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37th Annual National Conference: How Successful Directors Lead

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

A huge shoutout to our 2020 Conference Sponsors: Amazon Business, FunShine Express, IntelliKid Systems, Kangarootime, Kaplan, and Markel!

CONFERENCE DETAILS

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.

To download the 37th national annual conference overview, click here.

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

Where can I contact an organizer with questions?
Email us at [email protected] or call 512-301-5557. 

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

 

37th Annual National Conference Schedule Overview

TimeAgenda
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Pre-Con: Life is Good Playmakers*
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Pre-Con: Life is Good "Optimistic Leadership"*
    5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.Welcome Happy Hour with Exhibitors
    6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.Leaders' Night Out*
    THURSDAY, JUNE 17
    7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.Breakfast With the Exhibitors
    8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.Opening Keynote: Steve Gross, MSW
    10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Breakout Session 1
    12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Munch & Mingle with the Exhibitors
    2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.Breakout Session 2
    5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.Get Connected! Meet & Greet Executives & Owners Happy Hour
    8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.Dance Party & Karaoke
    FRIDAY, JUNE 18
    7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.Breakfast with the Exhibitors
    8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.Keynote Presentation
    10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Breakout Session 3
    12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Networking Luncheon with Exhibitors
    2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.Breakout Session 4
    7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.Dine Arounds with the Ambassadors
    SATURDAY, JUNE 19
    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.Breakfast Networking
    9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.Breakout Session 5
    11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Closing Keynote


    *fee-based conference add-on

    To download the 37th Annual National Conference overview, click here.

    *Full conference schedule will be available by February 15, 2021. We are currently confirming session presenters’ availability with recent date changes.*

    *Please note that due to COVID-19, speaker availability may change and can result in schedule changes. 

     

    OptionsMemberNon-Member
    3-Day Conference Registration
    (Virtual & In Person)

    $435

    ($465 after 2/28/2021)

    $565

    ($595 after 2/28/2021)

    Registration / Membership Bundle

    (includes 3-Day Conference Registration and 1 Full Year of Membership)

    $535

    ($565 after 2/28/2021)

    $535

    ($565 after 2/28/2021)

    PreConference Training Event: Life is Good Playmakers
    June 16, 2021
    $99$149
    PreConference Training Event: Life is Good Leading with Optimism
    June 16, 2021
    $99$149
    PreConference Training Bundle: Life is Good Playmakers (AM) and Leading with Optimism (PM)
    June 16, 2021
    $179$279

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    CEUs

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

     

    GROUP RATES

    FOR 3-DAY CONFERENCE: Register four or more directors, owners, or administrators and receive 10% discount for ALL 3-day registrations.

    Please email [email protected] or call us at 512-551-0857 for group promo code.

     

    CANCELLATION POLICY

    All cancellations must be made in writing and sent to [email protected]. Cancellations received before April 1, 2021 are refundable minus a $125 processing fee. No-shows and cancellations received after April 1, 2021 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.

     

    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. 

    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].

     

    DOWNLOAD SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

    Keynote Speakers To Be Announced

     

     

     

    THE CALL FOR 2021 CONFERENCE PRESENTERS IS NOW CLOSED. 

    Please click on “Become a Presenter” to submit your proposal for 2021.  

    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 will be accepting applications for the 2021 National Conference through January 15, 2021. The requests are thoroughly reviewed and presenters will be notified of acceptance by February 1, 2021. Presentations are to be either 1 hour 45 minutes. Selected presenters will be required to submit a completed and approved CEU application no later than March 31, 2021.

    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 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.

    THE CALL FOR 2021 CONFERENCE PRESENTERS IS NOW CLOSED. 

    Please read the following information carefully before submitting your proposal.  

    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 will be accepting applications for the 2021 National Conference through January 15, 2021. The requests are thoroughly reviewed and presenters will be notified of acceptance by February 1, 2021. Presentations are to be 1 hour 45 minutes in length. Selected presenters will be required to submit a completed and approved CEU application no later than March 31, 2021.

    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 reserve early. Conference group rate information is available on the Conference Accommodations page.

    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.

    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. 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.

     

    SUBMIT RFP FOR 2021 NATIONAL CONFERENCE

    SUBMIT 2021 PRESENTER AGREEMENT

    Accomodations

    The 37th Annual National Conference will be held on June 16-19, 2021 at the beautiful Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs Area Reservations are now being accepted. 

    CLICK HERE FOR RESERVATIONS! 

    Special AELL Conference Room Rate: $189 per night (standard double queen or single king room)

    Room blocks traditionally sell out at this venue, so please reserve early!  A deposit of one night’s lodging will be applied to your credit card at the time of reservation.  

    Check In: 4:00 p.m.          Check Out: 11:00 a.m.

    Flights

    The 37th Annual National Conference will be held June 16-19, 2021 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista.  The nearest airport is the Orlando International Airport (MCO). 

    Shuttle Information To Be Announced

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Driving & Parking

    The 37th Annual National Conference will be held at the beautiful Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Disney Springs Area, June 16-19, 2021.  Hotel reservations are now being accepted.  More information can be found on the Conference Accommodations page.

    Conference participants will receive a discount of 50% on posted self-parking rates at the host hotel.

     

     

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