Educator Exchanges

Educator Exchanges are envisioned as one way to share experiences within a reciprocal exchange format. Launched by Project Infinity schools in the fall of 2008, Educator Exchanges are a response to interest expressed by area educators to visit schools within the Project. If education is conceived not as a set of rigid methods but as an evolving and advancing knowledge-building process based on active research collaboratively interpreted, then opportunities for discussion and exchange among educators is crucial.

During Educator Exchanges, participants are encouraged to use their visits as a framework to support thinking about their own unique contexts and their own role as educators. The overall aim of Educator Exchanges is to give visibility to ongoing learning processes of children and adults in each Project Infinity school. By keeping a style of responsibility and transparency, Project Infinity educators share their ongoing evolution of analyzing and interpreting experiences. We assert that all schools operate from some set of core values and that one responsibility of adults is to make explicit which core values are embraced and then to continually observe the alignment between values and actions within schools. The general format of Educator Exchanges includes presentations of children’s and adults’ work, informal time in the school and classrooms, informal access to educators of the school, and group discussion.

Since their introduction during the 2008-2009 school year, Educator Exchanges have proven to be a powerful professional development tool for both educators within Project Infinity, as well as for participating educators from the surrounding community. Currently, Educator Exchanges are offered twice per school year by each Project Infinity school. Project Infinity schools coordinate the organization and structure of Educator Exchanges, as well as scheduling so that dates are spread throughout a school year. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for Educator Exchanges, please contact us.

The calendar for Educator Exchanges for the 2017-2018 school year is as follows:
February 8, 2018 (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm) — Peachtree Presbyterian Preschool
February 15, 2018 (1:30 pm to 4:30 pm) — St. Anne’s Day School
March 10, 2018 (9:00 am to 12:00 pm) — The Nest Nursery School
March 12, 2018 (1:30 pm to 4:30 pm) — First Baptist Day School
April 26, 2018 (2:00 pm to 5:00 pm) — Grant Park Cooperative Preschool, campus TBD