I’ve mentioned before that I consider myself a professional development nerd. There is just something about a room full of teachers learning new things that I can’t resist. One of my favorite things to do is attend a great conference, and if you’ve followed this blog for a while you’ve certainly seen my posts from the NAEYC conference. Right now is the perfect time to start researching upcoming conferences and planning for those that you’d like to attend.
Many local AEYC conferences happen in the spring, there are all kinds of specialty conferences throughout the summer, and the big one – NAEYC is in the fall. If you start planning now, you still have time to save up for the trip and meet the early bird registration deadlines. Here are a few that you might want to check out:
Association for Early Learning Leaders Annual Conference – Orlando (April)
National Head Start Annual Conference – Chicago (April)
Young Child Expo and Conference – New York (May)
McCormick Center National Leadership Conference – Chicago (May)
National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute – Chapel Hill NC (May)
NAEYC Professional Learning Institute – San Fancisco (June)
Frog Street SPLASH – Texas (July)
Early Educators Leadership Conference – Orlando (October)
Division for Early Childhood Special Education Annual Conference – Portland (October)
NAEYC Annual Conference – Atlanta (November)
Zero to Three Annual Conference – San Diego (November)
Put this one on your calendar for next year: Opening Minds Early Education, Child Care, and School Age Conference in Chicago! (January)
I can’t make it to my local AEYC Conference this spring and I’m bummed about it – especially because they just announced that my blogging idol Deborah Stewart from Teach Preschool is going to be there – but I’m already planning for next year’s conference schedule and I can’t wait!