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Crossing Cultures, Contexts and Communities: Reggio Inspiration from Head Start at Chicago Commons
August 22, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
With our local title for The Wonder of Learning Boston 2018 ‘Crossing Cultures, Contexts and Communities” in mind, we have invited Karen M. Haigh and Jesus Oviedo from Chicago Commons.
For more than 25 years, Commons has paired its Reggio Emilia inspired approach to help thousands of children strengthen their skills, develop self-sufficiency and foster intellectual curiosity. Early learning prepares children for lifelong learning and beyond. Commons offers a rich educational approach to families and communities with limited resources and adapts its programming to the needs of the people and communities we serve.
The Reggio Emilia approach is an educational philosophy that views the preschool years as crucial to the development of children as individuals. Based on the principles of respect, responsibility, parent and community engagement, the Reggio approach empowers children to author their learning process.
In Reggio, the parent, teacher and surrounding environment are all considered co-teachers of a child’s education. Chicago Commons is one of the few Head Start programs in Illinois that uses the approach.
Educators from around the country have visited our schools to observe our Reggio Emilia inspired practices.
Learn more about Reggio Emilia inspiration in this context.
- Welcome and Introduction: Overview of the Approach
- Looking Closing: View the Exhibit
- Observation and Reflections
- Case Study in Head Start: Impact on Head Start Practice
- Closing and Questions