2019 NCEA Visions for Excellence Early Childhood Education Seminar

New at NCEA 2019! A Seminar within the Convention!

April 24, 2019
8:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Marriott Marquis Chicago 

Why Attend & Seminar Description

The 2019 Visions for Excellence Early Childhood Education Seminar will provide top-level education to early childhood teachers, elementary school leaders, early childhood center leaders and diocesan leaders on how high quality early learning programs can positively impact the young child's faith formation and academic success from the very beginning of their Catholic school journey. Attendees will learn how sophisticated early learning programs incorporate developmentally appropriate practice, support mission, promote innovation, build enrollment, engage the parents and develop community. This conference is designed to be collaborative and provide for sharing information and best practices.  The seminar consists of professional development sessions, an inspirational keynote and networking opportunities. A continental breakfast and lunch are included. 

Keynote Speaker

Chip Donohue, Ph.D.
Founding Director,  Technology in Early Childhood Center at Erikson Institute 

About Chip
Chip Donohue, Ph.D. is Founding Director of the Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center at Erikson Institute in Chicago where he served as Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education from 2009-2018. He is a Senior Fellow and Member of the Advisory Board of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at Saint Vincent College, where he co-chaired the working group that developed the 2012 NAEYC & Fred Rogers Center Join Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8.  Since 2012, he has delivered keynotes and featured presentations on technology in the early years in 14 countries and 35 states. In addition to his upcoming book, Exploring Key Issues in Early Childhood and Technology: Evolving Perspectives and Innovative Approaches (2019), Chip is the editor of numerous books co-published by Routledge/NAEYC. In 2012 he received the Bammy Award and Educators Voice Award as Innovator of the Year from the Academy of Education Arts & Sciences. In 2015, he was honored as children's media Emerging Pioneer at the KAPi (Kids at Play International) Awards. 

Keynote Address
Exploring Key Issues in Early Childhood and Technology: Evolving Perspectives and Innovative Approaches 

Chip Donohue will explore issues and opportunities and separate the myths from the truths about early childhood and technology. He will describe what we know and what we still need to learn and identify what matters most to young children in the digital age. Drawing on the perspectives and approaches on 16 thought leaders, he will connect guidelines, policy statement and research findings with the big ideas and emerging best practices. He will promote a positive media ecology and digital age "wellness" for children, parents, families and educators by focusing intentional and appropriate technology use that supports relationships, social emotional learning and mindful media use by the grown-ups in a young child's life. Learn why digital family engagement matters, how technology can empower parents and caregivers and engage families. Consider the emerging role of media mentors to help young children and their families safely navigate the 21st century. 

Session Content 

Sessions Are Designed For; 
- Early Childhood Teachers
- Early Childhood Leaders (School Principals & Early Childhood Center Directors)
- Diocesan Leaders

Topic Areas Include;
- Research-based Developmentally Appropriate Practice
- Parent Engagement
- Community Development
- STREAM and Young Children
- Exceptional Learners in Early Childhood Education
- Developmental Assessment of the Young Child
- Creating an Early Childhood Center/Program
- Partnerships
- PLC's

Registration Fees

Registration Item  Fee 
2019 NCEA Visions for Excellence Early Childhood Education Seminar Only  $170                
2019 NCEA Visions for Excellence Early Childhood Education Seminar & NCEA Full Convention      $255 

Thank you for your interest in attending the 2019 NCEA Visions for Excellence Early Childhood Education Seminar.  We are thrilled by the excitement and response for this content as the Early Childhood Education Seminar is sold out!  If you did not have an opportunity to register for this event, we hope that you will still join us for the rest of the content available at NCEA 2019 Convention and Expo for which you can still register below.


*Please note that this schedule is subject to change. Please check back as the Conference draws nearer for any updates. 

Event   Time  
Registration & Continental Breakfast          8:30 AM
Opening Remarks & Welcome  9:00 - 9:15 AM 
Breakout Session I  9:35 - 10:50 AM 
Breakout Session II    11:05 AM - 12:20 PM        
Lunch & Keynote Address  12:35 - 2:00 PM 
Breakout Session III  2:15 - 3:30 PM 
Breakout Session IV  3:45 - 5:00 PM 

*A continental breakfast and lunch will be included. 

Speaker Materials

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