Opening Our School to Our Colleagues: The Nest’s First Educator Exchange Day
“The discussions gave me so much to think about. It is sometimes just great to have a time to stop and really think and talk about what we are all doing.” — from the written reflections of an Educator Exchange Day participant
“You have a beautiful and enticing environment It was great to hear how The Nest started and to see how you have evolved and grown in such a short time.” — from the written reflections of an Educator Exchange Day participant
“It supported me as an educator just being in a ‘common thinking’ environment!” — from the written reflections of an Educator Exchange Day participant.
On March 2, 2013, The Nest held its first Educator Exchange Day. Approximately 25 educators representing 7 schools from the Atlanta area visited The Nest, toured the environment, and viewed presentations of our work with children. Along with these educators, the teachers at The Nest had a wonderful opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with other educators about our experiences in schools.
In addition to the hard work, time, and energy that The Nest’s teachers put into making this a special day, we also had wonderful support from many of our parents who helped to spruce up the playground in advance of the Educator Exchange Day. In addition, three parents (Ed Jewell and Brandi and Eric Kaepplinger) spent their Saturday morning attending the Educator Exchange Day to offer their unique perspectives on our experiences at The Nest.
In the images below you can get a sense of the spirit of the day — a morning filled with joy, provocation, exchange, conversation, and dialogue.
We also used the opportunity of the Educator Exchange Day as alibi to think more deeply about about our environment and to get the school in “tip-top” shape! In the images below, you can see the environment as it appeared on the morning before the participants arrived. It is our sincere hope that the environment reflects our commitment to creating an ever-evolving, respectful, rich environment for young children.