Lorraine Weatherspoon

Engaging Children in Scientific Inquiry

What can teachers do to support a child’s curiosity and growing ability to engage in scientific inquiry? This workshop will focus on developmentally appropriate experiential learning that supports the integration of scientific inquiry with an emphasis on the social and physical environment. The Preschool Learning Foundations and Curriculum Framework will be highlighted to support teachers to plan active hands-on experiences that hone in observation skills, encourage exploration and investigation, and promote language development and documentation.

Lorraine-Weatherspoon.jpgLorraine Weatherspoon

Lorraine Weatherspoon is a project specialist with the Sacramento County Office of Education in the Early Learning Department. Her work with the California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN) a statewide professional development system is currently focused on providing research-based professional learning to preschool, transitional kindergarten and Migrant Ed administrators and teachers. She has extensive experience with on-site coaching, training and technical assistance in early learning environments in 10-diverse counties.

In addition, she serves as adjunct faculty with the Los Rios Community College District and Brandman University where she teaches both early childhood development and transitional kindergarten courses.

Prior to her current position, Lorraine served as a preschool teacher and administrator of private and public preschool programs in San Francisco and El Cerrito. She previously worked as a Director with Meadowview Community Action Head Start, a delegate agency of the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA). As a First 5 School Readiness Coordinator with the Sacramento City Unified School District, Lorraine coordinated comprehensive services for children and families. She facilitated collaboration among community and public organizations to expand school readiness opportunities for children and families with Success by 6, an initiative funded by Bank of America through the United Way California Capital Region.

Lorraine earned her master's degree in Early Childhood Education and Adult Teaching Credential from California State University, Sacramento.