Conference Overview

    • Do you work directly with young children? 
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Millennium Centre
2001 Millennium Place 
Johnson City, TN 37604
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Highlights of the ETSU 2015 Annual Early Childhood Conference

Preconference Sessions on July 16th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Choose from the following options:

Session #1:
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

During this multimedia presentation, participants will examine the research regarding the importance of facilitating a strong language and pre-literacy foundation for infants and toddlers to support later learning. Participants will leave the session with clear and practical methods for supporting infants and toddlers in their language development via meaningful conversations and repeated interactive book sharing.
Session #2:
Sensory Integration: Addressing challenging behavior in preschoolers. Presented by Christy Isbell, Ph.D. OTR/L

Learn about the brain process, sensory integration and gain a new perspective on interpreting challenging behavior in preschoolers. Discover ways to incorporate evidence-based sensory integration principles with developmentally appropriate practice. Simple, effective ways to adapt the learning environment with specific suggestions for young children who have autism, sensory processing disorder or attention problems will be provided.

Session #3:
Strategies for Enhancing Comprehension in K-3: Making inferences, determining importance, summarizing & synthesizing.  Presented by Tanny McGregor

These are abstract comprehension strategies that help students think about text. How can we teach these strategies to our youngest learners? Join Tanny for a session packed with visual, tangible, everyday lessons that make abstract thinking concrete. We'll use objects, images, music, food, movement and more in practical ways to build bridges between the concrete and abstract.

Two-day Conference on July 17th and July 18th with sessions beginning at 8:30 AM and ending at 4:30 PM on both days.

Exhibitors: A large variety of exhibitors with music, books, classroom materials, early childhood themes clothing, and technology for all early childhood classrooms.

Scholastic Book Fair: There will be a wide selection of children’s books this year.

Academic Credit:
To earn one (1) hour of academic credit, you must pre-register for the course and pay appropriate university fees. Those wanting academic credit should not register for the conference. Currently enrolled ETSU students should register for the course through Goldlink. New and returning students should contact Dr. Jane Broderick.

Dr. Jane Broderick will teach the Special Topics course ECED—4957 for undergraduate credit and ECED–5957 for graduate credit. In addition to attending the entire two-day conference there will be a class meeting session on Thursday evening (July 16) from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday afternoon (July 18) from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Direct questions about academic credit to:

Dr. Jane Broderick
Phone: 423-439-7695


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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