Persona Dolls Workshop Next Wednesday 6/17/20

Back by Popular Demand – repeat workshop

Introduction to Persona Dolls – A Virtual Workshop 

Wednesday 6/17/2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm $30 Please click here to register

Presented by:  Jill Adamson and Berenice Vallejo 

In this workshop we will talk about how to use persona dolls to expand social emotional curriculum in the classroom and expand anti-bias curriculum. We have found persona dolls to be an extremely engaging and effective part of the curriculum. Persona dolls are used to bring up challenging topics, big and small, that children deal with on a regular basis. These dolls mirror the lives of children in the class and play out different scenarios that children regularly encounter. Children get to know each of the dolls and they become a part of the life of the class.

This workshop will cover:

  • What are persona dolls?
  • Demonstration of how to introduce persona dolls into the classroom
  • How are they different from dramatic play dolls?
  • How do you create their identities to reflect the cultural and social context of the community?
  • Where do you keep persona dolls in the classroom?
  • What scenarios are persona dolls used for?
  • When do you use persona dolls?

During the workshop, we will recreate different persona doll scenarios that reflect important topics that come up in a children’s lives including:

  • Anti-Bias Scenarios
  •     English as a Second Language
  •     Race
  • Conflict Resolution in the Classroom
  • Acts of Kindness
  • COVID-19 Face Masks
  • Death

Read what Teachers and Parents had to say about the Persona Dolls workshop

“This workshop was incredible!  I appreciate the thoroughness of how and when to use persona dolls with children, your passion and wonderful creativity!  I loved the authentic demonstrations of the various scenarios that you shared with us with using the persona dolls.” ~Teacher

“Through this meaningful workshop, I am energized, excited, and committed to adding them into my teaching practice.  I am certain they will be a valuable addition to the lives of children in my life!” ~Parent/Teacher

“These workshops have been such a grounding experience in the midst of the pandemic. Being able to spend more time think about practices and learning from educators has truly been such a special opportunity. I wholeheartedly appreciate everything you’ve done to make this possible!” ~Keri Brewer – Educator – Hana Fenichel

“I enjoyed everything very much. There was so much information I did not know. I have  been in the field for over 25 years and in this approach for the last 5 years, and I learned so much. I am always looking for webinars to enrich myself as a professional.” ~Veronica Hendricks ~Teacher

“This was a wonderful experience. It was nice to see how you use the persona dolls; how naturally it seemed that the conversation flows when you were demonstrating how to use the dolls.” ~Teacher

“Thank you for the opportunity to see how you use the Persona Dolls. Each Scenario was so related to topics we see our children face. I just wish some day I can be as good as you in using the dolls.” ~Teacher

“I loved the experience and the innocence that came along with using the dolls as a tool to help discuss challenges. The remainder of using the dolls for happy moments is crucial too and I appreciate how that was acknowledged. I am excited to begin implementing the dolls as a tool to adjust back to the classroom, in whatever form that may be, and use them as an outlet of expression.” ~Teacher 

“Branches is on the forefront of early childhood development and is a resource for the most innovative and best practices in the field. Their community outreach programs are an invaluable resource.” ~Beth Sayoun – Teacher Magic – Years Nursery School


Curriculum in the Time of COVID-19

Wednesday 6/24/20 7:00pm to 9:00pm $40 please click here to register

Presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath and Christina Bianchi

Through images and learning stories, Patricia and Christina will share how we have adapted our classrooms, materials and, curriculum to support children’s emotional and social connections during physical distancing.

Together we will explore:

  • How can we see COVID-19 constraints as opportunities for creative problem solving and new possibilities?
  • How can we create engaged and connected classrooms by interesting spaces and engaging environments?
  • How can we engage children in collaborative learning while maintaining physical distancing?
  • How can we create interactive setups that encourage collaborative learning and collaboration?
  • How can we help children still build empathetic and connected relationships with their teachers and peers?
  • What materials can support the connection and problem solving between children?
  • How do we create an environment that supports self-directed, engaged learning?
  • How can positive psychology be used to create warm and joyful classrooms?
  • How can children help create classroom agreements to keep everyone safe?

