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UW-Whitewater Early Childhood Conference

Save the date: April 3 - 4, 2020. More details available in December.


Leading the WayDear Early Childhood Educators,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 41st annual UW-Whitewater Early Childhood Conference!  I have been involved in the conference for several years and like so many early childhood educators, I feel like this is a special time for us to gather, share, and grow together.  This year, I am excited to serve in the role of coordinator and am beyond grateful to Robin Fox and the other coordinators who served before me to make this conference what it is today.

As you check out the conference website you will notice an amazing line up of speakers and topics, along with some exciting changes that we hope add to this conference experience.  On Friday, there will be a full-day tier three registry workshop presented by Dr. Robin Fox. David Stokes will be featured on Friday and Saturday, including sessions for both children and adults.  Gemini will also be returning and sharing their musical gifts throughout the conference.  And if that isn’t enough, Barbara Joosse, author of over 50 children’s books, will be signing books and presenting on Saturday.

We are also excited to announce that we will kick-off the conference on Saturday with Keynote Speaker Ann Terrell, author of the recent publication “Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education”.  During the keynote Ann will share some of the lessons learned on her leadership journey to becoming an award winning, effective, and inspiring leader.  That’s just a sneak peak of some of the AMAZING presenters who will be with us this year.  We will also have vendors and a silent auction. Please check our website for updates along with our Facebook page (UW-Whitewater Early Childhood Conference).  Thank you for all that you do for children and families and for “Leading the Way”!  I can’t wait to see you in April and I’m honored to be a part of this amazing conference.

Warm Regards,

Kristen Linzmeier

Kristen Linzmeier, Conference Coordinator

Dates:

  • Pre-Conference: Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Conference: Saturday, April 13, 2019

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Register OnlineClosed. Walk-up available.

Registrations accepted online until noon 4/10/19.  We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in, if space is available.  Walk-up registration details available here after online registration closes.

Pre-Conference will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019 and Conference will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Early Bird Fees (Register by February 20, 2019)

  • Pre-Conference Workshop: $75
  • Conference: $100
  • Attending Both Pre-Conference and Conference: $150

Standard Price Fees (Register between February 21 and March 24, 2019):

  • Pre-Conference Workshop: $100
  • Conference: $115
  • Attending Both Pre-Conference and Conference: $200
Late Price Fees (Register on or after March 25, 2019):
  • Pre-Conference Workshop: $115
  • Conference: $125
  • Attending Both Pre-Conference and Conference: $225
Friday Parking Pass: $5 Friday/Saturday Boxed Lunch: $12
Long Sleve T-Shirt: $18.46 - $20.57 Critiquing & Evaluating Materials: $15
Handouts on USB Flash Drive: $10.55
Recorded Sessions: $21.10 each session; $79.12 Friday Pre-Conference Workshop Books: $7.33 - $26.32

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Fee Includes
  • New to 2019: Your badge will include the sessions you registered for printed on it with your name.  No paper tickets will be used.
  • Pre-conference will be held on Friday.  Fee will include a Tier 3 Registry Certificate, full day workshop (8:30 - 3:30 with an hour lunch break), presented by Robin Fox.
  • Conference will be held on Saturday.  Fee will include a Keynote presentation (includes a Registry Certificate) with your choice of one hour sessions with various presenters and access to Vendor booths.
  • Fee for both days includes Friday Pre-Conference and Saturday, Vendors on Saturday and Conference Keynote with sessions.   
  • Friday parking pass includes one parking pass to park your car in campus lots on Friday.  Campus parking is free on weekends; no parking pass required on Saturday.  More details below under Before You Arrive section.
  • Friday and Saturday lunch will be a box lunch featuring a roast beef, turkey or vegetarian sandwich served on Ciabatta bread with chips, cookies, whole fruit and water, or a Greek chicken salad served with granola bar and water. We strongly encourage participants to purchase a box lunch. Although there are restaurants in the University Center, there is limited space and lines may be long. The box lunches will be served outside the Hamilton Room in the University Center.  Pre-purchased meal ticket will be in your badge; no sales will be at the door.
  • Critiquing and Evaluating Early Childhood Materials fee includes a Registry Certificate.  This fee is only assessed if you choose to attend before the conference starts or at lunch time on Saturday.  No fee is charged if you take as a session.
  • T-shirts fee includes one long sleeve t-shirt.  Pick up t-shirt from headquarters during the conference.
  • Video fee includes your selected video choices on a USB flash drive and a registry certificate.  They will be mailed to you by June 30, 2019.
  • Handouts on USB flash drive includes one USB flash drive with all conference handouts.  Pick up your handouts drive from headquarters during the conference.

