Get Fizz, Boom, Read-y!: Incorporating Science into Children’s Programs at Your Library                   

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Registration Rates:
WLA Member $85
Non-Member $110
Student $65

Dates and Locations:

Seattle: May 10, 2013 from 9-4
Seattle Children’s Museum 305 Harrison St. Seattle, WA 98109 and Pacific Science Center 200 2nd Ave N Seattle, WA 98109
*This workshop will start at the Seattle Children's Museum, and end at the Pacific Science Center.  Parking is not included, but there options available: or

Spokane: May 17, 2013 from 9-4
Spokane Public Library-Downtown 906 W. Main Ave. Spokane, WA 99201 and Mobius Science Center 811 W. Main Ave. Spokane, WA 99201
*This workshop will start at the Spokane Public Library-Downtown, and end at the Mobius Science Center.  Parking is available in the Spokane Public Library-Downtown parking garage.

Please note: lunch will not be provided at either workshop.  Attendees may bring their own meal to the venue, or dine at a local restaurant.

This training provides library staff with a better ability to:
•    Incorporate science activities into library programs for children (toddler to elementary)
•    Get hands-on ideas for summer reading 2014

Presenter Information:

Seattle- Seattle Children’s Museum:

Donna Marie Bertrand , Executive Director
During her tenure at the Museum, Donna Marie has advanced the Museum's educational reach, increasing daily programming by 300%.  Her previous experience with a Disney imaginer and working in a social organization with children give her a wealth of experience to share.

Stephanie Lee, Assistant Director of Communications
Stephanie coordinates and drives the educational program execution at the Museum.  When it comes to taking an educational idea from the planning stages to reality, Stephanie is the key player at the Museum.

Courtney Teno and Sharon Landes, Lead Educators
As Lead Educators at the Museum, Courtney and Sharon have a wealth of experience on working with families.  They carry the responsibility for writing most of the Museum's educational programs and making sure the Museum's core competencies - Literacy, Arts & Culture, Science & Math, and Health & Wellness, are all represented inside the Museum.

Seattle- Pacific Science Center:

Sonia Siegel-Vexler, Acting Co-Director of WA State LASER
Sonia is currently the Acting Co-Director of Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) program. She has been involved with LASER since 1999, beginning as a member of the LASER Partners Achieving Leadership in Science (PALS), and continuing to serve as a faculty member for Washington State Strategic Planning Institute as well as various staff positions.  Prior to joining the Pacific Science Center, she developed and managed the Snohomish County Public Utility District’s public education outreach program.  She also have classroom teaching experience at the elementary and middle school levels.

Dana Vukajlovich, Portal to the Public Program Manager
As Portal to the Public Program Manager, Dana leads Pacific Science Center’s efforts to create a large and diverse group of museums that run programs to connect scientists directly to the public. They train staff from other museums to run professional development workshops in science communication for scientists and help them design a sustainable project at their institutions. Dana has trained as a scientist and worked as an informal science educator.

Spokane- Spokane County Library District:

Gwendolyn Haley and Mary Ellen Braks, Youth Services Managers
Gwendolyn and Mary Ellen have thirty years of youth librarianship between them.  They are certified Mother Goose trainers and lead workshops all over the Northwest for early childhood and elementary educators and librarians.  Many of their workshops center on how to incorporate science and math into early childhood education and story time programming.  

Spokane- Mobius Science Center:

Joelene Brabazon, Educator
Joelene received a bachelor degree from the University of Arizona.  She taught middle and high school science and special education and during that time, she used limited resources to create hands on activities for a variety of age groups.  Currently, she is an educator with Mobius Science Center where she works with kids and adults of all ages engaging them in informal science.

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