Monday April 30, 2018

8:00 am - 3:15 pm

Registration: 7:45 am  

Cost: $120 per person for members/$240 per person for non-members

 $25 for administrators attending only the first keynote address

5th Participant Free With Four Registrations! 

***Participants will receive 7 hours of CTLE credit*** 

UAlbany Health Sciences Campus 

Co-Sponsored By: 

In today’s classrooms many teachers find that justifying the importance of purposeful play, and making room for it in the school day, is challenging despite the extensive body of research supporting it.  Many teachers are expected to use strategies that are not developmentally appropriate for the age of the students they teach.   During this conference educators will be introduced to ways to meet the Early Learning Standards using a wide variety of child centered play centers and experiences that create: deep learning, empathy, collaboration, negotiation, and a growth mindset in children. Additionally, participants will learn about the research that supports the use of purposeful play as a way to elevate students’ learning, thinking, and social interactions.

This conference will familiarize teachers and administrators with critical elements of the NYS Next Generation Early Learning Standards. As stated in the introduction to the standards, “Articulating the New York State Standards for the youngest children in prekindergarten to third grade required particular attention to the nature of learning in early childhood.” One of the key ways young children learn is through purposeful play.  

Breakout Sessions 

Session I: 

  • Integrating Movement Into the Curriculum for Joyful and Deep Learning - Susan Griss 

  • Outdoor Spaces That Enrich and Extend Classroom Learning - Johanna Esteras and Barbara Taragan

  • Learning With Loose Parts: Integrating STEAM in the Early Childhood Classroom - Melissa Hasty, Albany City Schools Early Childhood Team

  • Creating Welcoming and Vibrant ELL Environments: Gretchen Oliver

  • Conversation With Anna Allanbrook, Principal, Brooklyn New School 

Session II 

  • Integrating Movement Into the Curriculum for Joyful and Deep Learning - Susan Griss

  • Project Based Learning While Meeting the Curriculum and Next Generation Learning Standards - Dorine Phelan 

  • Engaging Young Learners in English Language Arts: A Workshop Approach to Reading and Writing - Lorena Hurst

  • Social and Emotional Learning in The Pre-K and Kindergarten Classroom - Tina Rose-Turriglio, NYSED

  • Meaningful and Useful "Kid Tested" Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom - Sarah Richardson 

  • Classroom Environments for Pre-K and Kindergarten - Jane Fronheiser, NYSED

Conference Agenda

7:45 - 8:00 -     Administrator Registration

8:00 - 9:00 -     Keynote Address for Administrators:  Vision Alongside Structure - Anna Allanbrook, Principal,                                        Brooklyn New School 

8:30 - 9:00 -     Registration and Coffee for Full Conference Participants

9:10 - 10:10 -   Keynote Address: Trusting the Children and Teachers to Make Learning Possible - Anna Allanbrook

10:30 - 12:00 - Breakout Session I Workshops

12:00 - 1:00 -   Lunch 

1:00 - 1:15 -     Brief Address from CASDA Faculty Presenters

1:30 - 3:00 -     Breakout Session II Workshops 

3:00 - 3:10 -     Closing Reflections - Betsy Morcom-Kenney, Director, NYSED Office of Early Learning

Conference Presenters 
Debra Hoffmann, CASDA Faculty

Abby Weber, CASDA Faculty

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