The Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children (MassAEYC) is holding its 11th annual spring conference — “Children: A Link to Our Future” — on March 27th and 28th, 2015.
The event will be held at the Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center, located at 219 Littleton Road, in Westford, Mass. And registration has been extended until tomorrow.
The conference’s keynote speaker will be Lisa Murphy, an early childhood specialist and the founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc., a company that provides workshops and training sessions.
Murphy’s topic is “Many Kinds of Smart! Understanding the Theory of Multiple Intelligences.”
“Think you are good at your job because you love children?” the conference brochure asks in its description of Murphy’s presentation. “What about the ones that challenge you?”
Using these questions as a framework, Murphy “puts her own spin on Howard Gardner’s classic theory.”
“By providing easy to implement, yet possibly challenging, ‘comfort zone stretchers,’ Lisa challenges teachers to make sure they are celebrating all of the children in the classroom, not just the ones they like.”
Conference participants will also be able to choose among more than forty workshops covering a wide range of topics, including:
• “Babies and Brains: Some Assembly Required!” presented by Cheryl Hovey, an early childhood consultant
•“STEM: Making the Connection; Inquiry, Exploration, and Reflection,” presented by Sue Quinlan and Allison Matthews, from Eastern Nazarene College
• “Road Trip into Great Classroom Environments,” presented by Tressa Giordano and Laura Eldredge, co-founders of The SEEDS Network
• “Leading Early Childhood Anti‐bias Programs: A Guide for Change,” Debbie Lee Keenan, Lesley University, and John Nimmo, an ECE consultant, and,
• “Steps to Success ‐ Early Childhood, Mathematics, and the Common Core,” Cathy Livingston, Ann Marie Garabedian, and Gail Joniec, from Northeastern University
The conference will also feature the 1st annual MassAEYC Poster Exhibit on Promising Practices in Education, which will take place on Friday, March 27th, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
And on Friday night, there will be an Excellence in Education Awards Reception. The featured awards will be:
• the Gwen Morgan Emergent Leader Award, for an individual who has “taken advantage of a leadership opportunity to improve the quality of care for children and families, or to advance workforce and professional development opportunities for early education and care professionals.”
• the Steve Shuman Men in Early Education Award “to honor individuals who work tirelessly for gender balance and equity in the profession of early childhood education,” and,
• the Men’s Interest Forum’s “Emerging Professional Award”
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