Documentation Studio: Open Studios and Events
Open Studios and other events held by the Documentation Studio are opportunities to explore questions of teaching and learning grounded in documentation. The Documentation Studio is located at 43 Hawes Street on Wheelock College's Brookline Campus.
NAREA Professional Development Series
April 24 and 25 in Cambridge, MA
Alternative Narratives is a new NAREA professional development series, which will feature wide-ranging and diverse voices from the global community and will serve to strengthen regional communities of early childhood educators and advocates throughout North America.
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Brick by Brick Series at the Eric Carle Museum
Reflecting on the Multiple Potentials of Documentation
April 11, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Join The North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) for a very special day at the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, MA. Explore how children express and communicate meanings through the language of visual literacy.
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Direct link to event registration
Open Studio: March 2, 2017, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
The March 2nd Open Studio features two teachers (and Wheelock graduate students) experimenting with sharing documentation with their students. Come find out what these teachers are learning and discuss ideas!
Presenting teachers: Meghan Lederhos, 4th grade, King Open School in Cambridge Public Schools and Olivia Pizzi, kindergarten, Edison Elementary in Boston Public Schools.
Refreshments provided and an RSVP is helpful but not required (email Stephanie Cox Suarez, email@example.com).
Open Studio: December 1, 2016, 5-7 p.m.
The December 1st Open Studio features two educators. First, Stories from Ireland: Exploring and Thinking about Pedagogical Documentation. Rita Melia, an early childhood specialist from Ireland is completing a Fulbright at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Then, Wheelock's early childhood senior, Caitlyn Perry, will share documentation from her Boston Public School kindergarten classroom.
Melia is an early childhood specialist with Early Childhood Ireland, a Doctoral Researcher with UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre National University of Ireland Galway, an Irish Research Council Scholar and a Fulbright awardee 2016 /2017. She is currently undertaking independent research as a visiting predoctoral fellow at Project Zero Harvard Graduate School of Education, where her faculty sponsor is Professor Howard Gardner. Her research, which explores the preschool educators image of the child as a learner, is strongly influenced by the work of Loris Malaguzzi. As the named representative for Early Childhood Ireland on the Reggio Children International Network, Melia brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from research, policy, and practice in early childhood education and care, which is underpinned by a belief that the educators image of the child is where teaching begins.
Refreshments provided and an RSVP (firstname.lastname@example.org) is helpful but not required.
Brick by Brick Series: Reflecting on the Role of Documentation
How documentation supports education as research and the development of relationships
Saturday, October 29, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
- Why and how do we document children's meaning-making?
- What role does documentation play in promoting the exchange of ideas and collaboration among children, teachers, and families?
Please join us as we explore together the role of documentation in Reggio Emilia and Reggio-inspired classrooms in New England.
Speakers will include Stephanie Cox Suarez, founder of the Wheelock Documentation Studio, and Jeanne Goldhaber, Professor Emerita of the University of Vermont, and several New England classroom teachers.
Registration fee (including lunch): NAREA Members: $75; Non-members:$100 (Visit reggioalliance.org to become a member)
NAREA contact: Lauren Dap, Lauren@reggioalliance.org, 770-552-0179
Curiosity and Learning Conference
A Day of hands-on experiences to explore materials and ideas in science, math and art
Saturday, October 1, 2016, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wheelock's second conference of hands-on experiences, inspired by the education philosophy of David and Frances Hawkins, offers enriching professional development to educators from schools at all age levels, museums, and family child care providers. This conference provides an opportunity to practice many ways to nurture curiosity and wonder in ourselves and our students. This hands-on day offers a dozen stations to experiment with provocations and materials and to informally engage with Wheelock faculty from science, math, art, and education as well as colleagues from deCordova Museum and the Hawkins Learning study group.
The conference will be held on Wheelock's Boston campus.
The cost is $75. CEUs are available.
Visit the Conference web page for registration information.
Open Studio: May 16, 2016, 5 - 7 p.m.
Join Cambridge Public School kindergarten teachers as they showcase their new documentation. Refreshments will be provided. Event is free, but please RSVP to Stephanie Cox Suarez (email@example.com).
Documentation Studio is located at:
43 Hawes Street
Coffee and Conversations: May 3, 2016, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Surrounding the exciting Reggio Emilia Wonder of Learning Exhibit coming to Boston
The exhibit is an introduction and exploration into the world of Reggio Emilia and their incredible programs for families and young children.
Collaborate and become involved in the planning for this Boston 2018 event!
Coffee and Conversations is presented by the JCC Early Learning Centers at the Riemer-Goldstein Theater, Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton St., Newton, MA.
RSVP by April 30 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-558-6561
How do you share documentation with your students?
Join Laura Shea, K2 Teacher, Boston Public Schools and Christina Isidoro, Toddler Teacher, Cambridge-Ellis School to explore their questions in sharing documentation with students.
Refreshments will be provided.
An RSVP is helpful to Stephanie Cox Suarez (email@example.com).
Documentation Studio is located at:
43 Hawes Street
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 4 - 6 p.m.
