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
  • $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

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September 14, 2017 – Safe School
This workshop has ben canceled. Another Safe School workshop will be offered on January 18, 2018 [register below]
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.

October 5, 2017 – Math/Cognitively-Guided Instruction (CGI)- Counting Across the Grades
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 like 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, and learn ways to implement and include counting into current curriculums.

October 26, 2017 – Inquiry
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
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: The read aloud, guided reading, shared reading, interactive writing, shared writing, Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop and Word study.

January 18, 2018 – Safe School
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
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
Observe 90/10 dual language immersion classrooms through our unique pedagogy that emphasizes experiential, inquiry-based learning supported by an inspiring and democratic learning environment.

March 8, 2018 – Math/Cognitively-Guided Instruction (CGI) – Problem Solving
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
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: The read 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