Saturday Workshops


For: Pre-K & K teachers, assistants and aides; administrators and directors; and other early education practitioners, from school districts, community-based organizations and private schools

Saturday, March 25, 2017 9 a.m. to 12 noon Willis Avenue School, 121 Jackson Ave., Mineola

Purposeful Play: A Teacher’s Guide to Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day

Play is the engine of learning for children. This session will outline the ways play can be infused within a day, as well as practical strategies teachers can use to support children's learning. Teachers will learn how focused lessons, conferring, small group play and whole class conversations can build literacy skills, STEM skills and critical social-emotional skills. Charts and tools will be shared, and teachers will see demonstrations and photographs of a playful spirit at work in the classroom.

Presenter: Kristine Mraz is co-author of Purposeful Play and is a kindergarten teacher in the New York City public schools. In addition to writing and teaching, she consults in schools across the country and as far away as Taiwan. She supports teachers in early literacy, play and inquiry-based learning.

Registration fee: $35 per person through Tuesday, February 28, 2017; $50 per person starting Wednesday, March 1, 2017. There is no registration fee for staff members of Harbor Child Care, our co-sponsor for this workshop. If you work for Harbor Child Care, do NOT register yourself for this workshop; your employer will register for you.

Registration is open, click here.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 Islip High School, 2508 Union Blvd., Islip 9 a.m. to 12 noon

Using Emergent Story Books to Support Early Literacy

Early literacy experiences are the foundation for a future of reading and writing—and for success in school. How can we make these experiences playful and engaging while also making sure we are preparing children for growth and learning? The answer is using emergent story books—irresistible “reads”—to create intentional experiences tailored to our youngest learners. You will leave this workshop with a list of suggested books, many ways of supporting preschoolers in pre-reading, and center ideas for interacting with text.

Presenter: Patty McGee is a national and international literacy consultant and author. Her first book will be released in April, Feedback that Moves Writers Forward: How to Escape Correcting Mode to Transform Student Writing. She received the Milliken Educator Award in 2002, which honors top educators, early to mid-career.

Registration: $35 per person “early bird” registration through Friday, April 7. Starting April 8, $50 per person. If you work for one of our co-sponsors for the Saturday workshop series, SCOPE or Harbor Day Care, register through your employer, not through the link provided here. You will not need to pay a fee.

Registration is open, click here.