Summer Institute 2018

Date: 6/25/2018
Time: All Day
Short Description: 2.5 day long course
Location: Central Washington University
400 E University Way , Ellensburg, WA 98926
Phone: (509) 963-1141

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June 25 (8:30am) -June 27 (3:00pm), 2018

Location: Central Washington University Conference Center

Scholarship deadline:  5/25/18

Registration early deadline:  5/31/18

Registration: Registration PDF and Online Registration

Course List

Start, end and break times


Fees - $155 WSTC Member Fee, $260 WSTC Non Member Fee

CWU also has required fees based on lodging, meal plan, etc. See registration form or link for more details.

Credit: Community College Credits ($18), STARS and Clock Hours available free onsite.


Email or call Katy 425-453-1227.

Summer Institute


It's our 31st Annual Summer Institute, which offers the opportunity for teachers and other early learning professionals to take a concentrated 20 hour course on a single subject. 

We’re very excited about this year’s offerings, and look forward to providing very high quality  courses to our members and the Early Learning community at large. 

We have a limited number of $250 scholarships available - PDF application here, Word application here.

This year's classes are:

  1.     Building Capacity for Equity in Early Learning (Family Support, Home Visitors, teachers, supervisors)
  2.     Classroom Management 101 (Pre-K teachers)
  3.     Increasing Quality – A Teacher’s Lens (0-5 Teachers, Supervisors)
  4.     Finding Keys to ERSEA (0-5 Enrollment staff, family support)
  5.     Improving and Implementing Effective Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Staff (Managers, supervisors, Directors)
  6.     Mindfulness (Teachers, Health, Home visitors, family support)
  7.     Creative Curriculum Fidelity & TS Gold (Teachers, Supervisors, Ed Managers)
  8.     Responsive Environments for Infants and Toddlers (0-3 Teachers, Home Visitors)
  9.     Dual Language Learning (Coaches, supervisors, Ed Managers) 

Choose from one of the following ten 20-hour Course Offerings:


Track 1: Building Capacity for Equity in Early Learning

Audience:  Teachers, Family support, Home Visitors, Supervisors

Early Learning programs have the power and potential to bridge the preparation gap for academic success for children who are in economically disadvantaged, oppressive and marginalized circumstances. Today it is important to explore the "isms" of racism and classism and how they impact early learning experiences for children and families.  With ever increasing social, political and economic dynamics that uphold racism and classism, what are the specific policy, practices and procedures needed in programs to mitigate adverse societal influences that impact the academic self-efficacy and racial identity development of children? What shifts are needed to maximize and leverage the benefits and increase the quality of early learning services? What are culturally responsive strategies and approaches that can be implemented in program management, the classroom, in family support and health and nutrition practices to mitigate and not replicate these “isms”?  Join this highly interactive session to explore research –based, culturally responsive strategies that ensure social and educational justice is prevalent in early learning services to ensure access and opportunity for children and families who are often the furthest away from it.


Presenter:  Deborah Northern, M.Ed.

Deborah Northern, M. Ed. is a skilled trainer in professional development, dedicated and committed to thriving communities and the continued improvement of the quality of life for all children, youth and families.  Deborah previously served as Program Manager of Equity Services at Puget Sound Educational Service District, and is currently Racial Equity Advancement Coordinator at Seattle Public Schools.  Deborah is Adjunct Faculty at Edmonds Community College, Health and Human Services Division.


Track 2: Classroom Management 101

Audience:  Pre-K Teachers


In these fun and engaging 3 days, we will examine the Pyramid Model, or Early Childhood Positive Behavior Supports. We will be discuss strategies that serve to prevent challenging behavior in many of our early childhood environments as well as skills we can teach to children that serve to replace challenging behaviors. We will also look at strategies that can be used to support families and caregivers. This class will offer time for staff to action plan and consider changes for their environments. This class is appropriate for those who work in environments that serve children ages 3-5. Participants will leave with an understanding of challenging behavior and strategies and supports that reduce and prevent challenging behavior in the first place as well as an action plan for their environments.


