to participate in Triple P Seminar 1: The Power of Positive Parenting. This is the first of three seminars that are offered, gives parents an insight into how they can make parenting and disciplining their child a positive experience.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Zach

Lauren Zach

Family Services Coordinator, Indianhead Community Action Agency


Monday January 28, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Crown Palm

5:15pm

Frogstreet Reception (Invitation Only)
WHSA Board of Directors, Head Start Directors, Education Coordinators, and Management Teams! Come enjoy this amazing reception held by Frogstreet with drinks, snacks and door prizes!


Monday January 28, 2019 5:15pm - 7:00pm
Suite D
 
Tuesday, January 29
 

6:59am

7:59am

Session 3 (8:00 - 9:30am)
Tuesday January 29, 2019 7:59am - 8:00am

7:59am

8:00am

Communication and Language in the Early Years: Exploring Key Milestones from Birth to 5 Years
Communication skills begin long before young children speak their first word. Research indicates that the complexity of language input – how rich and descriptive our language is during interactions with children – is a significant factor that influences the development of the brain area related to language. What does this mean as Early Childhood educators? Our communication must be intentional, meaning we speak with awareness of our purpose and goal.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Steinbauer

Lisa Steinbauer

Manager for Professional Learning, Frogstreet


Tuesday January 29, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Crown Palm

8:00am

How to Take a More Active Role in IEP Meetings
This session will focus on the role of the Head Start teacher in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Head Start teachers bring expertise in child development and early learning standards. Discussions will include strategies that promote more effective participation as an IEP team member.

DEV, INC

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Ogerek

Michelle Ogerek

Statewide Early Childhood Coordinator, CESA 1
avatar for Jennifer Bibler

Jennifer Bibler

Department of Public Instruction



Tuesday January 29, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Ironwood

8:00am

Neuroplasticity: Hope for Children with Challenging Behaviors - Conscious Discipline
This lively presentation provides a process for noticing, rather than judging the behavior of even the most challenging children. Attendees will learn how to help children feel safe, connected and ready to learn. The social/emotional development of children in your care will be secure in the Conscious Discipline DNA model built on solid brain research and neuro-science.

Speakers
avatar for Kay Zastrow

Kay Zastrow

Educational Consultant/Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor, Teaching Loving Discipline LLC
Kay Zastrow brings to each training decades of classroom experience with children of all ages, including those with special needs and challenging behaviors. As a teacher with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education and Elementary/Middle School, Kay has practiced the... Read More →


Tuesday January 29, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Suite D

8:00am

Talent Assessment: The Right People For Right Roles - WIPFLI
People—the right people—are your competitive differentiator and advantage. As demographic shifts escalate, and the job market improves, talent assessment and succession planning is a critical business priority. Retention and development of talent needs to be a core competency of the human resources strategy. In this session, we will discuss what your organization needs to be doing—today—to be prepared for the future.

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Jelinek

Tammy Jelinek

Partner, WIPFLI
Tammy Jelinek has spent the majority of her career working in and with grant-funded and fee-for-services nonprofit organizations. She engages with leadership teams to strategically align their goals to grow, expand, and meet their mission. Tammy has provided training nationally in... Read More →


Tuesday January 29, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Portia

8:00am

The Circle of Security: An Attachment and Relational Model for Child Well-being
The Circle of Security model is relevant, & beneficial for service providers/caregivers who work with children. This training provides an opportunity for the child and family serving community to understand & support healthy relational interactions with children. Through the interactive format participants will shift their perspective on challenging behaviors of children.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Milliren

Nicole Milliren

Clinical Therapist, Infinity Training & Consulting
avatar for Nancy Pohlman

Nancy Pohlman

Infinity Training & Consulting
Nancy has a masters degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Her experience in Human Services that spans more than 27 years. She has been a trainer and consultant throughout the state of Wisconsin for the past 17 years specializing in foster care training... Read More →



Tuesday January 29, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Suite E

8:00am

The Professional Development System- Making a Bouquet
Sharing strategies we use in order to combine state and federal regulations, HSPPS, orientating, cross training, succession, onboarding, and now, our approach to coaching. Having so many tools and resources, we just needed to make our “bouquet” by putting what we have all together.

