Discover new ideas and solutions through sessions and conversations with your peers. Explore strategies to help you use developmentally appropriate practice in more effective ways. Sessions include:
New! Give your voice to a national early care and education dialogue
We would like you to join us for an open dialogue—to think and explore together what’s next for our field. Join these new leaders to talk about YOUR vision of the field. What would you like to see these organizations accomplish on your behalf? How can we best support and impact the field? What opportunities are there for new partnerships?
New! Designed to Move: Creating Early Experiences for Physical Play
This session will provide participants with an introduction to the Designed to Move Agenda and practical strategies for implementing change. Participants will identify ways to create early positive experiences for children that prevent or break cycles of inactivity. Session attendees will develop an action plan for integrating and increasing physical activity into daily classroom life.
Laura Linda Negri-Pool, Karen Santesson, Joellen Dilla, Brooke Morrison, Jody Burnham, Nike Child Development Program
The Project Approach in action: An introduction to implementing project work with young children
This session will introduce teachers to the framework and features of the Project Approach. The session will include opportunities to conduct the practical aspects and phases of the Project Approach by engaging in a mini-project. Participants also will be able to see project work in action by viewing documentation of the work of children of different ages and in diverse contexts.
Sylvia Chard, Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta; Lilian Katz, Professor Emerita, Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting, University of Illinois; Yvonne Kogan, Head Principal, Eton School
Music, Movement & Learning with Greg & Steve: A way to reach the children
An upbeat, interactive musical presentation, designed to integrate music and movement with the Pre K-2 curriculum. The music, songs and activities are designed to develop basic skills and motor skills, enhance language and vocabulary comprehension, encourage reading and social awareness, develop self-esteem, and address diversity and environmental concerns.
Steve Millang and Greg Scelsa, Educational Performers, Greg & Steve Productions
Innovative practice to support development of self-regulation in toddlers
Using video examples of interactions with 18-month and 36-month-old toddlers, participants will be provided with a description of teacher practices that will assist in the development of self-regulation in children 15 to 36 months of age.
J. Ronald Lally and Peter Mangione, Co-Directors, Program for Infant Toddler Care
Advancing equity in early childhood by uncovering the myths that keep racism in place
This session will explore myths regarding racism and examine the impact and implications of these myths on education.
From The Saint Paul Foundation: Claire Chang, Associate Vice President, Sandra Heidemann, Numbers Work! Classroom Coordinator, Beth Menninga, Numbers Work! Project Coordinator.
More squish-squashing: Imaginative, fun, and affordable ideas for open-ended art activities
After discussing the open-ended art process, participants will be amazed at the creative alternatives to the traditional paint brush and piece of construction paper. Join us as we watch colors rise, pull string, paint on baby wipes, make classroom crayons using glue sticks, and tell a rainbow scratch story.
Lois Wachtel, Early Childhood Consultant, Educator, Author, Creative Beginning Steps; Lucia Adrian, Program Director, Palm Beach State College; Marta Isaacson, Nature Learner's Care