Innovations in Education: A Study Tour of the Early Childhood Centers of Pistoia, Italy

March 16 - March 20, 2015
(30 PDPs) The Innovations in Education study tour, launched in 2010, has quickly become known for the variety of learning opportunities it offers its participants, as well as its intimate view of Pistoia. Participants tour school environments; learn about the schools' history; talk with school staff and teachers about both practical and philosophic aspects of teaching and learning; and share with other participants their observations, beliefs and practice. Participants also have the opportunity to experience the history and culture of Pistoia, where the value of aesthetics and deeply held beliefs about the potential and rights of all children and families are so foundational. Learn more.
Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Assessorato all'Educazione del Commune di Pistoia in cooperation with Smith College.

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Additional information and paperwork will be sent with your program confirmation. For more information email or call (413) 658-1113.

For Adults & Educators

An Introduction to Visual Thinking Strategies

Friday, February 20, 2015

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

(4 PDPs) Learn about the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), the principles of which guide the educational programming at the Museum. Designed as a way of teaching viewers to find meaning and pleasure in works of art, these strategies are based on the work of cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen and veteran museum educator, Philip Yenawine. Participants will be introduced to Housen’s theory of aesthetic development, discuss and analyze the strategies, experiment with the method in small groups, and discuss ways in which these strategies can enhance teaching and reinforce the state standards in Language Arts.

Instructor: Courtney Waring

Item No. 480223VTS
Whole Book Approach

Friday, April 3, 2014

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

(3 PDPs) Discover the difference between reading with children and reading to children. This session will include a chance for participants to observe a storytime at The Carle to see the Whole Book Approach in action. Afterwards, the group will discuss their observations and explore how to evaluate the picture book as an art form with the goal of using this critical engagement with the picture book as a platform for interactive reading experiences.

Instructor: Emily Prabhaker

Item No. 480323WBA
Using Picture Books with Older Students

Friday, April 3, 2014

1:30 - 4:30 pm

(3 PDPs) From Math to Language Arts and Social Studies picture books can be used to help differentiate instruction and making learning more fun and interactive. This workshop will provide strategies for integrating picture books in upper elementary curricula. We will explore using picture books to introduce new subject matter, simplify literary elements, and help students with their writing process.

Instructor: Susan Wells

Item No. 480323OLDER