Building a Powerful Foundation for Deep and Authentic Learning in the Early Grades
Participants of this early childhood course will learn how to:
Meet the Next Generation, NYS Early Learning Standards.
Create opportunities for authentic and inquiry-based play as a powerful learning force.
Create beautiful and effective classroom environments.
Develop an optimal schedule for teacher-initiated instruction and student learning.
January 23, 2019
February 13, 2019
March 5, 2019
April 4, 2019
May 2, 2019
Debra Hoffmann, CASDA Faculty
Debra formerly served as a classroom teacher with a special focus on early childhood education in The Guilderland Central School District. She also served as assistant principal for Westmere Elementary and Guilderland Elementary Schools. Debra studied extensively with Dr. Lilian Katz, known for her seminal work on Engaging Children’s Minds. Debra received her graduate degree from Bank Street College of Education. She is a published Heinemann Author: Welcome to Kindergarten. Debra’s specialty is instructing teachers on how to use hands on, active, and meaningful curriculum choices and methods to meet ELA standards and common core shifts in elementary teaching.
Abby Weber, CASDA Faculty
Abby recently retired in 2017 from the Niskayuna Central School District after 39 years as a classroom teacher with a special focus on early childhood. During her teaching career, Abby has had pre-school through second grade teaching experience including a University of Michigan lab pre-school, schools in the Republic of Panama the the majority of time in the Niskayuna CSD. Abby studied extensively with Dr. Lilian Katz and Dr. Sylvia Chard, known for their seminal work on their book, Engaging Children’s Minds. Abby received her graduate degree from the University at Albany and is currently working on a Certificate of Advanced Learning in Mentoring and Teacher Leadership. Abby’s specialty is instructing teachers K-2 on how to use hands-on, active, and meaningful curriculum choices and methods to meet the ELA and Math standards and common core shifts in elementary teaching.