The program for the 2015 NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo is currently in development and more information will be posted in Summer 2015.
In the meantime, please find examples of past featured sessions from 2014 below:
Opening Plenary Session
It's a Talk-Back! Engaging the whole nation in a giant conversation
Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University where she serves as Director of the Infant Language Laboratory. Her book, Einstein Never used Flashcards: How children really learn and why they need to play more and memorize less, (Rodale Books) won the prestigious Books for Better Life Award as the best psychology book in 2003.
The roots and evolutionary journeys of three well-known early childhood curriculum approaches (Creative Curriculum, High Scope, and Reggio Emilia): Why they were developed, how they evolved, and what makes them successfulMore than four decades ago, three curriculum approaches began to evolve in response to a variety of environmental factors: the launching of Head Start and the resulting need to train new teachers and a recognition of the importance of quality programs for children living in poverty. These three approaches to curriculum—The Creative Curriculum, HighScope, and Reggio Emilia—have a long history and are now used in thousands of early childhood programs in the United States, Italy, and throughout the world. Three early childhood educators who were involved in the development and evaluation of these curricula will share their journeys by responding to questions posed by a moderator. Featuring: Diane Trister Dodge, Teaching Strategies LLC; Jerlean Daniel, early childhood education consultant; Larry Schweinhart, HighScope Educational Research Foundation; Amelia Gambetti, Reggio Children International Exchanges;
Higher Education: Finding clear pathways
The promise of early learning envisions young children walking into their kindergarten classrooms ready for the academic adventure that awaits them having had experiences rich in language, cognitive and social emotional development. Early childhood educators hold the key to create these experiences. For many in our field certificates and degrees feel out of reach. NAEYC has made the recruitment and retention of highly qualified early childhood educators a top priority. Join NAEYC Executive Director and national Higher Education leaders to talk about how early childhood and higher education systems can partner in ways to ensure early childhood educators have a clear pathway through degree completion. Featured: Rhian Evans Allvin, Executive Director, NAEYC, moderator. Panelists Deborah Cassidy, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Martha Cheney, Walden University; Marilou Hyson, early childhood development and education consultant, and University of Pennsylvania; Shanna Kukla, Pima Community College; Susan Neimand, Miami Dade College; Valora Washington, Council for Professional Recognition.
President's Seminar -- Tackling the Complexities of Workforce Compensation: A Dialogue
NAEYC has long been challenged to craft strategies to recruit and retain a dynamic and diverse workforce that is well compensated – one that can deliver on the promise of early learning with the capacity to provide stable and sustained delivery of best practice in our profession. In today's multifaceted delivery systems this will require some creative and ingenious thinking. Join the President’s Seminar as we talk through the tangle of policy, politics, systems and public perception that must be navigated in order to make progress toward this challenge. Featured: Carol Brunson Day, President, NAEYC; Anne Mitchell, Early Childhood Policy Research; Barbara Bowman, Erikson Institute; Sue Russell, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center.
Children's play opportunities are not equitable: Access to quality play experiences as a social justice issue
Gain insight from a panel discussion on socio-economic disparities in quality play opportunities. Understand the history of playgrounds with attention to present availability of quality community playgrounds in high poverty neighborhoods. Explore research on recess that indicates that African American, Latino children, and children who receive free and reduced price lunch are much less likely to have recess than white children and children from more wealthy families. Hear research on the quality of playgrounds in school attendance zones serving children of different socioeconomic backgrounds. Learn about research on children’s photographs of their school experience in which children in schools with high achievement test scores depicted much more play than children in schools with lower scores. Reflect on ways in which play opportunities can be made more fair. Featured: Olga Jarrett and Vera Stenhouse, Georgia State University; John Sutterby, University of Texas San Antonio; Darlene DeMarie, University of South Florida.
Emerging technologies for empowering children: Showcasing innovative tools and pedagogies that transform teaching, and inspire learning
Come learn about new technologies designed for use by young children, and techniques for intentional implementation by teachers. In this engaging and interactive session see demonstrations on a range of innovative new technologies. Hand-held devices, creative and collaborative tools, Web-based applications, and student-empowering computing; these new technologies are transforming the way people of all ages are learning and communicating. Come be inspired to explore these tools. Featured: Mark Bailey, Pacific University College of Education; Bonnie Blagojevic, Morningtown Consulting; Diane Bales, University of Georgia; Warren Buckleitner, Children's Technology Review.
