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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Workshop: Reggio Emilia Approach – An Introduction to Philosophy and Principles

September 25 and October 2, 2019

If you would like to learn more about the Reggio approach, this workshop is a great place to start. Session One (September 25th), will explore the history and philosophy of the Reggio Emilia approach. Session Two (October 2nd), will explore principles of the Reggio Emilia approach.

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Living & Learning with Nature - A professional development retreat

March 20–22, 2020

This three-day retreat at Loon Lake brings together like-minded educators, teachers and leaders for an opportunity to network, live and learn with nature, and learn about Indigenous culture in relation to the Early Learning Framework, the gifts of nature, and Emergent Curriculum.

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Pedagogical Documentation: Beyond the Photos on the Wall

October 23, October 30, and November 6, 2019

In this three-part workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn about Pedagogical Documentation in detail and through many lived stories from Frog Hollow's Children Centres – toddlers, preschoolers and School Age children.

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Toddlers and Long Term Projects

November 13, 2019

How can we engage toddlers in long term projects?

Join us as we share the journey of a two year project with our Toddlers program at Frog Hollow.

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Complete List of Upcoming Events at the Learning Centre

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Workshop: Reggio Emilia Approach – An Introduction to Philosophy and Principles

September 25th and October 2nd, 2019

If you are interested in learning more about this approach, this workshop is a great start for you!In this 2-part 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 and 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 25th), we will be exploring the history and philosophy of the Reggio Emilia approach.

On the second session of this dual-track workshop (October 2nd), 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.

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A young child working with paint and natural materials.

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

Pedagogical Documentation: Beyond the Photos on the Wall

October 23rd, October 30th, and November 6th, 2019

Pedagogical Documentation (Pedagogical Narration, as referred to in BC Early Learning Framework) is an essential part of our work with children. There are many forms of documentation, and they serve many purposes.In this three-part workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn about Pedagogical Documentation in detail and through many lived stories from Frog Hollow's Children Centres – toddlers, preschoolers and School Age children.

WORKSHOP I: Observation and the Process of Pedagical Documentation (October 23, 2019)

WORKSHOP II: Curriculum Design Meetings and Collective Interpretations (October 30, 2019)

WORKSHOP III: Re-visiting (November 6, 2019)

Participants have the choice of attending only one of the workshops, or all three for a discounted price.

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Children Playing outside with wood

Audience:
ECE educators, elementary school teachers, principals, school district staff, childcare directors, school age care educators, parents
All levels:
For those starting their journey with Reggio Emilia, and those more familiar with the approach.
Recommended pre-requisite courses:
None

Toddlers and Long Term Projects

November 13, 2019

How can we engage toddlers in long term projects?

Join us as we share the journey of a two year project with our Toddlers program at Frog Hollow.

In this workshop we will explore: What are some differences between toddlers and other ages when it gets to projects? How do we at Frog Hollow initiate and maintain projects? What are deep investigations? What are invitations and provocations? What is the role of Pedagogical documentation in long term projects?

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A child investigates alongside a plush spider.

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

All levels:
For those starting their journey with Reggio Emilia, and those more familiar with the approach.

Recommended pre-requisite courses:
None

Living & Learning with Nature - A professional development retreat

March 20–22, 2020

This three-day retreat brings educators, teachers and leaders together to live and learn with nature. We will learn about indigenous culture in relation to the Early Learning Framework, the gifts of nature, and emergent curriculum.Participants have the option to explore canoeing, hiking, and forts as part of the "Learning with Nature" workshop, and plenty of downtime to network while enjoying meals and in the evenings.

Space is limited, so don't hesitate to register.

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A wooden wharf extending into a lake. The trees are reflected in the water.

Audience:
ECE educators, elementary school teachers, principals, school district staff, childcare directors, school age care educators, parents
All levels:
For those starting their journey with Reggio Emilia, and those more familiar with the 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?

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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

Dialogue & Dessert

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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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

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