April 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; April 12-13, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.    

What conditions do human beings need to thrive? What is the role of schooling in creating these conditions? How are literacy, creativity, and sustainability related and interrelated? How do we support children to connect their reading of the world to the things we do in school?  How is creativity necessary for the sustainability of our democracy and our planet?  How do we best support the transition between reading the world and reading the word in a way that doesn't limit creativity?

When we invite the 100 Languages into schools, we open the door to new kinds of relationships and creativity, including joyful learning that supports the growth and development of a citizenry that can reinvigorate our democracy. Reading the World invites participants into a study of Opal School children and teachers at work. Observe Opal Beginning School (ages 3-5) and Opal Charter School (grades k-5) in session. Engage in reflection and dialog about the role of quality in education. 

A few reflections from recent Reading the World participants:

It was fantastic! This, by far, was one of the best PD opportunities that I've had. 

I appreciated being able to get into the classes, have the reflective time, and time for dialogue. 

I'm leaving really inspired and full of things that my colleagues and I will share and work towards.

It was inspiring to listen to the children's conversations and observe how teachers, students, and materials mediate learning. 

I loved observing in all the classrooms: the intentionality, creativity.

I appreciated the [teachers'] openness, sharing not only ideas but struggles.

Thank you for having us work and think the way children at Opal School do. Authentic.

Thank you so very much for being a place teachers can come back to to learn about their approach, continuing to build and understand the depth and nuance around educating our future adult citizens in a way that empowers compassionate, creative, multiply-literate enthusiasts for life.

The relationship between the classroom observations, the theory/philosophy presentations, and opportunity for reflection and dialogue created a beautiful balance and helped me to make meaning from the experience and make a plan for more meaningful pedagogical experiences in the classroom.

I am leaving Opal with a sense of inspiration to question my practice, to listen, to be sensitive to the child's voice, always wonder, ask questions that open up thinking, discover…

Such a gift to observe and connect theory to "real life." The thoughtful and intentional use of space, time, etc., was both thought provoking and simply brilliant!

Words cannot express what a gift this was. Thank you. What beautiful, brave teachers.

Participants are eligible for credit through Portland State University.