Conference Workshop Descriptions

Light and Shadow Workshop: Friday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m.

Presented by Lella Gandini, United States Liaison for the Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach

The use of lights and shadows has a long tradition in theater, but it also holds creative potential for the classroom. Learn how lights and shadows use allows students to better tell stories and bring them to life. Use a transparency machine to experiment with lights and shadows, create shapes, and layer colors.

Concurrent Workshops: Friday, May 20 1:15 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m.

Woodbury School: The Reggio Emilia Approach in Action at The Strong Museum

Presented by Debbie McCoy, The Strong’s Assistant Vice President for Education

Learn how the Reggio Emilia approach inspired the development of The Strong’s Woodbury School, which offers a preschool program for three- and four-year-old children and an early kindergarten program for four- and five-year-old children. Tour Woodbury School classrooms and see projects guided by children’s interests. Also examine the role of the teachers, parents, documentation, and the museum environment in student learning.

Documentation in Woodbury School

Presented by Woodbury School’s Cheryl Nichols, Andrea Bonafide, and Linda Phillips

Discover the many uses for documentation in The Strong’s onsite, Reggio Emilia-inspired school. See examples of documentation and learn about how documentation is used to connect with families, assess group and individual learning, and guide instructional decisions.

Playful Inquiry

Presented by Woodbury School’s Audrey Brett and Mary Jane Ramsey

Be immersed in a variety of scientific, playful learning strategies centered on the guiding question, “How do butterflies grow and survive?” Activities include role playing, an introduction to the Science Talk discussion protocol, and a visit to the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Educators will leave the session with a variety of playful ideas to bring back to their classrooms.

Putting the Playing Field to Work

Presented by Ben Mardell, Project Director of the Pedagogy of Play

Play and playfulness are subjective experiences, but if educators aim to increase playful learning, it is useful to describe when and where it occurs (and how the level of playfulness may be increased). Explore the Playing Field, a tool that helps to describe the degree of playfulness in an activity, and test it by connecting it to your experiences in The Strong museum’s hands-on exhibits.

The Playful Past: Discovering History through Primary Source Material (Only Available on Friday, May 20)

Presented by Beth Lathrop, The Strong’s Director of Libraries, and Julia Novakovic, Archivist

Learn how to bring archival and primary source materials into the classroom to both engage students and meet state and national curriculum standards in social studies. Explore The Strong’s Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, which holds more than 187,000 scholarly works, professional journals, children’s books, comic books, trade catalogs, gaming magazines, and other printed materials documenting play and the ways in which it illuminates cultural history.