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In this special Pre-Institute Workshop, you will visit the international traveling exhibit, The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children, which features the work of the young children, educators, families, and community of Reggio Emilia, Italy, a town that has more than a 50-year history of operating what are considered as the best inclusive infant-toddler and preschool programs in the world. The interactive exhibit serves as an educational tool for educators, families, policymakers, and the community at large for understanding the strong potential of all children and gives voice to advocacy for children’s rights. In Reggio Emilia, children with disabilities are children with “special rights,” who receive among other special rights, top priority in enrollment in the municipal schools.
The session will also include a vividly illustrated presentation on Reggio Emilia's approach to inclusion and also discuss how local children with special rights have engaged with the atelier spaces that are part of the exhibit. Participants also can engage in the ateliers and discuss how to incorporate Reggio Emilia's approach to working with children with special rights into their own work.
Note: Participants must provide their own transportation to the workshop, which will be at Northgate Mall in Durham, NC (not at the UNC Friday Center in Chapel Hill). We will provide more details shortly before the event.
Registration is separate from the Inclusion Institute and is open to everyone, regardless of whether you attend the Institute's regular programming.