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July 16-18, 2015


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Pre-conference July 16th: Choose from three full-day sessions with content for every age group.


  • TALK with Me, Read with Me: Building language with conversations and books in responsive interactions with infants and toddlers. Presented by Julie Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP & Candace Hogan, M.A, CCC-SLP Rollins Center for Language and Literacy.
  • Sensory Integration: Addressing challenging behavior in preschoolers. Presented by Christy Isbell, Ph.D., OTR/L Download Handouts
  • Strategies for Enhancing Comprehension in K-3: Presented by Tanny McGregor Download Handouts


July 17-18 Conference Sessions:
Over 70 sessions for teachers, administrators, and other
professionals working with children between birth and 3rd grade.

Featured Speakers:

John Almarode, Ph.D.

Mary Jo Huff, Storytellin’ Time

Lisa Vinson Maddox, Early Childhood Educator and Trainer

John Nimmo, Ph.D., Consultant, Co- Author of Leading Anti-Bias Early Childhood Programs and Emergent Curriculum

Carole Stephens, “Miss Carole" of Macaroni Soup!

Tanny McGregor , Teacher and Author of Comprehension Connections

Cheri Lindsley, Early Childhood Program Director and Trainer

Julie Smith, M.A. CCC-SLP, Rollins Center for Language and Literacy

Candace Hogan, M.A, CCC-SLP Rollins Center for Language and Literacy

John Wheeler, Ph.D... , Director, ETSU Center of Excellence for Early Childhood Learning and Development

Special Activities:
Administrator Workshop Track
Reggio Inspired Workshop Track
Program Tours
STEM/STEAM Workshop Track




Let's take a look back at Conference 2014. What did 2014 participants find to be the most helpful aspect of the conference? Here's a tiny sample of the comments:

  • Music, I liked musical interaction and practical suggestions.
  • Storytelling, Jim Weiss storytelling was very helpful and gave me many ideas for teaching content.
  • Emergency preparedness and administrative sessions.
  • Loved the Reggio track where I was able to learn a lot about various ideas/methods.
  • Tours of classrooms and the environment demonstration room.
  • I loved hearing Lella Gandini present! What a wonderful experience.
  • The session “You Know more Science than you Think” gave me lots of ideas and encouraged me to want to do more and be more excited about doing science, not to be afraid to try it.
  • Art Stoner was very interesting-Magformers are a great tool.
  • Christy Isbell knowledge of sensory issues.
  • Autism session and behavior challenges, really appreciated Dr. Wheeler’s information and style of teaching.
  • “Beyond the Sandbox” was the best session of both days that I attended, loved the hands-on.
  • Loved when emphasis was put on special needs.
  • Seeing early childhood professionals coming together in one place to learn how to better do our jobs.


Highlights from the 2014 Conference

debbie clement  


Participants on stage having fun with Debbie Clement!


Art Stoner 


Art Stoner demonstrates Magformers, hands-on geometry for young children.


Jack Hartmann 


Jack Hartmann keeps the crowd moving with his songs and dances that both adults and young children love




Participants viewed environments that demonstrated creative use of materials, lighting, color, and organization.



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 11, 2015.
Register using credit card, check, or purchase order.

Registration Fees

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

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