Everything You Need to Know About Learning Expo 2016
It’s easy for parents to feel overwhelmed by all the different educational options available to them. Classes, camps, apps, homework help, schools, COLLEGE – how does a busy person sift through it all?
We’re here to help by hosting the 4th annual Learning Expo on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. Not only is it a FREE admission day at Earlyworks Children’s Museum, but we’ve lined up some great speakers, experts, and schools to help you navigate your child’s lifelong learning. It’s an easy, stress-free way to learn more about local programs without making a commitment.
So What’s Going On Exactly?
The only event of its kind in North Alabama, the Learning Expo brings together all the educational opportunities and resources available to local families in one place. Featuring independent schools, magnet programs, homeschooling resources, and education-related businesses, the expo gives parents all the information they need – PLUS, there will be a full day of speakers, workshops, and entertainment.
Learning Expo Schedule of Events
Gabrielle’s Facepainting will be there all day, and we’ll have interactive demonstrations in the Town Hall area of the museum that will include Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater and the Huntsville Ballet. In the Earlyworks Ballroom over 35 independent schools, organizations, and businesses will be there to answer questions and share information about their programs.
Sugar Belle Cupcake Truck and Badd Newz BBQ will also be there with yummy wares for lunchtime starting at 11:00 AM.
9:30 AM – “Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten!”
Cathy Miller presents a research-based localized view on helping children fall in love with reading, writing, and learning.
10:15 AM – “Understanding Alabama’s 529 Plan”
Madison Jones from College Counts will walk you through saving for your child’s future college expenses via
Alabama’s CollegeCounts 529 Fund.
11:00 AM – “Investing in Your Family”
Huntsville native Mark Saunders, Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor with Progress Financial Services, will share information he’s learned after 22 years in the industry. Drawing from his years of experience, he can provide professional guidance for your families’ investment needs for education, retirement, and more.
12:45 PM – Special Needs in the Classroom Panel Discussion
Parents of students with special needs definitely should attend this dynamic panel discussion. Participants include:
Moderator: Tracy Cieniewicz, Director of Development at United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville
Lindsay Chapman, Director of Madison Behavior Therapy
Dr. Debbie Hargett, Head of Greengate School
Deana Aumalis, Director of UAH Rise School
Wendy Graham, Gifted Coordinator for Huntsville City Schools
1:30 PM – “Homeschooling in Alabama”
Laura Shelton, DaySpring Academy Area Coordinator will be speaking on homeschooling in Alabama, legalities, and local resources followed by a Q&A from the audience. This is a very popular session so grab a seat early if you can!
Other Fun Stuff
Giveaways! A scavenger hunt! Did we mention Earlyworks Museum is FREE that day?
Learning Expo 2016 Details
Date/Time: Saturday, January 30th from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Earlyworks Children’s Museum, Huntsville (map)
Parking: Free parking at Progress Bank and the Gates Avenue parking garage
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