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How to Design Socially Distanced Classrooms During COVID-19
Thursday, September 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Presented by Dr. Sandra Duncan, Classroom Design Expert; and Lauren Magee, Licensed Architect, Director of Architecture and Environmental Design, Guidecraft
Sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning Company
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As educators begin to welcome preschool and preK children back to school, COVID-19 has presented several challenges. One in particular is how to design, set up and implement classrooms that meet physical distancing standards while still encouraging classroom community. Limitations such as space and budget may also add to the conundrum.
In this edWebinar, Sandra Duncan, Ed.D., and architect Lauren Magee provide practical and helpful strategies for educators seeking ways to safely distance children in the COVID classroom.
By the end of the recorded presentation, viewers will be able to:
- Define physical distancing versus social distancing
- Identify potential classroom design mistakes
- Apply suggested solutions for classroom setup
- Encourage classroom community while practicing physical distancing
This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to preschool and preK teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders.
About the Presenters
With 50+ years in the early care and education field, Dr. Sandra Duncan has extensive experience in publishing curricula and teacher resources, teaching at the university level, designing professional development programs, conducting community and outreach programs, and—most importantly—playing with young children. Sandra has written several books including Inspiring Spaces for Young Children; Rethinking the Classroom Landscape: Creating Environments that Connect Young Children, Families, and Communities; Bringing the Outside In: Ideas for Creating Nature-Based Classroom Experiences for Young Children; and Through a Child’s Eyes: How Classroom Design Inspires Learning & Wonder. Sandra believes in the importance of classroom design and its impact on children’s growth and development. She brings her years of theory and best practices to the early childhood classroom in helping early childhood educators create environments where young children can thrive and become their very best.
Lauren Magee is a licensed architect and the director of architecture and environmental design for Guidecraft. She specializes in interdisciplinary design and leads an international team on the design of environments for young children, toddlers and infants. Lauren is a former educator and elected school board vice president with direct experience working with curricula, facilities, and operations in public schools. She has done extensive research into the psychology of places and spaces, specifically in the ways people of all ages engage with the built environment and natural surroundings. With Guidecraft, Lauren applies those skills and research, along with her expertise in the philosophies of Reggio Emilia, Montessori, nature-based education, and other teaching methods, to the holistic design of places for young children.
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