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Conferences and Events

For more than 40 years, HighScope has been reaching out to the educational community through professional conferences and events. These programs offer an ideal format for professional learning and networking.

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Early Childhood

Florida Association For The education of young children 59th annual conference

September 22-25, 2016
Orlando, FL
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The Florida Association for the Education of Young Children’s 3000 members serve in all levels of early childhood education, working directly with thousands of families with children birth to age eight, as well as at the high school and college level training teachers. They teach in approximately 525 publicly funded programs; 450 private, nonprofit schools; 400 private, for profit child care centers and family child care homes and 15 corporate on-site child care centers.

Carol Montealegre, MS Field Representative
"Planear-Trabajar-Repasar" (Plan-Do-Review)
Saturday, September 24, 2016 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

*Please note that this session is entirely in Spanish

September 22-24, 2016
Whitefish, MT
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Measuring Preschoolers’ Self-Regulation with Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders and NIH Toolbox
Laura Scharphorn  and Tomoko Wakabayashi

National black child development institute 46th annual  conference

October 1-4, 2016
Orlando, FL
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Join NBCDI's community of early educators, advocates, leaders, policymakers, professionals, parents and caregivers for the 46th Annual Conference of the National Black Child Development Institute. The four-day conference themed "'Til Victory Is Won," will feature dynamic keynote addresses and presentations from global leaders spanning a range of topics including early care and education, brain development, family engagement, racial equity, literacy, health and wellness, fatherhood and public policy.

HighScope is happy to be a Sponsor of the Keynote Speaker Evelyn Moore


Karen "Kay" Rush, Early Childhood Specialist at HighScope
"Ready Sign, Go!" - Using Sign Language to Promote Preschool Literacy

Monday, October 3, 2016 3:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Karalyn Huey, Assessment and Training Specialist at HighScope
Parents: Children's First Teachers and Teachers' Best Allies

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Kenneth Sherman, Early Childhood Specialist at HighScope
Black Preschool Lives Matter: Exploring Interpersonal Relationships to Support Children at Risk

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children

October 14-15, 2016
Meadowlands, NJ
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The NJAEYC is a statewide association that represents  teachers, directors, researchers, professors, volunteers, and others concerned with the well-being of children ages birth through eight. The New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children (NJAEYC) is dedicated to advancing excellence in the field of early childhood education. The primary attention is devoted to assuring the provision of high quality early childhood programs through improvements in the professional practice and working conditions in the field of early childhood education, as well as by improving public understanding and support and funding of high quality programs in centers, homes, and schools.


Amy Burns, Field Representative 
"1,2,3 Come Build With Me"
Friday, October 14, 2016, 11:15 a.m.
"Pizza, Trains, and Sandcastles - Oh My!"
Friday, October 14, 2016, 4:15 p.m.

Moya Fewson, Field Representative
"Piaget? What is He Talking About?"
Friday, October 14, 2016, 4:15 p.m.
"I'm So Bored!" Helping Children and Teachers Rediscover the Joy of Play
Saturday, October 15, 2016, 11:30 a.m.

October 17-19, 2016
Detroit, MI
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What Happened During Home Visits? The Case of Perry Preschool
Tomoko Wakabayashi, Elizabeth Grace, Denise Bailey, Mary Delcamp

Young Child Expo & Conference

October 19–21, 2016
Spokane, WA
The Young Child Expo & Conference Spokane carries on the tradition of the Young Child Expo & Conference New York City with the same great speakers and great learning. Our goal is simple – to provide useful information to professionals and parents in order to help all young children learn, grow and reach their full potential. We aim to bring everyone who works with young children together to learn and grow.

HighScope is Proud to be a Platinum Sponsor!
Keynote Speaker

Brenda Leger, MSEd, Chief Strategy Officer at HighScope


Changing the World One Child at a Time:

Strategies for the Classroom, Home, and Community

Friday, October 21, 2016, 1:00–1:50 p.m.

The active learning model is a proven approach to early childhood education that brings together the practical insights of preschool teachers with the latest theory and research on how young children learn. Join us as we explore different strategies to support children in their classroom, home, and community.


MiAEYC Infant Toddler Conference

Friday October 21, 2016
Dearborn, MI
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Shannon Lockhart, Early Childhood Specialist
"It’s All About Me!: Understanding Egocentrism and Supporting Conflict Resolution In Toddler Classrooms"
Friday October 21, 2016 12:45p.m. - 4:00p.m.

Christine Snyder, Early Childhood Specialist
"More Than Pat-a-Cake and Peek-a-Boo: Planning Activities for Infants and Toddlers"
Friday October 21, 2016 12:45p.m. - 4:00p.m.

October 24-29, 2016
Atlanta, GA
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What is “Quality” and How Can We Best Measure “Quality” in Preschools? 
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2:00-2:45 p.m.

Tomoko Wakabayashi, Jill Claxton, Beth Scholz, Eleanor Martin, Beth Hardin, Zongping Xiang,
Fernando Andrade-Adaniya

Using iPads for Evaluation: Assessing Self-Regulation in Low-Income Preschoolers
Thursday, Oct. 27, 4:45-6:15 p.m.
Laura Scharphorn and Tomoko Wakabayashi

Planning Ahead: Approaches for Dealing with Challenges That Arise in PreK-12 Evaluations
Friday, Oct. 28, 8:00-9:30 p.m.
Laura Scharphorn, Discussant

National Association For The Education Of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference and Expo

November 2–5, 2016
Los Angeles, CA
NAEYC's annual conference bring together early childhood educators — teachers, program administrators, students, researchers and teacher educators —  to explore the latest research and learn from one another.

November 3-5, 2016
Washington D.C.

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Using Standardized Assessments to Inform the Development of Place-Based Initiatives
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Laura Scharphorn, Tomoko Wakabayashi

Michigan Collaborative Early Childhood Conference (MCECC)

November 29, 2016
Dearborn, MI
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GSRP Evaluation Results
Beth Hardin, Richard Lower

Zero to Three annual conference

December 7-9, 2016
New Orleans, LA

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Our connections have power: the power to calm, the power to heal, the power to transform. Join ZERO TO THREE this December in New Orleans as we help you Build the Powerful Connections you need to support young children and their families in reaching their full potential. ZERO TO THREE’s Annual Conference is your one-of-a-kind opportunity to be informed by the experts and inspired by your colleagues—make plans to attend today.

HigHScope Annual International Conference

Call for proposals is now open! Visit highscope.org/2017conference for details.

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