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2015 Early Childhood Symposium

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2015 Highlights

The 2015 Early Childhood Symposium included the following highlights.

  • Keynote presentation by Dr. Tina Thompson from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Thompson's focus on issues pertaining to children's culture and art learning, with particular attention to the social contexts of early childhood art, has spanned nearly 3 decades. Dr. Thompson has been an invited keynote speaker for both national and international conferences, has published widely in national and international journals, and has been the recipient of multiple awards for her scholarship, including the prestigious Lowenfeld Award from the National Art Education Association in 2013.
  • Plenary session featuring educators from The Chrysler, The Hermitage, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and Young Audiences of Virginia who will share their expertise about the rich cultural resources and programming available to educators in and around the Hampton Roads Region.
  • Professional development sessions in literacy, science, mathematics, arts, programming/classroom policy, and other current issues in early childhood.

The session I attended on Science and documentation was very helpful. I walked away with practical ideas to use in my own classroom.

- 2015 Symposium Attendee

I attended the administration track and it was all good.

- 2015 Symposium Attendee

When the teachers discussed items they used in their classrooms, the examples were fantastic.

- 2015 Symposium Attendee
Early Childhood Symposium hosted at Old Dominion University


2015 Professional Development Session Topics and Presenter Names

  • Dr. Sharon Raver-Lampman (ODU) -- Working with Children Who Have Special Needs in the Early Childhood Classroom -- PreK-Primary Teacher Track
  • Dr. Katie Squibb (Virginia Early Childhood Foundation) -- Virginia's Star Quality Rating System -- Administrative Track
  • Dr. Angela Eckhoff (ODU) -- Science -- PreK-Primary Teacher Track
  • Dr. Kris Sunday and Dr. Angela Eckhoff (ODU) -- Documentation Through Children's Work -- Infant/Toddler Track/PreK-Primary Teacher Track
  • Dr. Julie Dashiell (New E3 School) -- Emergent Writing -- PreK-Primary Teacher Track
  • Kim Williamson and Samantha Lewis (ODU Children's Learning & Research Center) -- Sensory Learning -- Infant/Toddler Track
  • Nicole Austin (ODU Doctoral Candidate) -- Children's Books and Culture -- PreK-Primary Teacher Track
  • Raleta Summers (ODU Doctoral Candidate) -- Math in the Early Childhood Classroom -- PreK-Primary Teacher Track
  • Christy John (Infant and Toddler Specialist Network) -- Responsive Environments For Infants and Toddlers -- Infant/Toddler Track
  • Dr. Jane Glasgow (ODU Children's Learning & Research Center) -- Building Family Engagement -- PreK-Primary Teacher Track
  • Heather Powers (ODU Children's Learning & Research Center) -- Creative Expression -- Infant/Toddler Track
  • Stephanie Lund (ODU Children's Learning & Research Center) -- Working With Volunteers, Visitors, Observers, and Students in Early Childhood Classrooms -- Administrative Track
  • Toni Cacace-Beshears (Children's Harbor) -- The State of Early Childhood in Virginia -- Administrative Track
  • Dr. Kris Sunday (ODU) -- Art Studio Practice in the Early Childhood Classroom -- PreK-Primary Teacher Track
  • Dr. Pete Baker (ODU) -- Responsible Use of Data in Early Childhood -- Administrative Track
  • Angie Branyon -- (ODU Doctoral Student) -- Controversial Books in the Classroom -- PreK-Primary Teacher Track

Our Sponsor

We are extremely grateful to the PNC Foundation for their generous support for the Early Childhood Symposium.

PNC Grow Up Great® and PNC Crezca con Éxito form a $350 million, multi-year, bilingual initiative to help prepare children - particularly underserved children - from birth to age five for success in school and life. Grow Up Great was founded in 2004 by The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

In cooperation with some of the most respected early childhood experts and nonprofit organizations, Grow Up Great has served approximately 2 million at-risk preschool children ages five and under.