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November 20–23 Nashville, TN

Preliminary Program

Opening Keynote Speaker Dr. Gail C. Christopher

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Welcome to NAEYC’s 2019 Annual Conference! Dear Friends, NAEYC is eagerly preparing for the 2019 Annual Conference and we’re excited to see you for the first time in Nashville, TN. Nashville isn’t only a new location, it’s also about new inspiration, relationships, ideas, resources, and RESULTS! Throughout this conference, you’ll see and hear that early childhood educators are taking charge of our profession and future, leading the quest for a unified professional field of practice!

Rhian Evans Allvin Chief Executive Officer

We are the profession that creates equitable learning opportunities that help our youngest learners thrive by building on their unique strengths, culture, language, abilities and experiences. Our own journey to be a high performing inclusive organization is an ongoing commitment that requires a collective contribution from the NAEYC family and early learning community. In a city, state, and country that continues to grapple and sometimes struggle with becoming a more just and equitable society, we’ll use Music City as our stage to dig deep, be reflective, be active, and redouble our commitment to our vision. Take a flight, hop on a train, or road trip with colleagues to help us ensure that all young children receive equitable and quality early learning.


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Opening Keynote Address Dr. Gail C. Christopher Former Senior Advisor and Vice President at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Join us for a thought-provoking presentation on embracing equity and what that means for all of us. Dr. Gail Christopher is an award-winning social change agent with expertise in the social determinants of health and well-being and in related public policies.

Dr. Christopher also served as Kellogg's Vice President for Program Strategy and worked on place-based programming in New Orleans and New Mexico.

She is known for her pioneering work to infuse holistic health and diversity concepts into public sector programs and policy discourse. Dr. Christopher is the President and Founder of The Ntianu Center for Nature and Healing. She recently retired from her role as Senior Advisor and Vice President at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she was the driving force behind the America Healing initiative and the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation effort.

In 2015, she received the Terrance Keenan Award from Grantmakers in Health. She chairs the Board of the Trust for America's Health.

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Why Should I Attend? NAEYC’s Annual Conference is the largest early childhood education gathering in the world. You can expect to see fellow early childhood teachers, administrators, directors, students, home-based service providers, researchers, and more!

Attend NAEYC's 2019 Annual Conference Join us November 20–23 in Nashville, TN, to connect with colleagues and explore new ideas in the early childhood profession. You will experience:






Early Childhood Professionals

Industry Experts

Innovative Sessions

Exhibitor Booths


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What’s in it for me? ›› Take advantage of unlimited networking opportunities.

›› Experience NAEYC Shop and Expo activities to connect with exhibitors and experience products that advance the early childhood education profession.

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›› Attend diverse sessions including sessions in Mandarin and Spanish.


Schedule at a Glance Take a peek at the sessions that will be offered at the 2019 Annual Conference. Use the itinerary planner to browse sessions by presenter, topic, keyword, and scheduling information. Tuesday, November 19

Friday, November 22

Pre-Conference Workshops

7 am–5 pm Conference Registration

(Pre-registration required)

8–9:30 am Sessions

1–7 pm

Conference Registration

10 am–6 pm Expo

Half day & Full day

Wednesday, November 20 7 am–6 pm Conference Registration 8:15–11:15 am Sessions

12 noon–3 pm Sessions

3:30–5 pm Opening Keynote Address 5–7 pm Expo Grand Opening

Thursday, November 21

10–11:30 am Sessions 11:30 am–1 pm Lunch Options ($) in the Expo

12 noon–12:45 pm NAEYC Meet the Candidates

1–2:30 pm NAEYC Annual Business

Meeting and Town Hall

1–2:30 pm Sessions 3–4:30 pm Sessions 4:30–6 pm Expo Networking Prize Drawings,

and Poster Sessions

7 am–5 pm Conference Registration

Saturday, November 23

8–9:30 am Sessions

7–11 am Conference Registration

10 am–6 pm Expo 10–11:30 am Sessions 11:30 am–1 pm Lunch Options ($) in the Expo 1–2:30 pm Sessions 3–4:30 pm Sessions 4:30–6 pm Expo Networking, Prize Drawing

and Sessions Poster Session

8–9:15 am Sessions 9:30–10:45 am Sessions 11 am–12:15 pm Sessions 12:30–1:45 pm Closing Celebration Hours are subject to change.

We are grateful for the support of our generous sponsors!


