Courses and Events

Whether you’re new to Reggio Emilia or you’ve been practicing the approach for years, we have a variety of courses and events tailored to your needs. From spotlights on specific principles, and hands-on experiments with materials to tours of child care centres to see Reggio-inspired learning in action.

Upcoming Events at a Glance

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Encounters Exhibit: An Evening with Educators of Capilano Children's Centre

February 5, 2019

As Part of the Encounters Exhibit, Frog Hollow Reggio-Inspired Learning Centre is pleased to host An Evening with Educators of Capilano Children's Centre.

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Workshop: Engaging Families in Emergent Curriculum - Stories from Hilltop Educator Institute

February 21, 2019

We are pleased to invite you to a rich evening of stories, reflecting and learning with Sarah Felstiner of Hilltop Educator Institute.

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Reflecting with Lella Gandini: Reggio Emilia Approach & Inquiry-Based Practice

February 22, 2019

On February 22nd, Lella Gandini, the co-editor of The Hundred Languages of Children will speak about the Reggio Emilia approach and its experiences with the Inquiry-Based practice.

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Reflecting with Lella Gandini: In the Spirit of the Studio

February 23, 2019

On February 22nd, Lella Gandini, the co-editor of The Hundred Languages of Children will speak about the Reggio Emilia approach and its experiences with the Inquiry-Based practice.

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Dialogue & Dessert

March 12, 2019

The Dialogue & Dessert discussions are meant to energize public spaces as places of learning about our children. These events are free of charge and open to educators, parents, teachers, consultants and the public.

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Complete List of Upcoming Events at the Learning Centre

Check back often! We add new events regularly.

Encounters Exhibit: An Evening with Educators of Capilano Children's Centre

February 5, 2019

As Part of the Encounters Exhibit, Frog Hollow Reggio-Inspired Learning Centre is pleased to host An Evening with Educators of Capilano Children's Centre.

At this event we will take a tour of the two displayed projects at Frog Hollow, join the educators from Capilano Children's Centre as they explain their project in depth, and take the opportunity to ask questions regarding this project and discuss emerging topic.

Certificates of Professional Development will be provided.

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A photograph of a lump of clay, full of children's fingerprints

Audience:
ECE educators, elementary school teachers, principals, school district staff, childcare directors, school age care educators, parents

Intoductory level:
For those starting their journey with the Reggio Emilia approach

Recommended pre-requisite courses:
None

Workshop: Engaging Families in Emergent Curriculum - Stories from Hilltop Educator Institute

February 21, 2019

We are pleased to invite you to a rich evening of stories, reflecting and learning with Sarah Felstiner.

Educators in Reggio Emilia, Italy have described the school as a "three-legged stool" made up of children, families, and educators...if one of the pieces is missing, the whole thing falls down! So how can we encourage families to become meaningfully engaged in our programs, and in studying their children's learning?

By designing a year-round plan for partnership, supported by pedagogical narration, we can invite families to participate in curriculum planning, documentation, and assessment. Using examples from Hilltop Children's Center in Seattle, this discussion will offer possible models for authentic collaboration between families and educators.

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A photograph of children and family members working with materials together on a long wooden table.

Audience:
ECE educators, elementary school teachers, principals, school district staff, childcare directors, school age care educators

Intermediate level:
For those familiar with the concepts and principles of the Reggio Emilia approach

Recommended pre-requisite courses:
Introduction to Reggio Emilia – part 1 & 2

2nd Annual Conference: Reflecting with Lella Gandini

February 22–23, 2019

Frog Hollow Reggio-Inspired Learning Centre is very pleased to host Lella Gandini at our annual conference.

Friday, February 22, 2019
Reggio Emilia Approach & Inquiry-Based Practice

The Ministry of Education has recently adopted an inquiry-based approach in BC. This redesigned curriculum encourages teachers and students to learn by asking and answering their own questions. In-depth projects bring focus to process and provide the students with the flexibility needed to capture their ideas on topics that raise their interest.

Educators at Reggio Emilia have been involved with the idea of inquiry-based practice and project-based learning for many years.

On February 22nd, Lella Gandini, the co-editor of The Hundred Languages of Children will speak about the Reggio Emilia approach and its experiences with the Inquiry-Based practice. Lella will be sharing videos and stories from the project "An Amusement Park for Birds" (from the students of La Villeta School in Reggio Emilia) to walk us through the process of in-depth projects and the role of observation and documentation in facilitating them.

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Saturday, February 23, 2019
In the Spirit of the Studio

In the past few years as educators in BC have explored the Reggio Emilia approach and searched for possibilities within their own culture and reality, they have come across the idea of the Studio in Early Years and school settings and the many ways it can inspire their practice.

