About this webinar
We’re all natural born storytellers. It’s in our DNA. Whether it’s through play, dance or art, stories allow us as educators, to not just reflect and highlight children’s and families’ strengths but it also allows us an opportunity to reflect, engage, and support children in more emotionally and culturally responsive ways. We know about the tremendous impact Learning Stories can have on our classroom practice.
But what about the impact it has on leadership and administrators?
In this 75-minute intensive led by the leadership team at Hilltop Children’s Center and Educator Institute in Seattle, WA (Duwamish Territory), we’ll hear how they use the Learning Stories written by educators in their classrooms to inform their work in the office.
Facilitated by Mike Browne, we’ll hear from mentor teachers, an educator, the executive director and a program supervisor on how they each use Learning Stories to support the thoughts, philosophy, and decision-making for the community they serve.
12:45pm – sign on
1pm – intro, acknowledgements, sponsors, who is Hilltop
1:10pm – Learning Story #1
1:20pm – Group Discussion facilitated by Mike
1:35pm – Learning Story #2
1:45pm – Group Discussion facilitated by Mike
2:00pm – Q&A
2:10pm – Final Thoughts and Takeaways
2:15pm – End of Session
The webinar will be hosted by Mike Browne, with Darline Guerrero, Emily V. and Theresa Alfonso-Mendezwon joining the discussion.
Note, Hilltop are hosting the 3rd Annual Learning Stories Conference in June, 2021.
Darline Guerrero (she/her) is the Executive Director (ED) of Hilltop Children’s Center and Educator Institute. In addition to being the ED, she sits on various committees including the City of Seattle’s Preschool Program implementation committee; North Seattle College BAS Early Childhood Education (ECE) advisory board and various planning committees for conferences. Darline is also an adjunct instructor for the Seattle Colleges, teaching at North and South Seattle College in the ECE department. Darline was named ED in June 2019.
Emily V. (She/her) is a Mentor Teacher at Hilltop Children’s Center and Educator Institute. She has been working with children and families in a variety of capacities for 23 years - 13 of those have been at Hilltop - as a preschool teacher, a toddler teacher, and more recently as a mentor teacher. She is an staunch advocator for everyone, offering different perspectives, guiding learning dispositions, and supporting educators in all the aspects of their important work. Her current focus is on finding and maintaining a balance between supporting strengths and supporting challenges held by our educators, between offering teaching and coaching based on individual or team needs, between spending time in classrooms and time on other tasks my role entails, and between helping Hilltop grow and letting Hilltop grow me. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, she has been working as an educator in our school-age program.
Theresa Alfonso-Mendez (she/her) is a multilingual (Spanish, English, and various Indigenous Dialects) Program Supervisor at Hilltop Children’s Center and Educator Institute. She comes from a very large Native American Family and was raised on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana and the Cocopah Reservation of Arizona. She has worked various roles over the last 25 years including director, program supervisor, and being a preschool and school/summer program teacher.
Mike Browne (he/him) is the Senior Community Engagement Manager at Hilltop Children’s Center and Educator Institute. He currently organizes over 11 different culturally responsive and anti-racist professional development opportunities for early learning professionals (policy-makers, educators, directors, youth advocates, professors etc.) across the world including Napcast, a podcast co-hosted by two male educators of color. Mike is also the organizer for the 3rd Annual Learning Stories Conference to be held virtually in June 2021.
Hilltop Children’s Center and Educator Institute is a reggio-inspired preschool, afterschool program, and equity-focused professional development institute for early childhood professionals. Located on the traditional lands of the Duwamish Tribe (now known as Seattle, WA), Hilltop has been serving the greater Seattle community since 1971. Hilltop is the host of the 3rd Annual Learning Stories Conference.
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Mike currently organizes over 11 different culturally responsive and anti-racist professional development opportunities for early learning professionals across the world including Napcast, a podcast co-hosted by two male educators of color.
Allyson joined Educa as Director of Professional Development with twenty years of experience as a teacher and curriculum director. As an educator, she loves the way learning stories allow teachers to connect meaningfully with young children as unique and capable individuals.
Educa is a documentation and sharing platform using Learning Stories for authentic assessment. It serves early childhood educators primarily in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada.
Learning story software to support all programming needs and engage families.
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