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ERIC Number: EJ1000567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1946-0406
Change and Transformation: The Journey of Our School
MacDonald, Beth
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n205 p70-72 May-Jun 2012
According to the author, when Bonnie and Roger Neugebauer honored their school by asking them to be on the cover of "Exchange," she remembered the conferences she had attended over the years when she was a new director. Her favorite was the Child Care Directors conference in 1989, which was held on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Not only was the setting beautiful, but it was at that conference that she first heard about the Reggio Emilia schools in Italy. This is where their journey began. Their journey has been one of change and transformation. They began as a school that embraced the Montessori philosophy, but also included a high interest in music, art, drama, and creativity. While the Montessori approach to learning was powerful and compelling, there was a piece missing. When they heard about the schools in Reggio Emilia, they were drawn to them like a magnet. Amelia Gambetti with the schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, has been a very special person in the life of their school. Since 1994, Gambetti has been consulting with their school and offering her support following their attendance at their first Reggio conference in Washington, DC. Many other Reggio-inspired educators from around the country have also supported their journey. The spiral best describes their process of the last 18 years. Every area of their growth has been affected: their image of the school, the child, the environment, organization, time, collaboration, professional development, the role of the teacher, co-learning and research, documentation, parent and family relationships, and their exploration of expressive materials. They made a conscious choice as a school to move into this spiral of change and transformation. This means that they enter and reenter each of these categories, stages, and layers over and over. Their journey is a never ending, exciting, and challenging process for them all.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy