October 22nd-23rd, New York City

“Exploring the Heart of Education”

The theme of our second annual conference on children and authenticity is “Exploring the Heart of Education.” The two-day conference will focus on the role of authenticity in children’s development as lifelong learners. Guided by experts in a wide range of disciplines, we will explore more deeply the personal, social, and economic utility of authenticity.  And through hands-on workshops and in-depth presentations we will examine the many ways educators can help children explore and develop their authentic selves.

We hope you can join this gathering of thinkers passionate about education, including teachers, education leaders, parents, policy makers, public-opinion leaders, philanthropists, and business leaders.

“I had never attended a conference that had such a broad spectrum of speakers from a vast array of professions, organizations and life experiences who shared the uncovering of a reality that both children and adults deal with their entire lives...we were engaged in a rich exploration at an intimate level of the most basic of human goals.”
— Mary Jane Krebbs, Ph.D., Institute for Catholic Schools, St. John’s University, 2016 Children & Authenticity Conference Attendee

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Mary Abrams, MA, RSME, Principal, Moving Body Resources

Joshua Aronson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Developmental, Social, and Educational Psychology, NYU

Brian Goldman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Clayton State University, co-creator of the Authenticity Inventory

Lesley Koplow, MSW, Director, Center for Responsive Practice, Bank Street College of Education

Laura Simms, award-winning performer, writer, and educator advocating storytelling as compassionate action for personal and community transformation

Stephanie Turner, Ph.D., PMP, Deloitte Survey Research and Analytics Center, Leadership Center for Inclusion and Community Impact

Benny Vasquez, Co-Executive Director, Border Crossers

Thomas E. Wartenberg, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Mount Holyoke College; Founder, Teaching Children Philosophy


October 22, 2017

8:00 am Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:00 am - 12:00 pm Workshops on bringing an authenticity focus to teaching practice

12:00 pm Registration & Networking Lunch

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Panel discussions
  • Presentations
  • Interactive group activities

5:00 pm Welcome Reception


October 23, 2017

8:00 am Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Panel discussions
  • Presentations
  • Interactive group activities

12:00 pm Networking Lunch

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Panel discussions
  • Presentations
  • Interactive group activities

5:00 pm Closing Reception


For speaking opportunities, sponsors partnerships and media inquiries, please email skrauss@childrensartsguild.org.

Thank you to our 2017 Conference Committee

  • Mary Abrams, MA, RSME, Principle, Moving Body Resources
  • Emma Bolles-Beaven, M.A. Candidate, Early Childhood Education, Bank Street College of Education
  • Mary Jane Krebbs, Ph.D., St. John’s University School of Education
  • Marcia Brumit Kropf, Ph.D., Principal, Marcia Brumit Kropf LLC
  • Terry Chadsey, Executive Director, Center for Courage and Renewal
  • Yuet Chu, Director, Manhattan Borough Field Support Center, New York City Department of Education