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Workshop 2

Attendees will have the option to select ONE of the following workshops. 

Mental Health Awareness

Hacking Trauma

November 6, 2021, 1:30pm - 2:30pm 

Presentation Information

Learning how to rewrite the neurological pathways that are maladaptive in our lives. Whether it's PTSD or a difficult childhood experience, you can take control of your brain.



Aia Ribadeneira, M.S.Ed, LMSW (You Are Enough)

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Family Engagement / Partnerships

Funds of Knowledge: The Cornerstone of Family Engagement   

November 6, 2021, 1:30pm - 2:30pm 

Presentation Information

Family Engagement will be explored through a socio-cultural lens. Participants will be able to define and describe the concept of Funds of Knowledge.


Dr. Yasmin Morales-Alexander, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education Lehman College, BX NY

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Child Development

Getting in Touch with Your Image of the Child Through the Lens of the Reggio Emilia Approach

November 6, 2021, 1:30pm - 2:30pm 

Presentation Information

Participants will be invited to remember an early childhood education experience, one that evoked a specific memory attached to an emotional response. We will watch a slideshow of images of young children, coupled with a discussion of their immense capabilities. Those who are comfortable will share their memory and contemplate how it relates to the topic.  We will explore the idea that young children are not empty vessels to be filled, but instead enter the classroom with their own ideas, theories, and questions already in play. With a strong image of the child in place, the teacher can partner with them in learning, leading to a richer experience for both parties.  



Pat Watkins, Co-director CTDinECE

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Race & Equity in Education

Checking Your Life & Practice for the Impacts of Racism

November 6, 2021, 1:30pm - 2:30pm 

Presentation Information

This will be an opportunity to: 

  1. Self evaluate

  2. Connect with others doing similar work

  3. Set goals for moving toward anti racist living and/or teaching


Participants will interrogate their beliefs about race, practice talking about race in their work and life and  develop their own goals around becoming anti-racist.


Shannon Vazquez, Early Childhood Educator, Professional Teacher Developer

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Leadership Development

Follow the Kids. How Young Children Can Teach You How to be a Happy Inclusive Leader 

November 6, 2021, 1:30pm - 2:30pm 

Presentation Information

Leading is the act of not following. We need to change this. Like in partner dances, we, as leaders, want to share the fun with our followers – and joy, interaction, ideas, invention, responsibility, and more. Unwittingly or not, we can also learn from our followers. Imagine you would dance with a child and this child was the leader...

The goal of the workshop is to ensure that all participants will: 

  1. Learn how to adapt (break) the rules to support natural and actual children's needs. 

  2. Learn how to enhance your employees' ideas and thoughts by using the language of documentation.

  3. Learn how to listen by using your physical and emotional balance.

  4. Learn how to communicate with parents (or other adults) by helping them embodying their children's (or somebody else's) perspective. 



Tommaso Lana, Founder, Embodied Learning

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