Lunch

We strongly encourage participants to pre-purchase a box lunch in thier registration and will be given a meal ticket in their badges.   Although there are restaurants in the University Center, there is limited space and lines could be long.  The box lunches will be served in University Center outside the Hamilton Room from 11:45-1:00p.m.  Participants may stay and eat the lunch in University Center or take it elsewhere to enjoy.  No sales available at the door.

Refunds

Registrants may transfer attendance to another person.  NO REFUNDS will be given.  Submit transfer requests to cesevents@uww.edu by April 1, 2019; provide your name and the name of the person attending in your place.  No transfers will be accepted after April 1, 2019.

All registrant accounts must be paid in full three weeks (21 days) prior to the start of event.  Registrants with outstanding balances after payment is due in full are subject to being removed from the event roster without refund.  Please contact Continuing Education Services at cesevents@uww.edu prior to this deadline if extenuating circumstances prevent you from completing a payment.

We reserve the right to cancel any event due to low enrollment; in such a case, all fees paid will be refunded.

Want to Sponsor a Registrant?

You can sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees. We have received requests in the past from schools, companies, organizations, friends and family members that would like to send their chosen registrant to a specific event. If you would like to sponsor a registrant, you can request a promo code that you may give to your chosen registrant. Click here for more details.

Conference Headquarters

During the conference if you have a problem or need additional information, you may go to the Conference Headquarters in Winther on Friday Pre-Conference and in University Center on Saturday Conference.  Headquarters will be open from 7:30 a.m-10:00a.m. on Friday in Winther and from 7:00a.m.-5:00p.m. on Saturday in the University Center.  You may also call 262-472-3165 if you have any questions.

Check In

Check in will take place at the Conference Headquarters (Friday in Winther and Saturday in the University Center).  Pick up your name badge and printed confirmation report from conference headquarters.  Tickets are no longer being used as admission to sessions, instead  show door monitor your name badge with session details printed on it.  If you would like to make change to any sessions you may do so at the conference headquarters.

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here.   A campus map can be found here.   Campus building addresses can be found here.

Confirmation Emails

Once you register a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact cesevents@uww.edu if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from centurytel.net and wi.rr.com are blocked from receiving notifiactions from us or my end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.

Parking

Parking permits are required to park a vehicle on campus Friday, but not on Saturday.   Campus parking is free on weekends. Permit for vehicles may be purchased for $5 during the registration process.  Parking is available in lot 7 and 9.  Registrants who purchased a parking permit in advance will need to stop by the Visitors Center and provide their name to the attendant.  Those who didn't purchase a pass during registration will need to purchase one from the Visitor Center.  More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.  

Accommodations

Hamilton House
328 W. Main Street, Whitewater WI 53190
262-473-1900
Use promo code "EVENT" to get 15% discount on all guest rooms, early arrival of noon, and an early breakfast of 7:00 a.m.  Two-night minimum stay.  Available Thursday to Sunday nights.  Book direct online here or call 262-473-1900.

Baymont Inn & Suites
1355 W. Main Street, Whitewater WI 53190
262-472-9400
Starting Rate: $113.05/night based on double occupancy
Deadline: March 12, 2019

Super 8 Whitewater
917 E. Milwaukee St.
Whitewater, WI 
(262) 472-0400
King/Double: $113.05/night based on double occupancy
Deadline: March 12, 2019

University Guest Housing - Goodhue Hall
Website
(262) 472-4200
Rates available online.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

Registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will  be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.

