An educational consultant based in Columbia, MO, Willy Wood speaks frequently at national and international conferences on topics related to the human brain and learning. Willy Wood also publishes a monthly e-newsletter, Neuro News, which covers numerous educational topics, and served as conference coordinator for the November 2016 Missouri Early Learning Conference.
Designed with the specific needs of prekindergarten to third grade teachers in mind, the Missouri Early Learning Conference is an annual conference that offers numerous professional development opportunities. The 2016 weekend conference included speakers on topics such as reading readiness and the use of technology in the classroom, as well as strategies for preventing bullying and building community. In addition to its wide variety of speakers, the Missouri Early Learning Conference offered breakout sessions that allowed for networking and team-building among colleagues. Throughout the weekend, attendees were able to interact with exhibitors ranging from textbook publishers and children’s booksellers to retail vendors.