Introduction to Creating Online Extracurriculars

A Hands-On and Virtual Workshop

Wednesday 7/1/2020 6:30pm to 8:00pm   $30 Please click here to register

Presented by Franceska Schifrin

In this workshop we will discuss how to use extracurricular activities at home, to create a base for children learning to use materials, develop self-confidence, and expand and extend the classroom curriculum. We will include numerous hands-on and how – to demonstrations that can be done with simple materials from the home.

These are some of the topics this workshop will cover:

  • What are extracurricular activities?
  • Why is it important for children to have fun?
  • How can extracurricular activities develop independence and self-confidence?
  • How can extracurriculars expand social and emotional awareness?
  • How can these activities encourage dialogue and understanding of environmental responsibilities?
  • How can extracurricular activities become a bridge between home and school in this time of Covid-19?
  • What is the role of the parent in the extracurricular experience?
  • Numerous how -to demonstrations that can be presented virtually to children.
  • A materials list for educators to consider.

All workshops will be presented via Zoom and tickets are to be purchased via EventBrite

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Upcoming Workshops – Tonight, How To Integrate Literacy Into The Classroom

We still have some spaces for tonights workshop

How To Integrate Literacy Into The Classroom – A Hands on and Virtual Workshop

6/10/2020 7:00pm to 8:30pm $30 Please click here to register

Presented by Franceska Schifrin and Berenice Vallejo

In this workshop we will explore the many ways literacy can be integrated into the classroom and the home. Join us as we consider how we use the many aspects of literacy to support collaboration, grow a love for words and poetic language, engage all learners and connect children in deeper relationships to each other and the world. These are only a few of the many resources that will be included in this workshop:

Together we will explore:

  • How can literacy support collaboration?
  • What are Key Words?
  • How can songs and games support literacy?
  • What are Story Book Journals?
  • How to support in-depth and on-going narratives.
  • How to keep letter writing engaging for learners of all types.
  • How can literacy support personal and emotional growth in young children?
  • How can we utilize literacy to support children during this time of the COVID-19 Virus?

Back by Popular Demand – repeat workshop

Introduction to Persona Dolls – A Virtual Workshop 

Wednesday 6/17/2020 6:00pm to 7:30pm $30 Please click here to register

Presented by:  Jill Adamson and Berenice Vallejo 

In this workshop we will talk about how to use persona dolls to expand social emotional curriculum in the classroom and expand anti-bias curriculum. We have found persona dolls to be an extremely engaging and effective part of the curriculum. Persona dolls are used to bring up challenging topics, big and small, that children deal with on a regular basis. These dolls mirror the lives of children in the class and play out different scenarios that children regularly encounter. Children get to know each of the dolls and they become a part of the life of the class.

This workshop will cover:

  • What are persona dolls?
  • Demonstration of how to introduce persona dolls into the classroom
  • How are they different from dramatic play dolls?
  • How do you create their identities to reflect the cultural and social context of the community?
  • Where do you keep persona dolls in the classroom?
  • What scenarios are persona dolls used for?
  • When do you use persona dolls?

During the workshop, we will recreate different persona doll scenarios that reflect important topics that come up in a children’s lives including:

  • Anti-Bias Scenarios
  •     English as a Second Language
  •     Race
  • Conflict Resolution in the Classroom
  • Acts of Kindness
  • COVID-19 Face Masks
  • Death

Curriculum in the Time of COVID-19

Wednesday 6/24/20 7:00pm to 9:00pm $40 please click here to register

Presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath and Christina Bianchi

Through images and learning stories, Patricia and Christina will share how we have adapted our classrooms, materials and, curriculum to support children’s emotional and social connections during physical distancing.

