Proposal deadline is February 21, 2020.

Submit a proposal to present at AALECE’s 2020 Annual Summer Conference, July 13 – 15, 2020.

AALECE’s Annual Summer Conference is one of Alabama’s longest running gatherings of early childhood professionals offering engaging and informative training sessions. We invite you to share your content expertise and experience at the 2020 Annual Summer Conference in Orange Beach, Alabama.

We are seeking proposals that address timely topics and current challenges faced by early childhood professionals. Proposals should be grounded in best practices and informed by research. All proposals should reflect current research and/or practical experience that is well-grounded and consistent with the principles of effective adult learning in a conference setting.

Most sessions are 1.5 hours in duration. Training sessions are given Continuing Educaiton Units (CEU) and additional paperwork will be required if your proposal is chosen.

2020 Session Tracks and Topic List

At this year’s conference, we will be offering 3 Session Tracks:

  • Infant and Toddler Care
  • Preschool / School Readiness
  • Management and Program Administration

 

The suggested topics are the same for Infant and Toddler Care and Preschool / School Readiness Tracks. Presenters should be prepared to tailor their presentation to reflect developmentally appropriate practices for one of the specific tracks.

Suggested Topic List

Arts – Sessions on this topic address art, drama, dance, puppetry and other creative art experiences in the early childhood curriculum.

Assessment of Young Children – Sessions on this topic address observing and assessing children’s growth and learning.

Children with Disabilities/Early Intervention – Sessions on this topic address including and supporting children with disabilities in early childhood settings.

Cognitive Development – Sessions on this topic address brain development and how children think and reason.

Environmental Education – Sessions on this topic address nature and outdoor learning in the early childhood curriculum.

Guidance/Discipline/Challenging Behaviors – Sessions on this topic address appropriate strategies for preventing or responding to challenging behaviors.

Health and Safety – Sessions on this topic address health and safety issues in early childhood settings.

Language and Literacy – Sessions on this topic address language development and early literacy experiences for young children.

Learning Environment – Sessions on this topic address the indoor and outdoor spaces in which children learn.

Mathematics – Sessions on this topic address math experiences in the early childhood curriculum.

Music – Sessions on this topic address music experiences in the early childhood curriculum.

Physical Development – Sessions on this topic address children’s physical growth including fine and gross motor skills.

Play – Sessions on this topic address investigating the world and building meaningful knowledge through open-ended, firsthand experiences.

Science – Sessions on this topic address science experiences in the early childhood curriculum.

Social/Emotional Development – Sessions on this topic address how children learn to understand and manage emotions and develop relationships
with others.

Teaching and Instructional Practices – Sessions on this topic address the use of effective teaching approaches that enhance children’s learning and
development.

Technology and Digital Media – Sessions on this topic address using technology and digital media as part of children’s learning experiences.

Management and Program Administration

Advocacy/Public Policy – Sessions on this topic address public policy work at the federal, state and local levels as well as issue-driven advocacy.

Community Partnerships – Sessions on this topic address building partnerships among early childhood community stakeholders.

Diversity and Equity – Sessions on this topic address issues of diversity and equity in all sectors of the early childhood field.

Family Engagement and Support – Sessions on this topic address building meaningful partnerships with families.

Health and Safety – Sessions on this topic address health and safety issues in early childhood settings.

Professionalism and Leadership – Sessions on this topic address the skill set needed to be an effective early childhood professional.

Program Administration, Evaluation and Financial Management – Sessions on this topic address administration and management issues for program leaders.

State Systems – Sessions on this topic address state systems and other large initiatives for improving and expanding quality in early childhood settings.