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Block by Block: Experience the Power of Unit Blocks from the Source

Date: Saturday - November 07, 2015
Time: 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: City and Country School

146 W 13th Street New York, NY 10011
for  2 year olds - 2nd Grade

City and Country School founder Caroline Pratt created the wooden unit block system more than a century ago. Now used the world over, unit blocks are an invaluable open-ended tool that allows children the opportunity to synthesize many layers of meaningful learning.

Our day of workshops will offer educators a chance to see best practices of block use in action, for children ages two through second grade. Our goal is for participants to be inspired through hands-on experiences and sharing opportunities, and return to their settings with new ideas to enhance their childrenʼs work in the block area— step by step, from building to breakdown.

We will also look closely at how block play connects to key areas of the early childhood curriculum, including language development, math, science, and socialization.

Through hands-on workshops and guidance from C&C teachers, participants will experience for themselves the power of block play for children aged 2-7. As part of this day of workshops educators will strengthen their ability to support children in their creative use of unit blocks and in their ability to solve challenges independently and together. Participating teachers will also have the chance to explore the many integrated learning possibilities that a dynamic social studies-based block program can offer. The workshops offered are:

Schedule

9:30 - 10:00

Registration/Breakfast

10:00 - 12:00

Workshops 1 - Choose one

 

A. How do blocks connect to the early childhood experience?

For teachers of two-year-olds through Pre-K

This workshop will be hosted by Sara Hance and William Harrison

Sara.jpgSara has been teaching two-year-olds at City and Country School for 13 years. She holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College. She is also a mother of a nine-year-old boy.

 

William is entering his tenth year teaching at City and Country. Before joining the C&C community, he taught at the Bank Street Family Center in various capacities, including assistant and head teacher of the infant/toddler classroom. William completed his graduate studies at Bank Street with a degree in Infant and Family Development - Early Intervention and General/Special Education, a program under the blanket of Early Childhood.

 

B. Creating an active and integrated block program for children in Kindergarten through second grade

This workshop will be hosted by Ruth Cataldo and Tara DiGerlando

Ruth.jpgRuth came to the field of education as a career changer. In a former life, she was a professional actress--earning a Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts from Boston University and a Master's degree in Theatre from The Catholic University of America. Ruth acted and taught theatre professionally in New York and regionally for over 20 years; finding teaching more and more rewarding she decided to go back to school for a Master's degree in General Education from Bank Street College. Ruth has worked at City and Country School for five years and is now a second grade Group Teacher. 

Tara.jpegTara is a first grade teacher at City and Country. Prior to teaching, Tara worked in the film industry as an Art Department Coordinator. She made the decision to change careers and pursue a Master's degree at Bank Street College of Education. This is Tara's sixth year teaching first grade at C&C.

 

C. Blocks, Trucks + Art: Building New Possibilities
This workshop will be hosted by Angela De Vincenzo


Angela De Vincenzo began her teaching career 15 years ago at the City & Country School, while attending Bank Street College of Education.  During her 5-year tenure there, she taught the first grade. She went on to teach first grade at The Chapin School and Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn.  Currently, she is the lower school learning specialist at Packer, spending her time working with the younger children and teachers in the areas of literacy and math.  Blocks remain an integral part of her teaching repertoire, and thus she has launched a summer program called Blocks, Trucks + Art.  Children can work, play and think alongside one another in an alternative workspace--an 18-wheeler. 

12:00 - 1:00

Lunch and Conversation – at City and Country School

1:00 - 3:00

Workshop 2 - Choose one

 

A. Setting up an outdoor play area with hollow blocks for children from age two through second grade
This workshop will be hosted by Dumit Estevez and Jane Clarke

dumit.jpgDumit is a performance artist and an educator. He taught with Studio in a School, a NYC based arts education program. Dumit also worked as a consultant for 10 years for La Peninsula Head Start.  Dumit has taught many different age groups at City and Country School, and also now teaches at Transart Institute and MFA program in New York-Berlin where he also mentors graduate students.

Jane.jpgJane Clarke is the Director of the Lower School at C&C. She has taught young children in London, Los Angeles, and NYC and was also a Pre-K teacher at C&C for several years.  Jane has been an administrator serving teachers, artists, children, and families in public school, Head Start, Day Care independent school settings for the past 20 years.

 

B. The Developmental Stages of Block Building: Developing a Cohesive Program
This workshop will be hosted by Ruth Cataldo and William Harrison


Ruth.jpgRuth came to the field of education as a career changer. In a former life, she was a professional actress--earning a Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts from Boston University and a Master's degree in Theatre from The Catholic University of America. Ruth acted and taught theatre professionally in New York and regionally for over 20 years; finding teaching more and more rewarding she decided to go back to school for a Master's degree in General Education from Bank Street College. Ruth has worked at City and Country School for five years and is now a second grade Group Teacher. 

 

William is entering his tenth year teaching at City and Country. Before joining the C&C community, he taught at the Bank Street Family Center in various capacities, including assistant and head teacher of the infant/toddler classroom. William completed his graduate studies at Bank Street with a degree in Infant and Family Development - Early Intervention and General/Special Education, a program under the blanket of Early Childhood.

3:00 - 3:30

Wrap up, Q/A What have we learned? What will we do with it?


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Fee includes Continental breakfast, lunch and all materialsarly Registration Fees apply until 2 weeks before the event

  • NYSAIS members - $180.00
  • Non-members - $205.00

Regular Registration Fees apply within 2 weeks of the event

  • NYSAIS members - $195.00
  • Non-members - $230.00

* Note: Payment is by credit card only.

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