Child Development Institute Conferences & Symposia

Recent conference presentations include:

  • CDI, the Art of Teaching graduate program, and the Early Childhood Center co-facilitated the following sessions at the 2012 In Defense of Childhood: Keeping the Joy of Learning Alive conference at CCNY:
    • The Finland Phenomenon: What’s Behind the Top International Ranking School System and What Does It Mean for U.S. School Systems?
    • When Learning Comes Naturally—Children and Teachers Exploring the Outdoor World
    • Teaching Toward Wholeness: The Aesthetic in Education
    • Drawing, Storytelling and Early Literacy
    • Prospect Center’s Descriptive Review of a Child: Knowing the Whole Child to Teach the Whole Child
    • Keeping Play in the Classroom: Defending Childhood to Parents
    • Making the Case for Play
    • "The Good Childhood:" An Overview of Nordic Perspectives on Caring and Teaching
    • Play and the Natural World: Children and Animals
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  • Screening and discussion of When Learning Comes Naturally at 2011 New York Outdoor Education Association Conference
  • New York State Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC) Annual Conference 2011
  • Rockland Environmental Education Symposium 2011: Participation in the sustainability fair at the annual symposium organized by Keep Rockland Beautiful
  • Hudson River Environmental Society 2011: Environmental History of New York City and the Hudson River
  • U.S. Play Coalition Conference on the Value of Play 2011: Co-authored a poster titled "Pop-Up Adventure Playgrounds: Improvising Outdoor Play Spaces" with Sharon Unis and Morgan Leichter-Saxy of Pop-Up Adventure Play
  • Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting 2010
  • Screening and discussion of When Learning Comes Naturally at the 2010 North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Annual Conference
  • “Is My Healthy Child Sick? The Impact of Newborn Screening and Other Forms of Risk Assessment on Early Parenting”: Workshop at the 2010 Citywide Infant/Toddler Annual Conference at the City University of New York
  • “Play and Learning: The View from Today’s Kindergartens”: Presentation of the Kindergarten Research Project at the 2010 Child’s Play, Children’s Pleasures: Interdisciplinary Explorations Conference at Hofstra University
  • Screening of When Learning Comes Naturally at the 2010 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
  • "When Learning Comes ‘Naturally’: Nurturing Children’s Connection to the Environment”: Featured Session at the 2009 National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference
  • "When Learning Comes Naturally”: Workshop and Roundtable at the 2009 Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting
  • "RePlay: Reviewing the Design and Recreating the Process of an Innovative Play Program”: Workshop at the 2009 National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Development Institute
  • “The Culture of Playwork from the U.K. to the U.S.”: Panel presented at the 2009 Association of Children’s Museums InterActivity Conference

Past Conferences

Dr. Edward F. Zigler2005: Confronting the Crises in Education
Dr. Edward F. Zigler, Director of Yale's Center in Child Development and Social Policy and Sterling Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Yale University, delivered the keynote address, America’s Move to Universal Preschool Education. Four successive panels comprised the program: Early Education: Problems and Prospects; Issues of Equity, Standards, and School Policy; Class, Race; and Ethnic Identities; and Revisioning Schools.

Read the write-up of Confronting the Crises in Education that appeared in the May 2005 edition of Education Update.

1993: Revisioning Multiculturalism in Education
Co-sponsored with the Michael Harrington Center, Queens College, CUNY. Troy Duster, Ph.D., and Maxine Greene, Ph.D., keynote speakers.

1991: Visions in Education
Thomas Sobol, Ed.D., and Diana T. Slaughter-Defoe, Ph.D., keynote speakers.

1989: Childhood and Social Policy
Edward Zigler, Ph.D., and T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., keynote speakers.

1987: The Child and the Environment: Home, School and Neighborhood
Brian Sutton-Smith, Ph.D., Roger Hart, Ph.D., and Leanne Rivlin, M.D., keynote speakers.

1984: Implications of Separation: Individuation Theory for the Care and Education of Very Young Children
Margaret S. Mahler, M.D., John B. McDevitt, M.D., and Anni Bergman, Ph.D., keynote speakers.