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ASU hosts 37th annual Early
Childhood Education Conference
19, 2007 -- Arkansas State University
Childhood Services is hosting its 37th annual Early Childhood Education
Conference Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 6-8, in the Convocation Center
and Fowler Center at ASU.
The conference will focus on implementing engaging learning
opportunities within a high-quality curriculum framework; establishing
and maintaining warm, supportive relationships among children, staff,
and families; and developing visionary leadership, according to Jo Ann
Nalley, director of ASU Childhood Services.
Dr. Patrick Cooper, Cate Heroman and Sharon MacDonald will be the
featured conference speakers.
Cooper is a nationally recognized consultant and lecturer on systemic
education reform and comprehensive school health and inclusion issues.
He is in his 34th year of public education service, which has included
service as a classroom teacher of emotionally disturbed students, a
principal, a university faculty member, and an assistant state
superintendent in the Louisiana Department of Education.
Heroman, director of preschool and kindergarten initiatives at Teaching
Strategies Inc., has worked in the field of education for more than 30
years. She is co-author of The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, The
Creative Curriculum Developmental Continuum Assessment Toolkit for Ages
3-5; Connecting, Content, Teaching and Leaning; and Study Starters.
Heroman currently serves as a member of the National Association for the
Education of Young Children Consulting Editor Panel.
MacDonald trains teachers throughout the United States on a variety of
childhood topics which stem from her unique perspective as an early
childhood teacher for 28 years. She has written several award winning
books including Squish, Sort, Paint, and Build, Everyday Discoveries and
This conference is recommended for anyone who wants to improve the
quality of the services they offer children and families, such as,
infant, toddler, preschool or school-age child care staff or
administrators; Head Start staff; public school early childhood program
staff; family child care providers; and special needs early childhood
The conference is sponsored by The Arkansas Department of Health and
Human Services Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education. The
registration fee for all three days of the conference is $125. Meals and
lodging are available for additional charges.
For questions or to receive a registration form, contact Childhood
Services at 870-972-3055 or 888-429-1585 or visit the web site,
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Information compiled by Kendall
Moss, Student Assistant, University Communications Office