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Past Events

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Past Professional Development Events:

January 27 ,20146:00 – 8:00 pm: Lella Gandini, Children and their potential: An introduction to the Wonder of Learning exhibit and to the Principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach:” Central NM College, Smith Brasher Hall, Room 100;

January 28, 2014 4:30 to 6:30 pm: Lella Gandini, “Children and Their Potential: The Reggio Emilia Approach and the Rising Interest from Public Education Programs” Albuquerque Public Schools John Milne Community Boardroom, 6400 Uptown Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM;

February 17 – April 4:Cultivate the Young Scientist In Every Child: The Philosophy of Frances and David Hawkins Exhibit,” in Albuquerque, at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

An educational exhibit created by Hawkins Centers of Learning illustrates dynamic approaches to learning and teaching that engage children’s existing curiosity using readily available materials.  Through text and photos, viewers discover “curiosity-based learning” and are invited to integrate its concepts in their own experiences with children.  Curiosity-based approaches to learning were championed by Frances and David Hawkins, who worked and consulted in schools worldwide.  The philosophical foundations of the Hawkins’ theories are presented through classroom stories. Part of the exhibit is also designed to highlight the collaboration between David Hawkins and Loris Malaguzzi, architect of the world-renowned schools for young children in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

February 21: The New Mexico Reggio Emilia Wonder of Learning Study Tours in Las Cruces

Tourfour classrooms of two early childhood programs, The NMSU School For Young Children and New Mexico School for the Deaf (Las Cruces Preschool).  There will be classroom visits with children present during the day, classroom visits with no children in the lateafternoon, and presentations by teachers in the evening.

The tours offer an opportunity for early childhood educators, families and policymakers to visit early childhood classrooms learning about the Reggio Emilia Approach. You'll also hear presentations from teachers from the programs, and engage in dialogue focused on quality learning experiences for New Mexico children.

Teachers who spend the afternoon visiting the schools and attending the presentations can receive training hours at the evening event. Tours have already taken place in Santa Fe and Taos, and are scheduled in Bernalillo County in May on a date to be announced.

For a complete schedule and directions, please RSVP to Sara Melendrez at ssmiller@nmsu.edu

March 8: Educators Workshop: A Time for Exploratory Work—Call It "Play" If you Will

The workshop will be led by educators Alex Cruickshank and Barry Kluger-Bell from the Hawkins LearningCenter in Boulder, Colorado, on March 8 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. A reception follows on March 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. featuring speaker Ellen Hall, co-founder and board chair of Hawkins Learning Center and founder and executive director of Boulder Journey School, an innovative school for young childreinspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, in Boulder, Colorado.

April 5, 2014: “A Day of Wonder and Art” Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico Celebrating the drawings of Ken Price and the Wonder of Learning exhibit with Gigi Yu, Project Manager, New Mexico Wonder of Learning Collaborative

April 26, 2014, “The Image of the Child” Portales, New Mexico TTAP, with Mary Bliss and Baji Rankin New Mexico Wonder of Learning Collaborative

August 8-9: Being with Babies: Hearing Seeing and Understanding the PERSONHOOD of Children 0-3.

As a culture when we think of babies perhaps a half dozen words will spring to mind: cute, helpless, adorable, exhausting, sweet, and loud. After working in infant and toddler classrooms for the last 20 years Kim Lee Ripley has a different set of words she uses: competent, powerful, generous, curious, respectful. In this presentation participants will explore and challange the ways in which they view children, under the age of 3, in their homes, classrooms, and community. Participants will expand their perceptions of very young children by reflecting on stories, and looking at photo and video documentation of infants and toddlers and their abilities to support each others learning and understandings. Using observational protocols participants will discover that as children are learning to walk and talk, children are also learning the beginning skills and dispositions that are essential to a healthy democracy. Special Presentation by Kim Lee Ripley: Researcher and Teacher of infants and toddlers at Hampshire College Early Learning Center in Amherst Massachusetts.

September 12-13: Children as Citizens:  Documenting Early Learning in Nature, Culture, and Community.

This professional development experience will give participants the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the value of documentation while exploring nature, culture, and community with children. Participants will interact with the Wonder of Learning exhibit and create reflection and dialogue about teaching and learning as it relates to their own context. Guest speakers Jesus Oviedo, Chicago Commons Studio Coordinator and Jason Avery and Karyn Callaghan from Artists at the Centre, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

October 23-25: Reflective Practice: Creating Professional Development Practices That Support the Teacher as Researcher.

This professional development initiative will focus on how teachers are reflective in their practice with children AND within and among all of the adults who work with the children. It will also focus on how to invite family and community collaboration in reflective practice. This initiative will be an interactive experience where participants will engage in dialogue and look for ideas embedded in the “Wonder of Learning” related to reflective practice and where participants will create learning opportunities based on children’s interests and ideas. This is an opportunity for New Mexicans to learn from others how to engage in reflective practice for deepening their work with children and families as well as how to enhance assessment practices and to share how we are engaging in reflective practice.  Presentations will be given by Reggio-inspired teachers from Arizona, Chicago, Illinois, Missouri, California and New Mexico.

