Rusty Keeler, author of Seasons of Play, is a play space designer who has worked over the past 20 years with hundreds of community, school, parks, university, and child care leaders to dream, design, and construct beautiful outdoor environments for children. He is one of the pioneers in the nature play movement, and his designs reflect his sincere desire to create a more beautiful world for children to grow and explore. Below, Rusty shares how to reconnect ourselves and children with nature, and gives practical tips on how to take your outdoor play space to the next level using inexpensive materials.
There are some situations that no educational professional ever wants to think about—fire, flood, epidemics, earthquakes, or active shooters. Yet as we have learned with recent events, sometimes these emergency situations can strike when we are not expecting them. Andrew Roszak, JD, MPA, EMT-P, author of the Preparing for the Unexpected Series including Preschool Preparedness for an Active Shooter and Preschool Preparedness for an Emergency, shares three tips to prepare preschools for emergencies so that we can reduce the likelihood or impact of these risks.