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31st Infancy Institute — 2018

Thursday Morning, June 21

20. Active Learning of Infants and Toddlers!

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

What is active learning for infants and toddlers? What are the ingredients that make up active learning? How can adults support the active learning of the children in their program? Answer these questions and more in this interactive workshop.

21. Baby Watch

Jacqueline Leong Range, LYFE program

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to watch infants in person as they are busy at work interacting with an early childhood teacher.

22. Compartiendo Nuestras Historias a Través de una Colcha de Retazos

Margaret Blachly, Bank Street Graduate School of Education and Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street

En este taller, los participantes van a aprender sobre una estrategia para usar con las familias o con el equipo de maestros de una escuela o guarderia. Es un proceso que crea un sentido de comunidad dentro del grupo, y que causa que los participantes se sientan unidos. Vamos a experimentar el proceso de coser una colcha de retazos que contiene las histories de cada uno. El taller será presentado en español.

23. Math with Infants and Toddlers

Robin Hummel, Ed.D., Bank Street College of Education, &
Alexandra Salomon, UFT Teacher Center

From the moment babies are born, they begin to form ideas about math through everyday experiences and interactions. This workshop will offer experiences that parents and specialists can use in building math understanding for infants and toddlers.

24. Powerful Interactions: Supporting a Strength Based Work Environment for All

Kristina Satchell, Educational Supervisor, Columbia University Early Head Start

Learn the fundamentals of Powerful Interactions and how it can be used to support all member of your community from administrators, teachers, parents and children. Learn practical and achievable ways to use Powerful Interactions throughout the school year.

25. Supporting Families Through Infant Toddler Playgroups

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

The first three years of life are a critical period for development. This workshop will focus on how peer groups, for both caregiver and child, can support caregiver mental health, child development, attachment, and the relationship between child and caregiver. We will focus on materials offered, topics covered, group dynamics and facilitation.

26. Toddler Watch

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.

Thursday Afternoon

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

Wendi S. Williams, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Bank Street Graduate School

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 psycho-neurobiology that shapes stress and trauma responses in adults and their effect on children in their care will be discussed. Participants will participate in experiential activities and practices of strategies for minimizing and managing stress that can be used in their work.

28. La Alimentación de los Infantes y Niños Pequeños

Dra. Marilyn Figueroa

Este taller se enfoca en la alimentación de los infantes y niños pequeños. Ayudando a los padres a navegar el área de intersección de los requisitos nutricionales y el desarrollo socio-emocional de sus niños.

29. Energy Meets Energy in the Early Childhood Music Class: Song Leader Meets Children, Every Day

Betsy Blachly

Betsy will lead the group in a typical music circle time, and we will unpack how it works, and what keeps it going, and how to build your own dynamic.

30. Offering and Creating Meaningful Books For Infants, Toddlers, and Their Grownups

Noelle Dean, LMSW, Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College

The workshop will explore the use of books to reflect salient developmental and experiential themes for infants and toddlers. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about creating their own books with specific children and groups of children in mind.

31. Ouch, Biting Hurts! Understanding and Working with Toddlers Who Bite

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

Toddlers sometimes exhibit biting behaviors. 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!

32. The Power of Documentation

Rachel Warren, Early Childhood Special Educator & Hayley Richard, Early Childhood Educator

Based on the Reggio Emilia philosophy, this course is an introduction to the power of documentation. We will explore four key areas in which documentation can be implemented in an Early Childhood classroom or setting. Those four key elements are 1) honoring the child's voice/choice and building strong relationships through documentation, 2) recalling pieces of documentation with children in order to deepen their learning, 3) using documentation to inform curriculum and strengthen teaching teams, and 4) using documentation to build bridges between parents/families and the classroom.

33. Supporting Early Development Through Sensory Exploration

Sara Shelton, Lead Co-Teacher at JCC Manhattan/2s Together program, MS.Ed General and Special Education

Participants will engage with a wide variety of creative sensory materials, many of which can be made by you. We will discuss the developmental benefits of sensory play and explore the many ways to incorporate sensory materials into both your classroom environment and activities.

34. Teaching from the Right Side of the Brain: Yoga-Based Strategies for Supporting Infant Mental Health

Laura Grant, M.S.Ed. Bank Street College of Education

This workshop introduces participants to mindfulness and movement tools from yoga as a way of supporting secure attachments in the infant classroom. Babies are right-brain dominant: embodied and 100% present. Most of us, as adults, are left-brainers: analytic, verbal, conceptual. When we, as adults, can ground in our bodies and find presence, it becomes easier to attune to our tiny students, reading babies’ cues and responding compassionately. Our students, in turn, experience the calm, consistent, loving support needed to establish good mental health, building a solid foundation for learning. Come prepared to gently move, breathe, and practice some baby yoga techniques you can take back to your classroom. No yoga experience necessary. All movements can be done in a chair.

35. Using Social Emotional Development to Guide Room Arrangement for Infants, Toddlers and Twos

Michelle Barnea, RN, M.S.Ed., Early Childhood Consultant

Utilizing video clips from Mind in the Making: Experiments in Children’s Learning, participants will view research studies that demonstrate the importance of socio-emotional development in early education. Discussions will allow participants to apply the research results directly to the creation of appropriate room environments, and the care that they provide for young children.