DAP Symposium participants will have online access to 24 NAEYC-curated sessions presented by early learning industry thought leaders. Below are the topic tracks for the session presentations
- Essentials of DAP - Developmentally appropriate practices are realized when early childhood professionals make intentional decisions within the context of their program settings, larger early childhood sector, and extended systems with institutionalized policies and practices. Sessions in this track provide a generalist overview of the considerations, principles, and guidelines that are inherent to implementing DAP, understanding the essentials of DAP is a must for any early learning professional.
- Equity - Advancing equity in early childhood education is contingent on children and families receiving the necessary support to develop their full intellectual, social, and physical potential. Sessions in this track focus on the decisions, required at many levels, that early childhood educators make to advance equity and provide equitable learning experiences to each and every child.
- Playful Learning - Educators maximize opportunities for children to learn through a mix of self-directed play, guided play, and direct instruction. Sessions in this track focus on approaches that support each child’s attainment of individualized goals across all domains and subject areas.
- Intentional Teaching - Effective teaching is based on intentional decision making and teaching practices that promote joyful learning, build on each child’s multiple assets, and actively counter various forms of bias. Sessions in this track focus on the intentional approaches and strategies that support children in reaching their full potential.
- Teacher Preparation - Higher education has a charge to prepare current and prospective early childhood educators to understand and implement developmentally appropriate practice and provide equitable learning opportunities for all young children. Sessions in this track focus on aligning coursework to DAP, ensuring that clinical practicums, internships, and apprenticeships are reflective of diverse groups and settings, and the importance of faculty base that reflects the diversity of children and families.