2018  Central State Conference

Big Hearts Shaping Little Minds

July 12-14, 2018 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Hyde Park Baptist Church
3901 Speedway
Austin, Texas 78751

Conference Details

Keynote Presenters & Handouts | Conference Pricing  |  Conference Schedule  |  Hotel Information

Three Incredible Keynote Presenters!

 Dr. Joshua Straub

Dr. Joshua Straub – Thursday,  July 12

Dr. Straub is the president and co-founder of The Connextion Group, a company designed to empower marriages and families. He also serves as Marriage and Family Strategist for LifeWay Christian Resources. He speaks and consults with corporations, organizations, and churches about family wellness. Josh is also an assistant professor for Liberty University. He is the author of four books including Safe House: How Emotional Safety is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well. Dr. Straub and his wife Christi are the hosts of the Dr. Josh + Christi podcast where each episode covers relevant topics to families in the 21st century.

  • Keynote – Creating an Emotionally Safe Environment in the Classroom
  • Breakout Session – Connecting with Today’s Parents
 Rae Pica

Rae Pica – Friday,  July 13

Rae is one of the foremost child development experts in education specializing the development and education of the whole child. A former adjunct instructor with the University of New Hampshire, she is the founder and director of Moving & Learning and the author of 19 books, including Experiences in Movement and Music, Great Games for Young Children and Jump into Literacy. Her latest book is What If Everybody Understood Child Development: Straight Talk About Improving Education and Children’s Lives. Known for her lively and informative workshop and keynote presentations, Rae has shared her expertise with such groups as Sesame Street Research Department, Head Start Bureau and Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues. In addition, Rae is co-founder of the BAM Radio Network, the world’s largest online education radio network.

    • Keynote – Educating the Whole Child
    • Breakout Session – Active Learning Across the Curriculum
 Christy Isbell

Dr. Christy Isbell – Saturday, July 14

Dr. Isbell is a pediatric occupational therapist with more than 20 years of experience working with young children. She is a professor at Milligan College where she teaches graduate level child development and pediatric occupational therapy courses. Dr. Isbell maintains a private practice with a specialty in the treatment of young children with autism and sensory processing disorder. She has authored 5 books, including the award-winning Sensory Integration: A Guide for Preschool Teachers.

  • Keynote – Sensory Integration and the Learning Environment: Ways to Promote Active and Appropriate Participation from ALL Young Children
  • Breakout Session – New Perspectives on Infant and Toddler Behaviors: The Sensory Integrative Approach
  • Breakout Session- Fine Motor Fun: Developmentally Appropriate Ways to Encourage Fine Motor Skills in Young Children


Hotel Information

Holiday Inn Express Suites

Austin NW/Near the Domain
10711 Research Blvd.
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 346-5555

Map  (8 miles to HPBC)

Group Name: Texas Baptist Church Weekday Education Association

Group Rate:
$115 Deluxe King/$125 Deluxe Double Queen
Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet
Make Reservations by June 20, 2018 for special rate

 Hyatt Place Austin North Central

7522 N. I-35
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 323-2121

Map (4 miles to HPBC)

Group Block: TBCWE

$119 Double or King (includes breakfast)
Make Reservations by June 13, 2018 for special rate


 Conference Pricing (Early Bird Rates through June 22, 2018)

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