The Documentation Studio at Wheelock College
The Boston Children's Museum blog now includes ministories from Wheelock undergrad students of children and adults playing and learning at the museum. Wheelock students explore the tool of documentation and visual arts in the spring course, "Making Learning Visible," taught by Stephanie Cox Suarez and Erica Licea-Kane.
The Documentation Studio at Wheelock College was founded in 2008 by Wheelock faculty member Stephanie Cox Suarez who, along with several colleagues, participated in the Making Learning Visible project and were inspired by this introduction to Reggio Emilia and their use of documentation. The Documentation Studio was created as a space for educators to learn about, develop, and exhibit documentation from a variety of learning contexts.
Currently, the Documentation Studio is a resource for interested Wheelock faculty, faculty from other institutions of higher education, and educators preK through high school to gather in an effort to continually improve the quality of teaching and learning in their classrooms. The common thread is that all of these educators are interested in using documentation to support learning—their own as well as their students—and as a vehicle for collaboration and sharing knowledge.
We mount new documentation exhibits regularly and host receptions to celebrate and reflect on the learning and teaching featured in the work. We see these exhibits as work-in-progress, which allows for the possibility that those in attendance can both learn from and help to shape work when it is made public in this way. Contact us if you would like to share your documentation; we welcome the connection and collaboration and it can be a strong motivator to prepare your work for a public display!
Professional Development Opportunities
The Documentation Studio is intended to serve a variety of professional development needs. The Studio is open and free to the public to visit—individually or in small groups—on an ad hoc basis when classes on Wheelock's Brookline campus are in session. (Please sign the guest book so that we know you visited us!) For larger groups and for facilitated professional development sessions, the Studio is available for a fee. If you are interested in scheduling a visit or session for a group, please contact Stephanie Cox Suarez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We host Open Studios every other month that are free and open to the public. These gatherings attract an eclectic group of educators from across a variety of settings, age groups, grades, and experience and the conversations—grounded in documentation—are always interesting and illuminating. If you'd like to join us, please check the website for upcoming dates or complete our online form to be included on an email list announcing upcoming events.
Engage with the Documentation Studio on our Blog
The Documentation Studio blog is designed to spark a conversation about how documentation can make learning visible. Learn about new approaches to documentation and join the discussions surrounding our upcoming and past exhibits.