Aug. 9-10

Embassy Suites, Winston-Salem, N.C.

“Show & Tell” is the theme for the 2019 Church Weekday Education Conference. The conference is designed to encourage, affirm and refocus weekday directors and staff on the unique opportunities they have to disciple others while providing quality childcare. This two-day event provides training for directors on Friday and all staff on Saturday. Conference hours are approved by the N.C. Division of Child Development.

Prices include Friday lunch for directors/assistant directors and Saturday lunch for all staff.

NCBCWEA Member Pricing:
Early Registration (Until May 31) – Director $100 /Staff Member $65
Registration (June 1 – July 19) – Director $110 /Staff Member $75
Late Registration (July 20 on-site) – Director $125 /Staff Member $90

Non-NCBCWEA Member Pricing:
Early Registration (Until May 31) – Director $125 /Staff Member $90
Registration (June 1 – July 19) – Director $140 /Staff Member $105
Late Registration (July 20 on-site) – Director $160 /Staff Member $125
*Not a North Carolina Baptist Church Weekday Education Association member? Join today! The membership form is available here.

Payment must be received by the last day of a registration period in order to receive the corresponding registration price. We are unable to provide workshop refunds; substitutions are permitted. We are unable to accommodate special lunch requests for those with food allergies; however, menus have been selected in hopes of offering something for everyone.

Please be prepared to select your top three choices for each breakout session. We hope to give you your top choices, but substitutions may be made. If you are unable to register online, please contact Church Weekday Education at (800) 395-5102 ext. 5646 and register by phone.

Retreat pricing does not include accommodations, but spacious suites with one or two beds and a sofa bed have been reserved at Embassy Suites, 460 N. Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, N.C. for $129 per night. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 1-800-696-6107. Complimentary made-to-order breakfast is available to overnight guests of the hotel. These rates are available on a first come, first served basis until Tuesday, July 9, 2019.

Two parking options for your convenience: 1) City-owned parking garages on Cherry Street connecting to the hotels and Benton Convention Center are available for $10.00 per car per day (self parking), or 2) hotel guests may charge parking to their room accounts with in and out privileges for $15.00 per night.

“Lord show me your ways, teach me how to follow you.”

Psalm 25:4

Featured Speaker

Ken Coley, Ed. D.

Keynote Speaker
Ken Coley has enjoyed a long career in education that includes middle school and high school classroom teaching and Christian school administration. For the last 21 years, he has taught masters and doctoral level classes in educational leadership at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. Currently he is the director of the Doctor of Education Program.

He has authored three books on leadership and school administration — The Helmsman: Leading with Courage and Wisdom (2006), Navigating the Storms: Leading Christian Schools with Character and Conviction (2010) and Ten Practices of Effective Boards: A Unique Tale about Board Governance (2016). His most recent book, Teaching for Change (2017), focuses on the latest research on teaching.

Ken speaks frequently at conferences throughout the United States and has presented internationally to Christian educators and graduate students in Canada, Haiti, Cuba, Panama, the Congo (DRC) and Ukraine. He and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 43 years and they have two children, Scott and Caitlin, who are both teachers. When he is not writing or teaching, Ken enjoys playing with his two German shepherds, kayaking and running 5K events.

Breakout Sessions

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): What Are the Effects of Childhood Trauma and How Can We Help?
Patty Collins
Attendees will increase awareness of ACEs, learn why knowledge of ACEs is important for preschool/after-school care leaders and discuss practical strategies for understanding the effects of childhood trauma on individuals’ emotional and physical well-being.

Ask, Imagine, Create
Dawn Miller
Discover activities that allow students to explore, play, question and build with manipulatives. We will integrate science, math, literature and art with fun hands-on science activities for young learners.

Ministering to Blended Families
Samara Ashley
Join us for an in-depth discussion on ministering to broken families in our churches. Oftentimes, kids are caught in the middle of tough life changes. Learn how you can be an encouragement to these families.

