Expand your expertise! NAEYC offers select pre-conference, full-day workshops the day before the Professional Learning Institute kicks off! These separate fee sessions offer a deep dive into topics to improve and develop your professional preparation. Please note that advance registration is required for all pre-Institute workshops.
Saturday, June 10, 2017 8:30am - 4:00pm
Registration: $199 member; $249 nonmember
NEW! Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in Early Childhood
Embrace a mindset for making and tinkering through engaging, playful experiences led by Luigi Anzivino of The Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio. Together we’ll investigate how tinkering and making experiences support fundamental STEM thinking and learning for young children. After this introduction to the fundamentals of tinkering, we’ll dive into NAEYC’s book, Making and Tinkering With STEM: Solving Design Challenges With Young Children. You’ll learn how tinkering, making, and engineering are related and how each has an important role in the early childhood setting.
Using Powerful Interactions with Adults to Promote Children’s Learning and Success
We will examine how the three steps of a Powerful Interaction serve as the frame in which a coach individualizes interactions that reflect the personal style and the unique strengths, interests, and needs of the person you are coaching. We will explore the five principles of a Powerful Interactions stance and participants will practice strategies for using Powerful Interactions with adults.
Throughout the day we will emphasize intentionality of practice by making connections between what teachers decide to do and how these decisions impact child outcomes. Documenting their insights during the day, participants will leave with notes they can use to continue the conversation with colleagues in their settings.
What Do We Do Now? Applying Anti-Bias Principles to Support Children, Families, College Students, Staff, and Programs
An interactive workshop exploring how to effectively respond to the increasingly open expressions and policies of racism, homophobia, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, and anti-immigrant prejudice in our society. What do young children and their families need from us? What do teachers, and teachers-in-training need from us?
The primary organizers and presenters of the workshop are the co-authors of Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves, (NAEYC 2010) and are long-time ECE college faculty and experienced ECE teachers. Additional facilitators or presenters are ECE anti-bias educators and have experience working with specific aspects of the profession (administration, policy, consulting, directing, etc.).
NAEYC Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs:
Completing the NAEYC Higher Education Accreditation Process
This full-day workshop is designed for higher education faculty who are engaged in the NAEYC Higher Education Accreditation process. This workshop will focus on the NAEYC Professional Preparation standards; evaluating sample key assessments, rubrics, and data charts; and using student performance data to improve programs. It will be especially helpful for those who are writing self-study reports, program reports, meeting annual reporting requirements, or responding to conditions. Please note this workshop is not for programs seeking SPA Recognition/CAEP Accreditation. Breakfast, lunch, and light refreshments will be included.
Completing the NAEYC SPA Recognition Process for CAEP Accreditation
This full-day workshop is designed for higher education faculty who are engaged in the NAEYC Recognition process (also known as SPA Recognition as part of CAEP accreditation). This workshop will focus on the NAEYC Professional Preparation standards; evaluating sample assessments, rubrics, and data charts; and using student performance data to improve programs. It will be especially helpful for those who are writing program reports or responding to conditions. Please note this workshop is not for programs seeking NAEYC Higher Education Accreditation. Breakfast, lunch, and light refreshments will be included.
NAEYC Accreditation of Early Learning Programs:
Accreditation 101: Understanding the Accreditation Process and Expectations
This session will provide a thorough and in-depth guide through the four-step process for achieving NAEYC Accreditation. This workshop is recommended for administrators of programs that are not currently accredited and are interested in learning more about the NAEYC Accreditation process.
NEW! Streamlined Accreditation Model
We heard you! Major changes are underway to streamline the accreditation process and reduce repetitive content, confusing criteria, and more. This session will provide a detailed and in-depth look at the new NAEYC Accreditation model.
This workshop is recommended for administrators, teachers, and consultants of programs that are knowledgeable about NAEYC Accreditation and are interested in learning more about pursuing or maintaining accreditation under the streamlined model. We recommend registrants have detailed knowledge or experience with the four-step process and accreditation criteria.
NEW! Special FREE Half-Day Workshop (space limited):
Power to the Profession Bootcamp: 12:00-4:00pm
The compensation, professional preparation, entry qualifications, and performance expectations for early childhood educators vary significantly across settings and states. Addressing these gaps will require more than a quick fix. Power to the Profession is an initiative to establish a shared framework of career pathways, knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards, and compensation that unifies the entire early childhood education profession for ages birth to age 8 and across all settings. Power to the Profession is designed to put the voices of early childhood educators front and center. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in the national dialogue and gain the skills and knowledge to advance the early childhood education profession in their communities.