During the NAEYC Professional Development Institute of 2015 held in New Orleans, Louisiana from June 6-10, Cengage Learning celebrated Early Childhood Educators. From in-booth demos of MindTap for Education, to focus-groups, to participating in sessions, and to the MindTap Mardi Gras Launch Party to thank our educators for their service and partnership—Cengage Learning did it all! Joined by experts in the field, we enjoyed engaging presentations and interactive sessions on a wide range of topics: accreditation, wage equality, personal and professional development, and more.

In-booth demos proved more exciting than ever as educators realized MindTap for Education for its full potential as an all-in-one digital solution! The scenarios especially appealed to instructors, who appreciated their focus on real-life teaching situations and integration with an e-portfolio powered by Pathbrite. Educators believe the e-portfolio will help students gain an advantage while job hunting with free access to the e-portfolio for life! Moreover, professors voiced their appreciation for adherence to national standards as well as commended MindTap’s customization capabilities. All in all, MindTap was widely accepted as a useful, practical, and dependable tool.

During focus groups, we worked with educators as they offered invaluable opinions that shape the future of MindTap for Early Childhood. Educators were excited to see the recommendations they shared in previous focus groups have been incorporated into the product, all the while giving us great insights for how to further better MindTap. Everyone in the focus groups had great things to say about Cengage Learning’s efforts to ensure MindTap fits their needs. By us, for you!

Lastly, Cengage Learning celebrated our partnership with our educators at the MindTap Mardi Gras Launch Party at the famed House of Blues! Educators were invited to relax, rejuvenate, and party, New Orleans style! Participants engaged in a variety of fun activities throughout the evening, and also learned more about MindTap. A local brass band led attendees through a parade, the photo booth captured great NAEYC memories, and delicious food and drink were had by all of our lovely, inspiring educators! We hope the souvenir umbrellas came handy when it rained the next day!

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