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2018 Early Learning Institute Details

This page is the home of all things ELI 2018! It will be updated regularly to reflect the most up-to-date information about our summer conference. Please let us know if we forgot something or if you need more information!

Institute Element 


Contact Information

Additional Links

Conference Content  The overarching theme for the 2018 Early Learning Institute focuses on supporting children’s development of sense of place, which includes both learning about one’s community and creating the community we envision for ourselves and the future. Sessions will illustrate the ways children and teachers explore their relationships with each other, with the natural and urban world that surrounds us, with learning materials, and with fascinating topics such as culture, storytelling, art, and outdoor play. Sessions will also provide deep exploration of the methodologies of pedagogical documentation and the ways it supports our place-based curriculum and project work. 2018 Tentative Schedule and Session Titles

2017 Conference Program

(for reference)

2016 Conference Program

(for reference)

2015 Recap

2016 Recap

Current Coupons  Register Here!
Dates Friday, June 1st-Saturday June 2nd, 2018
Early Learning Center

(ELI organizers) 

Feel free to contact us with any questions! Email:



Featured Speakers Bob Coulter

Mary Jane Moran  Post coming soon about specific topics for their talks.
Location Min Kao Engineering Building

(on UT’s campus)

ELC Centers

1520 Middle Dr.

Knoxville, Tennessee 37996

Google Maps Link 

*detailed parking information to come


4 Points Sheraton

$98 per night (May 31st-June 3rd)

*Use the link above to book or if you prefer to call, mention that you are with the Early Learning Institute




1109 White Avenue Knoxville, TN 37916

Additional Hotel Information 
Parking We are working with UT Parking Services to work out precise parking details for the weekend. If you are joining us from out of town, the 4 Points Sheraton has it’s own parking and is very convenient to the venue. *Detailed parking information coming soon!
Program Our full program won’t be available until mid-May, but we’ll post updates as we have them at the link to the right! Tentative Schedule
Registration Regular Rate: $190

Rates include two days of conference programming, lunches, snacks, coffee breaks, and goodies!

Check the ‘Current Coupons’ section for savings!

*Please note that registration is for 2 days*

Let us know if your organization needs to pay by check. 

Mallory Morrison

Register Here!
Social Media We hope the use of social media outlets will help conference attendees stay connected throughout the year. We also use these outlets for programming and giveaways, so be sure to get connected before the ELI! Facebook