|Teachers "speed date", sharing reflections|
on play and teaching practices.
|Talking about the connections|
between literacy and play.
What is unique in Somerville is that these groups are made up of teachers from a variety of early childhood classrooms: Head Start, Somerville Public Schools, and local center-based childcare programs.
|Teachers reflect on video and|
talk about new practices.
After the meetings teachers are not expected to go it alone. The Literacy Group is supported by the early childhood coach who visits classrooms weekly to support literacy practices. The Kindergarten Readiness Group stays in touch via email. Teachers want to talk about their work in meaningful ways - having time to meet in collaborative groups with a focus on how to be proactive in classrooms can inspire teachers to innovate. A local group, the Early Childhood Consortium provides opportunities for early childhood educators from the greater Boston area to convene monthly around issues of practice in classrooms and provides support to those who need it.
The meeting of teachers from diverse sites - public, center-based child care, & Head Start creates curriculum and visionary alignment across Somerville. As teachers experience new ways of meeting and talking together about their work, it can become infectious - there is much expertise to share and we look forward to more professional learning communities for early childhood educators.