On February 23rd, Lella Gandini, the co-author of In the Spirit of the Studio will take us on a journey filled with possibilities, creativity and imagination as she reflects on some of the stories from her book, speaks about the role of the atelier in school, and guides us through exploration of children's many languages as we play and interact with clay.

Participants may choose to attend only one conference day or both; a reduced fee is available for two-day registration

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A photo of Lella Gandini, speaking to an audience.

Audience:
ECE educators, elementary school teachers, principals, school district staff, childcare directors, school age care educators, parents

Introductory level:
For those starting their journey with the Reggio Emilia approach

Recommended pre-requisite courses:
None

Dialogue & Dessert

March 12, 2019

The Dialogue & Dessert discussions are meant to energize public spaces as places of learning about our children.

Social spaces of gathering will be the venue for discussion, collaboration and open conversations about issues that face children, families and early years educators, but may sometimes be “swept under the carpet”.

These events are free of charge and open to educators, parents, teachers, consultants and the public.

Since the on-going conversation is essential for these roundtables, we ask for participants to commit to attending all our upcoming roundtables.

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An educator and a child in conversation about an object made of clay.

Audience:
ECE educators, elementary school teachers, principals, school district staff, childcare directors, school age care educators, parents

Introductory level:
For those starting their journey with the Reggio Emilia approach

Recommended pre-requisite courses:
None

Other Events

These events are held on a regular basis; check back often for scheduled dates.

Workshop: Embracing Problems

“Problems” arise at all times, in our daily life, our programs and our world.

At Frog Hollow Children’s Centre we have been thinking about “problems” in new ways: what if a problem was the start to a new beginning? What would happen if we perceived problems as opportunities rather than barriers, and if we embraced them rather than resisting them?

Contact the Learning Centre for more information.

Audience:
ECE educators, elementary school teachers, principals, school district staff, childcare directors, school age care educators, students, parents

Intermediate level:
For those familiar with the concepts and principles of the Reggio Emilia approach

Recommended pre-requisite courses:
Introduction to Reggio Emilia – part 1 & 2

Leader’s Roundtable

The roundtables aim to initiate exciting and stimulating conversation and opportunities to meet others interested in supporting children on their journeys of learning in our communities.

These roundtables are held every 3 months.

Contact the Learning Centre for more information.

Audience:
ECE leaders, University professors, PhD students, professionals from Metro Vancouver school districts, arts organizations

Introductory level:
For those starting their journey with the Reggio Emilia approach

Recommended pre-requisite courses:
None

Working with Living Documentation

The educators of Reggio Emilia have been working with the concept of documentation for many years. In BC, we are exploring pedagogical narrations as part of our Early Years Framework and we are working to implement them in our school curriculum. In this dual-track workshop we will explore the possibilities of documentation beyond stories and pictures on the walls.

Sharing stories from our Childcare Centres, we will consider how pedagogical narrations become a part of our living documentation at our programs, how the process of documentation enriches our deep investigations with children and how it plays an essential role in involving children and their families in their learning. Some questions we will ponder upon are: what is the role of pedagogical narrations in the process of documentation? What is a living documentation? What is the role of the living documentation in creating cultures of collaboration between educators, children and their families?

Contact the Learning Centre for more information.

Audience:
ECE educators, elementary school teachers, principals, school district staff, childcare directors, school age care educators, students, parents

Intermediate level:
For those familiar with the concepts and principles of the Reggio Emilia approach

Recommended pre-requisite courses:
Introduction to Reggio Emilia – part 1 &2; What is the Reggio approach to Projects?

"Being" Educators at School Age Programs

School Age programs are traditionally (and widely) perceived as places for children to pass time until their parents return from work and take them home. For anyone who has worked in a School Age program, it is no news that these after school programs are full of potential for children to engage in social interactions, build and maintain meaningful relationships and practice true citizenship.

At this dual-track workshop we invite School Age educators to think about their role beyond child-minders and to look deeply into possibilities these short few hours can offer. While we share stories from our School Age children and their educators, we provoke the audience to wonder: How do School Age children view the role of teachers and students? What influences our definition of education, educators and learners? What is the role of the educator in a School Age program? How can we start to think of a School Age program that is a place deep in meaning and crucial in one's self and collective identity?

Contact the Learning Centre for more information.

Audience:
ECE educators, elementary school teachers, principals, school district staff, childcare directors, school age care educators, students, parents

Introductory level:
For those starting their journey with the Reggio Emilia approach

Recommended pre-requisite courses:
None