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Rainbow District School Board

Sudbury, Espanola, Manitoulin, and Shining Tree, Ontario Since the introduction of Early Learning-Kindergarten three years ago, the Rainbow District School Board has made tremendous advances using pedagogical documentation to make children and their thinking visible in their community. A positive stance toward pedagogical documentation has been guided by the partnership of Superintendent Dr. Sharon Speir and researcher Dr. Jeffrey Wood from Laurentian University. Together they have provided opportunities for early learning educators to be fully supported as they explore their understandings and begin to document within their schools. Sharon and Jeffrey have facilitated school visits, in-school learning events, institutes and workshops and, most importantly, provided the social conditions that encourage participation and the disposition to effect change. I first met these exemplary and approachable educators with their researcher teams of Early Learning Kindergarten teachers and Early Childhood Educators at two summer institutes led by Carol Anne Wien. I have been delighted to meet them at many Ontario Reggio Association gatherings since then, including Charles Sturt University and The Bishop Strachan School. The pedagogical documentation panels from the educators of the Rainbow District School Board are noteworthy! In their processes they make visible very insightful and impressive paths of children's learning. They offer […]
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