NAEYC conference this week in Washington, DC. See you there!

Logo for the National Association for the Education of Young ChildrenWednesday through Saturday I’ll be attending sessions at the annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). I love that the worlds of science teaching and early childhood teaching overlap! This is made very clear by the number of sessions about teaching science concepts and science practices.

Children exploring the properties of sand.The NAEYC Early Childhood Science Interest Forum (ECSIF) will have our annual meeting, open to all, so if you are coming to the conference, join us for a lively discussion of the video clips we’ll be viewing of toddlers and preschoolers engaged in science activities. Come find out how you can participate in this Interest Forum and learn about efforts to develop a position statement on early childhood science education. Thursday 11/21/2013 at 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM in Room 146B Washington Convention Center.

The Saturday 8am conference session, “Defining science learning and teaching”, led by Ingrid Chalufour, Cindy Hoisington, Karen Worth, and Linda Froschauer, is top of my list because I want to know what these educators and researchers will tell us about what young children are capable of learning and effective strategies for engaging young children in scientific inquiry and conceptual learning.

Stop by the ECSIF table at the Interest Forum Cafe and sign up to participate in the ECSIF and get email updates. Science and engineering learning begins with young children and we can support their explorations.



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  1. Duane Little
    Posted November 20, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    In your opinion what is the most effective service delivery tool for bringing STEM to pre-schoolers aged 3-5

  2. Peggy Ashbrook
    Posted November 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    I don’t have any data to support this claim but researchers may be working on it–I think the most effective service delivery “tool” for bringing STEM to preschoolers is training their classroom teachers in STEM practices and concepts, and having the classroom teachers themselves experience engineering design, science inquiry and using technology and mathematics in the service of answering engaging (to them) questions.

  3. Mary Myron
    Posted November 24, 2013 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Peggy…I really enjoyed meeting you at the Interest Forum AT NAEYC Thursday night. I am greatly looking forward to working with you to share my teaching inquiry science.
    Mary Myron

  4. Peggy Ashbrook
    Posted November 27, 2013 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    Hi Mary, The NAEYC conference brought so many great resources together–especially the people! Having comments and guest bloggers on this Early Years blog makes the knowledge base wider and helps me learn.

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