Teaching Kindergarten Conference

Pre-Conference Sessions

Participants will spend the morning observing in Bank Street School for Children or Castle Bridge Public School classrooms and will come together for a facilitated discussion and working lunch about the importance of language and the teacher-child relationship in every classroom. Topics may include: questioning techniques, racial literacy, assessment, and the teacher’s role during art activities and free play. Using observations from the morning and your own experiences as a frame of reference, the group will discuss practical ways of inspiring curiosity, imagination & resilience into their own programs and classrooms.

Fee: $115 (includes lunch) Participation is limited.

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School sites:

Bank Street School for Children (Nursery – 8th Grade)
610 West 112th Street, New York, NY 10025
The School for Children is an independent demonstration school for Bank Street College and a working model of the College’s approach to learning and teaching. Education at the School is experience-based, interdisciplinary, and collaborative. The emphasis is on educating the whole child—the entire emotional, social, physical, and intellectual being—while at the same time, the child’s integrity as learner, teacher, and classmate is valued and reinforced.

Castle Bridge School (PreK – 5th Grade)
560 West 169 Street, New York, NY 10032
Castle Bridge is a public, dual-language, progressive elementary school. Students learn English and Spanish. The school’s mission is to provide each student with a high-quality, arts-infused, project-based experience that will develop the skills and passions for inquiry and engagement in support of their growth as scholars, workers and citizens.


8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Welcome and introduction to observations
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Observations in classrooms
Participants will spend time in early childhood classrooms and other school learning environments
11:45 AM – 2:00 PM Lunch and facilitated discussion

Bank Street School for Children Facilitators:

Elizabeth JarvisElizabeth Jarvis

Elizabeth Jarvis is the Assistant Lower School Coordinator at Bank Street School for Children, where she supervises classroom assistant teachers and facilitates integration of the arts through all facets of the children’s learning. Previously, she was a Head Kindergarten Teacher at Avenues: The World School in New York City. Jarvis was the Director of Admissions and High School Placement at Manhattan Country School, where she also served as the director of after school and as an acting teacher. She has also worked extensively in the theater, as an actor, artistic director and associate producer for New York City based programs. She earned her MS in Leadership in Technology and the Arts from Bank Street College and her MA in English from Fordham University, New York City.

Emily LinsayEmily Linsay

Emily Linsay is the Lower School Coordinator at Bank Street College’s School for Children. She supports teachers, children, and families in six classrooms that serve 3 year olds to 6 year olds. Her nineteen years of classroom teaching include pre-K, Kindergarten, and first grade in the School for Children and other public and private schools. Linsay took three years out of teaching to work as an assistant editor for Hyperion Books for Children and Houghton Mifflin Company, though she ultimately returned to her love of working with children in schools. She earned her masters in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street Graduate School.

Castle Bridge Facilitator:

Margaret BlachlyMargaret Blachly

Margaret Blachly is a faculty member and advisor at Bank Street College, where she teaches the early childhood social studies courses (EDUC 514 and EDUC 510). Prior to this, she was a Kindergarten teacher for over 6 years in NYC public schools, where she implemented an integrated social studies unit. She co-authored a chapter, The Museum of Experts, El Museo de los Expertos: Creating a Museum in the Kindergarten Classroom, in Teaching Kindergarten: Learner-Centered Classrooms for the 21st Century (Teachers College Press, 2015). Blachly has also presented at the Language Series and the 2018 Teaching Kindergarten Conference at Bank Street College. She holds an MSEd from Bank Street College in Dual Language/Bilingual Special and General Education.