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The Impact of Natural Elements on Early Learning Spaces: A Global Perspective
Monday May 21, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Gary Bilezikian, President, Guidecraft
Sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning
In this edWebinar, Gary Bilezikian, President of Guidecraft, takes viewers on a tour of global early childhood education—from New Zealand, to Thailand, to Chile, to China—in search of nature-based environments that promote a holistic educational model. You’ll learn how the legal, cultural, political, and religious frameworks impact and shape our understanding of the environment. Gary will also discuss great products and ideas that will inspire how you think about your environment, as well as provide ideas and strategies to enhance organic experiences within the built environment.
Pre-K educators will benefit from watching this recorded session. Gain a global perspective of natural elements that impact early learning.
About the Presenter
Gary Bilezikian is a graduate of Pratt Institute’s Art and Design Education program. He taught art in the New York City public schools, was a children’s book author and illustrator, and founder of children’s new media, and furniture companies. For the past 20 years he has worked in product development, design, supply chain and compliance on children’s products in both the consumer and early childhood education markets. As President of Guidecraft, a provider of STEM-based toys and early childhood education furniture, his work focuses on the global early childhood education environment, and working towards a universal set of ideas and standards. He works in the United States and internationally with ECE distributors, as well as designers, architects, and educators to implement new ideas, products and strategies into the preschool landscape. He’s married to the fine artist Heidi Lanino, and lives in the Hudson Valley in New York State with their wonderful kids and pets.
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