Due to inclement weather, UVa-Wise is closed on Thursday, March 5.

Authors Feldman and Elkind featured at 18th annual Early Childhood Conference

Jean Feldman and David Elkind are the keynote speakers for the 18th Annual Early Childhood Conference, sponsored by The University of Virginia's College at Wise. The free two-day conference is presented by the UVa-Wise Department of Education and the Center for Teaching Excellence.

The conference, slated for April 10 and May 1, is provided as a community service for pre-kindergarten through third-grade teachers. It is limited to the first 200 teachers who register. Online registration is available here.

Feldman, an author and musician known as “Dr. Jean,” will do two presentations at the April 10 session, set for 9 a.m. at the Fred B. Greear Gymnasium. Her first presentation is titled “Kids Just Wanna Have Fun, Teachers Do, Too!” and her second presentation is entitled “Transition Tips.”

Registration for the April 10 conference begins at 8:30 a.m. Morning refreshments will be served.

An author and child psychologist, Elkind is the featured speaker for the May 1 conference, which takes place on the fifth floor of the C. Bascom Slemp Student Center at 9 a.m. Elkind will discuss his latest book, “The Power of Play.” Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The conference also features mini-workshops on various education topics, learning stations, door prizes and a silent auction. A teacher’s market, which allows veteran teachers to bring previously used learning tools to sell to other teachers, is a new feature at the conference.

For more information, contact Sandra Richardson at 276-328-0187 or