Supporting new early childhood educators about the importance of the development of the whole child, including Developmentally Appropriate Practices.


This Community of Practice is for teachers who are new to the profession (5 years or less) who can commit to attending one meeting per month. Meetings will generally be on the last Wednesday of the month from 6:30 – 8:30p.m. in South Pima (TBA).

Teachers can work or live in South Pima, but the CoP is also open to those from North Pima.

We hope to help you find or maintain your passion for teaching, share ideas which may make your classroom life better, and more fun, and give you a strong foundation of early childhood theory and practice. Coaching sessions in your classroom will also be part of what we do together.

Topics and Dates

Weds. Aug. 28.  Orientation requirements. Getting to know you!

Weds. Sep. 25.  Science and math activities. The importance of play and exploration.

Weds. Oct. 23.  Literacy, dramatic play and story stretchers.

Weds. Nov. 20. Relationships with parents, children and colleagues.

Weds. Jan. 29.  Large motor ideas on a budget.  

Weds. Feb 26.  Child growth and development and making informed observations.

Weds. Mar 25. Music games, and sharing songs.

Weds. Apr.22. Emergent curriculum; child directed learning.

Weds. May 20. Outside environments.

Weds. June 24. Philosophers and philosophies of Early Childhood Education.

CoP Coordinator

Maggie McKiernan is an educational consultant, coach, and teacher who is a strong proponent of developmentally appropriate practice, and play-based emergent curricula. She has owned her own education business for the past 29 years. In addition to a children’s movement, music, and drama program, she has provided teacher coaching in schools in Arizona for 9 years, has facilitated numerous professional development sessions, and has taught early childhood education classes for Pima Community College for 12 years. She has an elementary through high school teaching credential from the University of London (UK) in Education and Drama, and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from NAU (2014).

Contact information

Maggie McKiernan   520-771-6040