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Reggio Emilia Aotearoa New Zealand (REANZ)

REANZ is a charitable trust that has been in existence since June 2009. There are ten trustees of REANZ, each of whom bring a considerable breadth of expertise and experience:  practitioners working in the early childhood and primary sector, tertiary educators and those in other roles related to ECE. REANZ is committed to providing opportunities for teachers to critically engage with the pedagogy of Reggio Emilia within the cultural content of Aotearoa. One of the main aims of REANZ is that the knots and complexities that can emerge from these encounters with Reggio pedagogy and practice will cause educators to look more closely at their own ideas about education.

Pedagogical documentation – digging deeper

Pedagogical Documentation ‘Digging Deeper’

and the ‘Cup Project' 

Saturday 23rd September 9 – 3

Tuesday 17th October: 6.45 – 8.45pm 

‘Digging Deeper’

Kirsty Liljegren 

Saturday 9 – 3pm 

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Kirsty Liljegren until recently was the Director of Cornish College ELC where many New Zealanders have visited this inspiring educational setting. Kirsty is a long standing member of Reggio Emilia Information Exchange Australia and has used the pedagogical provocations from Reggio Emilia to think about the question; ‘How do we as educators enable children to flourish?’.

This workshop will be an opportunity to revisit ideas and extend knowledge and understanding of the critical role that documentation plays in enriching the possibilities for the community of learners.

 There will be a focus on:

  • how documentation can inform curriculum
  • the role that documentation plays in our growing understanding of children
  • the many possibilities and strategies of making children’s learning visible
  • the role that pedagogical documentation has in supporting and enlightening children’s and teachers’ research
  • promoting teachers’ curiosity and continuous professional learning
  • the manageability of pedagogical documentation
  • ethical considerations

“The motivation to document children’s learning should be about wanting to know moreand to engage in critical reflection and debate to comprehend and unravel the wonders of children’s thinking and the complexity and inter connectedness that is the fabric of early childhood and education"        Wendy Shepherd, Rattler 109, 2014 

Participants are invited to bring along any examples of documentation (digital or paper) they would like to refer to, and reflect on during our discussions.           

This workshop is aimed at participants who have had experience with incorporating documentation as part of their every day practice.

Participants will be rejuvenated and inspired, bringing back ideas that can be transformed and utilised in their own context.

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A Pedagogy of Relations

The REANZ network is pleased to offer teachers across New Zealand the opportunity to hear from and engage with Margo Hobba and Chris Celada.  Margo and Chris bring to our shores a wealth of wisdom and in-depth understanding of the principles of Reggio Emilia, the notion of epistemology- ‘building knowledge’ -and the way in which children build their knowledge and carry out research.  They have both had long careers in early childhood and tertiary education. Based on their studies around the educational project in Reggio Emilia and working on from their previous project Teachers IN research with children they will be facilitating:

A Pedagogy of Relations:  Materiality and Learning 

A series of evening workshops across New Zealand

These evening workshops will be organised by REANZ Trust and hosted by our regional network groups in

Auckland, Manawatu and Christchurch in June 2017. 

They will all run from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm with a cost of $75.00 per person including GST. 

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Reggio Emilia International Study Tour - 2018

 Wednesday April 11 to April Saturday 21 2018

Educationalists Jerome Bruner and Howard Gardner have said that the educational opportunities that are offered by schools and preschools in Reggio Emilia are amongst the best in the world: 

"To really understand how these infant toddler centres and preschools exist, one needs to see them for oneself".

This experience will inspire you to think more deeply about teaching and learning in your setting in Aotearoa New Zealand.  As a participant you will have opportunities to reflect on: 
  • The cultural context of Reggio Emilia
  • The image of the child and the teacher
  • The notion of the environment as third teacher
  • The notion of pedagogy of listening
  • Making learning visible through documentation
  • The role of the pedagogista and your role as a professional leader
  • And so much more…

2018 REANZ Co-Hosts are Julianne Exton and Glenys Waller

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Primary Provocations Seminar

Re-imagining Power, Intent and Practice in the Primary Years of SchoolJill McLachlan

The Compass Not the Road - One School’s Journey Towards Emergent Curriculum Andrew Morrall and Jade Bell

Reflection by Liz Battersby, April 2017

It has been intriguing to reflect on this thought-provoking day with Jill, Andrew, and Jade. They have each found ways to embrace Reggio-inspired practice in their different educational roles. Jill is an early childhood teacher and education consultant in NSW. Andrew is principal at Rolleston School in Christchurch. Jade is one of the early “pioneer” teachers involved in implementing a Reggio-inspired approach at Rolleston. I know from personal experience how powerfully encounters with the Reggio Emilia project can shake up teachers’ thinking, capture the imagination, offer tantalising glimpses of what could be, and reward us with children’s deep involvement in learning. Jill, Andrew, and Jade have experienced this shaking up, while taking their own Reggio journeys. Their ultimate joy in what they have discovered and their transformed practice would encourage any motivated educator who is seriously considering travelling this road. The benefits to children’s learning are profound.



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