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Puppet Power

Engaging PreK-2nd Graders in SEL and Identity Development

By California Teacher Development Collaborative

When and where

Date and time

Wednesday, March 22 · 9am - 3pm PDT


Children's Day School 333 Dolores Street San Francisco, CA 94110

Refund Policy

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About this event

  • 6 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

To cultivate a classroom of risk taking, resilient thinking, empathetic listening, and playful learning, elementary educator and CATDC staff member Amanda Raynor uses puppets and stuffed animals to support student learning. The use of puppets as co-teachers, learning partners, and members of the classroom community presents the opportunity for critical thinking, deep questioning, and imagination. Along with building confidence in speaking about the various aspects of their identity, students are authentically making connections, noticing assumptions, and learning social emotional skills through low-stakes playful conversations.


Participants will:

  • Explore the ways that puppets and stuffed animals can be used in the classroom as tools to support learning of challenging concepts
  • Understand the process that is used to incorporate the puppets into the everyday fabric of their classroom
  • Develop a lesson plan or activity integrating puppets and stuffed animals
  • Practice using puppets and stuffed animals to co-teach lessons or run activities


Early elementary educators (PreK-2nd), LS Counselors, SEL Coordinators, DEI Practitioners.


CATDC and Children's Day School will be working together to do all we can to ensure your health and safety during our in-person session, monitoring closely nationwide, state, and local updates and recommendations. We ask that you do not attend if you are infected with Covid, have Covid symptoms, or have had close contact with someone who is infected in the last 10 days.

Starting February 2023, we will no longer check vaccination status at the first session of our workshops, but we strongly encourage all CATDC participants to be fully vaccinated.

Given the nature of our in-person programs which gather individuals together from a variety of schools and regions, CATDC may also require or strongly recommend masking indoors and/or testing on a program-by-program basis. Any updated recommendations or requirements will be communicated to participants in a timely fashion prior to a program or session. All Covid-related refund requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Thank you for your understanding and your cooperation.


Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. Registration may be transferred to a different person up to 7 days before a session. However refunds will not be given, and a session missed for any reason will not be refunded.

Below we have outlined our cancellation and refund policy, which we have in place to ensure the most accurate numbers when we secure well in advance locations, catering, and facilitators. Thank you for understanding.

For our ongoing programs or one-day intensives, refunds are available (less a $50 processing fee) up to 22 days before the scheduled starting date. We are unable to provide refunds for cancellations made 21 days or less prior to the first day of a workshop. A missed session that is part of an ongoing program is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Please contact us by email as soon as you know you cannot attend a workshop.

You will receive a full refund if CATDC chooses to cancel this event.

About the organizer

The CATDC is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for teachers to grow as professionals.

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