Ready To Learn Conference
Ready To Learn Conference

Ready to Learn Conference Information

Event Overview

Event Registration

Professional Development

Conference Help
& Assistance

Event Location
& Parking

Workshop Schedule

Conference Partners
& Sponsors




For Early Childhood Professionals, Childcare Providers, Parents & Others

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 | Time: 9:00am–12:30pm. (Doors open at 8:00am.)
Location: Western Illinois University-QC | 3300 River Drive | Moline, Illinois

Happy Faces

WQPT and our conference partners invite you join us for a morning of workshops for Early Childhood professionals, parents, childcare providers and others. This annual conference has become a tradition in eastern Iowa and western Illinois.

Get up-to-date information on a variety of topics. View schedule

Participants receive training certificates for 3 hours of credit. Professional development credits (CEU/CPDU/CDA) will be available for an additional fee.


Event Registration

Register in person at the event.

Want to attend? Show up at the event and register in person.

A $25.00 (per person) fee includes 3 workshops, a light breakfast and a free children's book.

Register Online

Online registration has concluded. Participants may still register in person at the event.

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 | Time: 9:00am–12:30pm.
(Doors open at 8:00am.)
Location: Western Illinois University-QC |
3300 River Drive | Moline, Illinois

About Tickets

Participants will be checked into the event
using their ID. We do NOT issue paper
or electronic tickets.



Sponsored Registration

Quad City Bank and Trust is pleased to sponsor a limited number of registrations for this year’s conference. Individuals who serve low-income students my request a sponsored registration by certifying that 65% or more of the children they serve are low-income.

Simply indicate your request on the printed or online registration form. Sponsored registrations will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.


Professional Development

At the conference all participants will receive a training certificate valued at 3 hours. Professional Development Hours are available that day for an additional fee of $25.00 from the Rock Island County Regional Office of Education as well as Continuing Education Hours and CEU’s from Scott County Community College/Eastern Iowa Community Colleges for $20.00.

Please note: No college credit is offered this year.



Conference Assistance

For faster response, please use our online contact form.

Registration Assistance

If you need assistance with registration use our online form, e-mail us, or call 309/764-2400 during regular business hours.

Conference Information

If you have questions or need clarification
about the conference, use our online form.



Event Location & Parking

The Ready To Learn Conference is held at Western Illinois University Quad Cities', Riverfront campus located at 3300 River Drive in Moline, Illinois. For a more detailed map, download a map of the WIU-QC campus.

Parking: Attendees will have use of more than 400 parking spaces, available in three lots, on the Western Illinois University campus. Access is via 34th Street or from University Drive (the road running parallel to the railroad tracks on the south edge of campus). The entrance (for the conference) is located directly off of the 34th Street parking lot. Public parking is also available north of River Drive, along Ben Butterworth Parkway.





2017 Workshop Schedule

Schedule was accurate at time of publishing, however changes may occur.


Session 1


Session 2


Session 3


Nurturing Family

What works and what doesn’t

Creating Safe Environments
for Children

Three Steps to Safety

Beyond the Timeout

Guidance & Discipline
vs Punishment

Presented by
Stephanie Witt

Presented by
Carson Gaffney

Presented by
Tracy Ehlert

Taming the Terrible Two’s

Toddler development and guidance

Fostering Oral Language Development

Making the most of
everyday conversations

Building Better Brains

Trauma Informed Techniques

Presented by
Traci Hennings

Presented by
Karen Aumuller

Presented by
Emily Cummings

PBS LearningMedia™

Resources for Early Childhood

Twitter & Pinterest
for Educators

Professionals and ideas are all online

Twitter & Pinterest
for Educators

Professionals and ideas are all online

Presented by
Michael Carton

Presented by
Mike Cortez

Presented by
Mike Cortez

Mindful Eating
During Mealtimes

Conversations to consider

Helping Kids Eat
and Be Healthy

Getting creative with food

Pancake, Pancake Science!

Combining literature, math
and science

Presented by
Kristin Bogdonas

Presented by
Brad Cirks

Presented by
Becky Ortner

What’s Your Relationship

Building relationships with families

What’s All the
Mess About?

Sensory play for different ages

Lets Explore with
WQPT’s Mr. Scott

Simply explore to discover more

Presented by
Jennifer Young

Presented by
Jennifer Young

Presented by
Scott Brouette

Kick Starting Kids
for Kindergarten

Preparing children for Kindergarten

The Not-So-Terrible Twos

Understanding two year
old behavior

Mind-Body Tools for Health, Emotions and Learning

Yoga and mindfulness for adults
and children

Presented by
Brin Arnold

Presented by
Dianna Saelens

Presented by
Dr. Andrea Hyde and Diane Hudson

Documenting Children’s

Purposeful and intentional decisions

Helping Families Belong

Communicating productively
with families

Keep it Classy

Maintaining a commitment
to professionalism

Presented by
Tracy Ehlert

Presented by
Tracy Ehlert

Presented by
Danen Busch

Early Childhood Assessments

Identifying areas of growth
and concern

Focused Observations

Creating useful documentation

Get to Know Us

Scott County Kids Early
Childhood Iowa

Presented by
Alice Novak

Presented by
Alice Novak

Presented by
Diane Martens

Make Everyday Moments Teaching Moments

Giving parents tools and resources

Observing and
Assessing Children

How to do it and what
to do with the information

Using Reflective Practice

Learn about yourself
and your classroom

Presented by
Leslee Cook

Presented by
Angela Herrington

Presented by
Angela Herrington

Linking Literacy with Food

Read, learn, eat

OCD or Organized

Organize and optimize
your classroom

Let’s Start Getting Involved

Motivate parents
to stay involved

Presented by
Vera Stokes

Presented by
Beth McAvoy

Presented by
Beth McAvoy

Is the Journey Over? Avoiding Child Care Burnout

Revitalize yourself as a teacher

CDA the Easy Way

Learn how to get your
CDA credentials

Presented by
Jen Kovach

Presented by
Dianna Saelens



Conference Partners

WQPT–Quad Cities PBS

WQPT provides a pathway to lifelong learning through the delivery of high quality educational and culturally enriching television programming and outreach services.
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Child Abuse Council

The Child Abuse Council is a private, non-profit agency that provides prevention, education and treatment programs to help children
and strengthen families.
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Child Care Resource & Referral

Serving Midwestern Illinois and southeastern Iowa, Child Care Resource
and Referral provides parent referrals and support for quality child care.
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Mississippi Bend Area
Education Agency

The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency is one of nine area education agencies (AEAs) in the state created by the Iowa legislature to ensure all children have equal educational opportunities. AEA's serve as intermediate units providing educational services to local schools.
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Quad Cities Association
for the Education of
Young Children

The Quad Cities Association for the Education of Young Children promotes best practices in early care and education programs, as well providing support for the growth and development of early childhood professionals.
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Rock Island County Regional
Office of Education

The Rock Island Regional Office of Education partners with education constituencies in order to move education forward with the highest priority given to meeting the needs of children first.
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Western Illinois University

Ranked a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, Western Illinois University offers a variety of bachelor's and master's degrees, a doctorate in Education as well as pre-professional and certificate programs to more than 12,000 students at the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses.
Learn more

Additional Conference Financial Support

The Ready To Learn Conference is supported by John Deere and Quad City Bank & Trust.