PRO

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Myer

Jeanne Myer

Executive Director, Family Forum
avatar for Natasha Schmid

Natasha Schmid

Human Resources Director, Family Forum



Tuesday January 29, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Banyan

8:00am

THINK (To Help Individuals Navigate Konnectionz)
What started off as a recruitment and outreach efforts by two Early Head Start Home Visitors has evolved into a parent-education project for incarcerated mom's. Using Conscious Discipline practices and strategies along with Promoting Maternal Mental Health Curriculum, these two Home Visitors have created the THINK program which focuses on self care practices of breathing, reflecting and self regulation and creating a connection with our EHS program to build the bridge to community resources.

COM

Speakers
avatar for Allison Naeyaert

Allison Naeyaert

Home Visitor, Family Forum
avatar for Debbie Peterson

Debbie Peterson

Home Visitor, Family Forum


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Tuesday January 29, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
University Training Lab

8:00am

Director's Forum with Region V
Speakers
avatar for Jason Rasmussen

Jason Rasmussen

Program Specialist, Office of Head Start
avatar for Heather Wanderski

Heather Wanderski

Supervisory Program Specialist, Office of Head Start


Tuesday January 29, 2019 8:00am - 11:30am
Bamboo

8:00am

Successful School Readiness Transitions
Starting elementary school is one of the most critical transitions children face. At the heart of making this transition successful is the ability for preschools, elementary schools and families to work closely together and align experiences by providing information, building relationships and fostering continuity across settings to best support children and families. Participants will receive the research on transition and alignment practices, have time to reflect and evaluate their current practices and explore resources to support their transition efforts.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Langosch

Linda Langosch

Systems Specialist, STG International


Tuesday January 29, 2019 8:00am - 11:30am
Wisteria

8:00am

Taking Care of You - Cancelled (Weather)
We can best take care of others if we first take care of ourselves. Learn practical strategies and experiences to help you deal with the stress in your life. Managing life's challenges in a healthy way allows you to take better care of yourself and your overall health. Explore topics through small group discussion, self reflection and activities. Activities are aimed at increasing mindfulness, positive emotions, optimism, resiliency to tress, coping skills and self care.

Speakers
avatar for Sherry Daniels

Sherry Daniels

Family Living Educator, UW Extension
avatar for Renee Koenig

Renee Koenig

Assistant Professor, UW Extension


Tuesday January 29, 2019 8:00am - 11:30am
Cypress

8:00am

Culture of Safety
Speakers
avatar for Ann Steffen

Ann Steffen

Early Childhood Specialist, STG International
LB

Lorri Bernier

Grantee Specialist, STG International Inc.
VO

Violet Owens

Grantee Specialist, STG International Inc.


Tuesday January 29, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm
Acacia

9:30am

Break
Tuesday January 29, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am
TBA

9:59am

Session 4 (10:00 - 11:30am)
Tuesday January 29, 2019 9:59am - 10:00am

10:00am

"They just don't listen." Finding your Assertive Voice the Conscious Discipline Way - Conscious Discipline
Participants will explore the power of attention and the concept "what we focus on we get more of!" The skill of assertiveness provides clear communication that directs children's attention to what we want them "to do." Assertiveness skills including MAP utilizing visuals, Name, Verb, Paint, "I don't like it when.." will be shared as critical for setting effective limits.

Speakers
avatar for Kay Zastrow

Kay Zastrow

Educational Consultant/Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor, Teaching Loving Discipline LLC
Kay Zastrow brings to each training decades of classroom experience with children of all ages, including those with special needs and challenging behaviors. As a teacher with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education and Elementary/Middle School, Kay has practiced the... Read More →


Tuesday January 29, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Suite D

10:00am

Factors Affecting Brain Growth and Development: Where Do You Come In?
The first few years of life are a time of great opportunity and vulnerability for brain growth and development. The experiences children have with their primary providers during this time have the power to shape the structure and alter the functions of the brain. This training will review numerous factors that affect brain development, with a focus on the types of stress children face and the effects this has related to healthy brain growth.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Steinbauer

Lisa Steinbauer

Manager for Professional Learning, Frogstreet


Tuesday January 29, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Crown Palm

10:00am

Hiding in Plain Sight: Prevention is Power
Are you a home visitor? Are you a concerned parent? The reality of today’s world is that drug trends ebb and flow too often, and it is hard to keep up with what our children and families are impacted by. This session will highlight the drug trends in Wisconsin, some safety tips, and how to share this knowledge effectively.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Bever

