2014 WHSA Training Conference | Call for Training Session Proposals
February 3-5, 2014
Kalahari Waterpark Resort & Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells
The Wisconsin Head Start Association (WHSA) is a private not-for-profit membership organization representing more than 16,000 young children, their families, and more than 3,900 staff who comprise Wisconsin’s 62 Head Start and Early Head Start programs. We are seeking presenters for a diverse audience of Head Start and Early Head Start program directors, parents, staff, managers, and community partners to provide training sessions on innovative practical initiatives, programs, and applied research in the following content areas:
Advocacy, building relationships, child care partnerships, community collaborations, inter-agency agreements, outreach, partnering with 4K, public policy, State priorities and initiatives, working with local educational agencies.
Early Childhood Education & Development
Assessment, behavior management and guidance, curriculum, child development domains (approaches to learning, creative arts, language development and communication, literacy, mathematics, science, and social/emotional development), child outcomes, classroom management, disabilities, English language learners, learning differences, learning environments, individualization, research, standards and guidelines.
Early Head Start
Attachment, breastfeeding, child development, early interventions, healthy movement and nutrition, home- or center-based environments, home-visiting, infant mental health and early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC), prenatal services, pregnant women and expectant families, pre-literacy, socialization.
Health, Wellness, and Safety
Childhood physical, mental, and oral health and development; adult health and wellness; anger management and conflict resolution; disease prevention and health promotion; emergency preparedness; ECMHC, EPSDT; facilities, materials, and equipment safety; health services; injury prevention and safety; nutrition and childhood obesity.
Leadership, Professional, and Organizational Development
Attracting and maintaining quality personnel, career development, collaborative leadership, enhancing leadership potential and performance, ethics, human resources, licensure and qualifications, mentoring, motivational management, organizational assessment, portfolios, reflective practice, staff development and management, self-evaluation, supervision, technologies, team building.
Program Design & Management
Head Start requirements, Reauthorization, and Performance Standards; accountability, board development; data analysis; facilities; fiscal issues; governance; management and administration; PIR data; policies; risk assessment and management; rules and regulations; strategic planning; transformative politics; transportation.
Regional Priorities & ACF Federal Initiatives
Data analysis, fatherhood projects, family engagement, fiscal training, health and development, improving classroom quality, improving child outcomes across domains, marketing, mental health, ongoing monitoring, oral health access, collaboration with 4K and child care, program planning and governance, staff qualifications and development, serving rural communities, “AAPD/OHS Dental Home Initiative,” “I am Moving I am Learning” and “Little Voices for Healthy Choices,” “Healthy Marriages,” “Care for Their Air,” drug-endangered children.
Advocacy, child abuse and maltreatment, cultural differences, crisis intervention and management, diversity, domestic violence effects and prevention, fatherhood and father-figures, family interventions, family literacy and adult education, homelessness, home-visits, parent and family involvement, parenting, resource and referral, substance abuse, transitions, working successfully with parents.
Tribal & Migrant Program Issues
Listed content areas plus: celebrating cultural traditions, child outcomes plans, collaboration with community agencies, community and program assessment, bilingual infant/toddler environments, developing services plans, emergency preparedness, ERSEA processes and compliance, first and second language development, fiscal accountability, program governance, and strategic planning.
Training Session / Presenter Guidelines
1) WHSA offers a reduced conference registration fee of $100 each for up to two presenters per training session to attend the entire two and a half day conference. Presenters attending the conference only on the day(s) of their training session are entitled to that day’s Conference privileges including complimentary lunch and/or breaks.
2) WHSA does not pay presenter expenses to present at the conference.
3) WHSA provides each training room with a projection screen and AV cart. This does not include flip chart paper, markers, LCD projectors or any other AV equipment. All other AV equipment needs, including internet access, are the responsibility of the presenter. Presenters may not contract with the Kalahari or WHSA for additional AV equipment.
4) WHSA does not reimburse presenters for the cost of preparing or duplicating session handouts.
5) WHSA prohibits all presenters from selling and/or marketing items within a training session. WHSA provides conference exhibit space and offers advertising space in the conference program. Interested presenters and others may contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org secure exhibit or ad space.