We’re developing the next generation of elementary classrooms through our unique pedagogy. Be a 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.

EDGE-UCATOR Days
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
  • $130 per person
  • Administrators, coaches, and/or coordinators FREE if attending with a team of 2 or more
  • Priority will be given to teams of 2–8 teachers enrolling from the same school; maximum of 8 attendees per school
  • Registration and payment is due at least one week prior to the workshop
  • Lunch and parking provided

Deadlines and Cancellation Policy:

  • Deadline for registration is Friday 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.

Click on the titles to REGISTER!

October 26, 2017 – Inquiry
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Friday, October 20, 2017
Building on the democratic learning community in your classroom, learn to use a student-centered approach in inquiry-based teaching and learning to support students as they define problems, design solutions and take action.

December 7, 2017 – Balanced Literacy
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Friday, December 1, 2017
The focus of the day will be balanced literacy and how best to implement the practice in elementary classrooms. The components of a balanced literacy approach are as follows: reading aloud, guided reading, shared reading, interactive writing, shared writing, reading workshop, writing workshop and word study.

January 18, 2018 – Safe School
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Friday, January 12, 2018
Learn how to build a democratic classroom and school-wide community to establish a safe environment for students, teachers and families. Safe School provides the tools for student self-management and the development of social-emotional skills.

February 8, 2018 – Teaching with Primary Sources
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Friday, February 2, 2018
Learn how to use primary sources in inquiry-based teaching and learning. Our focus will be using primary sources in the context of inquiry-based teaching and learning. Learn how primary sources can be used to spark curiosity, deepen investigations, and provide opportunities for social action. This workshop is part of a collaboration of the UCLA Lab School, Cotsen Foundation for the Art of Teaching, and the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources.

February 22, 2018 – Dual Language Immersion
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Friday, February 16, 2018
This session will highlight our work with the American Reading Company and their reading assessment ENIL (Estructura para la Evaluación del nivel independiente de lectura). The day will also include observations of our dual language teachers and students at different grade levels engaging in language development in different content areas through the inquiry approach. We implement reading workshop and writing workshop using the Units of Study by Lucy Calkins as a guiding resource, and we evaluate students’ reading progress with the ENIL, integrating the two frameworks during the workshop time. We implement CGI math at all grade levels in Spanish through the Upper I Level (equivalent of 5th grade). Our teachers also develop science and social studies curricula in Spanish following student voices and interests. Break-out sessions will be offered for a closer look at balanced literacy, CGI math, and science and social studies.

March 8, 2018 – Math/Cognitively-Guided Instruction (CGI) — Problem Solving
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Friday, March 2, 2018
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, and see and discuss ways to support and extend student understanding.

March 15, 2018 – Balanced Literacy
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Friday, March 9, 2018
The focus of the day will be balanced literacy and how best to implement the practice in elementary classrooms. The components of a balanced literacy approach are as follows: reading aloud, guided reading, shared reading, interactive writing, shared writing, reading workshop, writing workshop and word study.


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