What are other folks doing in educating or raising children? International teaching/learning approaches can enrich us all. Please share your examples with us. Our community is an invitation to educators & parents from around the world to share pedagogical ideas, practices & resources here — a place for reflection & inspiration about childhood, parenting, and teaching.
Photo: Benny Dahlberg Pedagogista with Liliana Hensel upon her visit to Idéan, Umea Sweden.
Our first example Idéan, in Umeå municipality in Sweden, is an initiative that offers professional development outreach and educational training. They support preschools, primary schools, and family daycare programs with business development, theoretical and pedagogical coaching based on constructivist philosophy at no cost. They also offer community training and seminars.
Municipalities in Sweden provide childcare for infants/toddlers (1-3 year-olds) at minimal fees. Plus all three-year-old children can receive at least 525 hours per year of free childcare; afterward, the child attends public preschool at no charge.
The second example is from the West Coast Collaborative in California. Liliana collaborates with Marcela Caceres-Gelinas in co-presenting at the bi-annual conferences hosted by the West Coast Collaborative, CA & Reggio Children, Italy, in the Fall of 2021 and Spring of 2022.
The third example is from Naturskolan in Sweden, which provides competency development & resources for staff from pre-K to high school in sustainable development practices. Often through outdoor didactics, focusing on one or more of the nation's Sustainable Global Goals.
Liliana gave a seminar and hands-on workshop at Naturskolan with Ninne Lindgren on supporting ecological learning with children using natural materials.