Co-Director, Infancy Institute
Supervised Fieldwork Advisor; Course Instructor
Anti-bias education, Collaboration between educators, families, and communities, Early Intervention, Effective inclusion practices, Empowerment for families of children with special needs, Equity in access to educational resources, Social-emotional development in early childhood
Some of the Values that Shape My Work
Education to me is a deeply human and humanizing profession, in that it honors that aspect of each individual that is seeking, growing, and changing. Working with students of all ages means bearing witness to the thrill of discovery, as well as to the frustration that can accompany the attempt of something difficult and new. In my work with both adults and children, I seek to be a guide in the long, difficult, joyful process of finding meaning for themselves in this complicated world. Rather than simply imparting information, I see my role as assisting my students in figuring out for themselves what information is important to them, what they value, what they seek to accomplish, and then helping them find the tools to do it. As self-understanding grows, so can empathy.
Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities
Creation of a parent cooperative preschool; work with young children with special needs and their families in school settings and homes; guiding learning experiences for children through community gardening; children’s conflict resolution program in Guatemala
Recent Professional Contributions
Fieldwork advisement to current students; course instruction; support for early childhood teachers in a public school; member of several organizations working for social justice in education; member of the Council for Exceptional Children; conference presentation on anti-racist practices in classrooms
- M.S.Ed., Early Childhood General and Special Education, Bank Street College of Education
- B.A., Intercultural Communication, City University of New York Baccalaureate Program
Selected Publications and Presentations
Navitski, A. (2011). Not just funny stories. In D. Boster & M. Valerio (Eds.), What teaching means: Stories from America’s classrooms (pp. 42-44). Omaha, NE: Rogue Faculty Press.