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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

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Thursday, April 20 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Get Outside and Play San Antonio! LIMITED
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In 2011, a blue ribbon taskforce was convened by former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to identify the most effective method for improving the quality of education in San Antonio. In 2012, residents of San Antonio voted “yes” to the development of a program focused on delivering high-quality education to 22,400 Pre-Kindergarten four-year-old children that includes outdoor learning as a crucial component. This session will take participants through the journey of promoting the importance of the natural environment in the daily experiences of children, creating a nature movement in the community. Important features of the program include creating replicable, low-cost outdoor learning environments, and offering curriculum and professional learning opportunities for educators and community members. Participants will learn how four early childhood urban schools have extended their classrooms into the outdoor learning environment, while connecting children and their families to nature. In addition, participants will learn how to inspire and design experiential learning opportunities for educators to implement in schools.

avatar for Dr. Lesley Balido-McClellan

Dr. Lesley Balido-McClellan

Assistant Director of Research and Innovation, City of San Antonio/Pre-K 4 SA
Lesley Balido McClellan is an educational leader specializing in research and innovation to promote a holistic approach to the healthy development of the mind, body and spirit of all children in order to close achievement gaps in social-emotional well-being and academics. McClellan... Read More →
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Adriana Becerra

Assistant Director, City of San Antonio/Pre-K 4 SA
Adriana Becerra is a bilingual educational leader specializing in developing start ups into high quality programs through strategic planning, professional learning, research and innovation. She has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education, 11 years of experience in the field... Read More →

Sandy Weser

Director, City of San Antonio/Pre-K 4 SA
Sandy Weser is an educational leader specializing in working with preschool children. She has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and 30 years of experience working with young children in both private and public schools in the San Antonio community. Weser was part of... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 11:15am - 12:30pm PDT
Mackenzie (Ground Floor)