About the UnConference

Through the gnerous support of PNC Grow Up Great, PAEYC is proud to present a series of UnConferences as part of its leadership and professional development courses. The UnConference is an innovative, hands-on professional development training format where a deeper experience is provided around a particular theme. Local and national speakers are invited to present and participants are encouraged to engage hands-on in the workshops. The day concludes with a roundtable discussion on how to apply these experiences and innovative ideas in the early childhood environment as well as share ideas on how to partner with new colleagues.

PAEYC UnConferences are sponsored by PNC Grow Up Great, People's Natural Gas, Giant Eagle, UPMC Health Plan, Eat 'n Park, the Southwest Regional Key and PITTOHIO.



2016 UnConferences:

UnConference: Total Leadership - March 9 

UnConference: Maker Tots - May 14 (part of Remake Learning Days)

UnConference: Children+Arts 2.0 - June 30 at CAPA School

UnConference: Get Dirty! - September, 24 at the Frick Environmental Center

UnConference: Fred Rogers--The Friend, Teacher, Advocate - October 21 at the Heinz History Center; To register, visit here

UnConference: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - October 22 at the Children's Museum in the Northside; To register, visit here. 

Past UnConferences:

In 2013, the inaugural UnConference, Game On! was presented in collaboration with the CREATE Lab and Google Pittsburgh. This UnConference focused on how to embrace and appropriately use old and new technology with young children.  In addition, PAEYC presented a "hackathon" where app ideas presented by teachers were brought to life through a hackathon team of programmers, designers and teachers.  Keynote speaker was Illah Nourbakhsh from CREATE Lab.  Workshop presenters included: Google Pittsburgh, TechShop, Dream Flight Adventures at Shaler Elementary, Pittsburgh Center for Creative ReUse, Schell Games, MAYA Design, Education Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University, CREATE Lab, MakeShop at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Etcetera Edutainment and Assemble.

In 2015, the UnConference: Children+Arts was presented with the Reggio Emilia Pittsburgh Initiative, NAREA and the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh. In addition to a private tour of the "Wonder of Learning" exhibit presented by NAREA, this UnConference explored the importance of arts in early childhood education and highlighted its evolution of innovation through the lens of Reggio Emilia's philosophy. Keynote speaker was Reggio Emilia expert Jennifer Strange.  Workshop presenters included: Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Attack Theatre, Gemini Theater, Pittsburgh Opera, Carnegie Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Museum.