The Early Childhood program is available for download!  The program will include all available sessions, descriptions and times.  *The schedule is subject to change.

Download ECC Schedule Here


You may download a planning guide to help register your group.  This form is to be a guide for your administrative assistant to use while registering online.  We will not accept a copy as a registration.  Download a planning guide here.

Note: The handouts will be available after March 15, 2019.  Registrants will receive the handouts link in their confirmation email. 


Program Changes

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater reserves the right to make changes in workshops and speakers, or to cancel workshops if enrollment criteria are not met or when conditions beyond our control prevail.

Endorsement of Presenters

We are proud of the diversity that will be exhibited by the presenters at this conference. However, we do not assume responsibility for the information, opinions, products or services shared by the presenters. Please share your concerns directly with the presenter or take the time to complete the evaluation form which will be sent electronically following the conference. We also encourage participants to offer presenters compliments when pleased with the content of a presentation.

This year there will be some changes to the process for Registry credit.

Wisconsin Members

We will now be digitally scanning your Registry Membership Card as you enter each session.

Don't forget to bring your card or download the Registry App to have a digital copy! 

Click on this link for more details: https://www.the-registry.org/MembershipCard.aspx.

Registry

Illinois Members

You will be able to collect a Registry Label as you enter each session.  A "Certificate of Participation" will be available at Conference Headquarter to keep all of your labels organized. 

Please remember to submit your "Certificate of Participation" to Conference Headquarters" before you leave to receive Registry Credit.


Author

Barbara Joosse  

Barbara Joosse

Barbara Joosse, a lifelong Wisconsin resident, has spent her adult lifetime writing for the people she loves best—children.  Her books have been translated into 30 languages. Last year, she celebrated a very special anniversary—the publication of her 50th book for children, “Lulu & Rocky in MILWAUKEE,” the first in a new series, “Our City Adventures.”  Her books include “Mama, Do You Love Me?” “Papa, Do You Love Me?” “I Love You the Purplest” “Lovabye Dragon” and “Better Together: A Book of Family.”  Best known for her lyrical style and metaphorical content, Barbara strives to write books that help children grow from the inside out.  Barbara’s books have launched her into surprising adventures, which include co-writing lyrics for a Nashville kindie-rock band, The Happy Racers, and creating a musical, “Lovabye Dragon,” first performed at First Stage Children’s Theater in Milwaukee, based on her Dragon and Girl books.  Barbara lives in Port Washington, Wisconsin, with her husband, bronze sculptor, CT Whitehouse, in a home they call “The Crow’s Nest”.   She has three children and three grandchildren, one of whom believes she might be a Changeling—a troll on the inside and a girl on the outside.

https://www.barbarajoosse.com/


Ann Terrell

Ann Terrell

Ann Terrell is a well-respected early childhood education leader with over 40 years of professional experience in the field.  She has served in early childhood leadership positions from the classroom to the boardroom and is currently adjunct faculty at Concordia University.  Ann is author of the recent publication “Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education”. 


Book Ordering

Authors will be signing pre-ordered books upon request in your registration!   Limited books will be available for purchase at the conference, but book signing is not guaranteed.  Books will be available for pick up at conference headquarters; personalized pre-ordered books will be available for pickup on Saturday.  Authors will be in the University Center outside the Hamilton Room for signing of books purchased at the conference while supplies last.  You can  make your purchase through the conference registration.  Books are non-refundable.  Ann Terrell is be signing after the Keynote at 9:30 a.m.; Barbara Joosse will be signing after her 11:00 a.m. presentation and during the lunch hour.

Book pre-orders accepted until noon 4/3/19.  Select books will be available for purchase at the conference.

David Stokes

David Stokes

Interactive Experience for Children and Adults

Friday, April 12, 2019; 10:00 -11:00 a.m.

$5.00 per ticket

Check in will take place at Roseman Gym at 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.  No tickets will be printed.  Provide name used to register for admission.

The Animal Dude

Come share frogs, turtles, snakes and more in an engaging, fun way.  Using live animals, songs, puppets, toys and 3-dimensional objects, we will have fun exploring the wonder of animals.  This will be a primary experience, with an opportunity to touch and see and hear.

