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Kaplan Happenings at NAEYC's 2018 Annual Conference

Kaplan Happenings at NAEYC's 2018 Annual Conference

This year, NAEYC's Annual Conference and Expo is being held in Washington, DC, from November 14–17. Most events are being held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and Marriott Marquis. As a year-round GOLD Sponsor of NAEYC, we can't wait to see what this year's conference holds for all the attendees. We hope you're able to join us at both #1010 for fun giveaways, free make-and-take activities, and information on our latest products!

Don't Miss the Kaplan Prize Wheel

Take a spin and win! Prizes include an insulated beverage tumbler, tote bag, select Crayola® items, select Huggers, and much more.

Prize Wheel Hours:

  • Wednesday, November 14: 5 p.m.–7 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 15: 10 a.m.–12 p.m. & 3 p.m.–5 p.m.
  • Friday, November 16: 10 a.m.–12 p.m. & 2 p.m.–4 p.m.

Make-and-Take Activities

The Kaplan booth (#1010) will have several make-and-take items available, including Cork Faces, Cinnamon Ornaments, Art Frames, Math Cookies, Absorption Art, and Stick People. If you would like a printable copy of the activities or didn't get a chance to attend NAEYC this year, you can download the free activity cards by clicking on the image below.

Download six free activity cards featured at our NAEYC booth

Featured Presenters

We hope you get an opportunity to attend one of these awesome sessions while you're at the conference!

Title: Connecting strengths-based powerful interactions to teaching and learning
Presenter(s): Judy Jablon
Topic Track: Professional Development—Training and Technical Assistance
Date: Tuesday, November 13
Time: 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 147A

Title: Building cognitive capacity to support school readiness
Presenter(s): Steve Erwin
Topic Track: Cognitive Development
Date: Wednesday, November 14
Time: 8:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 145A

Title: To pin or not to pin: Choosing, using, and sharing science resources online
Presenter(s): Peggy Ashbrook
Topic Track: Science
Date: Wednesday, November 14
Time: 8:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 150A

Title: National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) conference and meeting: Leading the way and advocating for quality through early childhood teacher education
Presenter(s): Pamela Evanshen
Topic Track: Educator/Teacher Preparation
Date: Wednesday, November 14
Time: 8:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.
Site: Marriott Marquis
Room: Independence Salon D/E

Title: National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) conference and meeting: Leading the way and advocating for quality through early childhood teacher education—Part 2
Presenter(s): Pamela Evanshen
Topic Track: Educator/Teacher Preparation
Date: Wednesday, November 14
Time: 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Site: Marriott Marquis
Room: Independence Salon D/E

Title: Natural playscapes: Designing outdoor play environments for the soul
Presenter(s): Rusty Keeler
Topic Track: Environmental Education
Date: Wednesday, November 14
Time: 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: Room 146C

Title: Strategies for creating a deliberately developmental school culture that holistically supports the professional growth of teachers
Presenter(s): Susan MacDonald
Topic Track: Professional Development—Training and Technical Assistance
Date: Wednesday, November 14
Time: 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: Room 159AB

Title: Adventure play and anarchy zones: Ten ways to safely bring risk back into the lives of children
Presenter(s): Rusty Keeler
Topic Track: Play
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Site: Marriott Marquis
Room: Marquis Salon 9/10

Title: New perspectives on infant and toddler challenging behaviors: A sensory integrative approach
Presenter(s): Christy Isbell
Topic Track: Guidance/Discipline/Challenging Behaviors
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Site: Marriott Marquis
Room: Marquis Salon 7/8

Title: Four lessons teachers can learn from Beyoncé: Infusing instructional supports into meaningful (and safe) play experiences for children with or without disabilities
Presenter(s): Angela Searcy
Topic Track: Play
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 151A

Title: Move to learn: Integrating movement activities in all areas of the early childhood curriculum
Presenter(s): Miriam Feinberg
Topic Track: Physical Development
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 140B

Title: Continuous quality improvement (CQI): National technical assistance (TA) centers share strategies to apply simple and effective CQI to any TA practices in early childhood and/or home visiting
Presenter(s): Karen Cairone
Topic Track: Professional Development—Training and Technical Assistance
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Site: Marriott Marquis
Room: Marquis Salon 9/10

Title: You make a difference! The role of the teacher in designing enriching STEM learning environments and experiences
Presenter(s): Yvonne Kogan and Carmen Castilo
Topic Track: Teaching and Instructional Practices
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 201

Title: Interactions matter! Connecting children's social and emotional development to successful learning, an essential component of DAP
Presenter(s): Kathy Charner
Topic Track: Curriculum—Theories and Approaches
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 144AB

Title: Powerhouse positive guidance: Turning around behavior struggles and empowering your most rambunctious, challenging, sensitive, and vulnerable toddlers with competence for success
Presenter(s): Marie Masterson
Topic Track: Guidance/Discipline/Challenging Behaviors
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Site: Marriott Marquis
Room: Shaw/LeDroit Park

Title: Hugs, friends, toddler glee, conflicts, and biting: How to support the peer social learning and development of infants and toddlers
Presenter(s): Alice Honig and Donna Wittmer
Topic Track: Social/Emotional Development
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Site: Marriott Marquis
Room: Shaw/LeDroit Park

Title: Loving—and learning—science with young children: Expanding themes into science inquiry by bringing in the practices of science and engineering
Presenter(s): Peggy Ashbrook
Topic Track: Science
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 204AB

Title: Teaching young children with autism spectrum disorder: Strategies for success using evidence-based best practices for inclusion
Presenter(s): Clarissa Willis
Topic Track: Children with Disabilities/Early Intervention
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: West Salon I

Title: Advocating for children and families in today's political climate
Presenter(s): Cathy Grace
Topic Track: Advocacy/Public Policy
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 202A

Title: What does the world need now? Creative young children who can communicate, collaborate, and problem-solve
Presenter(s): Rebecca Isbell
Topic Track: Cognitive Development
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Site: Marriott Marquis
Room: Marquis Salon 9/10

Title: Writing for NAEYC publications and blogs
Presenter(s): Kathy Charner
Topic Track: NAEYC Activities
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 143AB

Title: Strengthen your program: Use the five commitments of optimistic leadership to achieve a coherent path to quality
Presenter(s): Judy Jablon
Topic Track: Professionalism, Leadership, and Ethics
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 207A

Title: Challenging behaviors: What early childhood professionals can do to prevent and intervene!
Presenter(s): William DeMeo
Topic Track: Guidance/Discipline/Challenging Behaviors
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: West Salon I

Title: Doing the history of early childhood education
Presenter(s): Blythe Hinitz
Topic Track: Professionalism, Leadership, and Ethics
Date: Friday, November 16
Time: 8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 149AB

Title: Self-paced learning about children's math thinking, with playful activities: The Learning and Teaching with Learning Trajectories tool
Presenter(s): Douglas Clements and Julie Sarama
Topic Track: Mathematics
Date: Friday, November 16
Time: 8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 150B

Title: Risks versus hazards: Outdoor play in three early education contexts
Presenter(s): Rusty Keeler
Topic Track: Play
Date: Friday, November 16
Time: 8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Site: Marriott Marquis
Room: Chinatown

Title: Trouble-free transitions! They're possible if we understand child development
Presenter(s): Rae Pica
Topic Track: Guidance/Discipline/Challenging Behaviors
Date: Friday, November 16
Time: 8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Site: Marriott Marquis
Room: Marquis Salon 9/10

Title: The Persistent Achievement Gap: Early Childhood Education's Opportunities and Challenges
Presenter(s): Laura Bailet
Topic Track: Spotlight Exhibitor Sessions
Date: Friday, November 16
Time: 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 146C

Title: Directors as fearless consumers of software for program management and family and staff communication
Presenter(s): Fran Simon
Topic Track: Technology and Digital Media
Date: Friday, November 16
Time: 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 150A

Title: Supporting early mathematics development: Research-based practices and resources for teacher educators, teachers, and families
Presenter(s): Douglas Clements
Topic Track: Featured Session
Date: Friday, November 16
Time: 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: Ballroom B

Title: Appropriate musical experiences matter: A Thomas Moore approach
Presenter(s): Thomas Moore
Topic Track: Music
Date: Friday, November 16
Time: 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Site: Marriott Marquis
Room: Marquis Salon 7/8

Title: An afternoon of sharing: Developing thinking children through project work
Presenter(s): Yvonne Kogan
Topic Track: Curriculum—Theories and Approaches
Date: Friday, November 16
Time: 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 207A

Title: An afternoon of sharing: Developing thinking children through project work—Part 2
Presenter(s): Yvonne Kogan
Topic Track: Curriculum—Theories and Approaches
Date: Friday, November 16
Time: 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 207A

Title: Are you more like Captain Kirk or Mr. Spock? Five lessons from the Starship Enterprise that facilitate self-reflection and behavior planning when children exhibit challenging behaviors
Presenter(s): Angela Searcy
Topic Track: Guidance/Discipline/Challenging Behaviors
Date: Friday, November 16
Time: 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 207B

Title: Innovative technologies for learning: Affordable tools for the intentional teacher
Presenter(s): Warren Buckleitner
Topic Track: Technology and Digital Media
Date: Friday, November 16
Time: 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 206

Title: A coordinated systems approach to supporting young children who are dual language learners and their families
Presenter(s): Karen Nemeth
Topic Track: Language and Literacy
Date: Friday, November 16
Time: 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: West Salon G

Title: Teaching early childhood policy and advocacy in higher education
Presenter(s): Cathy Grace
Topic Track: Educator/Teacher Preparation
Date: Saturday, November 17
Time: 8:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 203AB

Title: Overcoming challenges of providing professional development in rural states
Presenter(s): Cathy Grace
Topic Track: Professional Development—Training and Technical Assistance
Date: Saturday, November 17
Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 204C

Title: La importancia del idioma natal en niños que aprenden en dos idiomas: la perspectiva multifacética de un estudiante bilingüe, profesional y madre de un niño bilingüe.
Presenter(s): Karen Nemeth
Topic Track: Preschoolers
Date: Saturday, November 17
Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 145A

Title: STEAM ahead with interdisciplinary teaching and learning
Presenter(s): Douglas Clements and Julie Sarama
Topic Track: Curriculum—Theories and Approaches
Date: Saturday, November 17
Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Site: Washington Convention Center
Room: 143AB


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