Fran DeFilippis RECE
The latter part of this year has been transformative for KOLTS. It began with Pam’s retirement and my shift to Director of KOLTS, and continues with an environmental transformation of our learning spaces. I am grateful for Pam’s work in preparing us for these inspired changes and aim to honour her legacy by working together to fulfill our shared vision for KOLTS.
The renovations have offered us an opportunity to think deeply about KOLTS – to take a closer look at our guiding purpose, the learning that takes place both indoors and out, and our growing connections to the land and indigenous teachings. In the near future, KOLTS will be participating in the Centre of Excellence for Early learning – an Ontario government initiative to address the changes happening in the education landscape. This transformation will assist with our future work as a partner with the Centre of Excellence, moving towards a research-minded approach that honours our lab school origins. In an effort to bring all these changes together in an intentionally way, I have reached out to Simone and Aviva, our partners at ThinkinEd who have offered to support and guide us through this process while embarking on their own research journey – take a look https://mailchi.mp/cef3448428cd/yz7c3bf46v-3377573?e=e75619318b
I am excited to embark on this incredible journey as we work together to reimagine all of our indoor and outdoor spaces over time. Although this work will limit the time I spend with the KOLTS forest and nature school program, Cristina, Krystal and Kristin will continue to share their experiences with the children in the forest.
And I will begin to share my reflections on the overall future of KOLTS as a place of possibilities – inspired by curiosity, wonder, and joy. More to come!