Our consultants are available via videochat each month to offer support and guidance with any questions you might have about emergent and inquiry-based curriculum, creative experiences, documentation, classroom environment, found materials, musical development, and other topics related to exploration-based education.
Videochats are $25 per person or $40 per teaching team (limit to 3 people per team).
"Videochat in Two Parts: Establishing a Classroom Environment for Creativity, Community and Collaboration" with Yeshnaya Dougherty
Thursday, August 30th
Session 1 from 11:00am – 12:00pm | Session 2 from 3:00 – 4:00pm
You have your classroom list and ideas flowing for a fresh school year. Now is the time to begin envisioning the environment that will greet your new classroom friends and will see them flourish and grow during this new year. Please join Yeshnaya Dougherty from the comfort of your classroom through a two-part Videochat on classroom setup and environment. The first session will provide you with the guidance, tools and inspiration on how to approach setting up your classroom, in addition to looking at establishing practices for documentation in the environment. We will take a break so that participants can get started working on their spaces. We will regroup for the second session, which will allow participants to discuss, troubleshoot and share their own classroom spaces and get direct feedback on their space.
"Informal Check-in" with Jen Carvajal
Thursday, September 6th, from 4:00 –5:00 PM
Jennifer will take you behind the scenes to see how a Reggio-inspired classroom is managed and organized. She will share tips for note-taking, classroom environments, and more! These systems will allow for curriculum threads to emerge and provide a safe environment for children to experiments and take risks. We will have time for individual questions and concerns as we support each other through the beginning of the new school year.
“For the Admin”
with Jane Racoosin and LeeAnn Valvano
Monday, September 17th 4:00-5:00 PM
Our next videochat will be with Jane Racoosin, Director of Beginnings Nursery School and Founder of Teaching Beyond the Square and LeeAnn Valvano, Assistant Director Beginnings Nursery School. This videochat will focus on tips in setting up supervision with teachers for your upcoming school year. LeeAnn and Jane will discuss potential ways to get the discussion started with teachers in terms of developing emergent curriculum as well as pitfalls that can happen. Their discussion will promote a culture of change, appreciation and development. They can also offer their perspectives on any challenges you might be facing as a leader in your school community.
"Power Play" with Laura Araman
Wednesday, Jan. 9th, from 3:00 –4:00 PM
In this videochat, we will discuss the learning and the benefits of different types of power play including superhero and rough and tumble. We will distinguish between them and discuss how they differ from aggressive play. In order to support children in being successful and safe in this type of play, we discuss strategies to help children learn about self-regulation, reading social cues, and making plans for play. We'll also cover ways to engage parents in conversation on this topic, so that we can address their concerns and support their understanding of this developmentally appropriate and meaningful type of play.