Past Conferences

2019 Conference

“Our Bravest Selves”

Featured Presentation: World Class Trip: Teaching Towards the Global Community

By Dr. Robin Hancock, Director, The Guttman Center for Early Care and Education at Bank Street College

Robin is an early education specialist committed to community organizing and strengthening the work of early childhood educators. She began her teaching career ten years ago in New Haven, CT. After completing an MA in Social Anthropology at Brandeis University, Robin moved to California where she began to engage in social justice work, creating and sustaining early literacy programs with a focus on community engagement and culturally relevant student-teacher professional development. In 2009, she returned to the East Coast to complete work on a Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in Early Childhood Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Under her leadership, the Guttman Center is actively building systems of support for day care providers in the under-served communities of New York City.

Workshop Highlights:

  • Being There: Building Relationships With Early Childhood Educators | Facilitator: Rebecca Newman
  • Engaging Toddlers and Twos Using Emergent Curriculum | Facilitator: Jelena Starcevic
  • Exploring Race & Equity for Infants and Toddlers: A Focus on the Adults who Work With Them | Facilitator: Takiema Bunche Smith
  • Promoting Empathy and Resiliency: Creating an Emotionally Responsive Infant, Toddler, and Twos Room | Facilitator: Gabriel Guyton
  • Actividades Emocionalmente Responsivas para Hacer con Familias//Emotionally Responsive Practice Activities That You Can Do With Families | Facilitator: Margaret Blachly
  • The Intersection of Infant Mental Health and Sensory Processing Disorders | Facilitator: Gilbert M. Foley
  • The Power of Teacher Intentionality: Developing Young Children’s Cognitive Skills | Facilitator: Michael Amaral
  • Taking Care of Others Means Taking Care of Yourself | Facilitator: Sue Carbary
  • Creative Art for Toddlers | Facilitator: Molly Vozick-Levinson
  • Math for Infants and Toddlers | Facilitators: Robin Hummel & Alexandra Salomon
  • STEM or Music? Creating a “Sound” Environment for Infants and Toddlers | Facilitator: Sonia A. Yoshizawa
  • The Brain Architecture Game | Facilitator: Michelle Barnea
  • Challenging Behaviors: What’s My Piece in the Puzzle? | Facilitator: Lorri Sullivan
  • What is Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers? | Facilitator: Katherine Baldwin
  • Center Visits: Bank Street Family Center, Barnard’s Center for Toddler Development, Basic Trust Infant/Toddler Center, Rita Gold Early Childhood Center at Teachers College