NAEYC 2019 Professional Learning Institute—Preliminary program

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You’re Invited You’re invited to join NAEYC and more than 2,000 early learning professionals in Long Beach, CA, this June for the 2019 Professional Learning Institute. Get excited for a week of sessions and events to motivate, educate, and inspire. We challenge you to attend workshops that speak to your experience as an early childhood professional, make connections with peers in the field, visit the exhibit hall for a chance to win prizes, and check out innovative solutions in early learning, enjoy the beach, and please share what you learn in Long Beach with your programs, communities, and colleagues! This year, our Opening Plenary speaker, renowned architect, Trung Le will explore humanity based design as it relates to educational environments, and challenge you to innovate as futurists during the opening plenary. Attendees will also experience thought provoking topics from experts on the workforce at the research symposium. Collectively, we have the power to shape the future of early childhood education. Building on our progress with Power to the Profession, we will dive deep into topics highlighting compensation strategies and explore what early learning professionals should know, and be able to do. Our time is now! The work we accomplish will set a foundation for the future leaders of tomorrow. We can’t wait to see you in Long Beach! Sincerely,

Amy O’Leary NAEYC, Governing Board President

Rhian Evans Allvin Chief Executive Officer



Opening Plenary Speaker Trung Le Co-Founder of 180 Studio

Humanity Centered Design Le is a founding partner at 180 Studio, a global design studio that helps communities and clients curate the spaces, stories, and strategies that advance our collective understanding of the future of learning. During his 30-year career as an architect, Le has consistently produced award-winning education projects that underscore his passion for changing the world through design. His projects have also been published in periodicals including Architectural Record, World Architecture News, and Edutopia; and in 2007, he collaborated with Bruce Mau to publish The Third Teacher. Le has blogged for Fast Company and is a frequent speaker at national and international venues. Le currently serves on the Board of Trustees at the Academy for Global Citizenship, a Chicago public charter school located on the underserved southwest side of Chicago. 4


Featured Sessions The early advantage: Lessons from leading countries around the world

Racial microaggressions: Redressing inequities for Black boys and girls in early childhood education

Based on a three-year study, this session will share how leading countries conceptualize, design, implement, and evaluate services for young children and families. Focusing on a systems approach that addresses governance, finance, accountability, quality enhancement, professional development, family engagement, and transition, this interactive session will provide concrete examples of how diverse countries achieve early childhood services that are high quality, equitably distributed, efficiently organized and managed, and durably sustained.

In recent years, practitioners have become aware of the role that racial microaggressions have on the learning, development, and success of young children. Microaggressions are common, daily verbal and nonverbal slights that negate the experiences of people of color. Participants will learn what racial microaggressions are and how they serve as a barrier to academic success for Black children. ECE counter-narratives will amplify strategies and practices that parents, teachers, and community advocates can use to reduce the prevalence of microaggressions.

Changing mindsets: Culturally and linguistically responsive practices for young dual language learners and their families in ECE settings

Integrating social justice approaches in preservice and in-service teacher education

Participants will begin by completing self-assessment tools regarding dispositions, including relevant beliefs and values regarding culturally responsive practices in early childhood settings. Presenters will address current knowledge about how children learn languages and review relevant research leading to recommended practices for assessment, eligibility determination, and learning strategies for culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse students, with a focus on dual language learners and their families in ECE.

This session will introduce two complementary approaches— anti-bias education and culturally sustaining pedagogy—to advance social justice in teacher education. Drawing on these perspectives, we offer practical strategies for the preparation and ongoing learning of preservice and in-service teachers. This session will support adult identity development, designing learning activities, addressing practical teaching dilemmas, navigating institutional politics, and teaching in online spaces. Opportunity will be provided for problem solving and action planning.



Featured Sessions Preparing teachers to work with children who have been traumatized

Cross-border window shopping: Discovering shared and differing perspectives about professionalization

Children who have been traumatized are often misunderstood by teachers. Whether the trauma is from abuse, neglect, disaster, or other circumstances, these children often experience and exhibit behavior which teachers may misinterpret are find hard to understand. This workshop will explore the causes of trauma, how to identify and work with trauma in young children. The focus will be on training teachers to set up appropriate environments and provide effective guidance for children who have experienced trauma.

Power to the Profession is spearheading exploration of early childhood education’s future as a recognized field of practice. This session will enlighten participants about the results of Ontario’s successful effort to form ECE as a profession and explore differences with professions in the US. Learn more about professionalization by comparing Ontario’s model with US-based professions, followed by reflection and discussion about application of our “cross-border window shopping” for efforts to professionalize ECE as a field of practice in the US.

