Awakened to Reggio
Awakened to Reggio
About Awakened to Reggio
Educators around the world are studying the work of the Reggio Emilia preschools and infant-toddler centers. Their approach is rooted in a belief that children are capable citizens who are curious, full of knowledge, and interested in connecting to the world around them. Hosted by Sandy Lanes, this podcast is a series of conversations with remarkable people who are changing the landscape of early childhood education through the lens of the Reggio approach. For professional development and consulting, go to sandylanesconsulting.com Music composed and performed by the amazing Jack Gruber
Welcome to a new season of Awakened to Reggio. Our first episode will be a little different this season. Some of my listeners have suggested that I share about my journey with the approach. Today, the host becomes the guest. I am thrilled to have my friend, colleague and thinking partner, Lisa Plotkin, asking the questions, as I reveal how I became Awakened to Reggio. Thanks to Lisa and to all my listeners! Please be in touch with your questions and thoughts. sandylanesconsulting.com
Beth MacDonald, shares the journey of MacDonald Montessori School in St. Paul MN, where they have worked for many years to weave together the philosophies of both the Montessori and the Reggio approaches. Learn about their upcoming Winter Conference on their website at www.macdonaldmontessori.org
Jen Kesselring, the Pre-School Division Head at Riverfield Country Day School in Tulsa OK, talks about her school’s Reggio-inspired approach from early childhood through high school. She shares beautiful examples of teachers and students tossing the ball back and forth and inspires us to partner with children and adults in research and to create cultures of thinking and possibility.
On this episode of Awakened to Reggio, Dr. Naama Zoran, Reggio Children International Representative for Israel, challenges our often accepted notions about the identity of Documentation. Naama returns with beautiful stories directly from the early childhood schools in Reggio Emilia that will both illustrate her revelations and touch your heart.
Simonetta Cittadini, the founder and Executive Director of L'Atelier School and the Center for the Culture of Creativity in Miami Fl, shares her passion, knowledge, and experiences and inspires us to constantly seek and re-seek our "why." You can find out more about L'Atelier School and the CCC at latelier.org
Dr. Brenda Fyfe, author, and Professor Emerita at Webster University, shares her study of the Reggio Approach and the stories of her work with Loris Malaguzzi, Amelia Gambetti, Lilian Katz, George Foreman, as well as many other remarkable educators. She offers us new entry points and inspirations for our work, and reveals the essential nature of collaboration for both children and adults.
Ann Lewin Benham, founder and director of the Capital Children’s Museum in Washington, D.C. and The Model Early Learning Center, one of the earliest Reggio-inspired schools in the US, shares about her collaboration with the founding educators in Reggio Emilia, including Loris Malaguzzi and Amelia Gambetti. She is the author of many books connected to the Approach, and just released her first children's book, Parsley, a beautifully written and illustrated story-poem. Go to annlewin-benham.com to find out more about Ann's work, and to Amazon to buy Parsley or any of her ground-breaking books on learning and teaching.
Author and educator, Melissa Butler, shares with Sandy about her unique focus on "noticing" as an inspiration for the dispositions of educators studying the Reggio Approach. She is founder of reimagining project and has built a career of diverse projects embedded in practices of noticing, including her current work as a consultant with the Fred Roger Center as the Project Lead for Educators' Neighborhood. You can read more about her at melissaabutler.com. Check out her books How to Notice: Expand Your Experience of Everyday Life and In a Button. Find out more about Educators' Neighborhood at fredrogerscenter.org/what-we-do/educators-neighborhood/
Dr. Junlei Li is Co-Chair of the Human Development and Education Program and the Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer in ECE at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His work focuses on understanding and building upon the interactions of "helpers" and children. If you want to learn more about his Simple Interactions program, go to his inspiring website at simpleinteractions.org.
Don't miss this opportunity to continue your learning about what it means to be inspired by the Reggio Approach. Join me on February 17, 2022 at 7pm EST. My hope is to help you to find your own entry points in this amazing way of seeing and being. For more information go to https://sandylanes.eventbrite.com or check out my website at sandylanesconsulting.com.
Susan MacKay and Matt Karlsen from Opal School invite us to join children in their thinking as they share about their journeys at Opal School and the evolution of Story Workshop. Find out more about their Center for Playful Inquiry at https://www.centerforplayfulinquiry.com/ and check out Susan's new book, Story Workshop: New Possibilities for Young Writers.
Kristie Norwood shares with Sandy how to live, learn, and lead through her values. Her transformative experiences, including her years at the Reggio-inspired Chicago Commons schools, will take you on a unique journey in which you will find inspiration for your own work. If you are interested in knowing more about the ROW Initiative, please visit https://rowinitative.sutra.co/register
Cindy Foley is the Executive Deputy Director for Learning, Experience, and Engagement at the Columbus Museum of Art, and led the charge to open their award-winning Center for Creativity. Her spirit and passion will inspire us as educators to dig deeper with children, and awaken ourselves to their wonder, curiosity, and questioning. Find out more on the Columbus Museum of Art website https://www.columbusmuseum.org/ and be sure to listen to Cindy's amazing Ted Talks. They are mind-shifting!
Louise Boyd Cadwell is the author of Bringing Reggio Home and Bringing Learning to Life, iconic resources about the Reggio Approach. She shares her amazing experiences in the Reggio schools, her partnership with educators as they study the philosophy of Reggio Emilia. and most currently her initiative to bring sustainability education to schools. Connect with Louise at cadwellcollaborative.com.
Listen to the second part of the interview with the incomparable Amelia Gambetti, in which she shares her personal stories from the history of the Reggio Emilia Approach. She will offer many insights to help us elevate our images of the child, educator, and family as well as strengthen our understanding of the role of the educator.
In Part 1 of the interview with Amelia Gambetti, we are taken on a beautiful journey of growth and transformation. As one of the most noted educators from the history of the Reggio Approach, it is thrilling to hear Amelia share stories of her relationship with Loris Malaguzzi, of learning alongside the children, and of seeing the environment "as a living protagonist." Stay tuned for Part 2, which will be out shortly.
World-renowned educator and author, Ann Pelo, shares her journey of pedagogical transformation, inviting us to see our moments with children and our understanding of learning in a new way. Please check out her most recent book, From Teaching to Thinking, which is a powerful and tangible guide to deepening our practice.
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