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Leadership in the Wilderness - Shared screen with speaker view
Anna Hartman
27:58
Welcome everyone!
Sheri Brown
28:11
Sheri Brown, Rockville, MD Tikvat Israel
Howard Eisenberg
28:29
Alyse Eisenberg-Dallas, TX
Marci Sperling Flynn
28:37
Marci Sperling Flynn - Oak Park, IL
Geula Zamist
28:38
hi -Geula from New Jersey
Gittel Goodman
28:56
Gittel Goodman, Bay Area Outdoor Classroom Gan Preschool
Anna Hartman
30:40
All notes and recordings can always be found at jparadigm.org
Anna Hartman
31:46
—Words of Torah from Denise
Anna Hartman
32:16
—This week’s Torah portion: V’etChanana, containing the Shema and V’Ahavta.
Anna Hartman
33:27
—Deuteronomy 4:9. “Take utmost care and watch yourselves scrupulously, so that you do not forget the things that you saw with your own eyes and so that they do not fade from your mind as long as you live. And make them known to your children and to your children’s children.”
Anna Hartman
33:45
—We make known to our children our stories. Up to us to teach our children in ways that reflect our values and tradition.
Anna Hartman
34:07
—Opportunity to try new ways to love those values?
Anna Hartman
34:11
—Might now be the time?
Anna Hartman
34:28
—Not easy. There are risks and there will be times you miss the mark.
Anna Hartman
34:44
—Remember what we do! The connections we foster.
Anna Hartman
35:00
—From time to time must challenge the status quo—We are #ParadigmShifters!
Anna Hartman
35:09
—Great leaders start by asking why!
Sheri Brown
35:12
Well done! THanks
Anna Hartman
35:31
—Keeping the Why and the children in the forefront in our work as leaders.
Anna Hartman
36:06
—Welcoming David Sobel!
Anna Hartman
37:05
—Focusing on Nature preschools and forest kindergartens, as they have existed for decades. With focuses on how this could shape programming going forward.
Anna Hartman
37:22
—Don’t we all feel cooler looking at this photo from a nature preschool in Maine?!
Anna Hartman
37:55
—Looking at the key features of Nature Pre-Schools and Forest Kindergartens.
Anna Hartman
38:27
—What’s it all about—a certain amount of joy to which we aspire in bringing children outdoors.
Anna Hartman
38:50
—School in Maine: outside all-year round, about half of each day. Focus on the right clothing is key.
Anna Hartman
39:12
—This school started with youngest learners and. Moved up into older grades. This drawing from a 4th grader.
Anna Hartman
39:30
—Parental and community engagement around seasonal celebrations.
Anna Hartman
39:42
—Modeling outdoor family life
Anna Hartman
39:55
—Encouraging wide, diverse engagement in the outdoors
Anna Hartman
41:43
—Research comparing nature preschools and university preschools. Both really high quality programs. Emphasis at nature program: emphasis on outdoors, with indoors some. Opposite of university program, which emphasizes indoors, with outdoors some.
Anna Hartman
42:11
—Movement for forest days in northern New England schools.
Sasha Kopp
42:32
Wow- snow and fire!!
Sasha Kopp
42:42
So beautiful to see!
Anna Hartman
42:44
—An evaluator looked at some of these programs. Outdoor fire…
Anna Hartman
44:00
——Child-directed nature play AND teacher-directed learning. Teacher directed are pretty conventional (literacy, math, cooking) but with outdoor materials.
Anna Hartman
44:53
—Evaluators found (based on comments) that all traditional academic skills happening; plus enhanced student enthusiasm for school.
Anna Hartman
45:26
—Fewer discipline and behavior issues, enhanced social connectivity for students and teachers.
Anna Hartman
46:02
—Heightened focus and concentration
Anna Hartman
46:18
—Twice as physically active outside
Anna Hartman
46:45
—Teamwork and problem solving outdoors
Anna Hartman
46:54
—All the standard stuff, but greatly enhanced!
Anna Hartman
47:18
—Book: A Forest Days Handbook: Program Design for School Days Outside.
Anna Hartman
48:09
—Alliance for Childhood curriculum continuum
Anna Hartman
48:24
—We want the stuff that is in the middle.
Anna Hartman
49:45
—Examples of this in the outdoor setting: K and grade 1. Richmond, VA, school, adjacent to park land. Two groups of kids playing with the tree. One deconstructing the stump. At the other, chocolate factory and history museum. Worked in parallel until one group was concerned by the progress of the other. Came to an agreement.
