Interest Forums are groups of NAEYC members who share a common interest related to the NAEYC mission. They provide members with networking opportunities and the chance to learn and grow together. Interest Forum Facilitators will be available to network and share information with Conference attendees in the Interest Forum Café, located in Concourse B of the Washington Convention Center. Stop by to participate in informal learning opportunities and meet these volunteer leaders! The following Interest Forums will hold annual meetings during the NAEYC Annual Conference; all attendees are invited.
Thursday, November 21
The Children of Incarcerated Parents (CHIPS) Interest Forum meeting will be a round table discussion about the impact of having parents in prison on young children, their families and communities. Available resources for classroom use will be shared with time for problem solving. This year’s presentation will include the effects of parental deportation on children from birth to six. Please join us. For more information, contact Fran Roznowski at email@example.com.
Washington Convention Center, Room 155
Do you love science? Do you wish you knew more about how to teach science? The Early Childhood Science Interest Forum welcomes all—day care providers, researchers, teachers, principals, informal educators. In this meeting we will share video of science teaching in early childhood settings and discuss the content and our observations. Also on the agenda—position statements on science teaching in early childhood, networking with members, the role of national organizations in building teacher capacity to teach science, and plans for the upcoming year. For more information, please contact Peggy Ashbrook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington Convention Center, Room 146B
Join the Kindergarten Interest Forum for a lively discussion of the issues we are facing today. What are the new Common Core State Standards? How are they impacting you and the students you teach? How will you assess the children you teach? Join with kindergarten teachers from around the country and the world for a discussion of these and other issues. For additional information or questions, contact Marie Kielty at email@example.com.
Washington Convention Center, Room 150B
The LGBT Interest Forum Business Meeting orients all conferees to the LGBT professional, educational, and social opportunities at the Annual Conference and throughout the year through the auspices of the interest forum. The meeting reviews the past year’s accomplishments and makes plans for the upcoming year, especially the 2014 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development and Annual Conference in light of participant needs and interests. Membership and specific sexual or gender orientation are NOT requirements to attend this session. All are welcome. The time and location of the annual Interest Forum dinner will be announced at the meeting and on the NAEYC members-only LGBT Interest Forum page. For more information, contact, Steve Shuman, LGBT IF Co-facilitator, at 617-784-3820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington Convention Center, Room 151A
The Technology and Young Children Interest Forum welcomes new and returning members to our annual meeting. Join us as we explore technology innovations, share research, collaborate on new project ideas, and plan technology and young children Annual Conference sessions for next year. For more information, contact Lynn Hartle at email@example.com.
Washington Convention Center, Room 153
The Tribal and Indigenous Early Childhood Network (TIECN) will be discussing a number of issues, including plans for future leadership and the development of future leaders, presenting at NAEYC, current issues and events, and early childhood resources for teachers and others working with tribal and indigenous children and their families. Early childhood professionals from diverse tribal and indigenous groups will highlight successes and best practices within their respective programs. In addition, participants will be informed of criteria to use when selecting materials or curriculum for and about tribal and indigenous populations. For more information, contact Cathy Gutierrez-Gomez at firstname.lastname@example.org or Alvino Sandoval, ASandoval@epicsnm.org.
Washington Convention Center, Room 145A
The Proposed Young Children and Nature Interest Forum Networking Meeting aims to connect practitioners, administrators, and others with resources, research, best practices, professional development and networking opportunities around connecting children and nature. For more information, please contact Patty Born Selly at email@example.com.
Washington Convention Center, Room 146C
Please join the Young Children's Spirituality Interest Forum, for our session, “Children's literature that provides an ‘open window’ to spiritual moments”, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Our annual meeting will follow the session from 4:30-6:00 p.m. All are welcome in a mutually respectful context. We will continue to address informally the wider issues raised during our sponsored session, begin the planning of our sponsored session(s) for next year’s Conference and other activities, and interact about our perspectives on young children’s spirituality as a human condition. For more information, contact John Surr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington Convention Center, Room 103A
Friday, November 22
Interest Forum Members and Facilitators can meet one another over light refreshments Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center, Room 141.
