Infancy Institute

Information and Registration

  • General Information

    Conference Details:

    Infancy Institute 2021: Racial Consciousness and Social Justice
    Friday, March 19, and Saturday, March 20, 2021
    10:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST

    Location:

    Virtual conference via Zoom. Attend in-person or access the videos after!

    Institute Fee:

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    Payment Information:

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    Bank Street College/Infancy Institute
    Attn: Gretchen Adams
    610 West 112th Street
    New York, NY 10025

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  • Schedule

    Friday, March 19, 2021

    TIME ACTIVITY
    9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Morning Calm Session with Yasmin Dorrian
    10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST Featured Presentation with José Velilla
    12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EST Workshops Round 1
    2:30 PM – 4:00 PM EST Workshops Round 2

    Saturday, March 20, 2021

    TIME ACTIVITY
    9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Morning Calm Session with Laura Martin
    10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST Workshops Round 1
    12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EST Keynote Presentation with Ijumaa Jordan
    2:30 PM – 4:00 PM EST Workshops Round 2
  • Keynote Presentation

    “Baby Loves Themself Sooo Much!” Supporting infants’ and toddlers’ positive racial identity development

    Keynote Presenter: Ijumaa Jordan

    Ijumaa JordanThis talk will inspire and challenge educators and other adults in the lives of the youngest children to support and guide positive racial development. I will share ways to ensure the love that infants and toddlers embody is reflected back to them through our interactions and the environments we provide.

    Ijumaa will be doing a pre-recorded talk/live Q&A model.

  • Featured Presentation

    “Reflections for a Better Tomorrow: Engaging in Equity and Social Justice”

    Featured Presenter: José Velilla

    Jose VelillaThe COVID-19 pandemic, politics and discrimination have all contributed to what I call the “Year of He_ _”. This year has brought to the forefront anger, disdain, and long term mental health concerns that will impact us all. The time we enact real change within ourselves, each other and our communities is now. I will share some of my experiences this past year and those of the children and families we serve in this community. Hoping for and acting toward true equity and social justice are not new concepts but this year, 2021 gives us an opportunity to reflect and engage in actions toward these goals. Let’s explore the possibilities together!

  • Workshops


    Friday Workshop Session 1: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EST

    • Workshop 1: Conversaciones y interacciones con estudiantes de doble idioma durante el día with Alexandra Figueras-Daniel (Workshop facilitated in Spanish)
    • Workshop 2: Engaging Families in Difficult Conversations with Soyoung Park and Laura Araman
    • Workshop 3: Equitable Compensation for the Early Childhood Workforce: Within Reach and Worth the Investment with Brandy Lawrence
    • Workshop 4: Math and Toddlers: Developing Math Understanding in Early Childhood with Robin Hummel and Alex Salomon
    • Workshop 5: So Much More than Lullabies: Exploring the World of Sound and Music in Infants and Toddlers with Sonia A. Yoshizawa
    • Workshop 6: Using the FAN with our Families and Colleagues with Tori Graham

    Friday Workshop Session 2: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM EST

    • Workshop 7: Collaboration and Partnerships with Families Receiving Early Intervention Services with Tanya Nicholson Miller
    • Workshop 8: Coming Back to the Classroom During and After COVID with Lesley Koplow
    • Workshop 9: Creating Environments that Support Social Emotional Development with Michelle Barnea
    • Workshop 10: Emergent Curriculum with Infants and Toddlers: Engaging in Dialogue with our Youngest Children with Jacqueline Marks, Scharisse Sierra, Aika Martin, & Jessica Bieber
    • Workshop 11: Leveraging participatory approaches during the COVID pandemic – lessons from the field with Steven A. Toledo and Adeline Medeiros
    • Workshop 12: Profundizando las conexiones familiares a través de cuidadosa observaciones with Carmen L. Colón (Workshop facilitated in Spanish)
    • Workshop 13: We are Family! Invite joy and learn practical strategies that serve to cultivate authentic family engagement through a strengths based and culturally responsive lens with Sarah Willis and Pilar Anglero-Aviles

    Saturday Session 1: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST

    • Workshop 14: Authentic Engagement in Early Intervention: A Conversation with Ashley Cattaneo
    • Workshop 15: Culturally Sustaining Practice in Family Childcare and Center Based Care with Dr. Robin Hancock
    • Workshop 16: Exploring Their World: Seasonal Exploratory Activities for Infants and Toddlers with Brittany Wallace and Stephanie McGillen
    • Workshop 17: Finding Joy in Early Childhood Settings with Gabriel Guyton and Stephanie Kelly
    • Workshop 18: Lectura en comunidad: Leyendo libros infantiles en español with Carla España (Workshop facilitated in Spanish)
    • Workshop 19: Supporting and Understanding Differing Sensory Profiles with Yasmin Dorrian

    Saturday Session 2: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM EST

    • Workshop 20: Anti-Bias and You: A Reflection and Deepening of Anti-Bias Education and its Role in Early Childhood Classrooms with Alexandra Martinez and Jennifer T. Ruiz
    • Workshop 21: Me an advocate? Yes! (a workshop) with Mark Nagasawa
    • Workshop 22: Reflective Supervision: A Best Practice Essential for Child Care with Gilbert M. Foley
    • Workshop 23: Salud Mental Infantil with Emily Rodriguez (Workshop facilitated in Spanish)
    • Workshop 24: Supporting Parents of Toddlers with Melina Gac Levin
    • Workshop 25: Was Rosa just tired? Reframing stories of Black resistance in Early Childhood settings with Maimuna Mohammed and Zipporiah Mills

    See below for the workshop descriptions.

  • Morning Calm Sessions

    Friday, March 19, 2021, 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM with Yasmin Dorrian

    Start your day off in community with other participants engaged in some gentle movement. We will practice setting an intention for the day and visualizing ease. This session is intended to get our minds and bodies ready for a full day of learning.

    Saturday, March 20, 2021, 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM with Laura Martin

    Cherry Pie and Lullabies: What to pass on and what to let go

    Start the morning off with a little self-care! In this virtual circle time, we will explore the patterns, practices, and behavior we inherit from previous generations and what we want to pass on to the next. Using storytime and guided reflection, we will learn ways to identify the intergenerational behavior and traditions we carry with us and how to choose—with awareness and intention—what we want to hold on to and what to let go.

Workshop Descriptions

  • Friday Workshop Session 1: 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EST

    Workshop 1: Conversaciones y interacciones con estudiantes de doble idioma durante el día

    • About this workshop: (Workshop facilitated in Spanish) En este taller vamos a platicar sobre la importancia de las conversaciones e interacciones con los niños pequeños que estan aprendiendo dos idiomas y cómo podemos aprovehar todas las rutinas a lo largo del día para hacer este importante trabajo.
    • Presenter: Alexandra Figueras-Daniel, Associate Director, Straus Center for Young Children & Families at Bank Street College of Education

    Workshop 2: Engaging Families in Difficult Conversations

    • About this workshop: In this workshop, participants will learn about an essential, but often unwelcome component of our work as educators: how to have difficult conversations with families. Using real-life scenarios and participants’ own lived experiences, we will explore approaches to building alliances with families when addressing tough topics. In particular, participants will leave the workshop with concrete ideas for engaging families from a diverse range of racial, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds in culturally sustaining ways.
    • Presenters: Soyoung Park, Instructor/Advisor, Bank Street College of Education, and Laura Araman, LCSW, MSEd, Advisor at Bank Street College

    Workshop 3: Equitable Compensation for the Early Childhood Workforce: Within Reach and Worth the Investment

    • About this workshop: Discussion will highlight promising mechanisms for advancing early childhood educator compensation reforms at the local, state, and federal levels, building from transitional strategies to a call for bold, national reform. Facilitated by Bank Street Education Center leaders, participants will share perspectives and offer insights as they grapple with key considerations for achieving equitable pay across the early care and education workforce continuum.
    • Presenter: Brandy Lawrence, Senior Director Birth-to-Three Policy, Communications and Partnerships

    Workshop 4: Math and Toddlers: Developing Math Understanding in Early Childhood

    • About this workshop: Understanding math comes through everyday experiences and interactions. This workshop will offer experiences that parents and specialists can use in building math understanding for toddlers.
    • Presenters: Robin Hummel, Bank Street College, and Alex Salomon, Eastern Suffolk BOCES

    Workshop 5: So Much More than Lullabies: Exploring the World of Sound and Music in Infants and Toddlers

    • About this workshop: This workshop informs about infant and toddlers auditory skills and expands the music repertoire to use with young children. Participate in fun, music discussions focused on how we can best create an optimal music environment for young children.
    • Presenter: Sonia A. Yoshizawa

    Workshop 6: Using the FAN with our Families and Colleagues

    • About this workshop: The FAN (Facilitating Attuned Interactions) provides an approach to reflective practice that can be used by anyone supporting children and families. The FAN Approach serves as a framework for parent engagement and reflective practice. The FAN focuses on parents’ urgent concerns and helps early childhood staff tailor responses to match what parents need most in the moment. The FAN also helps those working in various early childhood settings recognize how their own internal sense of regulation/dysregulation affects their ability to be fully present with a family. The FAN offers strategies to help us feel balanced in activating/high risk situations.
    • Presenter: Tori Graham, Director of FAN Training and Dissemination, Erikson Institute
  • Friday Workshop Session 2: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM EST

    Workshop 7: Collaboration and Partnerships with Families Receiving Early Intervention Services

