On Oct. 30, 2013, SLHS/CDSS alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends gathered at the Department on the CU-Boulder Campus to celebrate the history of early childhood services and the philosophical foundations of the Department's long-standing early childhood programs.

The celebration began with a reception at 5 pm followed by SLHS Department Chair and Professor Gail Ramsberger, who welcomed guests and presented an update on new research and program developments in SLHS. 


In addition to current SLHS administrators, faculty and students, special guests included Dr. Rita Weiss, SLHS Professor Emerita, CU Associate Dean-Retired and Founder of INREAL; Dr. Elizabeth "Tikki"Heublein, Alumni, INREAL/OUTREACH co-creator, currently Co-Director/Center for Alternative & Responsible Education; Becky Roser, Former Director of Clinical Services and faculty member at SLHS and 2012 winner of the CU Alumni Recognition Award; ; Sheila Goetz, former CLC teacher, coordinator and clinical coordinator;  Janine Randol, former CLC Teacher and Clinical Supervisor, Denys Vigil, INREAL outreach, currently Co-Director/Center for Alternative & Responsible Education; Tom & Margaret Kellogg, Co-Founders of Secular ACCESS, Tom is the son of educator/ photographer Elizabeth Kellogg, Josie HeathPresident of The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, and Amy Metz, Associate Director of Development for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Rita Weiss & Jessica Lugo

A documentary by Cynthia Gray of  Petite Productions, an alumna and former CLC director, titled In the Child's Garden: The Educational Legacy of Frances and David Hawkins was shown. The Hawkins were very influential in international educational circles. They established The Mountain View Center for Environmental Learning on the CU Campus, one of the most innovative teacher education labs in the country at the time. Rita Weiss, colleague and friend of the Hawkins, was deeply influenced by their philosophy which, in part, provided the foundation for the CLC and the INterREActive Learning (INREAL) program. With the able assistance of  Elizabeth "Tikki" Heublein, INREAL provided workshops across the nation and in 6 foreign countries. INREAL is still taught today as part of student practice in the SLHS Child Learning Center and by it's trainees. 

The documentary featured photography by Boulder educator and photographer Elizabeth "Betty" Kellogg who passed away at the age of 95 this past August. You can view the documentary trailer HERE