Professional Development Workshop Series 2017-2018

In anticipation of the Wonder of Learning exhibition in 2018, BARIN has drawn inspiration from the exhibit in planning the workshop series this year. This four-part workshop series invites you to begin a dialogue with materials and places, explore the enchantment of writing, and immerse yourself in the ideas and projects shared by our facilitators and speakers.

As a teacher inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, you have an endless capacity to wonder alongside your students. But how do you turn those “wonderings” into research questions that provoke investigations and projects? Together with our facilitators and speakers, we will practice articulating observations, build theories, and craft the questions that guide our curriculum.

Apr 12, 2018

Enchantment of Writing


How does mark-making, drawing and writing help children express themselves and make meaning out of the world around them? This workshop will explore the influence of symbolic learning and written code on early literacy development. Presented by Lella Gandini and educators from the Newtowne School. ➜ Purchase tickets to the 2017 - 2018 series      

Enchantment of Writing2018-03-21T03:56:39+00:00
Feb 3, 2018

Dialogue with Places: Educator Open House Day


Get a one day pass to visit several local Reggio-inspired schools in the area. Participants will have the opportunity to visit schools, walk through classrooms, and learn from each school's educators. Peabody Terrace Children's Center, Cambridge Radcliffe Child Care Center, Cambridge The Advent School, Boston Charlestown Nursery School, Charlestown Stony Brook School, Jamaica Plain The Family Cooperative, Watertown Buckingham Browne & Nichols (Beginner classrooms), Cambridge   ➜ Purchase tickets to the 2017 - 2018 series      

Dialogue with Places: Educator Open House Day2018-01-22T03:11:17+00:00
Nov 28, 2017

Engaging by Design: Documenting Ideas to Projects


How does an educator move an idea to a project? How can documenting learner’s ideas extend to a long-term exploration? We will share documentation examples and encourage discussion how we might listen, observe, provoke, and inspire learners to extend their thinking.  We will also consider the elements of design and display of interactive documentation to engage our audience and encourage their participation in the learning.   ➜ Purchase tickets to the 2017 - 2018 series   Stephanie Cox Suarez is an associate professor at Wheelock College in the elementary and special education department. She is the founding director of the Documentation Studio and provides professional development to pre-service and in-service [...]

Engaging by Design: Documenting Ideas to Projects2017-09-29T05:14:29+00:00
Oct 17, 2017

Dialogue with Natural Materials: Inspirations from Reggio Emilia


  ➜ Purchase tickets to the 2017 - 2018 series   Cathy Weisman Topal began her career as a middle school art teacher in Newton, MA. For over thirty years she has been a lecturer in Visual Arts Education in the Department of Education and Child Study at Smith College in Northampton, MA, as well as a studio art teacher at the Smith College Campus School, an elementary laboratory school for Smith College, and at the Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE), also at Smith College.   Cathy is the author of six books that have grown from her explorations and exchanges with children, classroom teachers, visual arts educators, and [...]

Dialogue with Natural Materials: Inspirations from Reggio Emilia2017-09-29T05:20:03+00:00