SteppingStone Theatre hired an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Apprentice to spend the beginning of 2021 training, observing and co-teaching programs for our earliest learners. An apprenticeship model included time for training as well as reflections, setting goals, and designing lessons together.
Meet Ladan Siraji! Ladan has previous teaching artist experience as well as work with neurodiverse learners. You can read her full bio on our Teaching Artists page.
Throughout the apprenticeship, Ladan deepened her skills in creative drama and art-making facilitation with young children so they can think critically, identify emotions and connect with their classmates via a rich play & inquiry process.
Ladan and Interim Education Director, Megan Flød Johnson, spent 8 weeks on Zoom with two classrooms of preschoolers from the Neighborhood House Preschool in a residency called “Colorful Creatures”. Together, they explored stories in their bodies and voices (inspired from picture books) and made some cool art. Process art was an important feature of the residency, so we provided custom kits full of reusable art materials like watercolors, collage materials and paint sticks.
Ladan will be designing and teaching her own summer camps for SteppingStone this year. “I am looking forward to being in community with our youth this summer and coming back together in person,” she says. We’ll see you at Summer Camp!
Here is the “Colorful Creatures” virtual residency in action:
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At SteppingStone, we are committed to access and inclusion for all people. Our programs stand firmly in opposition to racism and we challenge our young artists, staff, and Board of Directors to foster inclusion and to seek equity for all, including Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQAI+, economically disadvantaged, all religions, veterans, active military, and those with accessibility needs. We work with families to meet students’ needs be it social, academic, developmental, or physical. SteppingStone respects students’ gender expression and provides access to gender-neutral facilities.
Young people are artists, makers, and doers. They need to belong and to contribute to their world. When young people make art together, they change themselves and the world around them for the better.
SteppingStone ignites belonging, generosity, mastery, self-advocacy, and inspiration by creating art with young people to share with the world.