2018 Preserving Early Childhood (PEC) Conference - An Early Childhood Collaborative Event Building a Foundation of Equity

Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
2018 Preserving Early Childhood (PEC) Conference - An Early Childhood Collaborative Event Building a Foundation of Equity
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - Thursday, March 01, 2018

Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center
715-344-0200
1001 Amber Avenue
Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54482
United States

Map and Directions

See the Conference Information and Tentative Agenda for more session details.

Through the work of many collaborative early childhood planning partners, the theme Building a Foundation of Equity: An Anti-Bias Approach will examine how intentional work utilizing an anti-bias approach promotes positive outcomes for all children in Wisconsin.

 Goals of the Conference: 

To provide opportunities for professionals to learn about ways to promote and implement equitable practices in the early care and education field. Participants will learn about the principles of anti-bias education, reflect upon their current practices, and collaborate with colleagues to implement practices that promote equitable learning opportunities for all children. 

Tuesday February 27:  Two pre-conference tracks are available on

A Deeper Dive into Anti-Bias Education led by Julie Olsen Edwards and Rita Tenorio.
  • We are all alike. We are all different. Both matter. It is not our differences that hurt and separate us, but being treated inequitably based on those differences. Come join us for a full-day interactive workshop on Anti-bias Education.
  • Registration ($100) includes lunch and a copy of Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves

 Nature-Based Education led by Patti Born Selly author of Teaching STEM Outdoors;


  • Registration ($100) includes lunch and a copy of Patty's book, Teaching STEM Outdoors: Activities for Young Children.  Come dressed to head outside (remember, there's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing)! Scholarships of $50 are available.
  • This workshop is applicable for any parent or educator wanting to engage young children (up to age 8) in nature.


·       Wednesday, February 28: Race, Culture, Class, Language and Gender: Talking with children, families and teachers about how we are the same, how we are different, and why it matters.


Keynote presentation by Julie Olsen Edwards, co-author of the book Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves, followed by workshops, networking and facilitated discussion. 

Thursday, March 1: Focus on WI Specific Data

Focus on Wisconsin specific data and how data can be used to inform practices to equalize outcomes for Wisconsin’s youngest children. 

Who should attend?

  • Early childhood leaders from schools, child care, Head Start, home visiting, and other related programs and services including, but not limited to: principals, 4K coordinators, special education directors, program support teachers, school board members, child care directors, Head Start directors and coordinators, professional development trainers, and community teams. 
  • Programs, personnel, and community organizations interested in early childhood education.
  • Teachers, providers, and trainers in environmental education and place based learning.
  • Early Childhood faculty at two- and four-year colleges.

Other Highlights

  • Showcase of Early Learning Challenge Race to the Top project outcomes and products.
  • Community Showcase and highlights of innovative practices.
  • Conversations, networking, and interactive sessions offering opportunities for self-reflection and application of newly-learned information. 
  • Partnership strategies and community sharing with a variety of Wisconsin community leaders.
  • WECA's Courage to Explore Display: You can view resources on culture, peace, and anti-bias classroom strategies.

Cost: $100 for Preconference only. $200 per person for two days.  $250 for three days. 

Registration costs include: Meals (breakfast and lunch), conference materials and a copy of the speaker's books.

Registration deadline: Monday, February 19, 2018

Graduate Credit Option
1 graduate or undergraduate credit from UW La Crosse will be offered. Registration materials and cost will be available at the conference and payment will be due at that time. Cash, check or credit cards accepted.  

Registry Credits Option Registry Credits will be available for sessions attended.

 

Contact Information

  • Questions about registration contact: Carolyn Kiefer
    Email: carolyn.kiefer@dpi.wi.gov
    Phone: 608-264-9325

    Questions about the program contact: Sherry Kimball
    Email: sherry.kimball@dpi.wi.gov
    Phone: 608-267-9625

Payment Instructions

  • Register for 1, 2, or all 3 days. Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Thursday, March 1.
    1 Day Only (Tues) - Preconference Sessions (Children in Nature or Digging Deep into Anti-Bias Education). $100. $50 scholarships available for Children in Nature preconference.
    2 Days (Tues/Wed) or (Wed/Thurs) $200.
    3 days - all three conference days $250
    Costs include breakfast and lunch, conference materials and a copy of the pre-conference speaker's book.
    Registration deadline: February 19, 2018


    Purchase Orders are not necessary.

    No Refunds will be issued; however, substitutions will be accepted until noon on Friday, February 16, 2018.

    If you are submitting payment by check, please submit your check made out to: Department of Public Instruction with a copy of the registration confirmation to: Elena Sialer de Bradley, Department of Public Instruction - Business Office, P.O. Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707-7841.
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