Conferences & Institutes

Teaching Kindergarten Conference

Where did the Garden Go?: Inspiring Curiosity, Imagination and Resilience

Kindergarten plays a critical and unique role in a child’s life. It is a year filled with discovery, wonder, friendship and creativity – when language, literacy, science and math take on real meaning through play and active learning. Yet, in many classrooms, experiential learning is marginalized as kindergarten is fast becoming the new first grade. The Teaching Kindergarten Conference provides an opportunity for educators to come together and address this challenge.

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2019 Teaching Kindergarten Conference

April 5, 4:00 – 8:30 PM and
April 6, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Keynote Speakers include: Dr. Ron Taffel, Dr. Lydia Soifer, Anne Stires, and Kevin Nathaniel and Jaquetta Bustion.

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Conference Founders

Betsy GrobBetsy Grob, early childhood consultant, currently advises students at City College of New York and served on the faculty of Bank Street College for over twenty years. Betsy has taught kindergarten, first grade, and Spanish in both New York City and Colorado and has worked with early childhood educators in many countries including Sierra Leone, Chile, Romania, Mongolia, and Azerbaijan. She is co-author of The Right to Learn: Preparing Early Childhood Teachers to Work in High-Needs Schools (Bank Street College Occasional Paper Series) and is co-editor of Teaching Kindergarten: Learner-Centered Classrooms for the 21st Century (Teachers College Press, 2015). Betsy holds an MS and an EdM from Bank Street College.

 

Fretta ReitzesFretta Reitzes, educational consultant, was the founder and director of the Wonderplay Conference at the 92nd Street Y in New York City from 2006-2016. She was the director of 92Y’s Goldman Center for Youth & Family from 1990-2016 and was director of the Y’s Parenting Center from 1980-1990. Before her tenure began at 92Y, Fretta taught preschool, kindergarten, and first grade in New York City and New Jersey and trained daycare teachers and directors in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She is the co-editor of Teaching Kindergarten: Learner Centered Classrooms for the 21st Century (Teachers College Press, 2015), Wonderplay (Running Press, 1995), Wonderplay, Too! (Running Press, 2005), and The Right to Learn: Preparing Early Childhood Teachers to Work in High-Needs Schools (Bank Street College Occasional Paper Series).

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Community Playthings logoWe wish to thank Community Playthings for their support.

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One of the most practical, useful, fun, informative PDs I’ve been to in my 12 year teaching career.
Teaching Kindergarten Conference 2018 Attendee
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Thank you to all involved. This conference renewed my commitment to the field, and helped me to feel rooted in a true community. I know I’ll be thinking about what I learned here for years to come.
Teaching Kindergarten Conference 2018 Attendee
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This was such an inspiring conference. I am able to implement almost everything I learned and am eager to begin discussions with colleagues.
Teaching Kindergarten Conference 2018 Attendee