Blog of Note: A Woven Education

“I founded a Reggio inspired preschool a year ago and have now started a blog with the hope of communicating and collaborating with other teachers.  I would love to use the blog as a means to share my experiences and get feedback from others.  Also, to meet with other teachers and learn from their experiences.”

Studio Kids Program, Virginia
A preschool program for children aged 2-5. A ‘woven education’ inspired by Reggio Emilia, Waldorf and Montessori philosophies.
It is a new school (founded in 2010) with a small staff (currently only one teacher) looking for other Reggio inspired teachers to collaborate with.  Further information can be found at



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Workshop: Early Childhood Educators Conference, St. Thomas School, Medina, WA

Early Childhood Educators Conference

Date: Friday – October 14, 2011
Time: All Day
Location: St. Thomas School, Medina, WA

The First Satellite Conference Specifically for Early Childhood Educators

Featuring two workshops for educators working with 2-6 year olds, as well as an opportunity to network with colleagues who share your passion for our schools’ littlest learners.


Workshop 1: The Reggio Emilia Approach
The schools of Reggio Emilia, a town in Northern Italy, were first developed after World War II. Instrumental in developing these schools was Loris Malaguzzi who is known as the father of the Reggio Emilia approach. These schools reflect his view that the child is competent and capable, that the teacher is an active participant in the learning process rather than a direct provider of information. This workshop will explore the Reggio Emilia philosophies, and examine how young children can be engaged in research and thinking.  Over the last three years the teachers in the Early Learning Center at St. Thomas School have been exploring  this philosophy and working to create a constructivist, rigorous early childhood curriculum.  We will share our documentation panels, our on-going questions and our reflections.

Workshop 2: Exploring the Magic of Blocks
Explore how block building can foster the ability to plan, represent your knowledge, promote symbolic thinking and problem solving. Join your peers in an exciting day of exploration of a variety of blocks, ramps, and tunnels.

Experience firsthand how building with others promotes self-confidence, internal self-control, and risk taking. Take the opportunity to explore different types and sizes of blocks. Explore classroom environments that enhance block play and provide links to art, writing, map/diagram reading and much more.


8:30am………………………. Registration
9:00am-11:00am…………….Reggio Emilia Workshop
11:00am-12:00pm……………Round Table Discussions
12:00pm-1:00pm……………. Lunch
1:00pm-3:00pm…………..….Block Workshop
3:00pm-3:30pm………..…….Conference Wrap-up

 5 clock hours and / or STARS credits available to attendees.


Registration Rates and Deadlines

Early Bird Registration Rate – $60 per person by September 16, 2011
Regular Rate – $75 per person by October 3, 2011
Late and Onsite Registration Rate – $95 per person after October 3, 2011
Non-Member Rate – $95 per person – anytime
Registration will open in July

Hotel Block Information
LaQuinta Inns and Suites Bellevue Kirkland (just 3 miles from St. Thomas School)
10530 Northup Way, Kirkland, WA 98033
(425) 828-6585

Room Rate (all rates are subject to 12.4% tax)
Single Queen: $91.80
Double Queen: $98.10

To reserve your room and take advantage of the group discount, contact the LaQuinta Inn and Suites by September 13, 2011 at and mention that you are a part of the PNAIS.


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Legislation: CA SB740

SB 740 (Hancock)
Pupil assessment.

Existing law, the Leroy Greene California Assessment of Academic Achievement Act, requires each school district, charter school, and county office of education to administer to each of its pupils in grades 2 to 11, inclusive, certain achievement tests.

This bill, commencing July 1, 2012, would exclude pupils in grade 2 from the standards-based achievement test requirement and make conforming changes.

The bill would require the State Department of Education by July 1, 2014, to identify and make available to school districts information regarding existing assessments in language arts and mathematics for pupils in grade 2 for diagnostic use by classroom teachers. The bill would require these provisions to be implemented from the savings realized from the elimination of the grade 2 standards-based achievement testing.

How do you feel about ending standardized testing of second graders. Will the elimination begin to correct of faulty testing system? Will teachers be free to teach to children rather than to the test?


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New School: Alphabet Street Nursery DubaDubai, United Arab Emirates

Alphabet Street Nursery Dubai Introduces Reggio Emilia Approach to UAE

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, (MMD Newswire) June 24, 2011 – – Alphabet Street Nursery Dubai is one of the first nursery programs to incorporate the Reggio Emilia approach to learning, according to Ms. Tania Homaidan Baghdadi, the school’s managing director. The nursery has adopted the best elements of this learning approach in order to provide a rich and nurturing learning environment for students.

