The 2nd NAREA Winter Conference

Welcome Letter

The North American Reggio Emilia Alliance Board would like to welcome you to The Second NAREA Winter Conference, Building Learning Through Documentation and Community organized with the L’Atelier school of Miami.

Since our founding in 2002, the NAREA board has traveled to different parts of North America for its winter board meeting. Last year we had the privilege of developing our first winter initiative with the NAREA New England members and we are excited to continue to bring together educators with the aim of supporting and strengthening all those interested in the experiences and ongoing research of Reggio Emilia, Italy. We hope this initiative offers a rich and meaningful contribution to your ongoing professional development.

It is with special gratitude that we welcome our colleague, Amelia Gambetti, former educator in the renowned municipal system of infant-toddler centers and preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Amelia is currently Reggio Children International Network Coordinator, International Liaison and Consultant responsible for project promotion and development for the International Center Loris Malaguzzi, and board member of Istituzione for the municipality of Reggio Emilia. It is also our honor to welcome our constant friend and colleague, Lella Gandini, Reggio Children Liaison in the U.S. for Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach. We also wish to extend our appreciation to the educators from

Project Infinity in Georgia and South Carolina. We especially thank L’Atelier for hosting this initiative and supporting the many planning details connected with this initiative.

We wish to highlight our belief in and commitment to the value of diversity and differences as essential aspects of personal and professional development. Recognizing the ever-increasing number of programs for young children inspired by Reggio’s approach to life and education, we honor and encourage each program and every group of colleagues to stay a course that includes permanent study, research, collaboration, innovation, transparency, and exchange. Through our professional development projects, we encounter a host of schools at varying points of their own journey, willing to open their doors, expose their work, and welcome the participation of visitors. This style of development has been introduced to all of us by the only “Reggio schools” of Reggio Emilia, Italy. To be continually encouraged to find our own unique identities as schools in different communities worthy in our own identity is to see how much the message of Reggio Emilia is based on attitudes of research and invention, rather than prescriptive dogma. For this, we are also grateful.

Please enjoy the pleasure of thinking and wondering as we work together to construct a better future for our children, ourselves, and our communities.

Your support will help us advance the quality of every child's one childhood.

Together, we are empowering exceptional education.