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Suzanne Gabli's learning goals for June 2014 trip to Reggio Emilia, Italy.

I am so excited to see a dream come true. This trip to Italy will give me a whole new depth of what it means to be Reggio Inspired. This has been a 10 year journey for me; reading books, articles, workshops, meeting some of the most amazing Reggio inspired Authors, Artists, Educators and Creators of Quality Early Childhood Education. I have grown personally, professionally and as a parent. This trip will take me deeper into my journey as a leader of an amazing Early Childhood Learning Community. I am so excited to see where it will take my teaching staff, our school, our Michigan Inspirations group and the continued advocacy for Quality Early Childhood Education. I am looking forward to the FLOW of Italy. Becoming acclimated to a slower pace, viewing it in new eyes, and appreciating the history, the beauty, the detail and love that each Dreamer, Visionary, Artist, Craftsmen, and the community as a whole, who have made Italy such a lovely and admired country. I want to enjoy the views, the sightseeing, enjoy the people, the food and experience this enriching culture. This is all a scaffolding process and I want to deepen my heart connection to Reggio Emilia, Italy. My goal is to become a better observer. I want to feel provoked and create conversation on how to create richer and deeper possibilities for children in our community. I want and see how to bring this heart centered “image of a child” connection to our parents and our community. We can learn a lot from the schools in Reggio Emilia. This approach allows children time and opportunity in a rich and beautiful environment to develop their full potential. In our society, young children are not seen as important members with ideas and opinions. I am looking forward to exploring the Loris Malaguzzi International Center; this is a place that seems like intention came first in design. Dr. Malaguzzi’s loved collaboration. He invited artists to join the program in Reggio to make use of their unique and differing perspectives and opinions as a contrast to how others think. By adding an atelier and atelierista was with intention to create a place filled with materials, colors, ideas, and thoughts to offer inventive friction. This helps deepen and develops more complex thinking for the adult and the child. This brings engagement and builds a creative prospective. I want to see and have a deeper understanding of this context. I want to see how nature and the natural world are brought into this environment. I also want to see how they incorporate technology into the classroom. In Reggio, children are put first and valued.

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