Exploring the Role of The Atelierista: A Day with Tiziana Filippini – Pedagogista and Loretta Bertani – Atelierista Reggio Emilia, Italy


When: February, 15th, 2020 – 9AM – 3PM

Where: Wildwood Elementary School 12201 Washington Place, Los Angeles, CA  90066

Cost: General admission: $85 Tickets are only available via Eventbrite

Student Discount: $40 With current valid ECE ID

To apply for student discount Please email : jim@branchesatelier.com

Questions: allison@branchesatelier.com

Parking and directions: wildwood.org

Join us as Reggio educators explore the powerful role that the atelier and atelierista plays in supporting,  uncover ing and deepening  children’s learning processes.

Tiziana Filippini is a pedagogista who collaborates with Reggio Children with regard to research, conferences, and consultancies in Italy and abroad. 

From 1978 to 2015, she worked as a member of the Pedagogical Coordinating Team of the Istituzione – Preschools and Infant Toddler Centers of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.

Tiziana is currently one of the curators of the new version, “The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children.”

In addition to her work with the municipality, Tiziana was part of the original research group of Making Learning Visible, a collaboration between Reggio Children and Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The collaboration resulted in a book, Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners, which became very well known in North American early childhood circles and all over the world.

Loretta  Bertani  is  an atelierista in the Robinson Crusoe Preschools and Infant Toddler Centres, Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia since 1996

Loretta graduated at Istituto d’arte (Art college) of Reggio Emilia. From 1991 to 1995 she worked as an educator with the municipality of Reggio Emilia in local education groups, an experience addressed to pre-adolescent age groups and to the support of boys and girls with schools difficulties. 

Loretta collaborated with the theatre group “Teatro Gioco Vita” of Piacenza for designing and leading workshops on expressive languages and on shadow theatre addressed to primary schools, as well as for street entertainment events for children and youth.

Hosted by The West Coast Collaborative.

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Connection To Nature And The Environment video

From our beginning in 2007, Branches Atelier has been at the forefront of developing an innovative, responsive environmental, educational philosophy that deeply connects us with nature and helps support children, teachers, and families taking an active role in healing our environment.

At Branches, we believe that everyday is Earth Day, and our commitment to healing our planet is in small actions that we do everyday. It is integrated through all that we do. It is our way of life and permeates throughout our school.

Through workshops, parent meetings, documentation of the children’s theories, and classroom curriculum, all members of our community are invited to become actively involved in Restorative Environmental Educational Practices. We believe that many of our methods can be applied at home, school, and also have a positive impact on our extended community.

At Branches, we believe that we need to do more than sustain our environment; we need to restore and repair.

In the following video, Patricia shares her educational, environmental philosophy and welcomes and introduces our returning and new families into the work taking place at Branches.

She also offers a wide array of ways we can rethink our connection and relationships with nature and find active ways to restore our environment at home, school, and in our extended communities.

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A Message From Patricia Hunter McGrath

  • The West Coast Collaborative Website Launch
  • The Role of The Atelierista and Atelier Workshop

Hi Everyone, So much exciting news!

We have just launched our West Coast Collaborative website. We hope this website will be a wonderful resource for Reggio inspired parents, teachers and schools. To sign up go to www.westcoastcollaborative.com

We hope to add documentation, resources and so much more over the months ahead!

I am also excited to announce our upcoming WCC Reggio workshop! 

Before I returned to Reggio this year, I thought I had a very good understanding of the roles of the atelier, atelierista, and materials, but I learned so much from our trip to Reggio that our work has taken a big leap forward! We are excited to share the incredible work from Reggio with you!

We are so happy announce that Tiziana Filippini and Loretta Bertani will be coming to Los Angeles to present a day-long workshop for teachers, parents, students, professors, and administrators (see flyer below). 

We are thrilled to have such excellent Reggio educators present on The Role of the Atelierista and Atelier. As many of you know, it is always mind opening to hear the educators from Reggio share their work and bring new understandings of this wonderful approach and inspire our practice! 

I personally have learned more from Tiziana than anyone else. She was one of the original Reggio educators who worked as pedagogista with Loris Malaguzzi! It is always so inspiring to hear her speak!

We are also so excited to have Loretta Bertani, one of the amazing Reggio Atelieristas, join us in Los Angeles. Loretta will share many years of experience as the Atelierista of Robinson Crusoe Preschool, Toddler and Infant programs.

