2018 Annual Conference: Featured Sessions
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If not us, then who? Advocacy, policy and making a difference!
This session offers professionals across the field opportunities to expand their roles as leaders and advocates and to consider how to be more involved and take action.
Zaina Cahill, Children's Village; Rachel Giannini, Chicago Children's Museum; Mary Graham, Children's Village; Llanet Montoya, Llanet's Family Child Care; Amy O'Leary, NAEYC President and Strategies for Children (moderator).
Innovation in children’s education
A conversation with Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee
Join us for an intimate discussion exploring the groundbreaking partnership of Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee as they work to restore hope and opportunity to a generation of children and families displaced by the Syrian conflict.
Charlotte Cole, Sesame Street and Blue Butterfly Collaborative; Katie Maeve Murphy , International Rescue Committee; Alice Wuermli, Global TIES for Children, New York University; Rhian Evans Allvin, NAEYC
Supporting early mathematics development
Research-based practices and resources for teacher educators, teachers, and families
Find out the latest research and resources from the DREME Network to advance math teaching and learning in the early years.
Linda Platas, San Francisco State University; Douglas Clements, University of Denver; Eric Dearing, Boston College
The power of critical thinking and the great outdoors
In this workshop, participants will learn how to set the stage for creating intentional, focused outdoor learning environments that invite children and adults to interact and form relationships with the natural and physical outdoor world.
Sue Mankiw, William Paterson University; Ranita Cheruvu, William Paterson University
The power of education gives power to our profession
Be prepared to engage in a dialogue with the panel about the power of education in their lives and what education made possible.
Sue Russell, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center; Elizabeth Coakley, CB King Memorial School; Bethany Davis, Oak Academy; Shakia Walker, Southeast Children’s Fund Child Development Center II
Transforming from a manager to a leader
Establishing a strengths-based team to support your center’s success
This workshop will provide an overview of the differences between managing and leading a team; introduce the theory of collaborative leadership; and teach the progressive stages of team development.
Bailey Kent, The Children's Workshop; Nicole Chiello, The Children's Workshop
A driving force
Conversations with chief state school officers on strengthening high-quality early childhood education
Join extraordinary leaders for a special conversation and in-depth look at how they have worked in their states to strengthen well-planned pathways between diverse early childhood programs and elementary schools.
Carissa Moffat Miller, CCSSO; Carey Wright, Mississippi Department of Education; Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma Department of Education; MaryEllen Elia, New York State Department of Education
Meet the authors and illustrators
Children's literature at NAEYC
Celebrating its 28th anniversary, this annual well-attended featured session brings award-winning children's authors and illustrators to NAEYC to share their experiences and expertise with teachers.
Betsy Lewin, author and illustrator; Amy June Bates, author and illustrator; Mac Barnett, author; Holly Seplocha, William Paterson University (moderator)
Equitable early education for dual language learners
Examining research and practice
This NAEYC–NABE collaborative session will provide an overview of research-based practices for teaching young dual language learners in early learning contexts. This interactive session will involve a discussion of pedagogical practices that promote the development, learning, and well-being of all children.
Iliana Alanís, NAEYC Governing Board member; María Arreguín-Anderson, National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Executive Board member; Dina Castro, NAEYC Governing Board member; Isauro Escamilla Calan, NAEYC Governing Board me
From words to action
Establishing the professional obligations of the ECE profession to advance diversity and equity
Come learn about and inform the new “Advancing Equity and Diversity in Early Childhood Education” position statement from NAEYC. This new statement will influence how we prepare and support the workforce.
Michelle Marbury, Innis Enterprise; Elisa Huss-Hage, Owens Community College; Cathy Grace, University of Mississippi; Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz, American Indian College Fund
Strategies for eliminating the achievement gap in early childhood education
This interactive session will bring to life the May 2018 Special Issue of Young Children on the achievement gap by examining several of the recommendations made.
Jerlean Daniel, early childhood consultant; Barbara Bowman, Erikson Institute; Maurice Sykes, Early Childhood Leadership Institute; David Johns; National Black Justice Coalition; Kirsten Cole, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York; Ronal Ferguson, Harvard University; Diandra Verwayne, New York City Public Schools
We can build it better
The sustainable and supported QRIS the profession and families need
Come learn about and inform the development of a more sustainable and supported QRIS model.
Lauren Bond, Bond Education Services & Training, LLC; Krista Murphy, Orange County Department of Education; M.A Lucas, Military-State Child Care Project; Marica Cox Mitchell, NAEYC
NOTE: Stay tuned for more featured sessions to come.
The higher education system we all want
What does it look like? How do we get there?
Making the case for comparable compensation and increased recognition requires a profession that embraces a high-quality and accessible system of higher education. Do we have the higher education system we need? Are we there yet? What will it take to get there? Come learn about and inform how higher education is defined, supported, and held accountable through the Power to the Profession initiative.
Eva Horn, University of Kansas; Anu Sachdev, Lehigh Carbon Community College and East Stroudsburg University; Tiffany Hunter, Florida State College; Robyn Chun, University of Hawaii; Mary Harrill, NAEYC.