Collaboration With the Community
Collaboration and Shared Learning
We welcome teachers, directors and service providers as colleagues and collaborators in all that we do. Finding common ground is essential to our work with children in inclusionary settings. This approach also shapes our deep commitment to each other — and our field. In various formats and forums — professional writings, conference presentations, workshops and classroom discussions — we examine and integrate experiences and viewpoints shaped by our individual roles as teachers, psychologists, therapists and counselors. We actively share our collective knowledge with educators and other professional colleagues outside our immediate circle to help formulate and shape best practices in Early Childhood Education. The continuously developing process of inclusionary education for special needs children is the unifying factor for us all.
Rivendell School is committed to the ongoing professional development of its own staff and that of teachers across New York City.
This learning takes place in several ways:
• Teachers and service providers closely follow developments in our field through memberships in professional organizations and regular attendance at workshops and conferences in the U.S. and abroad.
• Individual staff members actively share insights gained at conferences, workshops and in visits to other sites through open-forum discussions with Rivendell School colleagues.
• Rivendell School regularly offers presentations and teacher/staff training workshops in schools throughout New York City. These presentations address issues that teachers and service providers encounter each day in their work with all children. They also address issues that are of interest or particular importance to an individual school or program. Recent presentations have addressed aggression, managing challenging behavior, learning styles, occupational therapy practice and interventions, brain research and its application for education, and identifying at-risk behavior.
For more information on Professional Development or In Service Training, please Katy Hill, Executive Director