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2014 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development Minneapolis, Minnesota June 8–11, 2014

Excellence for Every Child

Standards Without Standardization

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Attend the NAEYC 2014 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development June 8–11, 2014  Minneapolis, Minnesota


he Institute is designed for early childhood professionals who prepare, mentor, and support teachers, family child care providers, and others who teach young children. Higher education faculty, trainers, child care and Head Start directors, principals, researchers, teachers: The NAEYC Institute is for you! Excellence for Every Child: Standards Without Standardization is the 2014 Institute theme. Attention is focused as never before on the importance of high-quality early learning opportunities. To ensure the quality of programs for young children, the field relies on having competent early childhood educators

who understand and use standards for planning and implementation. With a strong foundation of early learning and content standards, program standards, and professional preparation standards, we have an opportunity to inform instructional practices for every child, professional development, and program administration. Yet, the push for standards also presents challenges. The stakes are high, and it is incumbent upon our field to engage in a meaningful dialogue so that standards result in developmentally appropriate practices for young children, as well as other elements of quality. Come to the 2014 Institute to be part of this dialogue!

Message from the Executive Director


Dear Colleagues, enthusiastically invite you to attend this year’s 2014 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development! With unprecedented national, state, and local attention on early learning comes unprecedented expectations and pressures on the early childhood profession. As the spotlight shines on our

field this is the chance to deliver on the promise of early learning. This year’s Institute theme—Excellence for Every Child: Standards Without Standardization—might just be the most important sentiment facing our field. The four days at the 2014 Institute will be the most cost-effective professional development opportunity you will have all year. You’ll come away with 12 full months of benefits in the form of new and enhanced knowledge that you can take back home to your program. As an attendee, you’ll experience l more than 200 interactive sessions addressing systems for professional development, program

administration, linguistic and cultural diversity, and developmentally appropriate practice.

Rhian Evans Allvin

l opportunities to exchange ideas and strategies with your peers and outstanding speakers. l the latest technologies and resources at the Exhibit Hall and NAEYC Shop.

This is just a taste of what the Institute has to offer! In addition to highlighting Institute activities, I also want to thank our members, sponsors, and exhibitors involved in creating and participating in this event. A conference is only as good as the people who produce it and participate in it—and as those attending in the past will attest, everyone involved does a stellar job. I look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis.

Sincerely, Rhian Evans Allvin, Executive Director 1

The NAEYC Institute is one of my favorite meetings to attend. I appreciate the sophisticated discussions that occur around pressing issues related to preparing and supporting early childhood teachers to meet the needs of diverse learners. Mary Louise Hemmeter Professor, Vanderbilt University

The opportunities at the Institute for one-on-one, small group, and large group gatherings with likeminded early childhood folks are so good for my own professional development. It reminds me of all the ways we can connect with children! Karen Cairone Trainer/author, Devereux Center for Resilient Children

Top 5 reasons you can’t miss the Institute! As if you didn’t have your reasons lined up already, here are the top 5 reasons for attending this year’s Institute:


Gain new skills and knowledge.


When you arrive at the Hilton Minneapolis, you will see an incredible array of learning before you. With more than 200 sessions to choose from, you’ll discover the ideas, strategies, innovative research, and techniques you can bring back and share with your team.

Make connections.

Here is why nearly 100% of your colleagues recommend that you attend the Institute: “Every year I’m surrounded by teacher educators, researchers, policy makers, and publishers to share ideas, enjoy each other’s company, and come back inspired!”


Learn from the experts.

Each day you spend at the Institute will be educational and exciting! You will have the unique opportunity to hear from early childhood researchers, authors, experts, and other thought leaders sharing the newest ideas and research.




Have fun!

NAEYC’s strong lineup of educational sessions provides ample opportunities to gain CEUs.

Even if you have visited before, Minneapolis is one of those cities you can enjoy often. Minneapolis offers one-of-a-kind attractions, tax-free shopping, nationally praised dining, world-class theater, and museums galore.

