Anne van Dam is an educator and educational consultant with a passion for play as children's active, complex, vivacious meaning making process. She views documentation as a way to grow as educators as they examine threads, ideas and connections underpinning these investigations.
Anne has worked as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, head of school and vice-principal at (international) schools in China, Singapore, Switzerland and The Netherlands. She joined EtonHouse International Pre-School in 2007, drawn to the school for its vision to centre learning around young children's competencies in making meaning and establishing relationships. In August 2011, Anne became the Assistant Principal at the International School of Zug and Luzern(ISZL). At ISZL, she supported the development of a new vision for learning in the early years, placing a strong emphasis on relationships, play, learning spaces and documenting learning.
Anne moved to the Netherlands in 2015. This has given her the opportunity to collaborate with the PYP development team at the IB regional office in The Hague. She has worked on the IB PYP review focusing on learner agency, early years, inquiry and several aspects of 'the learning community'. Anne also collaborates with schools as an independent educational since 2015. Her aim is to support educators to developed a shared pedagogy based in honouring young children as amazing learners.