consulting

Dec
10

The Danger of The Guillotine

For the second year in a row, Opal School hosted a “Rising Educators Study Tour” for high school students who study approaches to early childhood education and apply that learning in a school-based center.  It’s a rare treat for us to learn with people at that stage of life. As we often do, we spent part […]

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Sep
24

Writing curriculum

A new post at Cadwell Collaborative responds to a familiar request: Will you write the curriculum for a new Reggio-inspired school? The post thoughtfully responds that the request cannot be fulfilled.  We make that road through walking. While there are known guideposts to help orient that path and great tools to have in your kit, […]

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Nov
23

Creating TEDx (remembering how to jump)

When the organizers of the TEDx West Vancouver conference called to ask if someone from Opal School would like to share at their event, I shot up my hand. I knew it would be a powerful exercise in synthesis – forcing me to develop clarity around what I care most about in the work we [...]
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Oct
07

Why Story Workshop?

This week, the staff of Kairos Charter School spent a day at Opal School investigating Story Workshop.  They wondered how Story Workshop might support their mission of “cultivating confident creative compassionate leaders.” Story Workshop is an approach that has evolved as Opal School teachers and children in the early grades explore the question, What might […]

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Feb
03

Visitation Days Recap

Last week a large group of teachers and administrators – from across the West Coast, Los Angeles to British Columbia, and east to Alberta – converged on Opal School for an extended study of our approach to learning. I thought that those of you who weren’t able to join us would be interested in hearing […]

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