We will ask, what messages are sent by the environments we create, what messages are sent by the experiences we provide, and in this unusual time, how can we send messages to each other in ways that create relationships and unity even when we are not physically together?
"Messages fill every moment of our lives. Some are overt and some are hidden. The interpretation of these messages helps us establish our relationships with others and the world around us. Young children already understand quite a lot about messages—messages of belonging, of participation, of collaboration, of celebration. In a school setting, the reciprocal messages sent and received by the children, adults, and the environment create the essence and spirit of our identity. This spirit, we hope, will build a generation of children who observe, ask questions, and act.
Through the lens of Hitorerut (Awakening), and using stories from the daily lives of schools, we will look at our ways of connecting with each other—what are the messages sent between all the participants of schools, both children and adults.
Presented by: Sandy Lane
Sandy Lanes is an independent early childhood education consultant, a Master Teacher for the Family Child Care Alliance of Maryland, and was a faculty member at the JCCA Sheva Center for four years, facilitating learning for JCC educators nationally and mentoring preschool leadership, both online and in person. She was previously the Curriculum Director/Pedagogista at the JCC of Greater Washington Preschool in Rockville, Maryland from 2006-2019, which she helped to transform from a traditional preschool to a Reggio-inspired program. In her tenure, the school was chosen as a lab school site for JCCs across the US.
Sandy earned both her master's and bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education at the University of Maryland and began her teaching career in Head Start. Over the past 25 years, Sandy has been a keynote presenter, facilitated many workshops at conferences and preschools, and has been an adjunct professor of early childhood education at Montgomery College in Maryland. She attended Study Institutes in Reggio Emilia, Italy in 2012, 2016, and 2019, has been a longtime, active member in a monthly Pedagogista group, and is currently on the steering committee of the DC Reggio Alliance. Sandy hosts a podcast called, Awakened To Reggio, on which she interviews experts in early childhood education and the Reggio approach.
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