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Teaching Kindergarten Conference: Where Did the Garden Go?

2021: “Making Good Trouble”

Friday, April 16, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET
Saturday, April 17, 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM ET

This online conference honors and celebrates the hard work of all kindergarten teachers during this extraordinary time. Join kindergarten teachers, administrators, social workers, paraprofessionals, higher education faculty, and graduate students as we reconnect to the joy and strength of what it means to work with 4-, 5- and 6-year olds. Conference presenters will inspire participants to re-imagine curriculum and incorporate the values of social justice, equity, and fairness. To quote John Lewis, “You must be bold, brave, and courageous and find a way… to get in the way.”

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Keynote Speakers

Friday, April 16

Teaching and Learning in the Midst of Global Pandemic(s): Race, Politics and Young Children
Dr. Haeny Yoon, Assistant Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University

Stories that Nourish the Hearts of Children
Laura Simms, Storyteller, Author, Arts Educator, and Humanitarian

Saturday, April 17

Reclaiming the “Learning Loss” Narrative to Reimagine Kindergarten
Dr. Soyoung Park, Bank Street College of Education

Back to the Garden: Inspiring Kindergarteners to Grow into Curious and Generous Citizens of the World
Dr. Maritza Macdonald, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)

Songs that Nourish the Hearts of Children
Jaquetta Bustion, Community Roots Charter School


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
What a highly energizing and inspiring conference! Thank you for creating a space for this kind of work!
Teaching Kindergarten Conference 2019 Attendee
Testimonial
This is a wonderful conference. I look forward to attending next year! I have not stopped raving about it with my colleagues.
Teaching Kindergarten Conference 2019 Attendee
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I felt enriched as a teacher and a person!
Teaching Kindergarten Conference 2019 Attendee