Workshops

The Center for Progressive Learning designs authentic opportunities to promote progressive learning for parents and professionals though many different programs and events. Our Workshops and other events offer opportunites to discuss, engage and learn with peers and well-known and experienced experts in education and child development. 

Interested in hosting a workshop at your school? Contact us!

 

Upcoming Events

Workshop - June 12-13, 2017
Teaching for Civic Responsibility and Social Justice

How can teachers activate their intellectual empathy to build active, compassionate, responsible, global citizens without being political? Learn how to layer learning to teach differently, not teach more. In this course, we will support teachers acquiring the skills and dispositions to facilitate classroom learning where students become aware of the world, engage in current events and issues, and are involved in their communities. Foundational skills of reading, writing, and questioning work alongside social-emotional skills of empathy building, open-mindedness, and reflection to develop critical consumers of knowledge.

To teach for civic responsibility and social justice is to:

  • create safe emotional spaces for sharing perspectives and critical listening
  • provide opportunities for student voice and discourse
  • utilize rich content to engage students
  • promote research and critical thinking
  • examine your own bias and ability to remain an impartial facilitator

Presented by Vivien Rosa-Vaccarelli and Kirsten Fournier.

High Meadows teachers Vivien Rosa-Vaccarelli and Kirsten Fournier have a combined teaching experience of 23 years. Vivien holds a B.A. in Art History from Barnard College of Columbia University and a M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Middlebury College. Kirsten holds a B.A. in Child Development and Education from Vanderbilt University and a M.ED. in Reading Education from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Date: June 12-13, 2017 - Download Flyer
For: Teachers 
Location: High Meadows School
Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: $150 (lunch provided)

Discounted pricing for registering 4 or more.


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Workshop - June 12-13, 2017
Growing Social Intelligence

Imagine a classroom where children expand their social and emotional selves by showing care for others; where children learn about fairness, justice and advocacy through play; where children think deeply and differently about themselves and others; where children grow into the very best version of themselves. In this course, we will support creating classrooms where students have significance, belonging, compassion, and empathy. Just as children learn best by doing, this will be an active course with a chance for you to see, try and apply teaching tools and strategies to your daily practice, helping children care, play, think, and grow in the social world of the classroom.

To grow social intelligence is to learn to help children:

  • develop social and emotional competencies
  • become part of a community
  • manage themselves
  • self-advocate
  • communicate

Presented by Cari Newman and Jennifer Hannah.

High Meadows teachers Cari Newman and Jennifer Hannah have a combined teaching experience of 33 years. Cari holds a B.A. in Religion from Emory University and a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Simmons College. Jennifer holds a B.S. in Child Education from Berry College and a M.Ed. in Reading from Mercer University.

Date: June 12-13, 2017 - Download Flyer
For: Teachers 
Location: High Meadows School
Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: $150 (lunch provided)

Discounted pricing for registering 4 or more.


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Workshop - June 19-22, 2017
Lifting the Level of Student Writing

Come learn with us as we discuss how implementing a writing workshop as part of a balanced literacy framework can elevate every aspect of your students’ writing. Appropriate for both writing workshop novices as well as experienced workshop teachers who want to heighten their practice, this workshop will cover the following topics:

  • philosophical foundations of a writing workshop
  • key aspects of writing workshop (what it is and what it is not)
  • the assessment-planning-teaching cycle in a writing workshop
  • writing process and how students move through the process
  • the reading-writing connection and the importance of mentor texts
  • the structure of a daily writing workshop
  • principles of workshop management
  • ways writing can be assessed
  • potential unit planning process

Presented by Annie Swanlaw.

High Meadows teacher Annie Swanlaw has 13 years of experience teaching children and writing. M.Ed. with focus on literacy, literacy coach, and graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University.

