Conference Overview

    • Do you work directly with young children? 
    • Do you support programs serving young children?
    • Do you provide education for those working with young children?
    • Plan now to attend this premier professional development event.


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Millennium Centre
2001 Millennium Place 
Johnson City, TN 37604
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Highlights of the ETSU 2014 Annual Early Childhood Conference

Preconference Sessions on July 17th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Choose from the following options:

Session #1:
Are you ready? Addressing the Increased Prevalence in Autism through Professional Development John J. Wheeler, Ph.D. and James Fox, Ph.D.

Given the increase in prevalence of children being identified with autism, now 1 in 88 children, this session will provide attendees with evidence-based methods for designing effective interventions to address the educational and behavior support needs of these children. Emphasis will be placed on the portability of these practices for use within classroom and home environments and in promoting family/professional partnerships as part of the process. Some examples include the design and use of visual support strategies across classroom and home settings and how to design function-based interventions for children exhibiting challenging forms of behavior. Emphasis will be placed on providing students with a problem-based learning approach to exploring solutions to applied examples thus bridging theory to practice. The session is intended to be engaging and informative for attendees with the hope of increasing their awareness in designing effective instructional and behavior supports for children with ASD.

Session #2:
Using the Revised TNELDS for Birth to 48 Months and Four-Year- Olds  Tennessee Department of Education, Current PreK Teachers, and Child Care Resource and Referral Network

The Child Care Resource and Referral Network and the Tennessee Department of Education are coordinating efforts to offer this one day training on the Revised TN Early Learning Developmental Standards Birth-48 months and the Revised TN Early Learning Developmental Standards for Four Year-olds respectively. This one day training will offer practical classroom ideas and lessons for supporting children's development and reaching milestones/benchmarks identified in the TN ELDS in the areas of math and science, language and literacy, social emotional development and family engagement and understanding of the standards. Session leaders include trainers as well as teachers currently implementing the practices shared through this training. Participants will have opportunities to receive materials to support activities discussed throughout the day.

Session #3:
Exploring the Role of Children, Teachers, and the Environment in Reggio Inspired Programs , Lella Gandini, Ed.D. U.S. Liaison for the Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach

The session will use presentation, videos, discussion, and reflection to focus on the following topics.

  • The principles and values of the Reggio Emilia approach through stories of teachers and children from the infant toddler and preschools in the city of Reggio Emilia.
  • Children, teachers, and parents: discovering together their city and encountering nature
  • Observation and Documentation as a means for reflection, planning and evaluation (assessment).
  • The 100 languages of children including the atelier, the environment and materials for discoveries promoting transformations, construction and learning with joy by teachers and children
  • Supporting literacy in the experience of young children?

Two-day Conference on July 18th and July 19th with sessions beginning at 8:30 AM and ending at 4:30 PM on both days. Check the Presenter Tab for complete information about our Featured Speakers. 

Exhibitors: A large variety of exhibitors with music, books, classroom materials, early childhood
themes clothing, and technology for all early childhood classrooms. 

Back Yard Book Fair: There will be a wide selection of children's books this year.


Academic Credit

To earn one (1) hour of academic credit, you must pre-register for the course and pay appropriate university fees. Those wanting academic credit should not register for the conference. Currently enrolled ETSU students should register for the course through Goldlink. New and returning students should contact Dr. Jane Broderick.

Dr. Jane Broderick will teach the Special Topics course ECED—4957 for undergraduate credit and ECED–
5957 for graduate credit. In addition to attending the entire two-day conference there will be a class meeting session on Thursday evening (July 17) from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday afternoon (July 19) from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Direct questions about academic credit to:

Dr. Jane Broderick
Phone: 423-439-7695


Contact Information

Julia Herwig
Conference Coordinator

Phone: 423-439-7614
Fax: 423-439-7561