Love Grows Here: Storytelling with Belonging and Inclusion in Early Childhood

With Leslie Wetzonis Woolverton & Lynn Turner

Three Sessions: March 6, 13, 20 6-8:30 pm Central

In this class series, we will bring new insights and offer wisdom that honors and embraces diversity into stories for young children. How do we select them? What is the heart behind the story? And how can we feel into and create our own stories that cultivate joy and interest for fairytales from other cultures. Our own collective biographies will help to inspire, broaden and support this very important heart work.

How Will This Course Work

Each class will meet for 2.5 hours over Zoom, live with Leslie and Lynn. Participants can also anticipate spending a total of 1.5 hours of integrated learning outside of class meeting times. In order to create a lively “in-person” feel to the course, these sessions are not recorded.

A certificate for 9 hours of Continuing Education can be earned with full participation in the course.

About the Instructors

Lynn Turner (she/her) is a native Washingtonian, wife, mother of two children. She is of mixed heritage and the proud descendant of enslaved African American people. She has been a culturally responsive early childhood educator, teacher trainer, and leader in the movement of Waldorf Education in Northern America for over thirteen years. Lynn holds a BA in Fine Arts, and an MAT in Early Childhood Education, and received her Waldorf Early Childhood Teaching Certificate in 2017. Lynn has been published in Gateways and has been a workshop presenter and keynote speaker at recent WECAN conferences. She was the Director and Core Faculty member of the Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, Early Childhood Training Cohort from 2020-2023. She is currently a second-year student in the Biography as Social Arts Training and currently serves as a WECAN Coordinator of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access.

Leslie Wetzonis Woolverton (she/her)
For more than twenty years, Leslie Wetzonis Woolverton has taught Waldorf Parent-Child and
Nursery classes located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Currently, Leslie is a member of the WECAN
Early Childhood Research Group, a WECAN Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Coordinator,and is a Site Visitor for WECAN. Also a third generation Anthroposophist, Leslie brings a broad scope of wisdom and knowledge to Waldorf Early Childhood Education.

Now out of the classroom, Leslie loves her work with adults as a teacher trainer and mentor. Leslie is also a skilled textile artist and interior designer. She enjoys writing and compiling early childhood stories that reflect the world in the interest of advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, and access by creating puppetry to bring new stories to life. When not working, Leslie spends time with her family and friends at her beloved beach home in Chincoteague Island, Virginia.

Register for This Course

Sliding scale: Regular tuition $195; minimum $145

There is a minimum enrollment of 25 participants for this course. You will be notified of a cancellation or reschedule by the evening of March 5th. In the event of a cancellation, participants will be fully refunded.

Refund Policy: Fees will be refunded in full up to 7 days prior to the start of the course, and at 50% if student cancels enrollment less than a week in advance. Fees are nonrefundable after the start of the course.

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