2019-2020 Educator Exchange Day
As a member of Project Infinity, The Nest participates in Educator Exchange Days. During the 2019-2020 school year, The Nest will offer one Educator Exchange Day, in conjunction with the Grant Park Cooperative Preschool:
Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 2pm-5pm
In order to register for the Educator Exchange Day, please complete a registration form.
The registration fee is $50 per participant.
Educator Exchanges are envisioned as one way to formally share experiences within a reciprocal exchange format. Launched by Project Infinity schools in the fall of 2008, Educator Exchanges are a response to increasing interest by area educators to visit schools within the Project. If education is conceived not as a set of rigid methods but an evolving and advancing knowledge-building process based on active research that is collaboratively interpreted, then opportunities for discussion and exchange among educators is crucial.
During Educator Exchanges, participants are encouraged to use their visits as a framework to support thinking about their own unique contexts and their own role as educators. In order to support thinking both during and after Educator Exchanges, an Observation and Reflection Guide is available. The overall aim of Educator Exchanges is to give visibility to ongoing learning processes of children and adults in each Project school. By keeping a style of responsibility and transparency, Project educators share their ongoing evolution of analyzing and interpreting experiences. We assert that all schools operate from some set of core values and that one responsibility of adults is to make explicit which core values are embraced and then to continually observe the alignment between values and actions within schools. The general format of Educator Exchanges includes presentations of children’s and teachers’ work, informal time in the school and classrooms, informal access to educators of the school, and formal group discussion.
Since their introduction during the 2008-2009 school year, Educator Exchanges have proven to be a powerful professional development tool for both educators within Project Infinity, as well as for participating educators from the surrounding community. Currently, Educator Exchanges are offered twice per school year by each Project Infinity school. Project Infinity schools coordinate the organization and structure of Educator Exchanges, as well as scheduling so that dates are spread throughout a school year. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for Educator Exchanges, please contact us.
Please complete a registration form to reserve your spot! For more information, please contact Kristi Cameron at firstname.lastname@example.org.