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The Power of the Teacher-Child Relationship: Encouraging, Inspiring, Transforming

Fri, Nov 14, 8:30 am-4:30 pm, and Sat, Nov 15, 9 am-1 pm               

Conference Fee

Friday: $245 per person
Friday and Saturday: $285 per person
Group Rate for 20 or more: $200 per person for Friday AND Saturday

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Fri, Nov 14, 8:30 am-4:30 pm


  • Why the Early Years Matter
    Dr. Samuel Meisels, founding director, Buffett Early Childhood Institute
  • Listening to Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom: The Art of Creating Teaching Conversations That Matter
    Dr. Gillian McNamee, faculty, Erikson Institute

Breakout sessions include reflections and Q&A with keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, panel discussions, master teachers’ curricula presentations, workshops for directors, newer teachers and special needs.

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Sat, Nov 15, 9 am-1 pm


  • Dialogue of Two Cities: NYC and Reggio Emilia—Exploring Quality Early Childhood Education for All Children, presented by New York City Encounters with Reggio Emilia in collaboration with The Wonder of Learning Exhibit NYC 2015

Spend the morning learning from renowned speakers about how their area of expertise feeds into the dialogue between NYC and Reggio Emilia surrounding the need for quality early childhood education for all.

Claudia Giudici, special guest, Pedagogista and President of the Istituzione Preschools and Infant-Toddler Centers, Municipality of Reggio Emilia
Lella Gandini, Reggio Children liaison in the US for dissemination of the Reggio Emilia approach
Sophia Pappas, Executive Director of the Early Childhood Department at NYC DOE
Lynne Pettler-Heckman, Sociologist
Jerome Bruner, preeminent thinker, author and educator

Breakout sessions include discussions with colleagues from across the education, policy and artistic communities.

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For registration questions, email or call 212.415.5648.


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This event is underwritten by Jennifer and Marc Lipschultz.