Learn how to build a just and inclusive early childhood classroom community through the concepts of ritual, surprise and collaboration.
A ritual is a routine or practice with meaning. A surprise is a practice or a change in practice we do to keep our classrooms and culture fresh. At Brooklyn's beloved Maple Street School, of which our presenter is the longtime Director, rituals and surprises include parades, "Cafe", "pop-ups" and "free stores" that engage, celebrate, and welcome the community.
Workshop participants will learn how to enrich and strengthen classroom communities using rituals and surprises; transform environments in response to children's interests and passions; and implement micro-revolutions that make their classrooms and communities more inclusive, kind and just.
This workshop includes a full catered lunch.
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About the Presenter:
Wendy Jo Cole has been the Director of the Maple Street School, a Brooklyn pre-school cooperative with deep roots in its diverse community, for 15 years. Besides her work on rituals and surprises, Wendy has presented on the themes of Leadership through Mentoring and Storytelling and is the co-developer of Little Chairs Big Differences, an early childhood diversity conference.