We invite all early childhood educators to attend the annual Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Summit, to connect with colleagues and engage in professional development topics that are important to you. This year's Summit, sponsored by Arizona's Early Intervention Program and ADE's Early Childhood Special Education unit, is entitled "We Are All in This Together: A Universal Design for Learning" and will be held as a virtual event again. It is our hope that this conference will support all practitioners in early childhood education programs to have access to information and best practices that will inspire them, thereby helping families and children to learn and grow. We are excited to share the focus of our keynote speakers Junlei Li and Stacey Gordon. These national speakers will illustrate what teachers and caregivers do extraordinarily well on a day to day basis, and how positive interactions between children, families, and educators support children's ongoing growth and development.
The Summit will take place on Thursday and Friday, February 24th and 25th, 2022 and will again be a virtual event. The cost to attend is $50.00 per person for practitioners and $10.00 for CTE and post-secondary students enrolled in Early Childhood Education programs. If families of children with disabilities would like to attend, the cost is also $10.00. Please reach out through the [email protected] for discount codes for families and those enrolled in the field of Early Childhood Education. Session recordings will be available after the Summit.
Junlei Li serves the co-chair of the Human Development and Education Program and the Saul Zaentz senior lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
His research and practice focus on understanding and supporting the work of those who serve children and families on the front lines of education and social services. Li studied and learned from a wide range of development settings with low resources but high-quality practices, including orphanages, childcare, classrooms, and community youth programs. His keynote presentation of “Simple Interactions” is a summary of his research. He developed the “Simple Interaction” approach to help identify what ordinary people do extraordinarily well with children in everyday moments and made the basis for promoting positive system change.
Stacey Gordon is a puppeteer from Phoenix, Arizona. She operates Puppet Pie, an art studio in the heart of Phoenix, AZ and has the honor of performing one of Sesame Street’s newest friends, Julia, a curious 4-year-old girl with autism. Stacey began her journey with the autism community in 2001 as a habilitation specialist. In 2010, her son was diagnosed with autism, and her journey continued. She uses her personal experiences as a habilitation specialist and mom to bring Julia to life in an authentic, respectful, and loving way. In addition to her work on Sesame Street, she also teaches puppetry to a neurodiverse audience around the country as well as at Puppet Pie. Stacey is an alumna of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Puppetry Conference, and serves on the board of directors for the Puppeteers of America. In her spare time, she is working on converting a vintage ice cream truck into a mobile art studio.
Over 30 different Summit sessions will include topics such as feeding therapy, importance of sleep in young children, behavior challenges, language development, the IEP process, strengthening families with parental resilience, and many more!
After the Summit
The Walk for Inclusion
is an annual event sponsored by our professional organization of early childhood special educators, AZ Division of Eary Childhood (DEC). The event generates grant funds for teachers in early childhood programs. Register for the DEC Walk for Inclusion
to participate and support our teachers. The event takes place Saturday February 26, 2022. Walk at your own pace in your own neighborhood and send in the results!
We hope to see you there!
Page updated 1/27/22