Our popular early childhood education series returns with four 2015-2016 workshops.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
October 29, 2015Early childhood education's merge with the K-12 system has disturbed the delicate ecology of the whole-child approach. Here, collaboration, empathy, and creative solutions emerge in the rough-and-tumble terrain of human relationships and exploration proceeds according to an individualized timeline. In this session, Susan Ochshorn talks about the repercussions for children and innovation in society at large. Presenter: Susan Ochshorn, ECE PolicyWorks, author of Squandering America's Future: Why ECE Policy Matters for Equality, Our Economy, and Our Children (Teachers College Press, 2015). Register for the October 29 workshop.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 4:30 - 6:30 pmThe effects of homelessness and related stresses pose challenges for young children and their families, as well as the most experienced, seasoned professionals who teach them. This session will highlight the often invisible subject of child homelessness and families in transition. A panel of professionals will share how relationships between teachers and children can provide critical emotional and cognitive supports, and steps that teachers can take to access community resources that will benefit and empower all learners. Presenters: Lisa Fiore (Lesley University); Amanda Cady, K1 Educator at Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School; Siobhan Dennis, Principal at Columbus Park Preparatory Academy, Worcester; and Elizabeth Cohen, executive director at Families First Parenting Programs, Cambridge. Register for the November 10 workshop.
March 2016 (date forthcoming)Play is a core resource of childhood. Yet in cities, where the majority of children world wide now are growing up, there is often limited access to play because of overly scheduled lives, environmental constraints, and academic pressure. In this session Yvonne, David and Ben share their current research on how the city can be more conducive to children’s play, in and out of school. Presenters: Yvonne Liu-Constant and Ben Mardell (Lesley University) and David Ramsey (Boston Public Schools and Lesley University)
April 2016 (date forthcoming) Early childhood classrooms often adhere to well-engrained design norms including use of primary colors, stimulating decorations, and an abundance of furnishings and materials. The way a classroom looks impacts how children feel, behave, and sends messages to children about what and how they will learn - all of which have consequences for children's experiences, including the ability to self-regulate and collaborate. In this session, Lisa will share key design principals rooted in the Reggio Emilia and Montessori approaches, and help us reflect on our own aesthetic preferences. Teachers in Somerville will share how making design shifts in their classrooms impacted their teaching practices and children's experiences. Presenters: Somerville Early Childhood Educators and Lisa Kuh, Director of Early Education for Somerville Public Schools
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