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The sessions I’ve attended have pushed me to think of new ways to approach teaching my undergraduates and running my program. I was able to make connections with other professionals in the field, learn about current research, and purchase materials for my classrooms. Julia Luckenbill Coordinator/demonstration lecturer Center for Child and Family Studies, UC Davis Infant-Toddler Program

Where else can you find so many people who are making a difference in the same place and at the same time? Conversations at the Institute inspire me for the year to come. Holly Elissa Bruno Author, keynoter, and radio host Holly Elissa Bruno Keynotes and BAM Radio Network

Institute sessions Promoting Excellence for Every Child: Focusing on professional preparation, ongoing professional development, and research Institute sessions will focus on these areas and more! l Developing and coordinating systems for professional development l Integrating and embedding standards in teachers’ daily practices l Preparing preservice teachers to meet early learning standards while using emergent curriculum l Providing engaging training to support preK–3 children in meeting standards

The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) and the Associate Degree Early Childhood Teacher Educators (ACCESS) will convene sessions during the NAEYC Institute—for NAECTE and ACCESS members and other Institute attendees.

l Bringing ECE teacher preparation into the digital age l Linking workforce career pathways to professional competencies l Using the strengths-based Powerful Interactions approach to coaching l Assisting programs in meeting quality standards through accreditation facilitation l Effective implementation of kindergarten entry assessment l Teacher professional development for improving young children’s mathematical development l Research findings on coaching and technical assistance

Presenters will include higher education faculty, trainers, researchers, directors, and other experts, such as Camille Catlett Herbert Ginsburg Luis Hernandez Judy Jablon

Naomi Karp Martha Muñoz Karen La Paro Barbara Sawyer

Alicia Smith Linda Smith Debra Sullivan Yasmina Vinci 5

Institute sessions Promoting Excellence for Every Child: Focusing on program administration, QRIS, and public policy advocacy

Presenters will include directors, principals, managers, and other experts, such as

Institute sessions will focus on these areas and more! l Building effective teaching teams l Shared services in administering early childhood programs

Rebecca Berlin Holly Elissa Bruno Chip Donohue Hannah Matthews Marilou Hyson Ronald McGuckin Karen Nemeth Gigi Schweikert Holly Seplocha Maurice Sykes Valora Washington

l Ensuring excellence for dual language learners l An administrator’s perspective on the whys and hows of standards l How AEYC Affiliates can make a difference: Supporting state mixed-delivery systems l Integrating digital media literacy and technology into standards and practice l Using CLASS data l Relationships among teacher compensation, classroom quality, and child outcomes l Measuring success of alignment initiatives l Bridging the ECE gap among elementary principals

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Institute sessions Promoting Excellence for Every Child: Focusing on developmentally appropriate practice, learning domains, and content areas Institute sessions will focus on these areas and more! l Using assessment data to inform practice l Supporting mature play l Technology uses for meeting individual needs and language abilities l Developmentally appropriate environmental education l Physical activity and movement to support early learning goals l Standards and project work l Responsive caregiving for infants and toddlers l Supporting family engagement l Responding to challenging behaviors l Fostering vocabulary knowledge through reading and play

Presenters will include researchers, higher education faculty, trainers, directors, and other experts, such as Stephanie Curenton David Dickinson Ellen Galinsky Eugene Garcia Janet Gonzalez-Mena Ed Greene Judy Harris Helm Barbara Kaiser Paula Landis Rae Pica Bora Simmons Fran Simon Kathy Thornburg


Sessions you don’t want to miss! Opening Plenary Session Excellence for Every Child: Standards Without Standardization Keynote speaker: Sharon Lynn Kagan


r. Kagan is the Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy, Co-Director of the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University; and Professor Adjunct at Yale University’s Child Study Center. Scholar, pioneer, leader, and advocate, she has helped shape early childhood practice and policies in the United States and throughout the world. Author of 225

Sharon Lynn Kagan

articles and 13 books, Dr. Kagan’s research focuses on the institutions that impact child and family life. Acknowledged for her scholarship, Dr. Kagan was made a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in 2010, and she was inducted into the National Academy of Education in 2012. In addition to her research, Dr. Kagan works to improve the design and quality of early childhood policies and practices.

