Outdoor Learning and Inclusive Spaces

April 18, 2020 8:30am-12:30pm

Low Cost, High Quality, Mini-Conference for Early Childhood Educators

$20 Registration Fee Includes Breakfast

and 3 Clock Hours of Professional Development

Thank You to our host:

2412 61st Street
Galveston, TX 77551
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Workshop Schedule


Registration and Breakfast


Session One


Session Two


Session Three


Evaluation and Door Prizes

Session Topics

  • Boxes for Tiny Gardeners: Mobile Gardening

  • Nature Play Everyday

  • Inclusive Outdoor Spaces

  • Preventing, Identifying, and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect with Emphasis on Social Emotional Wellness

  • Diversity in the early childhood setting

Presenter Bios

Elizabeth Turner

 As the founder and Executive Director of SMART Family Literacy, Elizabeth originated SMART Parties twenty years ago to engage her son with Down's Syndrome in the excitement of reading aloud. From that idea, SMART Family Literacy emerged as a literacy outreach program reaching a large portion of Galveston County and is continuing to expand its positive impact.  With a continued dedication to literacy, healthy life choices, and supporting the dual language learner, Elizabeth is also a Texas Certified Teacher with a Special Education emphasis. Her musical approach to instructional techniques will help with behavior management strategies, cognitive goals, and language fun. 

Dr. Elizabeth Beavers - University of Houston Clear Lake - College of Education - Assistant Professor of Special Education

Dr. Beavers areas of expertise include special education and early childhood, developmental disabilities, language and literacy development, and instructional and intervention pedagogy.  

In 2013, Dr. Beavers was named the Teacher Educator of the Year by the Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children.

Candy Hattingh -  Advocacy Center for Children of Galveston County, Community Education Coordinator

The Advocacy Center for Children of Galveston County is a non-profit organization that coordinates all of the agencies in Galveston County who treat, investigate and prosecute cases of child abuse. Candy has worked in Galveston County for 10 years,  7 of those in the legal field in various capacities from managing a law office, running a bail bond company and directing an organization for offender education.

Katie Chennisi is a Chronic Disease Specialist with the Nutrition and Chronic Disease Prevention Division at Harris County Public Health (HCPH). In this role Katie oversees some of the work of the Healthy Living Matters childhood obesity prevention collaborative. Prior to coming to HCPH, Katie was the coordinator for the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System, helping make quality professional development opportunities more accessible to individuals working with young children. In addition, Katie has over 6 years of experience in the social services field. Katie grew up in the Dominican Republic and obtained a  Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Psychology. In 2002 she moved to Houston and in 2010 obtained her Master’s in Public Health from the UTHealth School of Public Health. 

Daisey McCloud, MAPCP, LPC-S, Associate Director of Counseling and Career Services

Ms. McCloud has a Masters degree in Counseling from Houston Baptist University. She has been at TAMUG since 2009.  Ms. McCloud is also a certified DWI instructor, and Certified Anger Resolution Therapist, (CART).

Galveston County Childcare Director's Group

The director's group will meet at the same location as the mini-conference from 10:00am-12:00pm.  Directors do NOT need to register for the mini-conference. Our guest speaker will be Monica Penn-Sutgrey from Collaborative for Children. She oversees the Texas Rising Star accreditation program for our area. To RSVP for the director's meeting, please email

Refund Policy

To respect the planning time of our presenters, and to allow for adequate resources, registration for SMART Family Literacy Workshops will close one week prior to the event.  Because your payment reserves you space at the workshop, all sales are final.

Special Thanks

Providing low cost local professional development to Galveston's Early Childhood Professional Community would not be possible without the following entities:

  • Odyssey Academy for graciously allowing us to use their facilities

  • Lakeshore Learning for generous door prize donations

  • Galveston's Historic Pleasure Pier for exciting door prizes

  • Workshop volunteer staff for giving up their Saturday mornings!

  • SMART Family Literacy donors and partners such as the Moody Foundation, the Kempner Fund, Moody Methodist's Permanent Endowment Fund, the Ippolito Charitable Foundation, Valero, DSW Homes and so many more.