About Susan Fraser

The LJG were inspired by Susan Fraser. Sue was a teacher, mentor and long time friend of the VRA. With her recent passing, this years LJG will be to honour her legacy and in her memory, open to the participants of the upcoming 2020 Study Tour.

Purpose

We view the Reggio Emilia educational endeavor as an ever evolving, complex set of philosophical approaches and pedagogical practices that continue to provoke questions and inspiration locally and globally. This grant is intended to support local educators who wish to engage in an in-depth study and exploration of the underlying principles of the Reggio Emilia approach.

These principles include:

  1.  A commitment to expand and elaborate the image of the child
  2. To elevate the view of early childhood settings as places for culture production and democracy and as places for research.

This engagement with research and collaboration propel pedagogical practices such as pedagogical documentation (narration) which makes visible the learning and thinking of children, families, and teachers. Learning is extended and deepened through curriculum that thrives on long-term projects.

2019 Grants

For the Learning Journey Grants project, we invite applicants who are interested in exploring how the pedagogical principles of Reggio Emilia interact with our own West Coast contexts, including our history and our images of children, educators, and families.

What’s new in 2019:

In celebration and recognition of the coming Reggio Study Tour, the 2019 grant opportunity will be extended to participants in the 2020 Study Tour.

Small grants of up to $1,000 each will be available to participants committed to exploring the pedagogical principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach. The focus of this study or project will be determined by the applicants, who must collaborate with at least one other colleague. Applications for the grants will be adjudicated by members of the Vancouver Reggio Association. The successful applicants will meet together with the Vancouver Reggio Association Board to get to know each other and discuss their projects.

Note: The Deadline for Submission is October 15th, 2019. Decisions will be announced on or before October 25th, 2019.

Steps to Apply

  • Consider who you might collaborate with. Collaboration is a key principle of the Reggio Emilia Approach! These grants are intended to foster collaboration amongst two or more educators. You may be working together in the same setting or come together from different contexts.
  • Design a project that will take advantage of your time in Reggio Emilia to nurture your explorations of the Reggio Emilia Approach. This project might be for the participant’s own professional growth, or might include the children they work with. Be creative!
  • On our website, you will find more information about the principles of the Reggio Approach, some history of Reggio Emilia, and other helpful background. A good grounding the the Reggio Approach and related study will be a benefit to your application.
  • Submit the application form below when you are ready!
  • The Deadline for Submission is October 15th, 2019. Decisions will be announced on or before October 25th, 2019.

Criteria for Selection

  • Demonstration of how the project is congruent with exploring ideas and/or principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach
  • Description of how a group of educators will work collaboratively on the project and how the project will enhance the educational experience of the community
  • Demonstration of how the project may contribute to and/or advance understanding of the Reggio Emilia Approach within a Canadian early years context
  • Description of how applicants will provide documentation of the process of their project that may be shared on the VRA website




Learning Journey Grant Application Form (2019)

Personal Information

This work has strongly informed – little by little – our way of being with the children. It has also, in a rather beautiful way, obliged us to refine our methods of observation and recording so that the process of children’s learning becomes the basis of our dialogue with parents. Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different than before.
Loris Malaguzzi

Loris Malaguzzi