|For Immediate Release: November 8, 2013||
Nearly 10,000 Educators Convene in Washington, DC
Nation’s largest conference of early childhood education professionals
What: NAEYC’s Annual Conference consists of nearly 800 sessions on research, best practices, and public policy for children from birth through age 8 in child care, Head Start, schools and other settings.
Who: Teachers, program directors, higher education faculty, professional development providers, state and local governmental agencies, researchers, and advocates.
When: November 20 – 23, 2013
Where: Washington, DC – Convention Center
Nearly 10,000 early childhood educators from across the world will convene in Washington DC to attend NAEYC’s Annual Conference of 800 sessions on the latest research, best teaching practices, and advocacy tools to advance high quality early childhood education for all children from birth through age eight. Examples of sessions below; full list of sessions available at http://www.naeyc.org/conference/
Media are invited to attend the conference and talk to speakers and education leaders in attendance. NAEYC can also help to set up interviews with Rhian Evans Allvin, Executive Director of NAEYC and other NAEYC spokespersons. Media must register in advance with Adele Robinson or present press credentials on-site at NAEYC Headquarters, Room 102B, Washington Convention Center. For more information, visit our website or follow the conference on Twitter.
NAEYC thanks the generous contributions of our sponsors.
Year-round Platinum – Follett Early Learning
Year-round Gold – Walden University, The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Platinum – Pearson; Target; Teaching Strategies
Gold – HighScope; The Knowledge Universe Family of Brands
Silver – Bright Horizons Family Solutions; Community Playthings; Discount School Supply; and MyChild
Bronze – Music Together; USI Affinity; SchoolChapters
Wednesday, November 20
Opening Session 4:00 – 5:30 pm – In this lively session, participants will explore how intentional, creative performing arts experiences enhance STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) knowledge for our youngest learners and the critical importance of STEM principles and skills needed to prepare the 21st century workforce. Arvind Manocha, President and CEO, and Akua Femi Kouyate, Senior Director, Education, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts; Meredith Ludwig, Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research; Amanda Layton Whiteman and Kofi Dennis, Master Teaching Artists, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts.
Thursday, November 21
Young Children and Technology 8:00 – 9:30 am – Learn the findings from an update of a national survey on technology in early childhood education by NAEYC, the Fred Rogers Center, and Northwestern University, including teachers’ access to and use of technologies. Convention Center, Room 202A
Thursday, November 21
NAEYC President’s Seminar 1:00 – 2:30 pm. –The opportunity gap continues to widen. Explore current initiatives to overcome economic and achievement gaps among children. Learn how to use specific tools and information to ensure every child succeeds in education and life.
Moderator: Gera Jacobs, NAEYC President; Marjorie Kostelnik, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Joan Lombardi, Early Opportunities LLC; Tammy Mann, The Campagna Center; Travis Wright, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Common Core and DAP 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Explore opportunities to map DAP principles onto the expectations of Common Core State Standards through an examination of the standards and a panel discussion with teachers working with kindergartners. Kyle Snow, NAEYC; Kim Oliver Burnim, Broad Acres Elementary School; Kim Hughes, Conscious Connections & Project Enlightenment/WCPSS.
Friday, November 22
Meet Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators 10:00 – 11:30 am – Award-winning children’s authors and illustrators will share their experiences and expertise. Presenters will discuss their own journey as writers and writing for publication. Interact with the presenters and with other participants interested in children’s literature. Moderator: Holly Seplocha, William Paterson University; Denise Fleming, author/illustrator; Paul Zelinsky, author/illustrator; Henry Cole, author/illustrator.
Aligning Standards to Key Assessments in Higher Education Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs 10:00 – 11:30 am – Learn how to design assessments of student learning that align with the NAEYC standards for professional preparation. Marica Mitchell and Pamela Ehrenberg, NAEYC; Margaret Annunziata, Davidson County Community College; Reginald Williams, South Carolina State University
Saturday, November 23
Reflections on advocacy for high-quality early childhood education over the last 50 years and implications for the future 8:00 – 9:30 am – For 50 years, early childhood programs and services and federal policies have been expanding. Assuring the quality of services is of concern, including the development of standards, qualifications and compensation of the workforce, family engagement, health, and curriculum and assessment. The presenters, all long-term leaders in the field, will look at the history of these issues and initiatives and discuss their future. Diane Trister Dodge, Teaching Strategies, LLC; Joan Lombardi, Early Opportunities LLC; Marcy Whitebook, University of California at Berkeley; Marci Young, United Way Worldwide.
Dual Language Learners 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Presenters will review the literature on the language and literacy development and consider state assessment requirements across multiple purposes and the challenges of assessing young DLLs in early childhood education contexts. Linda Espinosa, University of Missouri; Dina Castro and Eugene Garcia, Arizona State University; Carol Scheffner Hammer, Temple University.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.