Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Southwest Florida College’s Director of Education to present at the 2011 NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo.

Mr. Manny Maestre, Director of Education for the Southwest Florida College Fort Myers and Bonita Springs campuses, will be presenting at the 2011 NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo, November 2-5, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.

Mr. Maestre’s presentation entitled: The three Rs of early childhood male educators: Resiliency, respect, and retention, will be an hour and a half session that covers the first to third graders age group and is within the Men in Early Childhood Topic Track.

The session will provide critical analysis of the barriers and best practices that currently exist in recruiting and retaining male early childhood educators in diverse classroom settings, particularly those serving ELL and ESE student populations as well as the different teaching methodologies used by each gender that assists in ensuring student success. Additionally, the session will demonstrate and define a firm correlation between the successes of a diverse student population within an early educational setting as it relates to gender identification and the underlying social and cognitive causes that undermine its premise.

Additionally, according to a letter received from NAEYC, Mr. Maestre’s session has been hand-picked by NAEYC staff “from over 900 other sessions to be recorded because of its broad appeal to a diverse audience of early childhood educators. NAEYC staff considered many factors in the selection process, including the topic, age group, speaker expertise, session popularity and intended audience.”


About Southwest Florida College: Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information visit www.swfc.edu

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