Closing Plenary Session The Institute will close with an exploration of standards used by early childhood educators in other countries. 8

Research Symposium Research Plenary Early childhood standards and best practice in international and cultural context Joseph Tobin, University of Georgia

Symposium sessions Research on disparities in early learning and development and standards Douglas Ready, Teachers College, Columbia University; Hakim Rashid, Howard University

Research on program quality and program standards Kathryn Tout, Child Trends; Rachel Gordon, University of Illinois, Chicago; Lynn Karoly, Pardee RAND Graduate School Research on the preparation of teachers for all children Diane Horm, University of Oklahoma at Tulsa; Camille Catlett, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute; Aisha Ray, Erikson Institute

Featured sessions l A Minnesota framework for training design:

l Early learning chiropractory: Can we make

l The content of early learning and develop-

l Good guidance in a time of standards: New

Applying standards of excellence to meet the needs of all learners Vicki Hawley, Angèle Passe, and Lora Kussman

ment standards: What’s in, what’s out, and what does it mean? Catherine Scott-Little, Sharon Lynn Kagan, and Jeanne Reid l Communicating effectively about early

learning standards with families, colleagues, administrators, and policy makers Gaye Gronlund and Jarrod Green

l Standards or standardization? That is the ques-

tion. What about health and safety practices, assessment protocols, ECE credentials . . .? Ellen Frede, Marquita Davis, Dan Haggard, and Kathy Thornburg

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standards alignment a little less painful? Jana Martella, Tom Schultz, Jim Lesko, and Albert Wat education for the whole child Dan Gartrell

l Understanding and putting early learning and

development standards into action Sherri Killins, Samuel Meisels, and Jeri Robinson

l Play and early learning standards: How do

they fit together? Tammy Bormann, Dara Madigan, Pam Ellis, and Johnna Haggerty

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l Early childhood development is high-return

economic development Art Rolnick


Attending the Institute provides opportunities to engage early childhood leaders from all over the country, as well as dive in the deep end of the pool when discussing the most important issues that help to shape our field. Vincent Costanza Executive Director Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge New Jersey Department of Education

I attend the Institute to keep up with the pulse of the field, network with colleagues, and think about how national trends influence my work back in Chicago. Gayle Mindes Professor of Education, DePaul University

Pre-Institute workshops Saturday, June 7, 2014 Why not extend the value of attending the Institute by participating in a full-day workshop on Saturday, June 7! You must register in advance using the NAEYC Registration form for these separate fee workshops; on-site registration will not be available.

l Meeting NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards: A Self-Study Workshop for Higher Education Faculty 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Registration fees: $199 for NAEYC members; $249 for nonmembers

l NAEYC Accreditation of Programs for Young Children: Continuous Quality Improvement through Program Portfolio Creation and Revision

8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Registration fees: $199 for NAEYC members; $249 for nonmembers

l Promoting Social and Emotional Competence in Preschool Environments: A Training of Trainers

8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Registration fees: $199 for NAEYC members; $249 for nonmembers Presented by the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning Technical Assistance Center, in collaboration with NAEYC

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l Training-of-Trainers for Program Administrators—Developmentally Appropriate Practice

8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Registration fees: $299 for NAEYC members; $375 for nonmembers

2014 National Summit of States: NAEYC’s Seventh State Professional Development Leadership Team Work Day

8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. This meeting is a component of the NAEYC Early Childhood Workforce Systems Initiative, funded by the Alliance for Early Success.

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Schedule at a glance Tuesday, June 10

Saturday, June 7 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Pre-Institute Workshops Institute Registration

Sunday, June 8

7:00 a.m.–12:00 noon 8:00–10:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 2:00–4:00 p.m. 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Institute Registration Sessions NAEYC Exhibit Hall NAEYC Shop Sessions Sessions Sessions

7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Institute Registration 8:30–10:00 a.m. Opening Plenary 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. NAEYC Shop 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Sessions Wednesday, June 11 12:00 noon–5:00 p.m. NAEYC Exhibit Hall 8:00–10:00 a.m. Sessions 2:00–4:00 p.m. Sessions 10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon Closing Plenary 4:30–5:30 p.m. Sessions 6:00–7:15 p.m. Networking Reception and Reopening of Exhibit Hall Hilton Minneapolis

Monday, June 9 7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. 8:00–10:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 2:00–4:00 p.m. 4:30–5:30 p.m. 5:45–7:00 p.m.


