Nine years ago, I had the good fortune to work with Lella Gandini, Lynn Hill and Charles Schwall on an exciting project that became a book...In the Spirit of the Studio: Learning from the Atelier of Reggio Emilia. Early in 2014, we received an e-mail from Teachers College Press asking if we would work on a second edition. TCP had sent the book out for review and the response was extremely positive and very clear about why there is a need for a second edition and what would make the book stronger: more contributions from the Italian educators; clearer interpretations of the meaning of "the grammar of materials," and other related topics; and updated chapters from pioneers in North America who have now been at work for several decades.
The four of us have worked most of the summer on that new edition and we are so excited about it. I am not sure we realized when we started just how much more all of us understand about this work almost ten years later. We have also observed that many of us in this field have come to believe even more strongly in the essential role of "aesthetics and poetics" in today's world. There has never been a more critical time to revisit the concept and content of this book and to bring it into the present.
We invite you to stay tuned for the publication date of the second edition which has more that 40% new content and takes the principles and practices of the work of the studio to a new level. We are certain that you will want to read it! We hope that it might be out in time for the celebrations, conferences and the Wonder of Learning exhibit that will open in New York in 2015. We will let you know.