Five steps for self-regulation for administrators, educators, and children: The awareness and skills to move from self-sabotage to self-regulation Using reflective activities and video vignettes, participants will learn about the five steps of an unregulated life that create a cycle of selfsabotage. Then they will consciously create a life blueprint of the five steps (and skills) to self-regulation that provide a bridge from problems to solutions in all areas of education, from administration to classrooms.

Baby boomers to X, Y, and Z: Contemporary contexts across the generations in the early childhood profession— Finding common ground for solution-oriented outcomes Presenters representing a variety of generations and educational roles will share their workplace experiences and career aspirations. Topics of expectations, technology, communication, diversity and inclusion, mentoring, leadership, and norms will be explored. Participants will examine belief systems and be challenged to think beyond “the right way” to manage and lead in a changing early childhood landscape. This interactive session serves to cultivate a strengths-based approach to workplace and networking relationships.

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Schedule at a Glance For a detailed schedule of NAEYC’s 2019 Institute program, visit our website.

Saturday, June 1 • 8:30 AM–3:00/3:30/4:00 PM & 12:00 noon–4:00 PM: Pre-Institute Workshops (Preregistration required) • 9:00 AM–5:00 PM: Institute Registration

Sunday, June 2 • • • • • • • • •

7:00 AM–6:00 PM: Institute Registration 8:30 AM–10:00 AM: Opening Plenary Session 10:30 AM–12:30 PM: Sessions 12:00 noon–3:30 PM: NAEYC Exhibit Hall & NAEYC Shop 12:30–2:00 PM: Lunch Break 2:00–4:00 PM: Sessions 4:30–5:30 PM: Sessions 5:30–7:00 PM: Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall 5:45–7:00 PM: Research Poster Session

Monday, June 3 • • • • • • • •

7:00 AM–3:00 PM: Institute Registration 8:00–10:00 AM: Sessions 10:00 AM–5:00 PM: NAEYC Exhibit Hall & NAEYC Shop 10:30 AM–12:30 PM: Sessions 12:30–2:00 PM: Lunch Break/Exhibit Hall 2:00–4:00 PM: Sessions 4:00–4:30 PM: Ping Pong in the Exhibit Hall 4:30–5:30 PM: Sessions

Tuesday, June 4 • • • • •

7:00 AM–12:00 noon: Institute Registration 8:00–10:00 AM: Sessions 10:00 AM–2:00 PM: NAEYC Exhibit Hall & NAEYC Shop 10:30 AM–12:30 PM: Sessions 12:30–2:00 PM: Lunch Break/Prize Drawings in the Exhibit Hall • 2:00–4:00 PM: Sessions • 4:30–5:30 PM: Sessions

Wednesday, June 5 Hours are subject to change.

• 8:00–10:00 AM: Sessions • 10:30 AM–12:00 noon: Closing Plenary Session 7

Pre-Institute Workshops Saturday, June 1 $199 for Standard and Premium members and $249 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required for all Pre-Institute Workshops.

NAEYC Accreditation of Early Learning Programs: Implementing the Process 8:30 AM–4:00 PM

Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in Early Childhood 8:30 AM–3:00 PM

Higher Education Faculty Workshop: Completing the NAEYC Higher Education Accreditation Process 8:30 AM–4:00 PM

Using Powerful Interactions with Adults to Promote Children’s Learning and Success 8:30 AM–4:00 PM

From Survive to Thrive: Leading Early Childhood Programs 8:30 AM–3:30 PM

FREE Power to the Profession: From Shared Framework to Implementation and Investment 12:00 PM–4:00 PM 8

The Exhibit Hall is Back! Discover new ideas and solutions from more than 50 early learning companies while enjoying daily activities, demonstrations, and prize drawings. Catch a glimpse of the Exhibit Hall for the first time on Sunday at noon. Come back after your last session at 5:30pm for the ever-popular Exhibit Hall Networking Reception. Enjoy drinks, appetizers, old friends, and new faces. On Monday and Tuesday starting at 10am, visit for networking activities, learning labs, and play! That’s right! Back by popular demand, the Ping-Pong Challenge will return! Simply collect colored Ping-Pong balls from exhibitors on Monday and Tuesday to exchange for raffle tickets. Catch it while you can. The Exhibit Hall closes on Tuesday at 2pm.


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