Presenter: Tim Andrews, MS

Tim Andrews Tim received his master’s degree from Portland State University in Early Childhood Special Education in 1999. Tim taught a therapeutic, or behavior classroom for 7 years, and for the previous 7 years has been the Early Childhood Positive Behavior Support Specialist for the Multnomah Early Childhood Program in Portland, OR. Tim is also adjunct faculty at Portland State University where he teaches a variety of courses, and is a board member of the NWPBIS Network where he represents early childhood. Tim has worked with multiple agencies across the North West to train, coach, and consult around challenging behavior. Tim has presented at numerous conferences across the nation and is a well-known and respected early childhood behavior coach, trainer, and consultant.


Track 3: Increasing Quality – A Teacher’s Lens

Audience:  Teachers 0-5

Lakeshore is sponsoring this terrific course focused on key elements of classroom quality.


Part 1: Quality 101, Using Assessment Data to Increase Quality


Quality comes in many forms, it’s something educators constantly strive toward. In this portion of the institute we examine how assessment data leads to quality. From being able to decipher results to connecting assessment data to daily implementation, we take the time we often are not afforded to define and design quality.


Part 2:  CLASS Instructional Supports, A Deep Dive

Instructional Supports is an area of focus for most all programs using the CLASS to determine levels of quality. From developing an understanding of true concept development to quality of feedback, this workshop takes a deeper dive into the dimensions within Instructional Supports examining pedagogy and designing strategies for improvement. In these sections, we will also be able to address content areas such as science and math as examples of ways to improve instructional quality.


Part 3: Applying Our Learning

In this section of the institute, we apply our new learning to scenarios and video analysis. Being able to see real interactions and have the ability to analyze and discuss with our colleagues creates the highest/deepest level of understanding. Through our analysis, we begin to design supports to use in our own classrooms to increase quality on a daily basis.


Part 4: My Quality Classroom

As a means to wrap up the institute, we have the opportunity to reflect and pull all of our learning and experience together, allowing us to implement long term changes when we return to our programs. As a result of this section of the institute, you will have solid plans to put in place when you return to your classroom.


Sponsored by:     Lakeshore Early Learning

Presenter:   Marianne Kelley, Professional Development Specialist

Marianne has extensive experience providing essential support to Head Start and Early Head Start programs, including work as a teacher and Family Child Care Program coordinator.  She also has experience as an Adult Educator and Special Needs Consultant. Marianne develops a rapport with participants whether teachers or administrators because of her vast experiences.  Her warm demeanor draws participants in and leaves them feeling motivated and excited to make changes in their programs that will better serve the children.
Marianne holds training certificates with the Program for Infant/Toddler Care and is a certified trainer for I Am Moving: I Am Learning (IM/IL)—an innovative project that combats childhood obesity by helping preschoolers get more physically active while making better food choices. She is certified as a CLASS-reliable observer.  In addition, Marianne is a Growing Up Wild trainer and is California Community Care Licensing Health and Safety trained.  Marianne holds several degrees, and her extensive wealth of experience reinforces her ability to thoughtfully guide educators toward success.


Track 4: Finding the Keys to ERSEA

Audience:  Enrollment staff, supervisors

Finding the Keys to ERSEA is designed to unlock the ambiguities of Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) in Head Start and ECEAP and provide new implementation ideas for Managers, Coordinators, Directors, and Family Services staff. The Keys to ERSEA Institute supports effective programming that is grounded in regulations and best practices for Head Start, Early Head Start, ECEAP, Migrant and Native American programs.

It is important that staff have access to accurate information to successfully and effectively select and serve the neediest families. Finding the Keys to ERSEA is designed to help staff learn which regulations, directives or practices are applicable in this area. Finding the Keys to ERSEA is designed for staff who are new to their role in this area as well as for the seasoned staff who wish to bolster their knowledge and skills.


Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will increase their knowledge of Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance regulations;
  • Participants will develop an understanding of the relationship between the communitywide strategic planning and needs assessment and ERSEA; and
  • Participants will recognize how attendance impacts school readiness, the limitations on suspension, and the prohibition of expulsion.


Presenter: Jennifer Pecot, Family & Community Partnership Specialist

Jennifer provides training and technical assistance in the areas of parent/community involvement, family partnership agreements, ERSEA, health and nutrition in family services, and fatherhood initiatives. She also has extensive experience training Head Start Boards and Policy Councils. Jennifer has a BS degree in Human Development from Seattle University, and is certified in all four modules of the PITC program for infant/toddler services. Jennifer served as the Lead for the development of the Head Start Social Services Training Guides and works with Western Kentucky University Training & Technical Assistance Services.


Track 5: Improving and Implementing Effective Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Staff

Audience: (Managers, Supervisors, Directors)

Attracting and retaining high quality staff is one of the most important drivers of a well-functioning ECE program and a necessary foundation for improving child outcomes, but is a challenge for many programs. This is especially true in a time of increased accountability and limited resources. In this workshop information and resources will be provided on how program leaders can attract quality staff, provide effective new staff induction programs and establish systems that will assist in retaining the best of the best program staff. Through both large and small group interactive discussions, participants will gain insights that will be of immediate, effective use within their individual program.


Presenter: Cathy Cole, MS

Cathy Cole is a highly accomplished professional with more than 30 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of Early Care and Education, much of it as a teacher, director, and national consultant for Head Start, Migrant Head Start, and California State Pre-K programs.  Cathy has an Associate of Arts degree in Child Development, a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education and a Master of Science degree in Education Administration.  Since 2004, as an independent Early Care and Education Consultant, Cathy draws from her classroom and administrative experiences to assist Early Care and Education staff and administration through her many presentations, consultations and trainings to develop, enhance and implement effective programs and services nationwide.


Track 6: Mindfulness

Audience:  Teachers, Home Visitors, Family Support, Health


Mindfulness – a special way of paying attention – is being used with great success in the fields of education and health.  Understand how mindfulness practices can help with both academic and social-emotional learning.  Experience mindfulness, compassion and gratitude practices to help you and the children develop greater focus and well-being. 

This intensive 3-day course training focuses on teaching participants mindfulness practices, while training them how to teach children and other adults (including colleagues and parents) mindfulness practices. Mindful relationships and communication are also fostered and practiced.

You will learn about the many benefits of mindfulness, including helping children and adults focus, self-regulate, calm and soothe themselves. Participants will also learn more about how mindfulness practices can help with cognitive/brain development as well as social-emotional learning and development. They will discuss the importance and responsibility of adults (educators and parents) being able to develop and use practices to calm and self-regulate themselves, in order to help the children develop optimally on all levels (educationally, socially, personally, etc.)

Participants will leave this workshop with tools and techniques that can be used immediately and regularly on their own, with other staff, and with children.

Presenter: Zoe Sameth, M.S.

Zoe Sameth, M.S. is a bilingual (Spanish/English) coach, trainer and consultant with over twenty-five years experience working locally, nationally and internationally with schools, organizations and individuals of all ages to raise well-being, increase positive outcomes, and build strong and supportive teams.. Zoe's trainings are known for their unique blend of creative, fun, experiential and practical approaches. Zoe's recently released "Deep Relaxation" CD is available in both English and Spanish, and is an excellent complement to her training.

Zoe was featured as a ¨Hometown Hero¨ by Channel 5 news for her outstanding work with Bay Area schools and organizations. Zoe is also the recipient of the Truman Scholarship, a U.S. government fellowship awarded to individuals with exceptional leadership abilities.


Track 7:  Creative Curriculum Fidelity & TS Gold

Audience: Pre-K teachers, Supervisors, Ed Managers (not for beginners)


Details to follow!  This will be two days on strategies to implement Creative Curriculum to fidelity, followed by one day on how to effectively use TS Gold.

