084 San Francisco may be accustomed to innovation in the tech sector, but this past Saturday at the Mission Branch Library was a distinctly different kind of innovative experience. Early educators from throughout San Francisco came together to give presentations on inquiry, intention and innovation (I3) in the classroom and in professional learning communities. The Festivals of Learning exhibit, which will be on display throughout the month of February, is another example of our City’s early educators building platforms for sharing ongoing professional development, fostering connections, and engaging children in new innovative ideas and teaching techniques.

As we continue to build a richer, more meaningful environment for teacher-child interactions, First 5, which has spearheaded efforts to improve the quality of San Francisco’s preschools for the last ten years, has partnered with I3 to organize teachers into learning communities centered on provoking concept-rich discussions with children and their families.

Every month, 40 teachers working with expert coaches convene to model the very processes they seek to spur in children: asking meaningful questions, independently researching answers, collecting data, and telling stories about their discoveries. Three times a year, teachers, families, and communities then gather to share their innovative explorations at Festivals of Learning. This and other First 5-supported teacher training and education has led San Francisco’s 150 Preschool for All programs to feature some of the highest levels of teacher quality in the nation.

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Festivals of Learning exhibit will be on display at the:

Mission Branch Library

January 31, 2015 – February 28, 2015
300 Bartlett St. San Francisco, 94110

Bayview Branch Library
March 7, 2015 – April 4, 2015
5075 3rd Street San Francisco, 94124


004025009126Photos By: Harry Who Photography