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Seize the Play: Supporting Play-Based Learning

College of Education and Human Services

Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 7:45 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

Montclair, NJ

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Teacher or Early Childhood Education Professional Ended $60.00 $0.00
Montclair State University Student (show MSU ID at check in) Ended $30.00 $0.00

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Seize the Play: Supporting Play-Based Learning in an Era of Standardized Curriculum and Assessment

 

April 13th from 7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

at the Conference Center at Montclair State University

University Hall, 7th Floor


 

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED.

If you would like to attend, please purchase a ticket AT THE DOOR during CHECK - IN on 4/13/13 at 7:45 am. Registration will be $70 and include a choice of the workshops for three sessions which have not yet been filled to capacity.



Program Includes:

3 Workshops and Keynote Speakers

Continental Breakfast and Lunch to be provided

 


Registration Fee:

 

Teacher or Early Childhood Education Professional - $60

 

A Montclair State University Student (must show Student ID at Conference Day Check-In) - $30

Please note that registration fees are nonrefundable once payment is remitted!


 

At the Door - $70*

*Choices of workshops will be limited if you are registering at the door, however you may still attend all 3 sessions*





Workshops:

Upon Registration, you will be asked to select one workshop that you are interested in attending for each session (total of three). Workshop and descriptions are as follows:


 

Session #1

 

 

Diversity in Children’s Literature: Play as a Unifying Influence & Teaching Tool
Dialogue with a discussion panel featuring the co-authors of The Jessie Books! Filling a long-standing gap in traditional children’s literature for stories about same-sex parents, these books provide a refreshing focus on play as a unifying influence and teaching tool across curricula covering diversity in families and moral decision making.  The authors will also explore the process of writing children's literature while addressing family diversity, life lessons, and the inspiration behind the creation of this new series of books. 

Presenters: Phylliss DelGreco, Jaclyn Roth and Kathryn Silverio

 

Building Blocks of Knowledge

 

Explore how blocks expand, connect and build a meaningful curriculum. Blocks in an early childhood classroom provide authentic, hands on learning experiences that teach the way young minds learn.

 

Presenter:Ms. Cindy Sobel, Coordinator of Professional Development for the Bergen County Office for Children

 

 

 

Play: The Foundation of Children’s Engineering

 

Discover how to engage students, ages 3 – 8 years, in a literacy-based Technology Learning Activity (TLA). Learn the tools needed to incorporate children’s engineering into your classroom activities. TLA will prepare your students to succeed in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Programs offered in the upper grades.

 

Presenter: Dr. Vince Walencik, Professor, Montclair State University

 

 

 

Story Play-Schemes

 

Explore techniques that will help you transform your infant/toddler story time from a simple "listening" activity into one that is visual, tactile, and active. Participants will view videos and experience first-hand how utilizing play-schemes drawn from stories can enhance learning and play throughout the day.

 

Presenters: Ms. Judy Engles Wiener, Storyteller, and Mr. Michael Luft, Assistant Director, Ben Samuels Children’s Center, Montclair State University

 

 

 

For You, For Me, For Later

 

        Introduce your children to the strategies and principles of finance. This workshop is an introduction to ‘For Me, For You, For Later’, a financial education program developed by Sesame Street Workshop in partnership with the PNC Foundation. Learn to use inquiry-based approaches with your students to develop their capacity to make critical decisions and considerations around the key financial concepts of Spending, Sharing, and Saving.

 

Presenter: Mr. Joe Oyler, Project Coordinator, Montclair State University

 

 

 

Language, Culture, and Play in the Preschool Classroom

 

Dialogue with a panel of bilingual preschool teachers from the Paterson public school district who will present strategies for integrating home languages, cultures and play into preschool curriculum and standards. Foundational research and examples from practice will be shared in this interactive workshop.

 

Presenters: Dr. Victoria Puig, Assistant Professor, Montclair State University

 

    

 

The Newark Museum Discoveries: Is it REAL?

 

Investigate art and science with 3-D and 2-D blocks – examine everything from birds and mammals to line, shape, and color. Presenters will model student discovery through examination of dinosaur footprints, real insects, and more from the Newark Museum teaching collection.

