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Monday, May 6 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Teaching as Love: Unpacking the Anatomy of Contextual Curriculum

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This session will present examples of contextual curriculum development through open-ended inquiry, based on the interests of students, teachers, families, and communities. One example will be shared in-depth, to tell the story of how children’s inquiry into their neighborhood served as a catalyst for bridging separations between faith communities, and deeply engaging families in curriculum. All examples were developed in various schools, both public and private, in Boulder and Denver, Colorado, in partnership with the Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program. Inspired by the Infant-Toddler Centers and Preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, this workshop will employ “teacher as researcher” as a lens through which to share stories, resources, and time for interactive discussion and reflection. The presentation and discussion will focus on developing sustainable 21st century practices around family engagement, community connection, and intercultural exploration.

Presenters
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Lauren Weatherly

Partner School Program Director, Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program
Lauren Weatherly is the Partner School Program Director for the Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program. In this role, she develops and supports administrative relationships with various schools in the Denver/Boulder Metro Area, and also provides coaching and support to Student... Read More →
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Stephanie Leen

Judaic Specialist, Learning School at the Denver Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center
Stephanie Leen is the Judaic Specialist at the Early Learning School at the Denver Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center. Stephanie teaches 150 children of all age groups, which gives her unique opportunities to incorporate the universal values embedded in Judaism into their Reggio... Read More →


Monday May 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
Room 711A