SESSION ONE CLAY: EXPANDING CURRICULUM AND MINDS
& CHOOSING QUALITY CHILDREN’S BOOKS AUG 17, 2019
9AM – NOON
SESSION TWO LET THERE BE BLOCKS: LOTS AND LOTS OF BLOCKS
& LEARNING IN NEW ZEALAND: CONNECTIONS FOR EDUCATIONAL PRACTICE AUG 24, 2019
9AM – NOON
Seyon Verdtzabella is a founder and Head of School of The Studio School. Preivously, he was Co-Founder and Director of The Willows Nursery School in San Jose, taught at Peninsula School in Menlo Park and before that Stanford University’s Bing Nursery School. He is an advocate for children’s right to high quality learning environments and teaching methods that edify freedom through education. He is co-author of The Studio Approach and has presented at several professional conferences exploring pedagogy, curriculum design and development of learning environments. He conferred his M.S. in Education at Capella University and his B.A. in Psychology at Stanford University.
Nancy Verdtzabella is a Head Teacher at Bing Nursery School at Stanford University where she was also the school’s first Librarian and designed its first resource room, which provided reusable materials for children’s exploration and creativity. Formerly, she was a founder of The Willows Nursery School, and early in her career, she worked closely with Bev Bos. She is a board member at The Studio School. She thinks deeply about beneficial learning environments for young children, and advocates for children’s aesthetic development and creative expression. She has presented many professional seminars, expounding pedagogy in early childhood education. She completed her M.A. in Early Childhood Education at Pacific Oaks College and her B.A. in Child Development at Sacramento State University.
Bev Hartman is co-founder of Parent Venture, founder of EngagED Early Education, adjunct faculty at Pacific Oaks College, a volunteer for the Pacific Oaks College mentorship program, and serves as a board member of The Studio School. Formerly, she was a lecturer in the Psychology Department at Stanford University and held administrative and teaching positions at Stanford’s Bing Nursery School, where she also conceived of and directed the Bing Institute, an initiative providing programs for parents and educators. She holds a B.A. in Art and Education from Chatham College and an M.A. in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College.
The Studio Approach to education empowers and inspires students to learn and love school everyday. Go to the Admissions tab in the Main Menu of this site to find the application form and information about our enrollment process.
We must give to children from diverse family backgrounds (socio-economic and cultural) access to education that leads to self-actualization and wisdom, to teachers continuous opportunities to study and apply research and theory to their teaching practices, to parents and the community insight into the purpose of education and how the human brain truly achieves learning.
The Studio School & Learning
It is in the studio that one finds the context for deeper learning, based on strong relationships, collaboration, creative thinking, multiple modes of expression, personal inquiry, and hands-on experimentation. Therefore, the entire school must be a studio.
THE STUDIO SCHOOL admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.