Sessions for the 2017 Professional Learning Institute will be held at the Marriott Marquis San Francisco.
Opening Plenary Session
They’ve Traveled the Road Before Us: Learning From Other Professions
Sunday, June 11, 8:45–10:15 a.m.
ECE is on the move! We’re moving toward becoming a recognized profession and committing to interacting in consistently competent ways with children and their families. This panel interaction offers us an opportunity to learn from other respected professional fields of practice.
Please Note: Seating in the main ballroom for this event is limited. RSVP for the Opening Plenary Session when registering for Institute to reserve your ticket for seating in the main ballroom. Overflow seating will be available for those without a ticket.
NAEYC Featured Sessions
Pathways for success: Supporting diversity in the early childhood workforce through higher education
Presenters: Dr. Lygia Stebbing, Ashley Williams, MA, Chelsea McNutt, Licette Montejano, San Francisco State University, EDvance; September Jarrett, MS, San Francisco Office of Early Care and Education; Yohana Quiroz, MA, Felton Institute
The presentation highlights EDvance, of the Child and Adolescent Development Department at San Francisco State University, a program designed to support underrepresented early childhood educators in BA degree attainment. As educational standards rise nationally, it is critical to understand and address barriers to degree attainment for underrepresented students. This presentation will highlight essential program elements that have resulted in unprecedented four-year graduation rates.
This featured session is sponsored by Branagh Information Group.
Keeping silent doesn't work: Helping children, families, and teachers in a time of increased fear, intolerance, and misinformation
Presenters: Julie Edwards, Cabrillo College
An interactive workshop exploring how to effectively respond to the increasingly open expressions of racism, homophobia, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, and anti-immigrant prejudice in our society. What do children need from us? What do teachers and teachers-in-training need from us? How can we best meet our professional and ethical responsibility: "Above all, we shall not harm children. We shall not participate in practices that are emotionally damaging, physically harmful, disrespectful, degrading, dangerous, exploitative, or intimidating to children."
Lifting as you climb: Leadership development in families
Presenters: Debra Sullivan, Seattle Black Child Development Institute; Holly Bruno, Holly Elissa Bruno Keynotes & Team Building, LLC; Janet Gonzalez-Mena, Gonzalez-Mena Consultants; Luis Hernandez, TTAS/Western Kentucky University
Families are the core of our profession and the core of leadership development in our communities. This session addresses leadership development in the family as we reflect on (a) the ways in which our skills and abilities are influenced by family experience, (b) the ways parents and adult family members develop and use leadership skills and abilities in their interactions with children, (c) the cultural contexts of leadership, and (d) the ways early childhood professionals can assist children and adult family members in recognizing and strengthening their leadership potential.
This featured session is sponsored by Highscope.
Claiming your calm during transitional turmoil: Four personal core strategies and six energy sources that promote positive thoughts and actions during transitions
Presenters: Beverlyn Cain, Fayetteville State University; Holly Bruno,BAM Radio Network and Holly Elissa Bruno Keynotes & Team Building, LLC; Ruth Ann Ball, University of Oklahoma, Retired; Alicia Smith, South Mountain Community College
Participate in self-inquiry and self-reflection activities that foster how to maintain positive thoughts and actions during transitions. Identify positive and negative components of transitions. Using your own situations, you will analyze how to nurture positive energy during trying times through the use of four personal core value strategies.
Creating a blueprint for transforming the early childhood workforce: A statewide collaborative approach
Presenters: Samuel Meisels, Susan Sarver, Cathey Huddleston-Casas, Buffett Early Childhood Institute; Marjorie Kostelnik, College of Education and Human Sciences; Tammy Mann, Campagna Center
Presenters will describe the development of a blueprint for transforming a state's early childhood workforce using a collective impact model. This approach can serve as a guide for other states seeking to enact statewide systemic change for the early childhood workforce. A discussant will place this work in a national context of statewide efforts.
This featured session is sponsored by TCC Software Solutions.
Teachers' voices: Strategies for creating work environments that support adult learning
Presenters: George Philipp, Consultant; Marcy Whitebook, Elizabeth King, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
To facilitate the process of bringing teacher voices into quality improvement strategies, the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) developed SEQUAL, a tool to document workplace conditions that impact teacher practice and program quality. In this session, we will discuss trends found in communities across the country and action steps to strengthen quality improvement initiatives. Participants will discuss specific strategies developed by CSCCE to help coaches, directors, and others that can be used in their community to improve work environment conditions.
This featured session is sponsored by Source for Learning.
Bridging the gap in the primary grades: Linking academically rigorous and developmentally appropriate instructional practices
Presenters: Shannon Riley-Ayers, Alexandra Figueras-Daniel, The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER); SHaron Ryan, Bank Street College of Education; Vincent Costanza, New Jersey Department of Education
Participants in this session will learn the state of K–3 quality from a large evaluation, as well as how to (a) define the characteristics of high-quality primary classrooms that are both academically rigorous and developmentally appropriate and (b) plan actions to bridge the gap between current practices and high-quality implementation of teaching and learning practices.
This featured session is sponsored by TCC Software Solutions.
Promoting kindness and resilience in turbulent times: Why social and emotional skills matter now more than ever
Presenters: Karen Cairone, Education Development Center; Rosemarie Allen, Metropolitan State University of Denver; Barbara Kaiser; Author; Marilou Hyson, University of Massachusetts Boston; Mary Louise Hemmeter, Vanderbilt University
Discuss the state of kindness and resilience in our classrooms, communities, and in the country. Share the developmental progression and roots of kindness and resilience from infancy through primary grades. Provide ideas to help teacher educators and professional development providers create strategies to model kindness and resilience, be planful in teaching social and emotional skills, and also to seize teachable moments. Underneath all thoughts, feelings, and actions, we must first understand ourselves—what helps us be a good model for the children around us?
This featured session is sponsored by Bright Horizons.
The Digital Play Framework: Connecting technology, young children, and educators through play-based experiences
Presenters: Tamara Kaldor, Leanne Beaudoin-Ryan, Erikson Institute; Susan Edwards, Learning Sciences Institute Australian Catholic University; Kathleen Paciga, Columbia College Chicago
The Digital Play Framework presents a series of indicators of how children learn to use technologies through play that can empower educators to provide targeted support to help foster children's learning. Thought leaders and researchers from Australia and the U.S. who are collaborating to explore the use of technology tools in play-based experiences to learn, explore, and create will share strategies to transform the use of tech in early childhood. The presenters will share results from a survey of teachers on the use of technology tools with young children and what we can learn.