Day Two—Wednesday, June 18

10:00 - 10:15 AM Welcome to Bank Street
Dr. Virginia Roach, Dean, Graduate School, Bank Street College

10:15 - 11:15 AM Keynote Address:Dr. Joan Lombardi
Infants and Toddlers - The Next Frontier in Education

1:00 - 3:15 PM Workshops
Choose ONE Workshop

8. Infant and Toddler Motor Development
Trudy Bier, PT, Montclair State University Early Intervention Program
The workshop will focus on motor development from birth to three years of age and how it effects children’s development of play, language, and other skills. We will look at the range of typical development, as not every child develops at the same rate. We will also examine variations from typical motor development.

9. Intentional and Purposeful Care for Infants and Todlers: It Is Not What You Are Going to Do Today, It Is WHY You Are Doing It
Mary Lou Allen, Infant/Toddler Consultant, NJ First Steps
As an infant/toddler educator, how do you create an appropriate environ- ment and curriculum that matches the needs of the children? Participants will discover how their daily observations of infants and toddlers can influence and support the children’s development. Responding to  the specific needs of each child will give purpose and meaning to the everyday infant/toddler curriculum.

10. Gender Identity in a Changing World
Nancy Gropper, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Bank Street College
Participants will be asked to consider gender as a social construct that influences the experience of children beginning at birth, when the gender label is first applied. How can parents and educators support children’s developing sense of gender identity at a time of increasing acceptance of the diverse ways in which gender is expressed?

11. The Developmental-Interaction Approach Applied to Infants and Toddlers in Early intervention
Marilyn Bisberg, MSEd, Fordham University
Working with infants and toddlers is a dynamic skill. It requires an understanding of a world that is unique unto itself. The dramatic interplay between development and emotion is both simple and complex. We will explore development, taking into account bodies, brains, and emotions.  This workshop is for those who are fascinated by the magical relationships through which learning occurs.

12. Working with Families of Infants and Toddlers in Center-Based and Home Settings
Gail Gordon, Adjunct Faculty, Bank Street College of Education and Hunter School of Social Work
This workshop will focus on parents and professionals working together to support the family in childcare settings or in the family’s home. There will be an emphasis on developing good listening skills and learning how to follow the lead of the family. Some case studies will be presented for discussion.

13. Infants, Development, and Food
Dr. Marilyn Figueroa, EdD, CD/N, IBCLC Nutrition Consultant; Fatima Beccar Varela, MS, Child Development
Food is connection, love, growth, development, relationships, and so much more! In this workshop we will discuss infants’ communication style, nutrition, and development; the meaning of food in the infant-caretaker relationship; and promoting healthy relationships and healthy eating.

14. Relaxation and Stress Reduction: A Necessity for Working with Children and Families
Miriam Shankman, Mir-Yam School of Tai Chi, Chi Kung & Meditation
Experience relaxation, learn how to reduce stress, and increase your joy. It is possible. (And we’ll have fun too!)

15. Reflective Supervision:Concept and Process
Carla Poole, Director, Atwater Park Center for Children, Los Angeles, CA; Gilbert Foley, Consultant, NY Center for Child Development; Faculty, DIR Profectum Institute
Reflective supervision is a “relationship for learning” designed to sharpen and refine self-observation and mindfulness in our work with families. It is a contemplative process in which supervisees examine their clinical work by step- ping back, above, and inward to deepen the relational process of intervention. In this presentation, the foundational concepts of reflective supervision will be examined, complemented by a reflective supervision session.