College Symposium

The College Symposium is an initiative sponsored by Southwest Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children. Participants are full time and adjunct instructors at 2 and 4 year higher ed institutions. They discuss engagement of students and how to improve networking among college faculty. Meeting with representatives of SWOAEYC, the goal is to find ways college faculty and students might benefit from program and services offered by the Southwest Ohio AEYC.  

The group began meeting in May of 2016 and discussed shared issues, goals, challenges and successes among college faculty. One discussion focused on the use of shared readings to address mindfulness, the theme of the Cincinnati AEYC 2016 annual conference.  Students were able to view a brief video segment provided on the affiliate website featuring Patricia Jennings, author of Mindfulness of Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom. 

The group also collaborated with the affiliate accreditation chair to determine what would be beneficial for students to see in accredited center tours.  As a result, the spring accreditation open house focused on developing parent partnerships. Visitors, including 10 students, talked with teachers about how they supported family engagement in the center. Teachers shared ideas about inviting parents to read books with children in the classroom, contribute ideas to lesson plans and serve on the center’s Board of Director’s parent committee. Students received extra credit in college classes for their participation.

College Symposium meeting locations rotate based on volunteer hosts. Dates are determined by polling participants. Conference calling or WebEx connections are available for those unable to travel to the meeting location.

2016-2017 Meeting Dates: 

May 17, 2016  - Xavier University

October 20, 2016 – Xavier University

May 10, 2017 – UC Blue Ash College

2017-2018 Meeting Dates:

October 20, 2017 - UC Blue Ash College  (10:30 – 12:00)

May ___ TBA

For further information contact - Dr. Helene Harte -

Join Us at Our Next Meeting!

Date: October 20, 2017

Time: 10:30-12:30pm

Location: UC Blue Ash College