Co-op Conference

40 Years in the Making

Building a school community through dialogue between

children, families, teachers and materials

May 4, 2019

9:00 am-5:00 pm 

$40 for 6 hours of professional development, lunch provided

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Join us for a day of dialogue as we reflect on some of what we have been learning in our 40 years of working with children and families and 20 years of taking inspiration from the schools of Reggio Emilia

Conference Itinerary

  • 8:30-9:00 Registration
    Light breakfast and mingling, classrooms Documentation and Journals available for review.
    (Spencer view housing community Room).
  • 9:00 Welcome & Introduction – Estee Genosar: Executive Director, Co-op Family Center,
    and Kathleen Lloyd, ECE Professor, Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon
  • 9:15-10 Authoring School: 40 years of Creativity, Collaboration and Community
    Ben Minnis, Pedagogical Coordinator, Co-op Family Center: “In this presentation, I will introduce how doing school at the Co-op Family Center has evolved through the shared efforts and intentions of children, families and teachers. We will explore how these perspectives can be made the engine of a school and how the Reggio-Emilia Approach has inspired and informed our practice for the last 20 years”. 
  • 10-11:00 The Power of Love and Curiosity: The Centrality of Relationships in our Story
    Rachel Jefferson, Lead Infant/Toddler Teacher, Co-op Family Center: “Through the lens of working with infants and toddlers, I will explore the idea that all learning is about understanding relationships. As members of a learning community, we work together to develop a culture of respect, self-awareness, and empathy. For this presentation, these concepts will be examined through a look at the wonder-driven research of a current year-long study of caring for snails with toddler children. This study has supported our pursuit to build the identity of our group in positive ways where trust and participation grow and continually reveal our interconnectivity”.
  • 11-12:00 Anti-Bias Education: Navigating & Celebrating Differences
    Cory Brown, Lead Wobbler Teacher, Co-op Family Center: “Our center is composed of children and families from all over the world, and within each community is a multitude of unique identifiers and characteristics. Recognizing that there are differences amongst us is the first step…Yet, how do we take inclusion and celebration of differences further? I am inviting you to join a discussion on Language, Gender, and Identity, with the aim of bringing more awareness to our words and actions; defining the concept of Intention v. Impact; and to illustrate how the Co-op strives to be mindful of, and to celebrate, differences in their classrooms”.
  • 12-1:15 Lunch & classrooms tours & material exploration 
  • 1:15-2:15 The Spiral of Learning
    Norma Lindh-Nussbaum, Lead Pre-school Teacher, Co-op Family Center: “In the presentation, I will be sharing the Reggio-Emilia concept of the Spiral of Learning, and explore how this concept encourages us to Re-think, Re-visit and Re-learn every step of the way as we support children as theory-builders.  Using examples from our Preschool classroom, we will look at how this concept drives our documentation and project work with children”.
  • 2:15-3:45 Music in the Eyes of Children: A tale of children and teachers as researchers
    Heida Sigurdardottir, Lead Infant/Toddler Teacher, Co-op Family Center: “Children are scientists. Our role as teachers is to facilitate their research and make their work visible. In this presentation I will share stories of children’s research about sound and music during a 3-year period from their time in the infant room until the time they left for preschool. My own journey as a teacher during this time is also reflected in the presentation, focusing on my ponderings and struggles as well as successes as I followed my own curiosities about children and music. 
  • 2:15-3:45 Mapping-Connecting Children’s Experience of Natural Spaces
    Kim Frank, Leak Prek/k Teacher, Co-op Family Center: “Guided by the Huckleberries (Pre-K) map of their big backyard, we will explore nature through the eyes of our children. I will examine how the natural world that surrounds us is very accessible, and we will share ideas about how to bring our classroom intentions outdoors. Finally, we will dialogue about the importance of creating an alliance with nature in Early Childhood Education, and beyond
  • 3:45-4:00 Break
  • 4:00-5:00 Reflections & open Dialogue with presenters and Co-op Family Center faculty.



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Conference Itinerary