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Hudson Valley Writing Project

EVOLVE Conference

Early Childhood Education Conference

Bard College | Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 8:30 am-1:00 pm

Enjoy rich conversations with colleagues and experiential workshops led by teaching artists and early childhood educators. We will celebrate the many languages of children and the child's sense of wonder with developmental psychologist, author, and social activist William Crain. 

OPENING SESSION:

THE SENSE OF WONDER

We will welcome Bill Crain, a professor of psychology at The City College of New York and co-founder of Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary in Poughquag, NY. Bill is the author of two books on childhood, Reclaiming Childhood: Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society, and The Emotional Lives of Animals and Children: Insights from a Farm Sanctuary.

BREAKOUT WORKSHOPS: 

BRINGING THE WIDE WORLD IN 
Early childhood consultant Diane Boujikian invites us to engage children in the color, texture, and smell of the outdoors. In this workshop, we will build and weave with nature, using frames and tinker trays, in order to explore the role of materials in making meaning and how children's innate love of nature can guide us in our teaching. 

CLAY AND BODIES 
Experience an amazing way to introduce clay to children that engages imagination, storytelling, movement, and kinesthetic expression. Teaching artist Jill Ann Schwartz will lead us in exploring a unique interplay of movement exploration and clay sculpting, showing how both clay and movement share textures and shapes, together creating a dance of plasticity. 

PAINTING AS A FIRST LITERACY 
Join teaching artist Judy Cook and Hudson Valley Writing Project's Jackie Denu for a guided painting experience that will help us think about the ways children use art to construct meaning and our role in the development of their understanding. We will practice language that responds to children in ways that promote listening, reflection, thinking, and expanding the child's expression. 

CREATIVE MOVEMENT WITH YOUNG CHILDREN 
Jessie Levey of Barefoot Dance Center and Elaine Myrianthopoulos of the Dutchess Community College Lab Nursery School will lead us in an experiential session where we explore how creative movement offers children rich conceptual learning and self-expression with speed, rhythm, body parts, shapes, balance, size, direction, and pathways. 

STORY CATCHING AND STORYTELLING 
Teacher and storyteller Shelley Squires-Trani will bring work from her preschool classroom at the Dutchess Community College Lab Nursery School to demonstrate the power of stories to build a community of learners. She will focus on the use of the elegant and old-fashioned technology of felt stories to demonstrate the enthusiasm of children as listeners, makers, authors, and tellers. 

READING, DANCING, AND DRAWING POETRY 
The young child is a poet, in love with the rhythm and rhymes of verse. How can we, as early childhood teachers, bring poetry into the lives of our students in natural ways that will delight and inspire them? Kindergarten teacher Rebecca Burdett will lead us in reading, dancing, and drawing our way into this investigation of poetry for very young children. 

MAKING LEARNING VISIBLE 
By creating a remarkable documentation lab, director Kristine Williams and preschool teachers Lauren Boshart, Chrissy Joel, and Frances Mercado of Bard Children's Center will share children's work in portfolios, documentation panels, and a children's art exhibit. We will explore how documentation can help children reflect and connect with their work and how the walls of our classrooms can show the many languages of children. 

Saturday, June 1, 2019 | Olin Language Center, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
OCFS|CTLE certificates documenting four inservice hours will be available.
Cost: $35 | Tuition assistance is available.

Registration is now closed. 

For questions, contact: Jacqueline Denu, HVWP Early Childhood Program Director (denuj@newpaltz.edu | (845) 257-2811) 

This conference is co-sponsored by HVWP and the Early Childhood Institute of the Hudson River Valley