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.
Join us for the 10th annual Early Childhood Conference – Part 2!
It’s All About Play AND Relationships
February 26th, 2021 (virtual)
9:00AM – 1:30PM
9:00 – 10:30
Special Guest & Keynote Speaker: Miriam Beloglovsky
Keynote Address: 9:00-10:30 Inspiring Play in Children
In this workshop, participants will learn the value of loose parts, discover how to incorporate loose parts into the learning ecosystem and gain an understanding of how loose parts support curriculum and children’s development. Participants will take away an understanding of what loose parts are, how they promote active learning, deepen critical thinking, promote divergent and creative thinking and support the developmental domains. We will also explore a process that will help establish ongoing collaborations with families and community agencies in order to create play spaces for young children…….. and more!
10:45 – 12:15
Participants will choose from a variety of topics to attend for each of the sessions (except for Lunch & Learn).
12:30 – 1:15
Lunch & Learn Play Panel
Lisa Matter: IMH-E® Infant Family Specialist & Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care Initiative Manager
Dr. Kay Phelps: Associate Professor Fort Lewis College, Teacher Education
Dr. Cathrine Aason Floyd: Trust for Learning
Lunch & Learn
Door Prize Drawings – 1:15-1:30
We have door prizes this conference! We will be randomly selecting winners from participants that are present!
Special thanks again to our sponsors:
- Fort Lewis College
- Becker’s School Supply
- Discount School Supply
- The Discovery Source
- Miriam Beloglovsky
- Montelores Early Childhood Council
for supporting the 10th Annual Fort Lewis SW Early Childhood Conference Part 2 – Play Summit!
We also want to thank all of our presenters!
Finally, thank YOU for coming!
- Michelle Carpenter
- Kris Greer
- Vangi McCoy