2017 UnConference: Our ECE Voice

UnConference: Our ECE Voice
Slippery Rock University, 1 Morrow Way, Slippery Rock, PA 16057


Please contact event planner Yu-Ling Behr at conference@paeyc.org or call 412-421-3889.

Now more than ever, it is critical that our ECE Voice is heard!  With co-host Slippery Rock University, this UnConference focuses on the importance of everyday advocacy.  Topics include: leadership advocacy within your environment with families, how to separate real vs. fake news and where to find legitimate information, an overview of the legislative process and how you fit in, and how to create relevant and persuasive messaging for effective campaigns.

PAEYC is excited to present this UnConference with our co-host Slippery Rock University. The day also features a keynote speaker Dee Flaherty on the importance of leadership, both within your work and your personal life. Then, participate in two workshop presentations by leading local organizations including Common Sense Media, PAEYC, and Slippery Rock University. The day closes with a round table discussion and reflections on how to continue our work beyond the UnConference.

The workshops are developmentally appropriate practice for educators and caregivers working with children ages birth through age nine.  However, many of the workshop offerings can also apply to students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Keynote Speaker

PAEYC is excited to host this UnConference with our partners at Slippery Rock University. The day begins with keynote speaker Dee Giffen Flaherty, owner of Dee Giffen Flaherty and Associates and a specialist in leadership development and writing. Learn more about Dee here.

Workshop Descriptions
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  • Creating Change Through Informed Advocacy

Presented by: Michelle Amodei, Slippery Rock University

    As early childhood professionals, we often see policies or other injustices that we hope will change. As professionals, it is our professional responsibility to advocate for those changes. This workshop will focus on how informed advocacy can be a useful vehicle for policy or programmatic changes. Strategies for creating an advocacy plan will be shared, and participants will have the opportunity to craft a mini-advocacy plan that incorporates the tenets of effective advocacy.

    • Beyond Fake News: A News and Media Literacy Toolkit for Educators

    Presented by: Jennifer Ehehalt, Common Sense Media

      In an age of climate change debate and clickbait research articles, what skills do educators/providers need to tell fact from fiction when it comes to online research? Not only do you have to understand basic media literacy, but you also have to share with colleagues and families about what makes good science research. Learn how to evaluate information and receive resources that you can use to help you discern good data from bad.

      • Governing Early Childhood: Who Makes Decisions and How

      Presented by: Lissa Geiger Shulman and Sarah Byrne-Houser, PAEYC

      Learn about who decides what policies are best for kids locally, at the state level, and the federal level. Learn about challenges in setting budget priorities and the competing interests that our policymakers face. Learn why your knowledge and experience are essential to influence policymakers' thinking. Finally, learn about some of the key programs and funding streams that influence our early childhood landscape and who you can contact for a variety of issues.