NAEYC’s 2016 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development
Early Learning at the Top of the Ticket
Sunday, June 5 – Wednesday, June 8, 2016
The 2016 Insitute proposal submission period is now closed. Presenters will be notified in mid-March if their proposal has been accepted for inclusion in this year's program. If you are interested in learning more about the Institute, this year's theme, or the types of proposals NAEYC accepts for future meetings, you can learn more below.
What Is the National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development?
NAEYC’s Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development is designed for seasoned and emergent leaders in the field of early childhood education. Attendees include program administrators, teacher educators, trainers, coaches, agency officials, advocates, master teachers, and others whose work focuses on quality improvement in programs for young children and their families. The primary goal of the Institute is to deepen participants’ understanding of the expanding early childhood knowledge base; provide a forum for addressing significant, controversial issues affecting young children’s education and development; and help attendees develop skills that improve professional development and practice.
What Is the 2016 Institute Theme?
Early Learning at the Top of the Ticket. Every four years, our country elects a leader. After all the primaries and debates; waves of advertising and town halls; fundraising calls and media coverage, the American people are asked to vote for the Presidential candidate who best embodies each of our own values and priorities. What would it mean for us to see early learning as a shared priority at the top of those tickets?
It would mean that every candidate would promote public investments in early learning. It would mean our policy has caught up to our science. It would mean our discussions would be about how to ensure all children, beginning at birth, have access to high-quality early childhood education – not whether we have the funding or the political will to do so. It would mean that early childhood educators are recognized as vital contributors to our nation’s well-being, performing a critical role in our society. And it would mean that the fundamental promise of America is fully extended to all members of the next generation.
Early learning is already in the spotlight, but it’s time to do more to achieve something with that momentum. After decades of research and advocacy, policy makers at all levels, from both parties, are demonstrating serious commitment to an investment in our youngest children. These are exciting times, and yet we have a long way to go. How do we get there?
The 2016 Institute theme is about having a vision and a roadmap to get there. The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct tell us that we have “a collective obligation to advocate for the best interests of children within early childhood programs and in the larger community and to serve as a voice for young children everywhere.” Join us at the intersection of advocacy, policy, and professional development, as we lift up and support educators as advocates. How do we ensure, as guided by the Code of Ethical Conduct, that we are preparing and supporting early childhood educators
To work through education, research, and advocacy toward a society in which all young children have access to high-quality early care and education programs?
To support policies and laws that promote the well-being of children and families, and to work to change those that impair their well-being?
The 2016 Institute theme addresses the intersection of advocacy, policy, and professional preparation and ongoing professional development, with a focus on the 2016 national election. The Institute’s plenary and one- and two-hour sessions will offer opportunities to help early childhood educators—at all levels within the field—become informed advocates, ready to take action.
In addition to theme-related sessions, the Institute also covers topics such as professional development systems, program administration, linguistic and cultural diversity, and early childhood education content areas and domains, including literacy, math, science, and the arts, and social, emotional, and physical development.
Recommended features of proposed sessions
We encourage educators to design sessions that incorporate
Effective active learning techniques
Content and learning techniques appropriate for a mixed audience of professionals, including teacher educators, program administrators, coaches, researchers, and other “typical” Institute participants (unless your proposal clearly identifies a specific target audience)
Approaches that help participants turn ideas into action
New research, new strategies, and fresh perspectives on traditional content
Distribution of materials and resources during and after the session
Presenters can submit proposals for one-hour, two-hour, or research poster sessions
One-hour sessions are forums for information dissemination—including sessions that address current issues, present recent research findings, provide an overview of proposed legislation, and such. They can include questions from the floor.
Two- hour sessions include participant interaction during at least half of the scheduled time. Participants have opportunities to engage in discussions with colleagues, reflect on session content, and consider ways to implement what they have learned.
Research poster sessions present cutting-edge research in the field of early childhood education. Institute participants can review the poster displays and discuss the research methodology and findings with researchers.
Discounted registration fee for presenters: Presenters of one-hour, two-hour, and research poster sessions at NAEYC’s National Institute will register at a specially discounted fee. Registration information for presenters will be sent after proposals are selected.
Audiovisual equipment: NAEYC will provide a projection screen and stand and an LCD projector. Laptops, DVD players, VHS players, sound patches, flip charts, and other equipment can be rented through our AV vendor. Internet access for session rooms can be purchased from the Institute hotel and/or convention center.