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Member School Conferences, Workshops and Events


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The Language of Movement in Early Childhood

Date: Thursday - December 05, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: UCDS Main Campus
The UCDS Institute Thursday Night Workshop series presents a wide range of topics that extend from early childhood to 12th grade.  All sessions are $40 and include clock hours. Space is limited.

Movement is a vital part of children’s communication and development of social emotional skills; however, it is not always a central focus of early childhood education. This workshop will highlight the ways in which movement and nonverbal communication develop in infancy and early childhood and how we can focus on movement development to support our children in their social-emotional growth. Through discussion and movement activities we will explore theoretical and practical applications of movement in our classrooms.

This workshop will be taught in a way that is accessible for those with varying levels of ability. We aim to create an accessible movement space that allows for the participation of every student. Stars Credits are also available for this workshop.

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Instructional Growth Cohort

is our newest cohort for our newest educators. In this cohort educators in their first five years of independent school teaching will meet regularly over the course of 6 months, to discuss ideas of pedagogy, planning, and professionalism.

Registration to Open Fall 2019




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