Early Childhood Teaching Expert to Speak at CNM

Jan, 22, 2014 – Lella Gandini, Ed.D., an expert in early childhood education, will discuss the Reggio Emilia Approach to teaching children and she’ll discuss an exhibit coming to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science when she speaks at CNM on Jan. 27
July 16, 2015

The event will take place at Smith Brasher Hall on Main Campus from 6-8 p.m. Free parking is available at Smith Brasher Hall.

Gandini, a Reggio Children Liaison for the U.S. for Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach and an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts, will also give an overview of the “Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children” exhibit coming to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science June 19 through December 2014.

The exhibit is being hosted by the New Mexico Wonder of Learning Collaborative, a consortium of early childhood educators, parents and others interested in raising the quality of young children’s education. The traveling exhibit is a collection of interactive displays that describe the rich history, research and documentation of the daily practice taking place in the world-renowned early childhood programs in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Gandini is co-author of several books for parents and educators and author of many books of fairy tales, nursery rhymes and stories for children. While in New Mexico she will be visiting several early childhood programs that are studying the Reggio Emilia approach in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

The CNM event is sponsored by the CNM Department of Education Programs.

What is the Reggio Emilia approach?
Since post World War II, the northern Italian town of Reggio Emilia has a firmly established worldwide reputation for forward thinking and excellence in its approach to early childhood education. Over the decades, the municipality of Reggio Emilia evolved a distinctive and innovative approach to child development that, above all else, respects the rights of children and is based on the concept that all children are capable and have tremendous potential. The approach gives much attention to detailed observation and documentation of learning. The learning process takes priority over the final product.

Early Childhood Education Topics Course
CNM will be offering a six-week, one credit topics class this spring that will introduce participants to the principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach. Classes will be held every Thursday, March 13 -April 25 from 6-8:15 p.m.

For more information, contact nmwonderoflearning@gmail.com or visit Facebook: nmwonderoflearning.