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2018 MnAEYC-MnSACA Annual State Conference

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What is the timeline for submitting and selecting presentations?

We will accept presentation proposals until Sunday, July 23rd.  Accepted presenters will be notified in early to mid-September.


Who can submit a proposal?

Everyone is encouraged to submit a proposal. Submissions are open to the public, regardless of membership status or previous roles within the community. In particular, individuals and organizations that have not presented previously at a MnAEYC-MnSACA event and those from underrepresented communities and perspectives are encouraged to participate.


Who attends the MnAEYC-MnSACA Annual State Conference?

The MnAEYC-MnSACA Annual State Conference is unique in the country. We bring together professionals in both the fields of early childhood and afterschool. We see value in creating space for professionals from two different fields, but serving the same children, to come together to ensure a continuum of care and education that benefits the children and families we serve.

  • Early childhood participants are those working primarily in child care centers, Head Start, and school district early learning programs.
  •  Afterschool participants are those working primarily in before/afterschool and summer programs in school districts.


Besides the bragging rights of presenting at the Minnesota’s largest gathering of early childhood and school-age professionals – why should I apply to present or facilitate?

MnAEYC-MnSACA recognizes that a lot of your personal time and energy goes into preparing a presentation. For that reason, Workshop and Action session presenters (up to 2 per session) will be given a $50 stipend in appreciation for their efforts.  Roundtable facilitators will receive a $25 stipend. Please note that this stipend replaces the past practice of offering a complimentary one day registration to presenters.


Other benefits of presenting at the MnAEYC-MnSACA Conference include:

  • Opportunity to present at a statewide event with nearly 1,000 attendees.
  • Enhance your credibility and stature in the field.
  • Contribute to your community’s expertise by presenting cutting-edge best practices and education.
  • Challenge yourself in a new way.

If registration is no longer complimentary to presenters, do they still need to register? 

Presenters who only attend their session and do not attend any other aspect of the conference are not required to register (although they still need to check-in and receive a name badge).  If a presenter wants to attend the keynote or other sessions, he/she will need to register at the normally applicable rate.  If a presenter wishes to attend the full conference but doing so would present a financial hardship, he/she is encouraged to apply for a conference scholarship. Full and partial scholarships are available.


Where can I find additional information on the knowledge and competencies?

What do the "intended audience experience levels" mean?

  New to the Field:

  • Participants possess the knowledge and skills expected of someone with limited experience in the field.

   Intermediate in the Field:

  • Participants are practitioners who can apply knowledge and information

   Experienced in the Field:

  • Participants are seasoned practitioners who can apply knowledge and information in increasingly nuanced ways.

What is a Workshop Session?

Workshop sessions are the traditional 90-minute session and can be offered in a variety of formats from traditional classroom lecture to hands-on activity.


What is an Action Session?

Formerly known as a Power Session, Action Sessions are highly interactive, engaging and action oriented.  Using a shorter, more condensed format, Action sessions are designed to be high impact and empower participants with tools, information, and/or motivation that they can use immediately.


When will Action Sessions take place?

Actions sessions will be scheduled in 45 minute blocks in the afternoon.


What is a Roundtable?

New this year is an option to facilitate a round table discussion on a topic or issue of importance to you and others in the field.  Facilitators will help guide discussion and encourage the sharing of new ideas around a chosen topic. They should also be able to answer questions regarding the topic of discussion.


When will Roundtables take place?

Roundtables will be offered during breakfast before the morning keynote on Friday and Saturday.  Facilitators should plan on hosting their table(s) from 7-8am. 


How will the Workshop and Action Session rooms be set-up?

While most rooms will be set-up classroom style with chairs and long tables, a small number of rooms will be set-up theater style with chairs only.  Depending on demand and availability, there may be a room set-up with round tables and chairs.  Presenters should not rely on their stated set-up preference unless they receive explicit confirmation from MnAEYC-MnSACA.



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