Institute Registration Sessions NAEYC Shop NAEYC Exhibit Hall Sessions Sessions Sessions Spotlight Forum and Research Poster Session

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How to register

There are three ways to register: online, by fax, or by mail. To register, visit Registration Fees and Deadlines

Early Bird (ends April 4)

Regular (April 5–May 9)

After May 9



$410 $440



$495 $525

Student Member


$220 $250

Student Nonmember


$270 $300

To be eligible for Student Registration, you must be a full-time student and enclose a copy of your valid student ID.

NAEYC membership

To receive the member discount, you must provide your valid/current NAEYC membership ID#. For questions about your current membership or to join NAEYC, call NAEYC’s Member Services at 202-232-8777 or 800-424-2460, ext. 2002, or visit

CEUs and graduate credit

NAEYC, an authorized IACET provider, will offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the 2014 Institute. Portland State University will offer graduate credits for the 2014 Institute. For more information, go to

Make time to visit the NAEYC Exhibit Hall and NAEYC Shop during the Institute.

NAEYC Authors Tea

Sunday, June 8  4:30 p.m. Meet NAEYC authors. Join us for coffee, tea, and cookies. 13

Institute hotels and rates NAEYC Exhibit Hall and NAEYC Shop Be sure to visit the NAEYC Exhibit Hall and NAEYC Shop in the Hilton Minneapolis. Offering the latest books, training materials, and other professional development resources, you are sure to find many useful tools. Both the NAEYC Exhibit Hall and NAEYC Shop will be open three days of the Institute, so make time to stop in as many times as you like! Exhibit Hall—Minneapolis Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor

The room rates below include complimentary wireless Internet in guest rooms. Hilton Minneapolis Single/Double Occupancy Triple/Quad Occupancy 1001 Marquette Avenue South Room rate* $195 (Executive Level—$225) $215 Minneapolis, MN 55403 *Not including taxes

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Single/Double Occupancy Triple/Quad Occupancy 1300 Nicollet Mall Room rate* $189 $209 Minneapolis, MN 55403 *Not including taxes

Rates for additional room types available online.


Reservations for the Hilton Minneapolis can be made by telephone or online. To reserve by telephone, call toll free 800-HILTONS. To book online, visit Reservations for the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis can be made by telephone or online. To reserve by telephone, call toll free 888-421-1442. To book online, visit institute.

Please stay only at our official NAEYC hotels!

NAEYC Shop—Duluth, 3rd Floor

When NAEYC brings the National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development into a city, our staff negotiate rates and block a sufficient number of guest rooms for attendees. For 2014, NAEYC has contracted with two Minneapolis properties to enhance your Institute experience. We want you to feel safe and secure and to enjoy the hospitality of high-quality accommodations. You deserve it! Keep in mind that if NAEYC does not fulfill our contractual obligations with these hotels, the Association will be required to pay significant financial penalties. Please support your professional association by making your reservation with an NAEYC official hotel. Thank you. Hotel room rates for NAEYC’s National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development include a fee that is provided to the Association to subsidize meeting-related costs.


Getting to and from Minneapolis

Minneapolis is one of America’s most accessible cities. Less than a three-hour flight from most U.S. cities, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is served by 13 commercial passenger airlines at two terminals. A hub for Delta Air Lines, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport connects Minneapolis to nearly 800 cities in 120 countries. The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is approximately 12 miles and 20 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. Airport information: 612-726-5555 or


A taxi to/from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Institute hotels costs approximately $40.00.


SuperShuttle provides reliable and economical 24-hour airport ground transportation service. One-way service to/from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Institute hotels is $15.00; round-trip service is $24.00. There is also a 10% fuel surcharge each way. Prices do not include gratuity. To make a reservation, go to child.html. Remember that the discounted rates are valid only with a prepaid online reservation.

