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Conferences and Events

For more than 40 years, HighScope has been reaching out to the educational community through professional conferences and events. These programs offer an ideal format for professional learning and networking.

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Early Childhood


Minnesota Association for The Education of Young Children

February 3 – 4, 2017
St. Paul, MN
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(Re)Imagine the Power of You at the MnAEYC-MnSACA 2017 Annual State Conference. Whether you are a new teacher in the classroom, an aide or assistant in an afterschool program, a long-time director of a child care center, or a supervisor of an afterschool program, you are a leader. You have the power to make a difference in the lives of the children and families you serve, in the way the program is run, in impacting policy conversations at all levels of government. This conference will be a compelling reminder that we are all leaders in the fields of early childhood and school-age care. Our annual state conference is your annual opportunity to connect, lead and engage alongside colleagues from many sectors of early childhood and afterschool work in Minnesota.

HighScope Sessions

Lance Reed, Field Consultant
Saturday Session D: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
D4. Introduction to COR Advantage
Join us for an overview of COR Advantage. We will share the categories, items, and levels. Learn how to connect to the key developmental indicators (KDIs) and take a peek at the online platform.

Cindy Armstrong, Field Consultant
Saturday Session E: 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.
E3. Introduction to High Scope I/T Curriculum
The HighScope Infant-Toddler Curriculum uses a carefully designed process of learning through active participatory learning. Caregivers encourage infants and toddlers to discover the world around them by exploring and playing. Learning and development are anchored by long-term, trusting relationships with caregivers, who are close at hand to support children as they play.

Michigan Head Start 26th Annual Early Childhood Training Conference

March 1 3, 2017
Troy, MI
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This 1 1/2 day Early Childhood Training Conference is the only in-state event that has an exclusive focus on the needs of Head Start parents, staff, directors, and communities. We are excited to bring you the best practices from the field and national speakers to increase impact in areas of family engagement, health services, compliance, school readiness, and much more.

Southern Early Childhood Association 68th Annual conference

March 9 11, 2017
Biloxi, MS
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Strategies for the New South:Equipping Professionals for the Realities of Generational Poverty. Since 1948 the Southern Early Childhood Association has brought together preschool, kindergarten, primary teachers & administrators, caregivers, program directors, and individuals working with & for families, to promote quality care and education for young children. Over 20,000 individuals working in every aspect of child care and early childhood belong to SECA. They share ideas in local, state, & regional meetings, in professional development institutes, and through the association’s publications & resources.


HigHScope Annual International Conference

Visit highscope.org/2017conference for details.

Young Child Expo

May 2 5, 2017
New York City, NY
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The Young Child Expo & Conference began in 2003 as a joint professional development project of Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education and Los Niños Services. Our goal is simple – to provide useful information to professionals and parents in order to help all young children learn, grow and reach their full potential. We aim to bring everyone who works with young children together to learn and grow: teachers, psychologists, special education teachers, social workers, physical, occupational and speech therapists, pediatricians, nurses, educators, academics and students. We were founded by Dr. Scott Mesh CEO of Los Niños Services and Dr. Vincent Alfonso, currently Dean of the School of Education at Gonzaga University. Our New York City conference attracts over 1,500 attendees from around the world.

HighScope Sessions

Amy Goerl, Field Consultant
Wednesday May 4, 2017 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
The Classroom Activity Matrix: A Tool for Individualizing Learning for ALL Children
HighScope classrooms are vibrant, energetic and creative places for ALL children. The role of the educator is to maximize the engagement and participation of every child so they can reach their potential. The Classroom Activity Matrix is a tool that can help teachers embed learning opportunities across the Daily Routine so children with special needs can learn contextually. Bring your IEP goals and objectives and learn how to insure multiple learning opportunities for every child.

Kenneth Sherman, Early Childhood Early Specialist/Teacher
Thursday May 5, 2017 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
“What’s Your Idea for Solving the Problem?” Involving Children in the Conflict Resolution Process
Preschool children encounter conflicts on a daily basis and resolving them can either be empowering or frustrating. When teachers adopt a problem-solving approach to resolving conflicts with children they will find that the process benefits children and empowers them to become confident problem solvers now and in the future. In this session, participants will examine their own feelings and ways of dealing with conflicts and learn the benefits of involving children in the process of resolving conflicts. In small groups they will practice supportive strategies that assist children in resolving conflicts with other children. Teachers will develop an implementation plan they can use to apply these strategies with their children and when used consistently will observe as the children begin seeing themselves as successful “problem-solvers.”




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