This year, our Pre-Institute workshop will take place on Thursday, October 5th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Prairie Meadows Hotel in Altoona, Iowa. Co-presenters Rebecca Wilson and Dawn Johnson will dive into Project Approach, which you can learn more about in the below document.

To earn teacher renewal credit through an AEA, you will need to register for and attend the Pre-Institute workshop IN ADDITION TO the three follow-up virtual sessions. To earn HHS credit through i-PoWeR, you can register for and attend just the Pre-Institute workshop, or you can complete the entire course with the three follow-up virtual sessions. (AEA Credit to be purchased separately for an additional $35)

About the Guest Speaker: Judy Harris Helm


Judy Harris Helm assists early childhood programs in integrating research through writing, consulting and training. She began teaching first grade and then, after completing her doctorate,  returned to the classroom as Lead Teacher of four-year-old’s. Dr. Helm taught, directed, and designed early childhood and primary programs and taught at the community college, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Most recently, she studied Mind Brain Education at Johns Hopkins and Harvard Universities.  She is the past state president of the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children. Among the nine books she has authored, coauthored, or edited are Growing Child Intellect: The Manifesto for Engaged Learning; Becoming Young Thinkers: Deep Project Work in the Classroom;  and Young Investigators: The Project Approach in the Early Years.  All books are published by Teachers College Press, with a number co-published with NAEYC.

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