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

Cut Paper Creations: Making Collages with Children

Thursday, October 23, 2014

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

(3 PDPs) Experiment with stamping, texture rubbings, and other ways to make unique collage papers with young children. Learn about how the Art Studio uses collage to connect young children with picture books, literacy, the creative thinking process, and their own curiosities. As we create collages of our own, we'll dip into design and color theory to better help us understand how picture book artists think and work. Learn with art you've made yourself, texture making tools, and ideas you can use in the classroom or at home.

Instructors: Meghan Burch and Diana MacKenzie

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Arts Integration across the Common Core

Sundays, November 16, 2014, January 11, 2015 and March 15, 2015

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

(12 PDPs) Enchanted Circle Theater, in partnership with The Carle, presents the Institute for Arts Integration (IAI) Workshop Series. Learn arts integration techniques that engage students in content learning, and boost their creative and critical thinking skills! This 3-part program was made possible through a grant from The Xeric Foundation. Registration deadline: October 31.

Geared for K-5 educators as well as art and music teachers, IAI presents a rich palette of hands-on visual and performing arts experiences for educators, strengthening their capacity and confidence in replicating arts integration lessons back in the classroom. Participants will explore a wide range of arts activities and exercises, helping them learn to integrate the arts across Math, Social Studies, and English Language Arts.

Registration Fee includes 12 PDPs, reusable handouts to support activities, and lunch

Facilitated by Priscilla Kane Hellweg, Executive Artistic Director of Enchanted Circle Theater; Diana MacKenzie, Public Art Programs Educator at The Carle; and Courtney Waring, Director of Education at The Carle.

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