We view the Reggio Emilia educational endeavour 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.
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. This year the deadline of the grant has been lengthened in order to possibly allow inspiration from the VRA Conference “Aesthetic Education in the Digital Era” to germinate into a project, although projects of all types will be accepted.
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 November 6th, 2020. Decisions will be announced on or before November 20th, 2020..
The successful grant applications will engage in their project throughout 2020/2021, and the project will culminate in a learning journey circle on June 24th, 2021. As the date gets closer we will determine whether it is safest to present in person or through the use of digital modalities.