This conference will highlight the possibilities for learning that exist within the surrounding 'neighborhood' of a school. The participants will hear how ordinary places and moments have the potential to turn into extraordinary learning experiences when teachers and children see themselves as researchers. Whether the playground, a walking trip, or an adventure into the surrounding community the potential for rich learning is possible when children are given time to explore, revisit and form relationships with their outdoor environment.
In this two-day workshop, attendees will learn about how different programs approach extraordinary learning in their own contexts. Participants will take home ideas, inspirations, and a plan for how to begin deeply researching "ordinary" moments in their own setting.
Andrea Sisbarro and Alison Maher from the Boulder Journey School will be keynote speakers at this event, sharing the extensive work the Boulder Journey School has done connecting the classroom with the community. Carmen Raynor and Sara Orphanides from Carolina Friends Durham Early School will share their work exploring Duke Campus and Downtown Durham as places for research and in-depth investigation.
Additionally, mini-sessions will be presented by educators from Children First, Lakewood Avenue Children’s School, Estes Children’s Cottage, Our Playhouse in Durham, and Morningside Preschool.
The learning and concepts explored in these presentations will be enriched with trips afield! Participants will choose a field trip site to visit during the conference, experiencing first-hand the power of leaving their classrooms to become researchers out in the world. Field trip sites will include Duke Gardens, the Eno River, the Scrap Exchange, Downtown Durham, and other local neighborhoods that connect to the research shared in our presentations.
The conference will culminate in a trip to the exhibit to view the many ways the children in the municipal infant toddler and preschools of Reggio Emilia extend learning beyond the classroom.
The conference will include lunch both days, breakfast on Friday morning and snacks on Saturday. The time for Friday is 8:45-5 and Saturday 9-5.
We hope you will join us!
NAREA members $90
Partner Organizations are eligible for a discount. For more information please email Carmen Raynor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships are available upon request. For more information please email email@example.com.
Unfortunately we can only accept checks for this event. Please make sure you write Wonder of Learning 2/10/17 conference registration on the memo line of the check.
Checks should be mailed to:
UNC School of Education
Attention: Karren Crawford
106 Peabody Hall
Campus Box 3500
Chapel Hill, NC27599-3500
Please note payment is transferable but not refundable. Email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.