May
12
9:00 AM09:00

Applying Emotionally and Culturally Responsive Practices to Improve Outcomes for Children and Support Classroom Management

9:00 am – 12:00 pmHalf-Day Workshop – Gramercy Park

Applying Emotionally and Culturally Responsive Practices to Improve Outcomes for Children and Support Classroom Management

Lesley Koplow, MSED, Director of Emotionally Responsive Practice Projects & Veronica Benavides, MA, EdD, Director of the Center on Culture, Race & Equity, Bank Street College of Education, NY

Supporting children’s social and emotional development and learning is linked to positive outcomes for all children, but particularly for young children in low-resourced communities. Participants will review the foundations of Emotionally and Culturally Responsive Practices in early childhood settings and learn strategies they can apply immediately. This workshop is appropriate for classroom teachers, program directors who are looking to shift institutional policies to increase children’s outcomes, as well as, speech therapists and others working with individual children.

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May
12
9:00 AM09:00

Developmentally Appropriate Practice and Playful Learning

9:00am-12:00pmHalf-Day Workshop – Crystal Ballroom

Developmentally Appropriate Practice and Playful Learning

Tarima Levine, MSEd, Director of Content Development & Davia Brown-Franklyn, MS, Senior Director of Partnerships, Bank Street College of Education, NY

There is a plethora of research that highlights the importance of play for young children.  Recently this research has included the connection between playful experiences and brain development, making the need to provide playful learning experiences for children paramount. Thus, teachers can intentionally support children’s growth and development by integrating rich opportunities for play into their daily classroom routines and curriculum. Through the use of video, readings and hands-on experiences, participants will reflect on their current practice and begin to think about next steps for their classrooms.

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May
13
8:30 AM08:30

Early Childhood Professionals with Pizzazz!

8:30 am – 9:20 am

Keynote – Grand Ballroom

Early Childhood Professionals with Pizzazz!

Joshua Alvarez, MA, Education Consultant, Kaplan Early Learning Company, CA

Do you feel excited each day you work with young children? Or, are you feeling burned out, tired or can’t wait for the weekend to get here? You will be taken on an exciting journey by putting the PIZZAZZ/spark into your daily responsibilities. When you have that PIZZAZ, positive attitude and excitement, then everybody else around you will be excited and have a positive ATTITUDE too! Learn innovative ways and strategies to keep yourself, children, parents and staff in a positive mode. Your positive thoughts, your positive actions and your positive ATTITUDE will become your destiny. You will be reminded how we play an essential part in setting the foundation for our future. Everything we say and everything we do matters in the lives of children and their families. That is why we have to be intentional and dedicated on a daily basis. Being that intentional professional will keep us committed to the child development principles and will keep us being sensitive to the needs of children and their families. You will leave this keynote fueled and ready to make an impact in our future.

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