Documentation Studio: Open Studios and Events

Open Studios 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.

Open Studio: Oct. 28, 2016, 4 - 6 p.m.

Elika Frederickson with iPadCambridge 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 (

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.

Dr. Tiziana Filippini

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.

Download the event flier (pdf).

Open Studio flier

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.

Download the event flier (pdf).

March 23, 2015 Open Studio

Open Studio: February 4, 2015, 4 - 6 p.m.

Integrated Arts

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!

Download the event flier (pdf).

Open Studio at the Documentation Studio Feb 2 2015

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.

Download the event flier (pdf).

Open Studio Nov 5 flier

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.

Learn more about the conference and register.

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.

Download the event flier (pdf).

Open Studio Oct. 1, 2014

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.

Get details and register now!

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.

Download the event flier (pdf)

Open Studio April 15 2014

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.

Download the event flier (pdf).
Open Studio flier

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.

Questions? Contact or

Documentation Capstone srudents

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.

Download the event flier (pdf).
Open Studio December 2013

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.

Download the event flier (pdf).
Open Studio Oct. 16, 2013

Open Studio: June 19, 2013, 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Wheelock International ConferenceJoin 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

June 19 Open Studio at Wheelock Documentation Studio

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).

Kids are the Experts Exhibit

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).

Open Studio May 29 2013

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).

Documentation Studio May 2 2013 Open House

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 March 21 2013

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).

Documentation Studio Flier Feb. 7, 2013

Open Studio: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, 5-7 p.m.

An evening with Will Twombly of Spokeshave Design. Download the flier here (pdf).

Watch a video with highlights from Will Twombly's Dec. 4 presentation.

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).

December Open Studio at the Doc Studio at Wheelock

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).

Lives of Undocumented Workers in New Orleans Exhibit

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 Tues., Oct. 16, 5-7 p.m. flier

Open Studio: Monday, July 23, 2012, 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Join us for a special Open Studio with Tiziana Filippini, our colleague from Reggio Emila, Italy. Download the flier here (pdf).
Documentation Studio open studio July 23 2012

Making Learning Visible - June 1, 2012, 5 - 9 p.m.

Making Learning Visible at the Boston Children's Museum June 1, 2012

Open Studio: May 16, 2012, 4 - 6 p.m.

Open Studio May 16, 2012

Open Studio: March 14, 2012, 5 - 7 p.m.

Open Studio March 14, 2012

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. 

The agenda:
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.

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