Teacher as Researcher:
How the Role of the Teacher Supports Emergent Curriculum


How does emergent curriculum happen? How does the role and responsibilities of the teacher shift when children play a larger role in determining the curriculum? And what can emergent curriculum look like for 2s, 3s, 4s and even for 2ndand 3rd graders? What are reactions and thoughts from the parent perspective when their children are in schools where learning outcomes are not pre-determined?

Teachers and parents from different schools in Manhattan will present their experiences and examples of emergent curriculum at this Symposium, co-hosted by The Saul and Carole Zabar Nursery School at the JCC Manhattan. The evening will begin with an opportunity to explore the classrooms and the work of the Nursery School. This will be followed by presentations led by teachers working in both public and private schools in NYC, including a panel of parents that will offer their perspective on schools that embrace emergent curriculum as a pedagogical approach. We will end the evening with some time set aside for processing new ideas and questions.

334 Amsterdam Ave, 
New York, NY  10023


Symposium Schedule


5:30 – 6:30   Registration and Open Classrooms
Light refreshments, open school visit of the nursery school classrooms with teachers and staff

6:30 – 7:30   “Breakout Sessions" – participants register to attend one of the following:


"Group Experiences with the Noon 2s”
Jennifer Aziz, a 2s Head Teacher at Beginnings Nursery School in Manhattan, will present the curriculum that developed last year for her 2s class, which began when the teachers noticed the children gravitating to the different areas of the classroom together.

“Starting off with Something as Simple as Tape”
Laura Spaziani, a 3s Head Teacher at Beginnings Nursery School in Manhattan, will be discussing how a material as simple as tape can inspire a year-long investigation.

“How Children and Teachers use an Author Study to Build a Strong Community” 
Antonia Bendezu, a 2nd/3rd Grade Teacher of a dual language and inclusion classroom at Castle Bridge School (PS 513), in Washington Heights, will be sharing the curriculum that has been developing this year, and the connections that the children and teachers have been making between seemingly different ideas and projects.

"A Year Long Exploration of Reflecting and Documenting as a Community in our 3s Classroom" - SOLD OUT
Amy Gargan and Anna Goodkind, Co-Head Teachers in a 3/4s class at the JCC Manhattan, will be presenting a curriculum project that evolved last year, in which students documented, observed, and reflected on their own work through the use of different forms of technology.

"Parents Perspective When a Teacher Follows an Emergent Curriculum" 
Moderated by Noah Hichenberg, Director of the Saul and Carole Zabar Nursery School at the JCC Manhattan, parents from schools in NYC will offer their perspective and experience in a panel presentation. 

7:30 – 8:00      Reflection


$35 Symposium fee for non-members
$20 Member price  BECOME A MEMBER!
$10 Students with valid ID

Financial assistance available
please email Robin@TeachingBeyondtheSquare.org

Registration is limited to 90 participants

Past Symposiums