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The Wondrous Classroom: Playful Pedagogy

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Audience: Early childhood educators and administrators in any language of instruction

When: Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13, 2023. Attend for both days or just Saturday.

Where: International School of Portland campus. 2305 S Water Ave, Portland OR 97201

Presenter: Lynn Cuccaro from The Global Collaborative

Tickets: $450 for the full two days or $350 for Saturday only

Join us in Portland for a unique in-person learning experience led by Lynn Cuccaro and created especially for early childhood educators! Choose the two day option for the full experience. Can’t make it on Friday? You can also choose the one day option and participate just on Saturday!

Both options are a full day on the International School of Portland campus and include breakfast and lunch.

Friday, May 12, 2023

From loose parts pedagogy to the one hundred languages of children, come learn strategies for creating rich invitations and provocations that provoke creative, meaningful explorations. Sessions include:

  • Loose parts play
  • The hundred languages of children
  • Creating playful provocations and invitations

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Research continues to point out that young children learn best through meaningful play experiences. As educators, we know that play is the primary way children learn. In this workshop, we’ll uncover the early years skills developed through play while discovering how movement supports neural pathways in the brain to connect “learning dots” and builds the brain’s architecture. No matter the language of your program, we’ll unpack the crucial sensory-motor skills that build the foundation to early literacy, both in reading and handwriting.

Questions? Reach out to spearcenter@intlschool.org.

Past Events

The Global Collaborative and Lynn Cuccaro

May 17-18 & August 21-22, 2019


The Learning Square and Anne van Dam

May 17-18, 2019


Responsive Classroom

August 20-22 & October 12, 2018
January 22, 2019



August 20, 2018



October 13-15, 2017