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Alise Shafer Ivey- Something resembling the truth: the institutionalized obstruction of thinking - A master class.

Suitable for - Educators and Leaders working in Early Childhood and Primary settings/ University and TAFE lecturers and students.

Alise Shafer Ivey is an educational consultant, Founder and Executive Director of the Pedagogical Institute of Los Angles, and retired Founder and Director of Evergreen Community School in Santa Monica, California. She works privately with schools throughout the US and abroad including China, New Zealand, Korea, Nepal, Japan, Australia, Brazil and Peru. In her role as Executive Director of the Pedagogical Institute, she supports teachers in underserved public schools through The Collaborative Teacher Project. In 2018, she created The Nest, a play space for young refugee children in Lesvos, Greece. Alise also speaks regularly at conferences internationally and was a speaker at TEDx Sunset Park. Her work is informed by a constructivist educational approach and a strong belief in the competence of young children

School has traditionally been a place of questions and answers, call and response. The tidy answers that keep education efficient and measurable undermine the educational goals of thinking, seeking multiple perspectives and acknowledging the messiness that marks the human experience. During our two days together we will look earnestly for truth, knowing all the while that it is elusive, sometimes dangerous and ever subjective. Finally, we will explore instead the plausible, the imagined and the realms of possibility that exist beyond the boundaries of narrow truths. We will ask ourselves and each other, how can schools foster thinking that recognizes and embraces the great complexity of life. How do teachers craft attuned responses that ignite the creative impulse and lead to further theory construction and innovation? How can our engagement with young children become the impetus to deep thought and empathic relationships.
Small Group Work and Reflection Meetings
On day 2 we will look at how teachers identify, provoke and sustain long term investigations. We will follow this with an examination of how children make meaning of their work as they discuss the issues that surface throughout their investigations.
A Chance to Explore Nature's Atelier
Participants will be welcomed into the unique environments of Nature's Atelier where they will experience an Early Learning Project situated on 16.6 hectares, The environments include multiple studios, a farm with alpacas, goats. chikens and ducks. Lunches will be prepared from the kitchen garden and bush tucker foods grown of site. Mentors from the project will invite participants to explore the bush kindy site and discuss their work.
This master class will only be available for 30 participants.
19th and 20th October 2019


Nature's Atelier
431 Rendezvous Rd, Vasse, Western Australia 6280

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