Current Course Schedule

Reggio- Emilia Approach: Interpret Theory & Practice for Schools in U S (infant - 5 Yrs)

The early childhood program founded in Reggio-Emilia, Italy incorporates an emphasis on the learning environment, process vs. product, developmentally appropriate practice, and the importance of the community of learners. Much of this philosophy reflects the culture of the Italians and is difficult to recreate in the United States. This course is meant to provide an introduction to the approach and will attempt to bridge the Reggio-Emilia theory with American culture. We will view the Reggio-Emilia approach as a means to combat the push-down curriculum, competition, product over process, and the jumping/skipping of learning stages we are now experiencing in this country. The course will also explore how the Reggio Emilia approach can be used to support virtual learning through parent/caregiver partnership and engagement. *The course will current curriculum in virtual and socially-distanced classrooms and meets online eastern time.
  • Focus On
    Ages Infant - 5 Years
  • Category
    Early Childhood, Online
  • Registration Options and Cost
    $425 12.0 CTLE or 1.2 CEU
    $1,660 1.0 Credits


Spring 2021

  • Section 01: April 19, April 21, April 26, April 28
    • Pat Watkins
      Pat Watkins
      Pat Watkins is currently an educational coach at Bank Street, working with teachers across NYC to support early childhood math development. Before taking on this role she taught in a NYC Reggio Emilia influenced school for eight years, supporting programs for student’s ages 18 months to 5 years old. Her continuing education included a visit to Reggio Emilia Italy, professional development workshops in NYC, and time being mentored by a Reggio Emilia coach. With a dual masters in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Fordham University, Pat has continued her relationship with Fordham as a Field Specialist and research assistant.
"I've been waiting for a year to take this course and it was fantastic! Breathed fresh influence into my teaching career. Remindeed me of what is important for children and teachers."
-Lisa S., Lead Teacher, 11 years in the field

I learned that I jump in too quickly and do too much thinking for my students. Also, my co-teacher is doing even more for the kids so we are going to need to do learning together. I wish she came with me.
— Diane R., Teacher, 29 years in the field

"The class made me reflect on my practice and think about the kind of teacher I am and what to be. It helped me to reignite the desire to grow and learn as a teacher."
—Teacher/Curriculum Coordinator, 5 years in the field

"This class changed the way I think about time in the classroom."
- Abigail C., Teacher, 1.5 years in the field