Discover new ideas and solutions through sessions and conversations with your peers. Learn about promising strategies in professional preparation and ongoing professional development. Sessions include:
New! Social media: How to create and maintain a professional presence online
Networking is essential to the growth of a career. Learn how to create a professional presence using social networking tools such as Facebook or LinkedIn and how to engage others in pertinent discussions, advocacy updates and general networking techniques.
Jackee Howell, Recruitment Coordinator, Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Aligning standards to key assessments in higher education early childhood professional preparation programs
Learn how to design assessments of student learning that align with the NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation. The focus of this session will be on design of the assessment tasks and assessment rubrics, with hands-on practice.
Marica Mitchell and Pamela Ehrenberg, Higher Education Accreditation and Program Support, NAEYC; Margaret Annunziata, Davidson County Community College; Reginald Williams, South Carolina State University
Teaching college students the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach
The presenters will share their learning’s from teaching college students through a two-semester, senior-level course in applying the Reggio Emilia approach for more than a dozen years. This class has become an emergent experience as assignments and experiences have been developed, refined, and adjusted to best meet the needs of the students.
From the University of Nevada, Reno: Eva Essa, Foundation Professor Emerita; Melissa Burnham, Associate Professor; and Sherry Waugh, Director
Something old, something new: Adapt existing resources to train and support infant/toddler staff
This lively interactive session will build trainers skills in adapting existing resources in the early childhood field and turning them into an interactive, reflective training that will support professional development for infant and toddler early care professionals. A variety of resources will be explored including articles, online lessons, and podcasts. Participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups discuss adapting a variety of resources.
From ZERO TO THREE: Linda Gillespie and Donna Britt
Coaching, mentoring, and providing technical assistance: What, why, and how?
This session will be interactive, beginning with a discussion comparing the benefits of various types of one-on-one professional development strategies to group training experiences. Working in small groups, participants will develop and share their ideas for effectiveness. Through large group discussion, specific applications will expand on the ideas suggested by the small groups. Groups will then evaluate the strategies and complete action plans to use in their work on a topic of their choice.
Nancy Pennington Alexander, Director, Northwestern State University
Uses of technology in professional development
This session will address ways in which various technologies are used in early childhood professional development as technology-only media as well as hybrid models (via technology and face-to-face learning events). Participants will explore the purposes and appropriate use of technology-only and hybrid models and the role of early childhood adult educators in planning, implementing, and supporting these models.
Peter Pizzolongo and Anthony Durborow, Professional Development Solutions, NAEYC