Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Sessions and discussion on science and engineering in early childhood coming up at the NAEYC 2016 conference

Our human communities will thrive if all children become science literate through early experiences, opportunities to reflect on their observations, and access to information and supportive adults. Science literacy is of great importance to members of the NAEYC Early Childhood Science Interest Forum (ECSIF) and we are working towards goals to:

• build understanding of the nature of quality science teaching and learning;
• promote public understanding of the importance of inquiry-based science curriculum and appropriate content and an awareness of what young children are capable of doing and learning;
 • provide opportunities for the exchange of effective strategies and quality materials for teaching science;
• identify and provide resources to AEYC Affiliates when they want to plan science-related professional development opportunities or other science-related events;
• support efforts to expand professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators; and
• establish and maintain a collaborative relationship with other professional organizations with similar goals, such as the National Science Teachers Association, the Council for Elementary Science Education, and the Association of Constructivist Teaching.

The 2016 NAEYC annual conference  will be a great place to find sessions on science and engineering education. ECSIF members will be involved in these sessions:

11/2/2016 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM Room 515B Los Angeles Convention Center
Beth Van Meeteren--Ramps and Pathways: A fun integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

11/2/2016 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM Room 515A Los Angeles Convention Center
Cindy Hoisington-- Let's talk about it: Science as a vehicle for promoting English language learning for dual language learners

11/3/2016 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM, Platinum Ballroom FG, JW Marriott
Peggy Ashbrook, Marie Faust Evitt, Sandy Chilton--Picture science in your classroom: Deepen those fun explorations by connecting with the new standards

11/4/2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Diamond Ballroom 1/2, JW Marriott
Zvia Dover, Peggy Ashbrook, Marcia Nell, Deborah Schein-- Science play and spirituality: Children’s deep engagement and learning

ECSIF annual meeting: OPEN TO ALL, November 4th from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm, Atrium 1, JW Marriott. Come discuss your challenges and successes, share resources and investigate with like-minded early childhood educators.

11/5/2016 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM Room 515A, Los Angeles Convention Center
Sonia Yoshizawa, Rebecca Isbell--"My brain is full of ideas!" Unleashing young children's creative thinking in an exciting learning environment

Please add your science and engineering education session as a comment!

Interest forums are open to all NAEYC members and the ECSIF values conversations with ALL--hope you will join us!