Events

Jan
27
Tue
2015
Experienced Educators Webinar
Jan 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Webinars give you a chance to learn more about AUNE from the comfort of your own home. You will need the following computer prerequisites: high-speed Internet connection, direct Ethernet to your modem, a microphone, headphones/ear-buds and a webcam.

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Feb
12
Thu
2015
Experienced Educators Webinar
Feb 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Webinars give you a chance to learn more about AUNE from the comfort of your own home. You will need the following computer prerequisites: high-speed Internet connection, direct Ethernet to your modem, a microphone, headphones/ear-buds and a webcam.

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Feb
13
Fri
2015
Waldorf Education Visiting Day @ Antioch University New England
Feb 13 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Visiting Days give you the opportunity to consult with faculty, talk with students, visit classes, and tour the campus.

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Feb
19
Thu
2015
Elementary Education, Early Childhood, Holistic Special Education, Nature-based Early Childhood Teacher Certification Visiting Day @ Antioch University New England
Feb 19 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Visiting Days give you the opportunity to consult with faculty, talk with students, visit classes, and tour the campus.

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Mar
17
Tue
2015
In Bloom in Boston: Promising Practices in Nature-based Early Childhood Education @ Boston Nature Center
Mar 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

You’re invited to our fourth year of In Bloom conferences. We’ll be on our homeground at Antioch University New England on Thursday, May 14. In addition, we’ll convene exemplary early childhood educators from downtown to down on the farm in Boston on Tuesday, March 17, in New Haven, Connecticut on Saturday, April 25, and Shelburne, Vermont on Wednesday, June 10. Each conference will have unique nationally (and internationally) recognized keynote speakers and unique workshops by local practitioners. All events will focus on the educational and health benefits of being outside with children.

Nature preschools and forest kindergartens have flourished in Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and Europe since the 1960s. In the last few decades they’ve started to take root throughout New England. Public school kindergartens in Vermont are spending one full day a week in the deep woods on Forest Fridays. Preschoolers are exploring naturalized play yards in New Haven. Children climb trees, make mudpies, whittle sticks, take care of animals AND expand their vocabularies, do real math, conduct investigations and develop resilience in nature-based programs. Come to one of the 2015 In Bloom conferences and learn from cutting edge educators who are redefining what’s possible in early childhood education.


Cost Details:

Regular rate: $75

Reduced rate of $50 (each) for:

  • Group of 3 or more from same organization
  • Antioch alum
  • Mass Audubon staff

Event Schedule:


8:15-9:00 Registration Check-In

9:00 – 9:15 Opening Circle

9:15-10:15 Morning Keynote: Ken Finch

Nature Play: Risky Business?

nature-based urban early childhood education - net sweepingStrongly rooted in both research and emotion, the nature play movement is growing rapidly. Yet significant challenges remain, including difficult questions of effectiveness and the vexing fears of risk. Veteran environmental educator Ken Finch will lead us through a light-hearted review of the powerful purposes of nature play. He’ll then explore its risks and related worries, with suggestions of how we can address common concerns about injuries and liability. Ken will also introduce a different type of risk: that some approaches to nature play may be falling short of our hopes.


10:15-12:00  Morning Workshops

(Participants will choose one workshop in this time frame.)

  • Eeeuwe! What’s that Smell? Ruthie Ireland
    Exploring the Sensory Delights of Mud Season with Young Children

    March is a great season to be a curious outdoor explorer. Spring’s first wildflowers are waking up, sap is flowing in maple trees, and mud is abundant. Using our five-senses tool kit, we will explore some of March’s finest offerings – from skunk cabbage to maple sap to clay. Learn activities and techniques to bring into your classrooms and nature-based settings. Join in a sensory quest into magical mud season!
  • Initiating Inquiry Kris Scopinich
    When exploring the natural world, science is all around. But where do you start with a group of young learners? Sometimes it’s best to start with children’s curiosity and other times you may begin your explorations with activities and tools that help to focus attention and observation. This workshop focuses on the “openers” or “inquiry starters” in nature that jumpstart science in the early childhood classroom. We’ll explore a variety of materials, activities and topics that you’re likely to find in your own educational setting: insects, soil, trees, birds and the changing weather.
  • Nature in the City Classroom Keisha Jones
    This presentation will focus on how to bring nature into the city classroom. When children are surrounded by the interesting sounds and sights of an exciting city environment, it can be challenging to draw their attention to the elements of nature. In this workshop we will explore ways to simply bring the outdoors in and share the importance of nature with young children. Indoor and outdoor activities will be included.
  • The Dirt on Dirt Claire Harris
    Urban landscapes may not have meadows and deep woods, but there’s usually some good old-fashioned dirt around in which children can get muddy. In this workshop we’ll explore the many functions of dirt in learning about the outdoors, the positive aspects of playing in the dirt, and the connections to the natural world and everyday life, even in an urban setting.
  • Story Telling with Nature Karen First
    Sharpen your storytelling abilities using nature as inspiration. We will discuss the importance of oral language development to literacy learning and share documentation from early childhood classrooms. The session will include a brief introduction to key ideas, followed by the sharing of story-telling games, techniques for learning stories, the opportunity to make and take story stones, and the sharing of oral stories that contain environmental messages. Teachers will leave with a circle time story to share with their children the next day!