Together we will explore:

  • How can we see COVID-19 constraints as opportunities for creative problem solving and new possibilities?
  • How can we create engaged and connected classrooms by interesting spaces and engaging environments?
  • How can we engage children in collaborative learning while maintaining physical distancing?
  • How can we create interactive setups that encourage collaborative learning and collaboration?
  • How can we help children still build empathetic and connected relationships with their teachers and peers?
  • What materials can support the connection and problem solving between children?
  • How do we create an environment that supports self-directed, engaged learning?
  • How can positive psychology be used to create warm and joyful classrooms?
  • How can children help create classroom agreements to keep everyone safe?

Introduction to Creating Online Extracurriculars

A Hands-On and Virtual Workshop

Wednesday 7/1/2020 6:30pm to 8:00pm   $30 Please click here to register

Presented by Franceska Schifrin

In this workshop we will discuss how to use extracurricular activities at home, to create a base for children learning to use materials, develop self-confidence, and expand and extend the classroom curriculum. We will include numerous hands-on and how – to demonstrations that can be done with simple materials from the home.

These are some of the topics this workshop will cover:

  • What are extracurricular activities?
  • Why is it important for children to have fun?
  • How can extracurricular activities develop independence and self-confidence?
  • How can extracurriculars expand social and emotional awareness?
  • How can these activities encourage dialogue and understanding of environmental responsibilities?
  • How can extracurricular activities become a bridge between home and school in this time of Covid-19?
  • What is the role of the parent in the extracurricular experience?
  • Numerous how -to demonstrations that can be presented virtually to children.
  • A materials list for educators to consider.

All workshops will be presented via Zoom and tickets are to be purchased via EventBrite

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Upcoming Workshops and free Webinar

Greetings all,

  • Introduction to Persona Dolls
  • How To Integrate Literacy Into The Classroom
  • Preparing to Return to School in the Time of COVID-19

This week

Introduction to Persona Dolls – A Virtual Workshop 

Thursday 5/28/2020 7:00pm to 8:30pm $30 Please click here to register

Presented by:  Jill Adamson and Berenice Vallejo 

In this online workshop we will talk about how to use persona dolls to expand social emotional curriculum in the classroom. We have found persona dolls to be an extremely engaging and effective part of the curriculum. Persona dolls are used to bring up challenging topics, big and small, that children deal with on a regular basis. These dolls mirror the lives of children in the class and play out different scenarios that children regularly encounter. Children get to know each of the dolls and they become a part of the life of the class.

This workshop will cover:

  • What are persona dolls?
  • How are they different from dramatic play dolls?
  • Why do we use persona dolls?
  • How do we choose the dolls?
  • How do we create their identities to reflect the cultural and social context of the community?
  • Where do you keep persona dolls in the classroom?
  • When do you use persona dolls?

During the workshop, we will recreate different persona doll scenarios that reflect important topics that come up in a children’s lives including:

  • First Day of School
  • New Baby
  • Acts of Kindness
  • COVID-19
  • Death
  • Divorce

How To Integrate Literacy Into The Classroom – A Hands on and Virtual Workshop

6/10/2020 7:00pm to 8:30pm $30 Please click here to register

Presented by Franceska Schifrin and Berenice Vallejo

In this workshop we will explore the many ways literacy can be integrated into the classroom and the home. Join us as we consider how we use the many aspects of literacy to support collaboration, grow a love for words and poetic language, engage all learners and connect children in deeper relationships to each other and the world. These are only a few of the many resources that will be included in this workshop:

Together we will explore:

  • How can literacy support collaboration?
  • What are Key Words?
  • How can songs and games support literacy?
  • What are Story Book Journals?
  • How to support in-depth and on-going narratives.
  • How to keep letter writing engaging for learners of all types.
  • How can literacy support personal and emotional growth in young children?
  • How can we utilize literacy to support children during this time of the COVID-19 Virus?

For those of you who missed our webinar Education in the Time of Coronavirus here is the full length video: https://vimeo.com/418278556 Our follow up webinar:

Preparing to Return to School in the Time of COVID-19

Wednesday, 6/3/2020 7:30PM-9:30PM PST.

