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"Let's Stick Together"
For an exhilarating experience full of experts, knowledge and fun join us April 10-11, 2015 for UW-Whitewater's Early Childhood Conference. Our conference is a great opportunity for professional development and is great for networking with other professionals in the field of Early Childhood Education.
Presented by the College of Education and Professional Studies in conjunction with Continuing Education Services.
Dear Early Childhood Educators:
I always get excited to write this letter. In part, because I save this as the last task to complete as we put the brochure (book, really) together for the upcoming conference. And when I write this letter, I look back at past brochures to make sure I am not repeating myself in this letter. As I looked through past letters, I didn't see where I had ever written how proud I am to be an early childhood educator. My career has taken some unexpected turns at UW-Whitewater, and this year I find myself in the role of an administrator in the College of Education and Professional Studies. In this position, I work with many people across campus, and an interesting thing has happened. Since I started my career at UW-Whitewater as a teacher in the Children's Center, I took care of the children of many of the people I now have the opportunity to work with as other administrators. It is because of that relationship years ago (taking care of their children) that there is in a level of trust. I am proud of being an early childhood educator and knowing that those skills I learned while taking care of children are serving me now in a very different position.
The theme of the conference this year is "Let's Stick Together" and I absolutely love it! Sticking together takes on so many interpretations in Early Childhood Education, like "stick together on the field trip," or "childcare teachers and public school early childhood teachers need to stick together," and even "how did you stick together those two pieces of paper without glue?" In the field of early childhood, we need to continue to "stick together" as we advocate for the highest quality care for our children.
It has been a privilege to "stick" with you all these years as the coordinator of the conference. And we have "stuck" together another amazing lineup of presenters. Take the time to see some of your favorites or take a chance and see someone new, attend the open house at the Children's Center (lunch hour on Saturday and additional Registry opportunity), walk through the art exhibit (adjacent to Headquarters) with the same theme as our conference, and make the time to connect with old and new colleagues.
See you in April,