Wednesday, 28 September 2016 08:42

Reggio-inspired Learning Workshop

International School of Prague from November 3-5, 2016.

Location: International School of Prague
Dates: November 3-5, 2016.
Registration Fee: 200 EUR for CEESA members / 300 EUR for Non-CEESA members.
Registration form

Information about program, keyonte speakers, registration fee, accommodation, transport and Prague in general is below.



Thursday, November 3

12:00 Register and have lunch
13:00 Reggio-inspired learning: Children and Teachers as Co-Researchers and Theory-Builders.
In this talk, we will consider the importance of seeing ourselves as engaged in inquiry with the children we teach.  As theory-builders, we put forth our intentions and make careful plans for provocations and facilitation of the children’s work.  And, as co-researchers, we observe, listen, and document what unfold and respond with flexibility, always respecting the child’s questions.  Narratives and images of teachers who are engaged in this process will be woven throughout in order to illustrate the struggles – and joys – of collaborating with children. Christine Chaille.
14:30 break and forest walk
15:30 - 17:00 Documentation Boards: Making our documentation boards interactive and ongoing, using them with children, colleagues, and/or with parents. Mary K. Marjerrison
  Opt-in Dinner (cost not included in registration costs) k

Friday, November 4

08:30 The Revolutionary Baby: a year-long focus on hildren’s own story-making and developing our practice of listening Reflections Nursery & Forest School
10:00 Break
10:30 Interactive Workshops (Choose one of the following)
  1. Play: Driving Curiosity in Play Based Learning Duane Smith
  2. Art and the Atelierista: What is the role of the atelierista and an atelier in a Reggio-inspired international school? Laura Magnavachhi
  3. Environment as the Third Teacher: Reflecting on your own classroom: We will reflect on some general values and principles about classroom environments, and some strategies for reflecting on your own classroom. Christine Chaille
  4. Case Study: Movement and Stillness in the Forest: documentation as a tool for observing, questioning, learning, and planning What can we learn through documenting? What makes a good question? How does documentation develop children’s learning? How can we use documentation to communicate with parents, other educators, ourselves? Deb Wilenski
  5. Documentation and Reflection: Provoke deeper ideas and theories through slow looking, listening and thoughtful dialogue, inviting connections and insights. Mary K. Marjerrison
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Interactive Workshops (Repeat of morning sessions)
14:30 Break
15:00 Jigsaw to learn about the session you didn’t attend / CEESA job-alike
16:00 Closure

Saturday, November 5

08:30 Meeting the forest: interactive session inspired by children’s explorations at Reflections Forest School - Reflections Nursery & Forest School
The Power of Questioning: Supporting and provoking children’s questions. What kinds of questions do teachers ask children? And why? In this discussion we will consider the issue of “whose question is it?” that the child is trying to answer. (Christine Chaille)
10:00 Break
10:30 Slowing down and weaving the threads: Documentation, provocations, and theory building to propel the learning forward Mary K. Marjerrison
12:00 Closure / Wrap Up

Christine Chaillé, PhD

Christine Chaillé, PhD

christine chailleChristine Chaillé is Professor and Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Portland State University, focusing on early childhood education, where she has taught since 1991.  Her doctorate is from U.C.L.A., and she also studied with Jean Piaget at the University of Geneva.  She is the author of Constructivism Across the Early Childhood Curriculum: Big Ideas as Inspiration, and co-author of The Young Child as Scientist:  A Constructivist Approach to Early Childhood Science Education and Integrating Math and Science in Early Childhood Classrooms Through Big Ideas: A Constructivist Approach and has written many publications primarily on the importance of children’s play and constructivism.

She has also developed a child development curriculum with Frank Mahler for Hands to Hearts International that is used with caregivers in orphanages in Southern India, as well as in other countries and with other vulnerable populations, and currently works with schools and consults nationally and internationally.  She has served as President (twice!) of the Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children, President of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators and Chair of the Early Education/Child Development Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association, and was honored as Outstanding Teacher Educator for 2013 by the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators.