How do you see NAEYC supporting children with special needs, their providers/teachers and their families? Have you been introduced to the NAEYC/DEC/NHSA Frameworks for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood: Description and Implications? How is the Joint Position Statement on Inclusion being utilized in your community? Join us to talk about special needs & your local affiliate, collaborative efforts with other groups (e.g. DEC), and how we can work together to promote our interests within our early childhood community. The At Risk & Special Needs Interest Forum was created to promote communication and networking among our early childhood community-at-large in order to provide a positive approach to working in partnership with families to support the development of young children who are at-risk or who have special needs, to meet needs of members who are experiencing increased involvement with children who are at-risk and children identified with special needs. Let’s talk issues, advocacy and strategies. Share a bite of dark chocolate to get our brains and endorphins going. Check our NAEYC online community site for ongoing topics and proposed agenda items. For more information, please contact Cindy Croft at email@example.com or Mary N. Wonderlick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington Convention Center, West Overlook
Join the Black Caucus Interest Forum at its networking reception. The NAEYC Black Interest Caucus promotes membership & participation by African Americans working to achieve the healthy development and constructive education for young children, provides a forum for discussing issues of particular interest to African American early childhood educators, and advocates concerns identified by African American members of NAEYC. For more information, contact Shyrelle Eubanks at email@example.com.
Washington Convention Center, Room 146C
Please join the CEASE/Violence in the Lives of Children Interest Forum for our presentation:
“Empowering children to cultivate peacemaking and democratic life skills.” Our annual meeting will follow the presentation from 4:30-6:00 p.m. This will be an informal joint meeting of the Interest Forum and of CEASE. We will continue to address informally the wider issues raised during our session, begin the planning of our session(s) for next year’s Conference, and confer together about other activities. All are welcome to participate and address the many wider issues confronting young children and their families, as described on our web site. The annual CEASE Peace Awards will be presented during the meeting. For more information, visit www.peaceeducators.org or contact John Surr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington Convention Center, Room 151B
Join the Proposed Early Childhood Consultants and Authors Interest Forum Networking Meeting. The purpose of the meeting is connect with others who understand the unique challenges and rewards of providing training, technical assistance, content development, business-related consulting within the early childhood sector. Our goal is to plan strategies to develop a resource network that focuses on: best practices in consulting services, business practices, how to reach new clients; how to maintain relationships with clients and prepare them for long term success; and NAEYC positions on DAP, ethics, technology, play, (among others). Contact Fran Simon at email@example.com for more information.
Renaissance Washington Downtown Hotel, Meeting Room 8/9
Come join the Family Child Care Interest Forum to discuss the many issues facing the family child care field. As family child care prepares for the future….what will homes look like as the field faces new guidelines, QRIS, new rating systems, etc. Will we be Prepared? For more information, contact Marva Lyons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington Convention Center, Room 149A/B
Join the Latino Caucus Interest Forum, a community for early childhood educators supporting Latino children and families, for an evening of information sharing and networking. The interest forum’s intent is to present opportunities to speak on issues of language and culture and its impact on quality early education experiences and professional development. For more information, contact Jorge Saenz De Viteri at email@example.com.
Washington Convention Center, Room 145B
Men in Education (M.E.N.) Network Interest Forum invites men and women to its annual meeting. Take the time to learn and share information on a variety of activities for men, fathers, and others who have an impact on the lives of young children. Learn about what’s happening in the USA, and internationally (particularly Germany and Norway). Find out how to recruit more men to your program, and how to support and retain men you already have. Help set the future agenda for the interest forum, have fun, and make new friends! Contact Frances M. Carlson, 770-443-3611, Frances Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org, Rodney L. West Sr., 619-472-0283, MwalimuRodney@cs.com, or Bryan G. Nelson, 612-724-3430, BGNelson@MenTeach.org
Washington Convention Center, Room 148
Please join the Play, Policy, and Practice Interest Forum for its annual business meeting. This will be an interactive meeting where you can help set the direction of this interest forum. The Patricia Nourot Award and Edgar Klugman Award winners will be announced. For more information, contact Sandra Waite-Stupiansky at email@example.com.
Washington Convention Center, Room 146B
The Student Interest Forum business meeting is designed as a follow-up to the wide variety of conference sessions presented by students and faculty. Come share presentation information, network with student leaders from across the country, and provide feedback on sessions. Help plan our next year's Student Networking Center activities and our annual Friday Night Dinner Out with faculty, students, and Student Interest Forum facilitators. Participate in our college/university t-shirt exchange. For more information, contact William H. Strader at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us on Facebook under the group listing Student Interest Forum of NAEYC.
Washington Convention Center, Room 156