2018 Conference at a Glance




October 27th & 28th


Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC)

Fitterman Hall 245 Greenwich Street

(Barclay Street Side entrance)



October 27, 2018

8:00 am Registration & Breakfast

9:00 am Welcome

9:15 am Opening Keynote

Carla Shalaby, Ed.D.

Author of Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School

10:15 am Education for Authentic Learning

Table Discussion

10:45 am Meeting Children Where They Are

Development Continuum

Lesley Koplow

12:15 pm LUNCH

1:00 pm Moving into Self-Awareness

Movement as a mindfulness tool

Mary Abrams

2:00 pm A Warm Welcome

“Mama, Where Are You From?”

Maya Projansky

3:30 pm BREAK

3:45 pm Building a Culture of Authenticity

Enlisting support from key audiences

Alison Hazut

5:15 pm Screening: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

6:45 pm Film Discussion & Reception

October 28th, 2018

8:00 am Registration & Breakfast

9:00 am Welcome

9:15 am On Common Ground

Metaphor and materials in an authentic classroom

Margaret Blachly

10:45 am BREAK

11:00 am Building a Supportive Community through Play

Howard Moody

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Self-Care in an Authentic Classroom

Jim Handlin

3:00 pm From a Warm Welcome to a Good Goodbye

Empathy maps as analysis and planning tools

Alexander Kopelman and Mark LaRiviere

3:45 pm BREAK

4:00 pm Sharing What We Learned


4:30 pm Closing Keynote

Kristin Kearns-Jordan, CEO, Urban Assembly