Hilltop Study Days

Full-Day Responsive Curriculum Training at Hilltop

Get inspiration and practical strategies to support your

work with children and families.

Jumpstart Reflective Thinking

Explore child-centered and responsive curriculum planning, learning how to observe, reflect on, and develop play-based learning opportunities directly from children’s interests.

See The Work In Action

Observe children and teachers at work in the classrooms and study examples of responsive curriculum projects with the educators who facilitate them.

Join The Conversation

Talk through the challenges of child-centered and responsive curriculum with other educators. Ask questions, offer your experiences, and get practical suggestions for your own work.

Join us for a full-day visit to Hilltop to see child-centered and reflective practice in action, explore proven models for supporting responsive curriculum in your own programs, and talk directly with educators from Hilltop’s classrooms who can discuss practical strategies for planning curriculum that builds directly from the interests and needs of the children and families in our schools.

Fresh Inspiration

Can’t make it to Italy or New Zealand? Come find fresh inspiration and new approaches a bit closer to home.

Need STARS Hours?

Study Day participants receive 6 WA STARS hours. You can even apply for reimbursement for your Study Day registration through DEL!


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Bring New Educators Up to Speed

Study Days are a great way to introduce new staff to child-centered and responsive approaches to curriculum.

Just Getting Started?

A Hilltop Study Day is a great way to launch your child-centered and reflective practice journey. Come lay a solid foundation for your practice.

Help for Struggling Educators

We get it, responsive curriculum can be hard to practice! See real-life examples of what child-centered practice can look like in your classroom.

Upcoming Study Days

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Additional dates in the works, call for updated information

Don't see a date that works for your team? Request a date for your group of 6-15 and receive a 10% registration discount.

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Hilltop Study Days Include:

The story of Hilltop’s transformation from a small neighborhood preschool, to a respected model for authentic child-centered early learning
An opportunity to observe reflective practice in action with Hilltop’s children, teachers, and classrooms
Time to explore practical strategies for how to observe, reflect on, and build curriculum from the interests and needs of children
An introduction to Pedagogical Documentation, an approach to recording and tracking children’s growth that enables teachers to both reflect on and develop curriculum directly from children’s play
Opportunities to consider your own practice and add your experience to the dialogue about successful strategies, on-going challenges, and deep intentions for our work with children and families
Real life examples of successful long-term project work with young children, demonstrating a variety of styles and approaches
A catered lunchtime conversation with Hilltop educators, offering the opportunity to share your questions, struggles, and wonderings with other early learning professionals
6 hours of Washington STARS training credit

Individual Registration

  • For individuals and small groups interested in joining a currently scheduled Hilltop Study Day
Select an Upcoming Date

Administrator or Returning Guest Discount

  • School administrators and previous Study Day attendees receive a 50% discount on their own registration when bringing three or more colleagues
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Request a Hilltop Study Day Date for Your Group

Fill out the form below to be contacted about setting up a Hilltop Study Day for your group of 6-15* and receive 10% off your group’s registration fees. Please include possible dates, and the tentative number of participants you plan to bring.

*Study Day dates will be selected based on availability of Hilltop Institute Staff. Once a date is selected, the event will be added to the list of upcoming Study Days on our website. Additional participants from other schools may register to attend the event, up to 15 attendees.