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Curated Moments: Infant and Toddler Environments

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Curated Moments: Infant and Toddler Environments

Presented by Jennifer Kesselring, Head of Innovation Learning, Riverfield Country Day School (OK)
Moderated by Dr. Laura Wilhelm, Vice President for Professional Learning, Kaplan Early Learning Company

Sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning Company

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Environments and the experiences within them have the potential to serve as powerful catalysts for complex play and learning. This edWebinar shares experiences situated within infant and toddler classrooms that highlight stories in robust environments, interesting materials, fascinating experiences, and playful encounters within them. We accentuate the many creative, cognitive, social, and joyful discoveries of very young children and offer practical strategies for designing environments, offering materials, and curating experiences.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to PreK teachers as well as school, district, and education technology leaders.

Jennifer Kesselring

About the Presenter

Jennifer Kesselring has been an early childhood educator for 30 years. For the past 23 years, she has been at Riverfield Country Day School, an independent school serving children eight weeks through 12th grade, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she currently ​​serves as Head of Innovation Learning. During her tenure there she has been a classroom teacher, studio teacher, pedagogical coordinator, division head, and head of pedagogy and strategic innovation. She has finished all but her dissertation toward a doctorate in educational leadership and curriculum and instruction. She has been deeply inspired by the schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and regularly participates in professional development offered there.

Laura Wilhelm

About the Moderator

As the Vice President for Professional Learning at Kaplan, Laura Wilhelm, Ed.D. draws on decades of experience teaching young children and early childhood professionals, starting with toddlers in the 1980s, followed by PreK-third grade in urban and suburban schools, and as a university lab school director. Since earning her doctorate in ECE curriculum and instruction in 1999, she has served as a program director, full professor, national validator for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and a site visitor for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Programs (CAEP). She enjoys planning professional development, speaking at conferences, leading study tours, visiting early education programs around the world, and returning home to her family. She is the author of The Neglected Child: How to Recognize, Respond, and Prevent (2013); Treasure Baskets: Heuristic Learning for Infants and Toddlers (2017); Enticing Environments for People Under Three (2021); and Living Loose Parts: Creatures of Curiosity (coming in 2024), all from Gryphon House.

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Kaplan Early Learning CompanyFor more than 50 years, Kaplan Early Learning Company has been a champion for play. From our research-based curricula to enriching classroom environments and innovative technology solutions, Kaplan’s products and services inspire a lifelong love of learning in children and educators. We are architects of learning good and defenders of the imagination. We live for inseparable bonds and open minds. We encourage the eager and inspire the inspirers. We transform lives through play.

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