27 episodes

Blue School NYC educators explore the transformative power of Balance in school and at home. Parents, teachers and educational experts share ideas and offer possibilities for finding our footing in today's ever-changing landscape.

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Blue School NYC educators explore the transformative power of Balance in school and at home. Parents, teachers and educational experts share ideas and offer possibilities for finding our footing in today's ever-changing landscape.

    Building Connection and Trust in Phys Ed with Val Duval

    Building Connection and Trust in Phys Ed with Val Duval

    In this episode, Dawn speaks with beloved and long time Blue School educator, Val Duval. Val runs all of Blue School’s K-8 physical arts programming, coaches our basketball, volleyball and soccer teams and many afterschool classes. Val shares stories of his work with children and how physical education can be an opportunity for creating connection and trust (and some very exciting family news!). 
    Visit Blue School's website to learn more about our education philosophy and how to apply. BlueSchool.org

    • 33 min
    Materials, Provocation, and Autonomy: Listening to our Youngest Learners with Laura Sedlock and Rachel Lowdermilk

    Materials, Provocation, and Autonomy: Listening to our Youngest Learners with Laura Sedlock and Rachel Lowdermilk

    This week, Dawn continues her conversation with Laura Sedlock, Blue School’s Director of Pre-primary Programs, and Rachel Lowdermilk, Blue School Pre-primary Teacher. Together they demystify the idea of “materials” and “materials work” for young children, explain how provocation can engage children’s natural curiosity, and share ways that parents can support autonomy at home and as we transition closer to normal. 
    Visit Blue School's website to learn more about our education philosophy and how to apply. BlueSchool.org

    • 30 min
    From Water Street to Sesame Street with Laura Sedlock and Rachel Lowdermilk

    From Water Street to Sesame Street with Laura Sedlock and Rachel Lowdermilk

    In our Season 3 Premiere, Dawn Williams speaks with Laura Sedlock, Blue School's Director of Pre-primary Programs, and Rachel Lowdermilk, a Blue School Pre-primary Teacher. Laura and Rachel reflect on their experience consulting with Sesame Street over the past year and the story of how an inquiry in Rachel's 3s class inspired an upcoming episode. They share their deep belief in children, their capabilities for problem solving, and the power in their resilience and tenacity.  Laura and Rachel also explore the role documentation and reflection can play in pre-primary classrooms, and ways families can use it at home.

    Visit Blue School's website to learn more about our education philosophy and how to apply. BlueSchool.org

    • 31 min
    A Welcoming Voice: Introducing Noah Reinhardt, Incoming Head of School

    A Welcoming Voice: Introducing Noah Reinhardt, Incoming Head of School

    Noah’s sincerity, thoughtfulness and honesty provide a glimpse into the grounding leader he will be. Prioritizing connection, joy and a sense of belonging in this transition, Noah offers a sense of hope and relief for Blue School’s future during and beyond COVID times. Noah’s commitment to social justice and equity work focuses on creating spaces for learning and growth inside and out of the classroom, building a full community approach to this important work. Join us in welcoming Noah Reinhardt as Blue School’s next Head of School. This is only the beginning.

    • 38 min
    Embracing Creativity in Crisis with Laura Camien

    Embracing Creativity in Crisis with Laura Camien

    In this episode, Dawn Williams speaks to Laura Camien, Blue School’s Director of Advancement. Laura is a creativity coach, Broadway producer, playwright, screenwriter, and cohost of The Spark File podcast. Laura and Dawn discuss creativity during this time, self-compassion, and finding your ‘spark.’

    • 35 min
    Passion, Tough Times and Doughnuts with Jessie Janowitz

    Passion, Tough Times and Doughnuts with Jessie Janowitz

    In this episode, Dawn Williams speaks with middle grade author Jessie Janowitz about her book The Doughnut Fix. The Doughnut Fix tells the story of a twelve year old and his family who suddenly move from New York City to upstate New York and how finding your passion can empower children through tough times. Jessie shares her inspiration writing the book, how it might support families going through changes now, and the joy of families reading and sharing stories together. Visit Blue School's website to learn more about our education philosophy and how to apply. BlueSchool.org

    • 31 min

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