Thursday, March 8
Please note that only workshops that have been fully confirmed and scheduled are listed. There are many workshops that are still works in progress!
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Opening General Session: Imagine, Create, Inspire. Exploring Arts Integration in Early Childhood with Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts
Jennifer Cooper, Director, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts
Kofi Dennis, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
Terlene Terry Todd, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
Arts Integration is a valuable tool for reaching multiple learning styles across the curriculum and is linked to enhanced academic outcomes and social/emotional development. Participants of this presentation will explore key elements of arts-integration and examine research that proves that arts-integrated learning is fundamental in providing all children access to quality education.
In this interactive session, participants will learn how intentional, creative performing arts experiences enhance learning for young children. Integrating the performing arts is a powerful teaching strategy that unlocks children’s innate desire for joyful, active learning. Learn how to use drama, creative movement, and music to engage young children in the classroom. Participants will explore movement, props, and music to expand their use of performing arts strategies in order to provide children the opportunity to act directly on their physical world through multi-sensory experiences and enhance cognitive development.
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Concurrent Workshop Sessions
- Bringing Nature into the Classroom, Diane Volcansek
- Children's Art and STEM Curriculum, Kathryn Brown
- Finding, Interviewing, Training and Retaining, Adria Bader
- Infant Toddler Mental Health - A Dialogue, Mary Thornton
- MamaBear: Improving Engagement with Families, El Brown
- Meaningful Classroom Jobs, Heidi Condrey
- New Understandings As To The Importance of Comprehensive, Sophia Wastler
- STEM & Literacy, Colette Pringle
- The Movement Game, Preston Blackburn
- The Power of Talk: Building a Child's Brain, Rebecca Akers
- Understanding and Effectively Supporting the Behavior, Sarah Betancourt
- Using Persona Dolls to Support Diversity, Cecelia Alvarado
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Literacy Luncheon: A Seat for All in the Circle*
Featuring Author Anne Marie Pace
The literacy luncheon features and celebrates authors that write for young children. This year’s event will feature Virginia author, Anne Marie Pace, the author of Vampirina Ballerina, Pigloo, and more! She will present a thoughtful narrative on how understanding the individuality of children — in all dimensions — is critical to bringing them together through literature. Drawing upon her years of experience as a teacher, a parent of both typical and special needs children, and a children’s author, Anne Marie will make the case that one of the most profound things an early childhood educator can do is to expose children to the depth and breadth of diverse children’s literature.
12:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Exhibit Hall Open
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Concurrent Workshop Sessions
- Adventures - Exploration - Investigation - Discovery, Lauren Caffrey
- Bring Back the Drama, Lenore Blank Kelner
- Designing Professional Development (Part 1): YOU Can Create a Memorable Presentation!, Jaye Harvey
- Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood, (Part 1), Page Hutchinson
- High Quality for All Children: NAEYC Accreditation, Kamna Seth
- Inclusion Preschool Classrooms, Laura Basu
- Linking Language, Literacy, Music & Movement, Aisha Thurman-Cosby, M. Ed.
- What's the Difference? An Intro to Conscious Discipline Part 1, Mandy Lloyd
3:30 pm. – 5:00 p.m. | Concurrent Workshop Sessions
- Building a Foundation for Literacy, Julie Durando
- Conscious Disclipline and Exceptional Children, Shirley Smith
- Creating Songs for the Early Childhood Classroom, Aaron Fowler
- Designing Professional Development (Part 2): Let's Give It a Try!, Jaye Harvey
- Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood, Part 2, Page Hutchinson
- Extending Boundaries: A Mixed Delivery Collaboration, Patricia Kennedy
- Multicultural Books for Young Children, Rebecca Akers
- Outdoor Fun for Everyone, Sarah Erdman
- What's the Difference? An Intro to Conscious Discipline, Part 2, Mandy Lloyd
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Reception in Exhibit Hall with Prize Drawings
*Additional fees apply to these functions.