We’re developing the next generation of elementary classrooms through our collaborative approach and innovative pedagogy.

Be part of the future of education—join us for our EDGE-UCATOR Collaborative! Our PreK-6 teacher professional development emphasizes experiential, inquiry-based learning supported by an inspiring and democratic learning environment.

8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

  • Observe in classrooms, debrief with teachers and plan instruction
  • Explore the day’s pedagogical focus through presentations, learning experiences, research and planning
  • Dual-language (Spanish/English) options available for all programs
  • Priority will be given to teams of 2–8 teachers enrolling from the same school; maximum of 8 attendees per school
  • Light breakfast and lunch provided
  • $130 per person for each program

Deadlines and Cancellation Policy

  • Deadline for registration is one week prior to scheduled EDGE-UCATOR Day (see below for specific dates)
  • Only cancellations received by deadline will be refunded
  • EDGE-UCATOR Days will be cancelled if fewer than 25 participants register

Schedule of Programs

October 11, 2018 – Creating a Culture and Pedagogy of Inquiry
Thank you for joining us!
Everyone is talking about inquiry and project-based learning powered by curiosity, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity. But how do you get started? How do you sustain what you’ve started? How do you take it beyond one content area, one classroom, one teacher? How can you incorporate visual and performing arts, primary sources, engineering, and technology? Whether you have just begun to investigate it or have already tried this in your classroom, this one-day workshop offers the opportunity to think deeply and share ideas with other educators. You can explore the benefits of inquiry-based learning across the curriculum, observe teachers and students in action, and develop your own plans for inquiry-based teaching and learning in consultation with experienced coaches.

October 18, 2018 – CGI: Counting Across the Grades
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Counting Across the Grades will highlight the practice of counting collections to develop both counting skills and number relations. We will unpack the four counting principles that develop in early childhood, and look at how we continue to build on them to develop mathematical principles such as place value and number sense with increasingly large numbers as children get older. We will examine how we support children’s abilities to represent their collections, and to record how they counted. We will look at how this counting work is laying the foundation for problem solving. Teachers will gain an understanding of why counting is so important to building the foundations of math in all elementary. They will also learn ways to implement and include counting into their already existing curricula.

January 17, 2019 – CGI: Problem Solving
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Problem solving is the heart of CGI classrooms. Teachers will be working with a wide range of problem types throughout the grades, and supporting children in approaching problem solving in ways that make sense to them. We will unpack the trajectory of children’s thinking as they move from direct modeling to counting strategies, and evaluate invented algorithms created by students. The focus will be on students making sense of mathematics in supportive environments, rather than being taught or shown how to approach problems in particular ways. Classroom talk, social interactions, and the appropriate use of tools are all topics that may be investigated. Teachers will learn the ways to begin or extend problem solving in their own classrooms. They will see and discuss ways to support and extend student understanding.

January 31, 2019 – The Art of Teaching with Primary Sources
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How do we support children as they become curious about the past and begin to study history? Primary sources offer windows into the lives and actions of people who have come before us. Explore how to provide elementary school students with skills and tools to  examine these sources. Learn how to encourage them to ask questions and make inferences. Help them wrestle with contradictions and multiple points of view as they construct knowledge and form conclusions about the past based on evidence. Enrich your social studies, science, and language arts curriculum by integrating these primary sources into your students’ learning

February 21, 2019 – Balanced Literacy in Dual Language Classrooms
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Our dual language immersion program follows the 90/10 model. Our teachers plan and develop reading and writing curricula with their grade-level teams using Teacher’s College Units of Study as a framework. Students engage inquiry-based learning experiences that promote habits of a literary life, metalinguistics, critical thinking, and conceptual understanding. In classrooms, visiting educators will have an opportunity to observe a variety of literacy lessons in elementary classrooms equivalent of PreK-6.

For Further Information
Sylvia Vallejo – (310) 825-1801 / svallejo@labschool.ucla.edu