2018 Conference Highlights
The 2018 Annual Conference will have a great new format with General Sessions each day to bring together all conference attendees for motivational sessions.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Morning General Session: Imagine, Create, Inspire. Exploring Arts Integration in Early Childhood with Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts
Jennifer Cooper, Director, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts
Kofi Dennis, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
Terlene Terry Todd, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
Arts Integration is a valuable tool for reaching multiple learning styles across the curriculum and is linked to enhanced academic outcomes and social/emotional development. Participants of this presentation will explore key elements of arts-integration and examine research that proves that arts-integrated learning is fundamental in providing all children access to quality education.
In this interactive session, participants will learn how intentional, creative performing arts experiences enhance learning for young children. Integrating the performing arts is a powerful teaching strategy that unlocks children’s innate desire for joyful, active learning. Learn how to use drama, creative movement, and music to engage young children in the classroom. Participants will explore movement, props, and music to expand their use of performing arts strategies in order to provide children the opportunity to act directly on their physical world through multi-sensory experiences and enhance cognitive development.
Literacy Luncheon: A Seat for All in the Circle - $25
Anne Marie Pace
The literacy luncheon features and celebrates authors that write for young children. This year’s event will feature Virginia author, Anne Marie Pace, the author of Vampirina Ballerina, Pigloo, and more! She will present a thoughtful narrative on how understanding the individuality of children — in all dimensions — is critical to bringing them together through literature. Drawing upon her years of experience as a teacher, a parent of both typical and special needs children, and a children’s author, Anne Marie will make the case that one of the most profound things an early childhood educator can do is to expose children to the depth and breadth of diverse children’s literature.
Exhibit Hall Reception
With prize drawings and games!
Friday, March 9, 2018
Morning General Session: Democratic Education
Tom Hobson - aka Teacher Tom
Teacher Tom will address the topic of bringing the habits and principles of democracy into early years classrooms. He will begin by discussing the purpose of education in a democracy and how and why we have managed to veer so far from the original intent of education in America. He will then explain how a play-based curriculum works and, in fact, demonstrate how it is an ideal model of democracy in action. Participants will learn the benefits of introducing democratic principles into their classroom, the hallmarks of what makes a good citizen in a democracy, the traits and habits required for self-governance, and some practical tips on how to implement these ideas in their own classrooms.
Public Policy Luncheon - $25
This wonderful recognition luncheon will feature Duke Storen, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services, who will review his vision for vulnerable children and their families in Virginia.
Friday Reception and Banquet - $40
Join your friends and colleagues for a wonderful evening of unity and fun. This evening will start with a reception in the exhibit hall followed by a wonderful seated dinner and entertainment and presentation by James McCubbin aka the Mer-Man who will deliver his YAM Show (You Are Magic!), bringing his inspirational message through magic and humor.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Morning General Session: Together We're Better: Creating Classroom Community
This interactive session will share a wide variety of ideas that help create community. Come laugh, sing, share, and discover ideas and resources you can use in your classroom immediately! Ms. Howell will draw from her over 40 years of experience working with young children, families and programs in many different roles including early childhood teacher, administrator, trainer, coach and technical assistant. Get ready to wake up and be entertained with this interactive session using real life experiences!
Lunch & Learn: Connections Throughout Time: Arts in Nature
Jennifer Cooper, Director, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and Amanda Whiteman, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
Pre-purchase a box lunch or grab something from concessions and join this session to discover how Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts integrates the performing arts into early childhood curriculum to cultivate literacy development, creative thinking, and self-expression in young children. Participate in the process of creating child-initiated choreography through observation, discovery, and exploration of the natural world and the inherent connections to the elements of dance.