Green Mt Teachers Camp

Professional development and personal renewal for educators who want to think for themselves!

Several of you have shared ideas as to what you think this gathering might be...

" A forum for talking about what really matters in education"...

"A time to connect with others in meaningful ways by sharing our joys and challenges, our  stories" ...

"A chance to relax and renew in a peaceful setting with kindred spirits"...

"A place to play, to sing, to be curious, to wonder, to laugh and get in touch with the kid in me again"...

 It is my hope that all this may happen and more. It will be up to us...


This years group of educators includes teachers, musicians, authors, artists, and leaders of all sorts who work with all ages and come from all over!

Their leadership will set the tone for rich and lively conversations. 


Green Mt Teachers Camp 2018 Staff Bios and Questions they are wondering about…

We are very excited to have an amazing line up of creative and exceptional presenters with us, as well as a strong support staff to back them up! Since GMTC is a place to wonder about things that matter to us, we asked each of our presenters what they have been wondering about lately!


GMTC is proud to announce our staff for 2018! 


Pam Boulton  (WI) serves as the Coordinator for the Exchange Leadership Initiative for Exchange Magazine and is an Instructor for the Center for Early Childhood Professional Development and Leadership in the UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education. She is actively involved in the Wisconsin Nature Action Collaborative for Children.  Pam continues to be a guiding force in the design, development and delivery of child care leadership courses, training programs and meaningful professional development opportunities. She believes that not just anybody can do this work we do – caring for and about our youngest children and their families.  As teachers and administrators, our passion sustains us, but it can wear thin.  We need each other, relationships we can count on.  We need to embrace the power of reflective practice and we need to nurture our own sense of wonder and who we choose to be in this ever changing world? 

A question Pam is wondering about...

 "If we are to succeed at what we choose to be for children,  then who do we need to be for ourselves and for each other?”

 

 

Jeanine Fitzgerald (MA)

 Back by popular demand, Jeanine will be sharing her current work on honoring children of all ages and will build on her presentation she shared last year. She is an internationally known speaker who focuses on honoring children and authentic interactions that change lives.

Jeanine lives by enduring values that give her life meaning and direction.  She is known to be altruistic, conscientious, and responsible, with a strong work ethic.  Her commitment to doing what is right and fair, and her work ethic have combined to create a reputation as credible and trustworthy.

For Jeanine, her work is a calling and her family brings her greatest joy. Her sense of humor has served her well. personally and professionally.  She lives a rich and rewarding life, and is grateful for all its opportunities and challenges.  She is at peace with her past. comfortable in the present and hopeful about the future.

A question Jeanine has been wondering about is... 

" How do we let children be children in a standards driven, data based society and who are we in the lives of these children?" 


Mikaela Simms (VT)

A well respected local champion for justice on many fronts, Mikaela will be inspiring us with her experiences and thought provoking perspective on culture and race. Mikaela shares this about herself ... "I am a willful optimist and a dedicated believer in possibility. A wise person said," We must 

oppose the worst of human action and embrace the best of human experiences." How do we conceptualize and work toward the world we wish to see? Especially in this difficult historical moment.  Justice is creating a world where everyone has there basic needs met.  I have been a social justice educator for 17 years and I am a lifelong learner.
A question Mikaela has been wondering about is..."How do we work for justice with every breath?"


Kim Smead (AZ)  has been a public school teacher in Phoenix AZ for 20 years and uses humor and mutual respect to inspire and guide her students. She believes in the power of teachable moments and loading on the love, even when kids aren't acting especially lovable and meaningful relationships and true learning are some of the amazing results of her approach to teaching. She also has 4 goddaughters who she co –parents  and they have taught her that children sometimes come to you, not through you ... they are her heart!  Her outlook is one of big gratitude and she considers it a privilege to be a part of all these young people’s lives. 

Questions Kim has been wondering about ...

"How do we help our children believe in themselves when they can’t seem to believe in anything?"  and "How do we help them learn to sustain that belief after they leave our class?"



Sylvan Taylor  (NC)  is a teacher, a mom, and an advocate for an authentic, playful childhood. Over the years, she has held a variety of roles related to these identities – public elementary school teacher, family childcare provider, community play instigator, professional development leader, and, currently, professor of elementary education and early childhood education courses. Sylvan is passionate about providing opportunities for meaningful, exploration-based learning, REAL play, and time in nature for all children. She is also passionate about social justice and overcoming inequalities in our schools, and finding ways to bring high-quality experiences to all children. Currently, she is thinking  about how our relationships and experiences in our earliest years feed our empathy, our curiosity, our motivation, and our cognitive potential throughout our lives, as well as the resulting implications on our schools and society at large.

A question Sylvan has been wondering about is…

“How does our own childhood impact the teacher we are today? How can positive, nurturing relationships in schools be healing and empowering to both students AND teachers? How does this impact our practice and reflective thinking at all levels, from early childhood settings to higher education and professional development for teachers?”


 
Jessica Clayton (NJ)  has taught in public preschool ,runs a home based nature playschool and a popular  Facebook group (Nature Preschool Ideas and Community). She recently was elected to her local school board in New Jersey and is advocating for more recess, less homework, and more play throughout public school education.
Things Jessica is wondering about include...
"Why do we, as a society, continue to ignore the overwhelming research that points to the need for more play and time in nature for kids and how do we move beyond the research and start changing the overall culture of education?"

Focus Groups are organic in nature and may evolve as the week goes on so be open to sharing ideas about conversations you may want to have with other people about things that intrigue or matter to you! Focus Groups proposed already include Children and Risk-Why they Need  It!, Our bodies are not our masterpieces, our lives are, Intrinsic Bias,  Ukuleles and African drums,  and Teachers Role in Keeping Kids Safe.  Several art and music based ones , along with writing are also in the works!


This event is largely up to you and what you bring to it-we invite each of you to share your expertise, curiosity and wonder with the rest of us!


We are pleased to announce that Laura Perry returns as our beloved cook and other staff will  include art, music, writing, and nature exploration instigators. Billie Slade and Cathy Martin have been busy behind the scenes as coordinators. If there is a demand for it, we will also be offering a children’s program  again with trusted GMC staff during the morning presentations. (Call with questions about our child care options 802-257-1751)


So looking forward to “keeping it going” by creating a new event together that builds on a solid foundation of what came before, every year it's own creation, depending on who comes to collaborate!