For Immediate Release
October 30, 2014

The Third Annual Cowlitz County Conference for educators and caregivers of young children, from infants through third grade, will be held Saturday, November 15 at the Rose Center for the Arts at Lower Columbia College.

Keynote speaker will be Gail E. Joseph, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Early Childhood and Families Studies at the University of Washington. Her presentation, "Teach Me What to do Instead!", will offer practical strategies to prevent challenging behavior and increase social emotional competence for young children.

Dr. Joseph is the Director of the Childcare Quality and Early Learning Center for Research and Professional Development (CQEL) and co-Director of the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning. Her scholarship interests include:

  • early childhood teacher preparation
  • childcare quality
  • leadership development in the field of early care and education

She has had extensive experience as a Head Start teacher, teacher trainer, mental health specialist, and national consultant in promoting evidence-based, social emotional practices with young children.

According to Dr. Joseph, challenging behaviors are often the number one concern for caregivers, but there are many ways to cut down on these incidents while increasing children's social and emotional skills. Participants will leave this interactive session with ideas, materials, and strategies geared towards preventing and addressing challenging behavior and increasing social emotional skills such as controlling anger and impulse, problem solving and more.

The daylong conference is open to K - 3rd grade teachers, early learning professionals, child care providers, parents, students, and other child-serving professionals. It includes a multiple sessions on topics related to educating young children presented by local professionals in addition to the keynote address by Dr. Joseph. The conference runs from 9 am to 4 pm with check-in open at 8 am.

Breakout Sessions:

  • First Responders for Family Thriving: Birth/3rd gr
  • Principles of Positive Discipline: Birth/3rd gr
  • Building Joyful Instruction in a Family Childcare Setting: Birth/3rd gr
  • Teach Me What to do Instead: Pre/3rd
  • Sensory Processing Strategies in Classroom: Pre/3rd
  • Stupendous STEMazing Stuf: Pre/3rd
  • Fun with Writing for Diverse Levels in the Kindergarten Day: Kindergarten

Pre-registration is required and can be done online or by phone at 360.442.2840. Cost is $30 and includes lunch. STARS and professional development clock hours for educators are available.


For additional information contact:

Leann Curry, Continuing Education Program Coordinator, Lower Columbia College,, 360.442.2840.2600.

See also: Continuing Education

News and Media Contact:

 Wendy Hall, Vice President, Effectiveness & College Relations, Lower Columbia College


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