Class of 2017
2017 Guest Speakers: Opening Session (May 22nd)
Christine Roberts, Founder of Nurturing Pathways. Topics: Creating Sensory Smart Environments for Infants and Toddlers For Healthy Physical Development & What To Do With Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers for School Readiness
Venessa Gilliam, Owner & Director of Nessa's Young'uns Natural Play Center Topic: Infants and toddlers connected to nature.
Diane Craft, Professor and author. Topic: CDC Strategies for Promoting Early Childhood Physical Activity in 9 States
Class of 2015
2015 Guest Speakers: Opening Session (July 1st)
Bari Koral, Singer-songwriter and Yoga instructor from New York City. Topic: Young and young children.
Tim Schwantes, Program Officer at Active Living By Design. Topic: Building a Healthy Community through Environmental Change
Morgan Leichter-Saxby , Co-Founder, Director of Training of Pop Up Adventure Play. Topic: Active in Body and in Mind: Learning from adventure playgrounds, playwork and children’s imaginations
Class of 2014
2014 Guest Speakers: Opening Session (July 14th)
Rae Pica, Founder and Director of Moving and Learning; Cofounder of the Bam Radio Network; Early Childhood Education Consultant, specializing in children's physical activity
Mike Lanza, Author of Playborhood: Turn Your Neighborhood Into a Place for Play.
Class of 2013
2013 Guest Speakers: Opening Session (September 30th)
Dr. Linda Carson, Director of Choosy Kids, LLC & Motor Development Expert, West Virginia University, WV
Linda Kinney, Play and Nature Expert, North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, NC
Dr. Carolyn Ward, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Kids In Parks, Asheville, NC
Opening Session Presentation
Class of 2012
2012 Guest Speakers: Opening Session (October 8th)
Dr. George Graham, Author & Physical Education Expert, State College, PA
Robin Moore, Author & Play Expert, Natural Learning Initiative, Raleigh, NC
Philip Waters, Play Program Coordinator, the Eden Project, Cornwall, UK
Dr. Diane Craft, Author & Physical Education Expert, SUNY Cortland, NY
In additional to teaching courses in elementary and adapted physical education, she has been working for over a decade to improve the physical activity opportunities for preschool children with and without disabilities. Dr. Craft has authored multiple books on active play in childhood and her most recent publication is titled Active Play: Fun Physical Activities for Young Children with an accompanying DVD that shows children participating in many of the physical activities in the book. Dr. Craft is a past president of the National Consortium of Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPERID) and Past Chair of the national Adapted Physical Activity Council. In 2005, she was recognized as the National Professional of the Year in Adapted Physical Education.
Richard Rairigh, Author & Physical Activity Specialist, Be Active Kids, Raleigh, NC
Mr. Rairigh, B.S. and M.S. in Physical Education Teacher Education, has conducted research in Sport Education, PASE and assessment in physical education, and physical activity. After pursuing teaching interests at Meredith College he joined the Be Active Kids program in August 2007 and serves as the Director. Rich serves as co-chair of the Children and Nature Coalition; member of the NCIOM Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force, Shape NC Implementation Team, NC Active Play Alliance; and advisor for Head Start Body Start and Kids Eat Smart Move More.