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30th Infancy Institute — 2017

Thursday Morning, June 22

22. Baby Watch

Jacqueline Range

Encouraging powerful interactions with infants.

23. Creative Art for Toddlers

Debbie Silver, Director of Professional Development, Child Care Resource of Rockland

What is creative art for toddlers? How can we set up satisfying, creative, open-ended art activities? Experience the process yourself as you paint, stick, and crumble!

24. My Grown Up & Me! Developmental Variations: Supporting Individual and Dyadic Development Through Facilitated Playgroups

Sarah Piel, M.S.Ed. &
Gabrielle Felman, LMSW, M.S.Ed.

The first three years of life are a critical period in chlidren's development and are also a time in caregivers' lives of enormous expectation and change. Our play-based models offer unique emotional and developmental in-the-moment supports to both children and their "Grown Ups" during this exciting and sometimes overwhelming time.

25. Putting Research into Action: Mind in the Making + Vroom

Nicole Gardner, Program Associate, Mind in the Making and Vroom at the Bezos Family Foundation

Mind in the Making, and its partner initiative Vroom, is an unprecedented effort to bring science of early learning to parents, teachers, and communities, and to translate that science into practical strategies and tools. This session will take participants on video field trips to the labs of child development researchers, looking at the factors that matter in laying the foundation for essential life skills like focus and self control, perspective taking, and communicating in infants and toddlers. Participants will leave the workshop with concrete resources and ideas for promoting these skills with the children in their lives.

26. Singing, Songs, Clapping, Tapping and Drumming

Betsy Blachly

You are the song leader: in your classroom, circle time and even waiting for the elevator.
When we meet in this workshop we will exchange good song and singing tips, and clapping ideas, and tapping and jumping songs, that you will be able to use with your children the next day!

27. Toddler Watch

Kristina Satchell, Educational Supervisor, Columbia University Early Head Start

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to watch toddlers in person as they are busy at work interacting with an early intervention specialist. We will discuss ways to develop our observational skills and understanding of the complex developmental processes that are being mastered through seemingly simple interactions.

37. Inviting Creativity: Art Workshop for Teachers Working with Infants, Toddlers, and Twos

Stephanie McGillen, Kailey Winans, Savera Kashmiri-Rost & J Larsen, Bank Street College of Education

Creativity isn't just for famous artists or Nobel Prize winners – it is in all of us, and at all ages. Join us as we explore art opportunities for infants and toddlers and twos that foster their creativity. This workshop will explore hands-on exploration with materials such as painting, collage, and clay and will include practical strategies for art in your classroom.

Thursday Afternoon

28. Adult and Child: Still Mind, Calm Mind, Learning Mind

Wendi S. Williams, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Bank Street College of Education

This workshop will combine content and process illuminating the link between adult educator stress management and child peace-of-mind and learning/creativity potential. Some background on the psychoneurobiology that shapes stress and trauma responses in adults and their effect on children in their care will be discussed. Participants will engage experiential activities and practices of practical strategies for minimizing and managing stress that they can use in their work.

29. Challenging Behaviors: What's My Piece in the Puzzle?

Lorri Sullivan, M.Ed., Sullivan Early Childhood Consulting, LLC

This workshop will consider how we can use our relationships with infants and young children to understand and make sense of their behaviors. We will also consider how we each experience challenging behaviors differently based on our personalities, histories, and experiences.

30. Change Management: A Discussion on Leading Early Care and Education Programs Through Change

Jeanette Corey, Bank Street Family Center, Home & Community Based Programs

The workshop will provide program directors the time and space to discuss and process strategies for leading their programs through change. Learning opportunities will include ways to consider adult development when supporting teachers in changing their practice.

31. A Classroom for All and One: How to Individualize Curriculum Through Shared Activities with Mixed-Age Children

Michael Amaral, Head Teacher, Bank Street College Family Center

In a classroom children develop skills differently from one another and develop similar or different interests. This workshop aims to provide teachers ways to determine a child's developmental goal, the importance in determining individual interests and how to make shared activities reflect these individual's current interests and developmental goals.

32. Culturally Responsive Caregiving: Building Trusting and Supportive Relationships with Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families

Faith Lamb-Parker, Director and Senior Research Scientist, Center for Culturally Responsive Practice, Bank Street College of Education &
Lisa Gordon, Associate Director, Early Childhood Education, Center for Culturally Responsive Practice, Bank Street College of Education

This experiential workshop will support participants' exploration of ways to build trusting and supportive relationships with infants, toddlers, and their families that focus on families' strengths. A Cultural Responsive Strenth-based Model™ will be the organizing framework to deepen participants' understanding of culturally responsive practice.

33. Finding Meaning: Observing and Documenting with Infants and Toddlers

Rachel Warren, M.S.Ed., Early Childhood Consultant, Developmental Specialist &
Alexandra Frank, M.S.Ed., Early Childhood Consultant

"How can we help children find the meaning of what they do, what they encounter, what they experience...?" Rinaldi
Based on the Reggio-Emilia Approach through observation and documentation, we can gain a better understanding of the meaning behind those experiences for infants and toddlers.

34. Key Elements for Individualizing Assessment in Early Head Start Home Based Programs Including Special Needs / Los Elementos Claves para Individualizar Evaluaciones en Programas de Early Head Start Basado en el Hogar Incluyendo Necesidades Especiales

Erica Quezada-Selman, M.S.W, M.S.Ed., CEIM, Education Director, The Children's Aid Society Early Head Start and Head Start Program &
Carmen Gonzalez, M.S.Ed., CEIM, Education Director, The Children's Aid Society Early Head Start Program

Workshop will be in Spanish! Facilitants will discuss the development assessment of infants and toddlers in Early Head Start that is inclusive of Special Needs. Focusing on best practices, parent involvement and educators within the process of informal and formal assessment.

35. Ouch! Biting Hurts—What To Do When a Toddler Bites

Debbie Silver, Director of Professional Development, Child Care Resource of Rockland

Let's explore why some toddlers in your program may be biting, strategies to deal with this challenging behavior and how to develop program policies on biting!

36. Quilt-Making with Families: Creating Community Through Expressive Arts and Story Sharing

Margaret E. Blachly, M.S.Ed., Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College, Advisor and Instructor, Bank Street Graduate School of Education

Participants will have a hands-on experience creating a quilt and sharing their own stories. Through participating in the process, participants will develop a personal understanding of the power of this art form and group process. Each participant will leave the session with ideas for adapting this activity to their own center or environment.