About the Author

susanmackay
Museum Center for Learning
susanmackay
Blurbarian Since May 2010
Business Name Museum Center for Learning
Business Web Site www.opalschoolblog.typepad.com
Location Portland, OR
Business Phone Number 503-471-9906
About My Business The Museum Center for Learning is about research—the art of paying attention, capturing what we notice, and interpreting children’s learning approaches for everyone who has an investment in schooling our young. The Center strengthens and expands the work of the Museum’s Opal School, preschool through grade five. We’re paying attention to the natural learning strategies of children in order to support and strengthen them in both school and museum settings.

The mission of the Center is to make visible the ways children think, imagine, design, invent, and create when given intelligent materials including the tools of the arts and sciences. We’re sharing what we learn with educators—locally, regionally and nationally.
Areas of Expertise Professional Development, progressive education, arts infusion, inquiry based curriculum though the arts and sciences, language and literacy, social and emotional intelligences, creating learning environments supportive of current research in neuroscience and learning, inspired by the municipally funded pre-primary schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy -- nothing without joy!
Professional Affiliations NAREA, NAEYC, NCTE, ACM, ASCD, Ashoka's Start Empathy Initiative, MAKE! education