Our Conference

Wellspring Community School will be hosting our Cultivating Children's Creativity Conference this Saturday, March 26, 2011. There are a limited number of spaces still available at the late registration rate of $90.

Anyone who cares about children and education will want to be a part of this exciting and informative day.

Come join our guest speakers and the Wellspring staff for Cultivating Children's Creativity, a day of learning and networking that will include:

  • Focus on the research around as well as practical tools and exercises in how to cultivate the natural curiosity and creativity in our classrooms and homes
  • Ways to engage children daily in accessing each individual's own creative spirit and inspiration for learning
  • Written concrete examples of how to effect home and classroom in a positive, child-centered way and how to infuse creativity into each day
  • Several times woven into the agenda for all questions to be answered and to network with others also passionate about children
  • Break-out session time for networking and discussion of how to integrate the ideas and experiences described in all types of classrooms and homes
  • Healthy lunch
The agenda for the day is as follows:
10:30 - 11:00 am          Check-in, self-guided tour of the school
11:00 - 11:15 am          Opening remarks in sanctuary
11:15 am - 12:30 pm    Keynote address with Dr. Crain including Q&A in sanctuary
12:30 - 1:15 pm            Lunch in school
1:15 - 2:30 pm              Keynote address with Dr. Engel including Q&A in sanctuary
2:30 - 3:00 pm              Presentation by Wellspring staff in sanctuary
3:00 - 4:00 pm              Breakout groups in school
4:00 - 4:15 pm              Wrap-up and closing remarks in school

Dr. Crain is a professor of psychology at The City College of New York. He is the author of Reclaiming Childhood: Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society and the textbook, Theories of Development, now in its 6th edition. A social activist, Dr. Crain served 9 years on the Teaneck, NJ, Board of Education and co-founded the Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary in Poughquag, NY, which provides a caring home for farm animals rescued from slaughterhouses and abusive conditions.

Dr. Engel is Senior Lecturer in Psychology, and Class of 1959 Director of the Program in Teaching at Williams College. Her research has focused on the emergence of narratives, children’s autobiographical memory, imaginative processes in childhood, and the development of curiosity. Her work appears in chapters and articles for scientific publications, and she has also written for teachers and parents. She has published three books, and her fourth, Red Flags or Red Herrings will be published by Simon and Schuster in 2011. She is the co-founder of an experimental school in New York State, where she oversaw all aspects of educational practice, including developing curriculum and supervising the teachers for 14 years. In 2007/8 she published a series of columns in the New York Times describing how teachers solve problems, and in 2009/10 she published four op-ed pieces in the New York Times on teacher education and curriculum. She and her husband Tom have three sons.

To see Ron Miller's keynote address from our successful First Annual Holistic Education conference held in March, 2010, please visit our You Tube channel!

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