The Documentation Studio at Wheelock College
See our collaboration with the Boston Children's Museum and Making Learning Visible in Boston Public Schools.
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.
Exhibits and Professional Development Opportunities
We mount two or more exhibitions each year—representing a wide range of work, toddlers through adults—and host events and group visits, using the documentation to ground conversations and serve as professional development.
The Documentation Studio is free and available to the public. If you are interested in coming with a group at a time when Documentation Studio staff are available, please contact us in advance. Otherwise, stop in anytime during our open hours and enjoy the exhibits on your own.
Engage with the Documentation Studio on our Blog
The Documentation Studio has partnered with the Aspire Institute's Aspire Wire blog to spark a conversation about how documentation can make learning visible. Read our blog post about our recent exhibit showcasing student documentation projects that were conducted in partnership with Perkins School for the Blind and Peabody Terrace Children's Center.
The projects were the culmination of "Making Learning Visible," a Wheelock undergraduate course designed as an interdisciplinary collaboration between education and visual arts. The course uses the tool of documentation to understand and interpret the learning of individuals and groups and to make this visible by creating a public display that engages a discussion and elicits multiple perspectives.