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Creating Preschool for All: Building Connections through Documentation

April 7 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join Dr. Tiziana Filippini and members of Harvard’s Project Zero for an engaging discussion!

Join us for an afternoon of learning and engaging discussion!

Educator Open House – 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

The event begins with an hour to tour Newtowne School and visit classroom spaces. Dialogue with teachers and see environments and documentation that engages young learners.

Dr. Tiziana Filippini Keynote: How can the Reggio Emilia Approach offer inspiration as we move towards “Education for All” in our context? – 3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

The city of Cambridge is moving to a publicly-funded preschool model, where every 4-year-old and some high priority 3-year-olds will receive free preschool spaces in a range of varied, high-quality programs. As preschool becomes more accessible, our school communities become increasingly rich in diversity. Dr. Tiziana Filippini, pedagogista from Reggio Emilia, will join us in person to discuss how the Reggio Emilia Approach — an approach that centers citizenship, relationship-building, and the rights of children — can offer a supportive framework as our community works to design a system where all children are empowered and their learning is visible to everyone.

Reception – 4:00-4:30

Light appetizers and refreshments served.

Project Zero Round Table Discussion: The choreography between individual, small group, and whole group learning: The role of documentation – 4:30 – 5:50 p.m.

In Making Learning Visible, Steve Seidel describes the learning group as, “Holding the individual in its arms with care, respect and love…provid[ing] exactly the right context for the emergence of strong individual identities.” How can we create such learning groups? In this conversation with members of Harvard’s Making Learning Visible research group, Ben Mardell will bring forward documentation from Newtowne School as a provocation for Tiziana Filippini, Steve Seidel, and Mara Krechevsky to discuss organizing individual, small group, and whole group learning and the role of documentation in supporting such learning.

Newtowne School is housed inside the First Church of Cambridge, which is a short walk from the MBTA red line stop at Harvard and many local bus lines. Please note there is no parking at the church, but visitors can park on surrounding neighborhood streets and at metered parking for free on Sundays.

*We do not want financial hardship to be a barrier to participation. Please email us at bostonreggioinspiredstudygroup@gmail.com if you would like to attend this event, but cannot pay the registration fee.


Newtowne School
11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Cambridge, MA 02138 US
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