Early Childhood Conference 2017 | Michigan District, LCMS

Early Childhood Conference 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 08:30 am to 03:00 pm EDT

Concordia University
4090 Geddes Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48198

Event Description: 

Teach Your Children Well

On Thursday, August 10, we will be hosting an Early Childhood conference for those educators that are involved in EC programs. Whether you are a classroom teacher, EC Director, lead teacher, aide or childcare worker this conference will have something for you.  We have partnered with Concordia University in Ann Arbor. Our Keynote Speaker will be Kim Marxhausen and the subject will be Teach Your Parents Well. Find the description here.

Our goals as an Early Childhood Cabinet for this conference are as follows:

  • Give teachers and Directors ideas for academic programs with children from birth to grade 3.
  • Encourage Directors to train staff in new and innovative ways and grow their centers with new marketing ideas.
  • Motivate teachers and directors to operate using current best practices.
  • Provide a support network for teachers and directors.

Our hope is that through this conference, we meet these goals and continue to be supportive of you in helping to make your centers and schools a place where children are nurtured and their faith fostered.  Training hour certificates will be available and SCECHs for those that need them.

Registration Information: 

Registration is now closed.


Vendors on site:

Barefoot Book Sale

David Kusch, Barefoot Books Ambassador        


Vendor on site for Discovery Toys    

Joyce McCarty - Puppet Vendor

Agenda Details: 

Thursday, August 10, 2017  
  8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Check in and Coffee
  9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Devotion
  9:15 - 9:30 a.m. Announcements
  9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Keynote
  11:00 - 11:15 a.m. Break
Sectional Speakers & Topics Listed Below
  11:15 - 12:10 p.m. Sectional #1
  12:10 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
  12:50 - 1:45 p.m. Sectional #2
  1:50 - 2:40 p.m. Sectional #3
    Pick up training hour certificates and turn in SCECH applications and money

Speakers Choices for each sectional time 1, 2, & 3

Sectional 1






Gabbie Marguerey

It Might Work for You Too (Marketing)

Descriptional of Sectional

Power Pointe Presentation


Judy Williams

Make it - Take It

Glove Puppets

Description of Sectional

Handouts for Sectional


Heidi Friedel

How Executive Function Skills Develop Through Play

Description of Sectional


Jennie Spring

from Jack's Place for Autism

Autism - Always Unique, Totally Interesting, Sometimes Mysterious.

Description of Sectional

Grades 1-3

Aric Foster

Standard Based Learning:

Philosophy and Nuts & Bolts

Description of Sectional

Karla Hardies

Reigniting the Fire in Your Classroom

Description of Sectional

Link to presentation...





Kim Marxhausen

Nurturing the Dandelions and the Orchids in Your Garden

Description of Sectional

Jeremy Ashley

Faith Formation of Young Children

Description of Sectional


Sectional 2




Stacy Wables & Erica Bigelow

The Top 10 List - Child Care Center Center

Licensing Violations

Description of Sectional

Christi Gaertner

Growing your School through Smart Marketing

Description of Sectional

Handouts for Sectional


Stephanie Wozniak

Celebrating Literacy for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos

Description of Sectional

Jennifer Welch

Baby Steps: Foundations for Faith for Infants, Toddlers and Twos

Description of Sectional


Deb Kasper

Talking to Jesus:

More the a Plastic Phone

Deb Kasper CANCELLED. You can choose another sectional at the conference if you already picked this sectional. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Grades 1-3

Aaron Rohde

Brain Research and the Young Child

Description of Sectional


Erica Grimm

Little STEMs: Science Technology, Engineering and Math for Early Childhood

Description of Sectional

Ryan Peterson

Dealing with Stress: Energy Management, Not Time Management

Description of Sectional


Sectional 3




Stephanie Wozniak

The Importance of Building Gross Motor Skills for Infants and Toddlers

Description of Sectional

Panel discussion on Infant/Toddler- What to do with them/Written policy

  • Jennifer Welch, ISJ, Grand Rapids
  • Wendy Butler, Good Shepherd, Saginaw
  • Mary Huisinga, St. Mark, Battle Creek
  • Greta Bower, Open Arms, Belleville

Gloria Fahlsing

Motivating Change in Extreme Classroom Misbehavior

Description of Sectional

Sectional Handout

Grades 1-3

Janis Schneider & Tina Eising

Helping Parents of Children with Learning Needs

Description of Sectional

Sectional Handout


Steven Christopher

What are You Willing to Risk to be an Effective Teacher?

Description of Sectional

Pat Maier & Jessica Meier

Developing Visual Faith Tools 

Description of Sectional

Sectional Handout


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