North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children

Pre-Conference Options

Pre-Conference Day: IN-DEPTH Sessions

Thursday, September 12, 2019
9:30 am – 4:30 pm
(on-site registration and check-in starting at 8:00 am)

Pre-Conference Session Option #1

PreK–3 Leadership: Building Rigorous and Robust Learning Environments

Presented by Dr. Adam Holland, Research Scientist, FPG Child Development Institute. This session is for leaders of all types in PreK–3 spaces. Successfully navigating the worlds of PreK and K–3 is a challenge rarely addressed by licensure programs. For those in leadership roles, the unique challenges and opportunities become real on a daily basis. We will discuss topics like how to maintain academic rigor in early childhood and elementary spaces while still supporting developmentally appropriate teaching, personalizing learning environments for individuals, and embracing the PreK–3 early learning continuum. Participants will learn strategies around developing a vision and becoming instructional leaders. Ample time will be included for discussion, practice, and questions.

Pre-Conference Session Option #2

The Three Secrets Behind the Success of Conscious Discipline®

Presented by Conscious Discipline’s Kim Hughes, CDMI, Kelly Rushing, CDCI, and Ashley Cooper, CDC. Teachers, administrators and parents often despair about how to best support all children as poor attention, increased distractibility and disconnected relationships can get in the way of learning. Conscious Discipline, a trauma-informed, brain-based self-regulation framework, offers evidence-based strategies that create an emotionally/physically safe school environment, as well as teach techniques so adults remain calm in the moments of chaos. Come learn effective teaching strategies that meet the vital needs of the developing brain while boosting children’s sense of safety, create secure attachments, and increase awareness of self and others as you learn HOW to create a compassionate and empowered educational environment where ALL children soar.

Pre-Conference Session Option #3

Investing in Ourselves: Promoting Practice, Well-being, and Professionalism

This day is specially designed to support attendees in reflecting upon your role in the lives of children and families and strengthening strategies and resources to support on-going development of your practice and well-being. Experience an inspiring and engaging morning that promotes resilience and wellness. This provides the foundation for an afternoon focused on helping you be intentional in your teaching practice and roles with children and families. By deeply understanding how wellness and well-being impact our professionalism and practice, we promote a framework for our field that has direct impact on each individual professional and on the children and families they serve.

“NCAEYC is inspiring and investing in future teachers here in North Carolina. My students say that the NCAEYC Conference is one of their favorite field trips. The experience reaffirms them as teachers and members of their professional community. Vital connections are made as they see concepts and practices that they are learning in their coursework. This year’s keynote will be extra special because they are currently studying Dr. James Comer’s School Development Program. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to participate in such a well-planned professional development experience.”

— Dayla VanSchaick M.Ed., Early Childhood Instructor

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