 

Presenters: Ms. Shirley Thomas and Ms. Susan Petroulas, Curriculum Specialists, Newark Museum

 

 

 

Using Developmental Levels of Play to Understand and Address Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom

 

          Discover how understanding the developmental levels of children’s play can help you to better “wonder” about the nature of a child’s challenging behaviors in the classroom, and develop strategies to address them. Review the developmental levels of play and the NJ Teaching and Learning Standards for play in the classroom. Learn how to assess a particular child’s developmental play profile through play-based observation, and acquire strategies to apply this knowledge of development to address challenging behaviors in the classroom.

 

Presenters: Ms. Kaitlin Mulcahy, Associate Director, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, Montclair State University and Ms. Milla Yakubov, Special Educator, Ben Samuels Children's Center, Montclair State University

 

 

 

Session #2

 

 

 

Inside Teaching: Learning from Teachers’ Inquiries about their Practice

 

          Discuss case studies focused on the pressing issues of teachers of young children who work in high-need, urban, and/or culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. Teacher cases illuminate the realities, discoveries, and innovations of classroom teachers.

 

Presenters: Dr. Bev Falk, Director of Graduate Programs, and Dr. Megan Blumenreich, Associate Professor, City University of New York

 

 

 

Dramatic Play, Please Stay!

 

Insist that dramatic play remains at the center of your curriculum. Even under pressure to increase ‘academics’ in the classroom, you can demonstrate how children learn through rich, well-organized play. This session will demonstrate how a combination of well-designed dramatic play areas, engaging props, teacher modeling, and familiar scenarios enable children to acquire and sustain key literacy, social, cognitive, and small motor skills. How to promote and document specific academic skills learned through play will be discussed.

 

Presenter: Ms. Victoria Keating Noonan, Early Childhood Teacher, Lollipop Preschool

 

 

 

Playing Around. Learning So Much

 

Explore the use of questioning techniques as you engage in open-ended play with table blocks and other manipulatives. Learn how to support your students’ literacy and math skills, as well as social competencies, through artful questioning. Play is the natural realm of children – it is the most powerful medium teachers can foster to enhance children’s critical thinking and creative actions.

 

Presenter: Ms. Jo Ann Joseph, Education Coordinator, Newark Preschool Council

 

 

 

Building a Classroom Community Through a Responsive Classroom Lens

 

How do you develop a community of learners? One way is through a Responsive Classroom approach (Northeast Foundation for Children). The Responsive Classroom is rooted in the belief that children learn best in relationships with others. This hands-on workshop will explore the main components of the Responsive Classroom including classroom organization, morning, meeting, rules, logical consequences, choice time and guided discovery.

 

Presenter: Dr. Fran Greb, Associate Professor, Montclair State University

 

 

 

Play: The Foundation of Children’s Engineering

 

          Discover how to engage students, ages 3 – 8 years, in a literacy-based Technology Learning Activity (TLA). Learn the tools needed to incorporate children’s engineering into your classroom activities. TLA will prepare your students to succeed in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Programs offered in the upper grades.

 

Presenter: Dr. Vince Walencik, Professor, Montclair State University

 

 

 

Language, Culture, and Play in the Preschool Classroom

 

Dialogue with a panel of bilingual preschool teachers from the Paterson public school district who will present strategies for integrating home languages, cultures and play into preschool curriculum and standards. Foundational research and examples from practice will be shared in this interactive workshop.

 

Presenters: Dr. Victoria Puig, Assistant Professor, Montclair State University

 

 

 

Using Developmental Levels of Play to Understand and Address Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom    

 

          Discover how understanding the developmental levels of children’s play can help you to better “wonder” about the nature of a child’s challenging behaviors in the classroom, and develop strategies to address them. Review the developmental levels of play and the NJ Teaching and Learning Standards for play in the classroom. Learn how to assess a particular child’s developmental play profile through play-based observation, and acquire strategies to apply this knowledge of development to address challenging behaviors in the classroom.

 

Presenters: Ms. Kaitlin Mulcahy, Associate Director, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, Montclair State University and Ms. Milla Yakubov, Special Educator, Ben Samuels Children's Center, Montclair State University

 

 

 

Children’s Literature in Diverse Classrooms

 

          Explore how to use children’s literature to inquire into issues of diversity and social justice. Learn different ways to share authentic literature with young children, with particular attention to strategies for supporting linguistically diverse students and families.

