Kori Bardige, MS. Ed., is an early childhood special education consultant. She has taught in both self-contained and inclusive public preschool and child care programs. Particularly focusing on teaching preschoolers with developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder. One of her favorite parts of her job was doing home visits with families where she was able to create home/school connections.
After leaving the classroom, she began developing trainings and providing professional development to child care providers throughout Maryland for the Abilities Network’s Project ACT. She was the principal investigator on two large grants to improve child care quality in Maryland. She also worked as a Preschool Special Education Consultant in New Jersey, providing training and technical assistance to public preschool programs on behalf of the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Now back in Massachusetts, Kori opened Learning Circle Consulting and provides training, coaching, and mentoring to school districts, child care programs, home visitors, and families focused on scaffolding learning, engaging curiosity, and teaching through play.
Her primary goal is to encourage teachers to become more reflective and intentional in their practice by using assessment data for planning curriculum and instruction and scaffolding playful interactions. She offers educators a variety of tools to elicit children’s questions that enhance learning experiences and capitalize on children’s curiosity, engage them in exploration, inquiry, experimentation, and productive play.
Kori’s recent consulting has focused on developing a STEM-Focused Curriculum for an MA EEC Innovation Grant recipient, providing training to Kindergarten teachers on a research-based assessment tool for the Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment (MKEA) initiative, and offering workshops to Parent-Child Home Program’s home visitors, families, Family Child Care providers, and early childhood educators. Kori is also an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University.
Kori is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences on topics such as: Language and Literacy, STEM, Curriculum and Assessment, Facilitating Friendships, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Including Children with Disabilities in General Education Classrooms, Strengthening Social and Emotional Development (Minimizing Challenging Behaviors), and Using Play Engage Children and Extend Their Learning.
Kori hold a BA degree from Lawrence University in Developmental Psychology. She received her Master’s of Science in Education from Simmons College in Intensive Special Needs. She is a licensed teacher in Massachusetts and completed the Master Teacher Training yearlong course in New Jersey. Kori believes in continuing to further her own knowledge so that she can share it with others. Therefore, she frequently attends conferences and participates in Train-the-Trainer workshops. If you would like additional information about the consultant or a copy of her complete resume please use the contact us form for this request. Thank you!