Nordic Symposium 2019




Child playing in puddle

Ensuring the "Good Childhood" in a World of Cultural and Technological Change: Expanding the Nordic-American Dialogue on Early Education

April 5-6, 2019
Scandinavia House, New York City

The Child Development Institute at Sarah Lawrence College is currently planning a symposium in collaboration with the American-Scandinavian Foundation, the third in a series of Nordic-American symposia bringing together Scandinavian and American educators to explore issues of common interest and concern. The 2019 Nordic Symposium aims to build on and extend the conversations from the first two Symposia and to explore the challenges and opportunities posed in both the U.S. and the Nordic countries by demographic, cultural, and technological change. Presenters will be from both the U.S. and the Nordic countries and approximately 150 practitioners in the field of early childhood education will attend.

Speakers & Panelists

  • Molly Alexander, Founding Teacher and Assistant Director, Global Roots Play School; Early Childhood Specialist Consultant, Family Reading Partnership
  • Deanna Barenboim, Psychology and Anthropology Faculty, Sarah Lawrence College 
  • Maria Pia Belloni, UN Representative, World Organization for Early Childhood Education
  • Kurt Bendix-Olsen, Associate Professor, Center for Applied Welfare Research, UC Lillebælt, Denmark
  • Maja Sbahi Biehl, Faculty and Special Consultant, DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia
  • Stig Brostrom, Professor Emeritus of Early Childhood Education, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Nilda Cosco, Director of Programs, The Natural Learning Initiative; Research Associate Professor, College of Design, NC State University
  • Gary Evans, Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor of Human Ecology, Cornell University
  • Mara Gross, Director, Anita L. Stafford Office of Community Partnerships and Service Learning, Sarah Lawrence College
  • Natalie Gross, Director of Diversity and Campus Engagement, Sarah Lawrence College
  • Denisha Jones, Director of Teacher Education and Assistant Professor, School of Education, Trinity Washington University
  • Jon Kaurel, Senior Advisor, Union of Education, Norway
  • Ingrid Pramling-Samuelson, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Gothenburg University, Sweden and Chair of Early Childhood Education and Sustainable Development at UNESCO
  • Janet Reilly, Politics Faculty, Sarah Lawrence College
  • Judith Wagner, Director of Broadoaks Children’s School; Professor of Education and Child Development, Whittier College, CA

Presentation Topics

  • Education for Sustainable Development and Play
  • Environments, Design and Technology
  • Community Adventure Play for All Children
  • Migrant Children and Family Issues
  • Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Education

Small sessions to be announced