Early Childhood Conference
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Join us for the annual Early Childhood Conference.
Spend the day with friends and area early childhood professionals to learn, collaborate, and be inspired with new ideas for your work with children and their families.
This year’s 1st keynote speakers will share their own personal journey and reinforce the beauty of inclusivity in the classroom.
Be sure to stay until the very end when author, speaker, and bubble-artist Geoff Akins Hannah will demonstrate how to use the wonder of bubbles, magic, and storytelling to capture and redirect a child’s attention.
Register by March 10th to save $10 on your registration fee.
Location: Ullsvik Hall, UW-Platteville
Begins: 7:30 AM - 3/25/2017
Ends: 4:00 PM - 3/25/2017
Cost: Early Childhood Advocate - $70.00
Cost: Early Childhood Full-Time Student - $45.00
Key Note Speakers
Presented by Katherine and Ben Perreth
Katherine holds UW Social Work and Sociology degrees, conducts a class on reminiscence writing and works at an ESL school. She deals with the details of running an institution of learning, basically keeping teachers in chalk.
Ben, age 28, wears an ankle-foot-orthosis with a smiley face on the back. He juggles one-handed at the Madison Children’s Museum and everywhere he goes in order to accomplish his life goal: “Make humanity smile.”
Making Lemonade With Ben: The Audacity to Cope, Katherine's award-winning book, includes 3 essays by Ben and will be available at the book table - just look for the flying lemons.
Humor. Hope. Information. Inspiration. Katherine and Ben Perreth, Wisconsin mother-son speaking duo, present aspects of Katherine’s award-winning book, Making Lemonade With Ben: The Audacity to Cope, as well as Ben’s take on life.
After Ben suffered a massive brain hemorrhage at age 7, he and his family were changed forever – and so were the myriad educational professionals involved in the process of putting Ben back together again.
Presented by Geoff Akins
Author, speaker, bubble-artist, Geoff Akins Hannah has been entertaining and educating children for over 30 years. His life-altering experiences as a teacher in Waldorf and Special Education inspired him to create the Bubble Wonders Show. His love of teaching and performing, combined with his gentle nature and gift of rapport with children, form a personal philosophy he calls, "The Art of Wonder."
In a world of ever-decreasing attention spans, Akins demonstrates how to use the wonders of bubbles, magic, and storytelling to capture and redirect a child's attention. Learn how to identify and hone your own wonder skills to inspire and motivate your students. When we educators recapture a sense of wonder and work/teach/live from that perspective we connect with our students on a more effective and rewarding level.