The Ruby Bridges Story: Impacting a Nation
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The Importance of Early Experiences: How Playing IS Kindergarten Readiness!
Presented by: Lisa Murphy, the Ooey Gooey Lady
This session will explore the seven things we need to do with children each day, which make up the foundation that supports the house of higher learning. There is nothing wrong with the “academic” expectations within this house: reading, writing, math… the trouble is that many early childhood educators are being pressured to build a house where there is no foundation. And you do not need to be an architect to know that if you build where there is no foundation, the house will come crashing down! Playing is “getting them ready,” and through an investigation of each of the “seven things,” participants will learn how to build this foundation. By making time to create, move, sing, discuss, observe, read, and play we are getting children ready not just for kindergarten, but for life!
Creating Educational Public Media for Today’s Children: Behind the Scenes with The Fred Rogers Company and The Jim Henson Company”
Presented by: Sara DeWitt, William Isler, Lisa Henson
Long before an episode airs on PBS KIDS, months of research and testing, years of planning, and decades of experience have gone into the creation of high-quality, educational, and engaging programming for young children. Still, many parents and caregivers have understandable concerns about what children are learning from the media they consume.
Many of us grew up with a trusted guide, like Mister Rogers, from public television on our side, helping us navigate the sometimes difficult path to young adulthood. Today, Peg and Cat, Buddy and Tiny, and others continue that tradition on a growing number of platforms, including television and mobile. As technology and the ways families consume media evolve, we must continue to explore innovative ideas for engaging, educating, and entertaining America's children while keeping their well-being at the forefront. Join leading PBS KIDS producers from the Fred Rogers Company (Peg+Cat, Odd Squad, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood) and The Jim Henson Company (Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train) for a discussion of how they develop media for children, what and how children can learn from this media, and what the future of educational media for children may look like.
Sit Still, Pay Attention and Look at Me: Understanding and Developing Attention Skills in Children
Presented by: Becky Bailey, Loving Guidance/Conscious Discipline
Educators increasingly report children with limited abilities to attend, self-regulate, tolerate frustration, and delay gratification. Often both adults and children struggle with the skill of conscious, mindful attention. We frequently resort to demanding a child's attention (sit still and look at me!) or fall into the belief that if we get children to sit still and pay attention in circle time for ten minutes when they are two years old, they will be prepared for a 20-minute circle time at age four. Attention is a complex skill that does not develop through stamina training. This session will show you how attention develops in our social brain, interventions for those fidgeting, impulsive, "I can't wait" children, and fun activities and games that optimize the development of attention.
25th Anniversary - Meet the Authors and Illustrators: Children's Literature at NAEYC
Presented by: Holly Seplocha with William Patterson University will moderate a panel featuring celebrated Caldecott Award winning author Kevin Henkes whose books include: Chrysanthemum, Owen and Julius; and Diane Muldrow whose books include: Where Do Giggles Come From?, How Do Penguins Play? and the fun adult book Everything I Need to Know I Learned in a Little Golden Book. Third author TBA
Be your child's best teacher using children's literature. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this annual well- attended featured session brings award winning children's authors and illustrators to NAEYC to share their experiences and expertise with teachers. The authors and illustrators, all leaders in the field, will present how they create their books, what children have said and asked about their books, and share strategies to use their books with children. Additionally, they will share their own journey as writers, writing for publication and experiences in working with children in school.
The Power of the Profession Starts with You
Presented by: Rhian Evans Allvin, NAEYC, and Valora Washington, The Council for Professional Recognition
Now, more than ever, there is unprecedented attention on the importance of high quality early learning and care. As momentum builds on the recognition of early childhood educators as professionals, we all must be prepared to act as agents of change to propel the field forward. Join Valora Washington, Council for Professional Recognition and Rhian Evans Allvin, NAEYC, as they showcase early childhood professionals across the United States who are leading the movement and making significant impacts. This session will weave inspirational stories with practical steps for action, allowing you to create your own roadmap for success.
Building Healthier, Safer Children & Families: New Information and Approaches to Managing Environmental Impacts on Health
Presented by: Laura Probst & Christopher Gavigan (Honest Company)
The Honest Company has teamed up with Safe Kids Coalition and the Center for Environmental Health to create a new health and safety curriculum specifically geared to preschool and childcare centers, with easy to follow steps and approachable solutions for non-toxic cleaning and injury prevention. The purpose of this session will be to give practitioners a glimpse into this curriculum; to support their best, healthiest, safest care environment; and offer tips for how they can share this information with their families.
Takeaways from the 2015 White House Symposium on Early Learning, Cultural Relevant Care and Teaching Panel “Fulfilling America's Future: Research, Practice, & Policy Advancing Early Childhood Education for Hispanics”
Presented by: Ida Rose Florez, Vice-President, NAEYC Governing Board
This session will highlight "model" practices and teacher preparation programs that successfully prepare the workforce. More information to come in the upcoming weeks, and this session is part of the Grandes Comienzos special language track.
President’s Seminar: The Challenge to Move an Anti-Bias Agenda Toward the Future
Presented by: Carol Day, President, NAEYC Governing Board
The early childhood anti-bias work, inspired by the NAEYC publications Anti-Bias Curriculum and Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves, has served as a component of the movement for social justice—a concerted endeavor to organize our efforts, build on the lessons we learn while engaged in anti-bias work, and use the momentum generated by our work to help bring about an evolution in our thinking and our actions. The President’s Seminar will explore how the early childhood field’s focus on promoting a new generation of early childhood leaders must include a focus on their growth as champions of social justice. How can we move toward the ultimate goal of someday achieving a society—even a world—free of all forms of institutional bias? How can we continue to build toward the greater goal of social justice throughout all NAEYC activities as we implement the Association’s Strategic Direction?
Using Traditional and Emerging Technologies as Tools to Support Creativity
Presented by: Luisa Cotto, United Way of Miami-Dade, & Brian Puerling, Catherine Cook School
Children develop creativity through their experiences with the process, rather than concern for a finished product. During this interactive and hands-on presentation, early childhood professionals will be presented with examples of integration of technology in classrooms where children play, problem solve, collaborate, and experiment. Participants will engage in hands-on exploration of some of the tools presented such as robots, digital cameras, projectors, electronic circuits, digital microscopes, and apps.
Sharing New Research on Early Learning: Creating an Early Learning Nation
Presented by: Ellen Galinsky, Families and Work Institute, & Jackie Bezos, Bezos Family Foundation
Research is at the center of this movement to create an Early Learning Nation. This session will share videos of some of the best new research that features strategies to help children deal with challenging or frustrating moments by distancing themselves and pretending. These strategies have been shown to promote children’s executive function skills. Panel members will include some of the architects of this movement, as well as the scientists whose work has shaped its practices. The how-to implications of this work for educators will be central to the session.
Recruiting America’s Best and Brightest: New Research on Attracting Early Childhood Professionals
Presented by: Rhian Evans Allvin, NAEYC; others TBD
With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Richard W. Goldman Family Foundation, NAEYC engaged in a national marketing and behavioral research project to learn how early childhood professionals and other stakeholders view the viability, impact, and depth of a career in early childhood.Hear NAEYC’s Executive Director, Rhian Evans Allvin, and experts from Fairbanks, Maslin, Maullin, Metz, and Associates present the data and analysis of the research.
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