What happens when children perform their own stories? As it turns out, they grow as communicators, artists, and writers.
In this workshop, teachers will learn to use drama to motivate and enhance emergent writing. The presenter will offer flexible, common core-aligned lesson plans, strategies for bilingual and special-needs learners, and developmentally-appropriate approaches to "performance".
More about Margaret Starr
With twenty years experience teaching and directing several leading day care centers in East and Central Harlem, Ms. Starr went on to become an early childhood Professor of Education at both Touro College and City College. At Touro’s Taino Towers center, Starr directed the model Touro College Day Care Center, and served as Acting Chair of the Touro College Education Department.
In addition to her teaching and teacher training, Ms. Starr is an accomplished author. Her first book, the popular Alicia’s Happy Day (Star Bright, 2005), was called “infectious” by Booklist and “an upbeat tale” by the School Library Journal. She has subsequently written for McGraw Hill early childhood readers, and has served as a visiting author for the Learning Leader’s program.
Margaret Starr continues to enjoy direct classroom encounter, having coordinated the after-school program at Arts and Letters in Fort Greene, Brooklyn; with the expansion and development of Universal Pre-K under Mayor DeBlasio and Chancellor Farina, Starr returned to full-time work for the Department of Education in 2014, at PS 20’s Pre-K program.
Margaret Starr holds a BA from Yale University and a Master’s from Columbia University Teacher’s College. She worked in post-graduate programs at the City College’s famed Workshop Center, studying science pedagogy with Dr. Hubert Dyasi, and at the Teacher’s College Summer Institute, studying literacy with Dr. Lucy Calkins. She did further work at New Haven’s Gesell Institute of Child Development.