Family & Consumer Sciences Education & WI DPI Child Care Conference

Friday, September 28, 2018
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We are happy to announce that the 2018 UW-Stout Family and Consumer Sciences Education Conference will collaborate with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Child Care Conference. We hope this collaboration will allow maximum attendance for FCSE educators across the region. Attendance at the annual Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Child Care Conference is required for Family & Consumer Sciences educators teaching programs in Assistant Child Care Teacher [ACCT], Infant and Toddler [IT], and Child Care Teacher [CCT] skills certificate programs. Certain sessions and activities may be required if you are attending because you teach within the programs listed.

Choose from concurrent sessions on exciting new information in the field, as well as roundtable sessions presented by classroom practitioners with curriculum ideas to use in your classroom. Exhibits will be available with the latest educational resources and materials.

Special Invitation for High School students to visit UW-Stout:
Bring your high school students interested in careers in FCS Education. In addition to participating in the conference, high school students will have the opportunity to tour campus, visit classes, and visit with current university students.

NOTE: Parking permits will be emailed Monday, Sept. 24, to all registered participants.

FCSE 2018 Keynote Speaker Marline E. Pearson, MA

KEYNOTE: The Power of Relationship Education for Student Success

Marline E. Pearson, MA, The Dibble Institute
Madison, Wisconsin

Presentation Description

Teaching skills for healthy relationships is a critical part of helping students reach their educational and career goals, as well as for achieving their aspirations for personal life. Relationship troubles and unplanned pregnancies (or a second unplanned pregnancy) is one of the top reasons for dropping out of post-secondary education and training. Unstable parental relationships—a growing trend—is linked to dramatic declines in child well-being. Acquiring skills and knowledge for wisely navigating one’s love life and learning the skills to keep relationships at home and at work healthy, is critical for personal and professional success. How can we do this and what tools exist?

Pearson Biography

Marline Pearson is the recently retired chair of the sociology department at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin, where she has been teaching for over 25 years. Her teaching foci at the college were Criminology, Marriage and Family, and Relationship Skills. Ms. Pearson’s longstanding concern for high-risk kids and families, combined with her focus on prevention, led to her interest in relationship building. In addition to sociology classes, Ms. Pearson has pioneered a unique relationship skills class as part of a student success initiative.

Ms. Pearson’s curriculum, Relationship Smarts PLUS (RQ+), was the subject of a rigorous, large-scale, five-year evaluation conducted by researchers at Auburn University in Alabama, involving over 5,000 diverse teenagers. Ms. Pearson also developed an adaptation of RQ+ for vulnerable older teens and young adults, Love Notes: Relationship Skills for Love, Life, and Work. Love Notes has been added to list of teen pregnancy prevention Evidence Based Programs (EBP) maintained by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. Love Notes was included based on statistically significant decreases in sexual activity, increases in contraceptive use, and avoidance of pregnancy.

Ms. Pearson is also co-author with Scott Stanley and Galena Kline Rhoades of Within My Reach, a nationally recognized relationship skills and decision-making program for helping individuals — primarily single mothers and fathers who struggle with economic hardship—achieve their goals in relationships, family, and marriage.

Additionally, Ms. Pearson co-authored, with Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Making a Love Connection: Teen Relationships, Pregnancy, and Marriage, a report commissioned and published by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy; authored “Can Kids Get Smart About Marriage: A Veteran Teacher Reviews Some of the Leading Relationship and Marriage Programs,” published by the National Marriage Project (formerly of Rutgers University), and “Reaching for Higher Ground: New Approaches to Teen Sexuality,” published in the Journal of Council on Family Relations. Her classes have been featured in numerous national media, including TIME Magazine, a PBS special, and a companion book.

Ms. Pearson is frequently called upon to discuss teen and young adult relationships and has conducted numerous trainings on this topic, as well as sexuality and marriage skills. Long active in educational improvement, Ms. Pearson created and taught The Critical Literacy Project, an active learning and teaching improvement program at her college for a number of years.

She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and two young adult daughters. She holds an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Registration and Exhibitor Fees
CCC or FCSE -  Early Rate General Attendee $95.00
CCC or FCSE -  Standard Rate General Attendee $110.00
CCC or FCSE - University Student Attendee $30.00
CCC or FCSE - High School Student Attendee $10.00
High School attendees will also have an opportunity to tour campus and meet with admissions staff   
Exhibitor - Full Fee, No Door Prize Donation $195.00
Exhibitor - Partial Fee, Door Prize Donation Value $100+ $95.00
Exhibitor - No Fee, Door Prize Donation Value $200+ $0.00
Door Prize Donation Only, No Exhibit Booth $0.00


Conference Schedule At-a-Glance

Registration and Check-In: begins 7:30 am

Exhibits: 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Morning Refreshments: 7:30 am - 8:30 am (Coffee/Beverage Service: All day/duration of event)

Welcome/Overview: 8:15 am - 8:30 am

Opening Keynote Session: 8:30 am - 9:15 am

Exhibitor Break: 9:15 am - 9:30 am

Session Block A:

Concurrent Block A: 9:30 am - 10:35 am
Roundtable Block 1A: 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Roundtable Block 2A: 10:05 am - 10:35 am

Session Block B:

Concurrent Block B: 10:40 am - 11:45 am
Roundtable Block 3B: 10:40 am - 11:10 am
Roundtable Block 4B: 11:15 am - 11:45 am

Lunch: 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Exhibitor Break: 12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Shaken Baby Syndrome Training: 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Session Block C:

Concurrent Block C: 1:00 pm - 2:05 pm
Roundtable Block 5C: 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Roundtable Block 6C: 1:35 pm - 2:05 pm

Session Block D:

Concurrent Block D: 2:10 pm - 3:15 pm
Roundtable Block 7D: 2:10 pm - 2:40 pm
Roundtable Block 8D: 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Door Prize Pick-up/CEU Distribution (hardcopy requests only): 3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Conference Lodging

Room blocks have been set up at the following hotels:

Best Western Plus 

Cobblestone Inn & Suites 

Hampton Inn & Suites 

Super 8 by Wyndham

The room blocks are listed under "Family and Consumer Sciences" at the Wisconsin state rate of $93.00. Registrants must provide their tax exempt number to secure rooms without taxes.


Call for Presentations

Presentation Proposals Due August 8th
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