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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


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 Sessions

Thursday, March 9, 2017:  1:45pm – 2:45pm
Christine Snyder

When is a "Two" a "Three?" Supporting Older Toddlers
This session is aimed at giving teachers who work with toddlers, practical strategies through interactive workshop activities to help them better support these young learners.

Thursday, March 9, 2017:  3:00pm – 4:00pm
Shannon Lockhart

The Coaching Process: Teachers’ Knowledge and Motivation May Be the Key
HighScope has found that coaching practices have increased the quality of teaching practices. Taking into consideration the interplay between a teacher’s knowledge and motivation may be the key to successful outcomes when coaching teachers.

Friday, March 10, 2017:  1:30pm – 2:30pm
Shannon Lockhart

Stop, Think and Act! Classroom Strategies and Activities that Develop Children's Executive Function Skills
Professional Development Learn practical classroom activities and strategies to support the development of executive function in preschool children.

HigHScope Annual International Conference

Registration now open!
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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