Geeking out on democratic ed. in the shadow of the Flatirons

One of my longtime co-workers and I are going to be heading to Colorado in a couple of weeks. We’re spending five days on the campus of CU-Boulder with people from all over the world at the International Democratic Education Conference.

We will be listening, talking, sharing, eating and playing with such an amazing gathering of progressive educators that I can’t even begin to imagine what to expect, but I know it’s going to be completely amazing and inspiring and  I am committed to sharing as many of our experiences with our teachers as possible.  To help with keeping a connection to our school, we are asking teachers to give us their questions and curiosities to add extra focus to our thinking during workshops and discussion groups. I’m planning to write a brief reflection at the end of every day and email it to everyone so I don’t forget all of the million ideas and thoughts that will pass though my head in a day!

We’re honored and excited to be joining such a distinguished assembly of people from so many facets of education, social justice, educational reform and empowerment of youth. Perhaps we should wait to finalize our long awaited Mission statement until we’re back!

If you’re curious about the sorts of speakers and workshops being offered, here is a link to the site:  http://www.idec2013.org/  I promise that I’ll be sharing some of our most inspired moment here.

Bon Voyage!

 

About Kris Taylor

I am the very fortunate director of two small, mixed-age preschools that are finding their unique paths by interpreting and incorporating the best of the progressive, constructivist early childhood philosophies. I never forget that the community of teachers, families and children are what makes it the amazing place that it is. Each day is another precious opportunity to practice and perfect valuing, respecting and loving one another; creating and exploring community; and having immeasurable fun in the process.
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