This is a free webinar Please click here to register

 

Also, we have a free Watercolor and Collage course for you. Please feel free to share this with your colleagues and families.

teachable

I am so very excited and happy to have finally created my first online course for parents and teachers! This course covers an Introduction to Watercolors and Mixed Media Collage with Young Children.

This is my gift to you for being the amazing, dedicated educators and parents that you are. It is free! Go to the following link and sign in to Teachable and enjoy. Share with parents and teachers you know.

The more creative we all are during times like this, the better. Pass on the love! And if you have a moment, please leave us some feedback at the end of the course.

Branches Atelier On-Line https://branches-atelier-on-line.teachable.com

Much love to you all,

Patricia

 

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Upcoming Workshops, Webinar and video from previous Webinar

Greetings all! For those of you who missed our webinar Education in the Time of Coronavirus here is the full length video: https://vimeo.com/418278556 Our follow up webinar:

Preparing to Return to School in the Time of COVID-19

Wednesday, 6/3/2020 7:30PM-9:30PM PST. This is a free webinar Please click here to register

Introduction to Persona Dolls | A Virtual Workshop 

Thursday 5/28/2020 7:00pm to 8:30pm $30 Please click here to register

Presented by:  Jill Adamson and Berenice Vallejo  In this online workshop we will talk about how to use persona dolls to expand social emotional curriculum in the classroom. We have found persona dolls to be an extremely engaging and effective part of the curriculum. Persona dolls are used to bring up challenging topics, big and small, that children deal with on a regular basis. These dolls mirror the lives of children in the class and play out different scenarios that children regularly encounter. Children get to know each of the dolls and they become a part of the life of the class. This workshop will cover:
  • What are persona dolls?
  • How are they different from dramatic play dolls?
  • Why do we use persona dolls?
  • How do we choose the dolls?
  • How do we create their identities to reflect the cultural and social context of the community?
  • Where do you keep persona dolls in the classroom?
  • When do you use persona dolls?
During the workshop, we will recreate different persona doll scenarios that reflect important topics that come up in a children’s lives including:
  • First Day of School
  • New Baby
  • Acts of Kindness
  • COVID-19
  • Death
  • Divorce
About the presenters: Jill Adamson Jill Adamson grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and studied education at Loyola University Chicago, where she earned her Masters degree in Education. During this time, Jill became involved with the Reggio Emilia philosophy through working at the Chicago Children’s Museum. Jill has gone on to work in four different schools across the United States in Reggio Emilia schools, and has also had experience teaching in public schools. She has taught at schools in Illinois, Virginia and Rhode Island. She is now in her sixth year as a senior teacher at Branches Atelier in California. Jill has had extensive experience with Reggio Emilia and has become a mentor teacher for new teachers. She trains new teachers and instructs them how to set up a classroom, interact with children and develop curriculum. She attended a study tour in Reggio Emilia in 2019 and received advanced training in the philosophy. Jill was a keynote speaker and consultant in China, speaking to educators across seven provinces about Reggio Emilia and progressive education. Jill is highly experienced teaching preschool aged children, and also is an expert at teaching toddler aged children. Jill is passionate about progressive education and aspires to train other teachers how to ingratiate contemporary academics into their classroom. She brings her personal interests, playing the guitar and sewing, to the classroom as well. Berenice Vallejo​ was born in Mexico and immigrated to Los Angeles in her high school years. Berenice earned her BA Degree in Early Childhood Education from Cal State Los Angeles University. During her college years, she discovered her passion for working with children. Her teaching experiences started as a volunteer in the Head Start program in East Los Angeles Occupational Center. Later she became an assistant teacher at the Vine Street and Commonwealth Elementary Schools in the LA Unified School District and then a teacher in private preschools in Downtown LA. including the Infant and Toddler Program at Hope Street Friends. While taking Reggio-inspired courses at Santa Monica College, she was a substitute teacher at Branches Atelier for a year before joining the community as a full time teacher. Berenice has been a teacher at Branches for over 4 years and has over 15 years of experience working with children of all ages. Berenice has become a mentor teacher and offered workshops for other educators. She attended a nine days study group at Reggio Emilia in 2019 and received advanced training in this philosophy. As Reggio-inspired school, Branches Atelier has motivated Berenice to broaden her understanding of the philosophy and the general interaction of instinctive curiosity with the world, as a process of development and learning for children. “Understanding the complex learning processes that go through the child’s mind while working with materials and making social connections has become my passion”.

