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Conference Schedule

The workshop schedule below has information to help you plan your time at the First Up Conference.  Please note that you will not need to select workshops when you register this year. For a description of each workshop, simply mouse-over the title of the workshop.

Please note: The details below are not yet finalized and workshops may change or be added prior to the conference. We will also be linking any downloadable materials provided by the presenters on this web page, so be sure to check back as the conference approaches!


SessionTitlePresenter(s)Affiliation/TitleTrackAge Group
A-1Keynote PresentationDr. Kathy Hirsh-PasekAll Ages
SessionTitlePresenter(s)Affiliation/TitleTrackAge Group
B-1Blackness: More Than Just FebruaryLisa BrowneSt. Mary’s Nursery SchoolPreschool
B-2Supporting Children Through DivorceBetsy SaatmanPA KeyAll Ages
B-3Managing Challenging Behaviors in the ClassroomAnna SeewaldAuthentic ParentingPreschool
B-4Trauma-Informed Cultural SensitivityDiane WagenhalsLakesideAll Ages
B-5Spoil Them?Christine Haley-BrinenFirst UpInfant-Toddler
B-6Panel Discussion with State LeadersAll Ages
B-7A Dynamic Duo: STARS & PBISBeth HuertasPublic Health Management CorporationAdministrativeAll Ages
SessionTitlePresenter(s)Affiliation/TitleTrackAge Group
C-1Songs, Stories, and Exercise!YoYo & Lolly KustersLet’s Play Today, LLCPreschool
C-2Stress Management and Mindfulness for Teachers, Parents, and KidsPeter MosesThe Mindful Experience, LLCAll Ages
C-3Get Into the Act: Engaging Children with Interactive PlayMarcie AboffAll Ages
C-4Strategies for Increasing Emotional Intelligence in ChildrenHelen OberPreschool
C-5Supporting Early Childhood Educators on Their Career PathwaysRebecca LamarPA KeyAdministrativeAll Ages
C-6Talking with Young Children about RaceJennifer Bradley, Hannah Kloetzer, and Luca PoxonSwarthmore CollegeAll Ages
C-7Trees, Ticks, Ponds, and Poison Ivy: Risky Play is OK!Sandi Vincenti and Emily HarknessSchuylkill Center for Environmental Education Nature PreschoolPreschool
CD-8Double-block Session: FLIP IT! (Limited space. Extra fee required.)James Nicholson and Alix CozenFirst UpAll Ages
SessionTitlePresenter(s)Affiliation/TitleTrackAge Group
D-1Film Screening: No Small MatterJackie GroetschFirst UpAll Ages
D-2Using Music to Build Racially Literate, Equitable, Loving ClassroomsDwight Dunston and Brian Caselli JordanCity LoveAll Ages
D-3Teaching Early Childhood ESL Learners: Language Development Tips and ToolsRenee Coates-SmithGannon UniversityK-3
D-4Increasing Family Engagement through Toddler PerformancesLiv GusmanoSt. Mary’s Nursery SchoolInfant-Toddler
D-5Creating A Literacy-Rich ClassroomDevon Laudenslager and Sophia EzomogheneThe Free Library of PhiladelphiaPreschool
D-6Building Your Bounce: Promoting Adult ResilienceSusan DamicoDevereux Center for Resilient ChildrenAll Ages
D-7Male EngagementEric JohnsonFirst UpAll Ages
CD-8Double-block Session: FLIP IT! (Limited space. Extra fee required.)James Nicholson and Alix CozenFirst UpAll Ages