Curiosity and Learning Conference: Inspirations from David and Frances Hawkins to Mess About
Inspired by the philosophy and work of Frances and David Hawkins and the Reggio approach where educators can play and explore materials as they consider provocations to deepen curiosity and learning for themselves and their students. Stephanie Cox Suarez, a Boston University faculty member who directs the Documentation Studio and was a former participant in the Making Learning Visible partnership between Reggio Children and Project Zero, will facilitate this conference. She will provide information to participants about Frances and David Hawkins, who were inspired by their visits to Reggio Emilia and had an intellectual partnership with Loris Malaguzzi.
This partnership in turn has sparked a longstanding dialogue between the Hawkins group and Reggio-inspired educators across the United States. This conference was first offered in the fall of 2015 when the traveling “Cultivating the Scientist in Every Child” exhibit, prepared by the Hawkins Centers for Learning based at the Boulder Journey School, was on display at Wheelock College. This conference offered in October 2018 will be the 4thannual conference and typically draws over 100 educators from all levels of teaching.
Educators receive 5 PDPs and are self-guided to participate in 20 hands-on explorations facilitated by Wheelock faculty, local educators interested in the Hawkins’ philosophy, and other community members, such as from the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Beautiful Stuff, City Sprouts, and makerspace organizations. Having this conference in the presence of “The Wonder of Learning” exhibit will enhance the learning and make visible what children and teachers can learn together as they explore questions and curiosity