NDS Innovation Hub
Suite 9, Level 4, Lutwyche City Shopping Centre, 543 Lutwyche Road
Lutwyche, QLD, AU 4030
One Part Workshop
Friday 13th November 2015
3.30 pm to 6.30 pm
What’s it about
If we are to make real contribution to the future policy and practice that affects young children, we need to extend our leadership capacity beyond our own settings and contexts and reach across the sector – 2015 ECEC Leadership Strategy
The last and final Masterclass series for 2015 will bring together early childhood and children’s services professionals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. The provocation:
‘Why REGGIO? Why NOW? …..Old and new questions?
The Reggio Emilia Approach is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. The Reggio method had been called one of the best approaches in the world by many different news magazines and researchers, but it is not without its critics. How is your service influenced by the Reggio Emilia Approach? Why? What does that look like in practice for you?
This engaging process that blends ‘expert’ input with café style conversations and debate will challenge your thinking and help all of us to build collective knowledge and understandings, leading to better ways for working together.
Who should attend?
People working with children and young people in any context, LDC, OSHC, FDC, IHC, parents, teachers and tertiary educators.
Our distinguished panel members will include:
Associate Professor Alma Fleet – Alma’s research interests include the nature of early childhood teachers’ work, early literacy, the practicum in teacher education, reflective practice and the influence of Reggio Emilia in educational settings.
Dr Louise Thomas – Senior Lecturer in early childhood education at ACU. Louise has previously worked as a Senior Policy Officer in DETA in the areas of community kindergartens and preparatory education. Her research interests include leadership in early childhood education, and identity constructions of teachers.
Lyn Zollo is a Lecturer in early childhood education at QUT. Lyn has taught in a diverse range of early childhood settings both in Australia and internationally including long day care, kindergarten, preschool and primary school. Her work has been strongly influenced by her visits to the Reggio Emilia early childhood centres in Italy.
Stephen Gallen – Stephen has nearly 25 years’ experience in the early childhood field, across all service types, but with a focus in long day care. He has also been delivering professional development in the field for over a decade. Stephen has worked with a focus on pioneering and developing Emergent Curriculum and Reggio Emilia inspired programs in Brisbane.
Professor Felicity McArdle – Felicity McArdle is Associate Professor at Charles Sturt University, Faculty of Education, as well as Adjunct A/Professor at QUT, School of Early Childhood. She is proud to have been a teacher for many years, and has taught young children in before school settings, children in the early years of Primary schooling, children in their final year of Primary schooling, university undergrad and postgrad students. She also supervises scholars to completion with Masters and PhD degrees.