The Advent School | Programs for Educators
The Advent School offers a variety of programs for educators, including workshops on Reggio Emilia and social justice topics.
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Programs for Educators

The Advent School Collaborative

The 2018 Collaborative is over! Thank you to all of the participants for a great event. Information about upcoming Collaboratives will be posted here, and on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

The Advent School welcomes educators to engage in conversation with our faculty about best practices in the classroom. Visitors tour, observe, and learn with Advent faculty about the educational theories that support the Reggio Emilia Approach during this day-long collaborative conference.

Past keynote presenters include John Nimmo, EdD, assistant professor in Early Childhood Education at the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University, Oregon, Lecia Books, Outreach Director at the Southern Poverty Law Center, Dr. Lella Gandini, U.S. Liaison for the Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach, and Dr. Stephanie Cox Suarez, Associate Professor and Founder of the Wheelock College Documentation Studio.

Educator Partner Experience

Educators are invited to study Advent’s unique teaching and learning approach through a day-long experience. A personalized itinerary will be created based on your goals, research questions, and grade levels of choice. Here is a sample schedule:

  • 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.: Arrival
  • 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.: First classroom observation (age of choice)
  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Presentation on Advent’s history and curriculum
  • 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Guided tour of the school
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Second classroom observation (tailored to your research question)
  • 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch and dialogue with Advent faculty
  • 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.: Questions and reflections
  • 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Optional third classroom observation

Your visit will include a personalized tour experience, refreshments, and Advent’s “Documenting our Mission” viewbook. The Educator Partner Experience is $200 per person. Please inquire about group rates for parties of four or more.

An Educator Partner Experience will be offered on Monday, April 30. Please contact Gretchen Vice, Dean of Faculty, at gvice@adventschool.org with questions or to sign up.

Visit Days

We invite educators from all disciplines and grade levels who are interested in learning more about the Reggio Emilia approach to visit our school to engage in an interactive program with our teachers. We have welcomed teachers from around the United States, as well as delegations from Australia, China, Colombia, Haiti, Iceland, Israel, Singapore and Taiwan. Typically, visits will include in-class observations, a school tour, and an opportunity for questions about incorporating the Reggio-inspired philosophy into classroom practice. These visits are free.

Please contact Gretchen Vice, Dean of Faculty, at gvice@adventschool.org to make arrangements for your visit or for more information about upcoming workshops and conferences. For cross-country or international travel, or for groups larger than 8, we may be able to make special arrangements.

Visitor Testimonials

“Advent is the most authentic teaching environment I have seen.” – Early Education teacher

“This is the best educational tour I have taken, thorough and relevant.” – Head of School

“Your school lives its mission to the fullest, which is what all independent schools strive for.” – Educational resource company employee

“I cannot describe adequately how much I enjoyed learning about your program and visiting your classrooms. You have a very unique program and I applaud you and your fellow administrators and teachers for your dedication and enthusiasm. As I told people after our tour, ‘Advent School is a gem among the Boston independent schools.'”

Workshops and Seminars

Each year, in partnership with Lesley University, The Advent School hosts workshops for teachers who are interested in learning the basic principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach. More information and registration can be found directly through the Lesley University event page.