2018 Early Childhood Education Workshop West (Salina)

KAIRS 7th Annual Early Childhood Education Workshop on November 16 will focus on play!

“Made with Purpose…Play With Purpose” will feature Keynote Cari Ebert who will ask the question “Where does true play fit in?”

Download the registration form and register now!!

Don’t miss this exciting 2018 conference in Salina at St. Mary’s Grade School.  Plan to spend the day considering how play and movement can enhance early childhood education and development.


Keynote Speaker Cari Ebert

“The Power of Play in the Development of Young Children.” – Cari Ebert

Cari Ebert is a pediatric speech-language pathologist and a popular nationally recognized speaker. She will bring her high-energy all-day presentation as she queries “Is true play worth preserving?”

Cari will provide helpful insights into and an evidence-based approach to how play can impact our 21st Century early childhood education. She will also discuss the ramifications of increased technology in the classroom and at home and elevated early academic expectations.

Join Cari as she discusses the power of play by examining the following topics: the developmental benefits of play, how high-tech toys are changing the dynamics of play, how to effectively prepare young learners for school and the importance of relationship-based learning.

Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist in private practice in the Kansas City, Missouri area. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa and Master of Science degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Workshop Topics

How do young children learn best? Developmental Benefits of Play

Types of Play – Child-directed vs Adult-Directed

Active vs Passive Entertainment

Playing in High Tech World; Traditional vs Virtual Playground

Toys: the Tools for Learning

Theory and Benefits of “Loose Parts” Play

 Workshop Date: November 16, 2018, 9 am – 3 pm

Check-in begins at 8:30 am.

Registrations accepted through November 2.

To register, please download and print the registration form and send it with your check to:

Please send this form and check to:

Kim Cochran, St Mary’s School, 304 E. Cloud • Salina, KS 67401

Registration fee is $25 per person. Lunch will be served.

Salina Diocese Teachers: Please register for conference without

payment as your fee is covered.


Contact Cindy Compagnone, Assistant Principal

St. Mary’s School • ccompagnone@yahoo.com

or Corey Reese, KAIRS Communication Director, crkairs@yahoo.com