Classroom Environments
for One to Five-Year-Olds

Friday, SEPTEMBER 25TH @

"The environment is the most visible aspect of the work done in the schools by all the protagonists. It conveys the message that this is a place where adults have thought about the quality and the instructive power of space."- Lella Gandini

Beginnings Nursery School will be opening their doors to symposium participants on Friday, September 25th, from 2:30-5:30pm. Participants can spend time in a specific classroom with the classroom teachers, and hear about how the classroom was designed to inspire and teach, and convey and image of the child that is powerful. Afterwards, participants can hear from Jane Racoosin, Director of Beginnings, on the role of early documentation, and from Michael Ziemski, Kindergarten Teacher at PS 87, on the classroom environment he creates within the public school system.


Beginnings Nursery School
130 East 16th Street, Manhattan

Symposium Schedule

2:30-2:45         Registration
2:45-3:30         Part A: In-Classroom Presentations. Hear from classroom teachers about the environments they’ve created for their students.
3:30-4:00         Part B: Role of Early Documentation, Jane Racoosin, Director of Beginnings Nursery School
4:00-4:45          Part CA Journey in Creating a Pleasant Classroom Environment, Michael Ziemski, Kindergarten Teacher at PS 87 William T. Sherman.
4:45-5:30         Open Classrooms: visit the classrooms, Materials Center, and chat with Beginnings’ parents and staff.

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

Financial assistance available - please email

Registration is limited to 50 participants