Come Learn With Us In Italy!


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International Study Tours LLC and Angela Ferrario asked Ashley and me and our colleague and friend, Lori Geismar Ryan to co-lead a seminar in Italy in June of 2016! We are so pleased and excited about this opportunity. Ours will be a part of a seminar series on leadership that will take place in the charming town of Mercatello sul Metauro in the Marche region near Tuscany and Umbria. The seminars are designed to provide professional development for small groups of educational leaders, complemented by sightseeing excursions and encounters with local artisans, townspeople and village life.

Lori, Ashley and I worked together for 18 years in St. Louis as leaders in the St. Louis Reggio Collaborative hosting conferences and professional development opportunities for educators from around the country and the world. We were each leaders in our three schools, Clayton Schools' Family Center, The St. Michael School, and The College School. We have all moved away from St. Louis though we return to work with clients and schools and to see friends and family. Lori is a Senior Instructor at the University of Colorado Denver, School of Education and Human Development, is faculty in a state-wide early childhood leadership program and coaches in communities of practice both locally and nationally. Ashley and I are based in Boston and Vermont and continue to work and consult with educators and schools in North America and internationally through Cadwell Collaborative.

Our seminar will take place from June 11 - 16, 2016. I have copied the description that you will find in the brochure below. To learn more, to receive a brochure, and to register, click here or contact Angela Ferrario at We hope to see you there!

Learning and Leading for the Future

What are the current challenges and opportunities that lead educators who design environments, curricula and learning experiences for communities of learners to dynamic possibilities for the future? What inspires all members of a learning community to embrace their passions and contribute to a healthy, hopeful future for our world? How do leaders invite and sustain such contexts and cultures?

These questions and others will frame the diverse and multi-layered experiences, conversations, and reflections of Learning and Leading for the Future. As an interactive community of learners within a welcoming and beautiful Italian setting, participants will:

- Look back at the field's historical roots and our own unique personal and professional stories

- Study together current neuroscience research, global competencies, 21st century skills and contemporary learning processes

- Re-imagine schooling based on life-worthy, life-long learning

- Leave with a new vision and new possibilities for redesigning their own learning communities with the future in mind sunflowers resized