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Kitty Cats and Math
Hilltop Children's Center
Seattle, WA
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Saturday Seminars: Stories of Children's Learning
"Rough n Tumble Play"

Sat, Apr 24th, 2020

10:30am - 11:45pm Pacific Standard Time
1:30pm - 2:45pm Eastern Standard Time

Facilitated by Ellie Dawson (she/her) with Tom Drummond (he/him), Sarah Felstiner (she/her), and Brayden (he/him)

What Are Saturday Seminars?
"Saturday Seminars" are monthly 75-90 minute online workshops that spotlight the impact of sharing children's learning, offered by storytellers from different communities. Designed as lead-up to the Learning Stories Conference https://hilltopcc.com/institute/lsc21/, these monthly workshops from September 2020 and May 2021 are designed to remind us to pay attention to and reflect on the voices of children. These seminars will feature voices, stories, and the lived experiences from educators around the country.

For the entire lineup please visit https://hilltopcc.com/institute/seminars/

Proceeds from this series goes towards the scholarship fund for the 3rd Annual Learning Stories Conference.

Location: Online! You'll receive a registration link the 48 hours before the workshop.

Target Audience:
Education professionals (admin, educators, coaches etc.) working with children ages 2-11
Social workers
Professional mentors
Community Based Organizations
Headstart / ECEAP
Parents and Caregivers
Researchers interested in this topic


Kitties meows, purrs, & nap. But in this classroom, they have discovered how to do math. Dramatic play isnt just a window into childrens learning but an opportunity to enumerate, investigate, & build STEAM skills!

In this 75 minute workshop, we'll revisit Ellie's first Learning Story written 11 years ago along with the family she wrote it for and the framework she used to write it. From Ellie, we'll hear what she learned about the children in her class and how her writing style has grown during that time. From Tom, we'll see how his framework for Learning Stories has grown over the years. From Sarah, we'll hear a parent perspective and understand how this Learning Stories impacted her relationship with her son. From Brayden, we'll hear about his experience!

Why I Should Attend:

It's not very often we hear a story from all parties involved. This seminar offers a chance to hear from everyone involved to better understand how Learning Stories can support us in becoming better observers of children and develop our storytelling voice to joyfully share with the entire community.

Join us for a story that ties together support learners, leaders, families, and community partner all together.

About the Presenter

Ellie Dawson (she/her) is an educator with preschoolers at Hilltop Children's Center in Seattle (on the traditional lands of the Duwamish Tribe), where she has worked for more than 11 years.

Tom Drummond (he/him) is an educator, professor, presenter, and thought leader living in Seattle (on the traditional lands of the Duwamish Tribe).

Sarah Felstiner is the Education Director at Hilltop Children's Center in Seattle, where she has worked for more than 20 years. Sarah helps to guide professional development for Hilltop faculty, and facilitate Hilltops outreach initiatives through the Hilltop Educator Institute, which offers tours, consultation services, and a public lecture series called the Educator Discussion Series.

Brayden (he/hi) is the subject of this seminar. He is a compassionate teenager who loves playing the guitar.

Washington STARS hours available - please bring your MERIT I.D. number.

Saturday Seminars and The 3rd Annual Learning Stories Conference is sponsored by KidsQuest Children's Museum. A big thank you for their commitment to advancing equity, social justice, and partnership within and outside the city of Seattle!

KidsQuest Children's Museum

Many thanks to the Bertschi School. We deeply appreciate your willingness with which you have and continue to sponsor our efforts to make our community a more inclusive place to live in:
The Bertschi School

Many thanks to SEED ECS at Temple Beth AM for your partnership on making our vision of improving equity of outcomes across race and class more achievable:
SEED ECS at Temple Beth AM

Tickets are non-refundable one week before the event date.  Refunds can be requested from Brown Paper Tickets up until one week before the event.  If you become unable to attend the event after the refund deadline, please feel free to transfer your registration to another attendee.  Simply have your guest sign-in at the event using the name given at registration.
Saturday Apr 24, 2021 10:30 AM - Saturday Apr 24, 2021 11:45 AM | Free - $15.00


Hilltop Children's Center (View)
4 Nickerson Street, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98109
United States


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Education > Classes
Education > Conventions
Education > Workshops

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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