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Annual Early Childhood Conference

Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning & Development


Attention Presenters!

We are now accepting proposals. Download presentation proposal forms here.
Deadline for submissions is February 2,2018.


Featured Presenters:




Cate Heroman

is a 2017 NAEYC Featured Speaker and Author of Making and Tinkering with STEM and The Creative Curriculum for Preschool.

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Cate Heroman portrait


Carrie Lynn Draper portrait





Carrie Lynne Draper

is the Executive Director of Readiness Learning, a national STEM readiness organization. She is a mentor early childhood educator across US and taught at NASA's first Explorer K-5 school and was recognized as Virginia's Educator of the Year.







Jim Gill

is a musician and author who spent 20 years directing programs in music play for families and children with special needs in the Chicago area. He has 7 award winning CDs of music play for young children. 

 Jim Gill portrait
 Alissa Lange portrait




Alissa A. Lange, Ph.D.

is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at ETSU. She has been an Institute of Educational Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow, a US Fulbright Scholar to Colombia, and a teacher of children and adults. She has led or co-led multiple funded studies of early childhood STEM education, including the preschool STEM professional development project, SciMath-DLL, which is funded by the National Science Foundation.






Anne Sibley O'Brien

is the author of I'm New Here, a picture book about three immigrant children which was named a Kirkus Reviews' Best Book of the Year.

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Anne Sibley O'Brien

Will Parnell portrait




Will Parnell

is a professor in education, Department Chair of Curriculum and Instruction, and pedagogical liaison to the Helen Gordon Child Development Center at Portland State University. Will has many research publications in several well-known journals and has
published two books with Jeanne Marie Iorio. He is the President-Elect of the NAECTE, is a board member for A Renaissance school of Arts and Sciences, President of the Inventing Remida Portland
project and Past Chair for the American Educational Research Association's Critical Perspectives on ECE SIG.




Gabriel Guyton

Is an Instructor/Advisor for the Family Development and Early Intervention Program at Bank Street College of Education in New York. Gabriel works with children (ages birth to 5), families, and teachers in childcare programs, schools, homes, and community settings. She also works with families under significant stress in underserved communities. Gabriel has presented at several well-known conferences such as Zero to Three National Training Institute, NAEYC, and Bank Street Infancy Institute.

 Gabriel Guyton portrait




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