The 11th NAREA Winter Conference

Welcome Letter

Thank you for joining NAREA’s winter conference: Defending Thoughtful Learning, Human Competence, and Creative Dignity. For over 15 years, Reggio Children and NAREA have collaborated to offer professional development experiences in 25 North American communities, bringing together more than 200,000 dedicated educators, advocates, parents, policymakers, and community members.

This year, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Loris Malaguzzi. To honor his contributions throughout this year, we will revisit his thinking, his vision of education, his bold commitment, and his view that children are the innovators of our future. The city of Reggio Emilia chose education from birth as a lever for affirming democracy, achieving quality of life, and building a society based on equity and solidarity. We join with Reggio Emilia in permanent debate and action for education.

It is with great pleasure and gratitude that we welcome our colleagues, Valentina Violi and Massimo Ghirardi, as well as interpreter Jane McCall, from Reggio Emilia, Italy. It is through their sharing and exchange that we will continue to

construct strong interpretations of the values, principles, and experiences of the municipal infant-toddler centers and preschools of Reggio Emilia. We know we speak for all us in thanking the community of Reggio Emilia, including Reggio Children and Istituzione, for all they are doing to carry on during this period of extremely difficult local conditions.

We extend our appreciation to First Baptist Day School families and faculty, as well as Project Infinity, for their support of this conference. Many months of preparations have been met with enthusiasm and collaboration. To not be together with participants for in-person exchange and shared experiences is a disappointment that is softened a bit by the opportunity to assemble virtually.

Finally, we thank you—not only for joining together with others in professional development, but for your understanding and flexibility as we have navigated necessary changes in the face of this heart-breaking pandemic. We honor and celebrate you as you continue to invest in an ongoing approach that includes permanent study, research, collaboration, innovation, transparency, disequilibrium, and exchange.


Innovations Review



Reflection Video

March 19–21, 2020 | Livestream


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