Ms. Homaidan Baghdadi notes, “We want to give you the peace of mind only a parent can know.” For children aged 14 months through 4+ years, this means a lot of freedom to explore, as this is how the brain learns best at that age.

To read the rest of the article click on here: MMD

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Workshop: Branches Atelier Long Beach Reggio Workshop

Branches Atelier Long Beach Reggio Workshop

Please join us for an evening workshop for parents and educators on the Fundamentals of the Reggio approach. This special event will be held at:

Little Owl Preschool

3426 Linden Ave.

Long Beach, 90807

Wednesday August 31st 6pm to 8.30pm

An Introduction to Reggio

Presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath

  • What is the Reggio Emilia approach?
  • What is the role of the teacher?
  • How is math and literacy integrated in a social constructivist classroom
  • What is the role of parents?
  • What are the theoretical roots of the Reggio approach?
  • How does documentation support children learning?
  • How can symbolic languages extend and deepen curriculum?
The cost for this workshop is $40.

Click here to preregister for workshops.

Click here to download the registration form for an Intro to Reggio Long Beach.

Click here to download the registration form Beautiful Fabrics, Fantastic Fibers

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Job Opening: The New Mexico State University School for Young Children, Las Cruces, NM

The New Mexico State University School for Young Children which serves 2-5 year olds in 3 Reggio inspired laboratory school classrooms is looking for a teacher.  We are located in Las Cruces, NM.  If you are interested please see the information below.  Please note that this job description is one required by the university for us to use, the emphasis on academics is theirs and not ours.

Kate Puckett
NMSU School for Young Children

Position Announcement
Teacher    Req # 2011003155
Full-Time 9-month (Academic Year) Position
Contingent on Funding

Position Title:  Teacher


Designs, develops, and delivers educational programs. May work on an on-call, short-duration basis within defined subject matter areas and program objectives.

Standard Duties:

Develops lesson plans and implements curriculum for targeted student audiences. May teach students in a classroom setting; assists with presenting and reinforcing learning concepts within a specified subject or subject area. Advises and supports student academic success in subject area; provides an environment for academic growth and personal development for students. Oversees classroom management on a daily basis. Maintains student academic records and record-keeping ledgers for students participating in the program. Distributes supplemental assignments to students when needed and as appropriate to the target student population. Performs evaluations of classes taught for inclusion in academic progress reviews. Build partnerships with families.  Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge and understanding of learning concepts relevant to early childhood, elementary and/or secondary level students. Working knowledge and understanding of pre-college educational programs. Knowledge of the rules, regulations, and laws regarding student academic records. Early Childhood Education and developmentally appropriate practice for preschool children; Reggio Emilia Approach to education; Focused Portfolio Assessment system

Curriculum development skills. Records maintenance skills. Analytical, evaluative, and critical thinking skills. Strong interpersonal, collaboration and communication skills.

Ability to teach early childhood, elementary, middle, and/or high school age students within specified area of subject matter expertise. Ability to implement positive classroom arrangement techniques with a diverse student population.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education- Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Experience- Three (3) years of experience directly related to the standard duties as outlined.

BENEFITS OFFERED: Group medical and dental insurance, group life insurance, long-term disability insurance, workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, state educational retirement, sick and annual leave. Opportunity for educational advancement.

Reply to/deadline for applications: Interested applicants should forward a complete application packet, to include a cover letter, resume, unofficial college transcripts and three professional references to:

Renate Boné
Early Childhood Education
P.O Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

Review of applications will begin July 5, 2011. Application materials received after this date may be considered.

NMSU is an EEO/AA employer. Offer of employment is contingent upon verification of individual’s eligibility for employment in the United States. All offers of employment, oral and written are contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, NMSU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a criminal history background check

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Job Opening: Director of Education/Head of School Positon Opening in Chicago, Illinois

A new, Chicago-based, progressive private day school is seeking an experienced
and passionate educator/administrator to serve as the Director of Education
for grades PS-8. Our first school will be Reggio inspired and is targeted to
open in fall 2012.

This individual must have at least 5 years experience in early childhood
education (or a related field), and must have a foundational knowledge of the
Reggio Emilia approach. Experience in curriculum development and teacher
evaluation is required.

A performance-based, incentive compensation package will include a meaningful,
potential ownership stake in the company. Flexible time commitment will be
required until the school opens.

For more information, please contact Shuchi Sharma at


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