Mary Marjerrison

Mary Marjerrison

mary marjerrisonAs a designer and coordinator of curriculum with twenty plus years in the field, I am committed to discovering and applying the processes and qualities of learning through effective curriculum, meaningful and timely change in response to individual and community needs, and to the development of a strong educational program.

I evaluate and lead development of the disciplinary and cross-disciplinary curricula. During previous school years, this has included disciplinary emphases on language, science, the arts, and differentiation practices across the school.

I am currently leading curriculum review and development for mathematics in the primary and middle school programs. This includes research on learning in mathematics, revision and implementation of written objectives, assessment and analysis of student learning, modeling teaching strategies, co-teaching and analyzing lessons, planning professional development, and providing resources.

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Deb Wilenski

Deb Wilenski

deb wilenskiDeb Wilenski is a pedagogical consultant, educator and writer, working with Reflections Nursery and Forest School (West Sussex) and Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination (Cambridge).  With a background in Biological Anthropology, English and European Literature and the Arts, she is inspired by the preschools and infant-toddler centres of Reggio Emilia, the woodland nurseries of Scandinavia, and by projects which value children as makers of culture and meaning. 

She is the author of The Revolutionary Baby (with Laura Magnavacchi), and The Fire Monster (with Laura Magnavacchi and Mandy Jenkins), 37 Shadows – Listening to children’s stories from the woods, A Story of Smallness and Light, Outside/Inside (with Caroline Wendling), and A Fantastical Guide to Hinchingbrooke Country Park (with Caroline Wendling.

Current projects include a new book, The Dark and Luminous Forest documenting children’s explorations of light, sound, multiple worlds and dreaming in the forest (Reflections); and Fantastical Cambridgeshire, a long-term project working with primary school children, to discover and map the extraordinary places and stories on a school’s doorstep.

Laura Magnavacchi

Laura Magnavacchi

laura mLaura Magnavacchi is an artist, atelierista and early childhood educator from Reggio Emilia.

She worked in Italy as atelierista and educator for two years where she experienced Reggio Children pre-­‐schools gaining interest in the figure of the atelier and the role of atelierista.

She is currently atelierista at Reflections Nursery and Forest School where her passion lies in outdoor learning and the relationship between art, nature and education. She has a degree in Education, a degree in Fine Art and a qualification as a Forest School Leader.

Her current research interest is in how early education is developing, especially through creative languages, in different contexts around the world.

She has worked in Ateliers in Italy, Belgium, Luxemburg and England. Laura is author/graphic designer of ‘Storying’ (with Teresa Grimaldi) ‘The Fire Monster’ (with Deb Wilenski and Mandy Jenkins) and ‘The Revolutionary Baby’ (with Deb Wilenski).

Here she has developed a passion as a designer. Her art practice includes painting with mixed media, etching and photography. Her interest lies in the relationship between opposite but connected concepts that can live together through art,   especially in the dialogue between light and dark and different material.

Her own art work has been selected for exhibitions in Italy.

Registration Fee

The registration fee is 200 EUR for CEESA members / 300 EUR for Non-CEESA members.

The cost includes:

  • two-day learning
  • snacks, coffee breaks and lunches
  • 2 tickets for public transport / day

Once you have registered, payment can be made to the account below. If you would like an invoice for this payment, please email Kristyna Medvedikova at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, a.s.
Želetavská 1525/1 140 92 Praha 4
Phone: +420 955 911 111
EUR Acc. Nr.: 2112216606/2700
IBAN: CZ86 2700 0000 0021 1221 6606
Account name: International School of Prague s.r.o.
Reference number: 201611

When making a wire transfer, please be sure to instruct your bank to give your name and reference number for reference. For added assurance of receiving proper credit promptly, please send a copy of your bank transfer receipt to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Accommodation and Transport

Hotel Dolce Villa & How to get there from the Airport

Please consider staying at the nice, small boutique hotel a five-minute walk to the school, Dolce Villa Hotel, for special ISP rate - 1500 CZK. The price includes a rich breakfast buffet, wifi, parking.

The best way you can get to the Dolce Villa Hotel from the airport is by taxi. The ride takes about 10-15 minutes and cost 200-300 CZK.

