NAEYC Annual Conference 2021 Program

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November 6–9 November 6–9



2021 Table of Contents 3

Schedule at a Glance


Conference Announcements & Reminders


Tips for using the Event Platform


Topic Tracks


Preview Day


Main Stage Sessions


Special Activities


Interest Forum Breakout Sessions


Sponsor Breakout Sessions


Poster Sessions

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Ways to Get Engaged


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1 Schedule at a Glance Saturday, November 6 12 Noon–4 PM

Preview Day and Expo Launch

Sunday, November 7 – Tuesday, November 9 9:30–10:00 AM

Morning Activity 10:15–10:45 AM Join us on Saturday for the Expo launch, demo sessions, and to be entered for a prize drawing!

Morning Coffee 10:45–11:00 AM


A sneak peek at the conference platform

11 AM–12 Noon

51 Exhibit Profile Pages with videos, downloadable resources, and representative calendars to set time for a video chat

12 Noon–12:30 PM

Interactive NAEYC Member, Affiliate, Accreditation and Professional Development pages

1:30–3:00 PM

Demo Sessions: check the Schedule page once you log into the conference for these 20-minute sessions presented from 1:00 to 3:30 PM

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Plenary Break 12:30–1:30 PM

Main Stage – Concurrent Sessions Expo Sponsor Breakout Sessions Interest Forum Breakout Sessions (Monday only) 3–4 PM

Main Stage – Concurrent Sessions 4–4:15 PM

Break 4:15–5:15 PM

Evening Session Hours are subject to change. All times are listed in Eastern Time.

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Conference Announcements & Reminders

Important: Please do not share the conference link or log in information. The link will be provided to all registrants on Thursday, November 4. Please note that when you visit the Expo, your attendee profile is shared with the exhibit pages you visit.

Certificate of Attendance A Certificate of Attendance will be available to all conference attendees. Please contact your employer/state licensing/state training system to determine whether a NAEYC Certificate of Attendance will fulfill your specific requirements.

University Graduate Credits Seattle Pacific University will offer Graduate Credits for conference attendees. Click here for details and to sign up.

Daylight Savings Time Reminder: If you are in an area that observes Daylight Savings Time, be sure to set your clocks back one hour before bedtime Saturday night!

Conference Survey Please remember to complete the evaluation survey, which will be sent to you electronically following the virtual Annual Conference. NAEYC sincerely values your feedback, which is used to evaluate the Conference and to plan future professional development activities.

Have a friend who wants to join you at the virtual Annual Conference? There’s still time to register! Share this link with your colleagues and ECE friends, so they can register today!

Who do I contact if I haven’t received my registration confirmation? Please contact Convention Management Resources, Monday through Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, at 800-421-2388 (US & Canada) or 415-979-2274 (International), or send an email to

Who do I contact if I need technical support during the event? Technical support will be provided within the event platform. You can also contact with questions or if you need assistance.

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Tips for using the Event Platform Getting Started What are the system requirements for the platform? You can access your event on a PC running Windows 7+ or Mac running macOS 10.12+ through Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. You can also access via Android tablets and phones using Chrome and iPhones and iPads using Safari. For the best experience, we recommend joining on a computer through Chrome. You should also check your connection speed prior to joining the meeting. You’ll need a minimum of 0.6 Mbps download speed, but we recommend at least 1 Mbps for streaming. For video calls, we recommend 2.5 Mbps download speed. To test your connection, go to: https://tokbox. com/developer/tools/precall/results.

What steps can I take to have a great experience at the virtual Annual Conference? Below are some tips to help you have the best user experience:

How do I set up my schedule? There is an “Attend” option for each live event. Clicking that will add the event to your calendar in the platform.

In what time zone are the meeting times displayed? Time zones are adjusted for each user, so events are displayed in your local time.

I can’t hear the session. What do I do? Hover over the video playing on the screen and make sure to turn up the volume, just as you would a YouTube or Vimeo video you would play.

Are the sessions closed captioned? Yes, sessions will include closed captioning.

When Networking with Other Attendees

› Make sure your browser is up to date with the latest version

How can I see who is attending the virtual conference?

› Disable any large or privacy-related browser extensions or plug-ins

The “Directory” tab in the navigation bar will pull the full attendee list for you to browse and search. You have the option to connect with others by camera and microphones with video calls.

› Clear your cache, cookies, and browsing data of all time or use a private/incognito browser window if you are experiencing any issues

How do I set up my profile? The first time you log in, a link at the top of the home page will appear that asks you to complete your profile. Make sure to select your areas of interest. The platform will suggest sessions that align with your interest choices.

