Everyone can use a coach—especially one who helps you engage in inquiry-based reflection, a key component for sustainable professional development. Veronica Maravankin is an Educational Coach who has consulted with early childhood education programs across the country. Prior to her work as a consultant, she spent 12 years as the Early Childhood Director of the Barbara & Jack Kay Early Childhood Learning Center at the Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches. Over the course of her tenure at the helm of this school, Veronica, together with her staff, transformed the program from a traditional daycare to a state-of-the-art, forward-thinking Early Childhood Learning Center. As part of this metamorphosis, the school transitioned from a program that relied solely on a rote learning-based curriculum to a school where constructivist, inquiry-based learning took center stage.
About the presenter:
Veronica Maravankin is on the faculty of The Sheva Center for Innovation, the JCC Association’s Early Childhood Department. She has worked closely with this group for the past 13 years. She was also one of the original creators of the organization’s highly touted Learning Framework. Veronica is also a founding member of The Paradigm Project, a growing network of Jewish Early Childhood Education practitioner-activists bound by a shared commitment to multiplying and nurturing the seeds of excellence in our schools and our field for the benefit of children, families, educators, communities, and the world. Originally from Argentina, she has lived in Wellington, Florida since 2002 with her husband and two children, who are now young adults. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, biking and baking. She has a soft spot for Israeli culture, especially music and dance. Veronica is fluent in English, Spanish & Hebrew.
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