For Parents, Tiziana and Loretta will share their years of experience as educators in Reggio Emilia, for experienced teachers, they will offer new insights into the role of the atelier, atelierista and materials in your classrooms, for students, they will inspire your passion for early childhood education, and for professors and administrators they will talk about the role materials play in uncovering children’s learning processes.

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The West Coast Collaborative is also happy to announce that we have two special rates for students.

We are offering a student discount for ECE students with a current college ID. We hope to have as many students as possible come to hear her speak. 

And for the first time we are also happy to let you know we have 5 scholarships available through the Ellen Khokha Scholarship Fund. 

To apply visit https://www.westcoastcollaborative.com/resources

Please feel free to send this info to anyone who might be interested, and anyone else who needs a little inspiration!

Hope to see you there!

Patricia Hunter McGrath

The West Coast Collaborative is a collection of schools that have been working together for many years, studying and researching the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.  

Branches Atelier

Bright Start Child Development Center

Growing Place Ocean Park

Growing Place Marine Park 

and The New School–West are active members of this collaborative group.

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Branches Part time Afternoon Teacher Position

Branches Atelier is an innovative, dynamic Reggio inspired preschool with a home-like quality, nestled in a beautiful campus in Culver City, California. We are looking for an energetic, passionate, hard-working, creative, warm, friendly, nurturing, and self-motivated teacher to join our Reggio-inspired learning community. This part-time teaching position would be for 27 hours per week starting in our afternoon preschool and parent-toddler programs and may lead to a permanent full-time teaching position. Hours from around 11.45 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday. This position is a wonderful way to get to know our program and for you to find out if you would like to join our Branches community.

Through, classes, conferences, and staff seminars, we offer our teachers ongoing professional development in a wide range of areas of interest to support a life long learning in progressive education.

Our teachers also have the unique opportunity to work directly with educators Reggio Emilia several times a year. Our relationship with the schools of Reggio Emilia allows us to offer outstanding professional development for all of our teachers.

With Branches teaching experience, many of our teachers are able to present nationally and internationally on our unique approach to education.

Prospective applicants should have a strong child development background, and at least two years of early childhood experience, a minimum of 24 ECE units, however, a BA in ECE or related field is preferred, We are willing to consider a teacher who holds their ECE teacher permit with 2 to 4 years experience.

All Applicants must have:

  • A passion for teaching and life long learning.
  • An interest in learning Branches philosophy and values.
  • A commitment to developing a strong and dynamic learning community for children and parents.
  • Knowledge experience with social constructivism and the Reggio approach.
  • An interest in using creative materials with young children.
  • Strong collaborative and communication skills.
  • Openness for feedback and self-reflection.
  • An innovative, curoius, creative and open mind.
  • A genuine passion and commitment to quality education for children.
  • A commitment to ongoing professional development.
  • Flexible with a disposition towards problem-solving.

Pay $17 to $22 per hour depending on experience.

If you are interested in this position, please proceed by submitting the following materials:

Visit our website at www.branchesatelier.com so you can learn about our school. Write a cover letter that explains why you are interested in working with us, why you became a teacher, what kind of person you are, what are your interests and what brings you joy. Please include your Resume and send to patricia@branchesatelier.com

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Observing and Analyzing the Social Structure in Children’s Play This Thursday 6/20/19

by Jane Broderick, Edd, of East Tennessee State University

We still have a couple of seats available for this Thursday  6/20/19

Hosted by Branches Atelier

We are thrilled to have Dr. Jane Broderick to come to West LA to share her current research on children’s play. Through video, story and conversation, we will be examining how children use socio-dramatic play to explore the complex issues of power.

During this workshop, teachers will learn many strategies to support and deepen our understanding of children’s play. Together we also will determine who really has the power roles and how are these roles are played out again and again. This workshop will change the way we observe and understand the nuance of play and give us a much deeper understanding of the power of dramatic play to inform children’s lives.

Date And Time

Thu, June 20, 2019

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

 Cost

$45 (plus Eventbrite fees)

Location

Branches Atelier

11359 West Washington Blvd

Culver City, CA 90066

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Upcoming workshop: INTEGRATING CHARACTERS INTO OUR CLASSROOM

We still have some seats available in our last workshop of our Winter / Spring series.

