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Reimagine the Power of You - MnAEYC-MnSACA 2017 Annual State Conference

MnAEYC-MnSACA 2017 Annual State Conference

February 3-4, 2017 • St. Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, Minnesota

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The Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children and the Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance welcome your proposals for workshops at the 2017 MnAEYC-MnSACA Annual State Conference to be held February 3-4, 2017 at the St. Paul RiverCentre.

Submitting proposals is easy! Simply complete the online proposal form below. The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, August 5 at 5 p.m.

About the Conference:

This event traditionally draws nearly 1,000 participants who provide programming for children and youth. We are very excited about this partnership between the early childhood and school-age statewide organizations.

We encourage you to share your knowledge and expertise with the people attending this engaging event. This conference brings together administrators, lead staff, center directors and direct care and education staff who are eager to enhance their own professional development and improve the quality of their programs. You’ll leave with new networks, renewed energy, and tools to work in these ever changing fields of early childhood and school-age care.

We are committed to creating a diverse, safe, and welcoming space for participants to learn and share. We want to make sure we receive conference session proposals from the widest audience as possible, including from you!

All workshop proposals are welcome and will be considered. We will give special attention to those that incorporate the theme of this year's conference: "(Re)Imagine the Power of You". Whether you are a new teacher in the classroom, an aide or assistant in an afterschool program, a long-time director of a child care center, a supervisor of an afterschool program, you are a leader. You have the power to make a difference in the lives of the children and families you serve, in the way the program is run, in impacting policy conversations at all levels of government. This conference will be a compelling reminder that we are all leaders in the fields of early childhood and school-age care.

Important Facts:

2017 Workshop Tracks and Subtracks:  
(Please be very specific in the description of your proposed session to make sure we accurately place your session.)


  • Community
  • Inclusion
  • Working with Families
  • Cultural Competency & Equity
  • Social & Emotional Learning
  • Responsive Care/Classroom
  • Social Justice


  • Child Assessment
  • Reggio
  • Environment
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Language & Literacy
  • Physical Development & Health


  • Systems Building
  • Program Evaluation
  • Leadership
  • Motivation & Coaching Staff
  • Team Building
  • Advocacy
  • Quality Improvement
  • Advancing the Profession 

Age Groups: Participants are working in early childhood and school-age care programs. Those working in early childhood could be working with ages birth to 13. Those working in school-age care programs could be working with ages 5-13. When choosing the age group your presentation applies to, please be aware that the participants work with varying age groups and to tailor your presentation to be inclusive of all settings if you choose Adult Learning.

Workshops will be chosen based on the following:

  • Clarity of presentation summary
  • Presenter’s background in training
  • Appropriateness of topical themes
  • Reference check

Accepted presenters will be notified in September via email.

Thank you for your assistance in ensuring that this event is a valuable experience for all. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Gosline, Event Planner, at (651) 999-8988 or email

Be sure to read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) before completing the form.

Please provide a reference who has heard the main presenter speak.
If your presentation includes a co-presenter, please provide the following information.
This year's conference will concentrate on but will not be limited to the following themes. Please note in your description if your session is specific to a certain age group or is geared to all ages. PLEASE NOTE: If you check all ages, you are indicating that both early childhood and school-age care professionals will benefit from your session. Please write your session description taking into account both early childhood and school-age care professionals.

(Please select one subtrack from only one of the following tracks: Relationships, Curriculum, or Professionalism)

PLEASE NOTE: If you check Adult Learning, you are indicating that both early childhood and school-age care professionals will benefit from your session. Please write your session description taking into account both early childhood and school-age care professionals.

Provide a description of 50 words or less for your presentation as you want it to appear in the conference program. Please pay close attention to your description so participants have an accurate feel for the session content and the age group you are speaking to, if necessary. Please write your description in the third person.

Please select if you (the main presenter) would like to receive free registration (including lunch) to the conference on the day that you present.
1. Handout limit is 1 sheet (front and back). Presenters will be responsible for providing copies of handouts that exceed 2 pages.

2. With permission, the full PowerPoint presentation will be made available electronically to registered attendees after the event.

3. All correspondence will be via email with the main presenter.

4. Presentations are not to be used as an opportunity to “showcase” or “sell” business, services or products in any way.

5. We value your time and expertise and understand that when you present at the Annual State Conference, you are sharing more than your knowledge. For that reason, we waive the registration fee for all presenters on the day of your workshop presentation. This entitles you to all food included in the registration fee that day and you can attend workshops and earn professional development credits yourself. No monetary compensation is provided.

6. Confirmation letters will be emailed in September along with A/V request forms and additional information.

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