30th Annual Early Childhood Fall Conference

30th Annual Early Childhood Fall Conference

Workshop On Wheels' 30th Annual Early Childhood Fall Conference is scheduled for Saturday, November 9, 2013. It will be held in Dempster Hall on Southeast Missouri State University's Cape Girardeau Campus.

If you would like to attend, please complete the online registration form below.


8 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. Keynote Begins
10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Keynote Continues
12 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Break-Out Sessions
2:45 p.m. Door Prizes
3:00 p.m.


Keynote Speaker

Velda McKenzie, Conscious Discipline® Certified Instructor
Becoming Brain Smart

Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive self-regulation program that integrates social-emotional learning and discipline. It provides the seven powers for conscious adults to help child care providers see conflict differently and the seven basic skills of discipline that empower teachers to respond to conflict in such a way that life skills are taught. Conscious Discipline is a researched-based program proven to increase academic achievement, decrease behavior problems and improve the quality of relationships. In this presentation, participants will learn: Brain states and their relevance to behavior, four Brain Smart principles that help us change for the better, Conscious Discipline Brain State Model Tools to help us manage our emotions, tools to help children manage their emotions and how and why connection is the core of discipline.

Break-Out Sessions 1-3

Session 1: Under the Covers

Presenter: Diane Miesner, M.A.T. Preschool Educator/Director St. Andrew Preschool

Snuggle up and read a good book and then go deeper under the covers to enjoy enrichment activities. Music, art, cooking, games, class books and more will be shared for a number of favorites including Clifford, Pete the Cat, The Hungry Caterpillar and Llama, Llama just to name a few.

Session 2: Supporting the Development and Wellbeing of Infants and Toddlers

Presenter: Cindy Howell, Early Childhood Specialist, Child Care Aware® of Southern Missouri

How do you affect the healthy brain development of infants and toddlers? Did you know that infants and toddlers are affected by stress too? This workshop will explore how the five Rs: Relationships, Routines, Respect, Repetition, and Responsive interactions influence a child's developing brain. Also, participants will learn about strategies to support the emotional well-being and mental health of infants and toddlers.

Session 3: Self-Regulation: The Number One Skill Needed for School Success

Presenter, Velda McKenzie, Conscious Discipline® Certified Instructor

Forty percent of young children are missing the number one needed skill for school success--self-regulation. How adults respond to children's emotional upset will foster or inhibit a child's ability to learn self-regulation. In this session, you will be introduced to the "Feeling Buddies." Children who self-regulate are able to manage their emotions, make and sustain friendships, focus their attention, follow rules and control their behavior contributing to a safe and successful teaching environment. Participants will learn the five step process to self-regulation and how to create an interdependent self-regulatory center in the classroom. This program allows children to practice self-regulation in real life situations and teaches them to use the same process to manage their own thought, feelings and actions.

Break-Out Sessions 4-5

Session 4: Stewards of Children: Preventing, Recognizing and Responding to Child Sex Abuse

Presenter: Melissa Rawlings, Training Presenter for Regional Healthcare Foundation

Research has demonstrated that the effects of child sexual abuse can be severe and devastating to an individual's psychological, emotional, and physical well-being. Child sexual abuse is related to significant problems with academic performance, friendships, family relationships, physical health, and a range of mental health difficulties including both emotional and behavioral problems. The goals of this training are: to raise participants' awareness about the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse, educate adults in recognizing signs of child abuse, help participants to plan how to respond to allegations of child sexual abuse, and teach the steps necessary to prevent child sexual abuse in workplaces and communities.

Session 5: Going Green

Presenter: Shannon S. Green, M.S.Ed, Doctoral Student and Instructor, Early Childhood Education, Southern Illinois University

Do you want to learn more about "Going Green" in the early childhood classroom? This interactive session will guide participants in learning more about what "Going Green" really means and how it benefits children's development--academically and beyond. Participants will take home some simple ways to bring earth-friendly thinking into the educational setting (whether home or school-based) through recycling and reusing, community relationships, problem-based learning, connecting with nature, and even some basic economics activities. "Going Green" is fun, easy, and more than you ever knew it was!

Additional Information

For more information, contact:
Workshop on Wheels
(573) 986-6800
(800) 811-1127

This seminar is sponsored by Workshop on Wheels and Southeast Missouri State University.

Funding provided by Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Early Childhood Section; and Southeast Missouri State University.

Tote Bags

Tote bags will be distributed to the first 100 participants with a paid registration.


If you would like to attend the Early Childhood Fall Conference, please complete the registration form below. You must provide your MOPD ID (Missouri Professional Development ID) to receive credit hours for the conference. If you need more information on MOPD IDs, please visit https://www.openinitiative.org.

.5 CEU available the day of the seminar for an additional $15 fee. Contact Workshop on Wheels for more information.

Registration Deadline is October 18, 2013! Lunch cannot be guaranteed for those registering after October 18.

Please note that we cannot accept registration fees online. Please make checks payable to Workshop on Wheels and send your check or money order to the following address:

Kyla Biester, Project Coordinator
Workshop on Wheels
One University Plaza, MS 2350
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

If you do not wish to fill out the online registration form, you may download and print the Fall Conference brochure, which includes a registration form that can be filled out by hand.


Dempster Hall 006
Workshop on Wheels
One University Plaza, MS 2350
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701