November 8: Exploring Literacy in NM Reggio Inspired Classrooms.

This FREE professional development day for teachers will feature presentations and stories from Early Childhood Educators in NM classrooms using the Reggio Emilia approach.  The focus will be on early literacy development using principles from the Reggio approach. This event will take place at the NM Museum of Natural History and Science with an opportunity to experience the Wonder of Learning exhibit and a hands-on literacy workshop!  Participate on Friday November 7th in a pre-event day where Albuquerque Reggio-inspired programs will open up their classrooms for visits! Locations TBA.  Register here.

November 12, 2014: Region VI Head Start Conference Reception at the WOL exhibit

November 22: Reflective Retreat Discussing The Wonder of Learning exhibit in NM

The exhibit is only here through November 30th and we would like to take some time to collectively reflect on it's impact and make plans for the future of Reggio in NM. We invite you to be a part of this important discussion! Topics will include Curriculum, Assessment, Professional Learning, Family Involvement, Advocacy, and Special Rights. The event is free and will take place from 10-3pm at the NM Museum of Natural History and Science. Register Here!

November 30: Closing Celebration

Please join the NM Wonder of Learning Collaborative for a closing reception celebrating the
Wonder of Learning Exhibit in New Mexico. The event will take place on: November 30th 5:30-7:30 at the
NM Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW Albuquerque, NM.
This will be the very last time to view the exhibit before it ships off to New York! There will be light reception food, drinks and entertainment and of course the exhibit! We would like everyone to be a part of this important celebration of the "Wonder of Learning" So come out with your families and friends. Please RSVP to

March 6 and 7 2015: NMAEYC Pre-Conferenceand Conference with Reggio-inspired workshops

Friday Pre-conference Session: The Geography of Story Workshop: Early Literacy Approaches for Supporting the Growth of Strong Readers and Writers Story Workshop is a literacy structure that supports language development in children through the use of materials, the arts and the sciences. Story Workshop, inspired in part by the Reggio approach, gives visibility to early reading and writing by paying attention to the natural learning strategies of young children and the kinds of environments and materials that engage their thinking, curiosity and imagination. -Judy Graves and Susan Harris MacKay Opal School, Portland Children's Museum.                                                                                                                

Saturday Conference Workshops: Supporting Children’s Inquiry Through Structured,Guided and Open Inquiry -Judy Graves, The Role of the Studio in Supporting Playful Inquiry -Judy Graves, Thinking like Scientists and Mathematicians -Susan Harris MacKay

April 2014-April 2015: "Developing a Strong Image of the Child,"

An 8-Part Webinar series presented by the UNM Family Development Program and Center for Development and Disability. This FREE webinar series is offered in conjuction with the Reggio Emilia Wonder of Learning: 100 Languages of Children Exhibit. It is designed to explore the unfolding of the young child’s image through the lens of Reggio Emilia and child development leaders such as Vygotsky, Gardner, and Galinsky.  Click Here to Register.

May 16-23, 2015: US Study Group in Reggio Emilia Italy

The next study group to visit the world renowned municipal infant-toddler centers and preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, specifically for U.S. educators will take place May 16 - 23, 2015. Organized by International Study Tours, LLC in collaboration with Reggio Children. To reserve a space, please submit registration form and $500 check deposit by November 15, 2015.

JULY 29, 2015 10:00AM-4:00PM: Reggio-inspired REACH OUT -Looking at Best Practice in Classroom Environment and Materials

Sponsored by UNM Gallup and the NM Wonder of Learning Collaborative this FREE 1 Day Reggio-inspired Conference will be held at the UNM Gallup Campus. Event includes: Presentations on Environment as the Third Teacher by educators working in NM classrooms, A visit to the new Reggio-inspired Early Childhood and Family Center at UNM Gallup as well as Hands-on materials workshops focused on pottery and weaving. 6 hours Professional Development credit will be awarded to participants. Registration for this event is now full. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list and to be updated about future events in this area please contact Olivia Natale at olivia.nmwonderoflearning@gmail.com. ***Please note that you must be a registered participant to receive a training certificate.

November 6-7, 2015: First Annual Curriculum Conference

NMSU is hosting their first annual curriculum conference this Fall at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Featured speakers includeRachel Theilheimer presenting an Introduction to New Mexico’s Curricular Framework for Early Childhood Care & Education Programs and Peter Moss presenting on the Early Years Curricula: Everything is Dangerous and Everything has Potentiality. NMSU is now accepting presentation proposals for workshops. Please download the form and submit it by Friday September 17th. Registration for the event is $40 and includes breakfasts and lunches. Please contact Lynn Bagwell with any questions lynnb@nmsu.edu.

