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In Dialogue with Suzanne Axelsson

Deepening our understanding of the Reggio Emilia approach


Friday, February 14, 2020


Pickering College
16945 Bayview Ave., Newmarket, Ontario


8:30 am – 3:00 pm


$150 - Early Bird Price (if registered by 11:59 p.m. on December 16, 2019)
$180 - Regular rate (effective December 17, 2019)

Registration fee includes refreshments and luncheon – enjoy a taste of Italy throughout the day!

Conference Schedule

Session 1: The Art of Pedagogical Documentation

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

The Atelier as a space to explore pedagogical documentation. Reflections on educator choices and the need to make informed decisions about how to document and how to analyze collected data. This session will look at:

  • The five stages of pedagogical documentation
  • Explore who documentation is for and how this impacts decisions
  • Encouraging children to participate in the process
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Break with Refreshments & School Tour

Session 2: The Art of Listening

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Creating listening environments where the voice of the child is empowered. Reflections on the impact of the adult and how to create a learning community. This session will look at:

  • Philosophy with children
  • Shared sustained thinking
  • Democratic learning
  • Examples of listening activities
  • The 100 Languages
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Luncheon: A Taste of Italy!

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Tour of Reggio Inspired Classrooms at Pickering College

Session 3: The Art of Learning Through Play

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Play and learning are interwoven and enhance each other. What children learn is woven into their play. Their play processes the facts they have learned. Reflections on the importance of understanding the difference between play and playful learning and how we can set up the environment as “Playscapes”. Examples from around the world will be used, including AnjiPlay in China. This session will look at:

  • Original Learning. How play and learning are interwoven.
  • Playscapes in AnjiPlay
  • Indoor and Outdoor learning environments
  • The Third Teacher

Session 4: Q & A with Suzanne Axelsson

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Don't miss this opportunity to have your Reggio questions answered during this interactive session with Suzanne Axelsson.

Keynote Speaker

Suzanne Axelsson

Suzanne Axelsson


Suzanne has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Sheffield, UK. She specialized in Reggio Emilia, language and communication, exploring pedagogical documentation as a tool to aid memory and deepen children’s learning, and investigating what “quality” is in an early years setting. She has a special interest in the art of listening and philosophy with children, exploring how play supports children in developing their listening skills.

Suzanne has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of early years’ settings, which have given her both broad knowledge, and interesting perspectives which are reflected in her blog, Interaction Imagination.

Suzanne currently works at Stockholm University teaching courses in the preschool teacher program, and working as a consultant in early years’ settings, supporting educators with their democratic approach to play and learning. She actively participates in Education Conferences and is a well-regarded presenter on topics relating to early childhood education.

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