Kisa has worked in services of early learners in Public and Charter Schools, Summer Camps, Enrichment Programs, and Daycare Centers before founding her own Play & Nature Based Childcare Community.
Brick by brick, she did the work of dismantling the mindset and environment that enclosed her between rigid schedules, lesson plans, and school readiness and oppressed the children under the weight of excessive rules, restricted autonomy and unreasonable expectations. When she got to the other side she found a whole new way of educating, that included decentering everything we've "always" done, and placing the child in the center of the learning experience.
Armed with purpose, experience, and expertise, Kisa aims to reach her principal audience: the people that teach the people, and has been intentional in curating an array of services to help Educators decenter adults in learning spaces and return the central focus of meeting the child's physical, emotional, and cognitive needs.
It's time to get loud about the things that serve our early learners. If you don't know how to do that yet, walk with me, I'll show you the way.
Getting toddlers school ready does not center the child. We know as educators that the best way to empower a ensure a child is ready for school is to first ensure that they master the age that they currently are. So we're going to slow down and move at the pace of childhood.
I've got good news and bad news.
Just like those beautiful owl babies from that classic ECE book of the same name, your girl thinks A LOT. Sometimes it's deep and reflective while others are completely random, so consider these blog posts to be a box of chocolates in written form: you never know what you're gonna get.
That Early Childhood Nerd w/Heather Bernt-Santy & Mike Huber
My friend and fellow Childhood Advocate Samuel Broaden and I received our contracts to write a book that will take a close look at the myths, the fears, and the benefits of leaving room for children to learn through this type of play.
Thanks to Marylin Brink, I'll be giving a presentation to the NINPA in 2024 at the Oak Park Public Library in the Veterans Room. Stay tuned!
Come As You Are (CAYR) connections serves the neurodivergent community in the Chicagoland area and provides inclusive, neurodiversity-affirming resources to families, care centers, and schools. Voting will be held in late September.
This years topic is 3R's: Reflection, Reflection, and Resilience. proposals due October 6TH