Materials Day
Apr
22
10:00am10:00am

Materials Day

Materials Day is a free-of-charge outdoor event open to the public.  

Visitors of all ages are invited to engage with natural and recycled materials facilitated by local artists and teachers.

Join us to construct a cardboard city, contribute to a group weaving, collaborate on group art projects, create bottle cap mandalas and more! The day long event will also include make and take projects from The Scrap Exchange, live music and food trucks.

Location: The Plaza at Northgate Mall

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Loose Parts- To Promote STEAM
Apr
8
9:00am 9:00am

Loose Parts- To Promote STEAM

In this workshop taught by Carrie Becker, from Transforming Early Childhood Education, participants will explore the theory of Loose Parts and how loose parts promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) in the early childhood classroom. Through hands-on experiences participants will explore a variety of natural and recycled materials and learn how to use them in their own classroom settings. This workshop will be held at The Wonder of Learning Exhibit so participants can view and reflect on the examples from the infant-toddler centers and preschools of the Istituzione - Municipality of Reggio Emila, Italy as part of the workshop.


2.5 Contact Hour Credits will be awarded with the completion of this workshop
Cost $15- each participant will receive a bag with a sampling of loose parts
Please email Carrie@transformingearlychildhood.com for registration information
 

 

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The Eighth NAREA Winter Conference: Cultivating the Strong Potential of All Children: Growing a Community Vision for Education
Mar
9
to Mar 11

The Eighth NAREA Winter Conference: Cultivating the Strong Potential of All Children: Growing a Community Vision for Education

The 2017 NAREA Winter Conference focuses on "Cultivating the Strong Potential of All Children: Growing a Community Vision for Education” and features presentations by two educators from Reggio Emilia, Italy. Generally, the Reggio Emilia educators present in connection with the topic of the conference regarding the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach; the role of documentation, observation, and interpretation in children’s and adults’ learning processes; the culture of the atelier and the theory of the hundred languages of children; the value of participation in the daily life of the municipal infant-toddler centers and preschools in Reggio Emilia; and other related aspects of the experience of the Reggio Emilia educational project. Various studies, projects, and stories of the work of the children, educators, and families support these presentations, which include dialogue with participants.

In collaboration with Reggio Children and Carolina Friends School, Lakewood Avenue Children's School, and Duke Sanford School of Public Policy and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education.

Registration is now open
Cost:
Early Bird Rate Before January 17th: 
$525 (member) or $625 (non member)

After January 17th:
$625 (member) or $725 (non member)

To register please visit:
https://reggioalliance.org/events/conferences/winter/

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Ordinary Moments Extraordinary Learning: Neighborhood as an Extension of the Classroom
Feb
10
to Feb 11

Ordinary Moments Extraordinary Learning: Neighborhood as an Extension of the Classroom

  • Central Park School for Children (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This conference will highlight the possibilities for learning that exist within the surrounding 'neighborhood' of a school. The participants will hear how ordinary places and moments have the potential to turn into extraordinary learning experiences when teachers and children see themselves as researchers. Whether the playground, a walking trip, or an adventure into the surrounding community the potential for rich learning is possible when children are given time to explore, revisit and form relationships with their outdoor environment.

In this two-day workshop, attendees will learn about how different programs approach extraordinary learning in their own contexts. Participants will take home ideas, inspirations, and a plan for how to begin deeply researching "ordinary" moments in their own setting.

Andrea Sisbarro and Alison Maher from the Boulder Journey School will be keynote speakers at this event, sharing the extensive work the Boulder Journey School has done connecting the classroom with the community. Carmen Raynor and Sara Orphanides from Carolina Friends Durham Early School will share their work exploring Duke Campus and Downtown Durham as places for research and in-depth investigation.

Additionally, mini-sessions will be presented by educators from Children First, Lakewood Avenue Children’s School, Estes Children’s Cottage, Our Playhouse in Durham, and Morningside Preschool.

The learning and concepts explored in these presentations will be enriched with trips afield! Participants will choose a field trip site to visit during the conference, experiencing first-hand the power of leaving their classrooms to become researchers out in the world. Field trip sites will include Duke Gardens, the Eno River, the Scrap Exchange, Downtown Durham, and other local neighborhoods that connect to the research shared in our presentations.

The conference will culminate in a trip to the exhibit to view the many ways the children in the municipal infant toddler and preschools of Reggio Emilia extend learning beyond the classroom.

The conference will include lunch both days, breakfast on Friday morning and snacks on Saturday. The time for Friday is 8:45-5 and Saturday 9-5.

We hope you will join us!


Cost
General $100
NAREA members $90
Partner Organizations are eligible for a discount. For more information please email Carmen Raynor at ncwonderoflearningexhibit@gmail.com.
Scholarships are available upon request. For more information please email ncwonderoflearningexhibit@gmail.com.

Unfortunately we can only accept checks for this event. Please make sure you write Wonder of Learning 2/10/17 conference registration on the memo line of the check.

Checks should be mailed to:

UNC School of Education
Attention:  Karren Crawford
106 Peabody Hall
Campus Box 3500
Chapel Hill, NC27599-3500


Please note payment is transferable but not refundable. Email any questions to ncwonderoflearningexhibit@gmail.com.

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Inspired Teaching and Learning: Experiences Using Reggio Principles in Chicago Area Head Start and Public School Programs
Nov
5
9:00am 9:00am

Inspired Teaching and Learning: Experiences Using Reggio Principles in Chicago Area Head Start and Public School Programs

  • Carolina Friends School- Middle School Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dr. Karen Haigh recounts experiences and studies of children and teachers from Reggio-inspired programs in a Chicago area Head Start, public school, community agencies and University programs. She will review the principles of the Reggio approach and share the story of how Chicago Commons adopted and adapted the Reggio approach. Dr. Haigh will also share some studies from Chicago Commons and from other programs in the Chicago area.

Dr Karen Haigh is Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood Education program in the Education Department at Columbia College Chicago and former Director of Chicago Commons. She also wrote the book, We Are All Explorers: Learning and Teaching with Reggio Principles in Urban Settings.

 

 

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