Early Childhood educators connect at 2021 conference

Published by Logan Tuttle 1 month ago on Tue, Jun 15, 2021 2:59 PM
Patty Shukla, an internationally recognized expert in educational-interactive music for children, hosts an interactive breakout session at Concordia's 2021 Early Childhood Conference.

More than 130 early childhood professionals gathered in person June 6-7 for the Concordia University, Nebraska Early Childhood Conference. This year’s keynote speakers were Patty Shukla, an internationally recognized expert in educational-interactive music for children, and Andrea Lohman, who has served in Lutheran schools for 26 years as a teacher and/or as a director.

Shukla is watched by hundreds of millions of educators and families worldwide through her popular YouTube channel that has 1.43 million subscribers. She has developed her own music show called “Musical PE For You & Me” which is based on interactive development skills for early childhood curriculum.

Lohman currently serves as a pre-school teacher at Zion Lutheran School in St. Charles, Missouri. As a teacher, she loves conversing with children and supporting them as they learn more about God’s world. Her greatest joy in teaching is when the children are totally engaged in listening to the Bible story for the week. During those moments, God’s presence is truly felt.  

Other sectionals included:

  • Trauma and the Brain, and the Care We Can Provide
  • Challenging Behavior: What Works? What Doesn’t Work? 
  • Effective Early Childhood Leaders
  • Play-Based Curriculum in your Outdoor Classroom
  • Loose Parts and Literature: A Solid Foundation in Early Learning
  • Social and Emotional Learning in Early Childhood:  The Buildings Blocks of Critical Regulatory Skills for the Developing Child
  • Tips for Using Teaching Strategies GOLD
  • What’s Coaching and is it for me? 
  • Academic Readiness-What’s the Connection to Sensory and Motor Skills? 

Next year’s conference will be June 5-6. For more information contact Annette Anschutz, conference chair, at annette.anschutz@cune.edu.