Location: Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington St., Roxbury MA 02119 (Dudley Square), 2nd floor, Rooms 213 A and B
Boston has been awarded the host city for the Wonder of Learning exhibit from June-November 2018 thanks to the 501c3 sponsorship and application of the "Boston Area Reggio Inspired Study Group." The amazing early childhood coaching and leadership team in Boston Public Schools will host us on January 19 to talk about how BPS will be involved in the Reggio exhibit. So inspiring to imagine how this exhibit will draw from communities across the region in every sector—higher education, public schools, nursery schools, and childcare centers.
Follow the conversations via Facebook at facebook.com/wonderoflearningboston
Marissa Clark and Cris West from the Beginners program at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School will share blogs they have created for families to share classroom learning. They are looking for feedback on their new documentation goal of creating digital portfolios and considering how to make children's work come alive.
Refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP to Stephanie Cox Suarez by January 20; let her know if you have work you would like to share at an Open Studio (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Open Studio: Oct. 28, 2016, 4 - 6 p.m.
Cambridge Public School kindergarten teachers from the Amigos School—Elika Fredrickson and Noelle Danian—share their first experiences using documentation in their bilingual Spanish/English classrooms. Come share and discuss how you listen for children's interests, make teaching decisions to follow these interests, and use documentation to learn from the experience.
Refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP to Stephanie Cox Suarez by Oct. 26 and let her know if you have work you would like to share (email@example.com).
Wonder of Learning 2018: Coffee, Conversations and Collaborations
Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 4 - 6 p.m. at Wheelock's Earl Center
Boston has been awarded the host city for the Wonder of Learning exhibit from June-November 2018 thanks to the 501c3 sponsorship and application of the "Boston Area Reggio Inspired Study Group".
The steering group is eager to begin an inclusive planning process toward events, programs and professional development that will reflect and represent the broad influence and connection to the Reggio Emilia Approach in New England. We look forward to showcasing and supporting the incredible work in this region from small schools to large universities, from museums to materials centers, and from public and private centers. We have so much expertise to draw on.
To begin the planning process, Wonder of Learning Boston 2018 is hosting Coffee, Conversations and Collaborations. Join these conversations with the first at the Wheelock College Earl Center, Wednesday, October 7 from 4 to 6 pm. This is also an opportunity to view the Francis and David Hawkins exhibit that will be on display at Wheelock for the month of October.
Special Event: An Evening with Tiziana Filippini of Reggio Emilia, Italy
May 12, 2015, 4 - 7 p.m.
This special Open Studio—our last for the 2014-2015 academic year—will feature visiting scholar and senior member of the Pedagogical Coordinating Team of the Municipality of Reggio Emila, Tiziana Filippini, as well as Boston Public Schools Early Childhood Program Developers Marina Boni and Melissa Tonachel, and Boston Public School early childhood teachers. Together, we will explore opportunities and challenges of bringing Reggio-inspired approaches and curricula to teachers and young children in Boston public kindergarten classrooms and other contexts.
Open Studio: March 23, 2015, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
What Does Thinking Like an Engineer or a Designer Look Like?
This Open Studio will bring together Boston Public School teachers and students-Domenico Cardillo (JFK School) and George Papayannis, Katie Nehmer and Vanessa Abello (Boston Arts Academy)-to examine projects in which students are asked to create and execute design solutions for real and hypothetical problems. We will think with them about how to move forward in ways that encourage students to think as engineers and designers do.
Open Studio: February 4, 2015, 4 - 6 p.m.
Integrated Arts teachers—Katie Curran, Jessica Ferenc, Ann Marie Piantedosi, and Mindy Beltrama—from Peter Woodbury School in Bedford, NH share their experience of bringing poetry to life for 4th grade students through art, music, dance and literary arts. Please come to see and respond to their first efforts at collective documentation!
Open Studio: Nov. 5, 2014, 4 - 6 p.m.
Perspectives from Bolgna and Brookline
Continuing our focus on documentation in public schools, Clara Fusco, a visiting scholar from Bologna, Italy, will share how the city is using documentation in a public campaign to illustrate how children interact with nature. Laura Richardson and Christine Bates, Brookline public school teachers, will share how their first graders use digital media to share learning with families and other classrooms.
Brick by Brick: October 11, 2014
Reggio Emilia-Inspired Practice in New England
The North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) invites you to participate in an experience designed to bring together educators from across New England to explore the question "What does it mean to be Reggio-inspired?" Lella Gandini will open the day with reflections on the power of revisiting children's experiences and the role that documentation plays in creating rich, collaborative, and joyful learning opportunities for children and their teachers.
Open Studio: October 1, 2014, 4 - 6 p.m.
Join us for a conversation with Boston Public Schools Early Childhood Department Coaches Marina Boni and Melissa Tonachel about the new Focus on K2 centers-based curriculum and their aspirations for and challenges around using documentation to inform and assess curriculum design and support teacher and student learning.
