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.

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

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

April 24-26 and May 2-3, 2020

Play's the Thing is a 5- day program, over two weekends at the end of April and beginning of May, explores developmental, clinical and cultural aspects of play in children’s lives. It brings together professionals and graduate students who work with children in diverse contexts: educators, social workers, child life specialists, parks and recreation workers, children’s museum staff—anyone interested in learning and advocating for the importance of play.

Empowering Teachers

Empowering Teachers

Empowering Teachers is a 4-day 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

Teaching the Environment is a 5-day intensive, small-group-based, experiential, place-based professional development program for teachers in early childhood through high school settings, both formal and informal, who are interested in further developing the environmental studies and environmental science components of their work with children.  Set on the banks of the Hudson River in downtown Yonkers at the Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak, this collaborative program has 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.

Sustainability in the Classroom

Sustainability in the Classroom

This one-day professional development workshop, held at Sarah Lawrence's Center for the Urban River in Yonkers, New York, is a hands-on experience for teachers of all grades. Learn about local pollution sources and cleanup efforts, get tips for classroom projects to teach your students about sustainable practices through science, and get first-hand experience in life cycle and compost activities.

This Knowing, This Speaking: Children's Conversations with the Natural World

This Knowing, This Speaking: Children's Conversations with the Natural World

October 26, 2019

A collaboration with the Touchstone Center, this day of workshops is designed to consider the various qualities of play, imagination and wonder, and how they relate to children's scientific and expressive understanding of the natural world.