Julie Bever

Youth Development and Prevention Services Coordinator, Indianhead Community Action Agency
avatar for McKenzie Morgan

McKenzie Morgan

Prevention & Intervention Specialist, Indianhead Community Action Agency


Tuesday January 29, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Banyan

10:00am

Knowing What Your Students Need
This session is focused on teaching the teachers how to utilize their data and resources to create a classroom/school that meets the needs of all students. This will include looking at how teachers gather and use their data within their lesson planning and small grouping. Then we will look at how you can meet the needs of students with IEP's in the regular ed classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Molitor

Stacey Molitor

Teacher, Merrill Area Public Schools
avatar for Nicki Taves

Nicki Taves

Teacher, Merrill Area Public Schools


Tuesday January 29, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Ironwood

10:00am

Succession Planning: Before Someone Leaves - WIPFLI
Succession planning is designed to assure success and sustainability is based on the power of on-going leadership development in achieving your vision. Replacement planning is done with the preferred future in mind and is a part of your succession plan. Join us to explore how every day leadership development techniques and aligning job functions with your plan are the base of your succession plan and smooth the transition when replacement occurs.

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Jelinek

Tammy Jelinek

Partner, WIPFLI
Tammy Jelinek has spent the majority of her career working in and with grant-funded and fee-for-services nonprofit organizations. She engages with leadership teams to strategically align their goals to grow, expand, and meet their mission. Tammy has provided training nationally in... Read More →


Tuesday January 29, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Portia

10:00am

Supporting Transitions Using the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
Participants will explore the different types if transitions. Participants will have an opportunity to dialogue about why knowing about children’s development can help them understand how children respond to transitions and identify strategies to support children through various transitions.

Speakers
avatar for Lillian Mallinson

Lillian Mallinson

Early Childhood Specialist, STG International


Tuesday January 29, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
University Training Lab

10:00am

Surviving an Active Shooter
The Active Shooter training is designed to make people aware of the reality that they could be faced with violence in the workplace without notice. It uses examples of the world we live in such as the shooting at Columbine, Sikh Temple (WI) and Azana Salon (WI). The training encourages participants to begin “What if” thinking and formulate a plan and a model to survive. We emphasize that the training is not intended to scare people, but rather prepare them. It makes participants aware of their natural instincts to either fight, flight or freeze and describes how those instincts can be overcome.
Chief Erwin will discuss the necessity of a “survival mindset” and developing a course of action. People are encouraged to think “What if?” and become more aware of their surroundings. We emphasize “fail to plan, plan to fail.”
Topics also included: Run, Hide, Fight: The seven steps on how to deal with an active shooter type situation: Figure it out, Get out, Call out (911), Hide out, Keep out, Spread out and Take out the threat. Class time presentation: 1hr 30 minutes. Q&A is an additional 30 mintues.

Speakers
avatar for David Erwin

David Erwin

Chief, State Capitol Police


Tuesday January 29, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Suite E

11:45am

1:29pm

Session 5 (1:30 - 3:00pm)
Tuesday January 29, 2019 1:29pm - 1:30pm

1:30pm

A Good Night's Sleep Shouldn't Be A Dream
Sleep is critical to growth and development, but many children and adults are not getting the sleep they need. Sleep deprivation has been linked to learning and attention issues, depression, injury, diabetes, growth problems, juvenile obesity, and illness in general. In this workshop, we will review how much sleep individuals of all ages need and the symptoms of sleep deprivation, discuss influences on sleep habits, and explore strategies for ensuring a good night sleep for the entire family.

Speakers
avatar for Val Krage

Val Krage

Early Childhood Faculty, Viterbo University



Tuesday January 29, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Bamboo

1:30pm

ABC's of Movement: Multisensory Literacy for All
Young children are kinesthetic learners and learn best through movement. This training highlights the gross motor development of young children and research on movement that supports early literacy. Active audience participation is incorporated in this movement oriented session. Multisensory materials will be shared that are aligned with the Wisconsin Core Competencies.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Gombash

Laurie Gombash

Physical Therapist/National Trainer, OPEN



Tuesday January 29, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Cypress

1:30pm

Coaching Strategies: Beyond The Performance Review - WIPFLI
If you have to complete performance reviews, this session is for you!