    • About this workshop: Building relationships is one of the cornerstones of our work with children and families in home settings. Compassionate communication furthers our understanding of children’s development and the dynamics of families. In this workshop, we will discuss how exploring emotions and empathy, sharing observations and honest feedback, and engaging in an ongoing reflective process helps to cultivate co-regulation with children, collaboration among practitioners, and partnerships with families receiving Early Intervention services.
    • Presenter: Tanya Nicholson Miller, Montclair State University Early Intervention Program

    Workshop 8: Coming Back to the Classroom During and After COVID

    • About this workshop: This workshop will explore young children’s transition back to the classroom after weeks or months away from group life due to COVID-19. Parents and teachers returning to shared early childhood spaces may have new perspectives on children’s development and experiences.
    • Presenter: Lesley Koplow LCSW, Director of Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street

    Workshop 9: Creating Environments that Support Social Emotional Development

    • About this workshop: Join us in an interactive exploration of how we can create engaging and exciting environments for infants and toddlers that specifically targets social emotional development. Learn strategies for establishing the highest quality classrooms.
    • Presenter: Michelle Barnea, RN, MSEd

    Workshop 10: Emergent Curriculum with Infants and Toddlers: Engaging in Dialogue with our Youngest Children

    • About this workshop: At our school, children, teachers, and families co-construct curriculum together. When we enter into dialogue with young children–deeply listening to their ideas and inquiries–we embark on meaningful, exciting work. We will share stories about how this emergent curriculum informs and inspires our infant and toddler classrooms, centering around the topics of family, community, and identity.
    • Presenters: Jacqueline Marks, Senior Director, Scharisse Sierra, Aika Martin, & Jessica Bieber, Early Childhood at Manny Cantor Center

    Workshop 11: Leveraging participatory approaches during the COVID pandemic – lessons from the field

    • About this workshop: This workshop will offer lessons from the field, sharing how a home visiting agency leveraged its organizational values to creatively and effectively support its families and team during the COVID-19 pandemic. The presenters will detail how the organizational culture and infrastructure positioned the full team to be both responsive and proactive, as well as share some of the learnings that will be applied going forward. Participants will walk away with concrete strategies that they can bring back to their setting as they face new COVID-related shifts to their practice.
    • Presenters: Steven A. Toledo, COO, and Adeline Medeiros, Borough Director; Power of Two

    Workshop 12: Profundizando las conexiones familiares a través de cuidadosa observaciones

    • About this workshop: (Workshop facilitated in Spanish) Las observaciones nos ayudan poder apoyar y construir relaciones con nuestros niños y sus familias. En este taller vamos a usar las observaciones para establecer conexiones con nuestra familias.
    • Presenter: Carmen L. Colón, MS, Co-Director of Early Childhood Special Education Programs, Bank Street Graduate School of Education

    Workshop 13: We are Family! Invite joy and learn practical strategies that serve to cultivate authentic family engagement through a strengths based and culturally responsive lens

    • About this workshop: We Are Family! This session is designed for all participants that want to acquire impactful family engagement techniques through a culturally responsive and strengths based approach. In this session we will invite joy, learn practical strategies that cultivate relationships and discover approaches that will enable you to form authentic connections.
    • Presenters: Sarah Willis, Director, Bank Street Head Start, and Pilar Anglero-Aviles, Lead Teacher, Bank Street Head Start
  • Saturday Session 1: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST

    Workshop 14: Authentic Engagement in Early Intervention: A Conversation

    • About this workshop: As Early Intervention Providers, our job is to collaborate with other service providers, families and educators but this is not always easy. In this workshop we will talk about what can get in the way of authentic engagement not only with the children on our case loads but their families, other service providers and educators. We will also brain storm ways that we can transverse these barriers for more effective communication between all members of a child’s EI team through break out groups and large group discussion.
    • Presenter: Ashley Cattaneo, MSEd, New York City Department of Education

    Workshop 15: Culturally Sustaining Practice in Family Childcare and Center Based Care

    • About this workshop: This workshop will engage participants in reflection, both on key steps towards cultivating culturally responsive and respectful early education spaces as well as their own experiences with responsive practices as members of the early education community. Time will be spent reflecting on our experiences with practices that have affirmed or denied our identities in the classroom and how this informs our practice as members of the education community. The session will round out with time to build strategies in support of ourselves and the communities that we serve that reflect and honor our community and cultural expertise.
    • Presenter: Dr. Robin Hancock, Director of Global Learning and Community Engagement, The Packer Collegiate Institute

    Workshop 16: Exploring Their World: Seasonal Exploratory Activities for Infants and Toddlers

    • About this workshop: Our workshop will explore how to create open-ended, developmentally appropriate activities for infants and toddlers. Using the seasons as a framework, we will look at ways to develop curricula that allow children to explore and make sense of their world within the safe space of their classrooms.
    • Presenters: Brittany Wallace MSEd, Head Teacher Grace Church School, and Stephanie McGillen MSEd, Head Teacher Grace Church School

