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Dr. Karen Haigh, Ph.D. and Jesús Oviedo Saturday April 28

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Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 8:30 AM - Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 4:30 PM (PDT)

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Dr. Karen Haigh and Jesús Oviedo

As we continue to connect those missing voices and faces to the Reggio Approach, Dr. Karen Haigh, Ph.D. will discuss how the Reggio Emilia Approach has been effectively reaching low income children in the Chicago Commons Head Start Program.


Biography for Dr. Karen M. Haigh, Ph.D.

Dr. Karen M. Haigh, Ph.D., is currently an early education consultant.  She is a former Associate Professor in the Early Childhood Education.  While at Columbia College her areas of interest included Reggio Inspired principles and practices in an American Context with a particular focus on the Classroom Environment, the Role of Materials and Languages, Documentation, Listening and Observing to development emergent curriculum, Parent Partnerships, Collaboration, and Professional Development. She continues to study action research and inquiry based learning, professional development, and emergent curriculum development within her current projects involving public and private schools and community based organizations.

Dr. Haigh has co-authored, We Are All Explorers: Learning and Teaching with Reggio Principles in Urban Settings.  She has also contributed chapters/sections for books: Insights and Inspirations, Next Steps Towards the Reggio Way and First Steps Towards the Reggio Way.  These works relate to her past position and experiences as administrator at Chicago Commons, which had focused heavily on the Reggio Approach.  Additionally, she has written articles for Theory Into Practice,Child Care Information Exchange, and Innovations in Early Education.

Dr. Haigh has worked as a teacher of young children, an education coordinator and a program administrator within Chicago Area Social Service organizations.  Additionally, she has worked as director of professional development for the Chicago Public Schools Early Childhood Education Department.  

Biography for Jesús Oviedo

Jesús Oviedo is an educator and visual artist who has worked in many capacities of education for nearly twenty years. He has written and administered curriculum in many public elementary schools across Chicago. For over ten years, Jesús has worked as a Studio Coordinator at Chicago Commons Association, fostering areas of the arts, curriculum and professional development. Oviedo’s work is inspired by the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy and Reggio-Inspired educators in the U.S.

As a Studio Coordinator, Jesús works with teachers of children ages 0-12 on curriculum development and infusing the arts into the lives of their classrooms. In this capacity, he helps to foster everyone’s best thinking by eliciting and later testing out ideas on extending children’s learning. Jesús has been particularly inspired by working with infant classrooms and witnessing the miracle of young children constructing knowledge at some of life’s earliest stages.

Oviedo is also currently partnering with organizations in Chicago and other cities on studio practice, pedagogy and professional development. Finally, Jesús is part of city-wide and national education collaborations of organizations whose work is inspired by the preschools of Reggio Emilia.

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One Convention Place
701 Pike St
Near Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, WA 98102

Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 8:30 AM - Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 4:30 PM (PDT)

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Washington Collective

The Washington Collective is doing more than sponsoring the exhibit. In the future, beyond the duration of the exhibit, we have the overarching goal of Celebrating and Inspiring Communities of Love and Trust for All Children.

  1. Use the concrete evidence derived from staging The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children exhibit as an opportunity to draw together people who have aspirations for goodness for children. The inspirations of the exhibit and the Reggio Emilia approach provide an example of real utopia for children.

  2. Collect stories, ideas and conversations about young children to share as provocations for inclusive efforts to build and connect evolutionary, democratic, locally trusted, participatory schools for young children.

  3. Create the conditions for transformative change and the creation of real utopias for all children as a public resource, which we know accrue benefits for everyone in the future.

The Initiative with NAREA
The Washington Collective has signed a contract with NAREA to bring the WOL exhibit
to Seattle. In this part of our effort, we adhere to the initiative approved by NAREA and
Reggio Children in every way possible. Everything that happens related to the exhibit at
One Convention Place, the NAREA Winter Conference at the main branch of the Seattle
Public Library, all Reggio-inspired professional development and any other activity
undertaken in conjunction with the exhibit from January to May 2018 has to be approved
by NAREA and Reggio Children. Therefore, the initiative for all exhibition-related work,
stated differently than in our logo, is:

Structuring a Culture of Shared Values for Children and Childhood:
Honoring Diversity, Differences and Democracy

This initiative will be what guides the selection and design of all exhibition activities.

It is therefore important to distinguish between the two activities of the Washington
(1.) The Wonder of Learning with NAREA and Reggio Children under this initiative.
(2.) Inspiring transformative change and the creation of new utopias for all children,
as stated in the previous section.

Creating the Culture We Desire
The second activity above is an effort not unlike what the mothers of Reggio Emilia, Italy,
did after World War II to create schools for their young children brick by brick, so their
children would never go to war again. We expect donors might see this as an
opportunity to invest in addressing all the crises our society faces, the crises that
dominate our thoughts every day. We think that by starting with conversations about our
children, building on our commonality of love for our children, we can construct together
a new kind of society based on the best of our humanity. This will be a huge task
involving many activities that will require an investment of time and money to begin. The
collective seeks to raise $300,000 or more for exhibit costs, public relations, web
presence, support allowing low-income families and caregivers to attend the exhibit and
related professional development activities, World Café conversations about our dreams
for children in every county in the state, and the creation of a film telling our stories.

Invitation to Participate
We need your help to make this exhibit happen and shape the effort to reach our goals.
In accord with NAREA, we are creating spaces so that a variety of voices can have input
on the ongoing professional development plan which includes but is not limited to speakers, workshops, dialogues and other events that support the Wonder of Learning –The Hundred Languages of Children exhibit.

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