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Karyn Callaghan, MEd

Update March 1, 2016 Karyn is a photographer. She is also the President of the Ontario Reggio Association, national board member of the Canadian Association for Young Children, board member of the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, and until the campus closed, was Program Director of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies at Charles Sturt University in Burlington, Ontario. She is a well recognized keynote speaker at early learning events held throughout Canada and in the United States, Asia and Australia, and is the co-founder and coordinator of the Artists at the Centre project in Hamilton. This project brings professional artists into early learning and child care centres, and Ontario Early Years Centres to support the children and educators to give visibility to children’s thinking. Karyn also coordinates a Reggio Study Group that has been meeting since 1998, and brings together early childhood educators, kindergarten teachers and artists. Articles she has authored or co-authored with Carol Anne Wien have been published in national and international journals. Some of these are available at the "Artists at the Centre" website. A book co-authored with Carol Anne and artist Jason Avery, “Documenting Children’s Meaning: Engaging in Design and Creativity with Children and Parents” […]
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Jason Avery, Artist

Jason Avery is an acoustic guitar player. Along with being a musician he is also a self-taught visual artist working in a variety of modes with the Artists at the Centre project in Hamilton, Ontario. This organization provides opportunities for local artists to work alongside young children in early childhood settings to find expression for their thinking using media. These experiences are shared and preserved using pedagogical documentation. Jason has visited the early childhood centers of Reggio Emilia, Italy and is a regular presenter at events associated with the Ontario Reggio Association sharing his experiences with the Artists at the Centre project. Jason uses photography to document children as they build relationships with materials to make their thinking visible.  At one presentation in Victoria, B.C. in 2012, with Carol Anne Wien and Karyn Callaghan, I heard Jason say that he, "puts the camera in the way" to describe how he positions himself to document these experiences. Jason watches and listens patiently and is conscious of offering time and space to allow children to play with media and their ideas. He responds by providing choices of materials and actions that are fresh and un-presumptuous and allows the children to reveal their […]
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