College Representatives Attend WECA Conference

Monday, December 11, 2017 | by Thelma Nayquonabe l LCO E-News |

Three students, Melissa Knop, Theresa Martin, and Crystal Brady, and instructor Thelma Nayquonabe from the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Early Childhood Program attended the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) Annual Conference, November 10 - 11, 2017 at the Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells.

Keynote addresses included themes of Social & Emotional Development, Racial & Social Justice, Leadership & Change, Infant & Toddler Development, STEM + Art = STEAM, and Play-based Learning. Breakout sessions included "Leading from The Inside Out and Bottom Up", presenter Sue Offutt, Ph.D., "Courageous Conversations on Race", Nar Doumbya, and "The Be'be' Café: A Conversation Space for Those Who Work with Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families", Pam Bennett and Cheryl Heiman, and "Infant Environments and Activities", Colleen Adams and Cassie Ripp.

Exhibitors provided exhibits of learning materials, educational toys, and early childhood curriculum materials. Great weather conditions and roads made for a smooth ride to and from the conference. We have information on how to start a WECA chapter at LCOOCC.

The trip was sponsored by the LCOOCC Work-based Learning Program. This was an enjoyable and educational event for the students of the LCOOCC Early Childhood program.

Pictured above are Melissa Knop, Crystal Brady, Thelma Nayquonabe, and Theresa Martin.

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