Anna Hartman
50:04
—Reese initiated a non-violent sit-in.
Anna Hartman
50:09
!
Anna Hartman
50:33
—Teachers saw this an an opportunity for debate.
Anna Hartman
51:33
—Debate emerging from this play activity. Think about how this actualizes the common core standards about developing logical arguments and taking a stand, and recruiting others to support the position.
Anna Hartman
52:05
—Examples of grad students working in EC programs and naturalizing their programs. Here looked at all ways children interested in using brooms.
Anna Hartman
52:41
—Farm program at Michigan State. Little girl with limited English confidence developed great competence by end of year.
Anna Hartman
52:45
—Not just in rural areas.
Anna Hartman
53:01
—Eg program in Milwaukee utilizing little strips of land.
Anna Hartman
53:31
—Examples from inner-city Boston—piece of lang surrounded by urban landscape. Investigation of where food comes from.
Anna Hartman
53:39
*land
Anna Hartman
53:57
—New book: Sky Above and the Mud Below, by David Sobel.
Anna Hartman
54:09
—Ideas for redesigning outdoor spaces:
Anna Hartman
54:55
—Imagination Playground at South Street Seaport. Tiny bit of space. Utilizes loose parts principle (the more loose parts there are in an environment, the more interesting and diverse the play will be).
Anna Hartman
55:15
—Water play, sand, foam shapes to move around.
Anna Hartman
56:06
—As you design playgrounds, a moderate amount of risk is appropriate, even with 3 and 4 year olds. Photos from Germany. If children had riskier childhoods, turned out to have fewer accidents as adults. Moderate risk a good thing for kids.
Anna Hartman
56:26
—Program in North Carolina to help redesign play areas.
Anna Hartman
56:48
—Climbing up to the slide on the loose stones (First Baptist K in Greenville, SC)
Anna Hartman
57:21
—little hills on the playground. Diversify your elevation for children! Running, skipping, rolling activities.
Anna Hartman
57:36
—Lots of things that children can collect with and move around.
Anna Hartman
57:57
—(Of course we all know these carts from our friends at Community Playthings!)
Anna Hartman
58:07
—Seating for teachers where the children play
Anna Hartman
58:33
—As you are moving outside more, figuring out how to provide shade. Without natural plantings, then tarps for shade.
Anna Hartman
58:56
—Example of a Boston redesign. “Greening of school yard” project.
Anna Hartman
59:33
—Position paper on why at this point as EC programs and schools reopening, they should be thinking of moving much outdoors as much as possible.
Anna Hartman
01:00:22
—Big idea is that pandemic or not, we are trying to create circle of friendship between children and the natural world.
Lyndall Miller
01:00:46
It is interesting to consider the difference between risk and hazard.
Anna Hartman
01:01:30
—These are great questions rolling in. We are collecting them and believe some of these other presenters will touch on them.
Anna Hartman
01:01:46
—Welcoming Mattie Schuler
Anna Hartman
01:02:19
—Lead teacher for a prek classroom in Boulder, CO at JCC EC center.
Anna Hartman
01:02:32
—Describing what looked like to start forest classroom.
Anna Hartman
01:02:38
—Pilot program.
Jenna Turner
01:03:19
https://www.jparadigm.org/series.html
Anna Hartman
01:03:30
—Rested indoor (licensing-required), participated in “special things” inside
Anna Hartman
01:03:54
—Easy part of the year was exploring and diving in. But came after much time exploring and planning. With everyone!
Anna Hartman
01:04:05
—You go, girl!
Anna Hartman
01:05:04
—By being on the board of another program, I learned much about the ins and outs of running such a program.
Anna Hartman
01:05:24
—Three years ago began.
Anna Hartman
01:05:34
—Steps leading to full-time forest classroom.
Anna Hartman
01:05:48
—Story of how we got there.
Anna Hartman
01:06:10
—Went for an hour a week. We saw changes in the children when outside.
Anna Hartman
01:07:23
—Director support, mirroring the the culture, leveraging the beauty of the place.
Anna Hartman
01:08:40
—Forest school for a day. Had prepped families and teachers for the outdoor time, what gear needed, who is the teacher. Many emails prepped. Mattie herself was there to make teachers feel comfortable.
