RED Talks

The concept of a ‘RED Talk’ came about after the worldwide phenomenal success of the ‘TED’ talks. Whilst TED was borne out of the convergence of three fields: technology, entertainment and design, the inspiration for the RED Talks was borne out of a desire to share Australian perspectives and contextual experiences of the principles of the educational project from Reggio Emilia, Italy.


The acronym for RED could be but is not limited to:

Reggio Emilia Dialogue


Educators will share their stories on how different principles of the educational project of Reggio Emilia have influenced their work.

 

RED Talk Speakers

Jan Millikan OAM  is the Australian representative to the Reggio Children International network, and former Founder and Director of the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange. She was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2012 for services to Early Childhood Education. She has also been the recipient of a University Fellowship to Japan, is a Fellow of the Australian Council of Educators and a Churchill Fellow. Other professional roles have involved her as a consultant in Multicultural Education, and a lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the University of Melbourne.She has also been a Senior Fellow at both Melbourne and Monash Universities. Her particular educational interest is with children 2- 8 years of age and has involved teaching in Australia, the UK, Singapore, and Canada, organising conferences and workshops, consultancy in schools, and as a keynote speaker at both National and International conferences. She has authored two books, and has contributed many professional articles to Journals both Nationally and Internationally. She has had a significant involvement with the International Baccalaureate Organisation as a Primary Years teacher-educator, and consultant, and as an authoriser of schools. Jan is on the editorial board for the Journal of Research in International Educational.

Jan Millikan OAM  is the Australian representative to the Reggio Children International network, and former Founder and Director of the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange. She was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2012 for services to Early Childhood Education. She has also been the recipient of a University Fellowship to Japan, is a Fellow of the Australian Council of Educators and a Churchill Fellow.

Other professional roles have involved her as a consultant in Multicultural Education, and a lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the University of Melbourne.She has also been a Senior Fellow at both Melbourne and Monash Universities.

Her particular educational interest is with children 2- 8 years of age and has involved teaching in Australia, the UK, Singapore, and Canada, organising conferences and workshops, consultancy in schools, and as a keynote speaker at both National and International conferences.

She has authored two books, and has contributed many professional articles to Journals both Nationally and Internationally.

She has had a significant involvement with the International Baccalaureate Organisation as a Primary Years teacher-educator, and consultant, and as an authoriser of schools. Jan is on the editorial board for the Journal of Research in International Educational.

Sheryle Yorston is Head of Early Years at St Peter's College, Adelaide. Sheryle's role includes teaching, leadership, management and co-ordination in the Early Learning Centre and Reception programs. She is an experienced early childhood educator with interest in the Reggio Emilia educational project, and play based learning. She played an integral role in the establishment and redevelopment of St Peter’s College Early Learning Centre. As a member of the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange and Adelaide Network, Sheryle continues to support professional learning related to the Reggio Emilia educational project through network activities, presentations and cross sector collaboration. In 2015 Sheryle was awarded an Educational Leadership Medal, and an Honorary Fellowship by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

Sheryle Yorston is Head of Early Years at St Peter's College, Adelaide. Sheryle's role includes teaching, leadership, management and co-ordination in the Early Learning Centre and Reception programs. She is an experienced early childhood educator with interest in the Reggio Emilia educational project, and play based learning. She played an integral role in the establishment and redevelopment of St Peter’s College Early Learning Centre.

As a member of the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange and Adelaide Network, Sheryle continues to support professional learning related to the Reggio Emilia educational project through network activities, presentations and cross sector collaboration. In 2015 Sheryle was awarded an Educational Leadership Medal, and an Honorary Fellowship by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

Jo French is a clinical nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the WCH, Adelaide currently undertaking a Masters in Nursing to become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Jo has over 20 years of experience working with infants under age one year in a variety of settings, and provides practice support to nursing and early childhood educators. Jo has a great passion for improving the neuro-developmental environments provided for preterm and sick infants across the Neonatal Nurseries. By incorporating infant mental health practices, an understanding of early years learning and current neonatal nursing and medical methods Jo has been able to research and develop practice and the environment for all participants across the neonatal nurseries at WCH. Jo has attended two study tours to Reggio Emilia and is currently the prototype site lead researcher at the Neonatal Nurseries to create an innovative centre for earliest childhood as part of the South Australian Collaborative Childhood Project. Using the philosophical approach of Reggio Emilia to tie multidisciplinary understanding in a health care setting is unique to the WCH Neonatal Nurseries, and hopes to provide an example of enacting a truly collaborative approach to early childhood experiences.

