International Meeting Place
Our venue is the Loris Malaguzzi International Center, which opened in February 2006 and now encompasses an International Preschool and Primary School, a Book Shop and Pause Restaurant. As described by Professor Carlina Rinaldi . . .
"It was created to give greater value to a strong and distinctive characteristic of Reggio Emilia; the ability to lend listening, visibility and support to the rights and requests of children, young people, families and teachers. The Center is a dedicated meeting place where professional development and research intersect for people in Reggio Emilia, Italy and the world who wish to innovate education and culture. “
U.S. Study Group for Educators
Reggio Emilia, Italy
November 4-11, 2023
Please Note: Reggio Children also offers Fall and Spring International Study Groups that are open to US educators. Information will be available at: www.reggiochildren.it
Accommodations for 7 nights are included from check-in on Saturday, November 4, 2023 to check-out on Saturday, November 11, 2023
To accommodate our group, blocks of rooms have been reserved at several hotels within a 20-minute walking distance of the Loris Malaguzzi International Center.
To reserve a space, submission of Registration Form and $500 deposit per person is required. Spaces are filled on a first come first serve basis.
Please complete the registration form online or print and mail to: Angela Ferrario, 15 Beach Street Extension, Milford, MA 01757.
Payment may be made by PayPal, credit card or check made payable to International Study Tours, LLC.
Confirmation and Invoice for Balance Due will be sent. Balance payment is due upon receipt of Confirmation and Invoice but no later than October 4, 2023 .
Registration & Payment
$2,450 or $2,800 per person (based on shared accommodations)
The cost includes the program fee to Reggio Children, hotel accommodations for 7 nights, services provided by Angela Ferrario, U.S. Liaison for Study Groups to Reggio Emilia and by International Study Tours, LLC.
The per person amount is based on hotel accommodations in shared double rooms at 3 or 4-star hotels. Single room supplement is $300 (see registration form). North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) members receive a $100 discount. For membership information please visit: www.reggioalliance.org.
Buffet style breakfast is offered daily at all hotels. In addition to the welcome lunch on Sunday, lunch is provided on the 5 days during the program.
"I was so inspired by the schools in Reggio Emilia, and from everything we learned about the process of engaging in collaborative learning. I was struck by the message for social justice and peace. I have always wanted to make a difference in the world, and believe that teaching is a small way I can do my part to help the world become a better place."
Arrival & Departure
Participants are responsible for booking their own flights and travel arrangements. Airfare is not included. Bologna Marconi is the most convenient airport to reach Reggio Emilia. Alternatively, you can fly into Milan Malpensa or Milan Linate.
Participants should arrange to fly on Friday, November 3, 2023 arriving in Reggio Emilia on Saturday, November 4 (departure from the U.S. is one day prior to arrival in Italy). Our first group gathering in Reggio Emilia is the welcome meeting I host on Sunday, November 5.
The Program begins Monday morning and ends on Friday, November 10 by approx. 4:30 p.m. Hotel check-out is Saturday, November 11 by 11 a.m.
Airport Pick-up Service
Assistance with making private ground transportation arrangements between the airport and Reggio Emilia for individuals or for groups traveling together is available upon request. Cost is additional.
Photography & Videotape Policy
For privacy issues, participants are not allowed to photograph or videotape inside the infant-toddler centers and preschools, inside the Exhibition area and the Ateliers at the Loris Malaguzzi International Center, as well as during the presentations.
Reggio Children’s policy allows the possibility to audio record the presentations.
All payments are refundable in full minus a $100 processing fee until October 4, 2023. For cancellations received after October 4, 2023 no refund will be due.
It is recommended to be at the airport at least 3 hours before your scheduled flight departure time.
If driving from Reggio Emilia, it takes approximately 45 mins. to reach Bologna Airport and 2 ½ hours to reach Milan Malpensa or Linate Airports depending on traffic conditions.
Allow more time if traveling from/to either airport by public transportation and check train schedules in advance.
All U.S. Citizens require a passport that is valid a minimum of 6 months after their return date to the US.
(For example, if you are departing from Italy on November 1, 2023 your passport must be valid through May 1, 2024.) Routine U.S. passport processing times are currently delayed. If you are applying for or renewing a passport, plan accordingly and apply well in advance. Non-U.S. citizens should check entry and visa requirements.
A week of study in dialogue with teachers, pedagogistas and atelieristas whose daily work is in Reggio Emilia's municipal Infant-toddler Centers and Preschools. Throughout the week we will visit a school, listen to presentations, participate in small group discussion and exchange ideas as we delve deeper into the fundamental underpinnings of the Reggio Emilia Approach® in relation to our own contexts.
Participants are expected to have some knowledge about the historical, pedagogical and political dimensions of the educational project in Reggio Emilia and the network of integrated public services that has evolved.
Familiarity with some of the readings and resources published by Reggio Children and available through NAREA www.reggioalliance.org is encouraged.
World Renowned Schools
The experience of the Municipal Infant Toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia is the subject of interest, research and exchange on the part of students, teachers, teacher educators, researchers, administrators, and political and cultural figures from all over Italy and throughout the world.
The context and history of this community is highly regarded, rooted in not only pedagogical choices but also political, cultural and ethical choices made following WWII in support of a new democratic society.
Introductory meeting and welcome lunch on Sunday November 5, 2023.
Understanding the history, identity and principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach® including essential elements of daily life in the schools.
Investigating different roles, responsibilities, organization, working strategies, collegiality, professional learning, research, and designing/progettazione.
Presentation of research projects and documentation made by teachers, atelieristas and pedagogistas working in the Preschools and Infant-toddler Centers.
Reflecting on ways teachers are re-thinking welcoming, encountering, and group building with children and adults under newly outlined conditions since schools and educational services have re-opened.
Visiting the exhibitions and spaces of the Loris Malaguzzi International Center and the Documentation and Educational Research Center.
Participating in Ateliers for first hand exploration of the 100 Languages.
Opportunities for discussion and reflection with other participants.
Visit to a Preschool or Infant-toddler Center. *
Encountering the city and community of Reggio Emilia and the social, cultural and educational context.
*Visiting an Infant-toddler Center or Preschool will be possible only and exclusively if the health conditions in force in Italy at the time of the visit together with the authorization decided and issued by the Preschools and Infant-toddler Centers Institution of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia will allow it.
Reggio Children Fee includes:
- 36 hours of professional development with teachers, pedagogistas and atelieristas of the Infant-toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio /Emilia
- 2 hours of Atelier at the Loris Malaguzzin International Center
- An online reserved area with information and materials
- A welcome bag
- Bus transportation when required by the program
- English-Italian translation when required by the program
- Coffee breaks and 5 buffet lunches at Pause “Atelier of Tastes” located inside the International Center
- Certificate of Participation