In Bloom in Western MA Conference

Spring 2020 In Bloom Webinars

With the current Coronavirus pandemic getting worse before it gets better, it probably comes as no surprise that we cannot hold our In Bloom conference this year, in partnership with Antioch University New England. The current plan is to hold the conference (with roughly the same program) in 2021, scheduled as closely to the same Saturday as this year. Watch for information to register for these in early January of 2021.

The Hitchcock Center in collaboration with Antioch is hosting the In Bloom in Western Mass webinar and panel discussion on the film Turning School Inside Out. Sign up below and note that space may be limited.

In Bloom in Western Mass
New Movie Premier: Turning School Inside Out

with Principal’s Panel Discussion
Saturday, May 16, 2021
1:00–2:30pm
Register here

Principal’s Panel will feature:
William Knittle, Principal, Rowe Elementary, Rowe, MA
Conor Driscoll, Principal, Gill Elementary School, Gill, MA
Liza Lowe, Founder, Wild Roots Nature Preschool, West Chesterfield, NH
Colleen Kelley, Education Director, The Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Amherst, MA
David Sobel, Professor Emeritus, Antioch New England, Panel Facilitator

Western Massachusetts principals and regional educators will discuss their experiences with implementing innovative outdoors practices in their preschool, kindergarten and early elementary grades in their schools. They’ll describe some of their programs, and discuss how they’ve supported and encouraged teachers to move some of the curriculum into the natural world. We’ll also discuss benefits to children and the response of parents and community members to these innovations.

Consider tuning in to these additional webinars for more conversations on outdoor education.

In Bloom in Maine
What Else is Possible? A Glimpse Into Vermont’s Forest Day Programming

with Eliza Minnucci
Saturday, April 18, 2020
1:00pm–2:30pm
Register here

In Bloom in Vermont
Nature Preschool in the Urban Wild: Lessons from the Pacific Northwest

with Kit Harrington
Saturday, June 13, 2020
1:00pm–2:30pm
Register here

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