When discussing performance reviews we rarely hear that the reviewer is excited and enthusiastically looking forward to the process. It sounds more akin to heading into the dentist for a root canal…without Novocain. If this sounds, feels, or is familiar – please join us.
In this discussion, we will share suggestions on how to:

-Transform performance review events from once a year to ongoing
-Give effective ongoing feedback – both positive and constructive
-Conduct feedback conversations with those exceeding, meeting, and not meeting expectations
-Adapt current and future performance management trends
-Help employees perform to the best of their abilities

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Jelinek

Tammy Jelinek

Partner, WIPFLI
Tammy Jelinek has spent the majority of her career working in and with grant-funded and fee-for-services nonprofit organizations. She engages with leadership teams to strategically align their goals to grow, expand, and meet their mission. Tammy has provided training nationally in... Read More →


Tuesday January 29, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Portia

1:30pm

Looking at Wisconsin’s Child Care Deserts through a collaboration model- Child care, Head Start, and 4K
This session will provide participants the opportunity to engage in a topical discussion regarding the changing needs of families and communities in Wisconsin and how the ECE field can respond with blended/braided funding models within the Child Care, 4K and Head Start systems. Data from the Department of Children and Families 4K-Head Start-Child Care Collaboration Research Project will be examined and discussion about the impact of this research on an already underfunded ECE system. Discussion on the growing ECE workforce gap and the impact on the ECE field in the next 10 years creating child care deserts.

Speakers
avatar for Sherry Stuart

Sherry Stuart

Advanced Program and Policy Analyst, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families


Tuesday January 29, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Crown Palm

1:30pm

Quality Learning Environments for the Infant/Toddler Classroom
You have great staff and high quality materials--now what? Come discover what it takes to put the pieces together to form quality learning environments for infants/toddlers. During this interactive session, participants will discuss, plan, and PLAY their way to a deeper understanding.

Speakers
avatar for Jessie Olson

Jessie Olson

Professional Development Specialist, Lakeshore Learning Materials
As an advocate for students with suspected or diagnosed disabilities, Jessie has a passion for creating individualized educational experiences that maximizes meaningful learning. Jessie not only has experience as a Special Education teacher, but spent time overseeing Head Start and... Read More →



Tuesday January 29, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Suite E

1:30pm

This Is My School Family: Leveling The Playing Field in Madison - Conscious Discipline
This session will introduce the School Family Model and how Conscious Discipline is being implemented at The Playing Field. TPF cares for children experiencing homelessness right alongside those from fare more advantaged homes. The program was founded on the School Family Model, where all children have their needs met- even if those needs are very different.

Speakers
avatar for Abbi Kruse

Abbi Kruse

Executive Director, The Playing Field
Abbi is the founder and Executive Director of The Playing Field, an early childhood program serving children experiencing homelessness right alongside those from far more advantaged families. Prior to this role, Abbi served in a variety of ECE settings including the University of... Read More →


Tuesday January 29, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Suite D

1:30pm

Is Implicit Bias and Stereotype Threat Affecting Your Workplace?
Given the current divisions within our country, many of our most vulnerable groups are feeling targeted. It is likely that children, families and staff are unconsciously internalizing negative messages about themselves and/or others. As leaders, we must be aware of the impact that negative bias and stereotypes have on the workplace and foster a safe, inclusive environment.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Slaby

Rebecca Slaby

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, AMAZE
As AMAZE Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Rebecca Slaby creates and leads workshops for schools, organizations, and parents on anti-bias education, culturally responsive teaching, bias, and stereotype threat and has co-authored the AMAZE middle school curriculum. With an MEd... Read More →


Tuesday January 29, 2019 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Wisteria

1:30pm

Nature vs. Nurture Debunked: A closer look at epigenetics and why does it matter in early childhood
Participants will explore how early experiences play a major role on the development of children on the cellular level, which impacts overall development of the brain and body throughout their life span. Participants will examine the critical components to buffering toxic stress through positive nurturing environments.

Speakers
avatar for Lillian Mallinson

Lillian Mallinson

Early Childhood Specialist, STG International


Tuesday January 29, 2019 1:30pm - 5:00pm
University Training Lab

1:30pm

Spinning your Wellness Wheel
Wellness is a lifelong journey, an active process of making daily choices and commitments to better health & well-being. Join us to look inward to learn how you can get your Wellness Wheel spinning smoother than a fidget spinner!

