Documentation Studio: Staff
Stephanie Cox Suarez
Stephanie Cox Suarez is an Associate Professor in Special Education and Director of the Documentation Studio at Wheelock College. Stephanie joined the Making Learning Visible Seminar as a Teacher Education advisor in 2003 and, since then, has written several articles on the use of documentation to improve instruction with children with special needs and co-edited an issue of Theory Into Practice called Observation, Documentation, and Reflection to Create a Culture of Inquiry.
Melissa Rivard is the Documentation Specialist and Advisor to the Documentation Studio at Wheelock College. Melissa was a researcher and Documentation Specialist on the Making Learning Visible Project at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education from 2002-2012-a long-term collaboration with Reggio educators, Project Zero researchers, and pre-K to post-secondary educators in the U.S. that explored ways to improve educational practice by making learning and teaching a more visible, collaborative, and democratic process. Melissa is a coauthor of the book Visible Learners: Promoting Reggio-Inspired Approaches in All Schools and several journal articles based on this work. Melissa has collaborated with Stephanie Cox Suarez on the establishment and growth of the Documentation Studio at Wheelock College since it was founded in 2008; mounted dozens of exhibitions of teacher and student learning; and worked closely with the Boston Public Schools Early Childhood Department and others to produce numerous videos that serve as professional development for teachers and provide windows into learning for the larger public. Recent films include Documentation: Transforming Our Perspective (based on interviews with key educators and scholars in Reggio Emilia, Italy); Kids Are the Experts! and The Color Investigation. Currently, Melissa works on several projects at Project Zero that focus on understanding and supporting teaching and learning for global competence and serves on the faculty of Project Zero's summer institutes: The Project Zero Classroom and The Future of Learning.