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GPCP is a proud member of Project Infinity - Learn About Educator Exchange Days Here

Grant Park Cooperative Preschool
2016-2017 EDUCATOR EXCHANGE DAYS at GPCP:

THURSDAY, MAY 11TH 2:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at CABBAGETOWN CAMPUS
Please click here for May 11th Educator Exchange Day regsitration form.

Our EED is open to any educator interested in learning more about our school.  Participants will get to tour our Cabbagetown Campus and see work from this school year, shared by our educators.  We conduct the exchange days as part of our collaborative work with Project Infinity.

GPCP is proud to be a long-term member of Project Infinity since 2002!

"In the summer of 2001, I received a phone call from Margie Cooper, president and founder of Inspired Practices in Early Education, inviting GPCP to become part of a Project that would bring several area schools in collaboration with the goal of strenghtenign our study of the Reggio Emilia Approach.  In that phone conversation, Margie elaborated on the importance of Preschool Education in the lives of young children and their families, as well as the responsibility we have to be strong advocates for young chidlren.  I immediately embraced this invitation and amazing opportunity with much excitment!  I remember feeling a tremendous sense of pride as we embarked on this project together with three other schools in Atlanta.  Today, almost 15 years later, we continue to embrace and evolve this work with pride and responsibility." Gabriela Garcia - Executive Director of Grant Park Cooperative Preschool. 

Project Infinity began (conceptually) in the summer of 2001 and formally launched in January 2002.  The guiding idea of Project Infinity, first known as the School Development Project, is to support collaborative learning within and between ordinary schools in order to strengthen their depth and quality.
Participating schools are asked to make two main commitments:
  • a genuine, school-wide interest in analyzing the experiences and philosophies of Reggio Emilia
  • an active commitment to the welfare of other schools within the project
Over time, the Project was named Project Infinity. Currently, Project Infinity includes six schools;  four schools in Atlanta, Georgia and two in Greenville, Souh Carolina.  Project Infinity is a nonprofit organization. GPCP is the only school that remains in the project since its inception and continues to have a strong participation.

Through our participation in Project Infinity, we have had the privilege of working closely with Amelia Gambetti, Reggio Children’s Coordinator and Liaison for Consultancy to Schools in the United States.  
Our educators have opportunities to collaborate in numerous professional development initiatives, visit each other schools within the Project and other Reggio Inspired schools in the country.
Together, we have participated in study Tours in Reggio Emilia.  We also host conferences and each school offers a number of Educator Exchange Days each year.

What does this mean for our children?
GPCP is on the cusp of a new way of thinking about the education of young children. The educators at GPCP recognize the importance of the learning going on in the school and the impact it has on our children. Our goal is to support the development of critical thinking skills and independent learners.