2018 IDE Early Childhood Education Conference

Conference Snow Date: June 23rd

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,
just as in fact you are doing”
(1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Location: Zion Lutheran Church, 201 1st Ave, Hiawatha, IA 52233

Registration: EventBrite / Paper Form 
$30/person ($35 after 6/08). Register online through EventBrite or return a paper Registration Form with a check  to the district office: 1100 Blairs Ferry Rd, Marion IA 52302-3039. Registration ends 6/22.

Continuing Education Credits:   6 CEUs will be offered for this conference. Attendees must register by 11:00 AM on 6/08 to receive CEUs. Once your registration arrives at the District office, we will forward your name, and the names of your teachers to Lori Witte with Child Care Resource & Referral of Southeast Iowa so that you and or your teachers are eligible to receive credit.

8:15      Registration
8:45      Devotion
9:00      Session One: Together is Better
12:00    Lunch
12:45    Session Two: The Path to Well-Balanced Children
4:00      Visit Vendors (optional) / Depart   

About the Event   
Being Wendy to Peter Pan: Peter Pan never wanted to grow up! Wendy quickly realized it was her job to help Peter Pan and the Lost Boys grow up. Similar to Wendy, our job is to help our young ones successfully grow up in healthy and productive ways. As Jesus said, “Let the little children come unto Me…” leading children to follow Jesus as well as equipping children with necessary skills and tools will provide this help. During our time at this conference, we will explore best practices in early childhood education which help the children we serve be successful in their relationships and in their stamina for life. 

Together is Better (Session One):
You are not alone! Early childhood classrooms are busy, high paced environments and as early childhood teachers, many times we are expected to be all things to all people (just as Wendy was for her brothers and the lost boys). Although this task can seem overwhelming, it certainly is an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many! Let’s talk about the demands of early childhood teachers and how we can be stronger together in areas of early childhood teams, teachers, parent coaches, our interpersonal relationships and in our walk of faith with our Lord Jesus. 

The Path to Well-Balanced Children (Session Two):
Another monumental task! Helping children in today’s society be resilient and well-balanced. In this interactive session, we will take a look at how our classrooms promote well-balanced children in all four domains (physical development, social and emotional development, cognitive development, language and literacy development) and how we can continue to provide environments and opportunities for children to self-regulate and thrive. Drawing the children closer to Jesus, we can better help them stay away from the “Captain Hooks” in their lives and follow paths of health, happiness and holiness.

Guest Speaker Aimee Walsh

About Aimee: Conference attendees will hear from guest speaker Aimee Walsh. Aimee serves as the Director of Concordia University Chicago’s Early Childhood Education Center, in River Forest, IL. She travels around the country speaking on various Early Childhood Education and School Recruitment and Retention topics to teachers, directors, administrators, pastors and parents. She continues to be actively involved in the Northern Illinois District serving as one of three Early Childhood Consultants and helping plan their yearly Teachers Conference. 
Before coming to Concordia University Chicago, Aimee began a third ministry site, Trinity Early Childhood Center in Naperville, IL for her home church, Trinity Lutheran, and previously served as an Admissions Director and Preschool Teacher in the Chicagoland area. 

Aimee enjoys a lot of coffee in the morning, chocolate throughout the day, reading several books at once, collecting children’s hardcover books, group exercise classes (where the instructor makes you exercise), traveling and lazy days on the beach. She is mother to Jack (freshman at Xavier University) and Alex (junior in high school).