2023 ACAMIS Early Childhood Education (ECE) Conference
Concordia International School Shanghai
Saturday & Sunday, October 14-15, 2023
Conference Theme: “The Whole Child: Individuals, Community, Global”  

Whole Child:

This year’s overarching theme of the Whole Child includes a holistic education and skill development in early childhood education which we know play a huge role in children’s lives. Sessions will include building children’s social emotional well-being through targeted social skill activities and play based learning and creating an environment that honors children. Making space that honors the humanity of educators, children, and community members is crucial to equitably preparing learners to reach their full potential.  
The Individuals sessions will include building autonomy and agency to give students a sense of ownership in their learning. Other elements can include building inquiry skills through student centered learning and differentiated teaching and learning practices to serve children’s needs. 
The Community sessions will include building bridges between the school, children and community through service projects, school/community events and sustainability initiatives. Other elements can include ways to become well-rounded, healthy individuals in education and life outcomes and the development and scaffolding of relationships with parents and caregivers to facilitate strong home-school partnerships. 
The Global sessions will include a focus on international mindedness to develop changemakers for the future. Workshops can encompass developing global citizens who are culturally competent individuals with a sense of community and genuine interest in experiencing the world around them. Other options can utilize experiential learning and multi-generational projects with high school and middle school students or community members.  


Keynote Speaker


Dr. Ana Aracelly Olguin

Years of experience

20 years


Special Education Teacher, Publisher, Presenter, Assistant Professor


ANA ARACELLY OLGUIN Ph.D. is an assistant professor at Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education (YCCECE) in Hong Kong. Concurrently, she is the pedagogical advisor for Pamela Peck Discovery Space PPDS, a play space and living laboratory located on the ground floor of YCCECE.
As an Assistant Professor, Dr. Olguin teaches a variety of courses to pre-service early childhood education ECE teachers including research basics, family involvement, integration of curriculum, and theories of play to name a few. She supervises and mentors students in their final year capstone projects and has also taught Kindergarten principalship courses.
In her role as pedagogical advisor for PPDS, she oversees all pedagogical matters to ensure that the activities at the Space are reflective of best practices in ECE such as free-play, child’s choice, and learning through play. She supervises a team of in-service teachers as they engage in a cycle of planning, implementing, and reflecting to ensure the quality of the activities specially curated for the young children and the families that visit the Space.
She earned her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her time as a doctoral student, she obtained the university’s distinction of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She’s also earned a specialist degree in ECE from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in mental health counseling from NOVA Southeastern University. She has published in Teachers College Record and participated in various international conferences as presenter. Most recently at the PECERA conference held in Bali, Indonesia.
Ana firmly believes that teaching young children is a labor of love that takes heart, mind, and relentless passion. She also believes that early childhood educators just like the children in their charge, thrive when they are being nurtured mind, body, and soul. Quality education is the work of passionate synergies and passionate synergies exist in places that nurture everyone around reciprocally and intentionally.

Hide Ana's Biography


Host School

Concordia International School Shanghai is a co-educational day school for students aged 3 to 18, located in the heart of Jinqiao. The school is recognized for its dedication to academic excellence and for providing well-developed sports, arts, service, and applied learning programs.

Concordia strives to develop the whole student in a unique global perspective, helping them to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Encouraging good character and a heart for service is an important aspect of our holistic education.

Using an applied-learning approach and purpose-built learning spaces, our caring and passionate faculty deliver a superior American curriculum and pioneer programs that guide individual students toward life success. Concordia graduates are admitted to some of the world’s best universities and are prepared to be principle-centered leaders and active global citizens.


Mr Steve Winkelman
Head of School
Concordia International School of Shanghai
345 Huangyang Road Pudong, Shanghai China 201206


Planning Committee

Committee members are automatically listed alphabetically via the website by their first names.




If notice of cancellation re the registered participant/sponsor is received:

  • 30+ days pre-event: 80% of fee is refundable
  • 15-29 days pre-event: 40% of fee is refundable
  • Less than 15 days pre-event: no refund

Online PD Programs - No refund will be granted re participants commencing an online PD program and withdrawing part way through. Course material fees (re DiSC surveys, book fees, etc) are not refundable once access is granted.



In the event of cancellation of a conference, workshop or online PD program, we will fully refund the registration or sponsorship fee(s) paid. However, we will be unable to refund any travel, visa or accommodation expenses incurred or course material fees where access has been granted.