In 2018, CNS was a leader in bringing the Wonder of Learning Exhibit to Boston.
The arrival of this exhibit to our city opened up so many doors for our Boston Area Reggio Inspired educators. Our city, our programs, our educators heard the voices of the Reggio children through this exhibit and connected professional development.
With our educational history, values, and priorities so strongly rooted in Boston’s identity, it is no wonder Boston has had a longstanding appreciation for the Reggio Emilia approach. Our two cities have been in dialogue for over 30 years.
As a host community, we collaborated with NAREA (www.reggioalliance.org
) and Reggio Children (http://www.reggiochildren.it
) in the ongoing organization and management of the exhibit. “The Wonder of Learning–The Hundred Languages of Children,” included traces of work in progress from the municipal infant-toddler centers and preschools of Reggio Emilia.
In Boston, The Wonder of Learning welcomed over 20,000 visitors across settings and communities. In this experience, we offered a variety of professional development initiatives aimed at advancing knowledge and action with regard to early childhood education. Like Reggio Emilia, Boston has a history in which the vision of democracy, social justice, and fulfillment has always been tied to educational opportunity.
Post exhibit, we are working with the Boston Area Reggio Inspired Network to continue the partnerships, professional development, and pedagogical leadership. We continue to share a dedication to access and availability of this approach to all children.