2017 SAES Early Learning Conference

Location:          Good Shepherd Episcopal Day School
                          3201 Windsor Road
                          Austin, TX 78703

Date & Time:   June 22, 2017 - 8:00 am - 4:30 pm    

Member Registration Fee:          $100.00 (includes lunch)
Non-Member Registration Fee: $125.00 (includes lunch)

Registration Deadline:  June 9, 2017

CPU Credits: 8 Hours

Hotel Information

SAES has secured a block of rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton Austin NW Arboretum, 8901 Business Park Drive, Austin, TX, at a discounted rate of $139.00. Reservations are the responsibility of the participant and must be made by May 31, 2017 to receive the discounted rate. Call 512-343-0888 to make your reservation now.



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Bill Gordh
Director of Expressive Arts
The Episcopal School of New York City

Bill Gordh is the Director of Expressive Arts at The   Episcopal School in the City of New York where he leads the weekly chapel gatherings and storytelling classes. His books include Building a Children's Chapel: One Story at a Time (Church Publishing) and Stories in Action: Interactive Tales and Learning Activities to Promote Early Literacy (Libraries Unlimited). Bill Gordh is an award-winning Banjo-playing storyteller, author, educator, early childhood and elementary literacy specialist and consultant. He has performed with the New York Philharmonic, at the Gerald Ford Amphitheatre in Vali. CO, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum in Houston, TX, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, the Clearwater Festival and for three years was a featured storyteller at The White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington, DC.

 Engaging Chapel for Early Learning

Participants will learn best practices relating to worship with Early Learning students.  In addition to age appropriate activities, participants will learn how to partner with church staff in order to create the most engaging chapel experiences. Participants will also participate in a worship service in order to learn how to incorporate these practices into both the Chapel space and the classroom.


Jennifer K. Adair, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, College of Education
The University of Texas at Austin

Jennifer Keys Adair, PhD is Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at The University of Texas at Austin. As a young scholar fellow with the Foundation of Child Development and a major grant recipient of the Spencer Foundation, Dr. Adair is working with parents, teachers, administrators and young children to improve the learning experiences of young children from marginalized communities. Her areas of expertise include early childhood education, immigrant parent engagement, project based learning and the importance of young children exploring racial and cultural differences. Dr. Adair has received many awards for her research and published findings in a wide range of journals including Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education and Race, Ethnicity and Education. She has conducted research projects in the United States, India, New Zealand and Australia as well as throughout Europe. In addition to academic journals, Jennifer’s work and expertise can be found in a variety of news outlets including The Conversation, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Pacific Standard, Time, CNN and National Public Radio

Project Based Learning in Early Childhood Education

Explore best practices relating to incorporating project based learning approaches into the early childhood classroom.  In addition to reviewing some of the latest research on the topic, participants will experience the process of taking an idea or lesson through the three phases of project based inquiry as a “hands-on” exercise in order to bring the theory into practice with students next year.


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