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Conference Overview

JANUARY 23, 2021

9:00 AM Keynote with Lisa Murphy
10:30 AM Break
11:00 AM Workshops
12:30 PM Close

Keynote 9:00 - 10:30 AM

What If Today Was Their Only Day? - Lisa Murphy

In this motivational keynote address Lisa shares the powerful story of her first day of school. Through active and engaging storytelling Lisa brings you back to her first day, taking you on a grand tour of Miss Mary’s Nursery School. And, in the style she has become famous for, she shares many observations, lessons and anecdotes about how early childhood has changed along the way. Lisa will share the sights, sounds, and smells of the place where, at the young age of three, she decided to become a teacher and identifies the how, and why, that one day solidified her decision to become an educator. This inspiring keynote gets participants back in touch with their personal how and why. It gets them excited and gets them thinking: If it WAS their only day, what will they remember?

Workshops 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

OPTION 1 - Building Brains With Hands-On Play - Jeff A. Johnson

Young children learn best through hands-on, up-close-and-personal, fullcontact interactions with the world. The problem many caregivers have with such learning is that kids who so fully engage the world often often make a mess of things–a million blocks dumped on the floor, green paint on the floor, and muddy footprints on the carpet.

Based on ideas from our book, Let Them Play, this session looks at why this type of play is an important part of early learning, ideas for managing the mess, and tips to help caregivers support hands-on play.

Outcomes / Goals

  • Attendees will understand why hands-on play is important for young children.
  • Attendees will leave with tips and strategies for managing hands-on play.
  • Attendees will acquire ideas for supporting hands-on play.

OPTION 2 - Creative Art With Young Children! Lisa Murphy -

In this workshop Lisa will defend a very strong process oriented art position. Modified for the COVID times, and due to being an online presentation, in lieu of having hands-on time with various creative art activities, this workshop will be an in-depth examination of the rationale for the emphasis of process over product, including a discussion about that this phrase really means! Participants will have time to engage in dialogue regarding “art” for children and reflect on where they are on their own journey towards process and away from product oriented “cookie-cutter” craptivity projects.

Registration Information

  • The cost for the full day of training is $15. Registration includes the keynote session and choice of one workshop.
  • You will require an email address to complete your registration and to access our online sessions.
  • Registrations are non-refundable, however substitutions will be accepted until Thursday, January 21st at 4:00 PM.

Conference attendees will receive certificates for training attended.

  • Keynote - 1.5 hours
  • Workshop - 1.5 hours
  • TOTAL - 3.0 hours


Conference Dates

January 23rd 2021

Conference Brochure

Registration Fees

$15 CAD Plus applicable taxes.

Registration includes the keynote session and choice of one workshop.

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