NIE launches two inaugural events in early childhood and special needs education from over S$1 million endowments

NIE launches two inaugural events in early childhood and special needs education from over S$1 million endowments

Date
Friday, 18 July 2014

Initiatives that concentrate on early childhood and special needs education lfor practitioners  receive a boost with two launches at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore on Saturday, 19 July 2014. We are pleased to welcome Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Defence as Guest-of-Honour.

Highlights of the Event

The one-day event welcomes preschool and special needs teaching practitioners, professionals and members of the public.

Henry David Hochstadt Early Childhood Education Symposium

NIE Singapore and the Association for Early Childhood Educators (Singapore) (AECES) will welcome up to 300 participants on the topic of “Transitions: Building Bridges for Children”. The symposium is the first of a series of initiatives supported by the Henry David Hochstadt Early Childhood Education Endowment Fund. Through the Nanyang Technological University, a donation of S$500,000 with government matching of 1:1 was received in September 2013 from the Henry David Hochstadt Early Childhood Education Endowment Fund. The Fund is used for the development, research, enhancement and sustainability of quality practices for Early Childhood Education. The inaugural Henry David Hochstadt Symposium thus launches the Fund’s pilot initiatives which are guided by three tenets to:

1)    Support the professional development of Early Childhood Education teachers and leaders;

2)    Develop Asian “best practices” from our professional development and research work; and

3)    Share quality practices and processes as a result of the professional development and research work either through relevant platforms (conferences, training, workshops, symposiums, etc) and recognise the accomplishments and achievements of such teaching and school practices.

The symposium also highlights two keynote addresses by renowned early childhood education experts, Professors Sue Dockett and Professor Bob Perry from Charles Sturt University who will speak about the topic on early years transition. In addition, at 5 closed-door workshop sessions, a group of parents, preschool and primary school teachers, special needs practitioners, allied educators (learning & behavioural support) and the Health Promotion Board will share with participants their best practices.

The Leading Foundation Teacher Awards

At the Symposium, 5 practitioners will receive the inaugural Leading Foundation Teacher Award for Early Childhood and Special Needs Education. Through the Nanyang Technological University, an endowment gift of S$120,000 with government matching of 1:1 was received in November 2013 from the Leading Foundation. The recipients are honoured for their significant contributions to the care and teaching of children in these fields. These practitioners are lauded for making a commendable difference in the lives of children. Each will receive a cash gift and a certificate.

Details of the Symposium programme and details of the keynote address speakers profiles and abstracts are available in Annexe A and Annexe B, respectively.

Media Coverage

19 July 2014

The Straits Times: NIE launches new syposium and award in pre-school and special needs education

21 July 2014

Lianhe ZaobaoNIE raises 1 million to raise quality of early childhood and special needs education