Concordia University, Nebraska to host early childhood conference

Concordia will host its early childhood conference on June 13 with the theme "Learning that Lingers.Miles of Smiles"

Concordia invites all area educators to its annual early childhood conference. Discover new ways to inspire and educate young children.
Concordia invites all area educators to its annual early childhood conference. Discover new ways to inspire and educate young children.
  • Concordia invites all area educators to its annual early childhood conference. Discover new ways to inspire and educate young children.
    Concordia invites all area educators to its annual early childhood conference. Discover new ways to inspire and educate young children.
    Concordia invites all area educators to its annual early childhood conference. Discover new ways to inspire and educate young children.
    Concordia invites all area educators to its annual early childhood conference. Discover new ways to inspire and educate young children.
SEWARD, Neb. – Concordia University, Nebraska will host its 13th annual Early Childhood Conference on Wednesday, June 13. This year’s theme is “Learning that Lingers…Miles of Smiles.”

“This conference addresses current professional issues facing pastors, principals, administrators and teachers who serve in both public and parish education,” said Annette Oliver, conference organizer and education professor. “Conference attendees network and gain valuable information to take back into their classrooms and communities.”

The conference will feature Jeff A. Johnson, a family child care provider, speaker, author and toy maker as the keynote speaker. Drew D. Gerdes, early childhood educator and director, will deliver the luncheon address.

Johnson and his wife operate a home-based childcare program focusing on emergent and play-based learning. He has presented to thousands of providers in the U.S. and in Ireland. He is the author of seven books which focus on child-centered early learning and caregiver self-care.

Gerdes will speak about the difference teachers make in the lives of their students as well as the difficulties and rewards of teaching early childhood in relation to God’s purpose in ministry.

Sectional offerings available during the conference include
  • Play and learn
  • Exploring fruits and vegetables
  • Engaging children in nature
  • Assistive technology in the primary classroom
  • Book nook: using books to support development
  • Jesus is alive
  • I am learning, I am moving
  • Caring connections
  • Emergent literacy assessment
  • School readiness
The cost for the conference is $43 per person if registered by June 1 and $53 after June 1. The luncheon price is an additional $12.

For complete information, including a schedule and registration form, visit www.cune.edu/ECC. More information is available by contacting Professor Annette Oliver at 402-643-7474 or annette.oliver@cune.edu.