Reggio Emilia education

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Reggio Emilia education

Reggio Emilia is a philosophy developed in a small town in Italy called Reggio Emilia. It was started by the community there, the parents and the teachers, who got together and said, "Children will learn from their own devices, their own interests." It's a developmental approach to education, especially in preschools. Often, in a Reggio Emilia school, you will see parents and teachers documenting what is going on. They will be writing, using video, photos. They use this documentation to learn. It is considered a learning environment for teachers, children, and parents. To add to that, you will often see a lot of parent participation. The main thing you need to know is that it a developmental approach to teaching children. Children learn at their own rates and the curriculum is driven by their interests.

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Educational Specialist & Executive Director of PEL

Joanna Port is Executive Director of the Parents Education League (PEL) of Los Angeles. She holds a master's degree in Education from Pepperdine University and a master's degree in Social Work from University of Southern California. Before having four children of her own, she worked as a social worker with families and children in residential treatment. After she obtained her teaching credential, she worked as a teacher for four years. Coming back to work as PEL's Executive Director, she is able to combine her degrees and interest in education and children's mental health in her hometown, Los Angeles.

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