Jo French is a clinical nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the WCH, Adelaide currently undertaking a Masters in Nursing to become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Jo has over 20 years of experience working with infants under age one year in a variety of settings, and provides practice support to nursing and early childhood educators.

Jo has a great passion for improving the neuro-developmental environments provided for preterm and sick infants across the Neonatal Nurseries. By incorporating infant mental health practices, an understanding of early years learning and current neonatal nursing and medical methods Jo has been able to research and develop practice and the environment for all participants across the neonatal nurseries at WCH.

Jo has attended two study tours to Reggio Emilia and is currently the prototype site lead researcher at the Neonatal Nurseries to create an innovative centre for earliest childhood as part of the South Australian Collaborative Childhood Project. Using the philosophical approach of Reggio Emilia to tie multidisciplinary understanding in a health care setting is unique to the WCH Neonatal Nurseries, and hopes to provide an example of enacting a truly collaborative approach to early childhood experiences.

Lorraine Manuela has been teaching in the early childhood sector for many years, working with children and teachers in a number of professional roles. She is the director of Tots Corner ELC where she and her teachers are actively engaged in action research which informs their practice. Collaborating and learning alongside children, they construct and co-construct knowledge, to deepen their thinking and challenge working theories. Lorraine is a trustee of both the REANZ and Inspire Trusts. Offering professional learning opportunities for teachers throughout NZ.

Lorraine Manuela has been teaching in the early childhood sector for many years, working with children and teachers in a number of professional roles. She is the director of Tots Corner ELC where she and her teachers are actively engaged in action research which informs their practice. Collaborating and learning alongside children, they construct and co-construct knowledge, to deepen their thinking and challenge working theories.

Lorraine is a trustee of both the REANZ and Inspire Trusts. Offering professional learning opportunities for teachers throughout NZ.

Dr Stefania Giamminuti’s engagement with the early childhood field internationally spans over 20 years. Previously an early childhood teacher in an International School in Rome (Italy), she is currently is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, Curtin University (Perth, WA). Stefania was awarded her PhD with Distinction at The University of Western Australia in 2010, she is the recipient of the 2010 Early Career Award of the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research, and she is a recipient of the Early Childhood Australia Doctoral Thesis Award for 2010. As Creswick Foundation Fellow for 2006, Stefania spent six months engaging in PhD research in the world-renowned municipal infant-toddler centres and schools of the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy. She is the author of the eminently acclaimed book Dancing with Reggio Emilia: Metaphors for Quality, published in 2013 by Pademelon Press and recipient of the Curtin University Humanities Research Book of the Year Award 2014 (Early Career). She is in high demand as a public speaker internationally. Stefania’s research interests include: the inspirations of the Reggio Emilia educational project; quality in early childhood education and care; pedagogical documentation; and professionalism of early childhood educators. Her current major research project investigates the role of the pedagogista in the educational project of Reggio Emilia (Italy). Stefania is also a member of the Council for Childhood and the City, Scuola Pablo Neruda, Reggio Emilia (Italy).

Dr Stefania Giamminuti’s engagement with the early childhood field internationally spans over 20 years. Previously an early childhood teacher in an International School in Rome (Italy), she is currently is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, Curtin University (Perth, WA). Stefania was awarded her PhD with Distinction at The University of Western Australia in 2010, she is the recipient of the 2010 Early Career Award of the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research, and she is a recipient of the Early Childhood Australia Doctoral Thesis Award for 2010.

As Creswick Foundation Fellow for 2006, Stefania spent six months engaging in PhD research in the world-renowned municipal infant-toddler centres and schools of the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy. She is the author of the eminently acclaimed book Dancing with Reggio Emilia: Metaphors for Quality, published in 2013 by Pademelon Press and recipient of the Curtin University Humanities Research Book of the Year Award 2014 (Early Career). She is in high demand as a public speaker internationally.

Stefania’s research interests include: the inspirations of the Reggio Emilia educational project; quality in early childhood education and care; pedagogical documentation; and professionalism of early childhood educators. Her current major research project investigates the role of the pedagogista in the educational project of Reggio Emilia (Italy). Stefania is also a member of the Council for Childhood and the City, Scuola Pablo Neruda, Reggio Emilia (Italy).