About Susan Fraser

Teacher, mentor, inspiration, friend Long time Vancouver resident, Susan Fraser has been a remarkable mentor to many - child and adult alike. Her book, Authentic Childhood: Experiencing Reggio Emilia in the Classroom, has inspired educators across Canada and around the world. These Learning Journey Grants honour her legacy.


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.


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.

Small grants of up to $1,000 each will be available in the school year for educators 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.

How 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 nurture your explorations of the Reggio Emilia Approach. This project might be for the educators’ own professional growth, or might include the children you work with. Be creative! (Please note: this grant is not intended for the purchase of major equipment).
  • Create a budget. If a grant from VRA will not cover the entire cost of your project, what other funding sources can you access? Some programs may consider matching your grant.
  • On our website, you will find more information about the principles of the Reggio Approach, some history of Reggio Emilia, and other helpful background.

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

Apply Now

Use the template provided and submit the proposal by October 15, 2018. Awards will be announced in October and successful applicants will be invited to share their projects at a Learning Journeys Sharing Circle in the following year.

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.
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