27th Infancy Institute — 2014

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Keynote Speaker: Joan Lombardi Ph.D.

Joan LombardiJoan Lombardi Ph.D. is an international expert on child development and social policy.  She currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Buffett Early Childhood Fund on national initiatives and to the Bernard van Leer Foundation on global child development strategies. She was recently named as a Distinguished Senior Fellow for the Education Commission of the States.

Over the past 40 years, Dr. Lombardi has made significant contributions in the areas of child and family policy as an innovative leader and policy advisor to national and international organizations and foundations and as a public servant.  She served in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development (2009-2011) in the Obama Administration, and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and External Affairs in Administration for Children and Families and the first Commissioner of the Child Care Bureau among other positions (l993-1998) during the Clinton Administration. Outside of public service, she served as the founding chair of the Birth to Five Policy Alliance (now the Alliance for Early Success) and as the founder of Global Leaders for Young Children.

She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Save the Children and the Board of Directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. She also directs Early Opportunities LLC, focusing on innovation, policy and philanthropy.

KEYNOTE: Infants and Toddlers: The Next Frontier in Education

Every year in the United States, some 4 million children are born. What happens to them in those earliest years sets the trajectory for long term health, education and overall well-being. This keynote will provide an overview of infants and toddlers in the United States, highlight the status of policies that impact families with very young children and present a call to action for renewed focus on children under three.

Featured Speaker Tamar Jacobson

Tamar JacobsonTamar Jacobson was born in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, and traveled to Israel where she became a preschool teacher with the Israeli Ministry of Education. Dr. Jacobson is Professor, Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, and Director of the early childhood program at Rider University, New Jersey.

Jacobson completed a BA, masters, and doctorate in early childhood education at the University at Buffalo (UB). As Director of the University at Buffalo Child Care Center (UBCCC), she created a training site for early childhood students from area colleges including UB. Currently, She was Recipient of the 2013 National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award, participated on the Consulting Editors Panel for NAEYC, and is a former Fellow in the Child Trauma Academy. Tamar Jacobson presents at International, National, State and Regional levels. She is author of: Confronting Our Discomfort: Clearing the Way For Anti-Bias (Heinemann, 2003), Don’t Get So Upset! Help Young Children Manage Their Feelings By Understanding Your Own (Redleaf Press, 2008), and edited: Perspectives on Gender in Early Childhood (Redleaf Press, 2010), a collection of academic essays from a diverse group of scholars from around the United States and Europe.

FEATURED PRESENTATION: "Don't Get So Upset!" Help Young Children Manage Their Feelings by Understanding Your Own

Teachers’ emotions affect their interactions with children. The presentation shows you how to uncover your own feelings as you manage children’s behavior and discover strategies that work in your classroom.

Teachers were children once and how their parents responded to their emotional expressions affects how they respond to emotional expressions by children in their classrooms. “Don’t Get So Upset!” examines the uncomfortable emotions early childhood educators feel, and the ways they may respond, when children exhibit strong feelings. This presentation challenges teachers to reflect on their own emotional histories and find strategies for responding to children in ways that support their emotional health and development. It also examines how gender, culture and societal roles have an impact on teachers’ responses to children’s emotional expressions.