It’s All About Relationships
October 3, 2020 (virtual) – 9th Annual
9:00AM – 4:30PM
The Southwest Early Childhood Conference was established in 2011 after six early childhood professionals from rural southwest Colorado joined efforts in eagerness to offer local high-quality professional development. Research of the lack of opportunities in the area was identified by a Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program Capstone project. The annual conference has a mission to encourage “relationships” by bringing together locals in the field and offering many relationship-based sessions that will benefit all early childhood educators.
9:00 – 10:30
Special Guest & Keynote Speaker: Sharron Krull
CELEBRATE CHILDREN! Rediscover the Child in You
Exercise your mirth muscles, let your hair down, and allow your inner child to come out and play! Join Sharron as she shares a cornucopia of practical and playful ideas; including music, movement and creative activities to help you live, love, laugh, and learn with children. Discover how to create a nourishing environment where children and adults can flourish and reach their potential.
With a brand new B.S. in Education from Miami University of Ohio, Sharron moved to Colorado and taught a second and third grade combination class in the public school system. A few years later, she moved to California and with children of her own attending preschool, discovered her real calling, early care and education of young children.
Sharron’s 50 years of teaching experience encompasses nearly all areas of early childhood education. She is a veteran preschool teacher having taught and directed at parent cooperative preschools for over 20 years. She has taught parent education classes, school-age childcare programs, park and recreation programs, and elementary school. She has been a Child Development Instructor at several California Community Colleges and has been trained in Creative Curriculum, the HighScopeEducation Through Movement Curriculum, I’m Moving I’m Learning Program, and the Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play.
Sharron is currently an Early Care and Education Teacher Trainer through her company Play Power at www.sharronkrull.com and an Early Childhood Educational Consultant for Discount School Supply. With her down-to-earth approach and hands-on teaching methods, Sharron speaks at national, state, and regional early childhood conferences, workshops, and staff trainings sharing developmentally appropriate curriculum activities and resources.
Sharron’s advocacy for children and her desire to share with other teachers and parents led her to co-author two teacher resource books: Circle Time Activities for Young Children and Play Power: Games and Activities for Young Children. She also produced two instructional curriculum videos of the same titles. Another book, That Was the Best Party Ever! How to Give Birthday Parties Kids Will Never Forget, is the result of planning and conducting parties and celebrations for children from an educator’s perspective. Literally thousands of children have been touched by her energy and creativity!
On a personal note, Sharron is married and resides in Capitola, California with her husband Steve. Their blended family consists of their grown children Christy, J.P., Corrie and Marc. Sharron and Steve enjoy the beach, sun, surf, and seven grandchildren!
Participants will choose from a variety of topics to attend for each of the sessions (except for Lunch & Learn).
10:45 – 12:15
Session 1, Workshop A
Giggles & Wiggles Handouts:
Session 1, Workshop B
Raleigh Marmorstein is a School Psychologist with the San Juan BOCES. She has her Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in Child, Family, and School Psychology from the University of Denver. She also has 30 additional graduate credits in Early Childhood Education. Raleigh is originally from Michigan, but she's proud to be a South West Colorado local.
Building Brains & Awesome Little People Handouts:
Session 1, Workshop C
Hi there, I’m Katrina Lindus, the QI Coach and Program’s Coordinator for the Montelores Early Childhood Council. I have been an Early Childhood Professional since 2008 and I have worked for our amazing organization since 2013 in various roles. I am now lucky enough to provide supports to our area early childhood licensed providers as the Council’s Credentialed Coach. I hold a current coaching credential from Colorado Department of Ed and the Colorado Coaching Consortium. I am a Certified Quality Improvement Specialist for ECERS-R, ITERS-R, FCCERS-R, ECERS-3, and ITERS-3. I am also one of the few certified Pre-K CLASS observers for our area. I am dedicated to supporting EC programs in increasing and sustaining quality in both rating and practice.
I am a proud Momma to two extraordinary children and a happy wife of 15 years. I spent much of my childhood in Mancos and after traveling all over the place I set down roots and made a family in our beautiful area. My passions beyond my family and work include advocation for Special Needs, Medical Fragility and RARE Disease as these topics are close to my heart. As a bit of a “home-body”, I enjoy tinkering on projects and creating memories with my family.
Please feel free to reach out with ECE questions, concerns and celebrations. You may reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q & A with a Coach Handouts:
Session 1, Workshop D
12:15 – 1:15
Lunch & Learn
Lunch & Learn
Annalise received her Master of Arts in Latin American studies from the University of California, San Diego, and holds a certificate in international human rights and humanitarian law from American University, Washington College of Law.
She works in the Denver area with the Community Language Cooperative as a Spanish-English interpreter, is a board member of the Latin America Working Group, and an advisor to the Americans for Indian Opportunity Ambassador Program.
Lunch & Learn Handouts:
1:15 – 2:45
Session 2, Workshop A
Simon Says “Spread Your Wings” Handouts:
Session 2, Workshop B
Up the Positives Handouts:
Session 2, Workshop C
Session 2, Workshop D
3:00 – 4:30
Session 3, Workshop A
Anti-Racism Practices for Early Childhood Environments Handouts:
Session 3, Workshop B
Session 3, Workshop C
Creating a Natural Play Area Handouts:
Special thanks again to our sponsors:
- Fort Lewis College
- Discount School Supply
- Montelores Early Childhood Council
- Seeds of Learning
- Early Childhood Council of La Plata County
We also want to thank all of our presenters!
Finally, thank YOU for coming!
- Lynne Bridges
- Michelle Carpenter
- Kris Greer
- Vangi McCoy