Study Tours to Reggio Emilia, Italy
Cultivating the Early Years runs a Progressive Ed for the Early Years seminar series (both in-person or in an online format) that is connected to March Student Professor study tour to Reggio Emilia. This study tour is designed for participants who are either students at an institution of higher ed or enrolled in an approved Reggio focused professional development. We can also work with your organization or school to design a seminar series that meets your needs, and allows your group to attend this amazing study tour. Some of the organizations and schools we work are the Jewish United Fund, Erikson Institute, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Commons, Learning Tree Ireland. For more information about how to get involved in this small closed study tour contact us.
Consulting and Professional Development
Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Creativity; the 21st Century skills for learning. These are the skills all children need to succeed in our 21st Century global world. Amazingly, these skills already exist within young children. Young children are naturally curious communicators. They spend everyday exploring new things, creating solutions to problems, and figuring out our complex world. We must nurture these natural skills, help children develop a growth mindset, and a love for learning. These are the skills that will help them succeed in an ever complex global world.
What’s needed is an educational paradigm shift. We must stop stifling young children’s natural love with developmentally inappropriate curriculum and pushed down academics! Instead we need to feed their naturally intellectual minds with Inquiry-based learning, nature-based learning, and interest-based STEM learning. No other approach to early learning does this better than the world renowned Reggio Emilia Approach. This approach to early learning looks at what is best for children’s learning and connects it to their culture and context to support the best practices for all young children. Cultivating the Early Years (CEY) works all over the world to support Reggio-inspired practice within a communities cultural and context.
We are currently working with schools, organizations, and local governments around the world. Now we want to support your paradigm shift! Let us help you build a better early childhood educational system that supports children’s 21st learning skills and embrace Reggio Emilia-inspired practice.
Consulting and Collaboration
Are you interested in working with us to support change in your programs contact us?
Organizations we are currently collaborating with;
The Reggio Emilia Foundation
The City of Chicago
Chicago Children's Museum
The Jewish United Fund
Boulder Journey School
Chicago Public Schools
Organizations and schools we are currently or previously have worked with;
Barbara Vick Early Asian Humans SErvices
Jewish United Fund
The Learning Tree Ireland
Chicago Jewish Day School
Bay Area Discovery School
Christopher House of Chicago
The World Forum Foundation
Easter Seals Chicago
Dimensions Educational Research Foundation
Loyola University Educational Law and Policy Inst.
City of Chicago Park District
University of Chicago Lab School
We are expanding more elearning options coming Fall 2019
Possible Workshop Topics
Some of our Professional Development
Hands-on Math and Science for Teachers
Integrating Technology into the Classroom
Using Technolgy that supports Literacy
Making Learning Visible through Documentation
Supporting Children's Rigths in the Classroom
Story Telling with Young Children
Designing Child Centered Environments
Nature and Outdoor Classrooms
Child Development and the Image of the Child
The Reflective Teacher and Researcher
Environment as the Third Teacher
Documentation and Assessment in the Progressive Ed Classroom
Exploring the 100 Languages of Children and Materials Exploration
Understanding Emergent Curriculum and Planning
Embracing STEM through the Hundred Languages