Past Community Events:

May 22: Debut screening of “Stories from the Classroom: New Mexico's Journey with the Reggio Emilia Approach” at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe at 5 p.m.

The documentary features New Mexico teachers and educators exploring the Reggio Emilio approach in their Early Childhood Educational practices. The directors of the video used Reggio principals to guide the video. The film includes a brief history of Reggio Emilio, Italy, city run preschools and also New Mexico’s journey with schools and educators growing their interest and inspiration using this approach to education.

February 21: The New Mexico Reggio Emilia Wonder of Learning Study Tours in Las Cruces

Tourfour classrooms of two early childhood programs, The NMSU School For Young Children and New Mexico School for the Deaf (Las Cruces Preschool).  There will be classroom visits with children present during the day, classroom visits with no children in the lateafternoon, and presentations by teachers in the evening.

The tours offer an opportunity for early childhood educators, families and policymakers to visit early childhood classrooms learning about the Reggio Emilia Approach. You'll also hear presentations from teachers from the programs, and engage in dialogue focused on quality learning experiences for New Mexico children.

Teachers who spend the afternoon visiting the schools and attending the presentations can receive training hours at the evening event. Tours have already taken place in Santa Fe and Taos, and are scheduled in Bernalillo County in May on a date to be announced.

For a complete schedule and directions, please RSVP to Sara Melendrez at ssmiller@nmsu.edu

Exploring the Wonder of Nature with Families

Bernalillo County Open Space and The New Mexico Wonder of Learning Collaborative organize events for families to engage in nature together.  These events are held at the Bacchechi Open Space.  On November 16, 2013, families and schools throughout Bernallilo County participated in a public art show focusing on the four elements of nature: air, water, fire and earth.  This art show featured students and families’ artworks that were made out of earth materials and depict children’s experience with nature’s elements.

October 1st, 5:30-8:00pm: FREE Family Night at the Museums!  

Free night for families of young children, birth through 3rd Grade to view the Wonder of Learning Hundred Languages of Children exhibit and experience hands-on activities with their children. 5:30 - 7:30 pm Natural History and Science Museum - view WOL exhibit, hands on, and refreshments provided 6:00 - 8:00 pm, ¡Explora! Children’s Museum open. Families that explore the exhibit will be entered into a raffle! Prizes will include Reggio learning materials and more!

November 30: Closing Celebration

Please join the NM Wonder of Learning Collaborative for a closing reception celebrating the
Wonder of Learning Exhibit in New Mexico. The event will take place on: November 30th 5:30-7:30 at the
NM Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW Albuquerque, NM.
This will be the very last time to view the exhibit before it ships off to New York! There will be light reception food, drinks and entertainment and of course the exhibit! We would like everyone to be a part of this important celebration of the "Wonder of Learning" So come out with your families and friends. Please RSVP to olivia.nmwonderoflearning@gmail.com

Guided Tours of the "Wonder of Learning Exhibit"

Schedule a "walk through" of the exhibit with a Reggio-inspired educator at Albuquerque's New Mexico Museum of Natural Science & History. Click here for details.

March 29, 2015 1-4pm: The Wonder of Learning in Nature: Exploring Literacy and the Natural World

A FREE Event for families with young children (Ages birth – 8 years old) and teachers of young children. Supporting Early Literacy through Outdoor Exploration. Young children are curious about the world around them and eager to explore it. The natural world offers children and their families a wonderful resource for creative, inquiry-based learning. The natural world provides experiences for children to become careful, intentional observers, that grow into stronger readers, writers, and scientists in the process. This FREE event will provide an opportunity for families with young children and educators to explore literacy in nature. Also learn how your family or classroom can participate in an art/nature exhibit that will occur on the May 1st. Snacks and materials will be provided. Please RSVP for the March 29th event to your child’s teacher or the program that invited you no later than March 20th!

April 2015 Take the Rio Grande Literacy Challenge!

You are invited to participate in the Wonder of Learning in Nature exhibit on May 1, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. The theme of the exhibit will be the Rio Grande, and will also be part of the National River Rally conference being hosted this year in New Mexico.

How do you participate? It is easy. Explore and develop a three dimensional artwork or information panel about the Rio Grande. This should be based on your family's or student's explorations in, on and about the river. You will then bring your family’s or student’s artwork to Bachechi Open Space on May 1 to exhibit. Contact Olivia Natale for additional details at olivia.nmwonderoflearning@gmail.com

May 1st 6-8pm Wonder of Learning in Nature Exhibit Opening:

Participants who created work for the Rio Grande Literacy Challenge will have their work featured at the Bachechi Open Space with a special gallery opening for educators and families. There will be snacks and refreshments available as well as some family fun activities such as nature walks to the river and creating a labyrinth at Bachechi Open Space. RSVP to Olivia Natale at olivia.nmwonderoflearning@gmail.com