20 Conversation Starting Early Childhood Conferences of 2016
Each year, its important to take time to step out of the classroom and join forces with similar minds. Not only does it give us a chance to see outside the box of our normal teaching, learning, and creating routines, but we also get a broader scope of vision for the community working toward the same goal of improving education in the early years.
Like many fields, Early Childhood Education is constantly changing. Not only does it benefit teachers and directors to meet and discuss new ideas, but it fundamentally drives the field toward innovative growth. This year we’ve selected twenty conferences we feel are initiating important conversations.
* Conferences are listed in chronological order. Kodo Kids will be attending a variety of conferences in 2016 – we are not attending all that are listed below, and there are many which we are attending that have not been included. We are in no way sponsored by any of the conferences listed below.
1.) 2016 National Title I Conference
January 28th – 31st, Houston TX
The National Title I Conference is a great opportunity for leaders in the involved schools, and its support network, to meet and discuss a plan to excel the program, covering three main topics : instruction, leadership, and policy.
2.) Opening Minds
Early Education, Child Care, and School Age Conference and Expo
January 20th – 23rd, Chicago IL
Early education professionals and supporters meet for a dynamic learning experience, including participants from administration, health & wellness, medicine, nursing, justice, social service, policy, government, parks & recreation, tech, business, library science, and more.
3.) Early Childhood STEM Conference
Larger than Life : A Closer Look at Technology with Young Children
February 4th – 6th, Pasadena CA
The ECSTEM conference (which stands for Early Childhood Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) promotes education in STEM from birth through age eight. Kodo’s very own education specialist, Diane Spahn will be presenting The Physics of Ramps and Investigation Based Teaching Practices to Foster STEM.
4.) The Southern Early Childhood Association 2016 Conference
The Whole Child in Harmony
February 11th – 13th, Tulsa OK
SECA offers a wide variety of sessions for educators and professionals in the ECE field, based on your interest and teaching style. Kodo’s Certified Trainer, Kasey Kile will be presenting ‘The “E” in STEM: Exploring Engineering Experiences for Young Children’.
Learn more about SECA 2016!
5.) 2016 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference
February 19th – 20th, Denver CO
RMECC is a yearly gathering of professionals to discuss, learn, and advocate for the regional Early Childhood field. Diane Spahn (Education Specialist) and Constant Hine (Director of Professional Development) of Kodo Kids will be presenting ‘Facilitating STEM Investigations Using Ramps’ and ‘Investigation Based Teaching Practices to Foster STEM in ECE’.
6.) National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers Annual Conference
March 9th – 12th, Hilton Head Island, SC
The N4C advocates for child care resources in higher education. Their goals are not only to educate the importance of having such programs in place, but to support and maintain those currently in progress. Their yearly conference serves as a meeting of the minds! Kodo’s Director of Professional Development, Constant Hine will be presenting ‘E in STEM: Demystifying Engineering’.
7.) 2016 ASCD Annual Conference & Exhibit Show
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
April 2nd – 4th, Atlanta GA
While not entirely focused on Early Childhood, ASCD is a meeting of approximately 10,000 participants and 300 exhibiting companies in the education field. Focusing on curriculum and leadership, ECE leaders will be able to assess their specific field from a more global viewpoint.
8.) Global Summit on Childhood
Creating a Better World for Children and Youth Through Sustainability, Social Innovation, and Synergy
March 31st – April 3rd, San Jose, Costa Rica
The Global Summit on Childhood aims to look at the ‘experience of childhood’ as a whole throughout the globe – how it relates, differs, and how the ‘human future’ can be improved as a whole. Representatives from across the globe join together for a unified experience of learning and spurring change.
Learn More about the Global Summit on Childhood!
9.) National After School Association 2016 Convention
March 20th – 23rd, Orlando FL
NAA aims to create a space for networking among after school care takers and leaders, presenting new ideas and technology that can be brought back to their programs. 2000+ participants and 100+ exhibitors meet to share and learn, making it a productive event for all!
10.) The Young Child Expo & Conference
April 13th – 15th, New York City NY
Teachers, psychologists, special education teachers, social workers, physical, occupational and speech therapists, pediatricians, nurses, educators, academics and students from around the nation gather to discuss and strengthen their skills in Early Childhood Learning.
11.) Association for Early Learning Leaders Annual Conference
How Successful Directors Lead
April 21st – 23rd, Newark NJ
AELL holds its annual conference to network and meet on enhancing program quality through the National Accreditation Commission’s standards. Leaders, directors, and owners involved in Early Learning programs are encouraged to attend for training, collaboration, and learning.
12.) The 2016 National Smart Start Conference
May 2nd – 5th, Greensboro NC
Smart Start is a gathering of Early Learning professionals which attempts to address new research and approaches in the field, in an effort to implement the most productive program techniques.
13.) HighScope International Conference
Striving for Excellence and Equity in Early Learning
May 10th – 12th, Detroit MI
HighScope assists teachers in learning about engaging ways to address the specific needs of each child. Through different kinds of learning approaches presented, teachers leave with a library of techniques to use in their classroom.
14.) McCormick Leadership Conference
May 12th – 14th, Wheeling IL
The McCormick center focuses on leadership in the Early Learning field. Attendees of this conference will engage in professional development workshops and training aiming at growing and facilitating their centers and programs.
15.) National Head Start Association Conference and Expo
The Next Generation of Opportunity
May 16th – 20th, Nashville TN
The Head Start Conference is one of the most expansive, with more than 5,000 executive directors, directors, administrators, managers, teachers, policy council members, and parents from around the globe. Exhibits and opportunities are fit for a wide range of education goals, making this a must to attend!
16.) NAEYC’s 2016 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development
June 6th – 8th, Baltimore MD
Both Diane Spahn and Constant Hine of Kodo Kids will in attendance at this year’s NAEYC’s Professional Development Conference. Those who are in a position to mentor and train other Early Learning Professionals are encouraged to attend to strengthen their skills!
17.) National Science Teacher’s Association STEM Forum and Expo
The Best STEM Practices for the Next Generation
July 27th – 29th, Denver CO
NSTA’s Stem Forum and Expo has some great opportunities for those interested in Early Childhood STEM teaching. Educators from across the world will join to build a foundation for classroom initiatives in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Kodo will be in attendance!
18.) Nature-Based Preschool National Conference
August 15th – 17th, St.Paul MN
If you’re not keen on big conference centers and business attire, take a step outdoors to fully immerse yourself in nature – just as you’ll do with your children after attending this conference! If you’re interested in a nature based approach to learning, this conference is for you.
19.) NAEYC’s 2016 National Conference and Expo
Early ED for President
November 2nd – 5th, Los Angeles CA
One of Kodo’s favorite conferences of the year, NAEYC is the largest early childhood education event in the country. Exhibitors and presenters from all over the globe cover a variety of approaches and topics – making sure you’ll leave with enough teaching fodder to last the year!
20.) Zero to Three’s Annual Conference
December 7th – 9th, New Orleans LA
Not only does Zero to Three focus in Early Childhood Education, but it also touches on Early Intervention, Mental Health, Early Head Start, Child Welfare, Parent Education, and Pediatrics at its Annual Conference.
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