- November 13, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
“Democracy is a way of life: the right to be educated, to think, discuss, dissent, create, and act, acting in imaginative and revolutionary ways. …. Our future is guaranteed only by the degree of our personal involvement and commitment, as we engage the qualities of inquiry, intuition, and love.” Terry Tempest Williams
One anchoring purpose of our work as educators is to amplify the promise of and possibility for democracy. When we approach our teaching from this commitment, we teach for citizenship, not for assessment. Our goal is not compliance, but creativity, critical thinking, cultural continuity, self-awareness, and co-constructed knowledge.
We affirm the full identities of the children in our care, and we hold open the space for their authentic participation and substantive contribution to the life and character of the community. We join with the children on a journey into becoming, always more expansively and generously, people who stand together committed to the well-being of each other, and to the resonance of our shared life.
During our evening together, we will explore principles and strategies for our work in early childhood education that honor the participation rights of children.
Presenter: Ann Pelo
Ann Pelo is the author of six books, most recently From Teaching to Thinking: A Pedagogy for Reimagining Our Work,
with Margie Carter (2018). She is the Co-Editor of the Reimagining Our Work Collection, a series of books by early childhood educators that illuminate a pedagogical approach anchored by a commitment to social justice, deep listening,
teacher research, and documentation that foregrounds educators’ thinking about children’s thinking.