Conferences & Institutes

Teaching Kindergarten Conference: Where Did the Garden Go?

2022
Rediscovering the Joy and Purpose of Kindergarten

Online
Friday, April 8 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET
Saturday, April 9 from 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET

Every teacher’s voice is essential as we explore important questions about kindergarten in today’s world: Who are our kindergarteners? How can we understand and respond to their needs while navigating academic pressures and covid-related concerns? How do we continue to create environments that support social justice? How can we care for ourselves during this challenging time? Join us at this online conference to reconnect as a community and leave with hope and resilience, as well as resources that will inspire your teaching practice. New this year, the conference will feature a strand of workshops focused on pre-K and 3K.

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Call for Proposals

Propose a workshop for Saturday, April 9th.
New this year, workshops will be offered for teachers and administrators for PreK and 3K

Conference Founders

Betsy Grob is an early childhood specialist who served on the faculty of Bank Street College for over 20 years. She currently advises students in the Graduate Program in Early Childhood Education at City College and at City College’s Center for Worker Education, both in New York City. In addition, Grob facilitates professional development for early childhood educators in the New York metropolitan area as well as in many countries around the world including Sierra Leone, Chile, Romania, Mongolia, and Azerbaijan. She has taught kindergarten, first grade, and early childhood Spanish in New York City and Colorado. Grob is co-author of Teaching Kindergarten: Learner-Centered Classrooms for the 21st Century (Teachers College Press, 2015) and is co-author of The Right to Learn: Preparing Early Childhood Teachers to Work in High-Needs Schools (Bank Street College’s Occasional Paper Series, Number 25, 2010). She holds an MS in and an EdM in education, both from Bank Street College.

 

Fretta Reitzes

Fretta Reitzes has been a classroom teacher, educational therapist, teaching artist, parent educator, and author. During her thirty-five year tenure at the 92nd Street Y, she was the founder and director of the annual Wonderplay Conference, director of the Y’s Goldman Center for Youth & Family, and director of the Parenting Center. Presently, she consults with early childhood teachers, administrators, and school leadership. In 2016, Reitzes developed On-Kindness, a project that provides tools and perspectives about creating a culture of kindness and presents lectures/ workshops at schools, universities and community centers. She is adjunct faculty at City College’s Center for Worker Education in New York City. Reitzes is co-author of Teaching Kindergarten: Learner-Centered Classrooms for the 21st Century (Teachers College Press, 2015); WonderPlay, and WonderPlay Too! (Running Press, 1995 and 2005), and The Right to Learn: Preparing Early Childhood Teachers to Work in High-Needs Schools (Bank Street College’s Occasional Paper Series, Number 25, 2010). She holds an MSEd in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College.

Conference Sponsor

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Testimonial
Loved the conference- simple to attend, such practical information and a ton of resources that were shared. Thank you!
Teaching Kindergarten Conference 2021 Attendee
Testimonial
This conference was inspiring, thought provoking and full of content that I will use with the children.
Teaching Kindergarten Conference 2021 Attendee
Testimonial
Wonderful material, I started reflecting on my practices this year and the changes that I could begin implementing.
Teaching Kindergarten Conference 2021 Attendee