The Core Beliefs of Supportive Social Learning – Rights and Responsibilities
The Core Beliefs of Supported Social Learning
– Children are born capable and competent.
– Children have a strong desire to connect with others.
– Children live in a complex world.
– Children have inherent rights, including the right to participation.
– Children possess qualities that are of value to the world.
– Children thrive in a supportive social environment.
How can we more fully realize and live these core values in schools? What are the barriers and how can we overcome the barriers to living these values in schools?
Alison Maher (she/her)Executive Director, Boulder Journey School Boulder, CO
Alison Maher is the Executive Director at Boulder Journey School, where she has worked since 1993. Alison has presented at numerous national and international conferences and has worked as an educational consultant in a wide variety of public and private preschool and elementary schools in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and Ireland. She currently instructs two graduate courses in partnership with the University of Colorado Denver and serves on the board of Hawkins Centers of Learning, and Watershed School, as well as on the Advisory Committee for Ideal Learning.
Andrea Sisbarro (she/her)School Director, Boulder Journey School
Andrea Sisbarro is one of the School Directors at Boulder Journey School, where she has been employed since 1995. Andrea works closely with classroom communities supporting curriculum development, family partnerships, organizational systems, licensing requirements, relationships, and learning environments. Andrea has a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder and a MA in Early Childhood Education from the University of Colorado Denver. Andrea has more than 15 years experience as an educational consultant in a wide variety of public and private preschool and elementary schools in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia and Ireland. She has presented the work of Boulder Journey School at conferences throughout the US and around the world.
Fara Cortez (she/her)School Director at Boulder Journey School
My name is Fara Cortez and I am one of the School Directors at Boulder Journey School. I have the honor and privilege of working with our school’s youngest citizens. I began my career at Boulder Journey School in 1998 and was a member of the 2000 Resident Teacher class. Supportive Social Learning is the reason I became a teacher and I am so excited to share through stories how Supportive Social Learning comes to life in the classroom.