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CONFERENCE

CONFERENCE

36th Annual National Conference

SPECIAL CONFERENCE STATEMENT

RE: COVID-19 & CONFERENCE

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

In response to the rapidly growing COVID-19 crisis and in compliance with local and regional mandates regarding public gatherings, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 AELL National Conference in Newark, New Jersey currently scheduled for April 22-25, 2020 in Newark, N.J.  We share in the disappointment that many will feel, however, the health and well-being of our participants, presenters, staff, exhibitors, and education communities is our first priority. 

We are currently working with the Liberty Newark International Airport Marriott to secure new dates for our event in the fall of 2020 and will share that information as soon as it is available. It is our intention that the established schedule of events for the conference would shift to the new dates and all presentations and presenters would still be able to join us. As details for the rescheduled dates become available, I would ask that you notify me as soon as possible regarding your interest and availability to remain on our schedule. If you are unable to participate, I understand and will absolutely miss you, but will as much time as possible to find a replacement for your session. 

If you have made hotel reservations at the Liberty Newark International Airport Marriott, we recommend that you contact them ASAP to cancel your reservation. Our understanding is that cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled stay to avoid charges. 

Most, if not all, airlines are accommodating changes and cancellations that result from the current crisis. It is important to refer to their respective policies and contact them sooner rather than later for best results. 

We wish everyone health and wellness as we manage in this temporary new normal and look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                                                  National Conference Committee & AELL Board of Directors

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COMING FALL 2020

Our 36th Anniversary National Conference is coming in Fall 2020 and your AELL team is working hard to create a learning and networking experience you won’t soon forget!

This is THE conference that was created by ECE leaders and for ECE leaders more than 35 years ago and has been laser focused on providing relevant training, vital resources, powerful tools, and meaningful connections that support lifelong excellence in early care and education programs!  

This conference celebrates who you are, what you do, and why you do it!  Join hundreds of outstanding, world-changing leaders in Newark,.  Four days with people who get you…what a wonderful gift!

CHECK OUT THESE “FUN”TASTIC CONFERENCE EXTRAS!

LEADERS NIGHT OUT!

NYC Harbor Dinner Cruise

You won’t want to miss this incredible tour of the New York City Harbor! Your evening will include breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and all of the iconic bridges that lead into the city. Your fee will include a seated dinner, dessert, and open wine and beer bar.
Cost: $159 Member | $189 Non Members
 
LIFE IS GOOD PLAYMAKERS: AN INTRO TO PLAYMAKING!
Pre-Conference Workshop                                                                                                                                                  
Through a thoughtful blend of fun, experiential activities and discussions, participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of the power of optimism and how it can help all people – especially children – heal, learn and reach their full potential. In this workshop, Life is Good Playmakers will introduce its core philosophy and approach to building optimal environments where children who have been impacted by trauma can grow to see the good in themselves, others and the world around them.   

Cost: $99 Member | $139 Non-Member   3 Clock Training Hours or .3 CEUs 

 

TRADITIONAL PORTUGUESE DINNER WITH THE AMBASSADORS
Valença Restaurant                                                                                                                                  

Come dine with the ambassadors as we visit Valenca’s Restaurant – a local “must visit” fine dining experience that has been serving the local community for over 20 years. Established by owners Martinho and Teresa Pereira in 1989, Valença Restaurant is the result of their vision of bringing traditional Portuguese delicacies and trademark hospitality to Elizabeth, NJ.  Valenca’s traditional restaurant offers such menu items as shrimp in garlic sauce, empanadas, grilled rib eye steak, seafood paella and more!  Homemade sangria and a Venetian table of desserts are included and will enhance this night out. https://www.valencarestaurantnj.com/ 
Cost: $50 per person | Appetizers, dinner, dessert, beverages and transportation are included 

“FROZEN” ON BROADWAY!
Post Conference Excursion                                                                                                                                                   
Extend your stay in the New York City Area to take in the sights and sounds of Broadway!  A limited number of tickets (30) are available for Frozen, “the hottest show on Broadway”. Your ticket includes transportation to and from the Theater District, dropping off at approximately 6:00 p.m. to grab dinner before the show begins at 8:00 p.m. We will provide you with a quick guide to great restaurants in the area.  (Dinner is not included in ticket price.)

