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2016 Central State Conference

2016  Central State Conference


July 7-9, 2016

Hyde Park Baptist Church
3901 Speedway
Austin, TX 78751

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University of Texas Lab School Tour Registration  – Thurs., July 7, 10a-12p

Dinner with Eric Nelson Registration – Friday, July 8, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Conference Details

Conference Pricing   | Hotel Information Session Descriptions   | Conference Schedule   | Handouts  | Conference Program  |  Vendor Registration  

Three Incredible Keynote Presenters at Both of Our State Conferences!

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Thursday, July 7- Dr. Debbie Rhea

Dr. Rhea  is a TCU Professor and Associate Dean of Research in Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences and is the Founder and Director of the LiiNK Project (Let’s inspire innovation ‘N kids). She has been an educator for the past 37 years, starting her career in K-12 physical education and for the past 24 years has been training physical education teachers at the university level. The mission of her newest research project, Liink, is to bridge the gap between academics and the social, emotional and healthy well-being of children through increased recess and character development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sports Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington and both a Master’s and PhD in Physical Education from the University of Houston.


Friday, July 8 – Gigi Schweikert

“Inspirational, encouraging and real,” that’s what audiences and readers across the country have to say about Gigi Schweikert, an internationally known expert on early childhood education, parenting and work life issues.

Known for her humor and practical messages, Gigi is a popular keynote speaker for education conferences, corporations, women’s events, and parenting seminars. Gigi is the best-selling author of over a dozen books including the popular Winning Ways for Early Childhood Professionals book series and Prime Times: A Handbook for Excellence in Infant and Toddlers Programs.

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Saturday, July 9 – Eric Nelson

Eric M. Nelson, M.A.Director, The Outdoor Classroom ProjectChild Educational Center, Caltech/JPL Community

Author: Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms

The Outdoor Classroom Project (OCP), an initiative of the Child Educational Center (CEC), Caltech/JPL Community, in La Cañada, California, is founded on the belief that early care and education programs have the power to address these challenges by providing rich and engaging outdoor learning experiences.

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)
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$109 Deluxe King/$119 Deluxe Double Queen
Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet
Reservations by June 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

 Hyatt Place Austin North Central

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

Map (4 miles to HPBC)
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$119 Double or King (includes breakfast)
Reservations by June 16, 2016
Reserve by Phone: (888) 492-8847, use group code TBCE

Embassy Suites Austin Central

5901 North IH-35
Austin, TX  78723

Map  (8 miles to HPBC)
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$129 2 Double Beds
Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet
Reservations by June 9, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.


 Conference Pricing (Early Bird Rates)

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Early Bird Deadline is 6/22/2016, after this date a $30 per person late fee will be incurred.

Conference  Handouts

Amy Bryan

Emergent Curriculum
Toddlers Need a Little More

Marianne Gibbs

Fine Motor Skills
Sit Right, Walk Right, Hold it Right and Other Useless Commands

Julie Hamilton

Fixer Upper (Preschool Learning Centers)
Learning Math Through Play
Building Connections with Families

Dawn Herman

Attachment and the Infant
Helping the Child with ASD in the Preschool Classroom

Marlyn Kramer

Don’t Burn Bacon
Nursery Rhyme Time

Gloria Mansfield

Motiving Staff
Shaken Baby
When Wild Kids Show Up
Risk Management

Kristen Mathis

Little Hands Big Work
Dealing with Difficult Behaviors
Sensory-Friendly Classroom

Melissa McKenzie

Handwriting Without Tears
Making God Real to Young Children
These Are Not Your Grandmas Bible Songs
Mighty Messages February Example
Mighty Messages Overview

Devora Miller

Cantar y Jugar
Infants and Toddlers
Sing Across Texas – Greatest Hits

Eric Nelson

10 Simple Guidelines
Teacher Engagement Detail
Why Outdoors? – The Silent Emergency
Fact Sheet Education – Parents Get Kids Outdoors


Ken Warren

Encouraging the Heart
Leading With a Limp
The Five Love Languages of Children