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What is Progettazione? Explore the Process of Design Thinking
January 11 @ 7:00 pm - April 12 @ 8:30 pm
Loosely translated into English, progettazione is defined as a design thinking strategy for planning where teachers hypothesize about children’s interests, make predictions, document, and together with children, engage in an extended process of learning. We will explore these components with guest educators who will share their process and documentation from their settings. There will be time for audience engagement with the speakers and participants. Workshop descriptions below.
Workshop 1: Design Thinking: Conversations to Wonder, Interpret, and Plan
January 11, 2023 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. ET
We will set the stage for our workshop series on design thinking by illustrating the four components for planning a progettazione: hypothesis, observation, interpretation, and re-launch. Educators will illuminate this process through examples of work done with children, including a year-long exploration of birds with a group of infants and school-wide project that originated with a toddler classroom’s interest in stickers.
Presenters: Hilary Odoy, Director, Radcliffe Child Care Center; Briana Andrade, Christine Cornish, Meghann Danforth, Radcliffe Child Care Center, Infant Team; and Isis Arnesen, former Toddler Teacher, Newtowne School and current coach with the Cambridge Office of Early Childhood.
Workshop 2: Thinking Routines: Making Learning Visible in the Early Years
February 8, 2023 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. ET *We will record this event and share the recording for later viewing.
Educators from an international school in Turkey will share the innovative ways they support children’s engagement with documentation. Through the use of wonder boxes and a wonder wall, children are encouraged to play with the documentation and to add to the wondering on their various short and long-term projects. They will share their thinking and daily routines that support making this learning visible. Check out the work on Instagram!
Presenters: Dilek Duman, Early Childhood Teacher, and Alona Yildirim, Elementary Assistant Principal, Bilkent Laboratory and International School in Ankara, Turkey.
Workshop 3: We Are All Scientists: Connecting Design & STEM Thinking
March 8, 2023 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
The word ‘science’ can be foreboding and exclusive and yet it is the scientific process that children use to explore the world. Science is messy, open-ended, and can be fun and playful. How does the scientific method apply to design learning? In this workshop, educators will share how children used the design thinking process throughout emergent investigation. The City Study, at Worcester Head Start, will show how children were thinking like engineers and followed an engineering design process to solve problems throughout the study.
Presenters: Suchira Channoi, Education Curriculum & Instructional Support Specialist, Worcester Child Development Head Start
Workshop 4: A Way of Knowing: Playing with a Research Process
April 12, 2023 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Our final workshop in the series will highlight two classroom projects that make visible the process of teacher research and observing, hypothesizing, interpreting, and re-launching ideas with children. The first preschool classroom project stemmed from the children’s spontaneous play and their deep concern for the bugs who might have lost their homes to recent wildfires. Showing empathy for the smallest of the world’s creatures also helped children work out their big feelings of homelessness as it pertained to their friends and their families. The second project considers the concept of self-identity to help children gain a sense of self in relation to others. Children’s identity, like an adult’s identity, is layered and multifaceted. Recognizing the multiple facets of our identity can help us think and understand through different lenses. Educators will share how preschool-aged children explored the question “Who am I and Who am I with others?” using a variety of projects built around this theme.
Presenters: Ariana Carr and Noreen Reeder, Boulder Journey Resident Teachers, and Vaidehi Desai, Preschool Teacher, Newtowne School
Registration is for all events in the Workshop Series; single event registration is not available. This year’s series will be on the Zoom platform. Workshops are NOT recorded, with the exception of the workshop on February 8.
$150 Supporting Fee: At this level, you are covering your fee for all Workshop Series events and helping to subsidize the reduced fees paid by others who have more challenging financial circumstances.
$100 Our-Cost Fee: At this level, your fee fully covers the costs of you attending all events in the Workshop Series.
$50 Subsidized Fee*: At this level, your fee for all events is subsidized by the scholarship fund provided by BARIN Supporters and through the additional fees paid by those selecting a Supporting Level Fee.
*We do not want financial hardship to be a barrier to participation. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend the Workshop Series, but cannot pay one of the fees outlined above.