The theme of the conference was Picture Every Child Confident and Secure. Approximately 3,000 early childhood professionals attended from across the region. The presentation was titled “Promoting Social/Emotional Development in the Young: Our Learnings from Cross-Cultural Experiences” and was an interactive workshop that included preservice teachers’ and faculties’ reflections on their experiences of working with children in various cultures across the world: Ghana, Guatemala, Spain and Tanzania.
The student participants were Chantal Barr, Amy Dunn, Shannon Goerke, Melissa Greenwald, Angelica Santos and Alicia Sharp.
“This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to present at a well-respected professional conference and specifically think about their global travels and implications of these experiences on their future classrooms,” says Reedy. “Social and emotional development is so vitally important to a child's healthy development and educators must first understand their perspective to be able to educate and nurture others in the most effective way.”