Erikson community shines at NAEYC 2018

Erikson Institute faculty made a strong impact enhancing the knowledge of fellow early childhood professionals at the 2018 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference that convened in Washington, D.C. November 14-17. A total of 21 Erikson faculty and staff, the largest group ever, presented on a wide range of topics, including oral language development, varieties of play, technology, storytelling, early mathematics, diversity and equity, and more.

As one of the world’s largest early childhood education (ECE) conferences, the four-day NAEYC event draws ECE leaders and teachers from across the globe and includes diverse sessions highlighting the latest information and research in the field.

“Erikson faculty and staff are sought after for knowledge, ideas, and advice in the early childhood education field,” said NAEYC board member Jie-Qi Chen, PhD, and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Erikson. “The NAEYC conference offers the perfect opportunity for Erikson to expand and deepen its impact in the communities we serve, as well as learn from our peers.”

Erikson co-founder and professor Barbara T. Bowman was also a huge draw for conference attendees. She presented at three, 3-hour sessions, and was honored at a gathering celebrating her recent 90th birthday. Bowman later spoke at a leadership panel along with her daughter, Valerie Jarrett. When asked about her impact on the early childhood field, Barbara replied, “If you ask what gives me the most satisfaction, I would say the people whom I have worked with, the 2000 plus leaders we, Erikson Institute, have produced. Erikson is a big family.”

Next year’s NAEYC conference will be held in Nashville, TN.

For a recap of the 2018 NAEYC conference, click here.