Early Childhood Symposium 2020 Going Virtual

     July 14-15, 2020



      Workshop #119896

    Registration Fee: $50

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    The Early Childhood Symposium is excited to announce the Opening Keynote for July 14th is Eric Litwin a song singing, guitar strumming, #1 New York Times Best Selling author who brings early literacy and music together.

                                                                          Eric Litwin sitting on floor with guitar

    The opening speaker for July 15th is Jack Hartmann, who's music is research-based and teacher approved to focus helping children learn.

                                                                                                     Jack Hartmann strumming guitar

    The closing keynote for July 15th is award-winning children's recording artist and author Kathy Poelker

                                                                                                      Kathy Poelker showing movement with hands

    Break-out sessions will cover information on "Robotics, Dyslexia, Autism, Behavior Challenges, STEM and STEAM, Early Literacy, Early Math, Early Science, Movement and Learning, Inclusive Practices, Supporting Development in Babies and Toddlers, and many others.  Instructional accommodations and modifications to support young children with special needs will be shared throughout the sessions to support all learners in accessing the general curriculum. 

    CEU's are pending for Early Intervention Specialists with ECI programs and social workers.

    Conference Objectives:

    • Provide research-based strategies on early childhood topics

    • Enhance the understanding of inclusive approaches and review accommodations & modifications to support young children cognitive development

    • Support the social-emotional development in young children with challenging behaviors

    • Provde information on how to support children with special needs to experence and interact across different enviornments

    • Recognize how the brain and movement are connected to support learning


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    To register please use the link below.


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      Conference Featured Speakers:


  • Eric Litwin - Author of Pete the Cat

    Opening Keynote - July 14, 2020


    Eric Litwin holding books

    Eric Litwin is a song singing, guitar strumming, #1 New York Times Best Selling, award winning author who brings early literacy and music together.

    He is the original author of the Pete the Cat series as well as the author of The Nuts and Groovy Joe. Eric's books have sold over 13 million copies, been translated into 17 languages, and won 26 literacy awards including a Theodor Geisel Seuss Honor Award.

    Eric believes that learning to read is both taught and joyfully experienced. And, the more fun the more learning. He writes dances to accompany his books.  What a fun way to make literacy even more exciting.  Groovy Joe Dance Party Countdown has it's own dance called "Disco Party Bow WOW!

    Eric's keynotes are throughly entertaining and share the importance of early interactive literacy.

     Eric Litwin's Website


  • Kathy Poelker - Closing Keynote

    July 15, 2020


    woman smiling


    Kathy Poelker is an award-winning children's recording artist, author, and consultant who founded the Look At Me Productions, Inc. With the release of her first recording project entitled "Look At Me!" came many opportunities for Kathy to share, write, record, and develop additional new children's products which include CDs, sing along/read along books, videos, and educational products for children from birth to age 8.  

    Over the past 25+ years, Kathy Poelker has developed a wide range of classroom materials - over 60 products - in English, Spanish, and Hmong. 

    Kathy Poelker has won an ASCAP Popular Award every year from 1988 through 2015 for her education music that has been used and enjoyed by thousands of children, their teachers, and their families, for more than 25 years!

    Kathy Poelker has been appropriately call the "Teachers' Teacher" as a motivational speaker and talented presenter.


    Kathy Poelker's Website

  • Jack Hartman - Opening Keynote

    July 15, 2020


    man strumming guitar


    Jack Hartmann's Super Fun Learning Songs are all about making learning even more fun with the very best in children's educational music,  Jack's music is research-based and teacher approved to focus on helping children learn important state, national and early childhood standards.  All of Jack's songs and videos engage children with not only great educational content, but with cool beats kids love and fun movements.

    Jack received his BA in Child Psychology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL and his MA degree in Clinical Psychology from Assumption College in Worcester, MA. He startd his work in children's music working with autistic children at the University of Florida Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainsville, Florida.  As a counselor, social worker and training coordinator, Jack worked for twenty-five years with children, families and human services professionals in Pinellas County, Florida and in pyschiatry at Emory University Hospital in Alanta, Georgia.

    Jack has presented his wonderful children's music at teacher workshops and conferences in almost every state in the United States. He has been a keynote and workshop leader at the annual NAEYC and the National Head Start conferences, S.D.E. conferences all across the country and many local and state pre-school, kindergarten and 1st Grade conferences.

    Jack Hartmann received one of the highest alumni awards from the University of Florida in 2011.  He was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement for his writing over 1,500 songs for children that are used in schools and homes all over the world. He has 900 videos and 750,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel. His videos have been viewed over 400 million times in classrooms across the world.  

     Jack Hartmann's Website

Last Modified on June 18, 2020