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Join us! 2016 NAEYC Annual Conference November 2-5, 2016 | Los Angeles, CA #naeycAC


Register Now! The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Annual Conference is the world’s largest and most important gathering of early childhood professionals. Join us this year as an advocate for Early Ed for President, to ensure that all of our nation’s elected officials understand the vital role early learning educators play in society and prioritize it as such!

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Who Attends? Every year, thousands of early childhood professionals gather at NAEYC’s Annual Conference. Attendees include •  Teachers and staff in center- and home-based child care programs •  Head Start and Early Head Start teachers and staff members •  Early childhood researchers, faculty, and students • Administrators, educators, and staff members in preschool, pre-K, and early elementary programs •  Early learning advocates, consultants, and policy makers •  Administrators, trainers, and coaches

Conference Highlights • Hundreds of sessions featuring the latest in the early childhood field. Tailor the agenda to your specific professional development needs and come away from the conference with new ideas you can apply immediately in your classroom!   • Exciting special events. This year’s conference includes an entertaining Hollywood-themed evening party, an Early Ed for President fun walk, special receptions, and more! • Opportunities to network. Connect with your peers, receive career advice from recruiters at the NAEYC Career Center, and meet some of your favorite authors! •  The NAEYC Shop. Stock up on the latest award-winning publications and early childhood resources, and take them home with you! 3

Opening Keynote Address E is for Equity Featuring Sesame Street’s Sonia Manzano Sesame Street is one of the most iconic children’s television programs in history, but its legacy extends far beyond Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. The PBS show beloved by generations of children not only taught them the alphabet and how to count, but also spread the importance of diversity, tolerance, and respect. Sonia Manzano became one of the first Hispanic characters on national television when she joined the cast of Sesame Street as Maria, and she became a fan-favorite during her more than forty years on the show. In May 2016 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award Emmy. Not only has Sonia authored several books, she’s become a powerful advocate for young children, promoting equity, fairness, and tolerance while championing the importance of high-quality early learning for all. In her Opening Keynote Address she will share her unique perspective on the critical role early childhood educators and advocates play in the lives of children and their families.


Closing Plenary Session Early Ed for President Rally! Reality check: • Nearly 90% of American voters believe that early childhood educators are important members of their communities, on par with nurses and firefighters. • Even so, they earn 40% less than many workers with similar qualifications— and their compensation has grown by only 1% since 1997. • 65% of kids under 6 have both parents in the workforce. They need access to high-quality, affordable child care and early learning opportunities—but quality is tied to compensation. This year’s Closing Plenary Session is one of our last chances to make our voices heard before Election Day. Let’s rally for Early Ed for President and ensure our candidates know that access to high-quality early childhood education is a MUST on the list of priorities for the national agenda and that educators deserve to be compensated accordingly. Hear from public policy leaders, enjoy popular tunes from one of Los Angeles’s favorite cover bands, AMFM, learn about how you can get involved in local advocacy activities, and get pumped up to vote for Early Ed for President in 2016! This will also be your last chance to collect a free Early Ed for President t-shirt and to take a selfie or two at NAEYC’s popular Early Ed for President selfie station—you won’t want to miss it! 5

Featured Sessions •

President’s Session: Elevating our power to create a more just world Tammy L. Mann, NAEYC President; Valora Washington, Council for Professional Recognition; and Sherri Killins, BUILD Initiative

Social justice education in a time of change and uncertainty: Responding to the challenges and opportunities for anti-bias educators John Nimmo, Portland State University; Louise Derman-Sparks, Pacific Oaks College; Mariana SoutoManning, Columbia University; and Debbie LeeKeenan, Lesley University

Translating social-emotional research into classroom practice: Using what we know to support children’s social-emotional development Tarima Levine and Davia Brown Franklyn, Bank Street College of Education

Tap, click, read: New strategies to encourage literacy in a digital age Michael Levine, Joan Ganz Center at Sesame Workshop, and Lisa Guernsey, New America