Cost: $125 per person

 

LITTLE ITALY & CHINATOWN DROP-OFF
Post Conference Excursion                                                                                                                                                  
Extend your stay in the New York City Area to take in the sights, sounds, and flavors of world-famous Little Italy and Chinatown.  A limited number of tickets (25) are available that will provide transportation to and from this historic tourist destination.  We will provide you with a quick guide to the best restaurants in the area, leaving you plenty of time to shop and play!

Cost: $30 per person 

About The Conference

The AELL Annual National Conference, How Successful Directors Lead is the ONE event specifically designed for early learning administrators featuring 40+ educational sessions on leadership, administration, finance, marketing, legal, and program quality presented by national experts. 

Conference Sponsors

 

Funshine Express

CONFERENCE DETAILS

Who Should Attend?

Early Care and Education Directors, Owners, VPs & Managers, Agency Administrators, Education Coordinators, Specialists, Trainers & Consultants, Assistant Directors and Emerging Leaders.

Legacy Commission Conference Scholarships

The Legacy Commission was formed by past Board Presidents of the Association with the purpose of “giving back” and supporting the mission and legacy of AELL and all it represents.  As an extension of that effort, we are making available a limited number of scholarship awards for use at 36th Annual National Conference, How Successful Directors Lead.  It is truly our joy to support the ongoing professional development of early learning leaders like you!

Please review the eligibility requirements and guidelines below and submit completed application below along with requested supporting documents.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  For additional conference information, please visit our website at www.earlylearningleaders.org.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Candidate must be a member in good standing with AELL.
  • Candidate must be actively working in the field of early education.
  • Candidate must submit all required documents in a timely and complete manner.

CRITERIA

  • Completed scholarship application
  • Updated resume
  • Letter on company letterhead from your current employer stating why you are deserving of this scholarship
  • Typewritten, double-spaced 200-word essay addressing the following questions: 
  • Why have you chosen a career in Early Education? 
  • What are your career goals? 
  • What impact would this scholarship have on your education and career goals?

PROCEDURE

Applications should be emailed to Lori Buxton, [email protected] and must be received no later than December 31, 2019 for consideration for the 2020 conference awards.  Award notifications will be made on or before February 1, 2020. 

DOWNLOAD SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

 

Where can I contact an organizer with questions?

Email us at [email protected] or call 512-301-5557.

What is the cancellation policy?

REGISTRATION CANCELLATION: All cancellations must be made in writing and sent to [email protected]. Cancellations received on or before February 1, 2020 are refundable minus a $40 processing fee. Cancellations received between February 2 – March 15, 2020 are refundable minus a $125 processing fee. No-shows and cancellations received after March 15, 2020 will not be eligible for a refund.

REGISTRATION TRANSFERS: Registration is transferable without penalty or funds can be applied to another posted AELL training event.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes!  You can update your registration information at any time.  Just email [email protected] for assistance.

DOWNLOAD 2020 CONFERENCE PROSPECTUS

The 2020 Conference prospectus will guide you through our event details and the many engagement opportunities available to sponsors, exhibitors, and advertiser

     36th Annual National Conference Schedule Overview

 

Wednesday

 
AM Registration Open7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tour: Explore Local Child Care Centers*8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
AM PreCon: Life is Good Playmakers*8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
PM PreCon: Life Is Good Playmakers (repeat)*1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
PM Registration Open4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Conference Welcome Happy Hour with Exhibitors!5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Leaders’ Night Out: NYC Harbor Dinner Cruise*6:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m.

 

 

 

Thursday

 
Conference Services Open7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Connect Over Coffee7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Opening Keynote: Steve Gross8:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Break10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
AM Breakout Sessions10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Munch & Mingle with Exhibitors12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
PM Breakout Sessions2:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
Get Connected! First-Time Attendee Meet-and-Greet5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Owners’ Only Happy Hour5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Jersey Shore Dance Party8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

 

 

 

Friday

 
Conference Services Open7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Breakfast with Amazon Business7:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
Keynote:  Peter Gray9:00 a.m .-10:30 a.m.
Break10:30 a.m-10:45 a.m.
AM Breakout Sessions11:00 a.m .-12:45 p.m.
Networking Luncheon12:45 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
PM Breakout Sessions2:15 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Ambassador Informational Session4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Traditional Portuguese Dinner with the Ambassadors*7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Free Night to Explore New York City Area 

 

 

 

Saturday

 
Connect Over Breakfast8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
AM Breakout Sessions9:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Break10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Closing Keynote: Dr. Jeanette Betancourt11:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Dinner & Broadway Show Excursion*3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Explore Little Italy/Chinatown Excursion*3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  
*Optional, fee-based excursions 
  

Click here to download the full conference schedule!

