Janis Hawkins Shipley Early Childhood Lecture and Workshop

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Register now for Defending Childhood, the inaugural Janis Hawkins Shipley Early Childhood Lecture and Workshop!

This workshop focuses on the practical side of professional development, which strengthens educators ability to work with young children. Early childhood professionals will enjoy the reflective presentation and interactive style of the workshop, and will be asked to participate in experiences from a child’s perspective.

This event is coordinated by birth through kindergarten/special education teacher licensure faculty in the School of Human Environmental Sciences, which is part of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. U of A’s Early Care and Education Projects, led by director Deniece Honeycutt, is partnering with the HESC group for this workshop.

Event Details:

Speaker:  Jennifer Kesselring, Preschool Division Head at Riverfield Country Day School in Tulsa

Dates: March 31 - April 1, 2022

Location: Jean Tyson Childhood Development Study Center (JTCDSC)

March 31:

  • Open House at the JTCDSC from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Keynote address at the JTCDSC: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
    • Those who would like to gain professional development credit for this event must also register through PDR by searching for course number 44779 in the professional development registry. 

    • Free of cost and open to the public

April 1:

  • Workshop for educators at the JTCDSC from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Opportunity to earn 6 hours of PDR credit
    • Those who would like to gain professional development credit for attending this workshop need to pre-register by searching for course number 44781 in the professional development registry. It would be best to pre-register, but payment can be accepted on the day of.

  • $20 registration fee, lunch included

Registration Form:

Regardless if you are attending one or both days, you need to complete the registration form below, then ensure you complete any additional registration needed for PDR credits. Please note: if you are planning to attend the workshop on the 1st, you must also pay your $20 registration at the link below, or bring payment with you the day of. When making payment for the workshop, please select "The Inaugural Janis Shipley Early Childhood Development Lecture and Workshop" on the payment page

Check both boxes if you are attending both days

Please note: If you are attending the workshop day on the 1st, please make sure you have paid the $20 registration fee at the link above, or plan to pay at the workshop on the day of. 


Location and parking

Attendees are encourage to park in the Garland Parking Garage, located at the corner of Cleaveland Street and Garland Avenue.  This parking garage charges by the hour, and is a short walk to the Jean Tyson Child Development Study Center.  There is street parking for free around campus, but availability is limited. 

JTCDSC Location