Conference Archive

2015 Fall Conference: Meeting Standards Through Play

Saturday, October 3rd, 9:00AM-3:00PM, Bowdoin College, Brunswick

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New Standards!? Whatever happened to play?! Sue Reed, Maine Department of Education Early Childhood Consultant, introduced us to the new Maine Early Learning Development Standards and Martha Eshoo, Ed.M, Instructor of Human Development, Arts and Sciences, Wheelock College, examined the importance of play in learning (and meeting standards!)Participants were able to network, share play policies, and tour the Bowdoin College Children’s Center during lunch.

Afternoon sessions focused on exploring play, learning, and standards in the following domains: literacy, science and math, physical and health, creative arts, social and emotional, and disabilities. In the pictures above, get a glimpse into the science break out session with snake skin, turkey foot, antler and bird’s nest.

2015 Spring Conference: The Power of Outdoor Space

The Power of Outdoor Spaces: Design and Use of Outdoor Environments to Support Early Childhood Education

Saturday, May 2, 2015

University of New England, Portland Campus

The 2015 spring conference featured a morning workshop with The School Ground Greening Coalition and then tours of the outdoor space at The Children’s Center (located across the street from the conference site). 
The event was offered in collaboration with Maine Roads to Quality at the University of Southern Maine, the Maine DHHS Office of Child and Family Services, and The Children’s Center in Portland.

2014 Fall Conference: Organic Literacy

Planting the Seeds of Literacy in our Youngest Learners

As adults we encounter opportunities to engage in reading, writing, listening and speaking all day long every day. One of our roles as supportive early educators is to assist young children in developing the skills to navigate our literate world as well as delighting in the opportunities that provides.
Our session with Susan Bennett-Armistead focused on finding and taking advantage of the many natural teachable moments throughout the day with children as well as purposefully planning experiences to maximize their literacy learning.

2014 Spring Conference: Role of Media and Effects on Children

Diane Levin, Professor of Education at Wheelock College in Boston and the author of NAEYC published book, BeyondRemote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age, was the featured guest speaker at this year’s spring conference!  Diane facilitated a very thought provoking, interactive seminar on the role of media and its effects on young children.
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2013 Fall Conference: Using Technology with Young Children

Using Technology with Young Children: Stories from the Field. 
University of Maine Orono campus
Presenters Bonnie Blagojevic, Audrey O’Clair, and Karen Thomes

Our presenters shared some great information and practical suggestions for incorporating technology into everyday early childhood settings.  Participants also had the opportunity to learn more about how technology can assist busy teachers in the classroom and make our lives easier!

If you are interested in learning more, check out this collection of resources shared by the presenters.

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2013 Spring Conference: Powerful Interactions

Powerful Interactions: Taking Next Steps!

This year’s spring event was held on Saturday, April 27 at the University of Southern Maine Portland campus.

MaineAEYC was pleased to bring Charlotte Stetson, co-author of the book Powerful Interactions: How to Connect with Children to Extend Their Learning, back to Maine as a featured guest speaker.  Participants also had the opportunity to visit local accredited programs during the afternoon session.

2012 Fall Conference: Powerful Interactions

sample 1The 2012 fall conference was held on the University of Southern Maine campus, and it was a collaboration with Maine Roads to Quality, the Maine DHHS Office of Child and Family Services, and the Maine Head Start TTA Project.  Charlotte Stetson, co-author of Powerful Interactions: How to Connect with Children to Extend Their Learning, was the guest speaker. 

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Participants had the opportunity to network and connect with
other early care and education professionals from across the

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Afternoon breakout sessions included presentations and facilitated discussions for educators working in preschool classrooms, infant/toddler programs, family child care, and school age programs.

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MaineAEYC Board members: Cheryl Walker, Mary Bailey, Laura Dubois, and Sonja Howard.