The Documentation Studio
The Documentation Studio at BU Wheelock was founded in 2008 by Wheelock faculty member Stephanie Cox Suarez who, along with several colleagues, participated in the Making Learning Visible project and were inspired by this introduction to Reggio Emilia and their use of documentation. The Documentation Studio was created as a space for educators to learn about, develop, and exhibit documentation from a variety of learning contexts.
Currently, the Documentation Studio is a resource for interested BU Wheelock faculty, faculty from other institutions of higher education, and educators preK through high school to gather in an effort to continually improve the quality of teaching and learning in their classrooms. The common thread is that all of these educators are interested in using documentation to support learning—their own as well as their students—and as a vehicle for collaboration and sharing knowledge.
Open Studios @ The Documentation Studio
Open Studios are a place for educators to share documentation of learning in order to get feedback and share ideas with others. Two teachers from different settings come prepared to share their work, bring questions they want to pose to the group, and participate in a discussion guided by a protocol to keeps us focused on the student and teacher work. Educators find it helpful to hear and see another teacher’s documentation and to consider together next steps to deepen and extend learning.
The Wonder of Learning Boston
The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children graced the BU Wheelock Fenway campus from June to November, 2018. This traveling exhibit from Reggio Emilia, Italy illustrated thoughtful, documentation of children and teachers’ learning that was inspiration to over 8,000 visitors to the exhibit. A wealth of professional development opportunities were offered including workshops, hands-on learning, policy discussions, and family engagement. Check the Wonder of Learning Boston website that holds a review of the professional development as well as upcoming events, located at the Doc Studio and the surrounding area.
We are excited to announce a series of courses focused on child-centered curriculum and the Reggio approach. Designed by a group of educators planning for the Reggio Emilia Wonder of Learning exhibit, these courses are for educators, administrators, and families, who are interested and new to the Reggio Emilia approach. Registration for the next set of Wonder of Learning courses will be announced in the coming months.
We mount new documentation exhibits regularly and host receptions to celebrate and reflect on the learning and teaching featured in the work. We see these exhibits as work-in-progress, which allows for the possibility that those in attendance can both learn from and help to shape work when it is made public in this way. Contact us if you would like to share your documentation; we welcome the connection and collaboration and it can be a strong motivator to prepare your work for a public display!
Professional Development Opportunities
The Documentation Studio is intended to serve a variety of professional development needs. The Studio is open and free to the public to visit—individually or in small groups—on an ad hoc basis when classes on Wheelock’s Brookline campus are in session. (Please sign the guest book so that we know you visited us!) For larger groups and for facilitated professional development sessions, the Studio is available for a fee. If you are interested in scheduling a visit or session for a group, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We host Open Studios every other month that are free and open to the public. These gatherings attract an eclectic group of educators from across a variety of settings, age groups, grades, and experience and the conversations—grounded in documentation—are always interesting and illuminating. If you’d like to join us, please check the website for upcoming dates.
Engage with the Documentation Studio on our Blog
The Documentation Studio blog is designed to spark a conversation about how documentation can make learning visible. Learn about new approaches to documentation and join the discussions surrounding our upcoming and past exhibits.