Please join us for our 61st Annual Conference: "Promoting Play: Powerful Learning Across Years"
From our beginnings in 1953 as the North Carolina Kindergarten Association to our transition to state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children in 1974, NCaeyc has been promoting and inspiring excellence in the education of young children. This year's conference theme focuses on promoting PLAY: Powerful Learning Across Years.
This year's Conference features a Keynote Session on Friday with Dr. Jean entitled: "Kids Just Wanna Have Fun (And teachers do, too!)". Dr. Jean's noteworthy educational career has spanned more than 40 years. She has served as a classroom teacher, instructor of adults, author, and consultant. Dr. Jean is a member of the National Association for the Education Young Children, the National Kindergarten Alliance, and the International Reading Association. Dr. Jean inspires teachers across the country with her engaging songs and creative activities that help make teaching and learning FUN! Spend 1 1/2 hours with Dr. Jean filled with learning, laughing, singing, dancing and celebrating as you become more skilled, knowledgeable and inspired!
Two exciting Pre-Conference options on Thursday, each offering .5 CEU credits (5 DCDEE Contact Hours) Natural Playwork:
Children's Play and Playwork in Natural Environments presented by Linda Kinney of the NC Zoo
This course emphasizes play in nature and how to take advantage of the many affordances provided by the natural world. Learners will determine creative approaches to planning for play and practical applications for playwork outdoors. Participants will “play with” aspects of nature and play, and explore their combined application in outdoor play and learning environments. This course provides strategies for incorporating nature play into curriculum, lesson plans, and everyday life as a way to enhance children’s opportunities for exploration and play outside.
Guiding Infant Toddler Early Learning Using the NC Foundations* presented by Stephanie Granek of the NC Infant Toddler Enhancement Project
The newly revised NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development is designed to be a resource for educators, families and others involved in early care and education. Come learn how this important document provides a better understanding of the 5 domains of learning and how early experiences that integrate all areas foster the development of the “whole child”. We will explore supportive practices used in everyday situations that represent the guiding principles of early learning and development. Emphasis will be placed on the Goal and Developmental Indicator Continuum in order to recognize the unique developmental characteristics of infants and toddlers and help you prepare to meet their individual needs. You will discover ways you can use the NC Foundations as a tool for planning developmentally appropriate experiences that support early learning. This training provides information that supports the ITERS-R subscales: Listening and Talking, Activities, Interaction and Program Structure.
*Special note: Please bring your copy of the NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development with you. (In 2013, DCDEE provided every licensed child care center with copy/copies of this document. If needed however, you can download and print the document at http://ncchildcare.nc.gov/pdf_forms/NC_foundations.pdf .
Both Pre-Conference sessions will begin at 8:30 and end at 4:30 with .5 CEU's awarded for full attendance.
There will be a morning and afternoon break and a 1 1/2 hour lunch on your own with lots of easily accessible and delicious lunch options in the downtown Raleigh area.
General Sessions on Friday and Saturday are full of variety!
Individualize your professional development experience by choosing from over 75 sessions on an array of topics promoting excellence in early care and education. Topics nd presenters are carefully selected and scheduled to ensure relevant, meaningful content during every Conference session for all roles in early care and education including Administrators, Infant-Toddler teachers, Preschool teachers and K-3rd grade teachers.
NCaeyc is honored to have the opportunity to connect Conference attendees with a wide variety of amazing Vendors offering high quality and innovative products and services. Join the celebration and have a chance to win fabulous door prizes during Vendor Spotlight from 4:30-5:30 on Friday afternoon.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Saturday, September 13, 2014 8:00 AM - 2:30 PMEastern Time Zone
Raleigh Convention Center500 Salisbury St.Raleigh, North Carolina 27601USA
If your membership expires prior to October 1, 2014, you must renew your membership to take advantage of the reduced registration rate specifically for NCaeyc members. If you are unsure of your Membership expiration date, please contact NCaeyc at 919-510-5034.
By joining NCaeyc or renewing your membership when you register, you will receive the reduced member registration rate. Payment for your membership is processed with your Conference Registration however you must also download, complete and mail/fax the Membership Application to NCaeyc to fully complete this process. Call 919-510-5034 if you have any questions.
Marriott ($152/night) 919-833-1120 Reservation Cutoff date 8/23
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