Early Childhood Learning Conference
April 7-8, 2017
Who are YOU? How YOUR identity matter in the early childhood classroom.
Funded in part by grants from the D-B Trust and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Derrick Gay
Internationally recognized consultant on issues of diversity, inclusion and global citizenship
Dr. Gay served as senior administrator at the Nightingale-Bamford School (NY), taught at the Groton School (MA), Wilmington Friends (DE) and The Masters School (NY), and served as dean of students at L’Academie de Paris in Paris, France. He is a proud graduate of Oberlin College (BA in Romance Languages), Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM in Opera) and Columbia University (MA, Klingenstein Program, Educational Leadership in Independent Schools). Dr. Gay recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where his research interests explored the ways in which social identity mediates the academic and social experience of students in schools.
Learn more at www.derrickgay.com.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Dr. Derrick Gay
Early childhood educators instinctively know—or eventually learn—that the better a student feels about him/herself, the higher the likelihood that s/he will maximize learning in their environment. Longitudinal research consistently confirms that teacher perception is a salient predictor in student self-efficacy. For instance, when an educator provides positive feedback and encourages young girls to participate in math and science, gender gaps in schools close. Project based learning provides an excellent forum for discussions around such themes. As a researcher and guide, the teacher creates an environment providing a stage for creativity, learning and collaboration among children. In doing so, a teacher is given the opportunity to build on the culture of each child, then it follows that the old adage of treating everyone the same is not in the best interest of our students.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Check-in & classroom tours/ observations. Coffee and light breakfast will be served.
Setting Intentions and Reflecting on Perception activity
Welcome & Announcements in the Theatre
Speakers: EFS Prep I Teachers, Danielle Hyrek, Joy Cianciosa, and Caroline Pierce—Tulip Project
Speaker: Tracy Rose, Atelierista at Buffalo Public School 33
Speakers: EFS Prep II Teachers: Jenna Evaldi and Maggie Dirrigl
Lunch (provided by EFS)
Hands-on group activities. Participants will have a chance to move from one station to the next, experiencing each of the three activities.
Regroup to discuss and share
Wrap-up “unconference” time
Throughout the day there will be a bucket where people can write down questions or topics that they would like for us to discuss at the end of the conference. Open conversations that we facilitate.
Special Conference Rate Available
Hampton Inn & Suites Buffalo Downtown
220 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York, 14202
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If calling, use the group code EFS to reserve a room.