Democratic Spaces for Early Learning
with Suzanne Axelsson
Reggio-inspired educator at Stockholm University,
international presenter, and early learning consultant
Live Online Session:
November 20, 2019
(7:00 – 8:30 pm EST)
This Café supports the Ontario Ministry of Education’s:
The Kindergarten Program (2016):
- Supports the Pedagogical Approach of Responsive Relationships
CECE Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice July 2017
- Standard 1 Caring and Responsive Relationships
- Standard 2: Curriculum and Pedagogy
About Suzanne Axelsson
Suzanne Axelsson has over 25 years experience of working with children and education in a variety of settings and roles. Preschools, schools and museums etc – and as teacher, special needs teacher, director and consultant.
Suzanne has a Masters in Early Childhood Education from the University of Sheffield, UK, where she focused on the relevance of the Reggio Emilia Approach in education today, language development, pedagogical documentation as a tool for children and adults, as well as what creates a quality preschool.
Currently Suzanne works at Stockholm University teaching courses on the preschool teacher programme as well as a consultant in early years settings supporting educators with their democratic process. She also holds hands-on workshops with educators to explore how play is an essential language of learning, how to use philosophy with children and how STEAM can be woven into play. Keynotes and presentations are held on topics about Original Learning, democratic preschools (equity and inclusivity) and the pedagogy of listening/the Reggio Emilia Approach.
Suzanne has visited settings in UK, USA, Iceland, Canada, Palestine, Turkey, Greece, China etc – each place has inspired and allowed Suzanne to evolve as an educator and to share this learning journey with those she continues to meet.
Suzanne is passionate about all forms of play – risky play, role play, outdoor play, play and art, play with words, sensory play etc. as multiple ways children explore the world. As a mother of children on the autism spectrum inclusive learning and play environments is something always close to her heart.
Since 2012 Suzanne has been sharing her learning journey on her blog, Interaction Imagination; she is also in the process of writing a book about Original Learning.