Speakers
avatar for Julie Bever

Julie Bever

Youth Development and Prevention Services Coordinator, Indianhead Community Action Agency
avatar for McKenzie Morgan

McKenzie Morgan

Prevention & Intervention Specialist, Indianhead Community Action Agency


Tuesday January 29, 2019 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Banyan

3:00pm

Break
Tuesday January 29, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
TBA

3:29pm

Session 6 (3:30 - 5:00pm)
Tuesday January 29, 2019 3:29pm - 3:30pm

3:29pm

Session 6 (3:30 - 5:00pm)
Tuesday January 29, 2019 3:29pm - 3:30pm

3:30pm

17 Science Backed Ways to Relieve Stress NOW!
It’s time to reset. It’s time to relax. It’s time for some self-care. Participants will learn how to choose a more peaceful route and choose tranquility over tension and awe over anxiety. There are science-backed ways that can help reduce stress and promote peace in life. This session will provide 17 science backed tips and tricks for reestablishing a sense of serenity, no matter what’s going on in one’s life.    

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Cathy Howe-Thwaits

Executive Director, Marathon County Head Start
Esteemed past WHSA Board member, educator, Executive Director, and leader in the Head Start Community.


Tuesday January 29, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Crown Palm

3:30pm

Adaptive Art Materials and Upcycled Art Materials
In this hands-on, interactive session, you will learn about some adaptive art materials that will be useful for children with special needs. You'll also learn about some FREE materials for your art classes - upcycling materials is a fun and economic way to add more to your art curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli

Gabrielle Javier-Cerulli

Program Director, VSA Wisconsin


Tuesday January 29, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Ironwood

3:30pm

Baby Doll Circle Time: The Key to Strengthening Attachment and Attunement in ECE Programs - Conscious Discipline
This session will introduce Baby Doll Circle Time as a structure for supporting attachment and attunement in ECE programs. Participants will be introduced to different attachment styles and participate in a demonstration of Baby Doll Circle Time. This session will support I/T teachers interested in implementing Conscious Discipline.

Speakers
avatar for Abbi Kruse

Abbi Kruse

Executive Director, The Playing Field
Abbi is the founder and Executive Director of The Playing Field, an early childhood program serving children experiencing homelessness right alongside those from far more advantaged families. Prior to this role, Abbi served in a variety of ECE settings including the University of... Read More →


Tuesday January 29, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Suite D

3:30pm

Building STEAM in Preschool
There is a lot of buzz around STEAM. Come prepared to have some FUN and find out why. Participants will discover how to expose students from 0-5 to STEAM activities in the everyday classroom through discussion and play.

Speakers
avatar for Jessie Olson

Jessie Olson

Professional Development Specialist, Lakeshore Learning Materials
As an advocate for students with suspected or diagnosed disabilities, Jessie has a passion for creating individualized educational experiences that maximizes meaningful learning. Jessie not only has experience as a Special Education teacher, but spent time overseeing Head Start and... Read More →



Tuesday January 29, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Suite E

3:30pm

Leading Your Talent: Facilitated Open Question and Answers - WIPFLI
You are a leader in your organization. Each day, your community and your employees depend on you to make sound decisions that benefit each of them. And as leaders, you don’t always have someone (i.e. other leaders) to ask the hard questions. In this session, we will work together to answer these questions and help you develop actions you can take home to enhance your ability to lead and succeed.

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Jelinek

Tammy Jelinek

Partner, WIPFLI
Tammy Jelinek has spent the majority of her career working in and with grant-funded and fee-for-services nonprofit organizations. She engages with leadership teams to strategically align their goals to grow, expand, and meet their mission. Tammy has provided training nationally in... Read More →


Tuesday January 29, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Portia

3:30pm

Licensing Changes and Background Checks
This session will cover various changes to licensing regulations and statutes. It will also provide a summary of the new background check requirements and will conclude with a Q&A for providers on these topics.