Sponsored by Teaching Strategies


Track 8: Responsive Environments for Infants & Toddlers

Audience:  Infant/Toddler Teachers, Supervisors


To establish a strong foundation in life, infants and toddlers need individualized, supportive, and responsive interactions with those who care for them. In this session, participants will learn strategies for providing responsive environments in center-based & home-based services, and share approaches that support our work in early learning. Session will include reflection on our role as educators & home visitors and strategies to support individualized care and responsive relationships with children & families in our programs.


Topics will include:

  • Exploring a responsive approach to curriculum planning
  • Supporting language development with infants/toddlers, including dual language learners
  • Connecting and partnering with families to support infant/toddler well-being and school readiness
  • Addressing issues of our own wellness as supporters of infants, toddlers, and families

Join us as we explore, practice, and expand our knowledge & skills together as a learning community.


Presenters: Katy Keehn, Early Childhood Specialist, Region X TTA Network

Melanie Krevitz, Early Childhood Specialist, Region X TTA Network


Katy Keehn, M.A. has over thirty years of experience in the field of Early Learning working directly with children, families and staff in birth to five & family support settings. She has worked in the field in various program models and has supported teaching staff in numerous early learning settings.  She has supervised & mentored using a reflective supervision model and has extensive experience in teacher training & professional development. This combined experience has provided Ms. Keehn with an expansive prenatal-to-five perspective and has enabled her to work with staff using research based curriculum and differentiated instruction to continually deliver best practice in early learning. 


Melanie Krevitz joined the Region X TTA team as an Early Childhood Specialist in the fall of last year.   She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child & Family Studies and has been a part of or worked with Early Head Start programs in a variety of capacities (from Toddler Educator and Home Visitor to Mentor Coach and Program Manager) for almost 20 years.    She also brings experience working with other Home Visiting models, including Parents as Teachers and the Parent Child Home Program.    One of her favorite things to do is spend time with others who hold work with infants and toddlers and their families close to heart!


Track 9: Dual Language Learning

Audience:  Teachers, Home Visitors, Family Support

Utilizing a Birth to Five Approach to Support Dual Language Learners

The Planned Language Approach (PLA) supports a way to identify and implement a clear, widely understood, and collaborative approach to language and literacy development for children, birth-five.  We will explore the research based Planned Language Approach, as well as other resources such as, the Multi-Cultural Principles, which have been designed for early childhood staff to meet program goals and to serve as a framework for multicultural programming.                                                                                     

Justification:  Participants will review the research on the importance of home language and how it facilitates learning in the preschool years.  Address misunderstandings about children learning multiple languages. Explore how to select strategies and promising practices to support learning and development in dual language learners. Examine the elements included in effective dual language classrooms.          


Presenters: Yvonne Burke, Early Childhood Specialist, Region X TTA Network

April Westermann, Early Childhood Specialist, Region X TTA Network


Yvonne Burke has over 30 years of experience working in Early Childhood Education and joined the Region X TTA team as an Early Childhood Specialist in July 2017.  She has a Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in Diverse Learners and continuously seeks to broaden her knowledge related to Early Childhood Education.  She began her career as a preschool teacher while in college.  She expanded her experience in the field by working in multiple positions which included Child Development Specialist, Child Care Director, Head Start Education Manager, Child Development Coordinator and Regional Coordinator. Ms. Yvonne Burke is a champion for all children and she exemplifies this in her personal life through her work with children in her community and her church. To her, equity and access to education are paramount.


April Westermann joined the Region X TTA team as an Early Childhood Specialist in September 2017.   She has a Master's in Early Childhood Education and for the past 16 years has been a part of  early childhood programs in a variety of capacities (from preschool teacher, child care director, Early Achievers Coach, ECEAP Coordinator and a MERIT approved trainer. April has also been an adjunct ECE Instructor at Spokane Falls Community College for the last 4 years.  She has been a childcare center director for a large non-profit where she led her team to NAEYC Accreditation. She enjoys early learning and supporting professionals that are dedicated to improving their own learning.  






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