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A Welcome Message from our speaker, Prof Chip Donohue

About Symposium

Jumpstart 2018 – An Early Years Symposium returns this year to the Philippines.

This year, we bring you a brand new exciting collaborative effort by two experts in traditionally non-overlapping fields – Technology and the Project Approach. Prof Chip Donohue (Director of TEC Center in Chicago) and Prof Sallee Beneke (leading authority in the Project Approach) will open your eyes to new possibilities in early childhood education. See how Technology and the Project Approach can come together to create a highly engaging and effective teaching tool that leads to tangible learning outcomes, the fun way. Learn about guidelines in the use of technology from one of America’s leading authority in STEM in the Early Years. Experience first-hand how the Project Approach can greatly impact a child’s knowledge, skills and dispositions. This one-day symposium will revolutionize the way you teach and prepare the children for tomorrow’s world.

Jumpstart is an Early Years Symposium specially crafted for Early Childhood Leaders, Researchers and Professionals in the Philippines. Our highly-acclaimed speakers are known internationally for excellence in their areas of expertise. Each year, they bring fresh insights along with their latest research and present an unparalleled learning experience to our participants. It is our hope that through this event, the future generation of leaders will be fully equipped to meet the demands of a fast-changing world.

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Symposium Schedule

Opening of Symposium

Professor Sallee Beneke

Keynote 1

An Introduction to the Project Approach   (read full synopsis)

Morning Tea

Professor Sallee Beneke with Professor Chip Donohue

Workshop 1

Finding Out Together: Implementing the Project Approach   (read full synopsis)

Networking Lunch


Professor Chip Donohue

Keynote 2

Developmentally-Informed Technology Integration: Guidance for Early Childhood Educators in the Digital Age   (read full synopsis)

Dialogue / Q&A

Afternoon Tea

Professor Chip Donohue with Professor Sallee Beneke

Workshop 2

Putting the T in STEM and Introducing the Project Approach   (read full synopsis)

About Our Speakers

Professor Chip Donohue

Dean of Distance Learning & Continuing Education; Director of TEC Center (Erikson Institute, Chicago)

Chip Donohue, PhD, is Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education and Director of the TEC Center at Erikson Institute in Chicago. He is a Senior Fellow and Member of the Advisory Board of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College, where he co-chaired the working group that revised the 2012 NAEYC & Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8. Chip is the editor of two books, Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning (2015) andFamily Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors (2017), co-published by Routledge/NAEYC. In 2012 he received the Bammy Award and Educators Voice Award as Innovator of the Year from the Academy of Education Arts & Sciences. In 2015, he was honored as a children’s media Emerging Pioneer at the KAPi (Kids At Play International) Awards.

Professor Sallee Beneke

Professor of Early Childhood Education & Director of Masters in Early Childhood Education Program, St Ambrose University (Iowa)

Sallee Beneke is professor of early childhood education at St. Ambrose University where she directs the Master’s in Early Childhood Education program.  She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in inclusive curriculum, child development, early childhood math methods, early childhood science methods, and early childhood social studies methods. Sallee has authored and co-authored several books and many articles on the Project Approach, Inclusion, and Documentation.  Her new book, Implementing the Project Approach in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms, is coauthored with Dr. Michaelene Ostrosky and Dr. Lilian Katz. It features an Implementation Checklist intended to support teachers who are learning to teach with this approach. Sallee is a consultant on the Project Approach to the Illinois Early Learning Project ( She is also a blogger for the website, ( and co-facilitates the Project Approach Facebook group. Sallee has developed an annual Summer Institute on the Project Approach that draws participants from around the world, and in 2013 she was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Education at the University of Illinois.

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Symposium Pricing

Early Bird

Early Bird

Available Now to 31 August 2018

Public – PHP 6,000

MC & *DepEd Teachers – PHP 4,500

MC & *Full Time Students – PHP 3,000


  1. Online registrations closes on 4 Oct and walk-in registrations will be accepted on-site on 6 Oct at a flat rate of PHP 8,000 across all categories.  Participants are encouraged to register early to enjoy discounted rates.
  2. Cancellations will be accepted up to 31 August 2018 and all refunds will be subject to an administrative fee of PHP 1,000 per transaction.
  3. No refunds will be accepted from 1 September 2018 onwards.
  4. *Students and staff of DepEd are required to show proof of enrollment / employment for processing of registration.

Symposium Venue

Henry Sy Sr. Innovation Center (HSSIC)
The Innovatrium
Miriam College

Katipunan Ave, Quezon City
1108 Metro Manila, Philippines

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