How To Integrate Literacy Into The Classroom – A Hands on and Virtual Workshop

6/10/2020 7:00pm to 8:30pm $30 Please click here to register

Presented by Franceska Schifrin and Berenice Vallejo In this workshop we will explore the many ways literacy can be integrated into the classroom and the home. Join us as we consider how we use the many aspects of literacy to support collaboration, grow a love for words and poetic language, engage all learners and connect children in deeper relationships to each other and the world. These are only a few of the many resources that will be included in this workshop: Together we will explore:
  • How can literacy support collaboration?
  • What are Key Words?
  • How can songs and games support literacy?
  • What are Story Book Journals?
  • How to support in-depth and on-going narratives.
  • How to keep letter writing engaging for learners of all types.
  • How can literacy support personal and emotional growth in young children?
  • How can we utilize literacy to support children during this time of the COVID-19 Virus?
About the presenters: Franceska Schifrin is a lifelong painter, student of natural sciences, education and social justice. After studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, her international career took her to multiple places where she also worked with children and their families – refugee camps in Bosnia during the wars, orphanages in Haiti, Lakota reservations in South Dakota and Cuban villages, to name but a few. Franceska has always been dedicated to children, during her time in the East Village of NYC she made sure she had a shelf of early reader books for the local children who treated her apartment like an after school center. During the Balkan wars, she used her knowledge of visual arts and human compassion to share therapeutic art with the children in refugee camps. Deeply involved with Haiti since 1985, she has spent years working there with children in a multitude of ways. Franceska is the mother of 2 children and has a personal passion for helping multi-race families and their children navigate their paths. Her experiences with adoption have made her a constant student of the subject, studying family dynamics and child development from all angles. Her introduction to Reggio Emilia began with her 20-year-old son’s preschool in Cambridge, MA. She chose the school because it fit so well her concepts of care and respect of children. She was raised by educators, artists, and anthropologists. Franceska’s formal training in ECE has been at UCLA. She has taught school for over eleven years, including six as a lead teacher and assistant director at a Jewish preschool in Venice, California and three years with Branches Atelier. Berenice Vallejo​ was born in Mexico and immigrated to Los Angeles in her high school years. Berenice earned her BA Degree in Early Childhood Education from Cal State Los Angeles University. During her college years, she discovered her passion for working with children. Her teaching experiences started as a volunteer in the Head Start program in East Los Angeles Occupational Center. Later she became an assistant teacher at the Vine Street and Commonwealth Elementary Schools in the LA Unified School District and then a teacher in private preschools in Downtown LA. including the Infant and Toddler Program at Hope Street Friends. While taking Reggio-inspired courses at Santa Monica College, she was a substitute teacher at Branches Atelier for a year before joining the community as a full time teacher. Berenice has been a teacher at Branches for over 4 years and has over 15 years of experience working with children of all ages. Berenice has become a mentor teacher and offered workshops for other educators. She attended a nine days study group at Reggio Emilia in 2019 and received advanced training in this philosophy. As Reggio-inspired school, Branches Atelier has motivated Berenice to broaden her understanding of the philosophy and the general interaction of instinctive curiosity with the world, as a process of development and learning for children. “Understanding the complex learning processes that go through the child’s mind while working with materials and making social connections has become my passion”. 
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Branches Atelier On-Line Courses FREE COURSE

I am so very excited and happy to have finally created my first online course for parents and teachers! This course covers an Introduction to Watercolors and Mixed Media Collage with Young Children.

