Reggio Emilia Aotearoa New Zealand (REANZ)
REANZ is a charitable trust that has been in existence since June 2009. There are ten trustees of REANZ, each of whom bring a considerable breadth of expertise and experience: practitioners working in the early childhood and primary sector, tertiary educators and those in other roles related to ECE. REANZ is committed to providing opportunities for teachers to critically engage with the pedagogy of Reggio Emilia within the cultural content of Aotearoa. One of the main aims of REANZ is that the knots and complexities that can emerge from these encounters with Reggio pedagogy and practice will cause educators to look more closely at their own ideas about education.
Pedagogical documentation – digging deeper
Pedagogical Documentation ‘Digging Deeper’
Saturday 23rd September 9am – 3pm
Kirsty Liljegren until recently was the Director of Cornish College ELC where many New Zealanders have visited this inspiring educational setting. Kirsty is a long standing member of Reggio Emilia Information Exchange Australia and has used the pedagogical provocations from Reggio Emilia to think about the question; ‘How do we as educators enable children to flourish?’.
and the ‘Cup Project'
Tuesday 17th October: 6.45 – 8.45pm
The second component of this professional learning opportunity
will focus on a year-long project undertaken by teachers’ from
Kids Domain Early Learning Centre.
‘The Cup Project’
Bridgette Towle – Pedagogical Leader
A Pedagogy of Relations
The REANZ network is pleased to offer teachers across New Zealand the opportunity to hear from and engage with Margo Hobba and Chris Celada. Margo and Chris bring to our shores a wealth of wisdom and in-depth understanding of the principles of Reggio Emilia, the notion of epistemology- ‘building knowledge’ -and the way in which children build their knowledge and carry out research. They have both had long careers in early childhood and tertiary education. Based on their studies around the educational project in Reggio Emilia and working on from their previous project Teachers IN research with children they will be facilitating:
A Pedagogy of Relations: Materiality and Learning
A series of evening workshops across New Zealand
These evening workshops will be organised by REANZ Trust and hosted by our regional network groups in
Auckland, Manawatu and Christchurch in June 2017.
They will all run from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm with a cost of $75.00 per person including GST.
Reggio Emilia International Study Tour - 2018
Wednesday April 11 to April Saturday 21 2018
Educationalists Jerome Bruner and Howard Gardner have said that the educational opportunities that are offered by schools and preschools in Reggio Emilia are amongst the best in the world:
"To really understand how these infant toddler centres and preschools exist, one needs to see them for oneself".
This experience will inspire you to think more deeply about teaching and learning in your setting in Aotearoa New Zealand. As a participant you will have opportunities to reflect on:
- The cultural context of Reggio Emilia
- The image of the child and the teacher
- The notion of the environment as third teacher
- The notion of pedagogy of listening
- Making learning visible through documentation
- The role of the pedagogista and your role as a professional leader
- And so much more…
2018 REANZ Co-Hosts are Julianne Exton and Glenys Waller
Primary Provocations Seminar
Re-imagining Power, Intent and Practice in the Primary Years of School- Jill McLachlan
The Compass Not the Road - One School’s Journey Towards Emergent Curriculum Andrew Morrall and Jade Bell
Reflection by Liz Battersby, April 2017
It has been intriguing to reflect on this thought-provoking day with Jill, Andrew, and Jade. They have each found ways to embrace Reggio-inspired practice in their different educational roles. Jill is an early childhood teacher and education consultant in NSW. Andrew is principal at Rolleston School in Christchurch. Jade is one of the early “pioneer” teachers involved in implementing a Reggio-inspired approach at Rolleston. I know from personal experience how powerfully encounters with the Reggio Emilia project can shake up teachers’ thinking, capture the imagination, offer tantalising glimpses of what could be, and reward us with children’s deep involvement in learning. Jill, Andrew, and Jade have experienced this shaking up, while taking their own Reggio journeys. Their ultimate joy in what they have discovered and their transformed practice would encourage any motivated educator who is seriously considering travelling this road. The benefits to children’s learning are profound.
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