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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.

2020-2021 Workshops for Parents and Teachers

How can we — as parents, teachers, and friends — nourish a “healthy resistance” to dominant constructions of masculinity? The Collaboratory welcomes Dr. Judy Y. Chu, Stanford professor of human biology and pioneering researcher on how preschool-aged boys make meaning of cultural messages about masculinity and reconcile tensions between ideas of themselves and prevailing notions of what makes a “real boy.” Dr. Chu’s talk presents an intensive two-year study of four- and five-year-old boys, exploring what they are capable of knowing and doing in their relationships, how they experience their gender socialization, and how they negotiate their identities and relationships in light of prevailing messages about masculinity. Dr. Chu will begin by highlighting boys’ relational capabilities, which are often underestimated or overlooked. She’ll describe how boys’ gender socialization forces a split between what they know and what they show. And she’ll discuss how boys’ conformity to restrictive masculine norms can undermine their sense of integrity, hinder their relationships, and jeopardize their well being. Join us as we explore how to nurture all children’s relational capacities, and help boys stay in touch with their full humanity.

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Judy Y. Chu, Ed. D. is a Lecturer in Human Biology and Affiliate of Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University 

Judy Y. Chu, Ed.D. is a Lecturer in Human Biology and Affiliate of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, where she teaches a course on Boys’ Psychosocial Development. Judy received her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied boys’ relationships and development in early childhood and adolescence with Carol Gilligan. Her research highlights boys’ relational strengths and how their gender socialization can impact their connections to themselves and to others. She is the author of When Boys Become Boys: Development, Relationships, and Masculinity (NYU Press, 2014) and co-editor (with Niobe Way) of Adolescent Boys: Exploring Diverse Cultures of Boyhood (NYU Press, 2004). She developed curricula for The Representation Project’s film “The Mask You Live In,” and currently serves as Chair of Movember Foundation’s Global Men’s Health Advisory Committee. She is also the mother of a seventeen-year-old boy.

Jamie will introduce ways to use the visual elements as a guide for communicating about art. Participants will exercise their own art behaviors with a drawing activity.  During this time we will discuss how art can be used as a tool for talking about difference, how developing artist behaviors connect to citizenship, and how exploring visual art  can expand our understanding of the world. 

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Jamie Kelty, Teaching Artist and Cow Hollow School Educator 

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 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.

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!

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Darcy Campbell, Cow Hollow School Head and Early Childhood Coach, Educator and Advocate

Darcy Campbell has been directing at Cow Hollow School since 2002. She has over 30 years of experience working with teachers, families and children in the Bay Area and more than 25 years of early Childhood Leadership experience. Darcy has taught and learned from children three months to twelve years old. She has taught  early childhood and elementary education courses at San Francisco State University and conducts early childhood training and consultations with families, schools, leaders, and educational organizations throughout the Bay Area. She is a strong advocate for children and specializes in reflective, responsive, collaborative teaching and parenting practices. She is the founder of The COLLABORATORY, co-founder of KEEP IT REAL, and active member of The Innovative Teacher Project.

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, Music Specialist, Cow Hollow School Educator

Tessa currently teaches in the Little Orchard classroom at Cow Hollow School and has also worked as the resident music specialist at CHS. She has been an early childhood educator for almost 3 years and previously worked as a music instructor for 8 years. She has recently celebrated one year with CHS. She earned her BA in Child Development, concentrating on Early Development, Care, & Education, as well as a minor in music from CSU Sacramento. She has recently been accepted into the graduate program at SFSU, studying developmental psychology and is hoping to begin next year. Tessa is passionate about guiding young children to their own musicianship, seeing themselves as active participants in music rather than passive consumers. 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.

A child’s ability to cultivate respect and empathy is the foundation to collaboration, friendship, critical thinking skills and being an active community member in society. This is the period of time where children are exploring, testing, imitating, and observing these big ideas and concepts. I believe as an early childhood educator, it is the adults responsibility to support children in developing and understanding these concepts as they are learning how to be citizens within society. In this chat we will discuss how and what it can look like for adults to support development of empathy and respect in toddlers. 

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Cheyenne Lopez, Cow Hollow School Educator:

Cheyenne has been a teacher at Cow Hollow School since 2017. She received her Bachelor’s degree of Child and Adolescent Development from San Francisco State University in 2017. Her focus is early childhood education and she also received her  Master’s in Early Childhood Education at San Francisco State University in 2020 . She has been working with children ages 2-5 for the past 4 years both typical and special needs. She’s been passionate about entering this field since high school and has been able to grow in her curiosity, enthusiasm, and passion ever since joining the SF community. She believes that every child is capable and competent and deserves to be guided, nurtured, and encouraged to develop critical thinking as a way to understand the world around them.

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!