Janis Hawkins Shipley Early Childhood Lecture and Workshop

Save the date for the 2024 Janis Hawkins Shipley Early Childhood Lecture and Workshop, April 4-5, 2024.


See below for a recap on the 2022 Janis Hawkins Shipley Early Childhood Lecture and Workshop.

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This workshop focuses on the practical side of professional development, strengthening educators' ability to work with young children. Early childhood professionals will enjoy the workshop's reflective presentation and interactive style 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:

Jennifer Kesselring, preschool division head of Riverfield Country Day School in Tulsa, was the keynote speaker. 

This event provided a unique opportunity to experience an approach to early childhood education that is beyond basic care and embraces an image of the child as strong, competent and capable at any age. Organizers and sponsors hope this event inspired the early childhood professionals in attendance to think through the dynamics of their work with a larger purpose and greater vision, and demonstrated to those outside the profession the importance of providing children with enriching environments and experiences. This event was made possible by a generous gift from the family of Janis Hawkins Shipley and was sponsored by the School of Human Environmental Sciences and co-sponsored by the Early Care and Education Projects.   


Check back for more information about this event for 2023!

2022 Event Photos

Photos submitted by Laura Herold.


                            Jennifer Kesseling presenting to lecture attendees  Childrens' artwork displayed on a wall

Left: Jennifer Kesselring delivers the keynote talk on Defending Childhood for an audience of about 50 educators, students and stakeholders. Right: an example of the documentation of children's learning and development from the JTCDSC open house. Photos submitted by Laura Herold.


                            Classroom at Jean Tyson Child Development Study Center  Arkansas State Representative Nicole Clowny talking with educator Caitlyn Easley

Left: a classroom environment during the JTCDSC open house. Preschool children led the tours, acting as center ambassadors. Right: Representative Nicole Clowney discusses the benefits of the JTCDSC studio with Educator Caitlyn Easley. Photos submitted by Laura Herold.


workshop attendees small group  kesserling with workshop attendees

Left: lecture attendees work in small groups during the workshop. Right: Kesserling working with a small group during the workshop. Photos by Daniela Medina.



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