The Exhibition

The Wonder of Learning—The Hundred Languages of Children

The Wonder of Learning includes a 7000 sq. ft. multimedia traveling exhibition, developed by Reggio Children and the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA), that visually presents the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Using images and text, interactive multimedia, handmade artifacts, and publications, the exhibition explores how teachers and students work together to construct knowledge around compelling projects.

Through the exhibition, educators encounter some of the most effective approaches to teaching and learning in the world, with ideas they can immediately apply to their own practice.

Since its debut in 2008, more than 120,000 people have encountered The Wonder of Learning and experienced a variety of professional development initiatives aimed at advancing knowledge and action for early childhood education

With our long and rich relationship with the schools in Reggio Emilia, Boston worked to provide new collaborations across institutions to cross “cultures, contexts, and communities” like never before. The level of high-quality and accessible professional development with top researchers in the field brought educators from over a thousand schools from public, head start, home-based and community settings. We also welcomed funders, policy makers, administrators, parents and leaders creating a hub of dialogue about best practice.

Exhibition themes include:

Dialogues with Material
creative expression that reveals previously unknown aspects of reality

Enchantment of Writing
taking early steps in symbolic language

Ray of Light
encountering phenomena in a spirit of research and experimentation

Ideas and Projects
exploring a variety of examples of children’s strategies for knowing

Dialogues with Places
appreciating, designing, and caring for our surroundings

Visit June 21 to November 15.

Free and open to the public.

The narrative and communicative structure of the exhibition is designed to reflect the contemporaneity, the complexity, and the plurality of points of view that have always characterized the work carried out in the infant-toddler centers and preschools of Reggio Emilia.

College Courses

  • SED EC506: Current Issues in Early ChildhoodMaking Learning Visible
  • Two-credit course offered Fall 2018
  • Mondays from 4:30-7:25 Sept 10, 24; Oct 15, 29; Nov 12, 26; Dec 10
  • Open to students and practitioners  across disciplines and programs of study
  • Non-degree students register at this link:
  • Instructors: Drs. Megina Baker and Stephanie Cox Suárez
  • Questions? Contact Stephanie at
  • Course Description: Consider how to make learning visible in order to deepen and extend learning. This course will introduce educators across ages to the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach and a pedagogy of listening and documenting. The course will incorporate visits to the Wonder ofLearning:  The Hundred Languages of Children exhibit currently on display at the BU/Wheelock Fenway campus. Students in the course will learn documentation and design skills, and apply these skills to shift their teaching and to create public displays of learning.

  • EDUCC 5815-01: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education and The Wonder of Learning Fall, 2018
  • 1, 2 and 3 credit options
  • Fall 2018 Term I: Sept 5 – Oct 6, Term II: Oct 7 – Nov 4, Term III: Nov 5 – Dec 11
  • Instructor: Maggie Van Camp
  • Questions? Contact Maggie at
  • Course Description: History and basic philosophy of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Considered will be the organization of the environment, the teacher’s role and the relationships between the schools and the community with a special focus on infants/toddlers and preschool to kindergarten ages.

Professional Development Overview

Top Training Goals

As the largest professional development undertaking in Boston’s history, the Wonder of Learning Boston 2018 will seek to:

Inspire ongoing dialogue between educators, children, parents, policy makers, and the community about early childhood education with innovation and equity in mind

Shine a spotlight on Boston area early childhood programs, the Boston Public Schools, and other programs to make their students’ work visible

Provide accessible professional development conferences, seminars, workshops, and other opportunities that present the best practices in early childhood education, with particular attention to reaching and celebrating educators in undeserved and underrepresented communities

Over the 6 month run of the exhibition, we will also offer a wide range of programs at various venues in Boston and throughout the region, including:

• Exhibition opening event
• Conference days at the exhibition
• Visits with Reggio Emilia educators
• Seminars with leading local and international scholars
• Book talks

• Workshops
• Performances for families
• Hands-on experiences and ateliers for all ages
• Visits to local Reggio inspired schools
• Showcases of students’ work
• Keynotes and panel discussions
• Pop-up events at partner sites
• Film screenings and discussion

The NAREA will hold it’s annual 3-day summer conference in Boston to coincide with the WOL, another enriching opportunity for participants.

Crossing Contexts, Cultures, & Communities

We are building a diverse catalogue of accessible professional development experiences for educators, parents, policy makers, researchers, and other stakeholders from Maine to Rhode Island, from home-based centers to Head Starts, from public schools to community-based programs, and from urban to rural settings.

This opportunity coincides with Boston’s commitment to equitable Universal Pre-Kindergarten and to providing educators across settings with high quality professional development and coaching.

Topics & Themes

We expect educators to visit this symposium multiple times to explore ongoing seminars and conferences. Themes may include:

JUN: Reimagining Early Childhood Education—Policy & Practice
JUL: Connecting with Communities—Making Children and Families Visible (Summer Community Events and Pop-Ups)
AUG: Recognizing the Environment as Third Teacher—Spaces, Materials, and Provocations
SEP: Creating a Community of Learning—Children as Citizens
OCT: Supporting Emergent Learning—Teacher as Researcher
NOV: Making Learning Visible—Documentation

A variety of conferences are being considered. Among them:

JUN: Reimagining Childhood: Sharing Stories from the Boston and Reggio Emilia Contexts—Policy and Practice
JUL: Child as Visible—Celebration of Children, Families, Neighborhoods, and Communities
AUG: Environments for Children—Creating Spaces Where Children Can Learn
SEP: Materials Day
OCT: Pedagogy of Listening—Guiding Instruction Based on Careful Observation
NOV: Making Learning Visible—Sharing Documentation of Projects


Innovation & Equity

The Wonder of Learning Boston 2018 brought desperately needed teacher training to the heart of Boston and to our region. Educators and caregivers in settings from home based daycares to public schools, regardless of zip code or income, had access to no or low cost professional development and opportunities to improve their professional practice and outcomes for their students.


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Wise Words

“Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more.”
Loris Malaguzzi