The 12th NAREA Winter Conference

Welcome Letter

Analysis, Interpretation, and Relaunching: Building an Open, Flexible, and Listening Attitude


Through the years, NAREA and Reggio Children formed an alliance to bring professional development opportunities to over 250,000 educators, families, advocates, policymakers, and community members across North America. We value past collaborations and look forward to a future filled with new and exciting opportunities that include the co-actions of NAREA, Reggio Children, and educators in North America. The current global crisis has re-taught us that when we stand and act together, we can make positive changes in the world.

NAREA envisions a world where all children and all adults are respected for their humanity. So, like you, we stand with children, families, and educators to promote and defend children’s rights to be seen and valued as citizens with agency and intelligence. We enthusiastically join Reggio Emilia in ever-evolving research and action for excellence in education.

It is with great pleasure and gratitude that we welcome our colleagues Tiziana Filippini and Mirella Ruozzi, 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. It is with deep appreciation that we recognize those in Reggio who worked to make this virtual event a reality—during a period of tremendous uncertainty. We know we speak for all of 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 difficult local and global conditions.

By joining with others in professional formation and embracing a virtual way of being together, you demonstrate your dedication to the children and families that share your daily life. We realize this year has held many challenges for teachers and schools, so it is with great respect and understanding that we encourage you as you invest in an approach that values the exchange of ideas, on-going study, research, innovation, and collaboration. Please enjoy this time of comparison of ideas, co-participation, and co-responsibility.


Innovations Review

Volume 28, Number 1 | Spring 2021



Reflection Video

March 18–19, 2021 | Livestream



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