 

 

 

 

CEUs

 

CEUs are offered for every session at no additional cost. The Association for Early Learning Leaders has partnered with Smart Horizons to provide Continuing Education Units for conference attendees.

 

GROUP RATES

 

Register four or more directors, owners, or administrators and receive 10% off ALL 3-day registrations.
Call us at 512-551-0857 for promo code.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

 

All cancellations must be made in writing and sent to [email protected]. Cancellations received on or before February 1, 2020 are refundable minus a $40 processing fee. Cancellations received between February 2 – March 15, 2020 are refundable minus a $125 processing fee. No-shows and cancellations received after March 15, 2020 will not be eligible for a refund.

 

REGISTRATION TRANSFERS: Registration is transferable without penalty or funds can be applied to another posted AELL training event.

 

CAN I UPDATE MY REGISTRATION INFORMATION?

Yes!  You can update your registration information at any time.  Just email [email protected] for assistance.

STEVE GROSS, MSW  | Founder & Chief Playmaker-Life Is Good Kids Foundation

He’s BACK!  The oh-so-AHmazing Steve Gross will join us for the opening keynote!  His work and passion for helping children, especially those at risk, blew us away and filled us with hope during his last visit and we are so excited that he will be returning to recharge our batteries and refuel the fire in us for the important work we do for young children!

Click HERE to learn more about Steve and the Life Is Good Kids Foundation!


DR. PETER GRAY, Author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life

Peter Gray is a research professor of psychology at Boston College who has conducted and published research in neuroendocrinology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and education.  He is author of an internationally acclaimed introductory psychology textbook (Psychology, Worth Publishers, now in its 8th edition), which views all of psychology from an evolutionary perspective.  His recent research focuses on the role of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves, through play and exploration, when they are free to do so. He has expanded on these ideas in his book, Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life (Basic Books). He also authors a regular blog called Freedom to Learn, for Psychology Today magazine.  He earned his undergraduate degree at Columbia College and Ph.D. in biological sciences, many years ago, at the Rockefeller University.  His own current play includes kayaking, long distance bicycling, backwoods skiing, and vegetable gardening.

 

DR. JEANETTE BETANCOURT, Senior Vice President for U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop

Dr. Betancourt is the Senior Vice President for U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street.  She directs the development and implementation of community and family engagement initiatives making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and their families. These research-based initiatives are designed to impact children’s early learning, health and well-being, and provide strategies and resources to counteract the effects of trauma while fostering the critical connections that adults have on children’s lives. Prior to joining Sesame Workshop, Dr. Betancourt created programs in adult learning and early childhood education at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She is a licensed bilingual speech and language pathologist and educational therapist. She participates on several national and local boards and has contributed to the start of charter schools. Dr. Betancourt has a BA and MA in Speech and Language Pathology; an MS in Bilingual Reading/Special Education, and an Ed.D. in Special Education.

Click HERE to learn more about Sesame Workshop.

 

 

 

36th Annual National Conference, How Successful Directors Lead!

FALL 2020 | New York City Area

 

 

THE CALL FOR PRESENTERS FOR THE 36TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE HAS CLOSED. 

 The Association for Early Learning Leaders pursues experts in the early care and education community to present sessions from a national perspective to early care and education directors, administrators and owners at our Annual Conference, How Successful Directors Lead! The Association prides itself on the high-level of quality and professionalism that is upheld throughout the conference.

Sessions incorporate the following areas of expertise: leadership, legal, business administration, budgeting, insurance-liability, health & safety, curriculum, assessment, instructional leadership, parent education and program quality-accreditation. In order to lead a quality early learning program, directors are required to have knowledge, skills and abilities from diverse areas. Nationally known experts from across the country are secured to share a wealth of knowledge and experience with our participants.

The Association for Early Learning Leaders is a professional organization committed to strengthening the skill level of leaders in the field of early care and education. We believe that effective management is the critical link to superior programs.

The Association accepts requests for conference presenters from May 15 through September 1 annually. The requests are thoroughly reviewed and presenters are notified of acceptance by October 31. Presentations are to be either 1 hour 45 minutes or 3 hours in length with a 15-minute break. Presenters will be required to submit a completed and approved CEU application.

