Lower School Teachers Attend Civic Agency Conference
Posted 10/12/2018 08:17AM

What happens when we see young children as citizens in their own right with ideas about how to make their community a better place? How do we build a curriculum around truly listening to children’s ideas and honoring their voices? How do we build agency in the early years through explorations of a community?

These questions formed the heart of the inaugural "Children Are Citizens: Civic Agency in the Early Years" conference, held at Washington International Primary School. Four CDS Lower School teachers, Betsey Gaddy, Pre-K; Ann Jennings, Kindergarten; Christy Buchanan, Grade 1; and Maureen Beyt, Grade 2 attended.

Organized by Jim Reese, director of the Professional Development Collaborative at Washington International School, the conference was supported by Project Zero (based out of the Harvard Graduate School of Education) and Reggio Children (early childhood education inspired by the methods used in Reggio Emilia, Italy). Keynote speakers included Project Zero’s Mara Krechevsky and Ben Mardell, who originated this initiative and have collaborated with educators in Reggio Emilia preschools for nearly two decades.

"We returned to school with lots of ideas to try immediately," says Ann Jennings. Carolina Day School is committed to high quality professional development for its teachers, which is essential to delivering excellence in education.

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Photo, left to right: Ann Jennings, Betsey Gaddy, Jim Reese, Maureen Beyt, Christy Buchanan

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