Anna Hartman
01:08:52
—After all of this, “Why don’t we just do it?”
Anna Hartman
01:09:38
—Our forest school land is two acres, Has a fence, which was helpful.
Anna Hartman
01:11:04
—Directors and staff now onboard. Individual and large-group meetings, with a full handbook for the forest classroom. How we would approach K readiness, how would integrate with rest of school. High level of transparency, with an approach of a pilot program. Asked for flexibility and open-mindedness. Talked to families about which children and families would be a good fit for that.
Anna Hartman
01:11:16
—Not a great fit for “runners” and “hiders.”
Anna Hartman
01:11:43
—A parent who can’t remember to bring gear, who is anxious about weather.
Anna Hartman
01:11:59
—Thinking about what families are a good fit and what children are.
Anna Hartman
01:12:23
—Finding teachers for whom this is their jam ;)
Anna Hartman
01:13:01
—Needed to keep licensing in mind.
Anna Hartman
01:13:11
—And logistics!
Anna Hartman
01:13:43
—In CO you can only do this if you have a fully indoor backup space.
Anna Hartman
01:14:50
—Licensing thinks of our time outdoors as an on-campus field trip.
Anna Hartman
01:15:23
—Things that worked and didn’t work?
Anna Hartman
01:15:37
—Joy and support!
Anna Hartman
01:16:03
—Without the right gear, there were some challenges. Mandatory gear list with emphasis. We stockpiled extra stuff as needed.
Anna Hartman
01:17:35
—Temperature threshold is high teens. 17-30ish might be a day we are outdoors a little less. This may vary regionally.
Anna Hartman
01:18:00
—Were had less illness and flu and colds. (All classrooms keep logs of this.)
Anna Hartman
01:18:22
—Thinking boot materials: buckets, yarn, ropes, etc. Many many loose parts already in nature.
ellen dietrick
01:18:38
Less illness is huge- would love some official research on that as parents tend to think being outdoors causes sickness in the winter
Anna Hartman
01:18:44
—Biggest challenges in our 9-1:30 day outside: bathrooms. Eight minute walk.
Anna Hartman
01:24:11
—Welcoming Eric Nelson!
Anna Hartman
01:25:55
—Book: Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms
Anna Hartman
01:27:18
—Framework: Philosophy, physical layout, teacher attitudes and practices, program operation. Work with many schools in Los Angeles County and beyond.
Anna Hartman
01:27:33
—Emergent curriculum with vigorous child and teacher engagement.
Anna Hartman
01:28:21
— Fostering a culture of the value of being outdoors.
Anna Hartman
01:28:39
—In SoCal, rather than 50/50, instead can be outdoors all day much of the year.
Anna Hartman
01:29:03
—Connecting with nature outdoors.
Anna Hartman
01:30:54
—How much to cost making this transition? Can cost very little.
Anna Hartman
01:31:36
—Storage area for trikes: translucent roof that discourages rats and spiders. Can use it for book reading!
Anna Hartman
01:31:46
—Anything we can do indoors we can do outdoors.
Anna Hartman
01:31:53
—Park-like setting.
Anna Hartman
01:32:25
—Design guidelines.
Anna Hartman
01:32:45
—[We will share out notes and recording from today at the Paradigm Project website!]
Anna Hartman
01:33:20
—Consultation to help centers alter their outdoor spaces.
Anna Hartman
01:34:14
—To learn more about the school, https://www.ceconline.org/
Anna Hartman
01:35:06
—Not excited about fixed climbing equipment.
Anna Hartman
01:35:12
—“reasonable risk
Anna Hartman
01:35:23
—Need opportunity for challenge
Anna Hartman
01:37:21
—Ways we have been dividing the yard to have smaller group sizes in the COVID environment.
Anna Hartman
01:37:34
—Love this pic!!
Anna Hartman
01:38:09
—Normal activities you would see—just more social distancing and masks…outdoors.
Anna Hartman
01:38:31
—Children wisely can figure out how to be together and separate.
Anna Hartman
01:38:37
—How to change your program?
Anna Hartman
01:39:01
—If you are wanting to move outdoors, need to observe and assess your school. Outdoor Classroom has a tool to help with that.
Anna Hartman
01:39:47
—Then go on and get outside, open up your doors. Everything counts! The way to get there is to take steps. Need to straighten up yard and storage spaces; reorganize your space in ways that will work for you. And let the children get involved.
