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Mentoring and Outreach

July 18, 2012—One of our favorite places for loose parts and building materials features a guest post by Lesley Romanoff about our Tink Camp collaboration projects,the Fairy Batman Wall and the Insect Hotel.

January 8, 2012The Cooperative School’s dramatic play space is featured on Childhood 101, a wonderful parenting resource, chock-full of ideas, inspiration, and insight. So glad to be part of the play.

October 5, 2011Child Central Station hosts guest blogger, Lesley Romanoff, for What would you do with it Wednesday (using natural materials as math manipulatives.)

July 2011Tinkering at the Cooperative School is in the news…The Springzaad News. Our Tink campers constructed a stone fairy-batman wall inspired by the work of Springzaad and we were thrilled when they featured the wall in their July newsletter.

February 18, 2011—MSDE Accreditation Validator and Consultant, Judith Dighe, visits the School to give us insight to the accreditation process.

August 13, 2010Kit Gage visits The Cooperative School to begin a conversation about how to better understand our role in stormwater catchment and how we can take important steps to protect the Anacostia Watershed and the  Chesapeake Bay

July 22, 2010—Lesley Romanoff shares with Maria Navaratne, founder of e11 Studio Playschool, Manitou Springs, Colorado. e11 Studio Playschool presents a collaboration of the liberal arts and the professional discipline of early childhood education.

April 27, 2010—Lesley Romanoff welcomes early childhood teachers from the arts-catalyst District of Columbia Public School, Takoma Educational Center,  for a tour regarding The Cooperative School’s arts-integrated curriculum, Reggio-inspired practice, and classroom management.

April 23, 2010—Lesley Romanoff meets with graduate students from Trinity Washington University to tour and discuss family involvement modeled through our parent-participatory approach.

March 19, 2010—Lesley Romanoff and Andrea McDougall welcomes Board Members and Staff of the Colonial Nursery School, Annapolis’ only cooperative preschool, to The Cooperative School for a School tour and networking.

March 16, 2009—Andrea McDougall welcomes Trinity Washington University Master of Arts in Teaching students to The Cooperative School for a discussion and tour of The Cooperative School’s portfolio assessment practices

March 11, 2010—Lesley Romanoff leads a Reggio workshop, infusing visual art in daily practice and supporting curriculum content through art, Beginning the Conversation: Art Technique, at Takoma Educational Center, a DCPS Catalyst School with a focus on arts integration.

November 19, 2009—Lesley Romanoff and Andrea McDougall host the Parenting Cooperative Preschools International Networking Session at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference (NAEYC) in Washington, DC. On the agenda…Parent Education: Moving Beyond Orientations and Guest Speakers.

November 19, 2009—Lesley Romanoff presents at the Annual NAEYC Conference in Washington, DC: Using the Creative Arts to Give Flight to a Comprehensive Curriculum in the Curriculum, Creative Expression and Appreciation for the Arts track

Professional Development

February 26 through 27, 2011—Andrea McDougall and Lesley Romanoff attend NAREA’s 2nd Annual Winter Conference in South Miami. The Conference features presentations by Amelia Gambetti, Lella Gandini, and teachers involved with Project Infinity as well as tours of L’Atelier and The Mandelstam School.

March 10, 2010Kathleen Miller, Ph.D., Director of Jenny Waelder Hall Center for Children, observes a class in session at The Cooperative School in order to begin a conversation about inclusion, individualized support, and improving parent communications.

February 2010ChildLink consultant, Diane Hanek, connects with The Cooperative School staff to enrich and strengthen educational practices.

Admissions Information for Fall 2012-2013 Enrollment

The Cooperative School welcomes inquiries about our program. Please email the admissions team or call the School and leave a message (301-585-7272, mailbox #2) to learn more about possible openings or to check on application status.