The Reggio Emilia Approach-Workshops

The Reggio Emilia Approach

The Association of International Early Childhood Education (AIECE) in association with TAIP presents a series of workshops about the Reggio Emilia Approach to education.

February 20th-24th, 2017-Mini evening workshops (5:00-6:30 pm and 7:00-8:30 pm)
February 25th and 26th, 2017- Weekend Seminar (9:00 am-12:00pm and 1:00-4:00 pm)

Place: Tokyo Children’s Garden, 5-11-1 Nakata House Ikedayama 101, Higashi Gotanda, Shinagawa-Ku, Tokyo 141-0022
Fee: One day weekend seminar 8,000 yen for TAIP members, 12,000 yen for non-members
Fee: Mini Workshops: 3,000 yen/workshop (book all 5 by February 10th and receive a 20% discount)
(The workshops may be cancelled if a minimum number of participants is not reached)

For questions or to register, please email: aiecenew@gmail.com

Marianne Valentine: Originally from Scotland where she trained first as a classical dancer and then as a primary school teacher, Marianne has been working in early years and elementary education for almost twenty years. Having spent four years teaching in the historic private schools of Edinburgh, Scotland, Marianne moved to Reggio Emilia, Italy where she has been based for twenty-one years. In this small, northern Italian town she has gained significant understanding and experience of the world-renowned Reggio Approach to Early Years Education, both as a parent in the municipal schools and as an educator collaborating in private, state and cooperative education settings in Reggio and the surrounding area. As well as teaching, Marianne has also written extensively on the educational approach for publications such as the Times Educational Supplement and has produced a study of the system for the Scottish government department of Education. Four years ago, Marianne moved into the International Education sector and now works as early years educator and pedagogical coordinator for the International School of Europe group of schools based throughout Italy. They are a member of the Inspired Global Group of International Schools, which follow a Reggio Inspired Approach to Inquiry based learning. Marianne is now embarking on Ph.D. research into the use of pedagogical documentation process within the international setting and believes strongly that the basic tenets of the Reggio Approach have much to offer the International community of learners, be that a child, an educator or a parent.

Mini workshops for Educators

A series of short hands on workshops that allow you to experiment with the pedagogy of listening in a practical way that can influence your own teaching and environment. These workshops are given from a purely personal perspective based on personal experience and understanding built from a variety of contexts from Reggio Emilia and the International settings. These views do not in any way mean to represent those of Reggio Children.

Monday, February 20th  7:00-8:30pm “I looked and then I looked again and everything was different”
The quality of the youngest children’s graphic work is often noted in the Reggio Schools. We explore together the techniques and strategies used during the process of encouraging children to ‘look beyond seeing.

Tuesday, February 21st 500-6:30pm-One space left or 7:00-8:30pm “The Environment is the Third Teacher”
How can the class and school environment encourage creativity? With the use of tools as simple as a digital camera and computer you will be encouraged to look closely at your environment, to consider it from different perspectives and to use it as a stimulus for creating collective art work.

Wednesday, February 22nd 5:00-6:30pm or 7:00-8:30pm “Being Sensitive to the structure that connects”
Encouraging children to move from 2D to 3D representations. Using clay as a stimulus for expressiveness, creativity and creative thinking in the early years classroom.

Thursday, February 23rd 5:00-6:30pm or 7:00-8:30pm “This is my name. without my name, you don’t know who I am but I am still me…”
Practical strategies for creating an authentic and constructivist approach to literacy within the early years setting.

Friday, February 24th 5:00-6:30pm or 7:00-8:30pm “Digital landscapes, possible worlds.”
Crossing the boundary between the virtual and the real worlds to stimulate imagination. The use of Digital Immersive context in the early years setting offers the child a new and possible way of entering into relationship with the surrounding environment and the world. This technology poses questions about how the child will collaborate, and how the language of computer coding might be used directly by the children. It also poses te question of how children can combine it with all their other expressive languages.

Weekend Seminars

9:00am-12:00pm “Your Image of the Child is where Teaching begins.”
A personal perspective of the history and philosophy at the basis of the Reggio Approach.
Howard Gardner describes Reggio as an example of a ‘truly civic society’ and this is the lies at the basis of the history and philosophy of the Reggio Approach. During this workshop, we will look closely at the historical and cultural elements that underpin the approach and then consider the central element of the philosophy: The Image of the Child, from which influences all other elements of the approach. Who is the child that you see each day in your classroom? How can you be sure that you really see them? How do they construct their identity and how do we make that visible? What kind of school do they deserve?

1:00pm-4:00pm “Hands that Listen, Eyes that speak and feel” -The Pedagogy of Listening
At the heart of The Reggio Approach lies the dance between educator and child that is the pedagogy of-listening. Through this workshop we will deconstruct the process of tuning in to children’s thoughts and ideas to search for meaning and to support and make visible the children’s theories and understandings. We will look closely at the pedagogical documentation process and this will lead us to consider the how we might support and make projections for the next phase of the child’s creative thinking process.

