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ILAIMH Spring Seminar: Why Our Children Don't Sit Criss-Cross Applesauce

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451 North LaSalle Drive

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Why Our Children Don't Sit Criss-Cross Applesauce: The Decision to Prioritize Child Engagement Over Compliance

Speaker: Jesse Ilhardt

Vanessa Durand, pediatrician at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia says, freedom of movement is necessary for children to meet their developmental milestones: “Children learn by experiencing their world using all of their senses. The restriction of movement, especially at a young age, impedes the experiential learning process.” But, walk into many early childhood and elementary schools today, and you’ll see young children silent, sitting or standing at attention. This session will explore the forces that lead many schools to enforce rigid behavior expectations and restrict children’s movement and interactions, as well as the implications on children’s cognitive, physical and social-emotional development. We’ll discuss the advantages of early education practices informed by child development knowledge, the long-term benefits to children and our society, and the steps we can take to get there.

Jesse Ilhardt earned her Bachelors degre from the University of Minnesota and received her MA in Early Childhood Education from Dominican University. Back in Chicago, she began her education career as Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at Casa Central through Teach for America. Later, she began to coach other early childhood teachers, eventually taking on the role of Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development in which she led Teach for America’s Early Childhood Education Literacy Pilot in Chicago. Today, she manages VOCEL’s curriculum and family partnership programs, while also teaching in VOCEL’s classroom and fostering the professional growth of the entire team.

This group is co-sponsored by the Center for Practice Excellence at Jewish Child and Family Services

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