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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The Many Purposes Of Observing Children

May 17, 2020

Observation is one of the most important tasks for Early Years educators, and for the design of an Emergent Curriculum.

In this online workshop, we will share our experiences and stories from our programs at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House.

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Diving Deeper Into the Value of Relationships

June 17, 2020

At this online workshop participants will come together with two of Frog Hollow's amazing educators to think about the reason relationships are so important, the characteristics of sincere relationships, and what it takes for educators to build deep relationships with children.

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Dialogue and Dessert Book Club

June 1, 2020

Join us in reading the book "Rest, Play, Grow", written by Deborah MacNamara.

We will be meeting on Zoom on a weekly basis to discuss the book and the emerging issues.

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Taking a Leap: Values and Practices for Planning an Emergent Curriculum

October 23, 2020

Frog Hollow Reggio-inspired Learning Centre, in Partnership with Hilltop Educator's Institute, invites you to a virtual learning experience!

Presented by Sarah Felstiner of Hilltop Educator's Institute

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BCELF & the Environment

June 10, 2020

What is a "rich" environment in BCELF?

In this online workshop, we get together and discuss the characteristics and the role of enriching environments for children and educators in pedagogical spaces.

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Complete List of Upcoming Events at the Learning Centre

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The Many Purposes Of Observing Children

May 27, 2020

Discover the many reasons for educators to observe children

Observation is one of the most important tasks for Early Years educators and one of the most essential steps for the design of an Emergent Curriculum.

In this on-line workshop, we invite you to expand your knowledge of:

  • the purposes behind different kinds of observations
  • the relationship between observations and Pedagogical Choices
  • the role of observations in the process of Pedagogical Narrations

In this workshop we will share our experiences and stories from our Infants, Toddlers, Preschool and School-Age programs at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House. Participants will have the chance to engage actively in the discussions.

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a child observing shadows od pancils against a screen

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

Dialogue and Dessert Book Club: Rest, Play, Grow by Dr. Deborah MacNamara

June 1-29, 2020

We are excited to bring back the Dialogue and Dessert Series online!

Join us in reading the book "Rest, Play, Grow", written by Deborah MacNamara.

We will be meeting on Zoom on a weekly basis to discuss the book and the emerging issues.

Facilitators: Maryam Naddaf; Illeana Gavrila

Meeting Dates: June 1, June 9, June 15, June 22 & June 29, 2020

We ask participants to commit to all five meetings.

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The cover of the book Rest Play Grow By Deborah MacNamara

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

BCELF & The Environment

June 10, 2020

What is a "rich" environment in BCELF?

The BC Early Learning Framework puts huge emphasis on the environment. The environment has also been an important point of attention for educators of schools in Reggio Emilia.

In this workshop, we will get together and discuss the characteristics and the role of enriching environments for children and educators in pedagogical spaces.

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and the Early Learning Framework, we will examine the environment in three areas: Space, Material & Time.

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A child looking at shadows projected on a wall

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

Diving Deeper into the Value of Relationships

June 17, 2020

Join us on this interactive workshop on the power of relationships!

Relationships are the heart of our practice with children in Early and Middle Years.

At this online workshop participants will come together with Mike Graham and Trish Alsop, two of Frog Hollow's amazing educators, to think about:

  • the reason relationships are so important
  • the characteristics of sincere relationships
  • what does it take for educators to build deep relationships with children

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Children group around collages of framed photos of family

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

Taking a Leap: Values and Practices for Planning an Emergent Curriculum

October 23 & 24, 2020

Taking a Leap: Values and Practices for Planning an Emergent Curriculum

Friday, October 23, 2020 | 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM: Taking a Leap - Part I
Though we don’t usually think of “planning” something “emergent,” in fact it takes a great deal of intention to facilitate a curriculum that is flexibly generated from the children’s own questions and pursuits. This session will offer specific examples of structures and dispositions that support a dynamic, responsive, customized curriculum for young children.

Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM: Taking A Leap - Part II
On day two, we'll build upon the principles covered the previous day and consider ways to invite and encourage families to become meaningfully engaged in our programs, and look at possible models for partnering with families in curriculum planning, documentation, and assessment, to help connect families to their children's learning, throughout the school year.

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a younch child follows animal pawprints in the sand

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?

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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; 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