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July 16-18, 2015
Millennium Centre
Johnson City Tennessee

 

July 16th Preconference Sessions : Full day sessions 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 Rollins Center for Language and Learning

Sensory Integration: Addressing challenging behavior in preschoolers. Presented by Christy Isbell, Ph.D., OTR/L

Strategies for Enhancing Comprehension in K-3: Presented by Tanny McGregor

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

Featured Speakers:

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

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

Call for Proposals for Workshop Sessions will be released and posted on website November 21, 2014
Conference Registration website will open on February 1, 2015

 


 

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

 

environments 

 

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.

vendors 

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