Saturday, February 25th (In English)

Sunday, February 26th (with Japanese Translation)

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Reggio Emilia

The Association of International Early Childhood Education (AIECE) presents: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Reggio Emilia. February 25th-26th, 2017

AIECE travelled to Italy last February to attend a study tour of the world-renowned Reggio Emilia approach. We were impressed by what we saw and experienced there, but felt the difficulty of having the information “lost in translation”. Fortunately we were able to meet Marianne Valentine, a Scottish national who has lived and worked in Reggio Emilia as an early years educator for 20 years. As her own children went through the Reggio Emilia school system, we found her insights from both a teacher and parent perspective fascinating. She has also worked at the International School of Modena for the past four years. As the school is an International Baccalaureate World school, Marianne has deep, first-hand knowledge of both the Reggio approach and the IB inquiry based curriculum. She has been asked to conduct workshops at schools in several different countries based on her extensive early childhood education background.

The amount of in depth information and insight we received from our conversations with Marianne was amazing, and we want to share that experience with teachers and parents in Japan. We are very excited to announce Marianne will be in Tokyo from February 20th-26th to share her experiences and expertise. Save the date! Specifics about the workshops will be sent out in the new year. Please see below for more information about Marianne, or feel free to contact AIECE if you have any questions. aiecenew@gmail.com

Marianne Valentine: Originally from Scotland where she trained first as a classical dancer and then as a primary school teacher, Marianne has been working in early years education for almost twenty years. Having spent four years teaching in the historic private schools of Edinburgh, Scotland, Marianne moved to Reggio Emilia, Italy where she has been based for over twenty years. In this small, northern Italian town she has gained significant experience of the world-renowned Reggio Approach to Early Years Education, both as a parent and as an educator. As well as teaching, Marianne has also written extensively on the educational approach for publications such as the Times Educational Supplement and has produced a study of the system for the Scottish government department of Education. Four years ago, Marianne moved into the International Education sector and now works as early years educator and early years coordinator for the International School of Modena, Italy which is a member of the Inspired Group of International Schools. Marianne believes strongly that the basic tenets of the Reggio approach have much to offer the International community of learners, be that a child, an educator or a parent.

Celebrating Inclusion Workshop

Celebrating Inclusion Workshop with Felicity Crawford
Presented by the Association of International Early Childhood Education

Felicity Crawford is an associate professor of Special Education in the Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities Program. She brings the perspective of an experienced preK-12 educator who has worked for many years, and at every grade level, in racially and culturally diverse classroom settings.
Prior to coming to Wheelock, Crawford served as project coordinator at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she successfully recruited, supervised, and taught several cohorts of master-level students seeking dual licensure in special and general education at the secondary level.

This workshop examines the social context of schooling in Japan and introduces elements of successful inclusion and instructional design in relation to the question: What would it take to ensure successful inclusive educational experiences for students with disabilities in Japan?
For more information or to register;
http:/aiece.or.jp info@aiece.or.jp
03-5793-5077
(Please specify which session when registering)

Date: Sunday, June 12th
Time: 9:00-12:00 (English)
13:00-16:00 (Japanese Translation)
Place: Willowbrook International School
(2-14-28 Moto Azabu, Minato-Ku 106-0046)
Fee: Regular-6,480 yen
Students– 4,320 yen
TAIP Member– 3,240 yen

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Tokyo Association of International Preschools (TAIP) http://tokyopreschools.org/

Celebrating Inclusion Workshop-Correction

Apologies that the registration information on the previous post was incorrect. To register, please go to the AIECE homepage at: http://aiece.or.jp or email info@aiece.or.jp

The Association of International Early Childhood Education is pleased to announce a workshop for early childhood educators that celebrates diversity and inclusion with Felicity Crawford of Wheelock College, Boston.

Date: Sunday, June 12th
Time: 9:00-12:00 (English)
13:00-16:00 (Japanese Translation)
Place: Willowbrook
International School
(2-14-28 Moto Azabu, Minato-Ku 106-0046)

Fee: Regular-6,480 yen
Students– 4,320 yen
TAIP Member– 3,240 yen

Felicity Crawford is an associate professor of Special Education in the Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities Program. She brings the perspective of an experienced preK-12 educator who has worked for many years, and at every grade level, in racially and culturally diverse classroom settings.
Prior to coming to Wheelock, Crawford served as project coordinator at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she successfully recruited, supervised, and taught several cohorts of master-level students seeking dual licensure in special and general education at the secondary level.
Her research interests include teacher ideology, the social context of urban special education, and pathways toward effectively transforming the experiences of students from diverse racial, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds in urban special education classrooms. Her most recent study focuses on the academic experiences of adults with dyslexia who are enrolled in higher education institutions in the Eastern Caribbean.

For more information or to register, please contact: info@aiece.or.jp or visit the homepage at: http://aiece.or.jp
03-5793-5077
(Please specify which session when registering)

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Tokyo Association of International Preschools (TAIP) http://tokyopreschools.org/