“The 2014 Institute theme focuses on the use of standards in a way that does not lead to inappropriate standardization of practices, i.e., a “cookie-cutter approach” to program implementation. The Institute’s plenary and one- and two-hour sessions will offer opportunities to address the use of standards as the foundation that leads to excellence forevery child—with and without disabilities, in homes in which English is the primary language as well as dual language learners, in rural and urban communities, and so on.
In addition to theme-related sessions, the Institute also covers topics such as professional development systems, program administration, linguistic and cultural diversity. Sessions address early childhood education content areas and domains, including general cognition and executive functioning, language and literacy, math, science, the arts, and social, emotional, and physical development.” ~NAEYC
1. Gain new skills and knowledge.
Choose from more than 200 presentations and discover the ideas, strategies, innovative research, and techniques you need now.
2. Get inspired.
Take time away from your busy schedule to relax, reflect, and recharge as you attend sessions, meet with colleagues, and explore the Exhibit Hall and NAEYC Shop.
3. Build your network.
Meet and learn from hundreds of early childhood educators and leaders from around the country— and the world—who share the same challenges you do.
4. Learn from the experts.
Hear from early childhood researchers, authors, experts, and other thought leaders sharing the newest ideas and research.
5. Experience Minneapolis
Take part in the many activities the twin cities has to offer: art, museums, markets, tours, and more!