You, me, and the ABCs: Inspiring English and Spanish-speaking young learners
This session will help early childhood educators understand the spontaneous, improvisational, opportunistic, and humorous opportunities for literacy activities that are everywhere throughout the day. Following presenter demonstrations of the techniques from the book, You, Me and the ABCs, participants will have a chance to practice the multi-sensory actions described in the book. Featured: Michael Rosen, Author and Illustrator.
Meet the authors and illustrators: Children's literature at NAEYC
Award-winning children's authors and illustrators share their experiences and expertise. Learn how they create their books, what children have said and asked about the books, and how to use books with children through engaging techniques, extension activities, and read-aloud strategies. Presenters will discuss their own journey as writers and writing for publication. Interact with presenters and other colleagues interested in children's literature. Featured: Holly Seplocha, William Patterson University; Peter H. Reynolds and Marla Frazee, author and illustrator; Pat Mora, author.
The powerful impact of child care relationships, experiences, and environments on all domains of infant/toddler development
This session will analyze the impact of the relationships, experiences, and environments of childcare on the development of infants and toddlers. Identify how curiosity, motivation, and self-regulation are influenced by the type of care young children receive and discuss the role of early care in the development of a sense of self and a way of relating toward others. Explore how specific aspects of childcare quality may affect development in one domain and in turn have an impact on development in all other domains. Featured: Peter Mangione, WestEd.
Breaking new ground in early childhood science: Best practices in action illustrate a new National Science Teachers Association position statement
The NAEYC Early Childhood Science Interest Forum (ECSIF) members will introduce a groundbreaking new position statement on Early Childhood Science recently developed and endorsed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). This position statement synthesizes research data on young children’s cognitive capacity, how children learn science concepts, and effective science teaching practices, to identify core principles and declarations designed to guide and support quality science education in the early years. The ECSIF panel will describe how the position statement evolved, announce when the final draft can expect to be released, and invite discussion on its content. They will also discuss how the principles and declarations in the statement align with the K-12 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and developmentally appropriate practices and as a result, guide science experiences in the early years that establish a foundation for later science. Featured: Peggy Ashbrook, preschool science teacher and The Early Years, NSTA ; Linda Froschauer, NSTA; Cindy Hoisington, Education Development Center, Inc.; Beth Dykstra Van Meeteren, University of Northern Iowa.
The need for strategic leadership in building anti-bias programs: Reflections from experienced early childhood leaders
Hear from early childhood directors and social justice educators who have over 100 years of combined experience. Reflect on their shared experiences and lessons learned about the complexity of leading anti-bias programs. The principles of anti-bias leadership are strategic and intentional. They involve reading the context of your program, creating a mission statement and structures for anti-bias work, working with staff and families, managing and negotiating disequilibrium and conflict, documenting and assessing anti-bias change, and meeting the challenges of anti-bias education in an era of regulations and standards. Ask questions, share ideas and apply ideas to your own settings. Featured: Debbie LeeKeenan, Lesley University; John Nimmo, University of New Hampshire; Louise Derman-Sparks, Pacific Oaks College.
Common Core State Standards and developmentally appropriate practice: Can they co-exist?
Educators across the nation are trying to ascertain the impact Common Core State Standards will have on children. Gain an overview of the Common Core State Standards in early childhood education. Examine both sides of the argument, including the positive and negative effects Common Core might have on the field. Discuss issues related to the implementation, including how to advocate for providing appropriate curriculum and environments for the children we serve. Featured: Jill Davis and Elizabeth Ethridge, University of Oklahoma.
Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band: We're so excited that the 2013 Latin Grammy Winners and the first and only Americans to win a Latin Grammy in the Children's Album Category will be sharing their unique indie sound, rooted in their whimsical imaginations. With their Latin GRAMMY award winning album ¡Fantastico! This husband-wife team of Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis have reached a new audience of educators and families yearning to immerse their youngest listeners in dual language right from the start, along with a global Spanish speaking culture of educators, children and families alike! Don’t miss Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band's first performance at an NAEYC conference. This high energy, interactive, participatory and FUN bilingual event will be one to remember.
José-Luis Orozco, Arcoiris Records; beloved bilingual educator, children’s author, and recording artist will engage attendees in an interactive bilingual
Luis Hernandez, WKU; our bilingual master of ceremonies will tie it all together with his knowledge of child development, children’s literacy, music, dual language learning, family engagement, and cultural relevance.