 

Travel and Hotel Arrangements for Presenters

Each presenter is responsible for making individual travel and hotel arrangements. The availability of hotel accommodations is limited at the conference site so register early. Conference group rate information is available at https://aell.site-ym.com/?page=accommodations

 

Conference Registration

All presenters will receive one complimentary conference registration that includes many conference extended events including lunch on Thursday and Friday.   After we receive your signed agreement, we will provide you with information regarding registration. Conference presenters will have reserved seating. Additional tickets may be purchased at $50 each.

The Association does not offer honorariums for session presenters but is pleased to provide a letter of participation for you to include in your professional speaking portfolio.

Important Information for Preparing Your Proposal

 

ROOM SET-UP:

The training room will be set up for approximately 40-80 people with a presenter’s table in front.

AUDIO/VISUAL:

Each presenter will have access to a projector and screen. These items will be provided by the Association at no extra cost. We respectfully request that each presenter provide a laptop if one is needed during the presentation. Should additional audio/visual equipment be required, arrangements will be made at your expenses with the contracted audio visual company for the Conference.  Internet access is not always freely available.  Please consider this when building your training content.

HANDOUTS:

The Association requests that each presenter provide a handout corresponding with the topic of discussion and sufficient copies for all attendees. Handouts should be no more than four (4) pages in length and contain a minimum of three website resources and two additional resources or references related to the topic.

ACCREDITATION STANDARDS:

The Association for Early Learning Leaders sponsors the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs. If accreditation standards are referenced during the presentation, please include accreditation standards in the reference. To obtain a list of standards, click here. For questions on particular standards, contact [email protected]

PROMOTING PRODUCTS AND SERVICES:

The Association for Early Learning Leaders recognizes that the National Conference is often used as a vehicle for presenters to expand their own markets.  The Association encourages the dissemination of knowledge promoting personal and professional development and to enhance the quality of early care and education programs.  To respectively maintain a balance of dissemination of information and marketing, presenters are encouraged to purchase an exhibit booth in the Exhibit Hall.  Interested presenters may contact Lori Buxton, Managing Director, at [email protected] for reservations in the Exhibit Hall.

Please help us maintain the professional integrity of the conference by abstaining from the appearance of using your session as a marketing venue.  Presenters will not be allowed to sell, display, or promote their events, publications, materials, and/or services during their training presentation.  You will be permitted to distribute promotional materials to participants at the conclusion of your session and our conference Ambassadors are happy to facilitate distribution of your materials.

Failure to abide by presenter guidelines may result in your not being invited to present at future AELL training events.

Requests for Presenter Proposals are now closed. 

DOWNLOAD 2020 PRESENTER RFP

DOWNLOAD 2020 PRESENTER GUIDELINES

The Association for Early Learning Leaders pursues experts in the early care and education community to present sessions from a national perspective to early care and education directors, administrators and owners at our Annual Conference, How Successful Directors Lead! The Association prides itself on the high-level of quality and professionalism that is upheld throughout the conference.

Sessions incorporate the following areas of expertise: leadership, legal, business administration, budgeting, insurance-liability, health & safety, curriculum, assessment, instructional leadership, parent education and program quality-accreditation. In order to lead a quality early learning program, directors are required to have knowledge, skills and abilities from diverse areas. Nationally known experts from across the country are secured to share a wealth of knowledge and experience with our participants.

The Association for Early Learning Leaders is a professional organization committed to strengthening the skill level of leaders in the field of early care and education. We believe that effective management is the critical link to superior programs.

The Association accepts requests for conference presenters from May 15 through September 1 annually. The requests are thoroughly reviewed and presenters are notified of acceptance by October 31. Presentations are to be either 1 hour 45 minutes or 3 hours in length with a 15-minute break. Presenters will be required to submit a completed and approved CEU application.

Travel and Hotel Arrangements for Presenters

Each presenter is responsible for making individual travel and hotel arrangements. The availability of hotel accommodations is limited at the conference site so register early. Conference group rate information is available here.  

Conference Registration

All presenters will receive one complimentary conference registration that includes many conference extended events including lunch on Thursday and Friday.   After we receive your signed agreement, we will provide you with information regarding registration. Conference presenters will have reserved seating. Additional tickets may be purchased at $50 each.

The Association does not offer honorariums for session presenters but is pleased to provide a letter of participation for you to include in your professional speaking portfolio.

