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Summer Teacher Institute

We are thrilled to present the very first Wonderscope Summer Teacher Institute!

Created for the purpose of providing new learning opportunities for elementary and early childhood educators, the Wonderscope Summer Teacher Institute consists of six half-day workshops held during the months of June, July, and August. Workshops will be held onsite at The Regnier Family Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City and will focus on the age range of early childhood through second grade. Educators may choose to register for as many or as few workshop sessions as they wish. 

Our 2022 workshops are listed below.

Friday, June 17th, 2022

Morning Session (9am-12pm): Teacher-Child Interaction Training
Led by Kelly Kincaid
Join us to discover more about building positive relationships with your students! Teacher-Child Interaction Training uses evidence-based strategies to help you understand and communicate with your students in a positive way. Kelly Kincaid, LPC, will lead this 3 hour workshop on TCIT. Explore techniques for engaging with students during play, supporting emotional regulation in your students, and adapting these techniques for different abilities, needs, and ages.

Afternoon Session (1pm-4pm): Process Art for the Classroom

Led by Lauren Hirsch

Come explore how to incorporate process art into your classroom! Process art is art that is child-directed, choice-driven, and celebrates the experience of discovery. In process art, the final product is always unique and the focus lies in the creation of the work, not the outcome. Lauren Hirsch, art teacher and Programs Manager at Wonderscope Children’s Museum, will be leading this 3 hour workshop on the difference between process, choice-based and “Teaching for Artistic Behaviors” classrooms. The differences are subtle but substantial! We’ll briefly explore the benefits and limitations of each respective style.

Friday, July 8th, 2022

Morning Session (9am-12pm): Maker Activities for the Classroom

Led by Eurekus STEAM and Maker Discovery

Join us as we explore the process of using Maker activities in the classroom! Eurekus STEAM and Maker Discovery will lead this 3 hour workshop on Maker activities. Discover best practices for STEAM learning, how to create kinetic puppets with levers, how to craft a puppet theater, and how to create Makerspace in your own classroom! 

Afternoon Session (1pm-4pm): Occupational Therapy for the Classroom

Come and discover how to incorporate Occupational Therapy techniques into your classroom! This 3 hour workshop will focus on understanding the basics of Occupational Therapy and its impact on learning. Expand your knowledge of sensory strategies for classroom setup and management, the impact of sensory needs and motor development on learning and behavior in the classroom, and how to adapt classroom activities to different abilities and needs.

Friday, August 5th, 2022

Morning Session (9am-12pm): Trauma-Informed Classrooms

Led by Jill Robinson

Join us as we explore the importance of having classrooms, curricula, and educators that are trauma-informed. Jill Robinson, LCSW and Registered Play Therapist, will lead this 3 hour workshop on creating a trauma-informed classroom. You will discover more about the impact of trauma on learning and behavior in the classroom, how to intervene during meltdowns in the classroom, and the importance of your role in the lives of your students.

Afternoon Session (1pm-4pm): Using Play in Conflict Resolution

Led by Brittany Talley

Come discover how to use play to resolve conflicts in your classroom! Here at Wonderscope, we believe play is the language of learning for young children. What better way to teach important life skills to little ones than to use play? Brittany Talley, LPC and Registered Play Therapist, will lead this 3 hour workshop on using play to teach conflict resolution skills to your students. You will explore tactics for both resolving and preventing conflicts, and discuss how to adapt those tactics for different ages, abilities, and needs.

If you have any questions about the Summer Teacher Institute, please email Program Development and Evaluation Manager Natalie Ortega Wells at nortegawells@wonderscope.org.