“As we move around the room hearing our students’ stories, our teaching changes our children – and it changes us. Each child becomes infinitely precious to us.... When we feel this way, we stand a chance of making a difference in their lives.”
- Lucy Calkins

Date: June 19-22, 2017 - Download Flyer
For: Teachers 
Location: High Meadows School
Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: $400 (lunch provided)

Discounted pricing for registering 4 or more.


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Book Study: Loving Learning by Tom Little and Katherine Ellison

A learning experience of three gatherings to discuss the book, education, and share perspectives.

What is progressive education? What makes a progressive learning environment different from more traditional educational environments? If you have ever asked yourself these questions, then the Center for Progressive Learning has the perfect opportunity for you! Please join us for an adult book study around the text Loving Learning: How Progressive Education Can Save America’s Schools.

Written by the former head of Park Day School, Tom Little, the book demonstrates the values found in a progressive approach by weaving historical, philosophical and practical stories and examples of whole-child learning. Experience how educators and schools around the nation invigorate learning and promote inquiry by allowing curriculum to develop from children’s innate curiosity and desire to learn.

“This is the book we’ve all been waiting for: a vision of what schools can do to guide children to become happy and engaged learners, productive and creative workers, and active, caring citizens.” –Madeline Levine, PhD, New York Times best-selling author of Teach Your Children Well 

Books are available for purchase ($20) at the school. Email Kate McElvaney with requests and questions.

Dates: March 20, April 17, May 15
Times: 8:30 - 9:30 am
For: Parents and Educators 
Locations: High Meadows School
Cost: Free (Books can be purchased for $20)


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Teach Your Children Well by Madeline Levine, PhD

In anticipation of Dr. Madeline Levine’s presentation on November 3 (learn more about this Speaker Series presentation), the Center will host a study of her book, Teach Your Children Well: Why Values and Coping Skills Matter More Than Grades, Trophies, or “Fat Envelopes”

Teach Your Children Well provides research and practical information to support parents in creating a broader definition of success that allows for children’s developmental growth and well-being. Psychologist Madeline Levine utilizes pertinent research and clinical experience to redefine authentic success at a time when the definition has narrowed to include only high-achieving academic success. Teach Your Children Well is an essential book for parents, educators, and therapists as they guide children in today’s fast-paced world.

Books are available for $12 at the school. Email Kate McElvaney with requests and questions.

Dates & Times: (chose one session) 
   Wednesday Mornings 8:30 - 9:30 am on October 5, 12, 19, 26
   OR
   Thursday Evenings 5:00 - 6:00 pm on October 6, 13, 20, 27
For: Parents and Educators 
Locations: High Meadows School Library
Cost: Free

Past Event

 

Past Events

Workshop - February 28, 2017
Positive Discipline Parenting

Come learn some common sense solutions to parenting challenges with Director of Support Services Sue Amacker. Positive Discipline is for parents who are looking for long-term parenting skills that will encourage their children

  • to think for themselves
  • to become more responsible
  • to have a greater respect for themselves and others

We will focus on non-punitive, respectful methods that will incorporate kindness and firmness into parenting, help parents get to the core of their child’s misbehavior, bring more joy into the home and give parents a sense of accomplishment.

Positive Discipline“Positive Discipline teaches young people from an early age to become responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of their communities. Recent research tells us that children are hardwired from birth to connect with others, and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that the key to positive parenting is not punishment, but mutual respect.”
- Dr. Jane Nelson

Date: February 28, 2017 - Download Flyer
For: Parents 
Location: High Meadows Preschool Classroom
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost: $100 (lunch provided)

Presented by Sue Amacker, MA, LPC, NCC
and Certified Positive Discipline Parenting Trainer

Past Event

Workshop - February 10, 2017
Using Technology to Connect Children to the Natural World

There is a belief that we must choose between technology and nature. At best these two important parts of our children’s world are viewed as mutually exclusive, at worst they are seen to be in competition with one another. Please join Education for Sustainability Teacher Michelle Griffin to explore ways we can utilize technology to connect with nature. The workshop will highlight ways to get your child outdoors using a variety of resources:

  • Discover and use apps your child can use to explore the outdoors.
  • Wonder and experiment with device-friendly tools.
  • Share and learn ways other parents are managing screen time.