Anna Hartman
01:40:04
—IF want a complete overhaul, do it differently.
Anna Hartman
01:40:25
—Build an ideal scene—a vision in words of how would like program to be.
Anna Hartman
01:40:59
—Implement that plan. As you start, monitor how it is going and make changes as you go. Review your results and let the children lead.
Anna Hartman
01:41:10
—Most impt thing you will do is teacher training.
Anna Hartman
01:41:13
!!
Anna Hartman
01:41:40
—We have 90 demonstration sites in CA and AZ. Teacher engagement is the way we see schools missing the mark.
Anna Hartman
01:41:56
—Slides of what it looks like when we let children take off on their own, lead the activities.
Anna Hartman
01:42:41
—Allow children to try things out on their own.
Anna Hartman
01:42:52
—Swings! Eric advocates for this.
Anna Hartman
01:43:01
—A yard for one year olds.
Anna Hartman
01:43:19
—Letting children create their own gross motor activities—they are excellent at it.
Anna Hartman
01:43:39
—Letting the children participate in the maintenance.
Anna Hartman
01:44:33
—Many programs have struggles with children’s behaviors. You create harmonious environment outdoors. They are engaged, ways to occupy themselves. Too busy to get in conflict with each other.
Anna Hartman
01:45:02
—You can make the conversion into COVID reality and still have the essence of your wonderful program!
Denise Moyes Schnur
01:45:18
YAY GITTEL!!
Anna Hartman
01:45:26
—Shout out to Gittel Goodman in San Rafael!
Anna Hartman
01:45:43
—Outdoorclassroom.org
Anna Hartman
01:46:30
—Thank you Eric!!
Anna Hartman
01:46:40
—And now our closer: Jill Clark!!!
Anna Hartman
01:47:16
—CBI Forest School, 18 months through 4th grade.
Anna Hartman
01:48:43
—Started by showing up for this series and feeling a little lost on the wilderness
Anna Hartman
01:49:13
—I would develop new ideas and I would follow them.
Anna Hartman
01:50:06
—I presented an early idea about family pods. We tried it in our community and it was successful.
Anna Hartman
01:50:33
—“I like your idea better than my idea.”
johanna perlin
01:50:52
yah Kat!!!
Anna Hartman
01:51:02
—Outside seemed like the safest place to be.
Anna Hartman
01:51:40
—The idea of returning to our one bathroom played over again in my head.
Anna Hartman
01:52:13
—Not going to bounce back, but going to bounce forward. I found myself pushed again.
Anna Hartman
01:52:38
—We are in a university town. In the city.
Anna Hartman
01:54:12
—Story of emailing a nearby camp. Established place, with trails, mowed fields, cabins.
Anna Hartman
01:54:26
—Lake, stream.
Anna Hartman
01:54:53
—Enough cabins that each one could be used for a classroom. Each had bathroom and heat and AC.
Anna Hartman
01:55:15
—Started talking to families.
Anna Hartman
01:57:09
—Hey—what if we run our school here AND our pods here!
Anna Hartman
01:57:24
—Had been 70 children and now have 102 students with a waiting list
Anna Hartman
01:58:05
—The wilderness is offering us a gift.
Geula Zamist
01:58:26
cant wait for jill to present again in a few months and tell us how its going
Veronica Maravankin
01:58:42
WOW Jill!!! Kol Hakavod!
Mattie Schuler
01:58:45
go you! this is so amazing!
Howard Eisenberg
01:58:50
This is a WOW Jill!!!
Denise Moyes Schnur
01:59:21
so inspiring Jill!!
Lyndall Miller
01:59:28
Kol HaKavod, Jill!!
Anna Hartman
02:00:16
—Breakout sessions: bit.ly/breakout613
Anna Hartman
02:00:34
—Begins September 14
Howard Eisenberg
02:00:38
Thank you!!!
Anna Hartman
02:00:46
Times will be: 1:15pm ET 12:15pm CT 11:15am MT 10:15am PT 7:15pm in Israel
Mattie Schuler
02:00:50
Thank you, everyone! This was so very inspiring. Woot woot!
Deborah Burg-Schnirman
02:00:51
Denise, does the bay area have a breakout group?
Anna Hartman
02:00:52
75-minutes each.
Anna Brunner Bayer
02:01:01
Thank you so much
Patty Goldstick
02:01:17
Thank you!!