Can I change my background like some other video conferencing software? Unfortunately, no. Make sure your background is appropriate and something you do not mind other attendees seeing.

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Topic Tracks › Advocacy

› Guidance and Challenging Behaviors

› Arts & Music

› Language & Literacy

› Child Assessment

› Learning Environment & Curriculum

› Children with Disabilities/Early Intervention

› Play

› *NEW* Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)

› Professionalism, Leadership, Ethics

› Educator/Teacher Preparation & Professional Development › Equity/Diversity/Anti-Bias › Family Engagement › Grandes Comienzos—Spanish Language Track

› Program Administration, Evaluation & Financial Management › Research › Social Emotional Development (includes trauma) › STEM

The list of sessions selected by NAEYC Peer Reviewers can be found in our Itinerary Planner. Browse sessions by topic, age level, content level, and session type. Click on the title to read more about the session. Registered conference attendees will have On Demand access to these sessions through November 30!

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Preview Day Saturday, November 6 Noon–4 PM

Preview Day is the perfect opportunity to familiarize yourself with the event platform. Be sure to: › Create your profile › Upload your headshot › Test your system connection › Visit for a first look at Exhibitor Pages › Participate in product demos


› The Leaderboard is open! Collect points for visiting Exhibitor Profile pages and attending exhibitor presentations on November 6. Prizes for those collecting the most daily points include registration for the 2022 NAEYC Annual Conference in Washington D.C., NAEYC books and online training, classroom and personal technology. Watch your daily Annual Conference email for more details.

Access the Conference platform; Expo Open for visits

Scholastic Booth Sneak Peek Hosted by Scholastic 1–1:20 PM

Play-Based STEM as a Driver of More Equitable Learning in Early Childhood Classrooms Hosted by Kaplan Early Learning Company

Becoming the Best Educator Possible with Childcare Education Institute Hosted by Childcare Education Institute

1:30–1:50 PM

Home to School Connections: How to Bring Families into Whole Child Assessment Hosted by HighScope Educational Research Foundation 2–2:20 PM

2:30–2:50 PM

Creating a Self-Care Routine That Works Hosted by Gryphon House

The All-In-One Child Care Management Software Created by a Center Owner Hosted by LifeCubby Using Connect4Learning as a Culturally Responsive Platform Hosted by Connect4Learning 3–3:20 PM

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Main Stage Sessions Sunday, November 7 11 AM–Noon

Day 1 Plenary A Bright Star in My Mind: Creating a Story of Sorrow and Hope for Children Yuyi Morales, Bestselling Children’s Book Illustrator and Author

12:30–1:30 PM

Race and Racism: Using Media to Enhance Conversations with Children Tania Ghee, PBS Will Tolliver, Jr., PBS Abi Manivannan, PBS

Innovation Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis: State Early Childhood System Leaders Develop a Cross-State Collaborative Dan Wuori, The Hunt Institute Ellen Galinsky, Bezos Family Foundation Beth Bye, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Jamilah Jor’dan, Illinois Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development Sponsored by

DAP Core Considerations and Teacher Decision Making: A Conversation Sue Bredekamp, Early Childhood Specialist Barbara Willer, Retired, NAEYC Rahshita Lowe-Watson, District of Columbia Public Schools

3–4 PM

President’s Seminar: Transforming Neighborhoods with High Quality Early Childhood Education through Philanthropy Ann McClain Terrell, NAEYC Governing Board President Ellen Gilligan, Greater Milwaukee Foundation Kathryn Dunn, Greater Milwaukee Foundation Danae Davis, Milwaukee Succeeds Terri Alexander, 4C for Children Tamara Johnson, Malaika Early Learning Center Sponsored by

Anti-Bias “Activism” with Young Children: Performance or Agency? Uncovering Meaningful Possibilities in Your Community John Nimmo, Portland State University Debbie LeeKeenan, Nadia Jaboneta, Pacific Primary School Brian Silveira, Pacific Primary School

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Highlights from the 4th edition of DAP: A Conversation with Chapter authors about equity and joyful learning Susan Friedman, NAEYC Iheoma U. Iruka, UNC-Chapel Hill Brian L. Wright, University of Memphis Marie Masterson, McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University Doug Clements, University of Denver Sponsored by

4:15–5:15 PM

The Life and Legacy of Marilyn Smith Rhian Evans Allvin, NAEYC Ellen Galinsky, Bezos Family Foundation Michelle Brown, Programs Division Council for Professional Recognition Sue Bredekamp, Early Childhood Specialist Jerlean Daniel, Former NAEYC Executive Director Barbara Willer, Retired, NAEYC Carol Brunson Day, Distinguished Fellow, Council for Professional Recognition

