Early Childhood Education: Are We Asking the Right Questions? This full-day conference challenges us as early childhood teachers and leaders to consider the everyday worlds of our classrooms. Are we truly crafting each day’s activities with children’s best interests in mind?
Join Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture for our 20th annual Early Literacy Summit, “Early Childhood Education: Are We Asking the Right Questions?” During this one-day gathering, early childhood literacy professionals will be challenged to “ask the right questions” as we explore ways to foster high-quality teacher/child interaction and create play-based classroom environments that stimulate higher-order thinking and foster socio-emotional development in children. Participants will have the opportunity to select and attend multiple breakout sessions, including a feature session by Patsy Cooper, author of When Stories Come to School and The Classrooms All Young Children Need, as well as sessions led by School Literacy and Culture staff, mentors and guests. Interactive sessions will explore activities and questioning techniques that build trusting classroom relationships and encourage children to think critically and creatively. Topics for this year’s sessions include incorporating literacy across the curriculum and creating intentional art, block, sensory, STEM, math and dramatic play learning centers.
Dr. Patsy Cooper, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Queens College, CUNY and founding director of Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture program, is an award-winning author and researcher who received her Ph.D. from Emory University. Patsy is known for her thought-provoking presentations and books When Stories Come to School: Telling, Writing, and Performing Stories in the Early Childhood Classroom and The Classrooms All Young Children Need: Lessons in Teaching from Vivian Paley.
Breakout sessions will be led by Rice University School Literacy and Culture staff, mentors and guests.
Term: Spring/Summer 2019
Start Date: Feb. 02, 2019
End Date: Feb. 02, 2019
Location: Rice campus
Early Registration: $119 until Nov. 16
Group (6+ from same school): $109 per participant ($129 after Nov. 16)
Administrators: One free administrator attendance with 6+ teachers