Current Course Schedule

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

The early childhood program found 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 re-create in the United States. This workshop 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.
  • Course Number
    TEED654N
  • Focus On
    Ages Infant - 5 Years
  • Category
    Early Childhood, Online
  • Registration Options and Cost
    $425 12.0 CTLE or 1.2 CEU
    $1,710 1.0 Credits

Sections

Fall 2021

  • Section 1:
    • Patricia Watkins
      Patricia Watkins
      is currently an educational coach here 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. Working on a series of children’s books has become one of her greatest pleasures, in
      conjunction with spreading the word about how Reggio Emilia can positively impact any
      teacher’s practice.
"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