The Documentation Studio

The Documentation Studio is a resource for educators, preK through higher education, to access the tool of documenting a learning process (e.g., photos, video, transcripts of words) to collaborate and share knowledge and deepen and extend teaching and learning. It is now located at Bunker Hill Community College’s Early Childhood Education Department (Chelsea Campus).

Documentation Studio director Lauren Stauble is developing a menu of opportunities for educators, both in person and online. The opportunities include Play Labs, which alternate monthly with Open Studios for educators to share and lead discussions on documentation. For more about Play Labs, check out the one that was held November 17 and December 3 (in Spanish).

To see the Documentation Studio’s archive, register and view the collection.


History of the Documentation Studio

The Documentation Studio was founded in 2008 by BU Wheelock faculty member Stephanie Cox Suárez, along with Melissa Rivard from the Making Learning Visible project at Harvard University’s Project Zero, who were inspired by educators from Reggio Emilia, Italy, and their use of documentation. They created the Documentation Studio as a space for educators to learn about, develop, and exhibit documentation from a variety of learning contexts. Learn more about our Inspiration and Key Ideas.

Doc Studio Exhibits

The Doc Studio displays documentation from educators who would like to share their ideas and get feedback from others. To share documentation, contact Director Lauren Stauble:

Past Exhibits

The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children  (June–November 2018)
This traveling exhibit from Reggio Emilia, Italy illustrated thoughtful documentation of children and teachers’ learning drew  over 8,000 visitors. A wealth of professional development opportunities were offered including workshops, hands-on learning, policy discussions, and family engagement. To learn more, watch the video below or read “BU Hosts The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children.”

Boston Area Reggio Inspired Network (BARIN)

BARIN is an organization of educators who support each other with professional development opportunities in collaboration with Reggio-inspired schools, programs, and the Documentation Studio.

Check out BARIN’s current workshops and activities.

Read More on the Doc Studio 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 on the  the Documentation Studio blog.