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The Collaboratory is a resource for the interchange of ideas and innovation in early childhood education, where parents and educators observe, reflect, dialogue, document and interpret children’s thinking and learning.

2021-2022 Workshops for Parents and Teachers

How do we make space for ourselves and others in the art studio? What rituals honor the individual and the collective? We are offering “We Are What We Art” as an opportunity to have a dialogue about studio rituals, aesthetic language, and artist behaviors. During this time we will discuss how developing artist behaviors connect to citizenship, and how exploring visual art can expand our understanding of the world.

Presented by Jamie Kelty, Studio Teacher

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Jamie has been with Cow Hollow School since 2012 and has enjoyed the privilege of sharing art experiences with children since 1992. She works also as an assemblage/collage painter with a variety of mediums which translates well into exploring a multitude of materials with children. She received her B.F.A. in painting and her K-12 art teaching certificate from Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Jamie taught art in schools in Kansas, Missouri, and New York City. She worked at the The Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York teaching in public programs and in schools, creating programming, and managing the Fine Arts Studio teaching artists. Jamie regularly presents studio workshops for parents and educators through The COLLABORATORY at Cow Hollow School and The Innovative Teacher Project in San Francisco.

During the tour, Darcy mentioned her R.E.A.L. Parenting and Teaching workshop. Here is more information about this great event!

This workshop will help you think about how to remove the fear and fantasy from your parenting or teaching. To parent or teach mindfully means that we commit to being aware of our own thoughts, beliefs and actions and parent and teach from facts; who we are, who our children are, and from our values. As a result of removing fear and fantasy from our parenting and teaching we become more able to accurately, lovingly guide, empower, and protect our children. This workshop will offer you tools and questions so that you may mindfully, responsively, respectfully, be in the presence of children. In doing so, we change the world!

Sign-up HERE. (Tickets $30)

Are you ready to have impactful conversations about equity, social justice, and cultural diversity with your child? Do you wonder how to integrate fun, respect, and significance to these conversations? This year, we are offering Music Matters! Music Matters is an opportunity for educators and parents to hear about the usefulness of music as a tool in exploring social justice for young children and discuss ideas for implementation. During this time, educators and parents can discuss ideas for exploring music with their children and Tessa can offer strategies, different perspectives, and tools to support you in facilitating meaningful experiences with music.

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Tessa Moore, Teacher, Music Specialist, Cow Hollow School Educator

Tessa currently teaches in the Treehouse classroom at Cow Hollow School and also works as the resident music specialist at CHS. She has been an early childhood educator since 2018 and previously worked as a music instructor since 2012. She earned her BA in Child Development, concentrating on Early Development, Care, & Education, as well as a minor in music from CSU Sacramento and is looking forward to continuing her higher education in the future. She deeply believes in the importance, need, and respect deserved to early childhood education and young children. Tessa is passionate about guiding young children to their own musicianship, seeing themselves as active participants in music. By offering guided listening experience, basic music fundamentals, composition experiences, and group music-making sessions, Tessa works to help children reveal their connections to music. She believes that children are capable and competent in their understanding and approach to music.

C.I.V.I.C.: Citizenship, Identities, Values, Inclusion, Cultures

CIVIC is a committee of teachers and parents at Cow Hollow School who celebrate Citizenship, Identities, Values, Inclusion, and Cultures. CIVIC facilitates conversations about children’s identity and sense of place in the school, the neighborhood, the city, and the world. We are interested in celebrating these themes in our school community, dialoguing with each other and with our children, advocating for social justice, and participating in community events. CIVIC welcomes any and all Cow Hollow School adult community members.

Last year, CIVIC hosted several roundtable conversations, with the aim of bringing teachers and parents together to support children in learning about their social worlds. Below are some of the themes:

  • Guiding Children’s Understanding of Racial Identities
  • Talking with Children about the Life Cycle
  • Talking with Children About Homelessness

CIVIC DISCOURSE is a quarterly roundup of resources, meant to be a gathering of articles, talks, and podcasts that Cow Hollow School families and teachers find inspiring, enlightening, or enlivening. We’re hoping this can be a way to exchange ideas, help us connect, and broaden our habits of reading and listening.

Click HERE to read this Fall’s CIVIC DISCOURSE!