12:00-1:00    Lunch


1:00-2:00       Afternoon Keynote:                          Jane Hirschi

  • Planting the Seeds of Change
    School gardens and garden-based learning reflect an exciting trend impacting young learners around the country. Frequently run by parent volunteers and dependent on inspired teachers putting in extra hours, garden-based learning has largely by-passed students from high-need, urban public schools. What will it take to make garden-based learning part of every school and available to all children from the time they enter school? Jane will discuss the critical role of teachers in establishing successful integration and share examples from around the country, including CitySprouts.

 2:00-3:45       Afternoon Workshops:

(Participants will choose one workshop in this time frame.)

  • Nature Play with Authentic Nature Ken Finch
    Keynote speaker Ken Finch will facilitate this workshop about the creation of nature play spaces that emphasize natural habitats and elements, augmented by affordable hand-built features. Be ready to share your own opportunities and barriers around nature play in small group discussions. Also come prepared to venture outside–we’ll search for ‘wild’ nature play opportunities on the Nature Center’s grounds, and practice analyzing their risks and benefits.
  • Rough-and-Tumble Play, the Outdoors, and the Young Child Katie Roberts
    & Elizabeth Yon
    Rough-and-tumble play is important to a young child’s physical, social, and cognitive development. However, for many teachers and parents, the nature of that type of play can be hard to embrace. Join teachers from the Forest Gnomes Waldkindergarten as they explore big-body play in early childhood. They will share with you the benefits and challenges of allowing physical play in their outdoor program and how they address parents’ concerns and fears. Come with your own observations, reflections and questions, as a portion of the workshop will focus on child guidance strategies and how to create a safe space for rough-and-tumble play in your own programs.
  • A Natural Partnership Roberta Udoh & Bo Hoppin
    On a tour of the school grounds, Bo and Roberta will share the place-based education and social justice context of Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot School and the faculty commitment to providing natural world and community experiences for even their youngest students. The ongoing connection between preschoolers and the Boston Nature Center and the impact of this natural partnership both in the classroom and in the psyche of the child will receive special focus.
  • Singing Through the Seasons Zoe McGrath & Meghan McDermott
    Take a deeper look at seasonal songs and circles and how they connect to nature and curriculum throughout the day and the year. In this workshop, you will learn seasonal circles that can be used in your classroom to bring in movement, rich language, literacy skills, rhythm and a deep connection to nature. You will leave with nature songs, finger plays and games that can be used throughout the day and year to connect with all areas of curriculum, including cooking and baking songs, gardening songs, cleaning songs, working songs, transition songs and songs for play.
  • Gardening, Worm Bins, and the Curriculum Sharon Higgins
    Gardening with young children is not difficult, and you don’t have to be a gardener yourself to effectively bring children into gardening and gardening into the science, reading and math curriculum. Participants will learn how to start and maintain a simple worm bin, how to use the worm bin and gardens for scientific investigations, and lots of other practical skills for gardening with preschoolers.

3:45-4:00       Closing Circle


Optional Evening Program

  • 5:00-7:00       Invitation to Visit the Gnome Home

    Location: Natick Community Organic Farm, Natick, MA


 

Mar
24
Tue
2015
Experienced Educators Info Session @ Antioch University New England
Mar 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Information Sessions are two-hour presentations providing information about the programs. They give you a chance to meet faculty and to have your questions answered in an informal atmosphere.

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Apr
3
Fri
2015
Waldorf Education Visiting Day @ Antioch University New England
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Visiting Days give you the opportunity to consult with faculty, talk with students, visit classes, and tour the campus.

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Apr
16
Thu
2015
Antioch University New England | 50th Anniversary Celebration @ Antioch University New England
Apr 16 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm

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Save the Date: April 16 – 19, 2015

Mark your calendars and plan to come back to Antioch University New England. This will be a weekend to recognize AUNE’s past, embrace its mission, meet new friends, and reconnect with old friends. Check back soon for more updates!

Thursday, April 16

5 pm | Art Exhibit Opening, West Wing

Friday, April 17

10:30 am-12 pm | Panel: AUNE and the 1960sHosted by the Department of Education

1-4 pm | Roger Peterson LectureHosted by the Department of Clinical Psychology, Community Room

4-6 pm | SocialHosted by the Department of Clinical Psychology, Community Room

4-6 pm  | Social at Glen MaplesAntioch-Putney Graduates

6:30-7 pm | SocialHosted by the Department of Education, Dance Studio

7-8:30 pm | Family Contra DanceHosted by the Department of Education, Community Room

Saturday, April 18

9:30 am-1 pm | Meet the Mountain Day—Hosted by the Department of Environmental Studies, Monadnock State Park

10 am-12:30 pm | International Counseling Honor Society Chi Sigma Iota Counseling and Professional Honor Induction Ceremony followed by DMT Presentation and BrunchHosted by the Department of Applied Psychology, Community Room

1:30-4:30 pm | Panel: Women in Environmental Leadership and Science—Hosted by the Department of Environmental Studies, E 101

6-8 pm | Evening ReceptionAll Departments (ticketed event)

Sunday, April 19

9 am-12 pm |  Open House and BreakfastAll Departments, Community Room

(last updated 1/15/2015)

Apr
17
Fri
2015
Elementary Ed., Early Childhood, Holistic Spec. Ed., Nature-based Early Childhood Teacher Certification Visiting Day @ Antioch University New England
Apr 17 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Visiting Days give you the opportunity to consult with faculty, talk with students, visit classes, and tour the campus.

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