“We need a new way of thinking, one that tightly links the human- made world of economics and politics with the natural world of climate and biodiversity and with the designed world of 21st century technology.”
- Jeffrey Sachs, American economist and director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University

Date: February 10, 2017 - Download Flyer
For: Parents 
Location: High Meadows School Campus and EfS Classroom
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $65

Past Event

Book Study - Teach Breathe Learn
January 9, 23, 30 - 2017 (three evening sessions)

We invite you to join us for a book study of Teach, Breathe, Learn by Meena Srinivasan. 

"Mindfulness enables us to connect deeply with ourselves so in turn we can authentically connect with others.”
- Meena Srinivasan

Teach Breathe Learn: Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom provides personal stories, research, and practical advice to support adults in developing an understanding and practice of mindfulness. Adults charged with raising young minds and bodies, whether parent or teacher, will benefit from Ms. Srinivasan’s unique approach to weaving a mindfulness practice into our days and our children’s experiences.

"Studies with K-12 students demonstrate ‘improvements in working memory, attention, academic skills, social skills, emotional regulation, and self-esteem, as well as self- reported improvements in mood and decreases in anxiety, stress and fatigue.’ They also show that mindfulness training “can increase teachers’ sense of well-being and teaching self-efficacy, as well as their ability to manage classroom behavior and establish and maintain supportive relationships with students.”
- Meena Srinivasan

Date: January 9, 23, 30 - 2017 - Download Flyer
For: Educators and Parents 
Location: High Meadows School Library
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Cost: $45 (includes copy of the book)

Past Event

Workshop - December 3
Bringing Mindfulness Into Your Life

Join High Meadows educator Annie Swanlaw and counselor Sue Amacker in learning how mindfulness can support well-being for teachers, parents, and students. The workshop will highlight the power of practicing mindfulness as an adult and how to bring the benefits of mindfulness to children.

  • What is mindfulness
  • Benefits of mindfulness
  • Mindfulness as a classroom tool
  • Mindfulness practices that resonate with children
  • Building mindfulness practices into our adult lives

Date: December 3, 2016 - Download Flyer
For: Educators and Parents 
Location: High Meadows School Library and Classrooms
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: $85

Past Event

Summer Workshops 2016
June 6-7

Two different workshops will be offered in the Summer of 2016.

Growing Social Intelligence

In this course we will support creating classrooms where students have significance, belonging, compassion, and empathy. We will actively explore teaching tools and strategies to help children care, play, think, and grow in the social world of the classroom.

Tools for Transformation: Creating Classroom Cultures of Thinking

In this course we will venture beyond curriculum, standards and benchmarks to explore the tools and techniques that support the greater purpose and promise of education.


Past Event

Book Study: Loving Learning
March 15, April 19, May 17 (three group meetings)

A blended learning experience that will include 3 face-to-face meetings and an online discussion.

What is progressive education? What makes the High Meadows learning environment different from more traditional educational environments? If you have ever asked yourself these questions, then the Center for Progressive Learning has the perfect opportunity for you! Please join us for our first adult book study around the text Loving Learning: How Progressive Education Can Save America’s Schools.

Written by the former head of Park Day School, Tom Little, the book demonstrates the values found in a progressive approach by weaving historical, philosophical and practical stories and examples of whole-child learning.

The High Meadows School faculty read this inspiring book over the summer and have been exploring the ideas and approaches in learning groups throughout the year. As educators we recognize the power behind a shared reading for building common understandings, strengthening relationships, and inspiring action. We would love for you to experience this power as well.

The Center will have copies of the book for sale. Looking forward to our journey together!

Dates: March 15, April 19, May 17, 2016 
For: Parents and Educators 
Locations: High Meadows School, Franklin House 
Times: 8:30 - 9:30 am
Cost: Free

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