Sensory Processing in the Classroom
Jennifer Waid
Do you have a child in your class who can’t sit still, falls out of his chair, unintentionally knocks over his friends, or covers his ears and cries during music? In this class, you will learn about sensory processing — what it is, behaviors that are normal and those that are not. Discover fun activities to use with all kids to enhance sensory development strategies to help children with Sensory Processing Disorder succeed in your classroom.

After-School Care — Is it for you?
Kim Jones
Let’s talk about the blessings of after-school care! Perhaps you already have an after-school program, or your half-day preschool is dwindling and you are looking for an alternative ministry. We will discuss what it takes to have a successful after-school ministry and how to have the biggest impact on your community. Come with questions surrounding how to reach more children in your community.

Fine Motor Fun!
Jennifer Waid
Activities, Activities, Activities! Discover numerous activities you can implement immediately using materials you already have on hand. We will discuss developmental milestones and necessary components for building excellent fine motor and eye-hand coordination skills so you will understand the “why” behind activities you choose.

Preschool or Pre-Princeton
Cathie Broocks
Take a comprehensive look at true readiness skills and receive pragmatic ideas for development of the whole child. Five areas (language, math, self-regulation, gross and fine motor) will be addressed, with sample activities, readiness inventories and applicable websites for further extensions. A commitment to play as the highest form of critical thinking for the young child underscores all content.

Art, Creativity, and Learning
Jewell Danford
Tired of the same old art ideas? Come explore some out-of-the-box ideas that will not only enhance learning in your classroom but also provide fun and engaging activities. This hands-on session will provide creative suggestions to include in your lesson plans.

“I AM teaching reading!”
Cathie Broocks
Designed to provide early childhood educators a loving, child-friendly, research based response to pressure from anxious parents who want reading instruction for their children. This workshop supports development of an emergent literacy program. Learn a comprehensive approach that begins with a love of reading, cultivates an interest in reading and includes the skills of reading. Five components – oral language, listening comprehension, alphabetic code, print knowledge and home connections — are presented through books, songs and lesson ideas.

Presenting the Gospel to Children
Cheryl Markland
Are you ready to show and tell children and their parents the wonderful news of the gospel? Come learn ways to present the gospel and equip others to do the same with confidence and clarity.

Artsy Science
Dawn Miller
Gravity painting, chromatic butterflies and trees, exploding rainbows …WHAT??! In this hands-on make and take workshop, teachers will explore ways to integrate science and art all year. Participants will create beautiful works of art to share with their students, each differentiated to meet goals and needs of various age levels.

Meleah’s Top Ten
Meleah Farlow
Come discover Meleah’s favorite musical activities and songs for Early Childhood Education. Also includes references to find songs and printed materials for activities to take back to school! Plan on movin’ and groovin’ as we not only hear the songs but also participate in each activity! No couch potatoes allowed!!

Respect, Boundaries & Expectations
Kim Jones
Everyone needs boundaries — children, parents, directors, teachers and every person in God’s creation. We will explore ways to implement boundaries in our classrooms and discuss boundaries and expectations for parents that will help us improve how we witness to them, as well as assist them in setting boundaries and expectations in their homes.


8:30 – 9:15 a.m.


9:15 – 9:30 a.m.


9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Main Session – Dr. Ken Coley

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.


1:30 – 3 p.m.

Hot topics – Discuss issues common to all centers. Hear new ideas and solutions that might work for you!

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Stress Management – As leaders, we can get overwhelmed and ignore signs of burnout. Come be refreshed and learn techniques to help you manage pressures that come with leadership.

Dinner on your own


7:45 – 8:15 a.m.

Registration & Vendor Shopping

8 – 8:15 a.m.

Door Prizes (Must be present in ballroom to win)

8:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Worship & Praise
Keynote with Dr. Ken Coley
(Vendors will be closed)

10:15 – 10:35 a.m.


10:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Breakout 1

12:05 – 1:15 p.m.


1:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Breakout 2

2:45 – 3 p.m.


3 – 4:30 p.m.

Breakout 3

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