Speakers
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Antonio Bouxa

Communications Analyst, DCF
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Tina Feaster

Child Care Licensing Program Specialist, DCF


Tuesday January 29, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Bamboo

3:30pm

Standards Based Movement Exploration Activities
Research supports that regular physical activity improves childhood cognition and brain health. Attend this session ready to actively engage in movement based activities that work toward developmental outcomes and indicators. Come experience gross motor activities that promote learning across all domains. Free online resources will be shared that can be immediately used.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Gombash

Laurie Gombash

Physical Therapist/National Trainer, OPEN



Tuesday January 29, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cypress
 
Wednesday, January 30
 

6:59am

7:59am

Session 7 (8:00 - 9:30am)
Wednesday January 30, 2019 7:59am - 8:00am

8:00am

An Interactive Family Engagement Approach for Better Child Outcomes
This workshop discusses strategies to strengthen family engagement. Participants will examine their own attitudes toward family involvement, share their experiences, and consider innovative strategies. An interactive approach for family engagement will be presented and discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Tori Bleher

Tori Bleher

Co Founder, Learning Genie
Tori graduated from Azusa Pacific with a B.S. in International Business and a minor in Theatre Arts. She is excited to be a part of the Learning Genie team and help enrich children’s education! She is passionate about early children’s development and has been involved in young... Read More →


Wednesday January 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Tamarind

8:00am

Belonging: an Anti-bias Education Combined with Social Emotional Learning Approach to Creating the Equity in the Classroom.
Children are especially vulnerable to internalizing stereotypes about themselves and others during early childhood. They are impacted by the messages they get about who is valued and who is not as well as how they fit or don’t fit into their classrooms and communities. This workshop focuses on steps YOU can take to ensure all children feel seen, heard and valued.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Starch

Robin Starch

Director of Education, AMAZE
As a classroom teacher for over 20 years, Robin specialized in creating and teaching social skills curriculum for students with emotional & behavioral difficulties. As Director of Education for AMAZE, Robin helps teachers create classrooms that are safe and welcoming for ALL students... Read More →


Wednesday January 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Banyan

8:00am

Building relationships to support intentional teaching with Early Head Start
During this presentation we will discuss both the fundamentals and importance of building relationships with infants and toddler. Proceeding this will be a discussion on how academics are supported in mixed aged infant and toddler classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Jazmine Fennig

Jazmine Fennig

Center Director, Acelero Learning


Wednesday January 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Wisteria

8:00am

Connecting with FoodWise: Community-based Nutrition Education and Healthy Living Resources for Children and Families
Participants will be introduced to FoodWIse as a resource and community partner for Head Start programs. Participants will learn about FoodWIse nutrition education programs for children and families and FoodWIse projects to support healthy environments in ECE settings. Participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to integrate healthy changes into their programs.

SAF

Speakers
avatar for Penny Schmitt

Penny Schmitt

Nutrition Educator, FoodWise
Penny Schmitt is a FoodWISe Nutrition Educator with UW Cooperative Extension. Penny has taughtnutrition lessons in variety of sites around her community, such as, Head Start, senior meal sites,parent groups, elementary schools and Boys and Girls Clubs. Penny’s outreach have includedfocusing... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Miller

Amanda Miller

UW Extension
avatar for Emily Latham

Emily Latham

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, FoodWise
Emily supports nutrition education programming for FoodWIse and serves as a resource and advisor to county colleagues.  Provides leadership for school-based policy, systems, and environmental change strategies, including Smarter Lunchrooms, School Wellness Policies, and Farm to... Read More →



Wednesday January 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Suite E

8:00am

Developing a Community-Wide Early Literacy Initiative
Early literacy is the human rights issue of our time. Every child, regardless of their economic status, race or social standing, deserves an equal opportunity to read. Learn how one community is working together to make this a reality through the development of an Early Literacy Task Force.

Speakers
avatar for Allison DeGraff

Allison DeGraff

Director of Learning and Innovation, School District of Janesville
avatar for Peggy Muehlenkamp

Peggy Muehlenkamp

Assistant Director, Professional Development, School District of Janesville



Wednesday January 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Bamboo

8:00am

Improving the Understanding of IFSPs and IEPs in Early Childhood Settings and Transition Streamlining!
Come improve understanding of IFSPs and IEPs in Early Childhood Settings and Transition Streamlining! Learn what IFSPs and IEPs are and how they impact work as early childhood educators and family advocates. Come explore conversations defining work around IFSPs and IEPs with important focus on the legal and advocacy expectations of this work. This session will highlight transitions in settings (child care, preschool to 4K-12 school settings etc.) and discuss partnerships in this work to support little ones and their families!

