Join Erikson faculty and staff at Opening Minds: The Chicago Early Education, Child Care, & School-Age Conference hosted by the Chicago Metro Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC), January 29–February 1.

Erikson will present on topics ranging from urban children’s literature to insights from Vygotsky and Paley. Visit the conference website for complete details.

Early Math Collaborative is awards finalist

EMC blocks & fingersErikson’s Early Math Collaborative is also a top-ten finalist for the Opening Minds USA 2014 Innovation Awards, which honor a “game changer” in the early childhood education field. Conference attendees will vote on the national award.

Sessions by Erikson faculty, staff, and alumni

Wednesday, January 29

So Many Apps, So Little Time
Amanda Armstrong, Erikson
Using an app review matrix of over 40 sites, this presentation will help professionals and parents develop a critical eye to examining and selecting appropriate apps for young children.

More Mirrors in the Classroom: Using Urban Children’s Literature to Increase Literacy and Connect Children to Content
Jane Fleming, Erikson
Sandy Carillo, M.S. ’11, ELL Teacher, Burbank School District 111
This hands-on session will engage participants in review of urban picture books and in practical exercises in the selection of culturally relevant texts related to common curricular themes. (Repeated Saturday, February 1)

Friday, January 31

Teaching Friends: Vygotsky and Paley Discuss How Young Children Learn from Each Other and Their Teacher in School
Gillian McNamee, Erikson
Using insights from psychologist Lev Vygotsky and renowned teacher Vivian Paley, this session explores how teachers can use group dynamics to influence each child’s learning in Head Start and kindergarten classrooms.

Exhibit Hall

While at the conference, come visit Erikson in the exhibit hall. Representatives from the Admission staff will be on hand.