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The 2014 Institute featured Lella Gandini, US liaison for the dissemination of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, as well as educators and atelieristas from the MacDonald Montessori School in St. Paul, Minnesota. Part of a an ethnically diverse neighborhood, the MacDonald Montessori
School is in a 113-year-old building, with 40 teachers
serving 200 children, infancy through school age. The educators at the MacDonald Montessori School have been engaged in a dialogue between the
Reggio Emilia and Montessori approaches for 19 years. The journey has
been full of risk, joy, struggle and transformation. The journey has
also enriched in very meaningful ways children’s learning and teachers’
relationships with them and their families.During the Pre-Institute, participants explored the Montessori/Reggio Emilia approaches through materials, focusing on painting and drawing. See pictures from the Institute on Facebook! Chinese EducatorsA group of teachers from China attended the Institute, and also participated in other activities during their stay, including visiting local Reggio-inspired schools (below). Read more »
The focus of this institute was giving visibility to the co-construction of knowledge and meaning through documentation. It began with a presentation of documentation from the “Together for Families” program, which reveals the competence of young children. The impact of decisions about design was also explored.Participants collaborated in small groups using materials, with the process also being documented by participants. Meanings were constructed and decisions made about which stories to tell and how to tell them effectively. Participants also were asked to confront the tension between documentation as relationship and documenting to conform to standards.
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Institute participants may enroll in the Institute course, EEDUC 5815: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education for 1, 2, or 3 credits. See the course page for more information.
2015 Innovations Workshop Series
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