”Todos los niños listos para leer” y la nueva generación de recursos en la biblioteca Alberto Pellicer, Denver Public Library

Adventure play and anarchy zones: Ten ways to safely bring risk back to the lives of children Rusty Keeler, Earth Play


Featured Sessions •


“My brain is full of ideas!” Unleashing young children’s creative thinking in an exciting learning environment Rebecca Isbell and Sonia Yoshizawa, East Tennessee State University

Each one teach one: Strengthening the early childhood leadership pipeline Megan Madison, Brandeis University; Kia Ray, University of the District of Columbia; Kori Bardige, Learning Circle Consulting; and Nick Terrones, Hilltop Children’s Center

Mind, brain, and education science: A better way to think about what we do Judy Harris Helm, Best Practices Inc., and Karen Coyle, UPC Discovery

How storytelling creates better writers and readers: Inspiring young children with your own family and cultural stories to transcend the writing demands of the Common Core Antonio Sacre, UCLA Lab School

Principles for principals: Informing and supporting school leaders for pre-K through third grade Laura Bornfreund, New America, and Kelly Pollitt, National Association of Elementary School Principals


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New This Year •  Members-Only Lounge and Preview Access to the Expo Hall! The Member Lounge will offer coffee, snacks, phone charging stations, giveaways, and more— exclusively for NAEYC members. And, NAEYC members will also have early access to the NAEYC Exhibit Hall on Thursday morning! •  Expanded NAEYC Career Center! Stop by or make an appointment to meet with recruiters in the field, have your resume and cover letter critiqued, participate in mock interviews, and receive advice regarding career advancement. Also available during select hours will be the opportunity to have a free professional head shot taken! •  Improved Student Networking Center! Meet, mingle, and network with other students, employers, future leaders, mentors, and friends while enjoying engaging sessions. The speaker line-up will include well-known professors and coaches, authors and recruiters. Topics of discussion will feature how to build your dream career, utilizing technology inside and outside of the classroom, and more—sessions aimed squarely at the needs of novice teachers and developing professionals.


Preconference Workshops NAEYC offers several preconference workshops for those looking to expand their skill set in particular areas. The following workshops and events will be held on Tuesday, November 1, for an additional fee:

Higher Education Self-Study Workshop: Meeting the NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards

NAEYC Accreditation of Early Learning Programs: What’s New for 2017!

Using Powerful Interactions With Adults to Promote Children’s Learning and Success

Learning About the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct: A Workshop for Educators

Expo The NAEYC Expo is the premier gathering of companies and organizations in the early childhood education field today. Stock up on the latest books and products, find gifts to take home to your staff and family, and stop by the NAEYC Shop to peruse our award-winning publications!

Hours: Wednesday, November 2 5:30–7:30 p.m. (Grand Opening) Thursday, November 3 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. (NAEYC members only) 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (open to all attendees) Friday, November 4

10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 5

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


Schedule at a Glance For a detailed schedule of the 2016 program, visit our website. Tuesday, November 1 • Conference onsite registration and packet pickup opens • Preconference workshops

Wednesday, November 2 • Conference sessions begin • Opening Keynote Address • Expo Grand Opening

Thursday, November 3, and Friday, November 4 • Sessions • Special events •  Expo • Meet the NAEYC Candidates and Annual Business Meeting (Friday)

Saturday, November 5 • Sessions • Special events • Expo • Closing Plenary Session


Visit Los Angeles They don’t call California the Golden State for nothing! Los Angeles has something for everyone. • Hike to the Hollywood sign • Stroll along the Walk of Fame • Even head to the beach (we won’t tell) Conference headquarters is right in the middle of it all, directly next to the LA Live, which features some of downtown Los Angeles’s best attractions. Here you’ll find concert and sporting venues, tons of restaurants, and more!


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2016 NAEYC Annual Conference Preliminary Program