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NAEYC offers several pre-conference workshops during the Annual Conference for an additional fee. You can sign up for these workshops when registering for the Annual Conference.
Note: Annual Conference Registration is not included in the Workshop fee.
2017 Pre-Conference Workshops
CANCELLED—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.
The 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 all administrators, teachers, and consultants of programs that are interested in learning more about pursuing or maintaining accreditation under the streamlined model. Because the streamlined model will be required for all programs as of May 2018, we recommend that anyone seeking information regarding NAEYC accreditation attend this workshop for comprehensive insight into our revision process and hands-on engagement with the new site visit assessment.
Completing the NAEYC Higher Education Accreditation Process: A Workshop for Higher Education Faculty
This full-day workshop is designed for higher education faculty who are engaged in the NAEYC Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Program Accreditation (please note, this workshop is not applicable to those pursuing NAEYC SPA Recognition as part of CAEP Accreditation). 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, meeting annual reporting requirements, or responding to conditions.
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.
Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in Early Childhood
Embrace a mindset for making and tinkering through engaging, playful experiences. 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 content from 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.
Power to the Profession Boot Camp: Explore your role in advancing the profession
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. Join us for this half day workshop to learn how Power to the Profession is advancing and inform the future of the early childhood education profession.
Workshop presented by Georgia AEYC:
Cooking, Gardening and Exploring Food with Kids: Farm to Early Care and Education Train the Trainers Workshop
This training will show you how to get kids to not just eat their broccoli, but love it! Cooking and gardening with children also help them learn math, science and language skills – and it’s fun to connect these activities with required learning standards. Research supports that healthy children are more prepared to learn, and healthy habits are more successful when established with children at an early age. In this interactive training, experts will share resources to help you start or expand a program that fits any budget – even if you don’t have space or time for a garden! Participants will leave with experiential-learning based lesson plans, recipes, gardening connections, parent engagement tips, and a greater understanding of how “farm to early care” can enhance your child care setting. Learn more here!