Reggio Emilia Aotearoa New Zealand (REANZ)
REANZ is a charitable trust that has been in existence since June 2009. There are eleven 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.
Lorraine Manuela the REANZ International Representative in Reggio Emilia
Having lunch with the teachers and cooks at Martiri de Sesso Preschool, our linked corresponding school in Reggio Emilia. The cooks son had played rugby in NZ, so we had a very special meal prepared for us, accompanied with local Processco.
An extraordinary week listening, sharing and being surrounded by incredible thinkers in early childhood education. They inspire, they challenge and they offer exchanges whilst sharing co-participatory research between adults and children. They view this as a daily praxis, an attitude that lets them get closer to reality, investigate it and comprehend it.
Lorraine Manuela, Des Hugo, Ruth Wallbridge, Tessa Browne & Jan Millikan
Attending the Reggio Children International Network Meeting in Reggio Emilia 2019.
Tiziana Filippini will be in Aotearoa New Zealand in May 2019
Auckland - Saturday May 11th Workshop for all ECE and PrimaryThe Reggio Approach is an interconnected system - a pedagogy of relationships
Auckland– Pedagogical Leaders Intensive 2.5 days Sunday 12th pm to Tuesday 14th May (The Intensive is now closed).
In dialogue with Reggio Emilia - Pedagogical leaders encountering the role of the Pedagogista.
WellingtonFriday 17thand 18thMay two day Intensive
Documentation: how it changes our way to teach and learn.
Auckland Monday 20thMay Primary Focus Evening (Focus 5 to 12 years.)
How does it change the idea of school when children are co-protagonists, with their teachers, in the learning processes?
Tiziana Filippini is a pedagogista and collaborator with Reggio Children, Italy.
She has a degree in psychology from Padova University and worked as pedagogista from 1978 to 2015 as a member of the Pedagogical Coordinating Team of the Istituzione – Preschools and Infant Toddler Centres of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.
In particular, Tiziana was the long-standing pedagogista of the famous Diana Preschool, which came to the world’s attention when it was featured by Newsweek in 1991 as one of the 10 best schools in the world. more
Reach Across the Tasman Conference & Study Tour 2019
Dates: Sunday 1st September - Saturday 7th September
Reggio Emilia Aotearoa New Zealand (REANZ) brings you this exciting opportunity to visit Early Childhood Centres and Schools that are implementing innovative curriculum.
As a participant on a past tour said...
“This has been the most effective professional development that I have been involved in during 25 years in education”.
Cost:- $2700, share twin room in an apartment. $3100 Single room sharing in an apartment. includes:
- Flights ex Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland (the travel agent will be in contact once the registration numbers confirmed)
- Insurance (extra may be charged to cover pre-existing conditions)
- Group transfers from and to Melbourne airport
- Accommodation is at Punt Hill Apartments, Flinders Street. This is a 4 star establishment.
- All costs of the study tour including transport and lunches
We have new accomodation in the heart of the city. Apartments on Lygon are no longer offering short term stays and we have been fortunate to secure a group booking at Punt Apartments. It is a 4 star establishment and costs associated with accomodation for the study tour, reflect this change.
A deposit of $1,000. is to be paid to secure your place. The balance to be paid before 1st July. You will have two facilitators with you to support unpacking and creating meaning from the experiences you encounter.
2019 REANZ Co-Hosts Glenys Waller and Bridgette Towle
Our 2018 National Hui and Beyond
by Chris Bayes
We had been looking forward to our National REANZ hui since the idea was first suggested for us to meet in June at Mana Tamariki in Palmerston North. Brenda Soutar has been giving us guidance for many years with all things Māori. She is our Kaiārahi and provides guidance in regards to tikanga and kaupapa Māori and we always appreciate the wisdom that she shares with us. Brenda’s mana is admired by us all and we hold her in high esteem.
When you wake up each morning, you don’t know what will be revealed. the new day can bring joy, challenges and surprises. Like a book turning another page, you never know what is going to be revealed. Our day together in chilly Palmerston North were all of these.
The REANZ Trustees present were Wendy (Chairperson), Julianne (Treasurer), Helen (Secretary), Lorraine (International Representative), Prue, Lis, Chris, Glenys, Bridgette and apologies from Lesley and Diti. The Regional REANZ Networks were ably represented. We had Cheryl Kingi from Te Tai Tokerau, Sarah Jones from Auckland, Suz Clare from Manawatu, Adrienne Wilkins from Taranaki, Sharon Sciascia and Steff Kidd from Hawkes Bay, Rachel Denee from Wellington, Lia de Vocht from Christchurch and Pam Wilson from Southland. We were also pleased to have our Patron Anne Meade join us for the weekend. Continue reading
When your dance and my dance are entwined
Clare Battersby, TAPAC, Auckland, New Zealand Contact: email@example.com
Elizabeth Battersby, Education Consultant, Auckland, New Zealand Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
This project dialogue examined how an emerging sense of dance identity might enhance a child’s awareness of and feeling of belonging in the world. It presented interviews with children that explored Clare Battersby’s long-held belief that children’s evolving sense of self develops and is empowered through their experience of an inclusive approach to dance. Here they are challenged and experience joy and success. This approach is rooted in contemporary dance theory, educational pedagogy, and theatre performance. It has no syllabus or examinations, but, rather, a co-constructed emergent curriculum. Every child is welcome in the class, which caters to their interests and abilities through collaboration between the teacher and participating children.
Primary Provocations Seminar
Re-imagining Power, Intent and Practice in the Primary Years of School- Jill 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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