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For questions or comments see Carol Murray cmurray@bard.edu

Conversations 2016-2017

April 24, 2019

Celebrating Teachers as Thinkers

We will meet at Livingston Street Early Childhood Community in Kingston and will celebrate teachers as thinkers - 4 year anniversary of our Professional Development Institute

April 10, 2019

Children's Art Exhibit

We will have our art show hanging at the Stevenson Library!

March 27, 2019

Resources for Infant Educators

We will meet here at Bard Nursery with Maija Reed who will share about her intensive professional development with RIE (Resources for Infant Educators, a program designed by Magda Gerber herself)

February 21, 2018

Language and Thinking with Pat and Dianne

This is an opportunity to loop back and fortify some of the work we have done reflecting upon our language as a tool.   We will look at how our guidance and discipline techniques align with intentional thoughtful words, phrases, and language.  How have we integrated what we have learned from the pedagogy of listening, authentic curiosity, teacher as researcher and conversation as a path?

January 31, 2018

Singing Together: Communities of Learning

We will be diving into the role of song in building community.  How does song connect us and support our signature pedagogy of knowing one another, listening well, and hearing the child's voice. We will also work with a Maria Sonevetsky, Professor of Music (Ethnomusicology) to guide us in understanding the role of rhythm and pitch in building communities of singers.  Please bring a favorite song from your teaching practice to share!

To prepare for the evening, I encourage you to listen to this interview with Alice Parker at On Being with Krista Tippett

"The voice is a part of us much as our physical appearance is... we each have a sound." - Alice Parker

November 29, 2017

Movement as the Pathway with Zahava Wilson

Zahava is a Hudson Valley physical therapist and movement specialist. She will share her approach working with young children and integrating the Anat Baniel method and Feldenkrais method. Her approach focuses on the whole child and the potential of the brain. She shifts us from thinking about fixing children to focusing on connecting with children. 

"Movement is life; without movement life is unthinkable" - Feldenkrais

"Nothing happens until something moves" -Einstein

October 25, 2017

Teacher as Researcher

At our gathering we explored what it means to be a teacher researcher and look at how we have begun to develop a signature pedagogy and common language to support our practice through our monthly professional development talks. We read and discussed "Teacher as Researcher" by Rinaldi, engaged in reflective writing and joined partners in dialogue about our questions going forward as we begin to shape a curriculum for the coming year. Pillars of our conversation were Child as Whole, Environment as Teacher, Teacher as Researcher, Community, Emergent Curriculum, Story, and Thinking.

June 03, 2017

June Conference

We aren't meeting in May, but we are excited to see you at our Conference on June 3rd.

This is an opportunity for teachers of young children to meet with innovative educators in the Hudson River Valley. Our workshop format is teachers learning from teachers. Registration is open! Email Carol with questions at cmurray@bard.edu

April 19, 2017

Asking Better Questions: Pedagogy of Conversations & Listening

Guest, Suzanne Snider, Founder & Director of Oral History Summer School in Hudson NY, will facilitate our conversation. In this collaborative work group, Oral History Summer School and area educators (Institute of Early Childhood in the Hudson River Valley) will explore the relationship between oral history best practices and pedagogical ideals in the early childhood classroom. Specifically, we'll emphasize the use of open-ended questions and silence. Our work will be centered around discussion, interactive exercises and a brief presentation.

March 29, 2017

Story Catching and the Narrative of Childhood

In our appreciation for professional growth that is grounded in day to day experiences, Shelley will bring us story work from her classroom.  Shelley Squires-Trani and Lorraine Hartin Gelardi will lead us in conversation on the role of stories in creating meaningful relationships in our work with children, families and one another.

February 22, 2017

Documentation as Teacher Research

We engaged in reflections after reading Learning to Document in Reggio Inspired Education by Carol Anne Wien.  We brought work from the field (photos, videos, notes and children's art) and met in small groups to grow our thinking around documentation as teacher research. We followed a protocol that helped us use documentation to tell the story of learning.

Documenting the Documentor

January 25, 2017

Our Learning Community and Goals for Professional Growth

Our guest speaker, Diane Woolis, the director of The Center for Learning & Practice at the Carey Institute for Global Good  shared a model for sustainable learning based on reflection and collaborative inquiry.  We discussed how educators can effectively access, share, and create knowledge in a way that allows us to act with authority in our classrooms and in our community. 

December 14, 2016

Child as Gift

Award winning story teller, Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi, told us a story about Gifts and led us in a provocative conversation about children as gifts, the essence of children, and the role of stories in communicating with one another about our view of children.

October 19, 2016

Image of the Child - Child as Citizen

In October, Carol Garboden Murray shared her notes on "The Image of the Child" from readings in The Ethics in Loris Malaguzzi's Philosophy by Alfredo Hoyuelos.   We discussed the image of the child as a citizen of today - a child as whole with inborn gifts and abilities, full of possibilities, powerful and strong.

"Child is a citizen of today - not simply an investment for tomorrow" - Loris Malaguzzi

September 21, 2016

Visual Learning

Early Childhood Consultant and Reggio Emilia Educator, Sonya Shoptaugh, led us in a conversation about photography as visual listening.  "Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.  It remembers the little things, long after we have forgotten. It gives us a chance to see ourselves a new, and build new relations, new connections - offering new possibilities.  It is the place where the heart and the mind meet through the eyes." -SS

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2018 September 26, BEGINNINGS: Shaping a community of caring and learning
"Documentation is an act of Love" Rinaldi

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