Monday, November 8 11 AM–12 Noon

Day 2 Plenary How Early Experience - Good & Bad - Shapes Us The Power of the Relational Moment Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., Principal, The Neurosequential Network

12:30–1:30 PM

Maintaining Quality During the Pandemic: How Early Learning Leaders Found a Way to Survive and Thrive Alissa Mwenelupembe, NAEYC Cecilia Scott-Croff, Borough of Manhattan Community College Early Childhood Center, Inc. Amber Tankersley, Little Gorillas Preschool Teri Windisch, Penn Children’s Center, University of Pennsylvania Sponsored by

Sesame Street in Communities: Building Children’s Resilience During Challenging Times Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Workshop

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Teachers as Writers: Sharing Observations, Stories, and Reflections from Your Setting 3–4 PM

Annie Moses, NAEYC Ron Grady, NOLA Nature School in New Orleans Julia Luckenbill, Davis Parent Nursery School Nadia Jaboneta, Pacific Primary Preschool Sponsored by

Cultivating Black Joy in Early Childhood Education Settings Deminika Spears, Spears Consultancy Group Jessica Campos, City and County of San Francisco, Human Rights Commission

Federal Update: Advancing and Investing in Early Childhood Education Across States, Settings, and Departments Katie Hamm, Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families Miriam Calderon, U.S. Department of Education

4:15–5:15 PM

Caring for Children and Ourselves Alissa Mwenelupembe, NAEYC Dr. Nefertiti B. Poyner, Devereux Center for Resilient Children Molly Strothkamp, LCSW, IMH-E, Southwest Human Development

Tuesday, November 9 11 AM–12 Noon

Day 3 Plenary Transforming the Demand for Early Childhood Education Degree Programs Chancellor Juan Salgado, City Colleges of Chicago Marica Cox Mitchell, Bainum Family Foundation

12:30–1:30 PM

Uncovering and Challenging White Feminist and Patriarchal Values in Early Childhood Education Ijumaa Jordan, Ijumaa Jordan Consulting Kate Engle, Freelance Consultant

Compensation, Power to the Profession, and the Unifying Framework for the ECE Profession Georgia Goldburn, Hope for New Haven Lauren Hogan, NAEYC

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Highlights from the 4th edition of DAP: Playful Learning in Early Childhood Settings Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Temple University Jennifer Zosh, Penn State University, Brandywine Sponsored by

3–4 PM

Understanding Children’s Translanguaging in Early Childhood Settings María Arreguín, University of Texas San Antonio Irasema Salinas-González, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Iliana Alanís, University of Texas San Antonio

The ECE Higher Education Landscape: Managing Current Realities and Preparing for the Future Mary Harrill, NAEYC Carmen Rivers, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Elsa Jones, Post University Cindy Shackelford, Jefferson State Community College

4:15–5:15 PM

Closing Session Graceful Leadership: Stories that Inspire Ann McClain Terrell, NAEYC Governing Board President Amanda Storth, The CAYL Institute Rahshita Lowe-Watson, District of Columbia Public Schools Brian L. Wright, University of Memphis Rhian Evans Allvin, NAEYC

If you miss any Main Stage sessions, they will be available shortly after they are aired in the On Demand library.

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Special Activities Morning Activity

Facebook Live Networking Event

Sunday, November 7–Tuesday, November 9 9:30–10 AM

Hosted by

Ease into each day with a relaxing morning activity.

Morning Coffee Sunday, November 7–Tuesday, November 9 10:15–10:45 AM

Let’s Be Friends: Reinforcing SEL Concepts Through Sing-Alongs

Join us on November 8 at 5:15 pm ET for a powerful Facebook Live discussion on social–emotional learning and a joyful sing-along with some of our favorite Al’s Pals™ songs.

Now that you’ve started your day with the morning activity, grab your cup of coffee and join us on the Main Stage for NAEYC news and updates. Special segments will focus on Affiliates and Advocacy. So, please tune in.

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NAEYC Resource Pages

Sponsored by

Check out what’s new with NAEYC at these Expo pages:

Back by popular demand! Take a picture in our virtual photobooth.

› Affiliates › Members › Professional Development Resources

Accreditation Recognition

› Early Learning Program Accreditation

Watch for the list of newly accredited early learning and higher education programs in this last year.

› Advocacy and Public Policy .

NAEYC Annual Business Meeting Monday, November 8 2:30 PM Join NAEYC President Ann McClain Terrell, Treasurer Fredric T. Walls, Chief Executive Officer Rhian Evans Allvin, and members of the NAEYC community for what is always a lively conversation.

