Heralded by Harvard University’s Project Zero, the Reggio Emilia Approach is blend of theory and practice that is based upon decades of research in early childhood development. Founder Loris Malaguzzi designed a teaching approach which is alive, creative and emergent. Central to this progressive approach is the image of the child as a strong and powerful player in their own education. The teacher is seen as a researcher and protagonist, creating a learning environment that is engaging and highly social. Children learn through play and are assessed through documentation. The documentation makes the learning visible and informs the practice ultimately leading to innovations in curriculum. Designed as an introduction to this approach, this first course will introduce two key principals: The strong image of the child as a collaborator in their own education; the environment as the third teacher designing classrooms that support investigations and creativity and social-emotional development. Mary Ann Biermeier M.Ed. is Managing Director of Riverbend Studios, llc. She is a master degree educator with over 20 years in the early childhood field, an Arizona certified instructor inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. All learning starts with joy we hope you will enjoy this class! 3 PDHs Certificate of Participation upon Completion of Course