    Workshop 17: Finding Joy in Early Childhood Settings

    • About this workshop: Of the many elements that go into supporting child development and early learning, nurturing joy is among the most essential yet often overlooked. When we provide opportunities for children and educators to experience joy, we create environments that encourage exploring, discovering, and building connections. We must always – perhaps now more than ever – work to make joy a foundation of childhood. In this workshop, we will explore how to create intentional opportunities for children and educators experience joy. Participants will examine techniques for inviting joy into childcare settings, work together to build deeper connections using the principles of Powerful Interactions®, and explore strategies for reducing stress and other obstacles to being joyful.
    • Presenters: Gabriel Guyton, VP Child and Family Services, and Stephanie Kelly, Child and Family Services Coordinator

    Workshop 18: Lectura en comunidad: Leyendo libros infantiles en español

    • About this workshop: (Workshop facilitated in Spanish) En este taller estaremos leyendo libros infantiles y revisando recursos sobre estos libros. Usaremos Jamboard y grupos pequeños para practicar y recibir recomendaciones. Se compartirá un Padlet con todos los recursos.
    • Presenter: Carla España, Instructor & Fieldwork Advisor, Bank Street Graduate School of Education

    Workshop 19: Supporting and Understanding Differing Sensory Profiles

    • About this workshop: In this workshop we will reflect on our own sensory profiles as a way to better understand the differing sensory needs of others. We will take a look at how these differences impact behavior and discuss strategies to support the individual children and families we work with.
    • Presenter: Yasmin Dorrian, MSEd, YKD Consulting
  • Saturday Session 2: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM EST

    Workshop 20: Anti-Bias and You: A Reflection and Deepening of Anti-Bias Education and its Role in Early Childhood Classrooms

    • About this workshop: This workshop will serve as a foundational tool towards navigating and implementing Anti-Bias curriculum with infants and toddlers. We will discuss the importance of self reflection and accountability of Early Childhood Educators as well as provide tools and takeaways to use in your setting (classroom, home, office, etc.) with children tomorrow.
    • Presenters: Alexandra Martinez, MSEd, MSW, Bank Street Family Center, and Jennifer T. Ruiz, BA in Forensic Psychology, Dual Masters Degree Student at Bank Street College of Education and Hunter College at Silberman, Social Worker Intern at Cristo Rey High School and Literacy Intern at Bank Street School of Education

    Workshop 21: Me an advocate? Yes! (a workshop)

    • About this workshop: As you know, just because 2020 is behind us doesn’t mean that our society’s many illnesses have gone away. The work continues, and we need each other to keep it moving forward. This session is for folx of all experience levels and will be a space to help each other to practice advocacy using simple, yet powerful, tools – most notably you.
    • Presenter: Mark Nagasawa, Director Straus Center for Young Children & Families, Bank Street College of Education

    Workshop 22: Reflective Supervision: A Best Practice Essential for Child Care

    • About this workshop: This presentation defines Reflective Supervision as concept and practice, differentiates it from other forms of supervision and argues for it having an essential role in childcare. A demonstration reflective supervision fish bowl session will be conducted with willing participants from the audience.
    • Presenter: Gilbert M. Foley, EdD, IMH-E, Consulting Clinical Psychologist, New York Center for Child Development (NYCCD), Clinical Co-Director, Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) NYC/OMH, NYCCD, McSiver Institute, NYU

    Workshop 23: Salud Mental Infantil

    • About this workshop: (Workshop facilitated in Spanish) Únase a nosotros para explorar cómo podemos comprender la salud mental infantil y apoyar a los niños y las familias.
    • Presenter: Emily Rodriguez, LMSW, MSEd

    Workshop 24: Supporting Parents of Toddlers

    • About this workshop: Supporting parents of toddlers can take many forms, but all benefit from flexibility, understanding, and a sense of humor. This workshop will explore how to support parents with everything from the logistics of parenting a toddler to the personal growth it can bring about.
    • Presenter: Melina Gac Levin, MSEd, Bank Street College of Education, Adjunct Professor

    Workshop 25: Was Rosa just tired? Reframing stories of Black resistance in Early Childhood settings

    • About this workshop: Confronting America’s racial past and present- to combating myths and misrepresentations of African American history in education, our true stories must be told to our children. True storytelling will seek to raise awareness around issues of inequality, injustice and inspire them to take action. Telling true stories are ways, as educators, we can make impact in addressing incidents of hate, bigotry, racial injustice. It will help to amplify the voices just like those who have inspired our survival and thriving.
    • Presenter: Maimuna Mohammed, Equity Specialist @ CCR Bankstreet College of Education, and Zipporiah Mills