Kristi Mraz & Lisa Cleaveland: Empowering Young Children to Write, Think, and Change the World! (Pre-K - Gr. 2)

Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd Grade

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Agency: CESA 6
Agency Contact: Di Bushkie
Agency Assistant: Amy Ruppert 920-236-0562
Location: BEST WESTERN PREMIER Waterfront Oshkosh
1 N Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Facility: Athearn Ballroom
6/25/2019 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM _Check In Opens at 7:45 A.M.
6/26/2019 08:30 AM - 03:00 PM _Check In Opens at 7:45 A.M.

Early Learning Conference: Empowering Young Children to Write, Think, and Change the World!
How do we build communities of compassionate empathy and teach the skills required of our young learners to thrive in an ever-changing world? Which mentors do we bring to life in our classrooms to open up a world of possibilities for our students? This conference promises to integrate research, classroom examples, visuals, and personal reflection to empower you to create the best possible, real-world classroom. 

WARNING… these workshops will change your teaching!

JUNE 25th: Kristi Mraz -- Goodbye Clip Charts, Marble Jars, and Stickers

How do we move beyond traditional classroom management strategies towards a culture free of rewards and punishments? Words like empathy and compassion are more than just feel good ideas, they are classroom imperatives. How do we cultivate it in ourselves and in our classrooms? What is its impact on students and teachers? This session will answer these questions with research and classroom-tested strategies and techniques that will support all students on their journey towards contributing to classroom communities.

Learning Targets

  • The reasons to move beyond systems of rewards and punishments
  • Strategies to build and refine our own empathy for our students and communities
  • The role of teacher empathy in cultivating classrooms of growth and reflection
  • The influence of empathy on classroom design, environment, and daily scheduling
  • Strategies to build and refine empathy in our students within a classroom setting
  • The importance and impact of play in the development of empathy

JUNE 26th:  Lisa Cleaveland -- Authors and Illustrators Mentor Our Youngest Writers

The work of authors and illustrators allows classroom teachers to open up a world of possibilities in writing workshop. Let’s visit the studies and the talk that can fill a classroom with mentor authors and illustrators who make books, just like students!  Authors and illustrators are real people who do what our students do, write and illustrate. Learn how the concept of mentorship with your students plays an important role in the writing workshop through every unit of study.  We will explore how the talk about bookmakers can create a classroom of fantastic authors and illustrators.

Learning Targets

  • Shifting the focus from mentor texts to mentor authors
  • Bringing mentors to life for beginning writers and illustrators
  • The rich curriculum of noticing and naming
  • Learning from a mentor
  • Planning units of study with mentors in mind
  • Students as mentors: the best teachers of all!
  • Using student’s work to mentor and using peer conferences in your teaching
  • Conferring using authors and illustrators in the conference/assessing


Registration fee*:  $225 per day or $400 for both days
* Principals' registration fee is just $75 for one day or $150 for both days if attending with at least 4 additioinal staff members (Early Bird discount and Group Rate discount will not apply).

     Early Bird: $25 discount before May 15, 2019                                                                      


     Group Rate: $25 discount per person for 3 or more participants from the same school / district / organization

Location: Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel (in the hotel's "Athearn Ballroom")
                 1 N. Main Street, Oshkosh, WI  54901
                  (920) 230-1900

Lodging: Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel
                1 N. Main Street, Oshkosh, WI 54901
                (920) 230-1900

                CESA 6 Block rate cut-off date = June 3, 2019

Questions?  Contact Amy Ruppert, Literacy Center Program Assistant
                      (920) 236-0562  •

Kristine Mraz

Currently, Kristi is a Literacy and Instructional Coach for New York City Public Schools.  Previously, she was a special education Kindergarten teacher. As an author and consultant, she works with schools across the country and around the world on early literacy, play, and inquiry based learning. Her most recent publications include Kids First from Day One, coauthored by Christine Hertz, and Purposeful Play, coauthored by Alison Porcelli and Cheryl Tyler.  Kristi began writing and consulting work with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.  To see more of Kristine Mraz's publications, please go to Heinemann.



Lisa Cleaveland

A teacher for 27 years, Lisa starts her writing workshop each day at 9:00 A.M. sharp. Lisa’s own classroom was the research basis for More About the Authors: Authors and Illustrators Mentor Our Youngest Writers and About the Authors, coauthored by Katie Wood Ray. Today, teachers from all over the United States visit Lisa's writing workshop in North Carolina to watch a master practitioner at work. In 2002, Lisa received the NCTE / Donald H. Graves Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing. To see more of Lisa Cleaveland's publications, please go to Heinemann.




CESA 6 makes every effort to accommodate basic dietary needs such as vegetarian, gluten free and basic food allergies. Because of the number of meals served and the number of items used each day, along with food product changes from our food vendors, we cannot guarantee that every allergen in the food served will be identified and labeled. Guests concerned with food allergies must be aware of this risk. CESA 6 does not assume liability for adverse reactions to food consumed or items one may come into contact with while eating at a CESA 6 event. To better serve our guests with dietary restrictions or allergies, please go into your myQuickReg account and update the special accommodations section. Notice of a special dietary need must be made in advance of the event.

Cancellation Policy:

Any registration cancellation must be received at least 8 business days before event in order for a full conference fee refund to be issued (full refunds do not include service fees. Service fees are nonrefundable).Registration cancellations received 1-7 business days before an event, a refund, minus $50 for each participant, will be issued. Persons who are registered, but not in attendance on the day of the session ("no call, no show") will be charged the full registration fee. CESA 6 reserves the right to cancel any session due to insufficient enrollment. Participants will be notified by email if a cancellation occurs.

Note: Cancellation policies are subject to change based on event.