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Camp GWC is an annual early childhood conference that brings together educators, professionals, and parents to explore the latest developments in the field of early childhood education. The conference features a variety of workshops, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of those working with young children.

With its dynamic program, engaging atmosphere and opportunities for raffle and door prizes, Camp GWC is a must-attend event for anyone working in the early childhood education field!

BEFORE you register, Early Childhood Professional Development Scholarships are available through KCCTO! Visit HERE to learn more.


Location
Hyatt  Regency
400 W Waterman
Wichita,KS
Date & Time
April 12, 2023, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM Virtual
April13, 2023, 7:00 AM-4:00 PM
In-person
MEET OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Danielle Norwood
Keynote Speaker/Event Emcee
Danielle Norwood is a morning talk show DJ with Majic 107.7 in Topeka. She is also a host on the TV show !NSPIRE on KTWU Channel 11 PBS in it’s third season. Danielle was encouraged and mentored by a station owner at an early age to pursue a career in radio. Her touching and emotional back story will encourage and motivate all audiences who have faced adversity and injustice along the way to rise up to their potential. She has recently lost 110 lbs and encourages others to get healthy. TOOLS OF INFLUENCE Danielle has been recognized by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters and has received the “Best Local Radio Personality” two years in a row by the Topeka Capital-Journal. She speaks on cultural diversity, equity and inclusion. SOWING SEEDS OF GREATNESS She is also a popular celebrity appearing at many events as a keynote speaker and Mistress of Ceremonies. Danielle has a varied business background in the radio industry and has a special heart for young people, having been involved with youth in leadership in her church and with the YWCA. She developed a curriculum to emphasize building healthy self-esteem, encourage cultural diversity, and to foster team building skills through personal development. Whether on air or on stage, Danielle’s goal is to empower, inspire and entertain with her quick wit, emotional intelligence and savvy business sense.
Vernon H. Mason, Jr. M.Ed.
Author, Humorist, Inspiring Keynote Speaker and Workshop Trainer Extraordinaire
He has been called the trifecta of childcare. Growing up in an "in-home" program. As his company grew, he has been the owner-director of small, medium, and large programs. After 28.5 years, including a decade of multi-site ownership, he sold his schools to a large regional provider. Along the way, Vernon completed a Master's in Early Childhood, wrote a few books, and became a popular speaker. Today Vernon is Senior Vice President of Development for The Nest Schools.
Vernon is available to bring inspiring stories, humor, mischievous southern charm and content to conferences, corporate functions, and professional development events. Proud member of the National Speakers Association. [email protected]
Scholarships are available!
Visit KCCTO before registering so see how you can get your registration paid for!
SCHEDULE
April 12
7:00 pM
Virtual Opening Keynote - Vernon H. Mason, Jr. M.Ed.  Finding and Keeping your Happiness
He has been called the trifecta of childcare. Growing up in an "in-home" program. As his company grew, he has been the owner-director of small, medium, and large programs. After 28.5 years, including a decade of multi-site ownership, he sold his schools to a large regional provider. Along the way, Vernon completed a Master's in Early Childhood, wrote a few books, and became a popular speaker. Today Vernon is Senior Vice President of Development for The Nest Schools.
Vernon is available to bring inspiring stories, humor, mischievous southern charm and content to conferences, corporate functions, and professional development events. Proud member of the National Speakers Association. [email protected]
April 13
7:00 am
Doors Open
Let the fun begin! As the doors open for the conference, attendees can check-in, visit booths, shop for products, and network with other participants. This is a great opportunity to explore various offerings and connect with like-minded individuals in the industry. The start of an exciting event filled with knowledge and connections!
8:00 AM
Keynote - Danielle Norwood Sowing Seeds of Greatness
Danielle Norwood is a morning talk show DJ with Majic 107.7 in Topeka. She is also a host on the TV show !NSPIRE on KTWU Channel 11 PBS in it’s third season. Danielle was encouraged and mentored by a station owner at an early age to pursue a career in radio. Her touching and emotional back story will encourage and motivate all audiences who have faced adversity and injustice along the way to rise up to their potential. She has recently lost 110 lbs and encourages others to get healthy. TOOLS OF INFLUENCE Danielle has been recognized by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters and has received the “Best Local Radio Personality” two years in a row by the Topeka Capital-Journal. She speaks on cultural diversity, equity and inclusion. SOWING SEEDS OF GREATNESS She is also a popular celebrity appearing at many events as a keynote speaker and Mistress of Ceremonies. Danielle has a varied business background in the radio industry and has a special heart for young people, having been involved with youth in leadership in her church and with the YWCA. She developed a curriculum to emphasize building healthy self-esteem, encourage cultural diversity, and to foster team building skills through personal development. Whether on air or on stage, Danielle’s goal is to empower, inspire and entertain with her quick wit, emotional intelligence and savvy business sense.
9:30 AM
Break
During the conference break, attendees have the opportunity to network with each other, explore various booths, shop for products and services, and view raffle items on display. This break provides a chance for participants to connect with others in their field, learn about new products, and potentially win prizes.
10:00 AM
Session 1
During registration attendees must choose one of the following:

AThe Importance of Tobacco Free Environments - How to Communicate with Families with Shelley Rich
BInfants our Youngest Learners, Not Just Babies with Tiffany Littlejohn
CEveryone Can Be A Transition Magician with Angie Knighten
DPump up your Literacy Activities and Prepare students for Kindergarten!  with Allison Harris
EShapes, Dots and Number Cubes.  Let’s Go!  with Erica Hartzler
FThree Cheers for a Positive Classroom Community with Stephanie Goertz
11:30 AM
Lunch/Break
During the lunch break, conference attendees receive their preordered meals and have time to network, shop, and visit booths. This break offers a chance to recharge while making valuable connections with others in the industry. Attendees can also browse various booths to learn about new products and services.
12:30 pM
Session 2
During registration attendees must choose one of the following:

GProfessionalize Your Child Care: Effective Strategies to Boost Your Business and Quality with Daniel Andres
HThe Developing Brain and Classroom Behaviors with Kelli Grant and Carlee Todd
IThe Value of Inclusive Books in Classroom and Home Libraries with Kristin L Droege
JAppropriate Reading Instruction Begins with You! with Jill Hodge
The Updated Kansas Early Learning Standards with KSDE
LPart 1-Connections Matter with Dana Book and Keith Tatum
2:00 pM
Break
The last break at the conference will provide attendees an opportunity to network with peers, browse through a variety of booths featuring educational products and services, and do some shopping. With lively conversations and engaging displays, the break offers a chance to recharge and share new ideas that have been gained from sessions attended.
2:30pM
Session 3
During registration attendees must choose one of the following:

MPlayful Learning: Social Emotional Growth & Aptitude with Kelbe McGill
NParent Connections and Communication with Merry Kirkpatrick
OTheraPlay Spot with Kris Dickinson
PDiversity with Alicia Sanchez
QPut your State on the plate with local foods with Brooke Wolfe & Beth Carlton
RPart 2-Hope: Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences With Dana Book and Keith Tatum
4:00pM
Closing
As the conference draws to a close, announcement of raffle and door prizes will be announced. The prizes serve as a fun and exciting way to wrap up the conference and reflect on the shared learning experiences.

Scholarships are available!
Visit KCCTO before registering so see how you can get your registration paid for!
Session 1
Session 1 Descriptions are listed below:

AThe Importance of Tobacco Free Environments - How to Communicate with Families with Shelley Rich
Tobacco free environments in the community, at home, and child care are important to eliminate secondhand smoke, e-cigarette aerosol, and reduce third hand smoke. Tobacco free environment can reduce disease and death caused by tobacco, motivate quit attempts and reduce tobacco initiation among youth.
BInfants our Youngest Learners, Not Just Babies with Tiffany Littlejohn
Infants are very smart little humans. They have the ability to learn so much each and everyday so don't miss a moment! Incorporating an infant curriculum sets up your child for success in cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development during the first year. Complementing warm, responsive caregiving with a research-based curriculum provides tools to actively support and enhance your baby’s early learning while you bond through play.
CEveryone Can Be A Transition Magician
In this training we will discuss what a transition is, the different types of transitions you may encounter, and learn about several different technics you can utilize to create smooth transitions in your classroom. We will cover the following transition types: arrival, meal times, cleaning up, lining up, departing, moving to a new classroom within the center, and moving within the classroom or building. We will discuss a little bit about each transition and learn about tools you can use to make these transitions smooth.
DPump up your Literacy Activities and Prepare students for Kindergarten!  with Allison Harris
Let's Pump it up! Let's make the best of our literacy components throughout your day by learning strategies and engaging activities to help students acquire skills to be ready for kindergarten. Come collaborate with others to share and learn from one another.
EShapes, Dots and Number Cubes.  Let’s Go!  with Erica Hartzler  
Let's roll! Come learn strategies to help your students acquire skills in early mathematics. Engage in hands-on purposeful play centers focused on math. Collaborate with others to apply strategies to your learning environment.
FThree Cheers for a Positive Classroom Community with Stephanie Goertz
Come engage and cheer along with us to learn positive strategies to create successful learning environments and building inviting school communities. Interact with others to learn together.
Session 2
Session 2 Descriptions are listed below:

GProfessionalize Your Child Care: Effective Strategies to Boost Your Business and Quality with Daniel Andrews from  PlayGround
More information to come
HThe Developing Brain and Classroom Behaviors with Kelli Grant and Carlee Todd
The Developing Brain and Classroom Behaviors: This course will provide information on brain development and how it connects to common classroom behaviors. Attendees will learn about developmental expectations by age. Additionally, strategies will be covered to help with challenging behaviors. There will be some live demonstration of hands on and movement based activities that can also be implemented.
IThe Value of Inclusive Books in Classroom and Home Libraries with Kristin L Droege
Presenter will engage the participants in exercises that highlight the power of making emotional connections to the books we choose and read. What is a " diverse" or "inclusive" book? Why does it matter for young children to have access to books that show the breadth of diversity in our world? The conversation will be supported by data, recommendations, and shared resources.
JAppropriate Reading Instruction Begins With You! with Jill Hodge
Presenter will briefly review the science of reading and show how the sound case over laps with science. The presenter will demonstrate how to use The Sound Case with children and explain dialogic reading.
The Updated Kansas Early Learning Standards with KSDEMore information to come
LPart 1-Connections Matter with Dana Book and Keith Tatum *Must take Part 2*Connections Matter is a community-based, evidence-informed initiative that explores how the connections we make in life profoundly impact our brain's ability to grow and our own individual abilities to cope and thrive. Through this interactive session, we will discuss Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, brain development, and resilience. We will examine real-world and concrete examples to demonstrate how ACEs adversely affect brain development and health outcomes - and how caring connections serve as a primary buffer in the negative effects of trauma. Connections Matter ultimately strives to promote the building of more resilient, compassionate, and trauma-informed communities - thus allowing all children and individuals to succeed.
Session 3
Session 3 descriptions are listed below:

MPlayful Learning: Social Emotional Growth & Aptitude with Kelbe McGill
Children learn via play! This session is for parents, educators, caregivers, mental health workers or other individuals who are invested in the enhancement of our youth. This will be a mixed-style lecture with conversation & hands-on activities. Those who attended should leave with a variety of activities that can be used for social-emotional & academic growth.
NParent Connections and Communication with Merry Kirkpatrick
This in-service will help educators to create positive experiences within their classrooms and centers in order to develop connections with the families they serve. It will educate them on the opportunities they can offer within the center to give opportunity to grow their relationships with their families.
OThera Play Spot with Kris DickinsonSensory Processing Disorder (SPD) affects 5% of all children, and that number is dramatically higher with children who have additional needs. In this workshop we will review the 8 senses, define what SPD is, and explore the various symptoms as well as how they impact quality of life. We will complete an SPD "red flag" checklist together, and by the end, you should be able to identify whether a child (or adult) probably has it or not and know whether it's appropriate to refer to a pediatric occupational therapist (OT). Includes a bonus section of "sensory hacks" to help with sensory regulation in the classroom and at home. Presented by an OT who has specialized in SPD for nearly 30 years.
PDiversity with Alicia SanchezMore information to come
QPut your State on the plate with local foods with Brooke Wolfe & Beth CarltonServing local foods can be the perfect solution for your palette, plate, and participants.  Learn how easy it can be to put your state on your plate when menu planning. Hear how we developed partnerships to help us incorporate locally sourced foods that you can replicate.
RPart 2-Hope: Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences with Dana Book and Keith Tatum *Must take Part 1*We know the potential effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The question becomes: what can we do? HOPE is transforming the way we can support children’s growth into healthy, resilient adults. This interactive session will discuss the four building blocks of HOPE (Relationships, Environment, Engagement and Emotional Growth) and work to create action steps to help build skills for resilience.

Scholarships are available!
Visit KCCTO before registering so see how you can get your registration paid for!
            Camp GWC 
                
                                  Hyatt Regency Wichita
                                    400 W Waterman St
                                      Wichita, KS 67202


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Thank you to our 
2024 Camp GWC Sponsors
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