Early Childhood Conference

March 17, 2017


Silver Lake College
2406 South Alverno
Manitowoc, WI 54220


Registration Information
(Registration includes Keynote Speaker, 5 Breakout Sessions and Lunch.)

General Registration (February 1, 2017-March 3, 2017) $110

Late Registration (March 4, 2017-March 17, 2017) $135

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Play IS Curriculum: Being a Play Advocate
Sharon Bohjanen, Ph.D.  
Keynote Speaker

 In 2014, the National Association for the Education of Young children put out an urgent call for all early childhood professionals to become advocates for play, recognizing that early learning is situated in play and play is congruous to learning.  This presentation will invite early educators to examine adult attitudes about play and how attitudes can influence our ability to integrate play across all standards based learning opportunities. Participants will be challenged to extend the NAEYC call through the presentation of practical strategies to ensure that play is recognized as the essential early childhood curriculum.

About Sharon:

Sharon Bohjanen is a professor of early childhood education in the Teacher Education department at St. Norbert College. She has a PhD. in Special Education, a M.ED. in Early Childhood Special Education and a M.S. in Experimental Psychology.  Sharon has over twenty years of experience working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers in general and special education settings in Michigan, Alaska and Arizona.



Breakout Sessions New sessions are being added - Check back soon!



Nature-Based Pre-schools
Scott Ashmann
Associate Dean College of Health, Education and Social Welfare/Associate Professor of Science Education
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

A nature-based four-year-old kindergarten program at a wildlife sanctuary in Green Bay, Wisconsin opened in 2013 and is the first in this state connected with a public school district. First, I will describe the process of establishing a nature-based four-year-old kindergarten program that is a partnership among the Green Bay (Wisconsin) Area Public School District, the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary (a Green Bay city park), and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Second, the challenges and successes of planning this program will be explained as well as a description of the first three years of the program. Third, I will discuss several measures of success.


An Introduction to Trauma-Sensitive Schools
Janelle Condra
Early Childhood Education Instructor, Advisor and License Coordinator
Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, WI

A trauma-sensitive school is a safe and respectful environment that enables students to build caring relationships with adults and peers, self-regulate their emotions and behaviors, and succeed academically, while supporting their physical health and well-being.  This session will include an overview of the effect of trauma on learning and behavior in the classroom, the concept of trauma-sensitive schools, and the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) approach.  The Wisconsin initiative of using (PBIS) to incorporate trauma-sensitive practices into schools will be discussed.   Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction resources will be shared.


Understanding Process and Product Art in Early Childhood Education
Janelle Condra and Sister Marcollete Madden
Early Childhood Education Instructor, Advisor & License Coordinator
Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, WI

Developmentally appropriate art instruction is very important for young children.  In this session, both process and product art in the early childhood classroom will be defined and discussed.  The educational value, skill development focus, and instructional methods of process and product art will be examined.  Process art activity ideas for the early childhood classroom from online resources will be provided.


A Child's Play is the Way
Laurie Sukowaty
Early Childhood Special Ed Teacher
Syble Hopp School, DePere, WI

How do you facilitate play to promote the child's development? This sectional will cover adaptations and communication within play settings. Strategies to encourage play with varying developmental levels will be explored.


Adaptable Activities and Games for children ages 2- 5
Niki Ver Voort
Growth and Development Coordinator and 3 year-old Co-Teacher
Little Inspirations Childcare Center, Menasha, WI

Participants in attendance will receive a mini book filled with games and activities for use in a childcare setting. We will be playing games and talking about how to piggy-back songs and make them fit into our themes.


Skip the Paper and Pencil!
Abby Linwood
4K Teacher
St. Clare School, Wrightstown, WI

There are a lot of pressures to become great writers in 4K but most students are not developmentally ready. This presentation will give lots of easy ideas to implement in your classroom that will help to build the fine motor skills of the students without asking them to write.


Easy and Affordable Activities for your 3K/4K/K Classroom
Abby Linwood
4K Teacher
St. Clare School, Wrightstown, WI

Participants will get TONS and TONS of easy and affordable classroom activities. This is the perfect session for teacher's on a budget that want to enhance their classroom. All activities are easy to create, easy on the budget and can be easily differentiated for any learning level. Bring your camera!

Story Telling
Penny Barta
Former Story Time and Family Activity Leader
Wrightstown, Wisconsin


Come and learn some easy tricks to liven up your story time with preschoolers!


Children of God: Raising Little Saints in the Classroom
Kaitlin Kelley and Carol Ricken
Pre-K Teacher
St. John Paul II Classical School, Green Bay, WI

Practical ideas for how to integrate our Catholic Faith into all aspects of Early Childhood education.


The Einstein Project
Elevating STEM Education
Green Bay, WI

The Einstein Project provides educators with the resources to give students quality education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Our basic goals included: Providing Interactive Units with STEM Curriculum, Coordinating Professional Development Training and Community Connections.





March 17, 2017

Contact Information:

Abby Linwood
425 Main Street
Wrightstown, WI 54180


7:00am Check-in Begins
8:00am Welcome
Keynote Presentation

9:10am-9:55am Breakout Session
10:05am-10:50am Breakout Session
11:00am-11:45am Breakout Session
11:45am-1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm-1:50pm Breakout Session
2:00pm-2:50pm Breakout Session

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