Unpacking the Documentation Suitcase: Part 2Mon, March 14 - 11:30 AM
Robin Koo is the Program Director of Teaching Beyond the Square, an innovative non-profit founded by Beginnings Nursery School, dedicated to exploration-based education. She developed the non-profit's programs and services to include bi-monthy Symposiums, an educational stipend, a Materials Center, a parent workshop series, and consultation work for schools interested in moving towards an exploration-based approach. The non-profit hosted the Wonder of Learning exhibit from Reggio Emilia, Italy, from January through May in 2015, in Brooklyn, NY. Robin was on the Steering Committee and was Chair of the Atelier Committee, which created the Natural Materials and Light & Shadow Ateliers to accompany the exhibit. Since the exhibit's presence in NYC, Robin has been collaborating with the NYC DOE Division of Early Childhood Education, and working closely with a variety of public and private early childhood school communities. She began her teaching career at Beginnings in 2001, first as a classroom teacher and then as the Studio Teacher starting in 2006, and in 2007, she helped establish the Materials Center at Beginnings, which she continues to coordinate and develop. Robin lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two children. She received her M.A. in Art & Art Education from Teachers College, and her B.A. in Visual Art & Art History from Bowdoin College.