Teaching as Love: Unpacking the Anatomy of Intercultural Contextual Curriculum
In this workshop, we will present examples of contextual curriculum development through open-ended inquiry, based on the interests of students, teachers, families, and communities. We will share one in-depth example, to tell the story of how children’s inquiry into their neighborhood served as a catalyst for bridging separations between faith communities.
All examples were developed in various public and private schools in Boulder and Denver, Colorado, in partnership with the Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program. Inspired by the Infant-Toddler Centers and Preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in this workshop we will employ “teacher as researcher” as a lens through which to share stories, resources, and time for interactive discussion and reflection. In particular, we will focus on developing sustainable 21st century practices around community connection and intercultural exploration as threads woven through the presentation and discussions.
Presenters: Lauren Weatherly, Boulder Journey School and Lesley PhD student, and Stephanie Leen, The Early Learning School at the Denver Jewish Community Center
Free and open to the public.