PNW hosts 11th annual conference focusing on education of young children 4/22
The Purdue University Northwest Center for Early Learning will host its 11th Annual Early Childhood Conference from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 22 in the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex on the Westville campus.
There will be a pre-conference pizza party from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 21 at Bellaboo’s Children’s Museum in Lake Station. The cost is $10 per person, which includes food and drink.
‘Full STEAM Ahead’
The conference centers on the theme “Full STEAM Ahead” and includes activities that focus on the educational STEAM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. It features a full day of activities intended for early childhood professionals, caregivers, child development experts, parents, students and others interested in the education and development of young children.
Conference registration is $70 if completed by March 31. PNW students may register for $15; registration for all other students is $25. Groups of five to 12 participants may register for $60 per person. Registration fees include all conference activities, breakfast, lunch, an interactive keynote workshop and an engineer’s tool kit.
The day begins with registration and continental breakfast at 7 a.m. The welcome address will be at 7:45 a.m. and the keynote workshop with Jean Feldman begins at 8 a.m.
Keynote Speaker Jean Feldman
Feldman, known as Dr. Jean, has built a career of more than 40 years as an educator, author and consultant. She travels the country inspiring teachers by sharing engaging songs, activities and teaching techniques they can use every day. Participants will have an opportunity to engage with Feldman during a lunch meet and greet session.
The conference also will include 21 breakout sessions. Attendees may attend three afternoon sessions covering such topics as “Experiencing the Joy of Music with Young Children,” “Transform ordinary moments into STEAM concepts,” “All Aboard: Fostering Children’s Reading Development,” ”The Importance of Academic Language for English Learners” and “Superhero Training – How Yoga and Mindfulness Help Students Learn.”
Advocacy & Action Session
During a special session, “Supporting the Voices of Early Childhood Professionals,” sponsored by Defending the Early Years, participants will learn how to advocate for high quality early learning. Segments of the documentary, “The Raising of America,” will be shown and resources will be provided to increase awareness.
Registration is required
Registration for the conference and the pre-conference events is required and can be completed online.
Purdue University Northwest
Purdue University Northwest (PNW), a comprehensive regional university within the Purdue University system, has two Northwest Indiana campuses in Hammond and Westville. The university was established by unification of the former Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central. With more than 15,000 students enrolled last fall and nearly 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Purdue Northwest is Indiana’s fifth largest public university.