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July 28-30, 2011

The Millennium Centre by Sodexho

2001 Millennium Place

Johnson City, Tennessee

Sponsored by:
ETSU Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development
ETSU School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach, Office of Professional Development
Tennessee Department of Human Services
Preconference Sessions
Thursday, July 28th, 9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

Space will be limited for these exceptional full day workshops.

Register early. Lunch is included.

Jean Feldman has over 35 years experience in education as a classroom

teacher, author, and consultant. Dr. Feldman has an M.A. in Early Childhood and a Ph.D.
in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a member of the National Association for the
Education of Young Children, National Kindergarten Alliance, and the International
Reading Association. Dr. Feldman inspires teachers across the country with her engaging
songs and creative activities to make teaching and learning FUN! Clap your hands, stomp
your feet, and catch the reading beat! Join Dr. Jean and discover how to have fun as you
nurture children’s literacy skills . Dr. Jean will demonstrate how to develop language skills through
songs, music, poems, movement, talking, and reading to children. The focus of this session will be PreK/K.

Dinah Zike is known for designing hands-on manipulatives that are used nationally
and internationally by teachers, parents, and educational publishing companies. Her
book, The Big Book of Books and Activities, won the Teacher’s Choice Award for
―instructional value, ease of use, quality, and innovation‖, and has become a teaching
methods classic. Most recently, Dinah was awarded the Council for Elementary Science
International’s Advocate Award. Learn by doing in a fast-paced, interactive workshop
with Nancy Wiskers, Director of Math and Science, from the highly acclaimed
Dinah Zike Academy. Cut, fold and more as you utilize basic classroom materials to
construct 3-D graphic organizers that will help you form a firm foundation with your primary
students. Equip yourself with evidence-based instructional strategies that transform
themselves into differentiated learning tools with appropriate scaffolding. Participants will
depart with practical, immediately useable strategies to help further students’ skill and concept
development . The focus of this session will be K-3.

Dr. Lissy Gloeckler , assistant professor of Early Childhood Education at East Tennessee State University.
Her research interests include toddler teacher practices related to early relationships, child temperament,
and emotion regulation. She is currently investigating children’s development of simple social problem
solving skills in relation to self-regulation. This preconference session entitled Facilitating Toddler Self-
Regulation and Problem Solving: Powerful Strategies and Promising Practices, will
explore self-regulation and problem solving, two foundational skills that are the corner-
stone of child development and school readiness. Participants will be invited to discuss the
development of self-regulation in toddlers and two’s and then explore why, when, and how
toddler teachers act to prevent, ignore, address, or invite children into the process of
problem solving to reduce the number of challenging behaviors present in the classroom. A
―problem-solving toolbox‖ with specific strategies, tips, and helpful ideas for infant and
toddlers will be reviewed and developed throughout the day.
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Conference Featured Presenters

Don Monopoli, of the award winning children’s recording and performing company The
Learning Station, shares music that brings out the childhood compassion of joy that’s in all of
our hearts. The Learning Station has achieved international stature as a leader in the
children's educational music industry. With a collection of 27 award-winning audio and video
releases and they have published over 300 children's songs that are part of educational
curriculums world-wide.

John Almarode, educator and staff developer who has worked with all age groups from early childhood to
graduate students. His interest in brain research led him to Eric Jensen and after three years of
training he became certified by the Jensen Learning Corporation. John’s presentations at the
2010 Conference received outstanding reviews and many requests to bring him back. His
presentation style allows audiences to experience brain-based learning, his action-packed
workshops offer participants ready-to-use strategies and the brain rules that make them work.

MaryAnn Kohl, an award winning author of books providing open ended art activities for
young children. MaryAnn’s activities focus on the experience of art, not the final product the
child creates. She provides hands–0n workshops for
teachers and librarians interested in teaching art with
young children. She has appeared on various television
shows and consults for Fisher Price and
is a columnist for numerous magazines.

