Our consultation services begin with work with program leaders to clarify your program's core values and develop a professional learning model that reflects and brings those values to life.
We help build capacity for pedagogical leadership in your program using critical friends work, communities of practice, and a Thinking Lens® protocol to help focus on:
- Developing a disposition or mindset that children are capable and deserving of the best from us; a mindset of gratitude for the important work we get to do and excitement about the role we can play as agents of change for a better world.
- Setting the environment up as a 3rd teacher to establish a classroom culture to guide behavior and learning. (Physical space, interesting materials, routines that focus more on children’s minds than behaviors.)
- Writing learning stories to share with the children and their families.
- Strengthening the teacher’s voice, passion, and connection with each of the children and their families.
- Promoting collaboration and learning from different perspectives.
We often use this process:
- Offering teachers a selection of open-ended materials to first explore themselves and then to make available to the children.
- Working side by side with teachers to observe and discuss:
- how children are using the environment and materials
- the meaning of children’s play and conversations
- what would be worth writing as a learning story and why
- how studying their observations can guide their planning
- the value of showing children documentation of their activities
- Mentoring teachers with guidelines for writing learning stories