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:
- A commitment to expand and elaborate the image of the child
- 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.
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.