Jack Hartman started his career with children’s music working with autistic children.
During the past 25 years, he has used music in his work with children, families, and
human service professionals. His highly regarded educational songs are used by
teachers and sung by children across the United States and around the world. The
mission of Hop 2It Music is to make learning fun and help young children enjoy
learning while developing reading, language, and math skills. Jack will be conducting
workshop sessions and will join John Almarode for a fantastic closing session.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art provides educational programming to
support creative inquiry and appreciation of the visual world. Designed for classroom
teachers, librarians, art teachers, and others interested in engaging students in the visual arts
and the art of the book, the museum’s professional development programs emphasize
teaching through the arts and encourage critical and creative thinking. Rosemary Argoglia,
educator with the museum will provide sessions on the Whole Book Approach which supports
critical engagement with the picture book as an art form, places emphasis on reading with
children rather than reading to children, and engages the group in a collaborative experience.
It is the foundation for the Carle’s book-centered programming

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Featured Presenters Continued

The Center for Early Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (CEESTEM)
supports early childhood educators in creating hands-on, interactive classroom activities that encourage
young children to develop and use scientific inquiry processes to explore and better understand their
environments. Children construct knowledge of the world through exploring, experimenting, and forming
nascent "theories" about how the world works. However, national efforts in math and science rarely focus
on children below third grade, and almost never below kindergarten. Clearly, more can be
done in the early years to take advantage of children's natural curiosity and lay a foundation
for later STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning. A team of
experts from the CEESTEM project will join the conference to provide an intensive session
on Friday afternoon and introductory workshops on Saturday.
Dr Pamela Evanshen, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education,
ETSU, and Dr. Janet Faulk , Assistant Professor of Early Childhood
Education, Milligan College are authors of the just published book entitled A
Room for Learning: Rethinking Classroom Environments. Their many years
of classroom experience and research contribute to practical suggestions
that are grounded in evidence based practices.

Christy Isbell, Ph.D. OTR/L, is an associate professor for the Occupational Therapy
Program at Milligan College . She teaches child development, human development, and
pediatric therapy courses for the Masters of Occupational Therapy Program.
Christy is the author of books on inclusion, sensory integration, motor
development and play. Additionally, she is a nationally recognized presenter
returning to our conference based on outstanding participant feedback .

Denise Fleming (Saturday only) is a freelance writer and artist. She experi-
mented with different styles of writing, different art techniques until she found her
style and technique. She now work primarily in paper—creating images by pouring
colored paper pulp through hand-cut stencils. Denise’s art has come full circle from
the bold, colorful paintings of childhood, through a period of tight, detailed images,
and back again to bold, colorful, more childlike images. In 1991 IN THE TALL, TALL
GRASS was published by Henry Holt and Company. It was written in terse verse and
illustrated with pulp paintings. The companion book, IN THE SMALL, SMALL
POND, was published in 1994 and was a Caldecott Honor Book. This fall, twelve years after
her first book came out, her twelfth book, Buster, was published by Henry Holt.

Dr. Jean and Nancy Wiskers, Dinah Zike Academy, will offer sessions on Friday
morning. See the preconference section for information about them.

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Conference Details

Academic Credit Training Documentation

To earn one (1) hour of academic credit, you must A document of attendance and training
pre-register for the course and pay appropriate documentation form will be provided for all
university fees. Those wanting academic credit participants in the program booklet.
should not register for the conference. Currently
enrolled ETSU students should register for the Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
course through Goldlink. New and returning Important: The CEU certificate may be used for
students should contact Dr. Jane Broderick. CDA renewal. Conference participants are eligible
Dr. Jane Broderick will teach the Special Topics for Continuing Education Units (CEUs). There is
course HDAL—4957-050 for undergraduate credit an additional pre-registration fee of $15 to
and HDAL –5957-050 for graduate credit. In purchase the optional CEU certificate; the on-site
addition to attending the entire two-day cost of a CEU certificate is $25.
conference there will be a class meeting session on Pre-conference (6 hours) participants can
Thursday evening (July 29) from 4:30 p.m. to receive .60 CEUs. One-day (5.5 hours) conference
6:30 p..m. and Saturday afternoon (July 31) from participants can receive 0.55 CEUs; those
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Direct questions about attending both conference days (11 hrs) can
academic credit to: receive 1.1 CEUs; and participants attending three
Dr. Jane Broderick days (17 hrs) are eligible to receive 1.7 CEUs.
Phone: 423-439-7695 Participants wishing to purchase an optional CEU
certificate must add the required fee to their
registration cost.

