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2022 Call for Presentations is OPEN!

Share your successes, your tips and tricks, your up-and-coming ideas! If you are interested in sharing your projects, curriculum, classroom strategies or other expertise, submit a presentation proposal by August 15.

Session options include 50 minute concurrent sessions, or 1 hour 45 minute double sessions.

All selected presentations will include a complementary registration for presenter(s).


2022 Call for Presentations

2022 Call for presentations is OPEN
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2022 Keynote: The Role of Curiosity, Compassion, and Courage in Our LivesJamie Bonczyk

Jamie Bonczyk, Program Officer, 80x3
Greater Twin Cities United Way

Explore aspects of how your own actions, thoughts, and responses demonstrate your current capacity for curiosity, compassion, and courage. Learn the difference between things you can control and things you can influence. Discover how these traits can support your own emotional well-being.

About Jamie: Jamie oversees “80×3: Resilient from the Start” — an innovative region-wide initiative to increase capacity to support parenting skills and provide trauma-sensitive early child care in a safe, stable environment that supports child resiliency.

Jamie Bonczyk is a leader in early childhood education who strives to create social-impact networks, change initiatives and partnerships that create sustainable health and education outcomes for children, families and educators. Her background includes the roles of executive director of an early learning non-profit, Head Start administrator, adjunct instructor, author, professional development content creator, and preschool teacher. Jamie has a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a master’s degree from Roosevelt University, both in early childhood education. She completed a Head Start Management Fellowship at UCLA and became a Certified Professional Project Manager through the University of St Thomas.

Jamie and her family call Richfield home. They love to play games, travel, and play with their dog. A natural storyteller with a love of humor, Jamie can occasionally be found on the stage of Strike Theater. For self-care, Jamie has regular Pilates and meditation practices.

Abusive Head Trauma Prevention training (formerly titled Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Training)

Pre-registration required. Additional fee applies: $100

Michelle Jacobs, Early Childhood Specialist
Child Care Partnership a program of Western Dairyland

This 2-hour course will provide teachers with the Train the Trainer to become an approved trainer of Abusive Head Trauma Prevention training (formerly titled Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Training). Upon completion of this training, participants will be included on the WI DCF Approved Trainers list. 

Shaken Baby Syndrome is one form of Abusive Head Trauma. AHT also includes injury, not only to the brain, but to the skull and spinal cord, which can result from shaking or from inflicting trauma on the head by other means, such as throwing, intentionally dropping, striking, or other forms of impact. Abusive Head Trauma Prevention Training for Child Care Providers addresses the latest information on: 

  • Abusive Head Trauma 
  • The Period of Purple Crying 
  • Strategies and challenges of soothing 
  • Coping with frustration 
  • Having a plan and educating others

As of September 1, 2020, department-approved trainers offering a stand-alone class, department-approved agencies providing non-credit, department-approved, entry-level training courses (Introduction to the Child Care Profession and Fundamentals of Infant and Toddler Care), instructors of Wisconsin Technical College courses for credit, and high school teachers of the DPI Assistant Child Care Teacher course must begin using the new AHT Prevention Training for Child Care Providers developed in partnership by the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board and the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, in consultation with the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. Department-approved SBS trainers who have previously completed an SBS Train the Trainer session are not required to complete the new AHT Prevention Train the Trainer but are encouraged to do so. All department-approved trainers must begin to implement the new AHT curriculum as of September 1, 2020.

More information can be found here:  

List of currently approved trainers:

2022 Concurrent Sessions

Sessions will be added as they are confirmed. Specific session times will be indicated after the call for presentation closes. 

Mindful Equity in Education

Dr. Lindsay Barnhart
Program Director and Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education, UW-Stout

Being an equitable educator is important to support all students you interact with. This presentation will provide an opportunity to explore your awareness, discuss equitable education, and provide ideas to consider as a mindful equitable educator.

Building Our Capacity for Curiosity, Compassion and Courage:

Jamie Bonczyk, MA, CPPM
Program Officer, 80x3, Greater Twin Cities United Way

Explore the power and impact of curiosity, compassion, and courage. Learn strategies to integrate these traits into your personal and professional life.

Develop Career-Ready FCS Students with RealCare™ Innovative

Dan Cramer
Account Manager, Realityworks

In this session, learn how these evidence-based programs combine with experiential activities, comprehensive curricula, and interactive simulators for infant care skills, childcare occupations, health sciences exploration, and eldercare, and human services careers. Hear stories from instructors of program best practices and incorporating soft skills into lessons

From the Classroom to the Therapy Room: Connections of Menta

Michelle Deml
Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni, UW-Stout and MSW Graduate Student, St. Mary's University, Minnesota

Through my transition from educator to mental health & substance use professional I have seen the connections between what and how we teach and the impacts and impressions that are left on our students. This session will be meant to share the connections and open conversations on managing mental health and substance use inside and outside of the classroom.

DCF Child Care Licensing and the Wisconsin Registry

Tina Feaster, Program and Policy Analyst, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Staff member, The Registry of Wisconsin

This is a joint presentation between the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and the Wisconsin Registry. We will cover DCF updates and initiatives, including the child care licensing rule revisions and the free noncredit foundational training project, and how those benefit high school students. We will also cover updates from the Wisconsin Registry and when students should apply to the Registry. 

Anti-Racism in Early Childhood

Terry Kohlmeier, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education, UW-Stout

What is Anti-Racism in early childhood education? The importance of a healthy identity and how to introduce anti-racism in the early childhood classroom or in my family? Guiding children’s thinking about diversity. Take the moment and talk about differences. Learning about appropriate anti-bias resources.

Science Fun

Nancy Merwin
Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, School to Work Coordinator, FCCLA Adviser
Cuba City Middle/High School

The best way to learn and engage kids! Come and absorb new ideas on activities in science----STEM. Whether you are a teacher or a grandparent, you can get NEW, fun activities for the children you interact with, no matter what age. Science activities can be passed on to aspiring teachers as they prepare for the classroom. Examples are based on the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS) and built into lessons plans in any content areas with the same activity---come and PLAY AND LEARN


At the Heart of Education is the Teacher

Ann Oberding
Program Director/Professor, Art Education, UW-Stout

Are you creative and like to paint? Then join Professor Oberding in painting your very own canvas print of pumpkins.

Pre-registration for this session is required. Additional fees apply.


Food Truck Business

Ryan Radke
Family and Consumer Sciences Education Teacher
Bryon High School, Bryon, Minnesota

The Bryon High School Family and Consumer Sciences Program runs a real-life licensed Food Truck! Come and hear all about it!


A Century of Excellence: FCS Graduates of UW-Stout and it

Heather Stecklein, Ed.D.
University Archivist, UW-Stout

In honor of 100 years of bachelor's degree graduates in FCS-related majors, UW-Stout Archivist Heather Stecklein will offer a retrospective of program courses, events, and alumni from Stout's programs. The presentation will include archival video clips and photographs.

Barn Quilts - Incorporating STEM into the FACS Classroom

Lynn Weilbrenner
Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Whitewater High School

As FCE educators, we teach so much more than what our class titles assume. We can cross-categorize our teaching very quickly. This project allows students to work on a STEM curriculum while doing an interior design project. See what it is all about. Step-by-step instructions will be given on how to create a barn quilt, ask questions and see the final projects. This is an enjoyable and creative project to incorporate into your curriculum.