Progressive Ed for the Early Years: Advanced Series 1


February 24, 2018 - April 14, 2018
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Course #:
Erikson Institute
Credit Available:
9 contact hours

Session One - February 24, 2018
Documentation and Dialogue
Explore how documentation is used as a tool of research and learning in social constructivist programs. Examine how documentation can make learning visible and how dialogue around documentation supports ongoing research. Engage in hands-on work to support your understanding of the process of documentation as well as documentation as a tool of assessment. Learn about the elements of effective documentation both as a process and illustration of learning.


Session Two - March 10, 2018
Environment and the Third Teacher
Examine how the concept of the third teacher support’s children’s focused and meaningful engagement. Explore the Reggio Emilia Approach to the environment as a third teacher. Confront your own misconceptions about the environment and how children engage in learning. Learn about creating spaces that are responsive to children’s interests and allow children to make their own learning visible. The right environment can foster continued engagement, encourage creative and critical thinking, and help children develop the ability to be innovative problem solvers.


Session Three - April 14, 2018
Technology as a Language Learner
As we know children learn through multiple languages. In this session we will explore how children can also learn through the language of technology. Examine how most educators miss this important language of technology that encourages divergent thinking and problem solving in more developmentally appropriate ways. Most educators who integrate technology in the early years jump too quickly to the use of apps and coding devices. Explore how “digital” technologies can support creative, divergent, and out of the box thinking with young children.