We are saddened to share the news that our dear friend, Betty Kellogg passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday morning, August 19, 2013.
Please join us for a memorial celebration of Betty’s life.
Date: Saturday, November 30
Time: 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Boulder Journey School
1919 Yarmouth Ave.
Boulder, CO 80304
For information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
FINAL TWO HAWKINS-INSPIRED MATERIALS WORKSHOPS- NOVEMBER- Workshop Session 3, “I, Thou, It,” Saturday, November 9, CU Denver- location to be announced soon. Workshop Session 4, “Teacher as Learner,” Saturday, November 23, CU Denver- location to be announced soon. Professional Development Clock Hours and CEUs available. Learn more HERE
From October 23rd, through January 5th, 2014, the Hawkins Centers of Learning Exhibit, “Cultivate the Scientist in Every Child: The Philosophy of Frances and David Hawkins” will be on display on the 11th floor of the University of Colorado Denver’s Lawrence Street Center, 1380 Lawrence Street.
The Exhibit will be on display in Canada, at Richland Academy from October 25 until June 2014, and is open to visitors. The school location is at 11570 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario. For visiting hours please contact: email@example.com. This Canadian exhibition is hosted by a partnership between Richland Academy and Acorn School. See the Press Release HERE.
Frances and David Hawkins (Frances d. 2006, David d. 2002) were educational theorists whose work is expressed worldwide. Frances was primarily a teacher. Her observations and reflections formed the basis of David’s theories. Their concepts were inspirational to the pedagogy of the world-renowned infant toddler centers and pre-schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and are currently articulated in many schools, museums and other educational organizations. Frances and David worked with both teachers and children, using curiosity-based education, which did not rely on prepared curricula.
Their lifetime of work together produced approaches to education that inspired dedication and passion in teachers and students. Students learned about science and math while deeply engaged in projects that interested them. The children’s investigations, freed from the confines of textbook-based curricula, held compelling qualities that drew engagement from their teachers. Teachers who themselves had experience with open-ended exploration of materials were better able to deepen and extend their students’ learning experiences.
Their approaches to learning are starkly contrasted against the current national educational mandates, which are based on predesigned curricula. Textbooks are to be followed to the letter, and much emphasis is on “teaching-to-the test.” The teacher’s role, stripped of creativity, is to get what is in the books into the students’ heads. Is it any wonder that the teacher attrition rate in the US has increased 50% during the past 15 years? And who will speak for today’s students?
Frances and David Hawkins spoke with and for both teachers and students. Their message is especially vital today. Hawkins Centers of Learning’s efforts in workshops, gatherings, writings and presentations are directed towards developing professionals, who appreciate and are prepared to articulate and practice curiosity-based approaches to education.