Reggio Emilia Provocations

Reggio Emilia Provocations

Our Committee

Committee - Sarah Probine

Sarah Probine

Chairperson
Kia ora, I am a lecturer for the Bachelor of teaching, early childhood degree at Manukau Institute of Technology.  I have a Masters in Art and Design and a Masters of Professional studies, Education. I have worked as an atelierista in a Reggio inspired early childhood centre. I am currently working on my doctoral research project at the University of Auckland. My research interest is in the role the visual arts play in young children’s learning and research efforts and the contextual factors that impact this.  I had the opportunity to visit Reggio Emilia in 2009 and to attend the Summer North American Reggio Emilia Alliance conference in 2011.  I have been a member of RE Provocations since 2012.

Diane Toal

Treasurer
I have had a strong interest in the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching and learning for many years and have been a committee member of RE Provocations for the last 7 year.  I have enjoyed being part of providing wonderful professional development opportunities for early childhood and primary teachers who have been inspired by the Reggio philosophy.

I am very privileged to have been the Tour Leader for the International Study Tours to Reggio Emilia for the last 2 years.  These opportunities have given me a deeper understanding of the philosophy and have met some wonderful people with the same vision and passion for early childhood teaching.

I am the Operations Director for ECE Management and our role is to manage early childhood centres for both private and not-for-profit organisations.

I believe children should be given the very best opportunities we can provide to support their learning.  Children deserve respect from caring understanding adults.  Becoming a Grandmother has allowed me to view children through different eyes and recognize the importance that family and community has in moulding the child’s future.

Rachel Hughes

Rachel Hughes

Secretary
Kia ora koutou, I’m Rachel Hughes one of the committee members for RE Provocations. I’ve been involved in ECE in Aotearoa for more than 25 years. It has been an exciting adventure, I’ve witnessed lots of change, and one thing that remains constant in my practice is advocacy for the right of unconditional love for all children, respect, equity and social justice. These concepts are democratic issues that have correlations with the Reggio Approach with which I feel a strong connection. I am passionate about continuing to seek answers around children’s sense of wonder, meaning making and working theories. Through the RE Provocations committee I hope to share pedagogical and philosophical learnings from Reggio Emilia to build and enhance our own educational contexts and learning opportunities for all children in Aotearoa.

Jacqui Lees

I became interested in Reggio philosophy when I was teaching in the USA. When I returned to New Zealand I began working at Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten and began attending RE Provocations conferences and workshops with the teachers in my team. I was able to go on a study tour to Reggio Emilia in 2008 and since then we have been working with greater intensity to implement Reggio philosophy in our Centre.

Committee - Jo Clark

Jo Clark

My image of the child as rich in potential, bringing funds of knowledge, powerful and competent, connected to their whanau and community, sets my role as their collaborator, partner, nurturer and guide. Through sensitive observation of their interests I try to provoke deeper thinking by presenting an aesthetically pleasing, natural environment that extends their interest and stimulates further more complex participation repertoires. I encourage children to learn about their world and how it works through exploration and interaction with the people, places and things that are meaningful to them.

I strongly believe that the social culture of the child’s early years sets their moral compass for life. We are all responsible for the consequences of our choices, good or bad. Through empowering young children to communicate, critique, negotiate and problem solve as they work together in small groups I hope to help them internalise the skills they will need to navigate a future where fairness, innovation, and creative thinking will be invaluable.

Committee - Maxine Vine

Maxine Vine

Kia Ora my name is Maxine. I have a bachelor’s degree in Education from The University of Auckland. I have been working in Early childhood education for a number of years with all different ages, However I know my passion lies with children under five.

As a creative person I am inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. I believe children learn through exploration and within an arts based curriculum they are provided with the time and resources to explore their thoughts and ideas.

Samuel Hopkins

I am so inspired by the educational approach of Reggio Emilia. It is an approach that has so many layers and is continually evolving. I have been working with children since 2007 and am currently the Centre Manager at 4 Kids & Whanau Community Centre in Glenfield.

I had the opportunity to visit the centres and schools of Reggio Emilia in 2016 and 2017 and have been so inspired by the ideas of citizenship and community. We are currently growing our understanding of the Reggio Emilia Approach and implementing these ideas in our centre.

About Us

Reggio Emilia Provocations is an incorporated Society developed from the passion of a group of people fascinated by the philosophy and pedagogy of the Reggio Emilia infant toddler centres and preschools.

Our members include a range of early childhood and primary teachers from throughout Aotearoa, Professional Development Advisors, Ministry of Education and tertiary institution professionals.

Our Guiding Principles

We respect the philosophy and practices of the Reggio Emilia infant/toddler centres and preschools and the organisation of Reggio Children.

We see ourselves as a community of learners and celebrate participation as essential to the learning and teaching process.

We actively encourage each member to discuss their ideas, thoughts and progress openly within a climate of trust and respect.
Reggio Emilia Provocations About Us

The Principle Objectives of Reggio Emilia Provocations are:

1. To facilitate the dissemination and exchange of information about the philosophy, theory and practice of educationalists in Reggio Emilia, Italy, within Aotearoa/New Zealand.

2. To support educators throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand to develop their knowledge by providing opportunities to share information and be involved in ongoing dialogue and debate.

3. To ensure that the educational philosophy of Reggio Emilia is developed in a way that sits within the cultural context of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

4. We honour Te Tiriti O Waitangi and are committed to strengthening our partnership with Tangata Whenua through relationship and participation.

Membership

Reggio Emilia Provocations Membership

Membership allows you to have:

- Access to books on the Reggio Emilia philosophy through a library membership. A small charge will be made to cover post and packaging

- An online discussion forum to create a learning community that connects you with people who are also working on things related to the Reggio Emilia approach

- Attendance at workshops, seminars and discussion groups run by Reggio Emilia Provocations. Our aim is to provide seminars throughout NZ once a year and provide support to local initiatives for seminars in your area

- Ongoing support to set up and administer discussion groups in your area

- Early notice of conferences, seminars and overseas study tours

Yearly membership is FREE for Aotearoa/New Zealand members and for international members.
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