“United: On Mission Together” is the theme for the 2024 Church Weekday Education Conference.

Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement grant you to live in
harmony with one another, according to Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with one mind and one voice.

Romans 15:5 (CSB)

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.

Cost

Pricing includes Saturday lunch for all staff. Centers and their staff will be responsible for their own hotels and other meals.

Registration

If you are unable to register online, please contact Anna Rambeaut at (800) 395-5102 ext. 5653 and register by phone.

2024 CWE Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1: 9:45 a.m.

Classroom Management
Peggy Degler
Looking to keep an organized classroom? Need to make some changes to your day? Some folks make this look so easy. Truthfully, it is not always easy to keep our day on track while helping a classroom full of children figure out how to work together. Join other directors and teachers as we discuss challenges and share ideas and resources that have worked well for their centers.

Elements of Leadership
Eva Mathers
This breakout session will deal with some difficult areas of leadership in a weekday preschool. Topics covered will include ideas for coping with loneliness, working well with church staff, and building effective teams.

Sensory in the Classroom
Jessica Harrison
Children are constantly processing the world around them.  At times, this can feel very overwhelming leading to difficulties with self regulation and coping skills.  In this session, we will discuss common developmental disabilities in which children may struggle with sensory overstimulation or under stimulation and identify strategies to implement in the early learning classroom setting to promote emotional regulation.

Dramatic Play
Christy Guitard
Dramatic play is a wonderful place to both grow a child’s imagination and skills! Literacy is all around and the labels on the shelves, menus, order forms, and signs. Math muscles get a workout counting out toy change, servings of play food, and more. Social skills are necessary to navigate the space with other students. And that’s just the beginning! Come, learn and explore with us!

Circle Time 2’s
Chelsea Hunter
In this breakout session, you will have the opportunity to learn creative ways to instruct in your class during circle time. The goal of this session is to provide you with more tools and ideas so that you will be able to create meaningful teachable moments for your students.

Hot Topics 3’s
Jeana Stewart
“I’m a big kid now! I can listen, follow teachers’ directions, and learn to take care of myself.” Join us as we discuss the “hot topics” of leading a 3’s class. What are some teaching successes you’ve had or challenges you’re facing with 3’s … social skills, potty-trained (or not), independent life skills, fine motor development, etc.? Line up… here we go!

Shake, Rattle and Roll
Meleah Farlow
This session is not for the couch potato! This energetic class calls for moving, dancing, and singing even for those who say they can’t dance or sing. Musical activities include simple dances, songs that you may already know with a “twist,” incorporating props such as puppets, scarves, hoops and instruments to enhance your daily classroom lesson plans. Geared to the non-musical teacher who wants to bring music into his or her classroom.

Breakout Session 2: 10:55 a.m.

Bible Teaching in the Classroom
Kim Jones
Disciple making in this rapidly changing culture is quite a task. Having new ideas and ways to reach families more effectively is so important. Join us for new ideas and information that will help you with Bible in your classrooms.

Tough Parent Conferences – What Do I Say?
Jeanette Winslow
Conferences with families can be difficult and sometimes intimidating. Let’s explore how best to share a child’s progress, as well as those difficult conversations too.

Sensory in the Classroom
Jessica Harrison
Children are constantly processing the world around them.  At times, this can feel very overwhelming leading to difficulties with self regulation and coping skills.  In this session, we will discuss common developmental disabilities in which children may struggle with sensory overstimulation or under stimulation and identify strategies to implement in the early learning classroom setting to promote emotional regulation. 

Dramatic Play
Christy Guitard
Dramatic play is a wonderful place to both grow a child’s imagination and skills! Literacy is all around and the labels on the shelves, menus, order forms, and signs. Math muscles get a workout counting out toy change, servings of play food, and more. Social skills are necessary to navigate the space with other students. And that’s just the beginning! Come, learn and explore with us!

Circle Time 3’s
Chelsea Hunter
In this breakout session, you will have the opportunity to learn creative ways to instruct in your class during circle time. The goal of this session is to provide you with more tools and ideas so that you will be able to create meaningful teachable moments for your students.

Hot Topics 4’s-K
Jeana Stewart
“It’s almost graduation time! Kindergarten, here I come! Well … almost!” There’s a whole year of academic learning with socialization that needs to happen first. Are you seeking new, innovative ideas for preparing your classroom children for T-K or Kindergarten? Do you have proven methods that will help other teachers? Let’s share!

Shake, Rattle and Roll
Meleah Farlow
This session is not for the couch potato! This energetic class calls for moving, dancing, and singing even for those who say they can’t dance or sing. Musical activities include simple dances, songs that you may already know with a “twist,” incorporating props such as puppets, scarves, hoops and instruments to enhance your daily classroom lesson plans. Geared to the non-musical teacher who wants to bring music into his or her classroom.

Breakout Session 3: 1:00 p.m.

Classroom Management
Peggy Degler
Looking to keep an organized classroom? Need to make some changes to your day? Some folks make this look so easy. Truthfully, it is not always easy to keep our day on track while helping a classroom full of children figure out how to work together. Join other directors and teachers as we discuss challenges and share ideas and resources that have worked well for their centers.

Elements of Leadership
Eva Mathers
This breakout session will deal with some difficult areas of leadership in a weekday preschool. Topics covered will include ideas for coping with loneliness, working well with church staff, and building effective teams.

Classroom Behavior and Discipline
Jessica Harrison
Teachers and staff working with children commonly struggle with identifying classroom behavior strategies for children who do not respond to traditional discipline approaches.  In this session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of behavior including the functions of behavior in order to select strategies to maintain a safe and supportive environment, deescalate challenging behavior, and provide effective reinforcement for desired behaviors.

When Things Don’t Go As Planned
Christy Guitard
All teachers have experienced those times when our lesson plans just…FLOP! It’s important to be able to adjust our plans on the fly to meet student needs. Knowing these days are inevitable, we can prepare ahead of time. Come explore some fun, hands-on learning materials that are easy to prepare in advance for the times we need a Plan B, C, or even D!

Special Needs
Amber Overcash
In this class we will learn different techniques and tools on how to teach children with special needs. We will also briefly dive into the different types of “special needs” (social, emotional, physical, and behavioral) and classroom adaptations to help your class be successful for all!

Hot Topics 2’s
Jeana Stewart
“A whole new world to explore with friends and teachers, too!” The life of toddlers maturing from 2’s to 3’s is quite remarkable! What makes your classroom run smoothly when it comes to parallel play, shared play, taking turns, waiting patiently, transitioning between activities, etc.? Let’s discuss these topics and more!

Meleah’s Top Ten
Meleah Farlow
This class incorporates Meleah Farlow’s favorite musical activities and songs for Early Childhood Education and will include references to find the songs and printed out activities to take back to school! Plan on movin’ and groovin’, as we will not only hear the songs, but will participate in each activity!

Breakout Session 4: 2:10 p.m.

Bible Teaching in the Classroom
Kim Jones
Disciple making in this rapidly changing culture is quite a task. Having new ideas and ways to reach families more effectively is so important. Join us for new ideas and information that will help you with Bible in your classrooms.

Tough Parent Conferences – What Do I Say?
Jeanette Winslow
Conferences with families can be difficult and sometimes intimidating. Let’s explore how best to share a child’s progress, as well as those difficult conversations too.

Classroom Behavior and Discipline
Jessica Harrison
Teachers and staff working with children commonly struggle with identifying classroom behavior strategies for children who do not respond to traditional discipline approaches.  In this session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of behavior including the functions of behavior in order to select strategies to maintain a safe and supportive environment, de-escalate challenging behavior, and provide effective reinforcement for desired behaviors. 

When Things Don’t Go As Planned
Christy Guitard
All teachers have experienced those times when our lesson plans just…FLOP! It’s important to be able to adjust our plans on the fly to meet student needs. Knowing these days are inevitable, we can prepare ahead of time. Come explore some fun, hands-on learning materials that are easy to prepare in advance for the times we need a Plan B, C, or even D!

Circle Time 4’s-K
Chelsea Hunter
In this breakout session, you will have the opportunity to learn creative ways to instruct in your class during circle time. The goal of this session is to provide you with more tools and ideas so that you will be able to create meaningful teachable moments for your students.

Special Needs
Amber Overcash
In this class we will learn different techniques and tools on how to teach children with special needs. We will also briefly dive into the different types of “special needs” (social, emotional, physical, and behavioral) and classroom adaptations to help your class be successful for all!

Meleah’s Top Ten
Meleah Farlow
This class incorporates Meleah Farlow’s favorite musical activities and songs for Early Childhood Education and will include references to find the songs and printed out activities to take back to school! Plan on movin’ and groovin’, as we will not only hear the songs, but will participate in each activity!