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.

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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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

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

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.

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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