Speakers
avatar for Tonya Hameister

Tonya Hameister

Assistant Professor, UW Oshkosh
Dr. Tonya (Toni) Hameister is an assistant professor of Special Education at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She has a BA in both Elementary Education and Historical Philosophy, a M.S. in Cross Categorical Special Education (emphasis classes in Gifted and Talented), and a Ph.D... Read More →


Wednesday January 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Ironwood

8:00am

Leadership Strategies for Intentional Coaching - Conscious Discipline
Create healthy strategies for managing conflict with your staff. Develop a transformational change plan for your program that is completed during the session. Design a new template for continued growth that will inspire a healthy working climate and will promote collaboration and a positive working relationship with your team

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Barkac

Jenny Barkac

Certified Conscious Discipline Instructor, Conscious Disclipline
Jenny Barkac has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She has been in the education field for over 25 years as a teacher of Infant and Toddlers, Preschool, Behavior Interventionist, K-6, and is an Adjunct Professor teaching... Read More →



Wednesday January 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Suite D

8:00am

Sustainable Low Income Living with Permaculture
Permaculture is based on observing and partnering with Nature. It weaves together strategies which include one’s home, the landscape, water, building soil quality, growing and preserving food, and energy needs. By identifying ways that work in partnership with nature instead of against, participants will have more housing, energy, and food security. Participants will learn about a proposal that changes the conversation about poverty initiatives and have a chance to give feedback.

Speakers
avatar for Rich Thwaits

Rich Thwaits

Retired Director, Marathon County Head Start
Rich Thwaits was a retired educator of 40 years when Permaculture found him.  For 23 of those years he served as a Head Start Director, a federal program serving low-income preschool children and their families. He realized that Permaculture was the systems piece that was missing... Read More →


Wednesday January 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Portia

8:00am

Vision Screening - Cancelled (Weather)
Some unruly children show an increase in activity participation and interaction after a vision screening, a follow-up eye examination, and an eyeglasses prescription. Yet, vision is not always considered a factor in disruptive classroom behaviors or poor academic progress. This session will describe research showing a relationship between learning challenges and uncorrected farsightedness. Attendees will learn how to find these children to help ensure these children are ready to learn.


Wednesday January 30, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Crown Palm

8:00am

Protective Factors
Protective Factors is a program designed for people who work directly with families. It promotes awareness and understanding of the Protective Factors Framework and the 5 Protective Factors that keep families strong and protect children from child abuse and neglect.

Speakers
avatar for Pamala Johnson

Pamala Johnson

Parent, Indianhead Community Action Agency
avatar for Lauren Zach

Lauren Zach

Family Services Coordinator, Indianhead Community Action Agency


Wednesday January 30, 2019 8:00am - 11:30am
Guava

8:00am

Remembering Your Way: An Invitation to Rest, Reflect, & Renew
We warmly invite you to join us for a unique opportunity for reflection and renewal. In this workshop we will create an accepting environment to explore the challenging concepts of burn out, compassion fatigue, and secondary traumatic stress. We will discuss the impact of working with young children and their families who have experienced trauma, discover nurturing strategies for self-care, and experience expressive arts interventions that provide rejuvenation.

GUI, PRO

Speakers
avatar for Stacey Otto

Stacey Otto

Mental Health Consultant, Nurturing Connections
avatar for Elizabeth Pupeter

Elizabeth Pupeter

Music Therapist, Nurturing Connections



Wednesday January 30, 2019 8:00am - 11:30am
Cypress

9:30am

Break
Wednesday January 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am
TBA

9:59am

Session 8 (10:00 - 11:30am)
Wednesday January 30, 2019 9:59am - 10:00am

10:00am

Effective Communication through Conflict
General description- Learn how to have an effective feedback conversation. What are some of the barriers and how to eliminate those barriers through effective back and forth exchanges that allow for a respectful exchange of perspective and ideas to drive problem solving. Learn to build a culture of feedback for your organization.

