A Reggio Emilia Inspired Early Childhood Education Professional Development Opportunity
Saturday, May 02, 2015 through Sunday, May 03, 2015
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Opal School teacher researchers will discuss the innovative approaches to literacy and meaning-making evolving at this private preschool and public charter elementary school, which is a program of the Portland Children’s Museum in Portland, Oregon.With a pedagogical stance influenced and inspired by the early childhood schools of Reggio Emilia as well as the work of Ellin Oliver Keene, Karen Gallas, Katie Wood Ray, Ken Robinson, and many others, the approaches to literacy developed at Opal School maintain a strong image of the child as the author of their own learning and a social-constructivist philosophy based in the idea that literacy requires interaction with a larger community.The development of “Story Workshop” at Opal School has been guided by a driving question: What is the connection between literacy, play and the arts? This presentation will discuss environments, preparation, materials, relationships, and organizational implications in Story Workshop. Presenters will combine theoretical frameworks with stories of children engaged in meaning-making through story in preschool through primary grade settings. These stories document methodologies which, through extensive teacher-research, have demonstrated considerable promise in developing the creative, inquisitive, flexible thinking skills demanded in the 21st century. The presentation will also include time for participants to explore materials and reflect on their use through facilitated dialogue.Institute Coordinator: Professor Joanne Szamreta PresentersSusan Harris MacKay, Portland Children's Museum Director of Teaching and LearningMatt Karlsen, Museum Center for Learning DirectorCaroline Wolfe, Opal School Founding TeacherLella Gandini, Reggio Children US Liaison For registration and additional information, please contact Carol Campos, Event Manager, by email or at 617.349.8913, 617.349.8974 fax.You can attend the institute and get PDPs, or may take a course associated with the institute, EEDUC 5815.01, Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education (one, two, or three credits). For information on course requirements, contact Mary Mindess, Professor 617.349.8923 or 800.999.1595 ext. 8923 email@example.com. More information about the course »
Marran Theater, Doble CampusLesley UniversityMellen StreetCambridge, MA 02138(Between Harvard and Porter Square T Stations)Directions to Lesley's Doble and Porter campuses.
Cost: Institute: $300 (without course). With course (includes cost of institute): $570 per credit, plus $30 registration fee and $30 tech fee.
CEU Credits: PDPs available; option to register for a course for 1, 2, or 3 graduate credits.
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