The ISP building and Dolce Villa Hotel in Nebušice, in Prague 6, are only short distance to the town center, 20 minutes by car or public transportation.

You can take a bus which stops outside the school or outside the hotel (bus 161 or 312 to the metro station Borislavka - green line A) to the metro into the center by purchasing a ticket for 32 CZK or you can take a taxi in town by calling Triple AAA Taxi Service, 14014, for a cost of about 200-300 CZK.

We hope you can take some time to walk through some of the most nice spots in Prague.

General Information About Prague

Sites to see

Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It's uniquely preserved historical centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992, reflects eleven centuries of history.

The skyline is dominated by Prague Castle towering above the Vltava River, which in turns reflects the city's landmarks, towers, church domes, palaces and houses, garden greenery and islands.

Old Town Square is the most significant square of historical Prague. A highlight is the Old Town Hall with the Astronomical Clock and Calendarium which on the hour during the day causes the windows open so you can see the procession of the apostles.

The Charles Bridge is famous for its many fine old statues and splendid view over the Vltava River to the Prague Castle.

If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Prague's city center, descend the stairs from the famous Charles Bridge to enter Kampa Island. In this oasis of tranquility, the cobbled streets are flanked by elegant houses and cosy cafe's.

The Petrin Observation Tower is set in landscaped gardens, which make for a pleasant stroll all year around. In the grounds there is also an observatory, a hall of mirrors, a church, and a rose garden.

If you want to see 20 top-rated tourist attraction in Prague, have a look here.

Places to Eat

There are many restaurants to choose from in city center, here are some of ISP's favourite restaurants:

Cestr for meat-eaters. Delicious beef steaks from Czech cows . The meat melts in your mouth, fabulous side dishes and beer. Packed on most nights - reservation usually needed. Easily one of the best restaurants in Prague.

La Degustation is amazing. It's all Czech (from the pottery to the wine) and has a Michelin Star. Reservations are needed and it may bee too late (not to mention it's a bit pricy), but it's WELL WORTH IT.

Sansho is also pretty awesome. The soft shell crag sliders are crazy good. Much more low-key than Degustation but very delicious and authentic Asian food.

Pot au Feu - not cheap, but very good French style with a Czech twist. Maybe the best chef in Prague right now, in his opinion.

Universal - very reasonably priced French Bistro style - especially recommend the beef carpaccio. Just behind the Prague National Theater, not far from the river.

And finally, we recommend Styl & Interier - outdoor Cafe and Shabby Chic furniture showroom, secret garden of Prague, light cafe menu, fresh food and desserts. Low price range.

Mamy for authentic Korean food. Many vegetarian options as well!

The Czech Currency and Euro

The official currency of the Czech Republic is the Česká (Czech) Koruna (CZK) or Czech Crown.

The Crown is subdivided into 100 Haler, but all sub-Crown coinage is no longer in use. Czech coinage consists of 1,2,5, 10, 20 and 50 Crown pieces. Banknotes come in 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 (CZK 50 note is not valid since spring 2011 but can be exchanged in a bank), increasing in size with value and varying in color and graphic designs).

Your best rate is to pull money out of the ATM -- NOT the exchange stations at the airport. Currently (Sep, 2016), the exchange rate is 1 Euro = 27 Korunas. Check rates here.

As the official currency, the Czech crown is the best and often the only possible currency to use when paying. Although the Czech Republic is part of the European Union, the euro is not widely accepted here yet. Some stores, restaurants and hotels accept payments in euros but the exchange rate may not be very good.

Electricity and Adapters

Electricity in the Czech Republic is 220V and AC 50Hz.

Make sure your appliances like shavers, hairdryers, camera chargers, laptops, etc. have a switch to change the voltage to 220. All sockets have two round female contacts (live left) and round blanking/grounding protecting pin in the middle of the top. If you don’t have an adapter you can often purchase one at the airport when you arrive (plugs and adapters are hard to find in Prague shops, so be prepared and buy it at the airport or before you arrive). If you are visiting from North America you will need a transformer as North America works on 110V and 50 cycles and Europe works on 220V.