A Reggio Emilia Inspired Early Childhood Education Professional Development Opportunity
Friday, May 05, 2017 through Sunday, May 07, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Reggio Emilia Institute at Lesley University, we are bringing educators from Reggio Emilia, Italy. Since the late ‘60s in the municipal preschools of Reggio Emilia, each school has a space called the atelier and the figure of the atelierista, a “teacher” with an arts background. In this way, the expressive and poetic languages became part of the process by which knowledge is built. The Atelier thus become the place of research, invention, and empathy, which extend beyond childhood to include adulthood up to advanced age.
Amelia Gambetti was an educator in the Reggio Emilia Municipal Preschools for 25 years and in all those years she worked side by side with Loris Malaguzzi, the main founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach, who was her mentor. Amelia has also had a close collaboration with Carla Rinaldi inside the schools and at Reggio Children. During those years she shared her experience in seminars and workshops in Reggio Emilia, in Italy and abroad. She also worked on the creation and consequent updates of “The Hundred Languages of Children” traveling Exhibition of the Municipal Infant-Toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia. She was the Reggio Children coordinator of this project from 1998 until 2006 . Amelia Gambetti then was part of the New Exhibit “The Wonder of Learning. The Hundred Languages of Children” Research Group and she coordinated for Reggio Children the North American Version from 2008 until 2016.
Lella Gandini serves as the liaison for the dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach in the United States, where she conducts professional development programs, lectures, and publishes articles on various aspects of early childhood education both in the States and in Italy. She has published several books for children and has been a regular contributor for Bambini a journal for teachers. She has carried out research on parenting, children’s fears, the text of traditional nursery rhymes in Italy, and a comparative study of rituals at bedtime in Tuscany and New England. She is Associate Editor of Innovations in Early Education: the International Reggio Exchange. She had the opportunity to interview and work the late Loris Malaguzzi, founder and philosopher of the Reggio Emilia Approach. She has also been presenting in the US at the various versions of the exhibit “The Hundred languages of Children” since 1987, at the second version starting in 2000, and at the exhibit “The Wonder of Learning” in its current tour that is to conclude in 2019. Lella holds a B.A., M.A. from Smith College; Ed.D. from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and D.H.L. (hon.), Erikson Institute, Chicago. She has taught at Smith College and University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Since 2007 she has been a Visiting Scholar at Lesley University.
Jennifer Azzariti is an early childhood educator working both locally and nationally with schools inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. She is recognized as the first Studio Teacher in the United States at the Model Early Learning Center, and has worked closely with educators from Reggio Emilia here and in Italy for over twenty years. Jennifer has worked in long-term consulting relationships with St. John’s Preschool, MacDonald Montessori, and DC Public Schools, as well as programs across the country focusing particularly on the potential of the role of materials as languages for learning and expression.Jennifer is a North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) board member, and the founder of DC Reggio Emilia Alliance, a study group for educators in the Washington, DC metro area. She is a contributor to the Hundred Languages of Children, 2nd Edition, In the Spirit of the Studio, and Innovations.
For registration and additional information, please contact Carol Campos, Event Manager, by email or 617.349.8913, 617.349.8974 fax.
You can attend the institute and get PDP's, or may take a course associated with the institute, EEDUC 5815.01, Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education (one, two, or three credits)
Participants will be divided in two groups. While half of the group visits the Mass Audubon Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, the other half will be at the Lincoln Nursery School and deCordova Museum. Natural Environments can be awe inspiring and rich with investigative potential. You will discover, uncover and create connections between people, other animals, plants, and the environment. Think about how local nature is meaningful in the context of early childhood learning, and explore strategies relating to the representation and documentation. In addition, you will visit classrooms the museum, and hear about the development of the unique collaboration between a cooperative nursery school and a contemporary art museum and sculpture park. Outdoor spaces- Sanctuaries, parks and other places, provide opportunities for discovery, and are very powerful venues for building learning communities.
Dress for the weather, and expect to be outside. Vans will be leaving Lesley University in the morning and will return in the afternoon. Lunch will be provided.
University Hall Amphitheater, Porter CampusLesley University1815 Massachusetts AvenueCambridge, MA 02138(Between Harvard and Porter Square T Stations)Directions to Lesley's Doble and Porter campuses.
Cost: $310 (NAREA members are eligible for 10%)
CEU Credits: PDPs available; option to register for a course for 1, 2, or 3 graduate credits.
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