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Milton Educators Learn with Leading Experts at Early Childhood Conference

November 27, 2018 by Melissa Davis (Faculty and Staff)

Nine Milton early childhood educators recently participated in the NAEYC (National Alliance for the Education of Young Children) conference at the Washington Convention Center. They attended engaging professional development sessions on Curriculum, Teaching and Instructional Practice, Assessment, Cognitive Development, and more. Session topics included: What would Mr. Rogers do?,” “Project-Based Learning: Standards, Assessment, and Examples,” “Education as a Relationship: Living and Learning Democratic Ideals in Early Childhood Settings,” “Documentation of Literacy and Mathematics: Keeping Play in Early Childhood Classrooms,” and “Hands on Minds on: How Executive Function, Motor, and Spatial Skills foster School Readiness.”

Our instructional leaders and faculty had the privilege of learning with true legends in the field of education, such as Lella Gandini (representative to the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, or NAREA), Dr. Judy Harris Helm (author and pioneer of The Project Approach), and Junlei Li (Harvard Graduate School of Education and former director of the Fred Rogers Center).

One of the highlights of the conference was the keynote address reflecting on the legacy of Fred Rogers through the 2018 documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and an inspiring panel discussion with Joanne Rogers (Fred Roger’s wife), Nicolas Ma (film producer), Junlei Li, and William Isler (former president and CEO of the The Fred Rogers Company). We left the conference feeling inspired and energized!

The NAEYC Annual Conference is the largest early childhood education conference in the world. We were delighted that it was hosted in our home town this year, giving Milton early childhood educators the opportunity to connect, collaborate and learn with early childhood educators, researchers, and program administrators from around the globe.