2018 Early Childhood Education Workshop

KAIRS 7th Annual Early Childhood Education Workshop on March 3 will focus on play!

“Made with Purpose…Play With Purpose” will feature Keynote Cari Ebert and breakout speakers that 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 Topeka at Prince of Peace Lutheran Preschool. 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 a High-Tech World” – Cari Ebert

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

Ms. Ebert will give helpful insights into 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 Ms. Ebert 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.

Afternoon Breakout Presentations

“Communicating the Value of Intentional Play” – Mary Williams

Children learn more in their first few years then they will in any other stage of their life. Most of this important learning happens through play. This session will highlight how early educators can share an important message with parents: how intentional play with their children lays the groundwork for their future development and well-being.

Ms. Williams is the Quality Initiative and Professional Development Program Manager at The Family Conservancy. She also presents a parenting segment once a month on the local Kansas City Fox 4 news station. Mary holds a BA in Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance  and she is a nationally certified counselor. Her past roles have been as an Infant/Toddler Specialist, and Early Education Specialist at The Family Conservancy.

“The Hidden Senses: How They Help Us Move and Learn” –The Goals of a Movement Class! – Dorothy Clopton

Our preschool classrooms are full of activities that stimulate the senses of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. This breakout presentation will give an overview of early childhood sensory and motor development, and the role they play in early childhood.

We know how important this sensory stimulation is to child development, but what about the less-understood vestibular and proprioceptive senses? Through discussion and demonstration, participants will learn the six goals of a movement class, including what part each goal plays in early childhood cognitive and motor development. Participants will leave with practical ideas and examples of activities that can be used to stimulate growth and learning in the classroom.

Ms. Clopton is an occupational therapist with over 35 years of experience. She is registered by the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapists, and holds an Occupational Therapy license in the state of Kansas. She spent the first 20 years of her career in medical settings and has focused on early childhood education for the ;ast 15 years. She has worked in both public and private schools. Currently, she teaches Movement classes at Christ Lutheran Early Education Center and Holy Spirit Catholic Preschool Overland Park.

“Putting Your Best Foot Forward; Marketing Your Strengths” – Laurie Wyssmann

How does the community view your school? What is your community presence? Do you have a presence beyond your own walls?

Let’s be honest…as a center director, do you have 101 reasons why your enrollment is down? What are your plans about what to do next?  The session can help!! It will focus on improving your center’s image, community presence, client relationships and professionalism.

Among other things, we will work through self evaluation/correction, outside evaluation/correction, inside evaluation/correction and your online presence.

(This breakout is targeted for Center Directors and Administrators.)

Ms. Wyssmann is the director at Bethany Lutheran Preschool and Mothers Day Out in Overland Park. She has 35 years of experience as a teacher and director in early childhood education. She received her BA from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

Workshop Date: March 3, 2018, 9 am – 3 pm. 

Check-in begins at 8:30 am.

Registrations accepted through February 27.

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

Dr. Jamie Finkeldei, KAIRS Vice President/Treasurer
424 Broadway • Wichita, KS 67202

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

Questions? Contact Jim Bradshaw, Executive Committee Member/Lutheran Representative,  jbradshaw@kslcms.org

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