2013 Summer Session

Nurturing Young Children’s Creative Thinking

Course Description

This three-day course will explore the role of creative thinking in early education. We will examine this topic through a framework that combines theory, research and practice. The course is designed to challenge you to consider why creative thinking is important for increasing quality in early childhood education.

Course Content

Together, we will define creative thinking in the growth and development of the young child and investigate the types of conditions that are conducive to a ‘creative thinking culture.’ An action plan that identifies your goals, strategies and resources will integrate the course experience into your current teaching practice and continuing professional development.

Session Dates & Hours:

Session One: July 8-10
Mon. & Tues. 8:30-4:00pm, Wed. 8:30-2:30pm
Session Two: July 24-26
Wed. & Thurs. 8:30-4:00pm, Fri. 8:30-2:30pm

The same program will be offered both sessions.


Includes refreshments and lunch.
We offer a $50 dollar discount for additional participants from the same organization. Please contact the Business Manager, Sandra Gedeon Ganjavi (sandig@stanford.edu) for more details.

Refund Policy:
Withdrawal by May 1, 2013: $300 refund
Withdrawal by June 1, 2013: $200 refund

In conjunction with Stanford Continuing Studies Program Special Program (CSP SP), participants can receive an optional 2 units or 20 hours upon course completion. Registration for Stanford Continuing Studies credits will take place during the week of the institute and an additional $75 fee is required.

Space is limited to 25 participants per session.
Please register early to ensure availability.

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Summer Institute Frequently Asked Questions.

The Bing Institute is a unique professional development opportunity provided by Bing Nursery School, Stanford University. Participants will gain insights and develop skills for working with young children and/or teacher training. Our carefully designed buildings and spacious grounds, constructed to meet the needs of young children, are the perfect setting for learning, reflection and rejuvenation.

The goal for the Summer Session is to share our experience with other Early Childhood professionals and to consider topics in educating young children. This chance to examine the philosophy, program and practices that shape our educational model will translate into an opportunity for inspiration, an exchange of ideas and a stronger commitment to children and families. The process will include hands-on experiences, observations, presentations, discussions and resources to ensure an engaging learning opportunity for professional development. Participants will be immersed in an intensive onsite experience at the laboratory school housed on the Stanford University campus.

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