 

Presenters: Dr. Tamara Spencer, Assistant Professor, Montclair State University, and Dr. Maria Paula Ghiso, Assistant Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University

 

 

 

Session #3

 

 

 

Research to Practice: Minds in the Making

 

          View video clips that illustrate research-based best practices in infant and toddler education. Discuss how you can develop strategies based on research findings that will enhance your interactions with infants and toddlers and strengthen their social and emotional well-being.    

 

Presenter: Ms. Michelle Barnea, Early Childhood Consultant

 

 

 

Building Blocks of Knowledge

 

Explore how blocks expand, connect and build a meaningful curriculum. Blocks in an early childhood classroom provide authentic, hands on learning experiences that teach the way young minds learn.

 

Presenter:Ms. Cindy Sobel, Coordinator of Professional Development for the Bergen County Office for Children

 

 

 

Dramatic Play, Please Stay!

 

Insist that dramatic play remains at the center of your curriculum. Even under pressure to increase ‘academics’ in the classroom, you can demonstrate how children learn through rich, well-organized play. This session will demonstrate how a combination of well-designed dramatic play areas, engaging props, teacher modeling, and familiar scenarios enable children to acquire and sustain key literacy, social, cognitive, and small motor skills. How to promote and document specific academic skills learned through play will be discussed.

 

Presenter: Ms. Victoria Keating Noonan, Early Childhood Teacher, Lollipop Preschool

 

 

 

Story Play-Schemes

                  Explore techniques that will help you transform your infant/toddler story time from a simple "listening" activity into one that is visual, tactile, and active. Participants will view videos and experience first-hand how utilizing play-schemes drawn from stories can enhance learning and play throughout the day.

Presenters: Ms. Judy Engles Wiener, Storyteller, and Mr. Michael Luft, Assistant Director, Ben Samuels Children’s Center, Montclair State University

 

 

For You, For Me, For Later

 

Introduce your children to the strategies and principles of finance. This workshop is an introduction to ‘For Me, For You, For Later’, a financial education program developed by Sesame Street Workshop in partnership with the PNC Foundation. Learn to use inquiry-based approaches with your students to develop their capacity to make critical decisions and considerations around the key financial concepts of Spending, Sharing, and Saving.

 

Presenter: Mr. Joe Oyler, Project Coordinator, Montclair State University

 

 

 

The Newark Museum Discoveries: Is it REAL?

 

Investigate art and science with 3-D and 2-D blocks – examine everything from birds and mammals to line, shape, and color. Presenters will model student discovery through examination of dinosaur footprints, real insects, and more from the Newark Museum teaching collection.

 

Presenters: Ms. Shirley Thomas and Ms. Susan Petroulas, Curriculum Specialists, Newark Museum

 

 

 

Using Developmental Levels of Play to Understand and Address Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom

 

     Discover how understanding the developmental levels of

 

children’s play can help you to better “wonder” about the nature of a child’s challenging behaviors in the classroom, and develop strategies to address them. Review the developmental levels of play and the NJ Teaching and Learning Standards for play in the classroom. Learn how to assess a particular child’s developmental play profile through play-based observation, and acquire strategies to apply this knowledge of development to address challenging behaviors in the classroom.        

 

Presenters: Ms. Kaitlin Mulcahy, Associate Director, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, Montclair State University and Ms. Milla Yakubov, Special Educator, Ben Samuels Children's Center, Montclair State University.

 

 

 

Building a Classroom Community Through a Responsive Classroom Lens

 

How do you develop a community of learners? One way is through a Responsive Classroom approach (Northeast Foundation for Children). The Responsive Classroom is rooted in the belief that children learn best in relationships with others. This hands-on workshop will explore the main components of the Responsive Classroom including classroom organization, morning, meeting, rules, logical consequences, choice time and guided discovery.

 

Presenter: Dr. Fran Greb, Associate Professor, Montclair State University


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The Conference Center at Montclair State University, University Hall 7th Floor
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 7:45 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)


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