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Interest Forum Breakout Sessions NAEYC Interest Forums—a favorite benefit of membership for many—encourage the exchange of diverse opinions and further discussion, dialogue, and reflection about specific topics relevant to NAEYC’s mission and goals. The following Interest Forum breakout sessions will take place on Monday, November 8. 2–2:30 PM

Early Math

2–2:30 PM

At Risk and Special Needs

2:30–3 PM

Rural Children, Families and Early Childhood Educators

2:30–3 PM

Asian Interest Forum

Sponsor Breakout Sessions Sponsor Breakout Sessions are dynamic presentations where industry leaders share their knowledge, research findings, innovations, applications, products and services, with conference attendees. A session is the work product and views of the presenter and the affiliated organization and does not imply an endorsement by NAEYC.

Sunday, November 7 1:30–2 PM

Bright Horizons Reading Between the Lines: Using Stories to Support Social-Emotional Skills Rachel Robertson, Bright Horizons Laura Benbow, Bright Horizons



Read-Aloud and Learn with Clifford! Ernesto Rodriguez, Scholastic

2–2:30 PM

Teachstone A New Way to Build a Qualified Early Childhood Workforce Suzann Morris, Teachstone

2–3 PM

HighScope Educational Research Foundation Using Music to Support the Development of Executive Function Skills with Infants and Toddlers Erica Hill, HighScope Educational Research Foundation

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Monday, November 8 1:30–2 PM

Champlain College Online M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education Info Session - Live! Dr. Robin Ploof, Champlain College

1:30–2:30 PM

Teaching Strategies, LLC The Unparalleled Power of Singing and Playing Breeyn Mack, Teaching Strategies, LLC Emily Roden, Ready Rosie

2–2:30 PM

HighScope Educational Research Foundation CLASSROOM COACH Improving Preschool Classroom Quality Jill Claxton, HighScope Educational Research Foundation Beth Hardin, HighScope Educational Research Foundation

Tuesday, November 9 1:30–2 PM

Forrest T. Jones & Company Calling All Affiliate Leaders! Association Business Insurance Fred Wheeler, Forrest T. Jones & Co.


Source For Learning Inc.

Promoting Language and Literacy Development in Diverse Learners Toni Cacace-Beshears, The Source for Learning, Inc Kamna Seth, The Source for Learning, Inc



Get to Know Walden University with a Virtual Info Session Emily McGill, Walden University

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2–2:30 PM

Council For Professional Recognition What Lies Ahead: CDA Process Updates and New Initiatives Chris Barnes, Council for Professional Recognition Sandra Kowalchek, Council For Professional Recognition


Early Learning Company

Walls That Talk, Ceilings That Sing: Environments for People Under Three Dr. Laura Wilhelm, Kaplan Early Learning Company



PBS KIDS & You: Self-Paced Learning for PreK-2 Teachers April Kimble, PBS Education Alicia Narvaez, PBS Education Maricella Borroel, PBS Education

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Poster Sessions Sponsored by

Ways to Get Engaged Leaderboard Sponsored by

Don’t forget to stop by the interactive poster sessions to learn about the latest research in the field of early childhood education.

Expo Attendees can visit the 51 Exhibitor Profile Pages and engage with exhibitors via text chat or video calls. Click “Expo” on the top of your conference page and select an exhibiting company to visit by clicking on their logo. Upon entering the page, look for the representatives listed with their name and headshot. Simply click on the “Schedule” button under their picture to select a meeting time or to ask the representative to contact you. Enjoy the many resources available offered on the Exhibit Profile Pages! Click here for the list of 2021 Annual Conference Exhibiting Companies.

2021 Virtual Expo Hours Saturday, November 6 Noon–4 PM Sunday, November 7–Tuesday, November 9 Open access Access Exhibitor Profile Pages through November 30

The conference has a gamified platform that allows you to earn points for participating in activities throughout the site. Several contests are based on who has the most points, so use the Leaderboard to see where you stack up against other attendees. To see the Leaderboard, click the lightning bolt in the upper right-hand corner. The number next to the lightning bolt are your points!

How do I earn points and win prizes? Participate, participate, participate! There are a lot of ways to earn points on the event platform. Below are just a few ways to earn points. More details on how to earn points and win prizes will be shared soon. For drawing rules and terms please visit

Live Chat Earn points by leaving a comment in a live chat during a session. You may only earn points one time per session. Emojis Earn points by clicking an emoji button during a session. You may only earn points one time per session. Visit the Expo Peruse the 51 Exhibitor Profile Pages and NAEYC Resource Pages to earn more points.

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