2018  North State Conference

Big Hearts Shaping Little Minds

August 2-4, 2018 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

First Baptist Church
1615 W Louisiana St.
McKinney, TX 75069

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Three Incredible Keynote Presenters!

 Dr. Joshua Straub

Dr. Joshua Straub – Thursday,  August 2

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,  August 3

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, August 4

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


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