Theme 1: Curriculum and Instruction

Explores innovative supports for programs in providing high-quality early education and child development services that promote children’s cognitive, social, and emotional growth for later success in school. Presentations should assist programs with implementing responsive and effective teacher-child interactions, best practices for instruction, research-based curriculum, and screening and assessments to support individualized growth and development.  Also, presentations in this theme should provide innovative, developmentally appropriate ideas for technology use in preschool classrooms. This theme also reaches beyond the preschool classroom to include presentations on technology innovations that assist with program service delivery of all performance standards and ongoing quality improvement.

  • Effective teaching practices - Head Start Early Learning Framework Ages Birth to Five
  • Selecting & Implementing a research-based curriculum
  • The role of the curriculum specialist & testing curriculum fidelity 
  • School Readiness & Parent Engagement practices that support curriculum
  • High-quality early learning & socialization activities in home-based programs
  • Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)
  • Florida standards & Head Start Early Learning Framework Outcomes alignment
  • Curriculum fidelity
  • Teaching and learning environment
  • Kindergarten readiness (STAR)
  • Engaging practices for early learners (STEAM)
  • Dual language instructional practices
  • Learning content areas (Math, Science, Literacy, Language, Art)
  • Facilitated learning through technology
  • New tools for learning 
  • Technology standards implementation for early learners
  • Technology-assisted learning for preschoolers
  • Education trends in age-appropriate digital media platforms