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June 1, 2010
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Brazelton featured as keynote speaker at NAEYC’s 19th National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development
Conference brings together educators and researchers to discuss early childhood education under this year’s theme of "Emotional Intelligence: A 21st Century Skill for Children and Adults"
What: 19th National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development
Who: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), educators, researchers, and students from around the country
When: June 6-9, 2010; Visit www.naeyc.org/institute for details
Where: Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 340 North 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85004
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More than 2,000 early childhood education leaders, researchers, and students will meet in Phoenix, Arizona this week to discuss strategies for preparation and continuing education of teachers and administrators of programs for young children. The National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, which will be held June 6-9 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, is organized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – the world's largest organization of early childhood educators.
T. Berry Brazelton and Joshua D. Sparrow of Brazelton Touchpoints Center in Boston will jointly provide the opening session and keynote on the critical importance of investment and development in the early years in light of the brain development research of the last three decades. Research on emotional development, by Brazelton and others, demonstrates early opportunities for learning in human interaction, as well as the emotional basis for learning from the beginning of life. A special closing session will also be held by NAEYC’s Executive Director Mark R. Ginsberg. This will be Dr. Ginsberg’s last NAEYC conference as the executive director before he starts as Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia this July. In the closing session, Dr. Ginsberg will draw upon his experiences as an association executive, university faculty member, and counseling psychologist to address the importance of emotional intelligence for successful life development.
“The Institute is a unique opportunity for researchers and educators to share best practices for preparing and mentoring adults who care for and teach our nation’s youngest children,” said Mark R. Ginsberg, executive director of NAEYC. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to address the attendees this year regarding a topic of critical importance to the development of children and those who work in teaching and caring for our children.”
An informational session about the newly enacted Arizona immigration law and related issues has also been added to the Institute’s program. The recent enactment of legislation in Arizona has elevated a number of concerns for NAEYC and the early childhood field. NAEYC has released a statement regarding the needs for policymakers at every level to ensure that their actions have a positive impact on children and families.
NAEYC would also like to thank the following sponsors for their support for this year’s Institute: Teaching Strategies, Inc., PreschoolFirst, Robert-Leslie Publishing, and Constructive Playthings.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has nearly 90,000 members worldwide. The association is the largest and most influential advocate for early care and education in the United States.
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Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.