Alise Shafer Ivey, founder and director of Evergreen Community School in Santa Monica, Calif., will teach two courses for local Jewish early-childhood teachers on Nov. 4 and 5. Ivey is a pioneer on helping young children explore and develop their higher-level thinking skills.
“All the big ideas of society and community and how people have to behave — all those big ideas and big questions, the little ones are testing their theories,” said Liat Zaidenberg, director of education services at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, which is sponsoring the event. “We thought that bringing her to expose her ideas, with her examples, here in Seattle would be beneficial to all the teachers.”
Ivey’s two courses will be hands-on and put her theories into practice, Zaidenberg said.
The first course, “Thinking About Thinking: Developing Metacognition in Young Children,” will take place Mon., Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. at Seattle Hebrew Academy. The second, “Doubting and Believing: The Roots of Constructivism,” is scheduled for Tues., Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom. STARS, Clock Hours and JTC credits are available for both courses. Each will focus on how teachers can develop their students’ cognitive abilities and support their ideas. Interested teachers should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-774-2256 for registration information.
“I’m excited to bring someone like her to our community,” Zaidenberg said. “We have to be open to make our work better and work toward excellence, and this is a great way to start and continue.”