Excellence for Every Child
Standards Without Standardization
This is an exciting time in the field of early childhood education as attention is focused as never before on the importance of high-quality early learning opportunities and their connection to success in k-12 education. In an era of heightened accountability, policymakers, program administrators, advocates, and professional preparation and ongoing professional development providers continue to navigate the connections between accountability for the system, while simultaneously ensuring each child’s experience optimizes his/her learning potential.
The 2014 Institute theme focuses on the use of standards in a way that does not lead to inappropriate standardization of practices, i.e., a “cookie-cutter approach” to program implementation. Institute sessions will offer opportunities to address the use of standards as the foundation that leads to excellence for every child—with and without disabilities, in homes in which English is the primary language as well as dual language learners, in rural and urban communities, and so on. Learn more about the 2014 Institute theme - Excellence for Every Child: Standards Without Standardization.
Dates to Remember:
All proposals must be submitted by November 15, 2013.
Notification of proposal selections will be made by March 31, 2014.
About the Institute:
The NAEYC National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development is designed for teacher educators, program administrators, and others who provide professional preparation and ongoing professional development experiences for early childhood educators: center- and school-based teaching staff, family child care providers, and other direct service specialists. The goal of the Institute is to deepen participants’ understanding of the expanding early childhood knowledge base, develop skills that improve professional preparation and practice, and sharpen their ability to use effective, active learning approaches for adults.