Wabash Valley Education Center

~WVEC Early Learning Conference - The Magical World of Literacy and Play (PK-1)

We believe in high impact teaching for our earliest learners! Join other preschool-1st grade educators as we provide a day full of support and resources designed with your early learners in mind! Each year we work to bring together the best in this world of learning!

Are you ready for a magical day of instruction all planned with the Early Learner in mind? Join us for a fantastic day full of support and resources designed with your early learners!

Sessions Include:
Hilary Statum: Science of Reading 101 for Early Learners
Hilary Statum: Fun With Fairy Tales!
Megan Purcell: The Power of Play, Maintaining Developmentally Appropriate Classrooms
SunShine Waber: Integrating Content Area Exploration for Early Learners




Hilary Statum
Hilary (Florence) Statum is a Kindergarten Teacher and National Presenter from Middle Tennessee.  She has 12 years of teaching experience in kindergarten, transitional-first, fourth, and fifth grades. Hilary holds her Master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from David Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from both her graduate and undergraduate level courses.

Hilary frequently travels around the United States as a featured speaker. You can book Hilary for presentations using the email address: hilarystatum@gmail.com or the “CONTACT” section above. Some of her favorite topics include Simple STEM for the Primary Classroom, Flexible Seating, Classroom Culture, Pairing High-Interest Books with Standards-Driven Activities, Magical Math, Raising Observation Scores, Classroom Organization, and Learning Inspired by Play.

You can connect with Hilary on all social media platforms using the handle @pencilstopigtails

Megan Purcell
Megan Purcell is a Clinical Associate Professor at in the department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University.  Her primary responsibilities include program coordination, teaching, and field supervision of the Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs program preparing early career educators for working with children with and without disabilities aged birth through eight / grade 3. Personally and professionally, Dr. Purcell plans to continue what she is currently doing until she can do it no more.  That is, to work with and prepare current and future early childhood educators and early interventionists to provide highly effective, inclusive services for ALL children to achieve the best possible outcomes.

SunShine Waber
SunShine Waber has taught for 25 years in various teaching positions including preschool, kindergarten, special education, social work, and teacher mentoring. She currently teaches Kindergarten at Mayflower Mill Elementary. She teaches with the whole child in mind:  physical, social, and academic development and is trained in Trauma Informed practices and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention. 


Date: Friday, December 8, 2023
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time (lunch on your own)

Location: Beck Ag Center


Cost: $150/Service Center Member or $300/District not belonging to a Service Center*

This is a WVEC Title IV Consortium Eligible Conference!

*Cost of all workshops are based on membership in an Indiana Educational Service Center (ESC). Any registrants who are not members of an ESC in the state of Indiana will be required to pay the non-member fee.

**See cancellation policy below

Cancellation Policy

* Registrants who notify WVEC of their cancellation on or before the registration deadline date will not be required to pay the registration fee.
* Registrants who cancel after the registration deadline but before the workshop date or call to cancel on the day of the workshop will pay 50% of the registration fee.
* Registrants who neglect to call or notify the WVEC of their cancellation will be responsible for paying the full fee.
* On official school corporation weather-related cancellation days, registrants will not be required to pay registration fees.


Registration open through 12/6/2023 9:00 AM EST

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Beck Ag Center
4550 U.S. Highway 52 West
West Lafayette, IN 47906

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Wabash Valley Education Center
3061 Benton Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906