Last week, Opal School hosted staff from Bromley School in Christchurch, New Zealand, for two days of classroom observations, presentations, and conversation. Bromley is a Reggio-inspired public school primarily serving low income families. Teachers from across New Zealand visit it to extend their practices.
Traveling 7300 miles is a significant investment in professional development. What did our visitors notice and value during their visit?
Extensive use of the arts and questions that provoked depth of thinking
A sense of flow that seemed divorced from time constraints
Support for social emotional dynamics that invites risk-taking and vulnerability
Project work that weaves together connections and brings out children’s voices
Reflective practices by children and adults that lead to meaning-making
Documentation that makes learning visible
Opal School aims to transform public education by provoking new thinking about conditions that nurture the wonder of learning. To do that, we need to be in conversation with you. We hope you can join us in Portland!