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Featured Sessions You don’t want to miss this year’s featured sessions! Who is a “math person”? Gender stereotypes about math develop at an early age

Early math, dual language learners, and the importance of whole-child curriculum

Marley Jarvis; Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, University of Washington

Vincent Costanza, Teaching Strategies; Jie-Qi Chen, Erikson Institute; Dina Castro, University of North Texas

The book matters:

Meet the authors and illustrators:

Using the color-coded Bloom-Banks Matrix to support the literacy, engagement, and self-identities of Black boys

Children's literature at NAEYC

Brian Wright, University of Memphis; Donna Ford, Ohio State University

Where are we now?

Christian Robinson, author and illustrator; Jonah Winter; author; Steve Light, author and illustrator; Mac Barnett, author; Holly Seplocha, William Paterson University (moderator)

Our 30-year journey in anti-bias education and culturally relevant teaching in early childhood classrooms

La ciencia y arte del trabajo con niños de lenguaje dual a través del uso de Historias de Aprendizaje

Tonia Durden, Georgia State University; Stephanie Curenton, Boston University; Kerry-Ann Escayg, University of Omaha; Iheoma Iruka, Highscope Educational Research Foundation

Isuaro Escamilla Calan, San Francisco Unified School District; Lauren Boyles, San Francisco Unified School DistrictI

Keeping children at the center of pre-K to second grade through guided play and exploration Marie Enochty, Boston Public Schools; Brian Gold, The Boston Foundation

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Preconference Workshops Make the most of your Annual Conference experience and register for one of our Preconference Workshops! These full-day workshops take place the day before Annual Conference begins. Tuesday, November 19 8:30 am–11:30 am A Beginner’s Guide to Your Accreditation Journey Time: 8:30–11:30 am Fees: $129 members/ $159 nonmembers

The NAEYC accreditation system provides a mechanism for early learning programs to demonstrate their commitment to high-quality early childhood education. In this session, participants will review the tasks and expectations for programs at each stage of the process and construct individualized timelines for their program.

Where’s the Math? — A Day with the Authors Time: 8:30 am–3 pm Fees: $239 members/ $299 nonmembers

In this highly interactive all-day workshop, Mary Hynes-Berry and Laura Grandau will be guiding attendees in finding the math in 5 questions all children ask, which are highlighted in their You must register in advance; on-site registration will not be available. Go to annual/2019/pre-conferenceworkshops for more information, and to register for one of our Preconference Workshops.


new book: Where’s the Math: Books, Games, and Routines to Spark Children’s Thinking. By the end of the workshop, participants will have experienced and planned their own tailoring of strategies and activities featured in the book! Attendees will leave with an extended bibliography of books, games, and routines — with annotations that we will be generating throughout the day. While PreK and Kindergarten teachers are the main audience, many of the ideas are very extendable to primary.

From Power to the Profession to Unifying Framework: Making the Profession a Reality Time: 12–4 pm

Special Free Workshop (At capacity: Waitlist open) Launched in 2017, Power to the Profession convened a Task Force of 15 national early childhood organizations to establish unity and clarity around the career pathways, knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards, accountability, supports and compensation needed for the early childhood education profession. Through a process of iterative feedback involving thousands

of individuals, the Power to the Profession Task Force is presenting its core recommendations in a framework for a unified and effective early childhood education profession. The implementation of the framework will build a bridge to a future where each and every child, beginning at birth, has the opportunity to benefit from highquality, affordable early childhood education, delivered by an effective, diverse, well-prepared, and wellcompensated workforce. Join a conversation on how the recommendations contained within the framework will lead us to drive the significant and sustained public investments needed to reach our vision and learn how you can be part of the movement to make our vision a reality.

Mapping Your Accreditation Journey Time: 12:30–3:30 pm Fees: $129 members/ $159 nonmembers

The NAEYC Early Learning Program Accreditation Standards and Assessment Items aim to ensure the quality of children's daily experiences in early learning programs and to promote positive

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child outcomes. In this session, participants will have hands on experience with the NAEYC 2018 Standards and Assessment Items and will individualize implementation plans for their programs.

Higher Education Faculty Workshop: Completing the NAEYC Higher Education Accreditation Process

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.

