Eliot-Pearson Children's School: Building an Inclusive Community and Pursuing Social Justice
by Hanna Gebretensae and John Hornstein
"Diversity is not simply a fact at Eliot-Pearson; consideration of who is included, how they are included, and why everyone is included is an active part of the day-to-day curriculum, staff professional development, and family engagement. It is the fabric of what we do at the school. It gives us hope for the future of our diverse society."
"Anti-bias education is a stance that supports children, and their families, as they develop a sense of personal and group identity within a complex and multicultural society. This approach helps teach children to be proud of themselves and their families, to respect a range of human differences, to recognize unfairness and bias, and to speak up for what is right." - Derman-Sparks & Olsen, 2010
"Whether based in a neighborhood or at a school center or summer camp, we're finding that children reap benefits from sowing seeds and helping plants grow." -Vicky Stoecklin, Adjunct Faculty, National-Louis University, former Education Director of White Hutchinson Leisure and Learning Group
Inspired by Reggio Emilia: Inspired by Reggio Emilia: Emergent Curriculum in Relationship-Driven Learning Environments
by Mary Ann Biermeier
"In order to act as an educator for the child, the environment has to be flexible: it must undergo frequent modification by the children and the teachers in order to remain up-to-date and responsive to their needs to be protagonists in constructing their knowledge." -Leila Gandini, U.S. Liaison for the Discrimination of the Reggio Emilia Approach
The Developmental Technologies Research Group, directed by Professor Marina Umaschi Bers at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University aims to understand how new technologies that engage in coding, robotics and making, can play a positive role in children's development and learning.