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2018 Teaching Kindergarten: Where Did the Garden Go? Democracy, Diversity, Dignity & Dewey

Event Description

Kindergarten plays a critical and unique role in a child’s life. It is a year filled with discovery, wonder, friendship and creativity - when language, literacy, science and math take on real meaning through play and active learning. Yet, in many classrooms, experiential learning is marginalized as Kindergarten is fast becoming the new first grade. This Conference provides an opportunity for educators to come together and address this challenge.

Friday, April 20 from 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday, April 21 from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Early bird discount available through February 15!

Keynotes Include:

  • On Being Human: Young Children, Troublemaking, and the Role of Imagination in Social Change | Carla Shalaby
  • “What’s a Kindergarten Education For?” Schooling Five-Year-Olds in Disruptive Times | Patsy Cooper

Workshops Include:

  • Building Birdtown: Constructing Democracy in the Block Area | Facilitator: Rebecca Burdett
  • Writing, Playing & Choice Time | Facilitators: Fanny Roman, Charlene Cruse Rivera and Renée Dinnerstein
  • Outside-In: Integrating Nature into Urban Classrooms | Facilitators: Lisa McDonald and Monique Rothman
  • Supporting Second Language Acquisition in Kindergarten | Facilitators: Tatiana Rosa and Antonia Bendezu
  • Creating a Learner-Centered Classroom: Why and How? | Facilitator: Julie Diamond

For a complete list of workshops and descriptions visit (hyperlinked). This conference is for everyone who is invested in kindergarten: classroom teachers, coaches, administrators, graduate students, faculty, and policy makers.

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