8:30 am–3 pm

Time: 8:30 am–4 pm Fees: $199 members/ $249 nonmembers

Families and Educators Together — A Day with the Authors

This full-day workshop is designed for higher education faculty who are engaged in 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

Time: 8:30 am–3 pm Fees: $239 members/ $299 nonmembers

This dynamic full-day workshop will introduce a comprehensive approach to building relationships with each and every family based on NAEYC's new publication, Families and Educators Together: Building Great Relationships that Support Young Children. Discussions,

information sharing, and practical applications will allow teachers, family child care providers, coaches, supervisors, and others to enhance their approaches to engaging families. Participants will update their understanding of family engagement, focus on reciprocal partnership strategies, develop a draft communication plan to be shared with colleagues and families, learn ways to connect home and program teaching and learning, and begin to identify community partners whose mission is aligned with that of early childhood educators. Presenters will share stories about successful family engagement practices throughout the day.

*Note: Annual Conference Registration is not included in the workshop fee.

NAEYC Expo More than 9,000 attendees come to the NAEYC Expo to learn, connect and experience all of the early childhood products and solutions exhibitors will showcase. ›› 220+ exhibitor booths

›› Prizes and giveaways

›› NAEYC Career Center

›› Opportunities to meet with new and experienced conference attendees about travel, navigating the conference and more.

›› NAEYC Members Cafe ›› Special events ›› Advocacy opportunities

NAEYC Shop Visit the NAEYC Shop to stock up on the latest award—winning publications, early childhood resources, and classroom supplies.

›› Free headshots ›› Learning labs


Discover Nashville We can’t wait to welcome you to Music City! There are endless opportunities for fun when you’re not engaging in conference sessions. Discover the city’s rich history, enjoy the music and performances that Nashville has to offer, and explore these popular attractions: Art & Museums

Local Attractions

›› Country Music Hall of Fame

›› Walk of Fame Park

›› Frist Art Museum

›› 2nd Avenue Art Wall

›› Johnny Cash Museum

›› Music Garden

›› Tinney Contemporary

›› Riverfront Park

›› Tennessee State Museum

›› Fort Nashborough ›› Grand Ole Opry Ryman Auditorium

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Venture into the City Whether you're hopping on a shuttle from the airport or catching a Lyft, we've got options to ensure that you'll see all the city has to offer.

›› The Metro Transit Authority provides hourly bus service between Downtown Nashville and the airport seven days a week. ›› Visit Nashville's transportation page and enter "Taxi" into the search engine for a list of contact information for taxi services. Taxis are also available from the taxi stand on the ground level of the airport. ›› The Music City Star Commuter Rail has six rail stations between Lebanon/Wilson County and downtown Nashville’s Riverfront Station. Special Friday night and event train trips are also available.



Find a Travel Partner Are you within driving distance to this year’s Annual Conference? Join our NAEYC Annual Conference: Connect in Advance Facebook group to make new friends or find someone to split travel costs with.

Book Your Flight Whether you're traveling across states or continents, there are a few ways you can get into Nashville and find your way around the city during the 2019 Annual Conference. Nashville International Airport

John C. Tune Airport

One Terminal Drive, Suite 501,

110 Tune Airport Drive,

Nashville, TN 37214

Nashville, TN 37209

9.3 miles to Downtown Nashville

8.1 miles to Downtown Nashville

8.2 miles to Music City Center

8.4 miles to Music City Center

Your Stay During the Conference Shuttles

Housing Alert!

NAEYC will provide limited shuttle bus service from official Conference hotels not within walking destance of Music City Center.

Convention Management Resources (CMR) is NAEYC’s official housing company. CMR is the only company authorized by NAEYC to guarantee rates and accommodations during the Conference. Please do not enter into any agreements with housing companies other than CMR to place your hotel room reservations.

Please stay only at an official NAEYC hotel! NAEYC strives to ensure that you have a great experience at all of our conferences and events. We want you to enjoy the hospitality of high-quality accommodations while also feeling safe and secure. That’s why we’ve negotiated rates and blocked rooms for the 2019 Annual Conference. In addition, your reservation at an official Annual Conference hotel will help NAEYC meet the terms of its contracts and avoid financial penalties. Please support NAEYC by staying at one of the official Annual Conference hotels. Thank you.


Hotel room rates for the 2019 NAEYC Annual Conference include a fee that is provided to the Association to subsidize meeting-related costs.

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Official Conference Hotels October 18 is the deadline to book reservations, but hotels fill up quickly. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait! Make your reservation TODAY at Single/ Shuttle? Double


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