Friday & Saturday, April 28-29, 2017
Friday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. -- keynote
Friday, 12-1 p.m. -- lunch & discussion
Friday, 1-2 p.m. -- follow up & conclusion
Saturday, 8:20 a.m.-4 p.m. -- breakfast 7-8:15 a.m.
lunch & poster session 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Location & Lodging Accommodations:
1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965
(All room reservations must be made by Sunday, March 19 in order to guarantee availability.)
2017 Conference at a Glance
2017 Conference Registration Form
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2017 Conference Brochure (not available yet)
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Thank you to all our presenters!
Friday Keynote, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Hiring For Keeps Staff turnover is expensive, time consuming and
unfortunately pretty common. Hiring the right staff is key. Ask the
right interview questions, provide the right training, establish ground
rules and pair teachers together to help to eliminate turnover and build
a strong successful team! We will also look at scheduling, shift
changing and growth opportunities for teachers. We will also look at
effective staff training.
Jen Kovach BIO
Jen Kovach has been facilitating child care workshops for over 10
years and currently owns JLK Training and Consulting out of Cedar Rapids, IA. She has facilitated workshops at the local, state and
national level. She has served in the past on both the WAA and the
IAA Board of Directors and currently also teaches classes at
Kirkwood Community College. Her and her family, husband Jon and
daughters Makenzie and Tenaya moved from Wisconsin to Iowa in
2008 where they now reside.
Her many experiences in the field of child care allow her to speak
about real life challenges and success stories that all participants can
relate to. Throughout her child care carer she has supervised
hundreds of teachers, assistants, cooks, bus drivers and support
staff. In her training "Hiring For Keeps," she will discuss everything
from marketing the right positions to successful interviewing,
scheduling and mentoring. Participants will learn great ways to hire,
train and maintain staff. They will learn hands on activities to use in
staff meetings to build morale and encourage teamwork among
co-workers. Participants are guaranteed to laugh and learn!
Leading With Intelligence
It has been said, “It’s all about relationships!” In my experience I have
found it is that easy, but not that simple! In this interactive session
we’ll weave Daniel Goleman’s research on emotional intelligence with
Holly Elissa Bruno’s thoughts on how to ‘lead with purpose.’ This
session will give participants a working knowledge of what emotional
intelligence is and how it is woven into the fabric of their work. I will
share my own triumphs and tragedies through story and song.
Participants will have opportunities to explore their own level of
emotional intelligence and leave with some next steps to grow their
skill. Prepare to be an engaged learner!
Angel Stoddard BIO
Angel’s passion to support early childhood professionals in their
pursuit of excellence throughout their work and the field is evidenced
by her career path. With a Master’s degree in Administrative
Leadership, Angel teaches full-time for UW Milwaukee’s Center for
Early Childhood Professional Development and Leadership. It is
through this position that she encourages practitioners to strive for
excellence whether it is through her online/blended courses or online
and face-to-face workshops. She has worked extensively on the
development and presentation of the new Training and Technical
Assistance Professionals courses.
Breakout Session Saturday
This idea-provoking session takes STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Math) up a notch! Come find out what the “A”
and the “N” include. Together we’ll take an in-depth look at why
S.T.E.A.M.’N skills are so important in youth development
and how you can use these skills to support learning. Participants
will walk away with activities they can use right away, but
more importantly they’ll also know why these skills are so important
in youth education.