Note: CEU certificates must be picked up by

individual participants at either the end of the day,
or the end of the conference. CEU certificates will
Workshop sessions will be specifically not be mailed and will not be issued after August
designed for early childhood age 30, 2011.
groups including:

Infant/toddler Vendors
Preschool Located in the upper ETSU Tours
Pre Kindergarten and lower levels of
Child Study Center
the Centre on
Primary Little Buccaneers
Friday and Student Childcare
Early Childhood Special Education Saturday from Center
7:00 - 5:00 Elementary

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Conference Registration

Area Hotels Special Dietary Needs

The official conference hotel is the Carnegie Hotel. Conference registration includes lunch daily.
Please identify yourself as a conference participant Registrants with special dietary needs, such as
when making your reservation at any of the hotels requests for Kosher, vegetarian, or diabetic
listed. The rates shown are in effect until June 29 lunches, MUST notify the Center of Excellence
and do not include tax. by July 9 at or by phone at 423-
Carnegie Hotel ($99) 866-757-8277 439-7555. Requests for special lunches can
only be accommodated with advance
Hampton Inn ($109) 423-929-8000 notification.

Comfort Suites ($74) 423-610-0010 Special Accommodations

Comfort Inn ($65) 423-928-9600 Persons with disabilities who require special assistance
including interpreters should call 423-439-7555.
Americinn ($69) 423-753-3100 Notification of at least 7 days is requested. East
Tennessee State University is a Tennessee Board of
Regents institution and is fully in accord with the belief
that educational and employment opportunities should be
available to all eligible persons without regard to age,
gender, color, race, religion, national origin, disability,
veteran status, or sexual orientation.

3 Ways to Register: (1) Register on-line and pay with a credit card. Click here for on-line
registration or go to
(2) Register using registration form, one for each participant, and fax
or mail form to address on form with enclosed check or credit card in-
(3) Register using registration form, one for each participant and fax or
mail form/s to address on form with Purchase Order
To qualify for the ―early bird‖ registration rate, payment and registration must be postmarked by
May 13. Registrations will be accepted only until July 12.
Pre-registration is required, there is no on-site registration.
Participant substitutions may be accepted in Full payment must accompany the registration
There are no refunds
Multi-day registrations may not be split by two
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Conference Registration Form
July 28-30, 2011
Completion of this form is required for each person not using on-
line registration. Please complete all sections that apply

Last Name __________________________________First ______________________ Middle _____________

Social Security (Required for CEU) or Student Number (Required for Student Discount)__________________________

Mailing Address___________________________________________________________________________


Work/Daytime Phone______________________________ E-Mail____________________________________

Employer/School_______________________________ Position_____________________________________

Registration fees include lunch each day Early Bird Final Enter Amount
May 13 July 12 (Payable to ETSU)
Thursday Pre-conference (Select One Below) $65 $85
Dr. Lissy Gloeckler, Infants and Toddlers
Nancy Wisker, Dinah Zike Academy, K-3
Dr. Jean Feldman, PreK-K
Friday Conference Only $72 $95
Saturday Conference Only $72 $95
Friday and Saturday Two-Day Conference $92 $115
Friday and Saturday Conference Student $45 $55
CEU Certificate $15 $15
CEU Certificate On-Site $25
Total Payment Included $

Important Note: Paid registration must be postmarked by May 13 to receive the Early Bird rate.

Credit Card Type: VISA _____ Master Card ______ Discover ______

Card # _______________________________________________ Exp Date ________/________

Signature ________________________________________________ Security Code # (On Back) ___________

Make Check Payable to ETSU and mail form to:

ETSU Office of Professional Development

Phone: 423-439-8084 or 800 222-ETSU
Box 70559
Fax: 423-439-8267
Johnson City, TN 37614-1707
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