Opening Keynote Speaker: Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Washington Post columnist.
NAEYC is thrilled to announce that this year's Opening Keynote Address will be delivered by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and political analyst, Eugene Robinson. Robinson's address, "Race, Politics, and Young Children," will discuss how it is critical for presidential candidates to acknowledge the importance of early childhood education as the race to the White House intensifies. He will also discuss how it is essential that we tackle the connections between race, culture, and early learning--both in the classroom and on the campaign trail--in order to effectively advocate for "Early Ed for President." Register now for your chance to hear this dynamic thought leader, and many others, at the 2016 Institute!
Closing Plenary Session: Answering the call for quality and accessible degrees in ECE: Higher education addressing challenges and spurring innovation
Moderator: Rhian Evans Allvin, NAEYC; Ana DeHoyos O’Connor, San Antonio College; Margaret Annunziata, Davidson Community College; Sarah Kelsey, Harris Early Learning Center, Auburn University; Rebecca Kantor, University of Colorado Denver.
Other Featured Sessions:
- Using a Powerful Interactions leadership stance to create and sustain a comprehensive approach to professional development: How the LYFE program in NYC enhanced quality and practice, featuring Kara Ahmed, New York City Department of Education and Judy Jablon, Judy Jablon & Associates. This session will invite participants to consider how to use Powerful Interactions among adults to strengthen instructional leadership capacity and create a comprehensive professional development program that transofrms practice and imporves school/program quality.
- How do executive function skills develop? What the science says and implications for educators, featuring, Stephanie Carlson, University of Minnesota; Alyssa Meuwissen, University of Minnesota; Nicole Gardner, Bezos Family Foundation. Attendees will learn about the precursors of executive function skills by a panel of researchers, who will discuss why these skills are important to children's ability to thrive. This interactive session will include presentations, video, small group discussion and activities on translating this research into action.
- A connected city: How collaboration, not competition strengthens a community of learners, featuring Tanya Baronti, Fred Rogers Center; Sue Polojac, Pittsburgh AEYC; Samantha Ellwood, Providence Connections, Inc.; Wendy Brenneman, Carnegie Science Center; Gina Masciola, WQED; Will Tolliver, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. In ECE there are so many resources available for both professional and student growth, sometimes the numbers of options can be daunting. This session will focus on a model of collaboration in Pittsburgh, where early childhood experts, organizations, and resources have come together to work as a team to complement one another, in order to provide unique, in-depth experiences to their audience.
- Moving forward: Expanding the conversation of anti-bias work in ECE settings, featuring Luis Hernandez, TTAS/Western Kentucky University; Carol Brunson Day, NAEYC; Julie Olsen Edwards, Cabrillo College; and Megan Madison, Brandeis University. Building on the momentum from the President's Seminar at the Annual Conference, the session aims to continue the conversations, both difficult and hopeful, on how the profession needs to take action in a changing world, adapt to new realities, and scaffold the foundation of anti-bias education in the movement for social justice and action.
- Supporting the development of boys and fostering the participation of men by acknowledging the gendered social environments of ECE programs, featuring Martha Buell, Garnett Booker, and Joy Rowe of the University of Delaware. Through a discussion of the gendered nature of early care and education, this session will explore new perspectives on making the early childhood education environment more welcoming and supportive for boys and men. Participants will engage in a discussion of the cultural and gendered nature of classroom rules around engagement, both social and physica, and will leave with new ideas for making programs less gendered.
- Families are children's best advocates: Learn strategies to support families in understanding their children's learning and development, empowering them to advocate for best practices featuring Melinda Brookshire and Heidi Mendenhall, WestEd; Serene Yee, California Department of Education. This presentation will review resources available to suppport parents' understanding of their child's learning and development, infancy through preschool, thus empowering them to be advocates for their education. Participants will share their current practices and engage in in-group discussions actively reflecting on newly gained content and networking with colleagues.
- School as hub for birth through grade 3: Innovative leadership to re-envision the school role in promoting high-quality, collaborative early learning systems featuring Samuel Meisels, Cama Charlet, Molly Colling, and Christine Maxwell, Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska; Kim Bodensteiner, Bellevue Public Schools; Brian Ferguson, Mockingbird Elementary, Ralston Public Schools. Metro Omaha school districts and the Buffett Early Childhood Institute are partnering to end achievement gaps by starting early! Schools serve as hubs for collaborative early learning and family engagement systems starting at birth. This session will explore how re-envisioning schools as early childhood hubs requires new leadership roles and responsibilities., and will critique strategies for cultivating new leadership approaches.
- Keeping them enthusiastic and engaged: What does it take to embed Approaches to Learning in every K-3 classroom? Featuring Marilou Hyson, University of Massachusetts Boston, College of Human Development and Education; Vincent Costanza, New Jersey Department of Education; Rick Falkenstein, Kingwood Township School. Quality K-3 programs must emphasize positive approaches ot learning. Children succeed when "EPPIC Skills" (Engagement; Planing and Problem Solving; Initiative and Creativity) become a classroom priority. This session will give participants the opportunity to connect with compelling research, learn about New Jersey's new standards and supports for K-3 educators, explore professional development strategies, and design a take-home action plan.
- Early Childhood Education: At the top of the ticket and across the political spectrum, featuring Carmel Martin, Center for American Progress; Sarah Rittling, First Five Years Fund; and Katharine Stevens, American Enterprise Institute and facilitated by Rhian Allvin, Executive Director, NAEYC. Join us for a lively discussion exploring bipartisan approaches to supporting and investing in early childhood education, as our experts give us a behind-the-scenes look at working with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
In addition to these Featured Sessions, you can find more highlighted presentations on this page.