Meet the Speakers! Greg & Steve

VAAEYC Admin/ October 25, 2021/ Events, Music and Arts

Greg & Steve’s music says “Let’s Move”! With high energy, participatory songs for children, Grammy nominated Greg & Steve have been entertaining kids, teachers, parents, and grandparents alike for over 30 years! Their singable lyrics and catchy melodies set to contemporary beats (blues, country, rock & roll, and reggae) provide a fun way to encourage movement and teach physical education.

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Post-Conference Reflections and Takeaways

VAAEYC Admin/ March 23, 2021/ Events

Conference Circle Lead Christy John shares her post-conference reflections and takeways.   Your Conference Circle Members had been hard at work planning the 65th annual VAAEYC conference for more than a year.  We reflected at the end of the conference in March 2020, how fortunate we were to have had that time together just before it seemed that the world

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Finding Joy in the Process

VAAEYC Admin/ March 9, 2021/ Events, Music and Arts

Kim holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and an M.S. in Family Relations and Child Development, both from Oklahoma State University. As a Certified Child and Parenting Specialist, she worked as a Domestic Violence and Therapeutic Foster Care Counselor, Regional Director for Service Learning for the Oklahoma Department of Education, Consultant for National Resource Center and Center for Early

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The Five Elements of Emotional Intelligence

VAAEYC Admin/ March 2, 2021/ emotional development, Events

Dr. Marcia Bennett is the CEO and Management Consultant for SMOI International. Her firm specializes in professional development training and facilitation, strategic planning, and workforce development research. Over the past six years, Dr. Bennett has served as a professional development trainer and conference speaker.  She works with businesses and organizations training their employees in the areas of time management, productivity,

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The Brain Loves a Song!

VAAEYC Admin/ March 1, 2021/ Events, Music and Arts, vaaeyc News

Join us on Friday, March 12, at 12:35, as Maryann “Mar.” Harman presents “The Brain Loves a Song!” – and to get you excited, check out the sneak peek below! Maryann “Mar.” Harman is a music educator with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a Master’s in Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood, and is certified in Level I

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Q & A with Valerie Branch, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

VAAEYC Admin/ February 9, 2021/ Events, Music and Arts

Valerie Branch, who will present the closing keynote for VAAEYC’s 2021 Annual Conference on Saturday, March 13 at 2:55 p.m., has been a Master Teaching Artist with Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts since 2014 and is Director of the Maryland Wolf Trap Affiliate. Valerie is a professionally trained dancer who has performed all over the world.

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Take Back the Media, with Jessica Skiles

VAAEYC Admin/ January 27, 2021/ Diversity, Events

Our guest blogger today, Jessica Skiles, will also be presenting “Diversify Your Bookshelf” at the Annual Conference on Friday, March 12 at 1:45 pm. Her session, “Snailed It!”, was hit at the 2020 Annual Conference! Jessica Skiles has worked in the field of early childhood for six years, with many years of volunteer and part-time experience before that. She has

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Get A Grip…Write Out Of The Box!

VAAEYC Admin/ January 18, 2021/ Events, Good to Know, Tips and Tricks

Today’s guest blogger is Dr. Marianne Gibbs, EdD, OTR/L, the creator and presenter of Write Out Of The Box Dr. Marianne Gibbs is an occupational therapist and dynamic, national early childhood educational speaker. Dr. Gibbs received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1985 from Claremont McKenna College, Master of Occupational Therapy Degree in 2000 from Texas Woman’s University, and Doctorate

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Introducing…Dr. Joanne Hunter!

VAAEYC Admin/ January 16, 2021/ Events

Though our next presenter likely needs no introduction – she’s been a vaaeyc Annual Conference favorite for years – we couldn’t resist giving you a sneak peek at the fabulous ideas and inspiration she’ll be bringing to us this year! On Saturday, March 13 at 1:45 PM, Dr. Joanne Hunter will be presenting “Making Manipulatives for Mindful Movement”. Addressing the

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Introducing…Dave Davlin!

VAAEYC Admin/ January 7, 2021/ Events

The 2021 vaaeyc Annual Conference Experience is going to be like nothing before, and we can’t wait for you to meet the spectacular speakers we have in store for you! This year we’re kicking off Friday, March 12 with a morning keynote presented by Dave Davlin. (Read more about Dave on his website HERE. He was in the Guinness Book

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