 

Important Information for Preparing Your Proposal

 

ROOM SET-UP:

The training room will be set up for approximately 40-80 people with a presenter’s table in front.

AUDIO/VISUAL:

Each presenter will have access to a projector and screen. These items will be provided by the Association at no extra cost. We respectfully request that each presenter provide a laptop if one is needed during the presentation. Should additional audio/visual equipment be required, arrangements will be made at your expenses with the contracted audio visual company for the Conference.  Internet access is not always freely available.  Please consider this when building your training content.

HANDOUTS:

The Association requests that each presenter provide a handout corresponding with the topic of discussion and sufficient copies for all attendees. Handouts should be no more than four (4) pages in length and contain a minimum of three website resources and two additional resources or references related to the topic.

ACCREDITATION STANDARDS:

The Association for Early Learning Leaders sponsors the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs. If accreditation standards are referenced during the presentation, please include accreditation standards in the reference. To obtain a list of standards, click here. For questions on particular standards, contact [email protected]

PROMOTING PRODUCTS AND SERVICES:

The Association for Early Learning Leaders recognizes that the National Conference is often used as a vehicle for presenters to expand their own markets.  The Association encourages the dissemination of knowledge promoting personal and professional development and to enhance the quality of early care and education programs.  To respectively maintain a balance of dissemination of information and marketing, presenters are encouraged to purchase an exhibit booth in the Exhibit Hall.  Interested presenters may contact Lori Buxton, Managing Director, at [email protected] for reservations in the Exhibit Hall.

Please help us maintain the professional integrity of the conference by abstaining from the appearance of using your session as a marketing venue.  Presenters will not be allowed to sell, display, or promote their events, publications, materials, and/or services during their training presentation.  You will be permitted to distribute promotional materials to participants at the conclusion of your session and our conference Ambassadors are happy to facilitate distribution of your materials.

Failure to abide by presenter guidelines may result in your not being invited to present at future AELL training events.

Accomodations

Our 36th Annual National Conference will be held at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott, conveniently located to both the Newark airport and transportation into Manhattan, and to several other tourist attractions in and around the New York City Area.

We encourage you to make your lodging reservations early! Our room blocks regularly sell out and early and we don’t want our campers having to book elsewhere!

A special AELL room rate of $169 per night (single/double occupancy) plus applicable taxes will be available through March 30, 2020.

BOOK YOUR ROOM

Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 15.125  percent) in effect at the time of check in.

Check in is 4:00PM, Check out is 11:00AM

All guests arriving before 4:00PM will be accommodated as rooms become available. Our bell staff can arrange to check baggage when open rooms are available for guests arriving early, or when they are attending early, or when they are attending afternoon functions on departure day.

The Hotel will offer the above rates three (3) days pre- & post-Event dates, pending room availability.

 

The Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) complex is home to our host hotel. 

 

NOTE FOR SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CUSTOMERS:

Effective October 2019, Southwest Airlines no longer has routes into Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).  Southwest does offer service to New York-LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and shuttle service is available to and from the airport and the host hotel.  Please see detailed shuttle information on Shuttle tab.

NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Complimentary 24-hour hotel shuttle runs to and from all terminals. No reservation is required as the shuttle runs every 15-20 minutes. For additional assistance, call hotel from courtesy phone in baggage claim or direct at 973-623-0006.

Terminal A: From Baggage claim, take the escalator down to parking level A. Walk through the vacant underground lot to the street curb. Look for green and white sign #8 that reads Newark Airport Marriott.

Terminal B: From Baggage claim follow the exit sign. Cross the street and look for the sign that says #5 Newark Airport Marriott Hotel.

Terminal C: From baggage claim, walk toward the exit sign and go outside. Cross the street to the second island and walk to your right past the taxi pick-up. Stand under sign #7 for shared ride services.

NEW YORK-LAGUARDIA AIRPORT

Discount shuttle service is available to and from all terminals and the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott. The shuttle ride will take approximately 45-60 minutes and it is recommended that you book flights to come in before 1:00 p.m. to avoid more lengthy rush hour delays.   

Reservations: ETS  Airport Shuttle | 718-221-5341          COST: $34 per person each way

Be sure to let them know you are with AELL or Association for Early Learning Leaders and confirm drop-off at hotel.  

 

 

 

 

 

The Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott is pleased to offer our group a 50% discount off of posted self-parking rates if you are driving in.

 

Please let Conference Services know that you are self-parked to get your parking discount pass.

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