“Summer at the Institute” Early Childhood Education Conference
Choose Wonder

The Gesell Institute challenges early childhood educators to CHOOSE WONDER. Experts and authors Kathy Hirsh-Pasek 
and Beverly Falk, along with Gesell Institute leadership , will inspire you to be curious, adopt an investigative mindset and 
reflect on the wonder of early childhood. 

  • 8:30 - 9:00 ------- Registration
  • 9:00 - 9:30 ------- Welcome by Dr. Peg Oliveira 
  • 9:30 - 11:00 ------ Keynote by Dr. Kathy Hirsch-Pasek 
  • 11:00 - 11:15 ---- Break 
  • 11:15 - 12:15 ---- Gesell Morning Workshop 
  • 12:15 - 1:15 ------ Lunch Provided 
  • 1:15 - 2:15 -------- Gesell Afternoon Workshop 
  • 2:15 - 2:30 -------- Break 
  • 2:30 - 4:00 -------- The High Quality Early Learning Project
  • 4:00 - 4:15 -------- Closing Session


Peg Oliveira, PhD

Executive Director, Gesell Institute

Dr. Peg Oliveira is a child development expert and an activist. Since receiving her doctorate in developmental psychology from Brandeis University, Dr. Oliveira has advocated for fair pay for early childhood educators, child care assistance for working parents and equitable access to high quality education. 

Erin Akers, MEd

Director of Education, Gesell Institute

Erin Akers is an early educator, elementary educator, curriculum development specialist, and child advocate. She earned a M.Ed. in Curriculum and a B.S. in Early Childhood. Erin conducts educational training for educators and parents across the country. 

Kathryn Pasek, PhD

Author and Professor

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek is the Stanley and Deborah Lefkowitz Professor of Psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she directs the Temple University Infant Language Laboratory. She is the author of 14 books and over 200 publications on early childhood and infant development, with a specialty in language and literacy, and playful learning. 

Beverly Falk, PhD


Beverly Falk is Professor of Education and Head of the Graduate Programs in Early Childhood Education at The City College of New York, The City University of New York. She currently edits The New Educator and has authored The Heart of the Matter (Heinemann, 2000) and coauthored A Teacher’s Guide to Standardized Tests (Heinemann 1998) and Authentic Assessment in Action (Teachers College Press, 1995).

Don't miss out!

Register now for our Summer at the Institute: Choose Wonder Conference taking place July 20, 2018!
Yale School of Medicine
Donald J. Cohen Auditorium
 230 South Frontage Road
New Haven, CT 06511

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