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  • Explore inspirations of The Reggio Emilia Approach from the perspective of an Indigenous educator.

  • Gain insights and inspiration taken from one educator's experience and connections between Indigenous Ways of Knowing and the philosophical thinking of The Reggio Emilia Approach.

  • Consider one Indigenous educator's journey into traditional culture as it relates to a Reggio Emilia Inspired philosophy and discover how one's own culture can be a powerful pathway to share with children as a celebration of their own culture and history.

Educational Thought Leader

Ottawa Regional Indigenous Community Educator

Michelle Taylor-Leonhardi

Michelle is a proud mother of three, a wife, a daughter, an auntie, a colleague, and a friend. She is Mississauga Anishinaabe Kwe. Michelle is Ojibwe and is from Oshkiigmong (Curve Lake First Nation). She graduated from Native Early Childhood Course and is one of the first graduates of the Binoojiiyag Kinomaadwin Course at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario. A proud board member of the Ontario Reggio Association, and finds connections between the Reggio Emilia philosophy and her own ways of being. A Registered Native Early Childhood Educator, MIchelled worked for 26 years at Oshkiigmong Early Learning Centre in Curve Lake as an NECE, Supervisor and Coordinator. Currently, Michelle is the Indigenous Community Educator for the Ottawa Region for the Ontario Indigenous Centre of Excellence.

Here's what's inside...

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    Welcome to 'Inspired by My Trip to Reggio Emilia'!

    • How to Navigate this Course, Access Your Certificate of Completion, and Leave a Review

    • Before we begin...

    • Susan Wright Introducing Michelle Taylor - Leonhardi

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    Michelle Taylor - Leonhardi

    • Inspired by My Trip to Reggio Emilia

    • Your Reflections

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    Your Next Steps

    • Before you go...

    • Let's get social!