Our Professional Development Institute Launches

The inauguration of McKendree’s Professional Development Institute featured a two day, hands-on training event, MAKE LEARNING VISIBLE, THE ART OF DOCUMENTATION.collage-2016-11-20-08_36_44

Participants from seven early childhood programs in the Middle TN area gathered to learn more about PEDAGOGICAL DOCUMENTATION and how they could bring the skills of observing children; collecting data; reflecting on the experience through the lens of pedagogy; telling the story; and sharing the story via a documentation panel.  McKendree educator, Heather Marshall, brought her gifts as a teacher and hands-on coach for a successful two-day workshop.

In 2017, the Institute will offer additional sessions to early childhood educators: Understanding Emergent Curriculum, Working with Loose Parts,  and Crafting Learning Stories.  Because Make Learning Visible – The Art of Documentation was such a success, it will be offered again as well.

Led by Cindy Ligon, McKendree’s long time director, and her professional team of teachers/educators, the Institute promises to fulfill our goal of building strong leaders in the early childhood community.




2 thoughts on “Our Professional Development Institute Launches

  1. Vicky Flessner says:

    Congratulations on your success, but most of all, thanks for sharing your expertise!

    “The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives.” Robert John Meehan


  2. daycarewebsite says:

    Yes, yes, yes . . . the collaboration piece is what made this session so meaningful. When asked what the most valuable take away for her was, one participant said, “To watch and listen with my heart, and to take risks.” This is what we nudge others to do through our story telling and shared experiences. I can’t wait for the next installment!!


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