The 2017 Western Nebraska Early Childhood Conference will be held October 6, 7 at the Harms Advanced Technology Center-WNCC. This year's theme is "Early Childhood Inclusion".
Friday October 6, 2017 Trainings:
- 2 Early Learning Guidelines trainings will be held simultaneously, Approaches to Learning and Language and Literacy.
- Safe with You
- CPR & First Aide
Saturday October 7, 2017 Conference:
Morning keynote speaker Johanna Taylor, PhD, BCBA is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders. She co-coordinates the Master’s level online Early Intervention/Early Childhood Program and instructs courses. Johanna obtained her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Early Intervention from the University of Pittsburgh with a specialization in autism spectrum disorder. She has been a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) since 2007. Over the past two decades, Dr. Taylor has worked with providers and caregivers in-home settings, public and private schools, and community settings for children, adolescents, and adults with autism and development disorders.
Afternoon keynote speaker Andrea Nelson will present The View of Nebraska Early Childhood from the Land of “Pause”. Andrea was born in Nebraska but raised in Kansas. After graduating from KU with a master’s degree in early childhood special education, teaching for four years in Kansas, and meeting her husband, she moved to Sidney, Nebraska where she lived for seven years. During that time, she worked in the field of early childhood and spent the last four years working for ESU 13 as an Early Child Special Educator in the Panhandle. Two years ago, her family returned to her small hometown in Kansas to help with the family ranch. Andrea returned to the field of early childhood special education as both an itinerant and classroom teacher for inclusive settings. Her experiences in the field of early childhood in both states has led to a unique perspective on early childhood education in Nebraska as she is able to compare and contrast between the two states.
Breakout session topics will include: Educating Exceptional & Gifted Children, Introduction to Autism, Sign Language, Step Up to Quality, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® NEBRASKA Scholarship, and Warning Signs of Early Developmental Delays.