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Spectacular Winter Workshop: 
Empowering  Young Children Through Language and Play
Featuring Teacher Tom


Monday | February 18, 2019


Earn Up To 5 Ohio Approved Hours!*

Teacher Tom
"So encouraging!"
- Conference Attendee

"It was everything I wanted. Teacher Tom was exactly what I needed in my life right now."
- Conference Attendee
"I’ve been following Teacher Tom’s blog for years and was motivated to attend because of his presentations. His relationship, engagement, and respect for children is inspiring and is in a class of its own."
- Conference Attendee
"Not only was Teacher Tom an engaging speaker and eloquent storyteller, but the information he gave about the use of language was inspiring. I came back to my place of employment and talked about this session all week."
- Conference Attendee
9:00am-12:00pm (3 Hours of Ohio Approved Credit)
Educating Citizens Through Play
Tom speaks about how children’s play brings the habits and principles of democracy into ‘early years’ classrooms. He will begin by discussing the purpose of education in democratic societies and how and why we have managed to veer so far from the original intent, which is to educate citizens capable of contributing to the grand experiment of self governance. In this full-throated support for play-based education, he details through his illustrative classroom stories and examples exactly how his curriculum works. Participants will learn the benefits of introducing these playful principles into their own students, the hallmarks of what makes a good citizen both in a classroom as well as a democracy, the traits and habits required for self-governance, and practical tips on how to implement these ideas in their own classrooms. It is an inspiring, often touching, often hilarious, and always eye-opening and empowering presentation.   
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch on Own or affordable food options will be available onsite.
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Registration Rates
ONLY $35!

Workshop Location
North Broadway Children's Center
48 E. N. Broadway
Columbus, OH 43214



Attend For Your Chance To Win!
All Ohio AEYC/NAEYC members who attend will be entered to win a 2019 Ohio Early Childhood Conference registration!  

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1:00pm-3:00pm (2 Hours of Ohio Approved Credit)
Speaking with Children So They Can Think

In a very real sense, the language we use creates reality. Tom speaks on how the specific words we use, and how and when we use them, shapes reality for our students for both good and bad. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of: being clear and precise with language; honoring children without commanding or bossing them; using words to create a world of facts and intrinsic motivation; creating space in which children must do their own thinking and make their own decisions; and supporting children as they learn from the natural consequences of their behaviors.  


Who Should Attend:

This event is perfect for those who work or serve in a Toddler-K setting. All are welcome though!

  • Teacher

  • Teacher Assistant

  • Summer Camp Staff

  • Before and After School Staff

  • Family Care Provider

  • College Student

  • Parents

  • ANYBODY who works with or for the well-being of young children!

About Teacher Tom

Teacher Tom is a preschool teacher, blogger, speaker, superhero, artist and the author of Teacher Tom's First Book. For the past 18 years, he has taught preschool at the Woodland Park Cooperative School in Washington State. The children start as 2-year-olds in diapers and leave as "sophisticated" 5-year-olds ready for kindergarten. The cooperative school model allows him to work very closely with families in a true community setting. He loves kids and their families. 



Cancellation Policy: Due to limited space and workshop materials needed, registrations, including boxed lunches, CANNOT BE CANCELLED and NO REFUNDS will be provided. All balance dues will be collected. You are able to transfer your registration to a non-registered attendee.



Call Us: 419-946-6693   / contactus@oaeyc.org  |  P.O. Box 71  Mount Gilead, OH 43338

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