Idaho AEYC’s
Professional Development Institute

June 14-15, 2019 | Downtown Boise

Mark your calendars for Idaho AEYC’s Professional Development Institute! The PDI is the most comprehensive gathering of early childhood educators in Idaho. It’s an opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge, build your professional network, learn from early childhood experts, and get inspired!

We are already hard at work planning the June 2019 conference, and we’re excited to share more details in the coming months. Registration opens in January. And if you join Idaho AEYC today as a Professional Member at the Standard Level, you can enjoy discounted conference registration rates along with access to a unique set of member-only benefits to support your professional growth and development.

We are applying for IdahoSTARS training hours and CEUs for the conference – stay tuned for more details about those opportunities!

Learn more about the 2019 conference:

Announcing our 2019 keynotes!

We are excited to welcome Dr. Lisa Porter Kuh and Dr. Iris Chin Ponte as our keynote speakers this year! You don’t want to miss their insight on creating engaging early learning environments and responding to children’s interests.

Lisa Porter Kuh, Ph.D., is Director of Early Education for the city of Somerville, Massachusetts, a high-needs urban district. She works with public, center-based and Head Start preschool programs. Dr. Kuh has over 30 years of classroom experience with young children and is also a teacher educator, currently at Lesley University. She was an assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire and a lecturer at Tufts University. Dr. Kuh is committed to supporting teachers, children, and families in providing quality places to learn, play and grow. She has published and presented on the impact of outdoor play spaces and classroom environments for young children, teacher professional development, documentation, Montessori education, anti‐bias education, literacy and math content.

Iris Chin Ponte, Ph.D., is Director and Classroom Teacher at the Henry Frost Children’s Program in Belmont, Massachusetts. She is an adjunct faculty member of the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University. Dr. Ponte was proudly recognized as an Exchange Emerging Leader in 2015. As a former Fulbright Scholar, she has expertise in cross‐cultural education issues in the United States, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, China, Japan and Newfoundland. She also worked for Sesame Street Research at the Children’s Television Workshop in New York. Dr. Ponte has published in the areas of children and technology, behavior management, children’s play, outdoor environmental design, and birth parent reunions and heritage trips for adoptees in China. Dr. Ponte has received various scholarship and fellowship recognitions from the Children’s Defense Fund, the Watson IBM Fellowship, CBS, and the American Educational Research Association.


Want to present at the conference?

We are seeking highly-qualified presenters who are interested in providing professional development that inspires excellence in the early care and education of young children!

This year, Idaho AEYC is seeking presenters who can speak to best practice curriculum approaches, with the focus of intentional and reflective practices. We want presenters who will guide professionals to promote meaningful learning, create inclusive classrooms, and effectively reflect upon and evaluate their own teaching. We are very interested in hearing from individuals who can present on topics specific to infants and toddlers, STEM as it relates to young children, emergent curriculum and inclusion.

We invite you to submit a two-hour workshop proposal for the morning of June 14, or a 75-minute workshop proposal for the afternoon of June 14 or any time on June 15. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2019.

As a token of our appreciation, presenters will receive complimentary registration the day you present. Co-presenters will receive a 50% discounted registration fee for that day.

Highlights from the 2018 conference: