Reggio Emilia Approach: Introduction to Philosophy & Principles
Date(s) - Sep 27, 2018 - Oct 4, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House
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The Reggio Emilia approach is an educational philosophy focused on early years and primary education. The approach was developed after World War II by psychologist and pedagogista Loris Malaguzzi in collaboration with parents in the villages around the city of Reggio Emilia in Italy. The approach is based on the belief that children are innately capable of producing knowledge and culture when provided with a rich environment & emergent learning opportunities. In the past few years, the field of Early Childhood Education and Primary Education have become more interested in the rich possibilities this approach provides both to children and educators. Concepts such as emergent curriculum, inquiry-based learning & project-based learning have been more explored by educators both in ECE and elementary schools.
If you are interested in learning more about this approach, this workshop is a great start for you! In this 2-hour workshop, we will be exploring the philosophy of the Reggio Emilia approach and some of its most important principles. The workshop will give you the opportunity to understand the Reggio approach better & will serve as an introduction for other workshops to be offered in the near future.
On the first session of this dual-track workshop (September 27th), we will be exploring the history and philosophy of the Reggio Emilia approach.
On the second session of this dual-track workshop (October 4th), we will be exploring some the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach. This workshop will be most effective if participants have completed the first session.
This is a good introductory workshop for those who are not familiar with the Reggio approach, but are interested in learning about different early childhood approaches or those who are beginning their journey with the Reggio Emilia approach.
ECE, teacher, student
Professional Development Certificate
Professional Development Certificate Credit Hours
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604 817 2491
As the Learning Centre coordinator, I work closely with Frog Hollow educators, children and their families in designing curriculum, I take part in professional development opportunities for Frog Hollow educators, and facilitate and organize workshops, tours, consultation services and roundtables for the Early Childhood Education and Early Years communities. I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran and immigrated to Canada with my family when I was 16 years old. I was raised by very open-minded and supportive parents, spending my childhood listening to discussions about social justice and openness in society. My experience growing up in a culture outside of Canada has provided me with an appreciation for diversity and for the incredible opportunities and freedoms that we experience here. My background has played a huge role in who I am today and how I view the place of children – and adults – in society. I am also the parent of a beautiful little girl who has been so generously teaching me what I could not learn on my own – including who I am and what my values and limits are. My passion for social justice and education led me to a B.A. in Community Rehabilitation Management and many years of working with infants, children, youth and adults with diverse abilities. I was introduced to the Reggio Emilia approach at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, where I began by coordinating a before- and after school program. I was incredibly inspired and excited by the principles and values of their Reggio-inspired approach and began researching and exploring a multitude of resources. The Reggio Emilia philosophy helped synthesize everything I have tried to get my mind around ever since I was a child. I have spent the last two years reading, studying, reflecting, sharing ideas and visiting many Reggio-inspired sites and learning centres, including the Reggio Emilia schools in Italy, and it has been a beautiful and transforming journey. As a parent, a woman and a citizen with uncompromising values, I consider myself fortunate to be constantly experiencing, thinking and re-thinking about children and education and I feel honored to take part in sharing this journey with the larger community.