Professional Development Programs




Professional development programs are a core commitment for the Child Development Institute (CDI). CDI is actively involved in outreach activities that include collaborating with local public school districts to help establish continuing professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators; facilitating workshops and conferences on educational topics; and developing new institutes and programs that bring professionals from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise together around a common theme. These programs open up our campus to working professionals in a variety of fields; take CDI faculty and staff out into the larger world; provide meaningful educational experiences for participants; keep the Institute's own thinking and practice lively and informed; and serve as laboratories for exploring ideas.

Sarah Lawrence College is an Approved CTLE Sponsor and offers CTLE hours for these programs.

Thanks to generous support from M&T Bank and the Seth Sprague Education and Charitable Foundation, scholarships are available. Please contact us at for more information.

Languages of Being: Reflective Conversations on the Role of Wonder, Play, and Imagination in Learning and Teaching

Virtual Event

January 22, February 19, March 19, and April 23  9:30-10:30am

A series of reflective conversations, for teachers at all levels of childhood education, to support and deepen, both our individual and collective efforts, to keep alive the expressive and imaginative vitality of childhood, particularly, in regard to the natural world. The structure of the overall series will consist of four one-hour Zoom meetings, scheduled from 9:30 to 10:30 AM, on Saturday mornings, from January through April, focused on each participant’s personal interests and specific teaching activities. The series will be limited to fifteen participants – and will be hosted by Richard Lewis, the Founder and Director of The Touchstone Center for Children – and Jeanie Yeo, Teaching Associate, The Touchstone Center, and Manager of Professional Development at the Wildlife Conservation Society.

We ask that participants commit to all 4 sessions in the series.

This series is being underwritten by The Touchstone Center for Children.

Sarah Lawrence is an Approved CTLE Sponsor and offers 4 CTLE hours for this program.