We've adopted the spiral to symbolize the winding inward journey we make in order to reflect and the outward journey we make as we grow through
collaboration. The spiral
represents the spirit of inquiry as we learn more and go deeper with each encounter.
Collaborative and Congenial
At its heart, the TNRSG is a Community of Practice,
summarized as a "group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. It is through the process of sharing information and experiences with the group that members learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop personally and professionally" (Lave & Wenger 1991). We respect each other and enjoy the process of discussion and debate as we seek to be reflective and progressive practitioners of early childhood education.
Established in June 2012
Our group was established following a shared, inspirational experience at a professional development event in April 2012. Realizing the spark that was ignited, our founder and continuing facilitator, Cheri Lindsley, invited participants to start meeting together to dig deeper into the fundamental elements of the Reggio approach and of constructivist learning theories. Today, not only does our Study Group continue to meet monthly, but we also sustain two classroom educator support groups (Inspired!), have instituted a successful community involvement project (Child's Guide to the City) over a number of years, and we offer biannual training opportunities.
A Growing Consortium
Our member programs represent a diversity of structures and formats including private and faith-based full time child care, nature-based preschools and forest kindergartens, part-time preschools, home-school cooperatives, and more. Our environments run the gamut too, from farms, forests, and church acreage, to bustling urban settings and suburban corners. It is our drive to innovate early childhood education based on the pedagogy of discovery and inquiry practices, which unites us.
Support from Like-Minded Educators
We're the group for you if you are a motivated and self-driven individual who is passionate about life-long learning, you want to challenge yourself to reach even higher, and your thirst for strengthening your practice in early childhood education is unquenchable. Send us an email and we'll help you determine which of our groups will best match your goals for participation.