Promising Practices in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education
All three Spring 2020 In Bloom Conferences have been canceled due to the current global crisis. We are actively working to reschedule these programs to next year, same times, same places, same program. A Save-the-Date announcement will be made in the Fall of 2020. Registration for the events should open in early January.
In the beginning, In Bloom conferences catered to teachers of children between the ages of 3 and 6, but children grow up, so we’re catching up! There’s been an interesting upward migration in New England schools as the result of successful nature-based early childhood initiatives. Children continue to want outdoor learning as they move up through the grades. First-, second- and third-grade students look out the window at kindergarteners learning outside and long for the sunshine on their faces and sticks in their hands. Preschool teachers now help their upper-grade colleagues learn how to teach math in the woods and how to encourage learning outdoors. And so the doors open up and the school gets turned inside out. Our In Bloom workshops will be geared to preschool through third grade, so please invite your elementary teacher colleagues. We’ve got exciting new keynote speakers this year from around the country and a host of new workshop presenters from each region, along with some old favorites. We’ll also continue to spotlight the work of Antioch New England faculty members who teach in the Nature-based Early Childhood Certificate program.
Please do read through the conference brochure for the workshop descriptions and come prepared to make your selections while enjoying a cup of java (or tea). Registration will be open at 8:00 am to allow time.
If you registered for a 2020 conference, you will receive either a refund or a credit voucher to come to Inside-Outside (October 24, 2020) or one of next year’s In Bloom events.
REFUND or VOUCHER?
The 2020 conference brochures will remain linked through the summer, as the program will remain relatively unchanged for next year’s conferences. We are offering a keynote on each of the days that were originally scheduled for this year’s conferences. More information will be added when these details are finalized.
In Bloom Keynote Webinars
Saturday, April 18, 2020
What Else is Possible? A Glimpse into Vermont’s Forest Day Programming
Eliza Minnucci, Founder, ForestKinder, Tunbridge, VT
Adjunct Faculty, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH
facilitated by David Sobel, Author, Consultant & Professor Emeritus, Antioch University New England
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Turning School Inside Out–movie premier
Afternoon Principal’s Panel Discussion
- William Knittle, Principal, Rowe Elementary School, Rowe, MA
- Conor Driscoll, Principal, Gill Elementary School, Gill, MA
facilitated by David Sobel, Author, Consultant, Faculty Emeritus, Antioch University New England
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Nature Preschool in the Urban Wild: Lessons from the Pacific Northwest
Kit Harrington, Founder & Former Director, Fiddleheads Forest School, University of Washington, Seattle, WA