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. 

Engaging by Design: Documenting Ideas to Projects

November 28, 2017, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Documentation Studio at Wheelock

Join presenters Stephanie Cox-Suarez and Karen First in Wheelock's Documentation Studio for this workshop, which is part of the Ready for Wonder: A City in Dialogue with Reggio Emilia workshop series. The workshops are taking place in anticipation of the 2018 Wonder of Learning exhibition.

How does an educator move an idea to a project? How can documenting a learner's ideas extend to a long-term exploration? We will share documentation examples and encourage discussion how we might listen, observe, provoke, and inspire learners to extend their thinking. We will also consider the elements of design and display of interactive documentation to engage our audience and encourage their participation in the learning.

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New England NAREA Brick by Brick Series - Maine

NAREA conference photo

Relationships in Teaching and Learning

October 21, 2017, 8:30  a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in Cumberland, Maine

In collaboration with the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA), members of the Portland Area Reggio Collaborative (PARC) invite our colleagues to participate in a day of sharing and discovery around the importance of small moments that nurture children's relationships. Large and small group presentations and discussions will be threaded throughout the day, with Lella Gandini, U.S. Liaison for the Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach, as our special guest speaker.

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Alternative Narratives

NAREA Professional Development Series

April 24 and 25, 2017 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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Open Studio: March 2, 2017, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Olivia Pizzi's students working in the classroomThe 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,



Open Studio: December 1, 2016, 5-7 p.m.

Open Studio Dec. 1 focuses on Early Childhood Educator ResearchThe 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 ( 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 to become a member)


NAREA contact: Lauren Dap,, 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 (

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May 16 Open Studio flier

Documentation Studio is located at:
Wheelock College
43 Hawes Street
Brookline, MA

See a printable Wheelock Campus Map


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 or 617-558-6561

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Open Studio: April 4, 2016, 5 - 7 p.m.

Open StudioHow 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 (

Documentation Studio is located at:
Wheelock College
43 Hawes Street
Brookline, MA

See a printable campus map

Open Studio


More Wonder of Learning 2018: Coffee, Conversations and Collaborations

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.

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Open Studio: January 25, 2016, 5 - 7 p.m.

Open Studio Jan. 25, 2016Marissa 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 (


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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