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Possible Schools

The Reggio Approach to Urban Education

Ann Lewin-Benham Leslie R. Williams

176 pages
Teachers College Press
Possible Schools tells the compelling story of the Model Early Learning Center (MELC) in Washington, DC — the only school in a U.S. urban area to successfully implement the principles of the Municipal Preschools of Reggio Emilia. The author describes the origin of this school, which served impoverished urban families, and traces its evolution from a chaotic inception to its ability to apply Reggio practices. Both inspirational and straightforward in its details, this book describes: A new vision for early education, showing how children and families in poverty will thrive when their abilities are promoted and intellect respected. The structure of the program, providing guidance to anyone wanting to adapt the Reggio Approach in their school. Children’s incredible accomplishments, including many photos. Teachers’ development, both personally and professionally, as they learned to use an approach that involves a new role for teachers. The role of Reggio educator Amelia Gambetti, who spent a year at the MELC. Parent involvement in many new and expanded roles. The complex circumstances that resulted in the eventual closing of the school.
Author Bio
Ann Lewin-Benham founded and for 20 years directed the Capital Children’s Museum in Washington, DC, where she also founded and directed the Model Early Learning Center, the only U.S. preschool accredited by Reggio educators. Her books include Possible Schools; Powerful Children; Infants and Toddlers at Work; Twelve Best Practices for Early Education; and What Learning Looks Like (with Reuven Feuerstein). For information about Ann’s teacher workshops visit her website: AnnLewin-Benham.com.