Early Childhood Education Conference to feature national, local keynote speakers About 800 people expected to attend 40th annual event April 20-21

APRIL 19, 2018


The 40th annual Early Childhood Education Conference at University of Wisconsin-Stout will feature Jean Feldman (nationally known teacher and songwriter) and Tami Rae Weiss (executive director of Arts Integration Menomonie and UW-Stout's director for the art education program).

The conference, expected to draw about 800 people, is Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21.


Weiss will speak from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday in the Great Hall on “Beads and Breakdancing: Understanding Empathy Through the Arts.” In a multimedia presentation, Weiss will share various arts strategies from dancing to doodling through which teachers can cultivate empathy with even the youngest of learners.

To improve schools today, Weiss’ advice is to: “Focus less on right answers and more on human rights,” she has said. “Focus less on competition and more on community. Focus less on reading words and more on reading people. True education is the ability to understand another human being.” 

PRESENTERS WILL ALSO INCLUDE UW-STOUT ART EDUCATION STUDENTS: Makaya Ruhe, Olivia Revolinski, Megan Sykora, Hannah Saphner, Marko Pechnik, Nicole Seidler, Anna Koehne, and Sierra Thomfohrda