Come to the June Institute: June 19, 2014, 11 am - 3pm
Join educators to explore ways to highlight learning with a focus on informal settings that engage families and the community in schools, museums, and libraries.
Open Studio: April 15, 2014, 4 - 6 p.m.
Join us as we host Terris King and Linda Butler (K1 teachers from the Park School in Baltimore) to discuss how and when teachers might use "unvarnished" documentation, which is documentation that makes visible the challenges and struggles of children and adults as a
means to engage in collaborative problem-solving.
Open Studio: February 25, 2014, 4 - 6 p.m.
Join us for a presentation from educators at Pine Village Preschool about ways they're using Kaymbu, a new documentation app.
Making Learning Visible Capstone Reception:
December 11, 2013, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Celebrate student documentation team work and their partnerships with Perkins School for the Blind, Bright Horizons, and the Wheelock science department. Refreshments will be served.
Open Studio: December 3, 2013, 5 - 7 p.m.
In the first hour, two teams will present Pecha-Kucha style projects that involved young children in art- and design-based explorations. The second hour will include small group discussions about documentation.
Open Studio: October 16, 2013, 4 - 6 p.m.
Come to the Documentation Studio at Wheelock College for an engaging presentation and discussion. In the first hour, we will review and respond to a documentation exhibit by teachers from the Advent School about tools as a provocation to consider questions around active and effective family and community engagement. In the second hour, we will discuss documentation in small groups.
Open Studio: June 19, 2013, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a special international discussion between guest global leaders in early childhood from the U.S., Mexico, and Uganda, teacher educators from several area colleges, and interested teachers preK through college. This event is part of Wheelock College's first International Conference, Global Challenges and Opportunities Facing Children, Youth and Families, which is happening June 19-22, 2013 at Wheelock. Addressing three interwoven strands of importance to the global community—education, health, and human rights—the conference is attracting advocates, educators, political leaders, and the heads of nonprofits and NGOs from around the world both as speakers and attendees. Conference participants will engage with others compelled to take action and gain an understanding of the practices and policies with the greatest impact on children, youth and families worldwide. Learn more or register at www.wheelock.edu/conference
Open Studio: June 1, 2013, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon celebrating the young minds in Boston Public Schools and community-based centers. Featuring the children and teachers of Boston Public Schools and K1DS Centers. Download the flier here (pdf).
Open Studio - May 29, 2013, 4 - 6 p.m.
Join us for an evening with Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School's Joan Soble, David Mish, and Melanie Nash, who will share what they have learned from preparing and mounting six annual school-wide exhibitions of learning. Download the flier here (pdf).
Kids Are the Experts: Making Learning Visible at the Boston Public Library
Open Studio: May 2, 2013, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Making Learning Visible: General Education Capstone
Celebrate student documentation work. Download the flier here (pdf).
Open Studio: March 21, 2013, 5-7 p.m.
In the first hour, we will review and respond to a new documentation exhibit by teachers from the Advent Schools about tools. In the second hour we will discuss documentation in small groups. Download the flier here (pdf).
Open Studio: Thurs., Feb. 7, 2012, 5-7 p.m.
Join us for an evening with Melissa Rivard, Documentation Specialist for Making Learning Visible and Wheelock's Documentation Studio. Download the flier here (pdf).
Open Studio: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, 5-7 p.m.
An evening with Will Twombly of Spokeshave Design. Download the flier here (pdf).
Will Twombly shared a chapter from the book Connecting Kids to History with Museum Exhibitions. This chapter, authored by Judy Rand and titled "Write and Design with the Family in Mind," is a great resource for educators. It offers design features for exhibits with significant text and content. Download the book chapter (pdf).
Reception - Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, 10 a.m. - noon
Join us for an Opening Reception for the new exhibit, The Lives of Undocumented Workers in New Orleans. Download the flier here (pdf).
Open Studio - Tuesday, Oct. 16, 5-7 p.m.
Join us for an Open Studio with Wheelock arts faculty member Greg Gomez. Download the flier here (pdf).
Open Studio: Monday, July 23, 2012, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Making Learning Visible - June 1, 2012, 5 - 9 p.m.
Open Studio: May 16, 2012, 4 - 6 p.m.
Open Studio: March 14, 2012, 5 - 7 p.m.
Open Studio: January 18, 2012, 4 - 6 p.m.
We had a wonderful turn out for our first Open Studio where educators were invited to look at work in progress, both as an opportunity to learn from the work as well as contribute to its development. Share your reflections about the evening below.
A preview of Documentation: Transforming Our Perspective (a film by Melissa Rivard and Stephanie Cox Suarez based on interviews with scholars from Reggio Emilia)
Small groups (3 presenters sharing documentation from their classrooms):
- Megina Baker, Lead Teacher, Early Learning Lab @ B.U.
- Karen First, EEC Teacher, The Advent School
- Diane Levin, Early Childhood Professor, Wheelock College
A whole group discussion of a new visual essay by Melissa Rivard based on an extended project in Nicole Zagami-Chasse's (Kindergarten teacher at the Edward Devotion School in Brookline) classroom.