National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators

NAECTE Annual Conferences

NAECTE offers two conference days a year in tandem with the NAEYC fall conference and the June NAEYC Professional Development Institute. Our conference day is always the first day of NAEYC. In the fall, we arrange a full day conference usually including research presentations, poster sessions, a keynote, a luncheon and a membership meeting followed by an afternoon pause and an evening awards ceremony. The spring conference is scheduled as a half-day morning keynote and research presentations/posters.

Notably, there is no separate registration for the NAECTE annual meeting, as it is included in your NAEYC registration. Please wear your NAEYC name badge to our conference. We do hope that you will renew your NAECTE membership at the fall meeting or online before the conference. Our memberships are a key way for us to thrive and offer these great opportunities to connect in our work and research endeavors!

If you have any questions, please contact the Vice President for Conferences, Pamela Evanshen, at:

NAECTE Fall Conference – Washington, DC

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Conference Program Fall 2018
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Marriott Marquis
Independence Salon D/E

ACCESS and NAECTE Members Join Together for the Morning Keynote 8:15-9:15

Presenter: Sue Bredekamp, PhD

Preparing teacher candidates at both the associate and bachelor levels – changes and challenges we face in education: Interactive presentation and discussion including panel representatives Carrie Nepstad from ACCESS and Kelly Baker from NAECTE. This keynote is co-sponsored by ACCESS and NAECTE.

Sue Bredekamp is an Early Childhood Education Specialist and author. She serves as a consultant on developmentally appropriate practice, curriculum, teaching, and professional development for national organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Head Start, the Council for Professional Recognition, state departments of education, and universities. She is the primary author of NAEYC’s highly-influential, best-selling publication, Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs, the 1987 and 1997 editions, and co-editor of the 2009 revision. She is the author of an introductory teacher education textbook, Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation, 3rd ed. (Pearson, 2017). From 1981 to 1998, she was Director of Accreditation and Professional Development for NAEYC where she developed and directed their national accreditation system for early childhood centers and schools, and launched their annual Professional Learning Institute.

Dr. Bredekamp is a frequent keynote speaker and author of numerous books and articles related to standards for professional practice and teacher preparation. She has been a visiting lecturer at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia; Monash University in Melbourne; New Zealand Tertiary College; University of Alaska; and University of Hawaii. Dr. Bredekamp holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (1985) and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education (1976) from the University of Maryland. In 2014, the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University recognized Dr. Bredekamp with its Visionary Leadership Award.

Afternoon Keynote 1:15 – 2:15

Dr. Jennifer AdairPresenter: Jennifer Keys Adair, PhD

Who Does and Does Not Deserve High Quality?: Charles Mills and the Power of Racism in Early Childhood Teacher Education

Jennifer Keys Adair, PhD is Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at The University of Texas at Austin. As a young scholar fellow with the Foundation of Child Development and a major grant recipient of the Spencer Foundation, she focuses on the connection between agency and discrimination in the learning experiences of young children. Dr. Adair has published in a wide range of journals including Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education, Young Children and Race, Ethnicity and Education. She has conducted research projects in the United States, India, New Zealand and Australia as well as throughout Europe. Jennifer’s work and expertise can be found in a variety of news outlets including The Conversation, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Time, CNN and National Public Radio.


Stay tuned for the entire schedule and lunch information for the Fall 2018 NAECTE Conference. Registration for lunch will be required prior to the conference.

Call for Proposals

Please plan to join the NAECTE conference November 14, 2018. The National Association of Early
Childhood Teacher Educators is accepting proposals for the 2018 Fall Conference. The goal of the
organization is to enhance and facilitate early childhood faculty research and professional

We propose the following theme for our fall presentations: Leading the Way and Advocating for
Quality through Early Childhood Teacher Education. Our theme encompasses a broad spectrum of
possibilities for exploration to encompass our unique perspectives, research, and stories from the

All presenters should plan to register and pay for the NAEYC Annual Fall Conference (November
14-17). All NAECTE submissions must be received by September 9, 2018 and will be notified of
acceptance by October 8, 2018.

All proposals undergo a blind review process and are evaluated on overall quality. The scoring rubric
considers alignment of the proposal with the conference theme, suitability for proposed format,
quality and organization of proposal information, potential for a high quality session, and relevance
to important early childhood teacher education issues.

NAECTE now accepts presentations electronically using the secure Jot Form. Please follow the
following link to submit the required content. We look forward to seeing your proposal.

If you have any questions, please contact the Vice President for Conferences, Pamela Evanshen, or the Conference Proposal Chair, Tracey Crowe @


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Sharon’s full Keynote PowerPoint presentation.

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The November 2007 conference in Chicago marked the 30th anniversary of NAECTE. The members in the photograph below have been conference attendees since the organization’s inception in 1977. For more information about the history of NAECTE, see our history page.


Photo taken by Rebekah Fassler

Front Row (left to right). Joan Isenberg,
Stephanie Feeney, Leah Adams, Doris Fromberg,
Helen Botnaresque, Doris Bergen, and Kathryn Castle.

Back Row (left to right). Mary Jensen, Blythe Hintz,
Patricia Vardin, James Hoot, and Anne Dorsey.