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).
What does a Videochat look like?
Something like this:
“Materials” with Wendy Gelsanliter
Thursday, May 16th, from 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Before you throw anything away, look closely and ask yourself, 'If I had a box of these, what would that look like?' Join Wendy Gelsanliter as she talks from the Materials Center about the wide variety of items that have been donated this year. Learn what she is doing with these materials so that children in schools can successfully use them. This is an opportunity to change or strengthen your view of items that you would normally throw away and to perhaps, instead, begin saving for your classroom community next year. Learn how to change something worthless into something possible.
"Literacy" with Jennifer Carvajal
Thursday, April 11th, from 3:00 – 4:00 PM
If you missed Jennifer Carvajal's Literacy workshop in February, this is your second chance for a discussion about Literacy in the Progressive Classroom! In this videochat, Jennifer will share her strategies for infusing traditional academic skills into a Reggio-inspired classroom, sharing real examples from her own classroom and strategies she has developed in her work for Teaching Beyond the Square as a coach to schools in the NYC metro area. She will share her favorite children's books, identify the unexpected ways that children develop literacy skills, and fine-tune story time and read-aloud methods.
"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.
“Supporting Children with Sensory Integration Challenges” with Laura Araman
Wednesday, Dec. 12th, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Laura will guide us in understanding the different ways children process sensory information, and how we can use this lens to understand a child’s development and imagine their experience at school. Laura will share information on the various sensory systems and behaviors we might observe in the classroom, and offer suggestions on how we can support children who have varying sensory processing abilities.
“Classroom Management” with Jen Carvajal
Tuesday, October 9th 11:30 AM -12:30 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.
"Beginning of the Year Brainstorming" with Jen Carvajal
Thursday, September 6th, from 4:00 –5:00 PM
Join us for an informal conversation about setting up and planning for an incredible school year. Bring your questions, concerns, and ideas for the group as we support each other with classrooms set-up, organization and early curriculum strategies.
“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.