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Big Ideas in Early Learning

July 17 @ 9:00 am - July 20 @ 4:00 pm

Big Ideas in Early Learning offers a one-of-a-kind experience, drawing together professionals from various disciplines in the field of early childhood education for a 3.5 day exploration of the Big Ideas that bring them together in their work.
July 17 – 20, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day


Our first annual Big Ideas in Early Learning institute is open to teachers (preschool through second grade), teacher assistants, school/center administrators, and classroom coaches.

Big Ideas in Early Learning

Big Ideas in Early Learning offers a one-of-a-kind experience, drawing together various disciplines in the field of early childhood education. Over four days, you will take part in intensive exploration with Erikson Institute experts, and each day, you will be introduced to a different Big Idea, an underlying concept that will be woven into each track. Together we’ll delve deep into:

  • Early math
  • Literacy
  • Technology
  • Social emotional learning

Each day, these separate tracks will gather to explore the connections between their discoveries, making classrooms more meaningful for young children and their teachers. Included as part of the institute are an opening reception the evening of Tuesday, July 17, and a fun group excursion in Chicago the evening of Wednesday, July 18. Food, beverages, and snacks will be served daily.

When participants register, they will choose one learning track. They will meet with this track each day of the event.

Technology track:

Connect the big ideas in science, engineering, and math with innovative approaches to technology in early childhood. In this track, led by Erikson’s Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center, you will develop research-based techniques to use screen- and non-screen-based technology tools to help children investigate and explore the world around them.
• Learn how to create meaningful play and lesson plans through hands-on experiences and from STEM experts.
• Acquire skills and knowledge rooted in best practices that are included in the Early Childhood STEM Working Group’s 2017 report, Early STEM Matters: Providing High-Quality STEM Experiences for All Young Learners, and the 2012 NAEYC/Fred Rogers Center joint position statement on Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs.


July 17 @ 9:00 am
July 20 @ 4:00 pm
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Erikson Institute
451 N. LaSalle
Chicago,ILUnited States
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