The seminar was open to Parents, Family Members, Educators, and other Professionals in the Conference Center at 455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA on May 18, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
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The seminar featured presentations and discussions on How Community Influences Impact the Dynamics of Learning and Developing in early childhood programs in a climate of Partnership with Children, in-depth explorations, and a project approach. Participants gained insights into the topic and take away presentation outlines and knowledge of the key elements in a Partnership with Children, in-depth explorations, and a project approach. Refreshments 9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Seminar 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Handouts. Tours of the C5 Children’s School centers were also held after the seminar from 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
The seminar began on time with 58 participants after a sumptuous morning snack of fruits, croissants, spreads, meats, cheeses, coffee, and teas.
Beverly Melugin, the C5 Children’s School Executive Director, welcomed the guests and provided a synopsis of the Festival of Learning, why we do it, and some of the basic philosophy and practice principles that underlie it. The participant packets included some of the history of C5 Children’s School and our 15 Guiding Principles.
Beverly Melugin, the C5 Children’s School Executive Director, welcomed the guests and provided a synopsis of the Festival of Learning, why we do it, and some of the basic philosophy and practice principles that underlie the festival.
Joe Wiseman, the C5 Director of Learning, provided an introduction to the seminar with a presentation of how the C5 community embraced our Study Focus for this school year, “Community Influences in the Dynamics of Learning and Developing” and illustrated some of its many dimensions. He also introduced the four C5 teachers who presented examples of their work with children, parents, family members, and the broad community in the context of collaborating to provide optimal learning and development for the 130 infants, toddlers, preschool, and pre-kindergarten children at C5.
The first presenter was Steven Kong, a preschool teacher. His topic was, “Developing Group Cohesion & Exploration Into How Foods Affect Body Fluids.” Discussion followed.
The second presenter was Mitch Pan, a toddler teacher. His topic was, “Community Among Children.” Discussion followed.
The third presenter was Courtney Ludlow, a toddler teacher. Her topic was, “Self-Recognition and Expression in a Community of Children” Discussion followed.
The fourth presenter was Isabella Hill, a preschool teacher. Her topic was, “Building Relationships Through Dance.” Discussion followed.
After the presentations and discussions, the participants and C5 staff returned to the San Diego Room for some more refreshments and to form tour groups to visit the C5 centers. One of our centers is upstairs in the State of California Office Complex. Our other center is across the street in the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Building.
The participants toured the C5 centers where C5 staff were stationed in their classrooms to answer questions and provide introductory information about how our program is conducted with the children in those environments.