The Calgary Reggio Network Association’s purpose it to provide support, professional development, opportunities for dialogue, information and resources to individuals and organizations interested in the Reggio philosophy.
As an organization inspired by the Reggio Approach to education, we advocate for education grounded in democratic principles where children have rights of citizenship from birth. We support an image of children as curious, imaginative, resourceful, capable, and intelligent, who construct their understandings from rich educational environments in dialogue with peers and responsive educators. We advocate for schools that provide environments where children are protagonists in their learning and where there are opportunities for children to express their thinking in diverse ways that include the arts.
We believe that although the principles which ground the Reggio philosophy were originally developed in centres for young children, these principles are relevant to learners of all ages.
We are inspired by the work which began in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The Reggio Approach is not a method to be replicated but serves as a provocation and challenge to educators around the world. The context in which we work is a Canadian context where community, culture and perspective differ from the Italian context. We respect the frame of reference that each individual and organization brings to our association. This association respects the original philosophy from Reggio Emilia while being mindful of the communities of learning with whom we interact.
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PLEASE HELP US GET THE WORD OUT!
We urgently need your help to “Ditch the Draft” Alberta curriculum because it is contrary to the educational and moral values we hold as the Calgary Reggio Network Association and in our opinion should not be implemented at all. We ask that you spread this message as widely as possible within your community contacts. Share the links below and ask everyone to write MLAs, and other government officials. Imagine, if each of 900+ Network members successfully encouraged 2 people to write, or a school council to write, the impact this could have!
For more information, links to sample letters, a petition and location of “Ditch the Draft” protests throughout the Province on April 2, go to the links below.
Students Deserve Better https://www.studentsdeservebetter.ca
Spin the Curriculum Wheel and you will see how inappropriate some learning expectations are.
Alberta Teachers’ Association https://bit.ly/DraftCurriculum
A critique in Alberta Views
Watch the Calgary Reggio Network's response to the proposed new Alberta Curriculum in this video
We encourage all educators to review the newly proposed Alberta Curriculum and offer your feedback.
You can review the curriculum online at https://www.alberta.ca/curriculum.aspx
Alberta Curriculum Analysis
This site is intended to provide diverse, non-partisan, research-informed scholarly and expert advice on the development of Alberta’s K-12 curriculum, across all subject areas.
Online Professional Development
Adventures with Loose Parts with Christina Pickles
Sunday, April 3rd, 2022
Come explore the outdoors and the possibilities large loose parts offer us to expand play in adventurous ways. Participants will experience loose parts play first hand and dialogue around how to incorporate documentation into the outdoors and possibilities for project work with loose parts.
Christina Pickles has been an environmental educator for 20 years and has worked in wetlands, badlands, forests, streams and streets with all ages. She is the leader for the Get Outside and Play Early Childhood Network in Alberta and has shifted her focus to the importance of connecting children and adults with the natural world through play. She lives along the banks of the Bow River with her family.
You can check out Get Outside and Play at https://getoutsideandplay.ca
Please Note: Participants will need to sign liability waivers once registered. This is an outdoor event that will run rain or shine so please dress appropriately for the weather. Detailed map of location will be emailed to participants.
To register please follow link below:
In the spirit of the 100 Languages we would like to share with you a series of workshops being offered by the Werklund School of Education and the Calgary Public Library. Mobilizing Anti-racist, Arts-based, and Land-based Literacies: Working Together to Decolonize the English Language Arts, is a 3 part workshop focusing on " Expanding our understanding of literacy can help us connect with the many ways that people across the planet have traditionally communicated with each other and the world, such as through diverse languages, the arts and relationships with the land. "
Dates and Times:
- Mobilizing Anti-racist Literacies: January 29, 2022 (1:00 - 3:30pm)
- Mobilizing Arts-based Literacies: February 19, 2022 (1:00 - 3:30pm)
- Mobilizing Land-based Literacies: March 12, 2022 (1:00 - 3:30pm)
New distributor for REGGIO CHILDREN PUBLICATIONS
The new Canadian distributor of Reggio Children Publications will be A Different Drummer Bookstore, in Burlington, Ontario.
E-LEARNING: A digital world for the Reggio Emilia Approach
Reggio Children is offering live webinars and online resources
Reggio Children is continuing to offer a new series of Webinars, Web conferences and a digital learning tool box. If you would like more information on current offerings and to sign up please follow this link:
The Calgary Reggio Network Association wishes to honour and respect that the land in which we live, work and play is upon the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. This region includes the the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.
We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Mohkinstsis” which we now call the City of Calgary.
Our work centres on children, families and educators acknowledging community and diversity. We wish to walk together as an organization advocating for the calls to action to be realized from the truth and reconciliation initiative.
In consideration that knowledge is key, we offer some recommended reading for our CRNA community.