May 3, 2017—Preconference
May 4 & 5, 2017—Conference and Exhibits
Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma, WA

Featured Presenters

John Farrell, MA
Paul Figueroa, AA
Mark Innocenti, PhD
Gail Joseph
Gina Lebedeva, PhD
Julie Tubbs Luthy, MS
Lori Roggman
Ilene Schwartz
Rosemary White, OTR, Other




John Farrell, MA

John Farrell is an internationally acclaimed author, songwriter and peace educator. He has visited over 1500 schools in 23 countries to sing, write songs, and share stories with over 1,000,000 children and teachers. John uses music and stories to promote early literacy, kindness, empathy, cooperation, and much more. He is the author of three picture books and has recorded 8 CD's of songs and stories. John has received many awards including a 2016 Freedom Through Literacy Award and a Columbia River Stewards Honor for his work with the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership.

Look for their presentation(s):
PRE07: Songs and Stories: An Early Childhood Educator's Treasure Chest

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Paul Figueroa, AA

Paul Figueroa is an award winning and highly sought after inspirational speaker, trainer, facilitator and coach. He served as a police officer with the King County Sheriff’s Department in Seattle, Washington for over 12 years. He left law enforcement in 1998 and has been helping people young and old to live happier lives ever since. Paul travels all across the country providing workshops and keynotes at numerous conferences that support children and he’s also provided parent support workshops and staff, manager and leadership training for Head Start, Early Head Start, ECEAP, Public School, Preschool and Child Care organizations all over the United States. He’s received "The Governor's Child Abuse Prevention Award" in recognition of his work with children and families and has appeared on Radio Disney along with the Today Show. His first book, “Listen, Your Life is Calling – The Journey Home” is now available on his website and at Amazon.com.

Look for their presentation(s):
PRE09: Listen, Your Life is Calling
E09: Managing Job Stress
D06: The Art of Leadership
The Importance of Self Care

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Mark Innocenti, PhD

Mark S. Innocenti, Ph.D., is Director of the Research and Evaluation Division at the Center for Persons with Disabilities, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and an Associate Professor in Psychology in the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. Mark is a past president of the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children. He is a member of the Zero to Three Academy. Mark has over 35 years of experience working with infants and young children at-risk and with disabilities and their families through multiple research and model demonstration projects. He has conducted research and evaluation on various aspects of home visiting and preschool intervention services. Mark is an author of Developmental Parenting: A Guide for Early Childhood Practitioners, the PICCOLO (Parenting Interactions with Children: Checklist of Observations Linked to Outcomes) parent-child interaction observation measure and the HOVRS (Home Visit Rating Scales) an observational measure of home visiting practices. Mark is the evaluator for the Pay for Success (PFS) preschool project in Utah and helped develop the Utah PFS model. Mark is currently focused on improving quality in preschool settings and home visiting programs.

Look for their presentation(s):
KEYNOTE: Effectively Engaging Families to Support Children’s Development
PRE01: Using the HOVRS (Home Visit Rating Scales) to Obtain Excellence in Home Visiting Practices-Day 1
TFD01: Using the HOVRS (HOme Visit Rating Scales) to Obtain Excellence in Home Visiting Practices-Day 2

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Gail Joseph

Dr. Gail Joseph is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Early Childhood and Family Studies program at the University of Washington. In addition to teaching, she conducts research about early care and education. She also is a principal investigator at, and the Director of, the Childcare Quality and Early Learning Center for Research and Professional Development (CQEL) at the UW and also is co-director of the National Center for Quality Teaching and Learning.

Look for their presentation(s):
PRE04: Positive Behavioral Support for Young Children

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Gina Lebedeva, PhD

Dr. Gina Lebedeva uses transdisciplinary strengths-based approaches to support families and professionals in early learning. A certified speech and language pathologist, she uses principles of infant mental health and reflective facilitation, specializing in the first five years. She teaches at the University of Washington Department of Early Childhood and Family Studies, where her favorite courses are she Family and Community Engagement (online) and Infant & Toddler Risk & Resilience. Gina serves as an advisor and consultant throughout the early learning community, and is an advocate for relationship-based quality improvement systems. She was the founding director of the Outreach division at the UW Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences. Dr. Lebedeva holds a PhD in speech and hearing sciences from the University of Washington, and a Magna Cum Laude degree in psychology and linguistics from Cornell University. She plays the oboe, is a homegrown Steelers fan, and has three children.

Look for their presentation(s):
TFD03: Envisioning An Effective Relationship-Based Transdisicplinary Workforce: A Panel and Deep Dive Reflection
D13: How Trainers Can Facilitate Reflective Practice in Adult Workshops

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Julie Tubbs Luthy, MS

Instructor Julie Luthy has been a naturalist for over 30 years helping people nurture a respect and awe for their natural surroundings. She thoroughly enjoys teaching people of all ages and her enthusiasm is contagious. She holds a master’s degree in Environmental and Science Education. Her field experience includes work in national parks, nature centers and Seattle’s Discovery Park. She currently offers environmental ed. programs through her own business.

Look for their presentation(s):
PRE08: Engaging and Fun Activities to Guide Nature Exploration Inside and Out
“Growing up WILD”: Book, Fun Activities and Nature Tidbits to Share and Amaze Your Students

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Lori Roggman

Lori Roggman, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development at Utah State University, began her career as a home visitor, focused on supporting parent-child interaction. After completing a Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the University of Texas, she launched a research career studying parenting support of early childhood and infant/toddler development and effective practices to promote parenting in home visiting programs. She is the lead author of Developmental Parenting, and the lead developer of the Parenting Interactions with Children Checklist of Observations Linked to Outcomes (PICCOLO) and the Home Visit Rating Scales (HOVRS). She has provided training to improve home visiting quality in the US and internationally.

Look for their presentation(s):
PRE01: Using the HOVRS (Home Visit Rating Scales) to Obtain Excellence in Home Visiting Practices-Day 1
TFD01: Using the HOVRS (HOme Visit Rating Scales) to Obtain Excellence in Home Visiting Practices-Day 2

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Ilene Schwartz

Ilene Schwartz is a professor and her research interests are in the area of applied behavior analysis and early childhood special education. Specifically, she is interested in understanding what instructional strategies and environmental arrangements are most effective in facilitating the learning of young children with autism and related disabilities. Her research involves identifying and validating instructional strategies for children with autism and other significant disabilities and in understanding how to teach teachers and others to implement these strategies with high fidelity. She is also interested in issues related to social relationships of young children with disabilities, inclusion, applied behavior analysis, and social validity. In 1997, her colleagues and her started Project DATA, a school-based early intervention program for children with autism. Research about Project DATA integrates her interests in program effectiveness, implementation, and inclusive education.

Look for their presentation(s):
PRE05: Project DATA: A School-based Model to Provide Evidence-Based Intervention to Toddlers and Preschoolers with ASD

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Rosemary White, OTR, Other

Rosemary is the owner and director of Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy Services. Rosemary’s work has developed to empower parents in their interactions with their child using the DIR®/Floortime model with emphasis on understanding the individual profile of the child including sensory processing, emotional regulation and postural organization. The focus of her work is on how these factors impact relationships. Rosemary is very invested in wooing therapists to work with her who have a desire to embrace this style of treatment. She is very active in mentoring all the therapists in our practice, while at the same time encouraging them to continue to grow and broaden their areas of expertise. Rosemary lectures nationally and internationally, provides consultation and mentoring.

Look for their presentation(s):
TFD02: DIR Model: Day Two
PRE02: The DIR Model: Understanding the Model, Impact of the Child's Sensory Profile & Motor Planning Abilities on Relating & Communicating

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For Additional Information
Contact:


Tracy Ulrich
Conference Coordinator
Diversified Services, Inc.
PO Box 891
Stanwood, WA 98292
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Amanda Cardwell
Exhibits, STARS Hours, and Volunteers Coordinator
Diversified Services, Inc.
Blaine, WA 98292
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Mike Stewart
Conference Administrator
Boyer Children's Clinic
1850 Boyer Avenue E.
Seattle, WA 98112
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