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Posted on Nov 15, 2010

Early Learning to Last a Lifetime

November 11, 2010

Thursday through Saturday of last week, one teacher from each of our early childhood classrooms (Rooms 1-6), a kindergarten teacher, and I traveled to Anaheim for the annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The conference is the largest gathering of ages 2-8 educators in the world, attended by more than 15,000 teachers and administrators and offering close to 900 workshops and lectures. Topics included (just to name a few!):
  • curriculum-specific subject areas (e.g., music, art, P.E., technology, and science)
  • appreciation of nature and outdoor education
  • diversity and equity
  • bridging relationships between home and school
  • health and safety
  • teaching philosophies (Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, etc.).
Gillispie attendees, having participated in more than 110 sessions, appreciated the chance to share our discoveries during lunches and dinners with each other over the three days. All of us are looking forward to sharing our knowledge back at school–to socialize insights with faculty, students, and parents alike. As Thanksgiving approaches, I am mindful that it’s unprecedented for Gillispie to be able to take a team of eight to learn together at the flagship conference for our field. The Endowment for Excellence in Teaching makes learning journeys like this possible, and for that I am grateful. Alison Fleming Head of School
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