Getting around Minneapolis

Metro Transit’s light rail train, the METRO Blue Line, connects downtown Minneapolis with the airport, Mall of America, and other attractions. Conveniently serving several stations, including Target Field and the Nicollet Mall, passengers can easily get to and from all of the area’s popular destinations. Metro Transit’s bus service also offers a handy, low-cost way to get around. Fares range from $0.50 to $3.00, depending on time of day and route. For more information on Metro Transit’s METRO and bus service, please visit


Downtown Minneapolis has a unique skyway system, located one floor above ground, offering enclosed travel between buildings. More than eight miles of glass-enclosed walkways connect hotels, shopping, restaurants, and sports and entertainment venues. Pedestrians can travel in climate-controlled bliss.

Dinner with Authors—Night Out in Minneapolis Tuesday, June 10, 2014  6:00 p.m. Cost: $35.00 per person


Networking Reception Join early childhood colleagues, NAEYC Staff, and exhibitors for good fun, food, and networking on Sunday, June 8, 2014, from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. Sponsored by Meet Minneapolis, Hilton Minneapolis, and Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

oin some of your favorite ECE authors for dinner at a fabulous Minneapolis restaurant. Here’s your chance to ask questions and engage in conversation with leading authors who are influencing our field. The evening will start with time to mingle and a cash bar. A sit-down dinner will follow to provide an opportunity for more in-depth discussion with an author. Invited authors include Janet Gonzalez-Mena, Stacie Goffin, Karen Nemeth, Marilou Hyson, and Lois Ehlert. A book by the author you eat with is included with registration. This event is hosted by the Minnesota AEYC with support from New Horizon Academy—an NAEYCaccredited, Minnesota-based provider of early care and education services since 1971. Purchase your tickets online or use NAEYC’s Conference Registration form. In May, the Minnesota AEYC will be in touch with those who have registered for the dinner with more details regarding meal requirements. Also, at that time, you will be able to tell us which author you would prefer to have dinner with. Be sure to check weekly for updates on invited authors.

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Discover Minneapolis!


Mary Tyler Moore statue on Nicollet Mall. ©Meet Minneapolis


inneapolis definitely has something for everyone—it’s the perfect blend of natural beauty and urban sophistication. Nationally praised dining. Tax-free shopping. World-class theaters. Museums galore. Nicollet Mall is downtown Minneapolis’ main 11-block thoroughfare and is within walking distance of the Institute hotels. This picturesque pedestrian street is a doorway to some of the best restaurants, shopping, and entertainment in town. There are an abundance of restaurants and eateries along the Nicollet Mall. Just a few blocks down from the mall is Eat Street, which features over 20 restaurants. Dining options vary from upscale to casual and are sure to satisfy any palate. Shoppers love Nicollet Mall for the many big-city-caliber shopping options, including Saks Off 5th and Macy’s. Nicollet Mall also features favorites such as Target, Marshall’s, Barnes and Noble, The Gap, and others. Another favorite spot along Nicollet Mall is Orchestra Hall, where leading classical and pop music stars perform year-round. With so much to do, see, and experience, no visit to Minneapolis is complete without a stroll down Nicollet Mall! With nearly 60 museums in the Minneapolis area, visitors can experience an array of history, science, art, and knowledge. The Walker Art Center houses a collection of more than 11,000 pieces of contemporary art, and the adjoining Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is home to more than 40 large-scale works. With more theater seats per capita than any U.S. city outside of New York, there is always a powerhouse production on stage in Minneapolis. The Hennepin Theatre District is a mecca of entertainment offering a vast array

Creativity Jam. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Children’s Museum

of concerts, operas, comedy shows, dance presentations, and theatrical performances. The Guthrie Theater, called “a 21st century dream factory” by Time magazine, boasts three stages presenting both classical and contemporary new works from diverse cultures and styles. Minneapolis parks offer a variety of recreation opportunities for all ages. The nearby Loring Park, one of Minneapolis’ best city parks, has lovely walking paths around the lake, along with other attractions. If you want to venture out and explore more of Minneapolis, here are a few suggestions—all located approximately 10 miles from the Institute hotels and a short taxi ride away. The famed Mall of America is the largest fully enclosed shopping and family entertainment complex in the U.S. The Science Museum of Minnesota is known worldwide for its dynamic interactive exhibits. The Minnesota Children’s Museum focuses on making science fun for kids.

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