Experts in Education – Virtual Admissions Event

Baker Demonstration School to Host Event -What Should Parents Look for in a Preschool?

Baker Demonstration School will host the virtual admissions event, What Should Parents Look for in a Preschool?, on Wednesday Dec. 1, from 12-12:45 p.m. 

Head of Baker Demonstration School Carly Andrews will be in conversation with Dr. Megan Roberts, Associate Professor in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University. Andrews and Roberts will discuss topics related to early childhood schooling and development, including what makes a good preschool experience, myths about what learning looks like, the power of play, and the importance of relationships in the preschool setting.

Roberts, whose work focuses on family-centered early communication interventions for young children with language delays, said with the webinar, she wants to give parents the essential checklist for choosing a preschool. 

“I love empowering parents to help them make the right decision for them and their families,” she said. “Knowing your options is critical when making a decision.” 

Roberts will share her perspective as both an expert in child development and a mother who has been through the process of choosing a preschool. She will provide registrants with not only a checklist, but tips and characteristics of an exemplary preschool, as well as a Q and A. 

Roberts has four children, two of whom attend Baker. She said Baker is a partner in children’s learning. At Baker, students are nurtured, supported, and can explore their interests. 

“We want that for our kids at all phases of learning,” Roberts said. 

Andrews will also share her expertise as a longtime educator. She joined Baker Demonstration School in 2017 as head of school. Prior to Baker, she served as head of school at Willowwind School, a progressive independent prekindergarten to sixth-grade school in Iowa City, Iowa; and as Assistant Head of School and Head of Middle School at Bosque School, a sixth- to 12th-grade independent school in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Andrews has also taught English, humanities, and poetry courses in independent, suburban, and urban secondary school settings. She is interested in progressive documentation and assessment practices, mindfulness practices in the classroom setting, place-based and experience-based educational models, public and private partnerships in the school setting, and cultural exchange and service learning.