 INTEGRATING CHARACTERS INTO OUR CLASSROOM: A LONG TERM INVESTIGATION OF STORYTELLING IN THE CLASSROOM 

Saturday, May 11th, 2019 9am to 3pm Cost: $75

Please click here for the registration form

Presented by Berenice Vallejo and Christina Bianchi

 Part of the fascination with the bad guy/good guy game, is that the children are exploring the concept of power; who has it, and how it gets used. In our current charged culture, teachers and parents grapple with the ideas of power as expressed in children’s play. In this workshop we explore one classes’ avenues of inquiry in this important exploration of power in our classroom and our society as we continue to support children’s understanding of the importance of being a part of the community. Together we will consider: 

  • How can close examination of “bad guys” and their power dynamics lead to a deeper understanding of children’s behavior?
  • How can investigations of character travel through a wide range of two dimensional and 3-d materials?
  • How can we support storytelling through new technological tools?
  • How does storytelling become a tool for collaboration?
  • How can storytelling in classrooms be used to change the dominant narratives in our culture?
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Branches Atelier Teacher Positions

Branches Atelier Part-time Afternoon Toddler/Preschool  

Branches Atelier is an innovative, dynamic preschool with a home-like quality, nestled in a beautiful campus in Culver City, California. We are looking for an energetic, passionate, creative, warm, friendly, nurturing and self-motivated teacher to join our Reggio-inspired learning community. This part-time teaching position would be for at least 10 to 15 hours per week starting in our afternoon parent-toddler program and may lead to a permanent full-time teaching position.

This position is a wonderful way to get to know our program and for you to find out if you would like to join our Branches community.

With Branches teaching experience many of our teachers are invited to present workshops and seminars nationally and internationally. We also offer ongoing teacher professional development opportunities to support our commitment to creating a community of life long learning.

Prospective applicants should have a strong child development background, and at least two years of early childhood experience, a minimum of 24 ECE units, however, a BA in ECE or related field is preferred, We are willing to consider a teacher who holds their teacher permit with 2 to 4 years experience with preschool  and toddler children.

All Applicants must have:

  • A passion for teaching and life long learning.
  • An interest in learning Branches philosophy and values.
  • A commitment to developing a strong and dynamic learning community for children and parents.
  • Knowledge and experience with social constructivism and the Reggio approach.
  • An interest in using creative materials with young children.
  • Strong collaborative and communication skills.
  • Openness for feedback and self-reflection.
  • An innovative, creative and open mind.
  • A genuine passion and commitment to quality education for children.
  • A commitment to ongoing professional development.
  • An interest in learning about the Reggio approach

If you are interested in this position, please proceed by submitting the following materials:

Visit our website at www.branchesatelier.com so you can learn about our school. Write a cover letter that explains why you are interested in working with us, why you became a teacher, what kind of person you are, what are your interests and what brings you joy.

Send Resume and cover letter to Patricia@branchesatelier.com

Job Type: Part-time possibly leading to Full-time

Salary: $17.00 to $24.00 /hour

Branches Atelier Substitute Teacher Position

Branches Atelier is an innovative, dynamic preschool with a home-like quality, nestled in a beautiful campus in Culver City, California. We are looking for an energetic, passionate, creative, warm, friendly, nurturing and self-motivated teacher to join our Reggio-inspired learning community. This Substitute teaching position would be as needed and may lead to a permanent full-time teaching position. We think that in may start around 5 to 10 hours a week but would most likely increase as needed.

This position is a wonderful way to get to know our program and for you to find out if you would like to join our Branches community.

With Branches teaching experience many of our teachers are invited to present workshops and seminars nationally and internationally. We also offer ongoing teacher professional development opportunities to support our commitment to creating a community of life long learning.

Prospective applicants should have a strong child development background, and at least two years of early childhood experience, a minimum of 24 ECE units, however, a BA in ECE or related field is preferred, We are willing to consider a teacher who holds their teacher permit with 2 to 4 years experience with preschool  and toddler children.

All Applicants must have:

  • A passion for teaching and life long learning.
  • An interest in learning Branches philosophy and values.
  • A commitment to developing a strong and dynamic learning community for children and parents.
  • Knowledge and experience with social constructivism and the Reggio approach.
  • An interest in using creative materials with young children.
  • Strong collaborative and communication skills.
  • Openness for feedback and self-reflection.
  • An innovative, creative and open mind.
  • A genuine passion and commitment to quality education for children.
  • A commitment to ongoing professional development.
  • An interest in learning about the Reggio approach

If you are interested in this position, please proceed by submitting the following materials:

Visit our website at www.branchesatelier.com so you can learn about our school. Write a cover letter that explains why you are interested in working with us, why you became a teacher, what kind of person you are, what are your interests and what brings you joy.

Send Resume and cover letter to Patricia@branchesatelier.com

Job Type: Part-time possibly leading to Full-time

Salary: $17.00 to $24.00 /hour

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