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July 17-19
Pre-conference July 17th: Choose from three full-day sessions. 
Session #1:
Are you ready? Addressing the Increased Prevalence in Autism through Professional Development John J. Wheeler, Ph.D. and James Fox, Ph.D
Session #2:
Using the Revised TNELDS for Birth to 48 Months and Four-Year- Olds Tennessee Department of Education, Current PreK Teachers, and Child Care Resource and Referral Network
Session #3:
Exploring the Role of Children, Teachers, and the Environment in Reggio Inspired Programs, Lella Gandini, Ed.D. U.S. Liaison for the Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach

Conference July 18-19: Featured speakers include:
Jack Hartmann Michael Levine Debbie Clement Andrea Alexander
Jack Hartmann, Hop 2 It Music; Michael Levine, co-founder of the Learning Groove and music producer for Pete the Cat; Debbie Clement, children's art, music, and literacy; Andrea Alexander, enriching science curriculum
Brian Puerling Carol Russell Tally Russell Jim Weiss
Brian Puerling, author of Teaching in a Digital Age; Carol Russell, early childhood expert sharing creative art experiences and a unique reflective session with her daughter Tally who has a disability; Jim Weiss, award winning storyteller; and more.

Highlights from the 2013 Conference
Infant Toddler Institute
Joining together to think during the Harvest Resources Infant Toddler Institute
performing arts
Learning about diversity through performing arts.
Music and movement
Music and movement fun at the conference
teacher made materials

Examples of teacher-made materials to promote learning across the Common Core.


Some highlights from our 2012 conference:


 sensory integration

 What are they doing? Can you touch your nose with your eyes closed? Dr. Christy Isbell's session on sensory integration techniques.


Many vendors with books for teachers and children, classroom materials, science experiences, music, and much more.

swarm build

Participants joined Rusty Keeler in a "swarm build" at the Child Study Center. In this photo they are creating a water play area.

hands on learning

Shanna Kincheloe brought her critter friends to her session on bringing the natural world into the classroom.


Contact Information

Julia Herwig
Conference Coordinator
Phone: 423-439-7614
Fax: 423-439-7561

Payment Instructions

Early Bird cut off date is May 9, 2014.
Register using credit card, check, or purchase order.

No refunds will be processed, substitutions will be allowed.

Registration Fees

PreConference $70 $85
2 day Conference  $97 $120 
1 day Conference $77 $100
Student Discount:  Call/email for information