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May
17

Transformational Leadership

Last week, a post from Erin Dunn Baker showed how one teacher’s experience at Opal School influenced inquiry with the third graders she works with.  Here, Susie Morice describes how her study of Opal School is shaping her thinking.  Susie’s post first appeared on the blog of the Santa Fe Center for Transformational School Leadership. Transformational Schools by […]
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May
13

Making pickles

Opal School exists not only to influence its immediate community: It lives to provoke change far and wide. We know that our workshops catalyze change – but only rarely do we get a window into the ripples.  Below, you’ll read how Erin Baker brought some of the juice from the Reading the World workshop back to her […]
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Nov
06

Supporting Habits of Heart and Mind in New Terrain

Since “retiring”, Opal School Founder Judy Graves has been busy continuing her efforts to inspire greater educational opportunity for all children.  Here’s her report on her latest breakthroughs, exploring the implications of Opal School’s research with new communities: Teaching Preschools Offer Opportunities at Two Sites Two teaching preschools opened this fall to provide opportunities for some […]
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Oct
24

Matters of Opportunity: Does opportunity matter?

We love hearing from colleagues beyond Opal School’s walls regarding how Opal School is provoking fresh thinking.  Today’s post comes from Sarah-Luella Baker, who presented at our 2014 Summer Symposium. It is co-posted from the Tulip Tree Preschool blog. Matters of Opportunity. Does opportunity matter?  Journals from the Atelier – Sarah-Luella Baker, Tulip Tree Preschool […]
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Oct
20

Guest Post: Becoming a Teacher-Researcher

Today’s guest post comes from Sandra Patton, a teacher at Maple Ridge School in Alberta and member of last year’s Opal School Mentorship Program. A year ago I was introduced to Opal School through a small workshop in Calgary, AB. Shortly after hearing about the school I applied for and received admission to their Mentorship Program; […]
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Living Inside Our Hearts

During the holiday season, it’s not infrequent to receive a note from someone you haven’t heard from for a while – and it’s always a treat to reconnect with old friends.  The following post arrives from Elisa Merrifield, who works at Ventana School, a Reggio-inspired school serving Pre-K – 5th grade, in Los Altos, CA. […]
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What do visitors focus on at Opal School?

Last month, a group of teachers and administrators from the Fishback Center for Early Childhood Education at South Dakota State University spent two days engaged in observation, investigation, and conversation at Opal School.  In this post, Dr. Kay Cutler, Professor of Early Childhood Education and Director of the Center, discusses the experience and the influence […]
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