Opal School Summer Symposium 2017: Play, The Arts, and Education for Democracy
June 21-23, 2017 - 8:30 AM-4:00 PM
**Registration for Summer Symposium is now full. We hope you will join us for one of our workshops during the 2017-18 school year.**
Every summer, hundreds of educators committed to recognizing, celebrating, and extending the creative and cognitive capacities of children join Opal School teacher-researchers for three full days of renewal through synthesis, dialogue, materials exploration, and reflection. This year, we focus on the role of the aesthetic dimension in supporting playful inquiry, transdisciplinary thinking, and participatory democracy.
At our 2017 Symposium, we're honored to be joined by Tiziana Filippini, former Director of Documentation, Research and Professional Development for the Municipality of Reggio Emilia. Additional special guests include:
- Judy Graves and Melinda Hayward (Teaching Preschool Partners/Parkrose School District)
- Patricia Hunter McGrath and Christina Bianchi (Branches Atelier)
- Bill Fullbrecht & Rachel Schwartzman (The Brooklyn New School)
- Allie Pasquier (Play Lab/Bakers and Astronauts)
- Catie Dalton (KairosPDX Learning Academy)
- Bridget DuRuz (Center for Philosophy for Children)
- Andrea Pierotti (Sabot at Stony Point)
- Rob van Nood (Tinker Camp/Catlin Gabel)
Here's a sample of what a few recent Symposium participants had to say:
Visiting the classrooms gave me a chance to look inside myself and feel young again. I can now go back to school and actually feel the intent of why and what I'm doing in class.
I look forward to being a part of [Symposium] every year. I always feel energized and renewed. Although I reflect daily during the school year, Opal brings me to a much deeper place of reflection and helps me see the bigger picture - or to envision a bigger picture. I look forward to each and every story that is shared during Symposium - by all the presenters, and by participants from all over the world while standing in line or exploring materials. I am never disappointed - and I love and appreciate all that you do and all that you are.
I can't wait for the start of the new school year! So much to try, so many different ways to build community, empathy and agency!
Stunning and revolutionary. Thank you for reminding me why I am in this field and the important role we hold. I am inspired and touched!
Participants are eligible to receive Undergraduate or Graduate level credit through Portland State University.