Professional Development Programs

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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.

Empowering Teachers

Empowering Teachers
July 9 - 13, 2018

Empowering Teachers is a week-long intensive program for educators and graduate students at any stage in their careers who are working with children in early childhood, elementary, and middle school settings. The program’s focus is on shared experiences, reflection on one’s own practice, mutual support, and exploration of ways to maintain the child as the center of the educational process through experiential workshops and discussion with experts and colleagues in the field.

Teaching the Environment

Teaching the Environment
July 30 - August 3, 2018

Teaching the Environment is a week-long intensive environmental studies program for educators working with children in early childhood, elementary, and middle school settings. Set on the banks of the Hudson River in downtown Yonkers at the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak and Sarah Lawrence College campus, this collaborative program will have an interdisciplinary curriculum including hands-on workshops and field trips to Hudson River community-based organizations. Under the theme of Discovering Urban Landscapes, the program will feature experiential workshops ranging from the arts to physical and social sciences.

Play’s the Thing: Facilitating Play & Therapeutic Aspects of Play

Play’s the Thing: Facilitating Play & Therapeutic Aspects of Play
April 13 - 15 and April 27 - 29, 2018

Play’s the Thing: Facilitating Play & Therapeutic Aspects of Play is a week-long intensive program for educators, graduate students, playworkers in outdoor parks, children’s museums, and playgrounds, social workers, play therapists, and child life specialists, who are interested in learning more about the importance of play in the life of a child.