Member Schools & Organizations

Membership Requirements

Current Board Members

Parents and Educators

Networking Event Speakers and Chairs

Our History

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Networking Dinner Speakers and Chairs

1991 - Vivian Gussin Paley
Author and Kindergarten Teacher, University of Chicago Lab School
"Studying Children Through Their Imaginative Lives"
Kelly Fead, chair

1992 - Bill Ayers, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Illinois-Chicago
"Trickle Up:  The Value of Early Childhood Education
in the Lives of  Children and Families"
Barbara Gooden, chair

1993 - Lilian Katz, Ph.D.
Director, ERIC Clearninghouse
"Contemporary Perspectives on Parenting and Schooling in the Early Years"
Martha McMahon, chair

1994 - James Garbarino, Ph.D.
President, Erikson Institute
"It Ain't the '50s Anymore: Life for Kids in the '90s"
Patricia Washburn, chair

1995 - Henry J. Gault, M.D.
Physician
"Children and Television: What the Combination Means for Educators"
Patricia Washburn, chair

1996 - Barbara Bowman
President, Erikson Institute
"Meeting the Challenge: Supporting Children and Families"
Patricia Washburn, chair

1997 - Lucinda Lee Katz, Ph.D.
Head, University of Chicago Lab School
"Cruising the Seas Together: A Revitalizing Expedition"
Marcia Adelman, chair

1998 - Lucinda Lee Katz, Ph.D.
Head, University of Chicago Lab School
"Avoiding the Clutches of Time and Stress:
Affirming, Balancing and Centering Our Lives"

Marcia Adelman, chair

1999 - Bill Ayers, Ph.D.

Professor, University of Illinois-Chicago
"The Ethics of Teaching: Knowing Ourselves,
Seeing Our Students, Engaging Our World"

Marcia Adelman, co-chair
Lucinda Chapman, co-chair

2000 - Mark Larson, Ph.D.
Manager, Field Museum Educational Partnerships and Programs
"Becoming the Teacher I Want To Be: Working on the Milennium Model"
Marcia Adelman, chair

2001 - Bennett Reimer, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University
"Your Role As A Teacher: Enhancing Young Children's 'Smarts'"
Marcia Adelman and Susan Schmitt, co-chairs

2002 - Barbara Bowman, M.A. 
Founder and Retiring President, Erikson Institute. 
"Eager to Learn and Eager to Read"
Marcia Adelman and Susan Schmitt, co-chairs

2003 - Samuel Meisels, Ph.D.
 President, Erikson Institute  
"Assessing Children While Trusting Teachers" 
Marcia Adelman and Susan Schmitt, co-chairs

2004 - George Forman, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts
"Observing Children: What? So What? Now What?" 
Marcia Adelman and Sandy Johnson, co-chairs

2005 - William Ayers, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Illinois-Chicago
"Teaching Toward Freedom: Creating Responsive Classrooms"
Kathy Hardy and Sandy Johnson, co-chairs

2006 - George Wood, Ph.D.
Principal, Federal Hocking High School, Stuart, OH, and Founder of The Forum for Education
"No Child Left Behind: An American Dream"
Kathy Hardy and Sandy Johnson, co-chairs

2007 - Don Monroe, Ph.D.
Former Superintendent of the Joseph Sears School, Kenilworth, and the Winnetka Public Schools and former headmaster of the Francis Parker School, Chicago
"Standing Up for Children: The Role of Teachers as Advocates for Young Children and Families"
Kathy Hardy, Jami McCormack, Sandy Johnson, and Sara Sullivan, chairs

2008 - Diane Levin, Ph.D.
Professor, Wheelock College, and author of many books
"Buy, Buy Childhood. How Media and Marketing Affect Children in School"
Sara Sullivan, Anne Kelly and Kathy Hardy, chairs

2009 - Samuel Meisels, Ph.D.
 President, Erikson Institute  
"Assessing Young Children: What Early Educators Need to Know" 
Stephanie Figlioli, chair

2010 - Joan Almon

Executive Director, Alliance for Childhood

"Crisis in the Classroom: Why Children Need to Play in School"

Stephanie Figlioli, chair

2011 - Hedda Sharapan, M.S.

Director of Early Childhood Initiatives at The Fred Rogers Company

"Through the Eyes of A Child"

Denise Matthews-Smith and Tracey Quinn, co-chairs

2012 - Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Ed.D.

Professor Emerita at Lesley University

"Taking Back Childhood: Challenging Times for Children and Teachers"

Jenn Matuska and Shelley Pantelic, co-chairs

2013 - Diane Levin, Ph.D.

Professor, Wheelock College; founder of TRUCE and Defending the Early Years

"Beyond Remote-Control Teaching and Learning: The Special Challenges of Promoting Optimal
Learning and Development in Today’s World"

Jenn Matuska and Shelley Pantelic, co-chairs

2014 – Chip Donohue, Ph.D.

Dean of Distance Learning & Continuing Education and Director of the Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center at Erikson Institute

“Early Learning in the Digital Age: What Educators Need to Know about Intentional and Appropriate Teaching with Technology”

Jenn Matuska and Christie Baker, co-chairs

 

2015 – Samuel J. Meisels, Ed.D.

Founding the Executive Director of the University of Nebraska’s Buffet Early Childhood Institute

“Why the Early Years of Life Matter”

Jenn Matuska and Christie Baker, co-chairs

 

2016 - Marcy Guddemi, PhD, MBA

National Consultant and Former Executive Director of Gesell Institute of Child Development on the Yale campus

"The Gesell Institute of Child Development Confirms: Development Matters"

Christie Baker, chair

2017 - Gever Tulley
Founder of Tinkering School & Brighworks School (San Francisco)
Experience First: Ideas and Lesson from a Decade of Meaningful Hands-On Learning Experiments
Christie Baker, chair