David Stokes has been creating exciting learning situations since 1974.  He has presented at UW-Whitewater since 1986.  David loves to share his humorous approach to nature study, animals, plants, and the earth.

http://dwstokes.com/


Performance RegistrationClosed.

Registrations accepted online until noon 4/10/19.  We do accept walk up registrations.

Information Needed When Registering For Group:

  • Name, address, phone number of the person in charge of submitting payment and distribution information to group
  • Total number of tickets needed
  • Payment method (purchase order, check or credit card)

 

No Small Matter

No Small Matter Screening

Join us for a FREE screening of No Small Matter followed by a discussion of What Does Early Childhood Mean to YOU?

Presented by UW-Whitewater Children's Center and UW-Whitewater Early Childhood Conference.

Friday, April 12, 2019; 5:00 -7:00 p.m.

No Small Matter is the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for good in America today: early childhood education. Through poignant stories and surprising humor, the film lays out the overwhelming evidence for the importance of the first five years, and reveals how our failure to act on that evidence has resulted in an everyday crisis for American families, and a slow-motion catastrophe for the country.

No Small Matter TRAILER

Check in will take place at Hyland Hall, Timmerman Auditorium at 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.  No tickets will be printed.  Provide name used to register for admission.

Childcare available 4:45 - 7:15 p.m.


No Small Matter RegistrationClosed.

Registrations accepted online until noon 4/10/19.  We do accept walk up registrations.

Information Needed When Registering For Group:

  • Name, address, phone number of the person in charge of distribution information to group
  • Total number of tickets needed
  • If childcare is needed: Child Name and Age

Pre-Conference Workshop: Friday, April 12, 2019


Robin Fox

Robin Fox

Robin started her career as a Teacher and Director in Head Start then moved to Whitewater to teach at the UW-Whitewater Children’s Center before becoming the Director of the Center.  After directing for seven years she started teaching full time in the College of Education and Professional Studies and helped to develop the Early Childhood Program.  She has been a department chair, associate dean and is now the Interim Dean for the College.  Robin presents nationally on topics in early childhood education and is the current Board of Directors’ President for the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association.

  • Pre-Conference Workshop (8:30 - 3:30 p.m.): “I Don’t Remember Learning That”: A Day to Reflect, Practice and Build Relationships with Other Early Childhood Providers as We Take on Some of the Big Topics*
  • *Tier Three Registry Workshop

David Stokes

David Stokes

David Stokes has been creating exciting learning situations since 1974.  He has presented at UW-Whitewater since 1986.  David loves to share his humorous approach to nature study, animals, plants, and the earth.

http://dwstokes.com/

    • Performance (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.): Friday, April 12, Roseman Gym
Purchase tickets under Performance above.

Conference Workshop: Saturday, April 13, 2019


Ann Terrell

Ann Terrell

Ann Terrell is a well-respected early childhood education leader with over 40 years of professional experience in the field. She has served in early childhood leadership positions from the classroom to the boardroom and is currently adjunct faculty as Concordia University. Ann is author of the recent publication “Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education”. During the keynote Ann will share some of the lessons learned on her leadership journey to becoming an award winning, effective, and inspiring leader.

  • Keynote Presentation (8:30 - 9:30 a.m.): Graceful Leadership in EC Education
  • Book Signing: After Keynote at 9:30 a.m. inside the Vendor Exhibit Hall.

Miss Carole Stephens

Carole Stephens

Carole Stephens grew up in Massachusetts in a house with a pre-school attached! She graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in musical theater, acting in shows in Chicago and New York City (even a stint on “All My Children”!) before going afloat as a cruise director in the Caribbean. Carole hosted a nightly TV before settling down to “mommy.” She created music classes to meet the needs of her 2 children. As MACARONI SOUP, she has been providing musical education and entertainment for children 1 – 10 years old since 1989. She presents concerts and workshops internationally. Carole’s 9 recordings have won 20 awards, including Parents’ Choice GOLD and Mom’s Choice GOLD. Carole considers it a privilege to work with young children and those that care for them!

  • Session 201 (8:30 - 9:30 a.m.): Singable Songs and Fingerplays for Developing Early Literacy Skills, Attention and Community
  • Session 301 (11:00 - Noon): Early Childhood Song Swap!

Barbara Joosse

Barbara Joosse

Barbara Joosse, a lifelong Wisconsin resident, has spent her adult lifetime writing for the people she loves best—children.  Her books have been translated into 30 languages. Last year, she celebrated a very special anniversary—the publication of her 50th book for children, “Lulu & Rocky in MILWAUKEE,” the first in a new series, “Our City Adventures.”  Her books include “Mama, Do You Love Me?” “Papa, Do You Love Me?” “I Love You the Purplest” “Lovabye Dragon” and “Better Together: A Book of Family.”  Best known for her lyrical style and metaphorical content, Barbara strives to write books that help children grow from the inside out.  Barbara’s books have launched her into surprising adventures, which include co-writing lyrics for a Nashville kindie-rock band, The Happy Racers, and creating a musical, “Lovabye Dragon,” first performed at First Stage Children’s Theater in Milwaukee, based on her Dragon and Girl books.  Barbara lives in Port Washington, Wisconsin, with her husband, bronze sculptor, CT Whitehouse, in a home they call “The Crow’s Nest”.   She has three children and three grandchildren, one of whom believes she might be a Changeling—a troll on the inside and a girl on the outside.

https://www.barbarajoosse.com/

  • Session 305 (11:00 a.m.- Noon): An Author's Superpower: Building Children from the Inside-Out
  • Session 505 (2:15 - 3:15 p.m.): An Author's Superpower: Building Children from the Inside-Out
  • Book Signing: After her 11:00 a.m. persentation and during the lunch hour inside the Vendor Exhibit Hall

David Stokes

David Stokes

David Stokes has been creating exciting learning situations since 1974.  He has presented at UW-Whitewater since 1986.  David loves to share his humorous approach to nature study, animals, plants, and the earth.

http://dwstokes.com/

  • Session 302 (11:00 a.m. - Noon): Fun with Plants and the Animals that Eat Them
  • Session 501 (2:15 - 3:15 a.m.): Animals, Animals! Nature Connections

Gemini

Gemini

Gemini writes and plays acoustic music for children and families, celebrating the fun, warmth, and humor of family life. Their recordings and concerts are filled with rousing sing-alongs, folk tales, and music from around the world.

https://www.geminichildrensmusic.com/

  • Session 205 (9:45 - 10:45 a.m.): Setting Childhood to Music
  • Session 405 (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.): Setting Childhood to Music

Sandy Queen

Sandy Queen

 

  • Session 207 (9:45 - 10:45 a.m.): Children and Play: The Key Ingredient for Competence and Success
  • Session 506 (2:15 - 3:15 p.m.): The Courage to Care: Rediscovering Our Passion and Purpose


Terri Schmoldt

Terri Schmoldt

Terrie has been teaching for over 20 years, from a Head Start classroom, to second grade, the majority of which has been in kindergarten. Now her role has shifted from classroom teacher to Reading Teacher, Math Interventionist, and Advanced Learning Teacher. She enjoys presenting fun, engaging activities that teachers can take back and use in their own classrooms. Many of the activities involve hands-on experiences and integrate content areas, both of which promote greater learning.

http://www.bubbles101.com/

  • Session 202 (9:45 - 10:45 a.m.): Bubbles 101
  • Session 401 (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.): Bubbles 102

If you give teachers a day at UW-Whitewater, they are probably going to learn some things!

Receive Credit for the Conference:

If you are interested in receiving credit for attending the conference, please contact Carrie Lencho (lenchoc@uww.edu). You can receive one credit (undergraduate or graduate) for attending both Friday and Saturday with additional written work after the conference. Please note that you will need to register for the conference in addition to paying tuition for the credit.

Click to download syllabus


Vendors are returning to the conference this year on Saturday.  Check back to see who will be attending.