PRO, ADM

Speakers
avatar for Lashanda Evans

Lashanda Evans

Center Director, Acelero Learning
I am a Center Director at Acelero Learning Wisconsin Head Start/Early Head Start programs. I have worked in the Early Childhood field for over 20+ years. In that time, I was a Teacher, Resource Teacher, Assistant Director and now a Center Director. I have a bachelor’s degree in... Read More →
avatar for Beth Kilimann

Beth Kilimann

Administrative and Training Assistant, Acelero Learing
I am a trainer at Acelero Learning Wisconsin Head Start/ Early Head Start program. I have been in the field of ECE for over 25 years serving as teacher, home visitor, Disability coordinator, special education teacher, supervisor and currently a trainer.  I hold a Bachelor’s degree... Read More →


Wednesday January 30, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Banyan

10:00am

Garden-Based Education and Activities at ECE Sites
The Wisconsin School Garden Network was established in April of 2016. Over the past year and a half, we have connected with over a hundred early care and education members across Wisconsin, providing trainings, technical assistance, and resources on how to create and maintain a children's garden. Come join us to learn how to build a garden and gain new programming ideas!

LRN, SAF, COM

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Bugasch Scopoline

Stephanie Bugasch Scopoline

Outreach Specialist, Community GroundWorks/ The Wisconsin School Garden Network
Stef is the Outreach Specialist for the Wisconsin School Garden Network. Originally from Minnesota, she grew up gardening and spending time outside in nature. After graduating from UW-Madison in Environmental Studies and International Studies, Stef worked with the organization Amir... Read More →



Wednesday January 30, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Bamboo

10:00am

HOW to Think, Not What to Think: A Cognitive Approach to Preventing Behavior Problems in Young Children
Learn about two evidenced based SEL curriculum's for children ages 4-7 called "I Can Problem Solve” and its companion program called “Raising a Thinking Child" to be used by their parents. When children learn how to think of alternative solutions to problems, potential consequences to acts, and understand their own and others’ feelings they are less impulsive, less socially withdrawn, more emphatic, experience better peer relationships, and are more cooperative with peers and adults.

DEV, LRN

Speakers
avatar for Susan Allen

Susan Allen

Family Living Educator, Marquette County UW-Extension
avatar for Nancy Schultz

Nancy Schultz

Human Development & Family Relationship Specialist, UW Extension



Wednesday January 30, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Tamarind

10:00am

Master Self-regulation to transform Aggression: Using Prevention strategies as Interventions - Conscious Discipline
Choose to view problem behavior as a skill deficit like math and reading challenges. Participants will learn intervention strategies to include in morning routines that will teach missing social/ emotional skills that cause problem behavior. This prevention strategy uses daily conflicts to teach and is the bridge to increased learning.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Barkac

Jenny Barkac

Certified Conscious Discipline Instructor, Conscious Disclipline
Jenny Barkac has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She has been in the education field for over 25 years as a teacher of Infant and Toddlers, Preschool, Behavior Interventionist, K-6, and is an Adjunct Professor teaching... Read More →



Wednesday January 30, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Suite D

10:00am

Stay Calm: Making Emergencies Easy to Handle
Stay calm in an emergency is easier said than done. In this session, the participants will be shown the basic steps and techniques to handle any type of emergency. We will discuss providing first aid, performing CPR, using an AED, and other life saving situations that anyone can be confronted with. This session is done in a laid back learning environment with the opportunity to ask questions.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Waldschmidt

Jacob Waldschmidt

Director, Midwest Academy of Safety and Health


Wednesday January 30, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Wisteria

10:00am

Transforming Tattling into A Tool for Teaching - Conscious Discipline
This session will introduce participants to the different types of tattling. Instead of reacting each will learn specific ways to respond to tattling so it becomes a tool for teaching. This session will support all adults who are interested in learning how to transform everyday tattling into a powerful tool in the classroom and home.

Speakers
avatar for Abbi Kruse

Abbi Kruse

Executive Director, The Playing Field
Abbi is the founder and Executive Director of The Playing Field, an early childhood program serving children experiencing homelessness right alongside those from far more advantaged families. Prior to this role, Abbi served in a variety of ECE settings including the University of... Read More →


Wednesday January 30, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Suite E

10:00am

Vision Screening: Evidence-Based Options for Early Head Start
Early Head Start grantees are mandated to conduct evidence-based vision screening or collect evidence-based vision screening results. Can’t obtain a visual acuity for children ages birth to 3 years? Not sure what to use? This session provides information about evidence-based vision screening tools for children enrolled in Early Head Start to help detect vision disorders earlier and to help grantees meet vision screening mandates.


Wednesday January 30, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Crown Palm

11:30pm

Conference Ends
Wednesday January 30, 2019 11:30pm - Thursday January 31, 2019 12:30am
TBA