This is my gift to you for being the amazing, dedicated educators and parents that you are. It is free! Go to the following link and sign in to Teachable and enjoy. Share with parents and teachers you know.

The more creative we all are during times like this, the better. Pass on the love! And if you have a moment, please leave us some feedback at the end of the course. 

Branches Atelier On-Line https://branches-atelier-on-line.teachable.com 

Much love to you all,

Patricia

 

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Free Online Seminar – Education in the Time of Coronavirus Tuesday, 12 May, from 7:30 pm to 9 pm

Presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath and Branches Atelier

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all doing well during this unusual time. 

At Branches, we have been able to move all of our infant and toddler parenting classes and preschool classes from our classrooms to online learning. Together with our Branches staff, we have developed a daily online live curriculum and extracurricular classes for all of our Branches children and families. Now that we are starting to adapt to this new situation, I thought it might be useful to share what we have been learning with you.

With this in mind, I would like to invite you to join our Branches staff and myself for a free online seminar. You are welcome to invite anyone who might be interested to sign up. Parents and teachers welcome!

Education in the Time of Coronavirus 
Tuesday, 12 May, from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
During this seminar, we will share our strategies and learning with you and cover the following topics:

  • How to talk to children about Covid 19 using persona dolls
  • What role schools can play in supporting families during the Coronavirus lockdown
  • How we engage children in online learning
  • How we can help children stay connected to their friends, families, and teachers
  • How we support our parents
  • How to design curriculum and experiences that keep children connected and learning during this challenging time
  • Materials we offer the children to support their learning at home
  • What is Fun Friday?
  • How we create an ongoing dialogue with our families that informs our curriculum and helps us move forward as a community

To further support your learning during this time, I will also be releasing a free online course which will cover an introduction to watercolors and collage. Feel free to share this resource with colleagues and parents. The more creativity during this time of uncertainty the better!

Please sign up through Eventbrite and we will send you the link and password for the seminar.

Please click here to register

I look forward to seeing you all online soon!

Tricia and the Branches Atelier Team

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DEVELOPING YOUR STUDIO: A FIVE PART SERIES WITH PATRICIA HUNTER-MCGRATH AND CHRISTINA BIANCHI

Please join us for a very special workshop series that focuses on how to develop a studio/Atelier at school or at home. During the five sessions we shall explore in depth a wide range of materials, tools and techniques  that can be introduced and integrated into your unique setting.

Through designing the atelier, to the introduction and organization of materials, to training your teachers and Atelieristas, Branches Atelier would like to bring this innovative, creative and educational resource into your homes and schools.

1) Introduction to Materials and the Atelier and Creating a World of Colors: Palettes that Connect us to our World

Saturday, March 7th, 2020 9am – 3 pm $110.00 (Includes the cost of materials) 

2) Innovations in Clay 

Saturday, April 25th, 2020 9 am – 12pm $65.00

3) Line Tools, Pastels and Watercolor                        

Saturday, April 25th, 2020 1pm-4pm $65.00

4) Mixed Media,  Bringing The Materials together

Saturday, May 23rd, 2020  9am to 12pm $65.00

5) Creating an Atelier in Your Space! 

Saturday, May 23rd, 2020  1pm to 3pm $50.00


All workshops are held at:

Branches Atelier

11359 West Washington Blvd.

Culver City, CA 90066

For more than 12 years, Branches Atelier has developed an innovative program that uses expressive media and materials as tools of the mind. We have researched and developed many different kinds of ateliers throughout our school. 

We are happy to offer a series of workshops that will deeply explore the materials and organization that are essential for any atelier. Over 5 sessions you will also learn the philosophy, techniques and organizational strategies that are needed to create dynamic, creative, and innovative ateliers.

Unlike the traditional art studio that focuses on the production of art, Ateliers are beautiful, creative spaces designed to support and develop all areas of children’s learning and development from math, narrative, and science to creativity and problem-solving. 

Through the introduction of tools and techniques, you will learn how to use these amazing materials in your homes or classrooms with young children. We will explore how to organize these materials and create ateliers in a wide range of diverse settings and around specific concepts, from classrooms to homes, sheds to shelves, indoors and outdoors. 

We invite you to attend any one, any combination or all of these workshops.

All tickets are to be purchased via Eventbrite please click here to purchase tickets.

We will start off our first workshop with a brief overview to the series exploring the thinking, history and organization of Ateliers followed by :

1) CREATING A WORLD OF COLORS:  PALETTES THAT CONNECT US TO OUR WORLD.

March 7th, 2020 9am to 3pm $110

(A hands on workshop) Presented by:

Christina Bianchi and Patricia Hunter McGrath

Tempera Paint can be mixed in an infinitely nuanced palette, but how often do we end up creating colors that represent the vitality, diversity and beauty of the natural world? Join us as we consider how we can use this resource to bring attention to the richness of the environment including: 

  • What are the tricks and tips to creating a wide range of beautiful palettes?

  • What are the techniques of paint mixing with children?

  • How can color support children learning?

  • How can a wide range of paint colors support children’s connection to nature?

  • What is the difference between a tone, hue, shade and tint?

  • How can paint and color support literacy and poetic language?

This Workshop includes the price of paint cups and paints that participants can use to create a palette that can be taken back to their centers. Participants will also create a paint recipe book that can be used as a tool to create beautiful palettes throughout the year.


2) CREATIONS, INNOVATIONS AND THE NARRATIVE OF CLAY

April 25th, 2020  9am to 12pm $65 

(A hands on workshop) Presented by:

Patricia Hunter McGrath

Join us while we explore the wonderful medium of clay. Clay is a powerful tool for transformation in the hands of children, it supports stories and narratives, mathematics and geometry. Its flexibility invites us to reconsider our ideas over and over again. Join us as we consider how to set up a studio where clay’s potential as a tool for representing children’s ideas can be realized. Together, we will explore:

  • What is the alphabet of clay?

  • How can clay support literacy?

  • How is clay used to represent children’s ideas?

  • How is clay introduced to the children?

  • What are the tools and techniques of clay?

  • How does clay become a tool for collaboration?


3) LINE TOOLS PASTELS AND WATERCOLORS

April 25th, 2020    1pm to 4pm $65 

(A hands on workshop) Presented by:

Christina Bianchi and Patricia Hunter McGrath

When considering which materials to introduce, the fluidity of these materials and the nature of the relationship between gestures and lines make these line tools ideal for supporting a class of individuals in becoming a collaborative group. The creation of initial color palettes with an eye for how these materials can be combined and layered helps to draw children’s interests over long periods of exploration.

  • How are pan pastels, oil pastels and watercolor media introduced to the children?

  • What are the tools and techniques offered the children? 

  • How are the materials used to represent children’s ideas?

  • How are these materials used to support narrative and communication?

  • How are they combined to create new possibilities?


4) MIXED MEDIA, BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER

May 23rd, 2020   9am to 12pm. $65 

(A hands on workshop) Presented by:

Christina Bianchi and Patricia Hunter McGrath

Join us while we explore the possibilities of layering and collage. Combining many different materials and media is a very powerful tool for representation and meaning-making. Mixed media can support stories and narratives, scientific thinking, and problem-solving. Its power lies in the ability to endlessly combine and layer different types of materials to create theories, ideas, and new ways to communicate. The potential of different combinations of media invites us to reconsider our perspectives over and over again. 

  • What are the techniques of mixed media?

  • How mixed media supports  literacy?

  • How is mixed media used to represent children’s ideas?

  • How is laying of materials  introduced to the children?

  • How does mixed media become a tool for reflection and collaboration?


5) CREATING AN ATELIER IN YOUR SPACE

May 23rd, 2020  1pm to 3pm $50 

Presented by:

Christina Bianchi and Patricia Hunter McGrath

Together we will discuss many different kinds of ateliers; indoors, outdoors, on shelves, in cupboards, at home and at school. As well as where to start and how to create a beautiful atelier for your school, class or home.

  • What organizational strategies we used in creating an atelier?

  • How is the care of the atelier and materials introduced to the children?

  • How do you create a place for imagination, creativity and problem solving?

  • What kind of storage is best for the materials?

  • How can you design an atelier within your environmental constraints?

 

We invite you to attend any one, any combination or all of these workshops.

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We still have 6 seats left for tomorrow before we sell out !

Exploring the Role of The Atelierista:

A Day with Tiziana Filippini – Pedagogista

and

Loretta Bertani – Atelierista Reggio Emilia, Italy


When: February, 15th, 2020 – 9AM – 3PM

Where: Wildwood Elementary School 12201 Washington Place, Los Angeles, CA  90066

Cost: General admission: $85 Tickets are only available via Eventbrite

Student Discount: $40 With current valid ECE ID

To apply for student discount Please email : jim@branchesatelier.com

Hosted by The West Coast Collaborative.

Tickets are only available via Eventbrite

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We still have spaces & Student Discounts for this upcoming Workshop.

Don’t Miss This Amazing Opportunity

Exploring the Role of The Atelierista:

A Day with Tiziana Filippini – Pedagogista

and

Loretta Bertani – Atelierista Reggio Emilia, Italy


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When: February, 15th, 2020 – 9AM – 3PM

Where: Wildwood Elementary School 12201 Washington Place, Los Angeles, CA  90066 Cost: General admission: $85 Tickets are only available via Eventbrite Student Discount: $40 With current valid ECE ID To apply for student discount Please email : jim@branchesatelier.com Questions: allison@branchesatelier.com Hosted by The West Coast Collaborative. Tickets are only available via Eventbrite Click here to download the flyer
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Afternoon Preschool Teacher Position

Branches Atelier is an innovative, dynamic Reggio inspired preschool with a home-like quality, nestled in a beautiful campus in Culver City, California. We are looking for an energetic, passionate, hard-working, creative, warm, friendly, nurturing, and self-motivated teacher to join our Reggio-inspired learning community. This part-time preschool teaching position would be for 16 hours per week starting in our afternoon preschool as a support teacher and may lead to a permanent full-time teaching position. Hours from around 1 pm to 5 pm Monday to Thursday. We would also like the candidate to be available to sub as needed.

This position is a wonderful way to get to know our program and for you to find out if you would like to join our Branches community.

Through, classes, conferences, and staff seminars, we offer our teachers ongoing professional development in a wide range of areas of interest to support a life long learning in progressive education.

Our teachers also have the unique opportunity to work directly with educators Reggio Emilia several times a year. Our relationship with the schools of Reggio Emilia allows us to offer outstanding professional development for all of our teachers.

With Branches teaching experience, many of our teachers are able to present nationally and internationally on our unique approach to education.

Prospective applicants should have a strong child development background, and at least two years of early childhood experience, a minimum of 24 ECE units, however, a BA in ECE or related field is preferred, We are willing to consider a teacher who holds their teacher permit with 2 to 4 years experience.

All Applicants must have:

  • A passion for teaching and life long learning.
  • An interest in learning Branches philosophy and values.
  • A commitment to developing a strong and dynamic learning community for children and parents.
  • Knowledge experience with social constructivism and the Reggio approach.
  • An interest in using creative materials with young children.
  • Strong collaborative and communication skills.
  • Openness for feedback and self-reflection.
  • An innovative, curious, creative and open mind.
  • A genuine passion and commitment to quality education for children.
  • A commitment to ongoing professional development.
  • Flexible with a disposition towards problem-solving.

If you are interested in this position, please visit our website at www.branchesatelier.com so you can learn about our school.

Proceed by submitting  a cover letter to Patricia@BranchesAtelier.com that explains

  • why you are interested in working with us
  • why you became a teacher
  • what kind of person you are
  • what are your interests
  • what brings you joy.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $17.00 to $22.00 /hour

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